SELKIRK FC chairman Jim Moody has hit out at the Border Amateur League over a temporary ban on players if they turn out for East of Scotland sides.
Speaking at his club’s annual presentation of prizes in the Yarrow Park clubrooms last Friday night, Moody lambasted the current amateur organisation, which prevents amateur players from going back to their teams for three weeks if they play in an East of Scotland League match, which he feels is preventing talented players from realising their full potential.
He bemoaned: “The Border Amateur League is again stopping players progressing to the Selkirk team with their outdated rules. It is about time the Scottish Football Association got involved to sort this out as it goes against everything they are trying to do to promote a clear pathway for boys to play at the top level.
“Selkirk just can’t afford to run two teams and get nothing back. In the last three games of last year we were going to games with just 12 or 13 players. We have to address this and see what we can do.”
Turning to his own club’s success stories during the past campaign, Moody congratulated all present on their hard work and commitment on getting through what he described as “a very difficult season”.
He explained: “Being docked six points after a mix-up on the team sheets right at the start didn’t help. And with a change of manager right in the middle, things didn’t get any better.
“At the end of the day, though, we got through it and remained in the top flight of East of Scotland football after a heart-stopping last game and credit must go to everyone at the club for believing in their team.”
Moody also praised Selkirk Victoria on their outstanding campaign.
“The Vics had a great year and to go without a defeat all season and get promoted was really good, as it takes a lot to go though a season without being beaten. They also won a cup which was the icing on the cake for them,” he said, adding: “The youth set-up is going from strength to strength and there is no doubt that in the long run Selkirk FC will benefit from them.”
On to the presentations and the Selkirk Vics’ Player of the Year, after a great season, was Ryan Pritchard. Coach Derek Whitehead said he was outstanding all season and led the team well.
Young Player of the Year was Grant Brownlee. Back up to the Vics from Selkirk Youth Club, Grant fitted in with Ryan at the back. Darren Munro received a rousing cheer on being named Vics’ top goal scorer and, after breaking his leg, is now well on his way back.
The Selkirk Player of the Year trophy was presented by Brian Templeton to Des Sutherland. Des has had a great year with the Souters and proved he can score goals at the top level. His 100 per cent effort in all the games he played was outstanding.
Club captain John Dodds presented Jason Inglis with the Players’ Player trophy, while the Supporters’ Player of the Year, which is voted on every Saturday after the game, was really close and went to Sutherland who received his second trophy of the night from chairman Moody.
There was only one trophy left to hand out to the senior players and once again it went to Sutherland who was top scorer with 21 goals last season.
z On Tuesday Selkirk take on a Hibs under-19 team at Yarrow Park (6.30pm).