Bobby Wilson

Bobby Wilson was a Scottish Schoolboy international who joined Airdrie from Larkhall Thistle in 1943, he then appears to have rejoined Thistle as a coach when he finished playing – probably in the mid 1950s. He was also at Workington AFC.

Do you have any more information about Bobby, especially what job he did, and if he is still alive?

Neil Fissler is a football journalist in London doing research for a Who’s Who on Workington AFC and any help would be appreciated so if you know anything at all about Bobby Wilson please reply using the comment box below or email ian @ larkhallthistle.co.uk

Thistle Squad news 2013- 2014

Details of the squad for the new season so far:
Players signed / Re-signed
Goalkeepers David McEwan and Lee Moss
Andy Brown
Mark Russell
Scott Nicol
Hugh Kelly
Peter Borg – signed from East Kilbride Thistle
Niall Reynolds – signed from St. Anthony’s
Jordan Marshall – signed from Dalziel Amateurs
Kevin McMinn – ex Cumnock (son of Rangers legend Ted)
J.P. Grant
Mark Canning
Brian Jack
Mark McKeever
Scott McLachlan
Graham Gracie
Ross McGeachie
Dean Richardson on trial with Peterhead and while we don’t want to lose him we wish him well in his attempt to play at a higher level but he will certainly be welcome back should things not work out.
Alan Fleming has still to put pen to paper due to personal circumstances.
Sandy Strang and Mark Weir are leaving the club and we would like to thank them for their efforts. Work commitments made it difficult for both Sandy and Mark.
Needless to say the coaching staff are currently running the eye over various trialists during pre season which started on 29th June, no doubt these guys will be involved in the pre season friendlies arranged.

New Strip for 2013 – 2014 – Get Yours!

Larkall Thistle will have a new strip for next season as well as a new shirt sponsor.

New Larkhall Thistle strip for season 2013-2014
New Larkhall Thistle strip for season 2013-2014

Larkhall Thistle have great pleasure in announcing  Welding Engineers Ltd as our kit sponsors for the next  two seasons. On behalf of the club we would like to thank Pauline at Welding Engineers Ltd for her generous support.

We will now be purchasing a new traditional red and white kit for the coming season and for anyone wishing to purchase a jersey,  now is the time.

Costs: Senior S, M, L, XL, XXL £16.50; Junior for kids £14.00
Please contact Hugh Kerr on O7746875347.

Fixtures

Once again we are on the road this Saturday, 3rd November – making it six away games from our last seven played. Included in this run are four consecutive away league matches. No other club in the region has had such a run of away league and cup matches in the fixture list to date and we doubt very much whether anyone will. Let us state at this point whilst Royal Albert are our lodgers at this time we attach no blame to them whatsoever for this situation as other clubs involved in ground sharing have not been put in this position.

It can be said that two of these away games were Scottish Cup ties at Fochabers and Cumnock and quite frankly if it had not been for the generosity of everyone who travelled on the bus that’s supporters, committee and the playing and coaching staff we would have been well out of pocket even after the guarantee from Fochabers and the half gate at Cumnock. The cost of coach hire is now quite prohibitive these days even after getting what we considered were great deals for both trips.

We attended a meeting at Hampden on the 25th October at the request of the West Region to listen to a representative of HMRC speak to us about our resposibilities as regards PAYE and corporation tax. His opening gambit was to state that while he appreciated that we the clubs were all run by unpaid volunteers, the football clubs themselves were businesses generating income and in some cases paying wages and making profit and therefore were bound by the rules and regulations that applied. However there are two sides to this because as everyone knows the main priority in any business is cash flow and with this horrendous run of away games one of our main income streams i.e. gate receipts and the associated income has been non existent.

We use our website and home game programmes to advertise and sell tickets and look for sponsors for any function we are running. A perfect example is Saturday 3rd November when we are running a race night. With our last home game having been on the 6th of October, it has made it more difficult to sell tickets for this fundraiser.

In the current economic climate when some clubs are struggling and in some cases failing to meet their financial obligations on time, cash flow and a steady stream of disposable income is a must, because no matter how your team is performing clubs who own their grounds still have monthly fixed costs to meet so a regular flow of cash is important. We have seen a significant increase in season ticket sales and personal donations and this, with other ongoing income raising avenues, will help us greatly due to the lack of home games. The club would like to put on record their sincere thanks to everyone who has helped in our fund raising to date.

As a far as fixtures are concerned we would only say that all we ask in the light of what was heard at the HMRC meeting that the generation of income on a regular basis should also be considered when whatever little fixture planning is done that everything is taken into account and not just an effort to get certain fixtures completed no matter the cost to clubs whoever they may be.

Scottish Cup – Elgin bus update

Please note that the bus for the Scottish Cup game with Fochabers at Elgin on Saturday is now full. The bus leaves at 7am from the Thistle ground, picking up at Strathclyde Park then on to Luncarty for breakfast before heading to Elgin. The bus will leave Elgin at 6pm.

Thistle now the only unbeaten team in the League

As we go into the final game before the break for the first round of the Scottish Cup, Larkhall Thistle are now the only unbeaten team in the Central League First Division.

Indeed, within the whole of the Central and Super Leagues, the Jags are one of only half a dozen teams to retain their unbeaten status.

The full list of unbeaten teams is:

Super League Premier Division – Ayrshire giants Auchinleck Talbot

Super League First Division – Ayrshire trio Kello Rovers, Hurlford United and Ardrossan Winton Rovers

Central League First Division – Larkhall Thistle

Central League Second Division – Johnstone Burgh, Forth Wanderers

Let’s hope the Jags can keep the run going for a while longer!