Youths hope to get bigger and better as they take on city teams

Fred Blackie

Fred Blackie

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Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths section reflected on another successful season at their annual presentation day on Saturday.

The Netherdale stand was required to handle the big turnout with the club’s youth co-ordinator Fred Blackie praising the discipline of players from all five teams throughout the course of the season.

Members of the Gala Fairydean Rovers Youth squads at their recent presentation evening

Members of the Gala Fairydean Rovers Youth squads at their recent presentation evening

He spoke of how the club had entered a side in the Edinburgh leagues for the first time and that the aim would always be to produce players to step up to the first team.

Far from resting on their laurels, the club is entering three teams in the Edinburgh set-up next season and another five in the Borders leagues. And it is hoped to have a girls section up and running after the summer break.

Mr Blackie said: “A big thanks has to go to to all the coaches and committee for all their work over the season.

“Enjoy the holidays and watch the newspapers, Facebook and Twitter for details of registration and pre-season training.”

Chairman Derek McGill praised Fred’s contribution to the successful running of the club as he enters his final season before retirement.

After the event, there was a keenly-contested friendly match between the coaches of Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths and Gala Dean JFC, which finished 3-3. The youths’ section retained the Coaches Cup, kindly donated by The Trophy Guy, following a 4-3 penalty shoot-out.

A collection took place among the players and £218 was raised for Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Photograph and list of trophy winners on page 80.