Rutherglen Glencairn F.C.

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Rutherglen Glencairn
Glens Logo Sharp White Smooth 2.jpg
Full nameRutherglen Glencairn Football Club
Nickname(s)The Glens
Founded1896;125 years ago (1896)
GroundThe Hamish B Allan Stadium
(New Southcroft Park)
Rutherglen
Capacity1,500
ManagerWillie Harvey
League West of Scotland League Premier Division
2020–21 West of Scotland League Premier Division (season abandoned)
Website Club website

Rutherglen Glencairn Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, near Glasgow. Nicknamed The Glens and formed in 1896, they play at The Hamish B Allan Stadium (New Southcroft Park).

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Glencairn currently play in the West of Scotland Football League. Trophy successes include the SJFA West Region Championship in 2018-19, the Stagecoach Central District League Division One championship in the 2008–09 season and the West Region Super League Division One title in 2018-19 and 2009–10. The latter gave the club the right to compete in the West Region Super Premier League for the first time in the 2010–11 season.

The club is currently managed by Willie Harvey and assistant manager Joe Pryce and coached by Tony Fraser, Robert Kielty and Stevie Hutchison. [1] It competes in the West of Scotland Football League.

History

Chart of Glencairn's yearly table positions in the Scottish Junior Football leagues from 2003 to 2017 Glencairn FC League Positions.jpg
Chart of Glencairn's yearly table positions in the Scottish Junior Football leagues from 2003 to 2017

Rutherglen Glencairn F.C. were formed in 1895 at the 'Old Jail' office in Rutherglen. [2]

The Glens played their first-ever game on 15 August 1896 against the Ibrox XI (Rangers' junior string in those days) and the Glens won 1–0. The Southcroft team joined the Glasgow Junior League and won it in 1899–1900 to take possession of the "Evening Times Trophy".

The Glens' big moment did not arrive until season 1901–02 when they won the Scottish Junior Cup, the Glasgow League Championship, and the Glasgow Exhibition Championship. The team that proudly brought the Scottish Junior Cup to Rutherglen for the first time by beating Maryhill 1–0 at Meadowside is considered as one of the greatest ever, including future Scotland senior international forwards Jimmy McMenemy and Alec Bennett, both natives of the town.

It was not until 1918–19 that the Glens won the Scottish Junior Cup again, beating St Anthony's 1–0.

Glencairn's third Scottish Junior Cup win was in season 1926–27 and the satisfaction was all the greater because it was Cambuslang Rangers, their great local rivals, who were defeated 2–1. The Glens won the Scottish Junior Cup again for the last time in season 1938-39 when Shawfield (the other local rivals, from Oatlands) went down 2–1. [3]

Glencairn's recent success has been in their rise through the junior leagues in which they were crowned champions of both the West of Scotland League Central District First Division in 2009 and the West of Scotland Super League First Division in 2010.

In 2020, the club confirmed their intention to leave the separate Junior setup and join a proposed feeder division for the Lowland Football League, part of the pyramid system below the professional level of the Scottish game. [4]

Crest

The current Glencairn crest is heavily influenced from the town of Rutherglen's official blazon and consists of the club's initials with a football centrepiece watched over by guardian angels at each side. Rutherglen's motto 'Ex Fumo Fama' , which translates as 'Fame From Smoke', is incorporated.

Stadium

The club plays its home games at New Southcroft Park in the Burnhill district of Rutherglen, [5] after the original Southcroft Park on Glasgow Road in the town's Shawfield district was demolished in 2007 to make way for the M74 motorway extension into central Glasgow. [6] [7] [8] The original ground had survived for 110 years and was the oldest Junior football ground in Scotland when it closed; the final game was a 1–0 victory over Dunipace in October 2006. [9] Its banked terracing areas also contained toxic Chromium VI, a byproduct from the nearby chemical factory; [10] this was also found to be the case at other stadiums in the local area: Lesser Hampden and Rosebery Park. [11] [12] The Glencairn Social Club is still in Shawfield, newly constructed on part of the old ground, right next to the new motorway. [8] It includes a mural depicting the club's greatest triumphs. [13]

The new ground (on the opposite side of the motorway from the original site) was officially opened in July 2008 with a friendly match between Glencairn and Clyde, [14] whose previous home Shawfield Stadium had been just yards from the original Southcroft Park.

In August 2009, the club signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with local urban regeneration company Clyde Gateway to sponsor New Southcroft Park for two years, and it was renamed the Clyde Gateway Stadium. This arrangement was extended for another two seasons in 2012. [14] In 2014 the sponsor became Celsius Cooling Ltd and the ground was duly renamed as The Celsius Stadium. In August 2020 the stadium was renamed 'The Hamish B Allan Stadium' in honour of a lifelong supporter and committee member. [15]

Rutherglen Glencairn entered discussions with Clyde in 2012 about the possibility of sharing the stadium. [6] Although the changing facilities are modern, other things would need improvement to meet Scottish Football League regulations. [6] The proposal was eventually dropped by Clyde in favour of a proposed move to East Kilbride, [16] which was also never realised.

Current squad

Updated 17 August 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Scott McLellan
GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Gary Whyte
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Rhys Donaldson
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Kris Gebbie
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Alex Grier
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Stewart Hall
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ryan Kerr
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Stevie Kerr
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Craig McGregor
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Tam Miller
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Del Esplin
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Tony Fraser
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jordan Leyden
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ryan McArdle
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Sean McGuire
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Harry Mitchell
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Dale Simeon
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Callum McRobbie
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Liam Gormley
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jay McKay
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Gary Smith

Club Officials

Club Officials

PresidentAlex McArthur
Vice PresidentAndy Handlin
General SecretaryAlex Forbes

Management

The management staff of Rutherglen Glencairn as of 16 January 2020 are: [1]

ManagerWillie Harvey
Assistant ManagerJoe Pryce
CoachesTony Fraser, Robert Kielty & Stevie Hutchison
Under 21 Team Head CoachAlex McArthur
PhysiotherapistKate Walker

Managerial history

2010-CurrentWillie Harvey
2005–2010Willie Patterson & Scott Smith

Honours

Scottish Junior Cup [2]

West of Scotland Super League First Division

Other honours

Final league positions

Rutherglen Glencairn's recent final league positions are shown in the table below: [2]

SeasonLeagueFinal PositionNotes
2019-20 SJFA West Region Premiership 15thSeason abandoned due to COVID19 pandemic. League positions decided on a points per game basis.
2018-19 SJFA West Region Championship 1stPromoted as Champions
2017-18 West of Scotland Super League First Division 7th
2016-17 West of Scotland Super League First Division 5th
2015-16 West of Scotland Super League First Division 7th
2014-15 West of Scotland Super League First Division 5th
2013–14 West of Scotland Super League First Division 7th
2012–13 West of Scotland Super League First Division 6th
2011–12 West of Scotland Super League First Division 6th
2010–11 Scottish Junior Football West Premier League 12thRelegated
2009–10 West of Scotland Super League First Division 1stPromoted as Champions
2008–09 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 1stPromoted as Champions
2007–08 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 4th
2006–07 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 5th
2005–06 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 3rd
2004–05 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 8th
2003–04 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 9th
2002–03 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 2nd
2001–02 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 4th
2000–01Central League Premier Division10thRelegated
1999–2000 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 2ndPromoted
1998–99 Scottish Junior Football Central Division One 12th

Cup progression

Rutherglen Glencairn's recent cup progress is shown in the table below:

Season Scottish Junior Cup Sectional League Cup West of Scotland Cup Central League CupChampions Cup
2019-20Round 4Quarter FinalsRound 1N/ASemi Finals
2018-19Round 5Group StageRound 2N/AN/A
2017-18Round 4Group StageRound 1Quarter FinalN/A
2016-17Round 1Quarter FinalRound 1Quarter FinalN/A
2015-16Round 2Group StageRound 1Round 3N/A
2014-15Round 2Group StageRound 1Round 1N/A
2013–14Round 5Group StageRound 1Quarter FinalN/A
2012–13Semi FinalSemi FinalRound 3Round 2N/A
2011–12Round 1Group StageRound 2Round 2N/A
2010–11Round 3Group StageRound 2Round 3N/A
2009–10Round 5Group StageQuarter FinalQuarter FinalQuarter Final
2008–09Round 2Quarter FinalRound 2Quarter FinalQuarter Final
2007–08Round 1WinnersQuarter FinalRound 2Preliminary Round
2006–07Round 4Semi FinalRound 3Round 2N/A
2005–06Round 4Group StageRound 2Round 2N/A
2004–05Round 4Quarter FinalRound 1Round 1N/A
2003–04Round 5Semi FinalRound 1Round 3N/A
2002–03Round 2Group StageRound 3Round 2N/A
2001–02Round 1Group StageRound 2Round 1N/A
2000–01Round 4Group StageRound 3Round 3N/A

2009–10 championship wnning team

After winning the 2008–09 Central District League Championship, Glencairn entered Super League Division One with the almost the same team in 2009–10. They won this too, thus securing a place in the Premier Division for the first time. The 2009–10 winning side was:

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Scott Black
GK Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Steven McNeil
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO David Barr
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Graham Dale
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Kenny Hadden
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Lee McShane
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jamie Prunty
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Craig Palmer
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Richie Burke
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Davie Dickson(captain)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Tony Fraser
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Chris Gentile
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Chris Hopkins
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Ryan McArdle
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Stephen O'Keane
MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Paul Thomson
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Paul McDougall
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Stephen McGladrigan
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Paul McLaughlin

Soon after the end of the 2009–10 season, Glencairn's joint managers moved to new managerial positions elsewhere[ where? ] and several players from the 2009–10 team followed them.

Youth Development

Willie Harvey became the new manager before the start of the 2010–11 Super Premier League Season and established under-21 and under-19 teams under youth team manager Alex McArthur. The under-21 team competes in West of Scotland Under 21 League Division One, and the under-19 team in the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth District League. To emphasise the importance of youth development, Harvey said, "Every now and again you find a real gem. Somewhere down the line you will find someone who can have a good, strong career. We want to be the side that clubs are trying to poach players from but at the same time we will have first dibs on the best players coming through."[ citation needed ]

The 2012–13 season was one to remember for the young Glens. Managers Andy McFadyen and Alex McArthur, as well as coach George Fortheringham, led the 21s to winning the treble, a historic moment for the club. An unforgettable night at Glencairn's home pitch saw a Rutherglen last minute equaliser against Knightswood in the final game of the season clinch the West of Scotland Premier League for the first time in the club's history. The Glens also went on to win the League Cup in style after defeating Goldenhill in a 4–1 encounter played at Shettleston. Finally the boys wrapped up an emphatic season with a penalty shoot out victory against Knightswood in the West of Scotland Cup final.

Notable former players

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