The club are devastated to hear of the passing of Wanderers stalwart Dougie McKendrick. Dougie had been involved at Kingshill for over 40 years and would be familiar to many visitors as the gateman, who always had time for a friendly word with all and sundry. Dougie would do anything to help his beloved Wanderers, running the lottery, prize draws, linesman – you name it Dougie probably did it at some point over the decades. His loss to the club will be immeasurable and we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to wife Lynn and sons Colin and Douglas and family.
His smile, his friendship, his support and his unwavering dedication to the Wanderers will never be forgotten at Kingshill.
RIP my friend Douglas McKendrick, a Forth Wanderers Legend.
REMAINING FIXTURES CANCELLED
The club have received the following email from the WRSJFA :
“Following the recent announcement from the SFA Response Group, the West Region Management Committee have discussed & decided in light of Scottish Football shutdown being extended until the 10th June 2020 there is little option but to declare all remaining League & Cup fixtures as cancelled.”
It’s unclear at this stage whether this season has been declared null and void, further details when we have them.
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well during these trying times and look forward to welcoming you in the new West of Scotland League when the football finally resumes.
The committee of Forth Wanderers have unanimously agreed to follow up our note of interest with a formal application to join the new West of Scotland Football League. We believe that this is in the best long term interests of the Wanderers, being conscious that we are merely the current custodians of a club dating back to 1904. We sincerely hope, as looks likely, that all our fellow West Region clubs will join us in embracing this new beginning within the Pyramid.
Our colleagues at Troon FC have put together an excellent FAQ which has been linked below, but should any supporters have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch.
The club are saddened to hear of the passing of supporter Dougie Brodie and our heartfelt condolences go to his friends and family at this difficult time. Dougie was a fixture at Wanderers games both home and away over many years and could always bring a smile to your face with one of his countless jokes. A true Wanderers man, Kingshill Park will be a sadder place without him.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 SALTCOATS VICTORIA 0
The Wanderers won 2-0 against Saltcoats Victoria at Kingshill this afternoon. A deflected David Donnelly goal after 42 minutes saw Forth ahead at the interval and Jay Burns made it two 5 minutes into the second half to complete the scoring. However, the visitors were never out a fairly even game and will no doubt rue several missed chances.
ANNBANK UNITED 3 FORTH WANDERERS 2
Leading 1-0 at half time through a Billy Stevenson header, the Wanderers didn’t get going in the second half and Annbank punished them with three goals in the last 25 minutes to secure the three points. A fine finish from Jay Burns made it 3-2 deep into injury time, but it was no more than a consolation for Forth.
NEWMAINS UNITED 0 FORTH WANDERERS 5
The Wanderers won 5-0 against Newmains at Victoria Park this afternoon. The goals came from Mate Laczi, Jonathan Branks, Conor McDonald and a Billy Stevenson double.
Forth were two up at the interval through Stevenson and Laczi but, in truth, should have been further ahead after a half in which they completely dominated and passed up numerous chances.
Newmains were better at the start of the second half and could have pulled a goal back before Stevenson effectively sealed the points with a third on 68 minutes, which was soon followed by United going down to 10 men when ex-Wanderer Ryan Cherrie was sent off. The Wanderers finished strongly and late goals from Branks and McDonald put a gloss on the scoreline.
Next up a tough home tie against high flying Yoker Athletic next Saturday.
ST.ANTHONY’S 1 FORTH WANDERERS 2
Second half goals from Jonathan Branks and Jordan Lynch saw the Wanderers take the 3 points at McKenna Park this afternoon. The Ants scored a penalty with 5 minutes to go but Forth held on for a deserved victory.
VALE OF CLYDE 2 FORTH WANDERERS 3
Goals from Billy Stevenson, Mate Laczi and substitute Jay Burns saw the Wanderers leave Fullarton Park with the 3 points, after an entertaining game in the rain.
FORTH WANDERERS 1 THORNIEWOOD UNITED 3
The Wanderers produced a flat performance at Kingshill yesterday and deservedly lost 3-1 to Thorniewood. Billy Stevenson equalised after an early ‘Wood opener but two second half goals saw the points head to Viewpark.
AUCHINLECK TALBOT 4 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Wanderers may have lost 4-0 to Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood Park yesterday, but the players can take great credit for the way they matched their illustrious opponents, especially in a goalless first half when Forth gave as good as they got. This wasn’t just a backs to the wall performance either, as the first half corner count of 4-2 in favour of the Wanderers showed. However, two Talbot goals within 50 seconds, 10 minutes into second half, effectively killed the tie and further goals on 70 and 83 minutes contributed to a final scoreline which was perhaps a tad harsh on the Kingshill men.
FORTH WANDERERS 5 ARDEER THISTLE 1
The Wanderers comfortably defeated Ardeer Thistle 5-1 at Kingshill yesterday afternoon.
Forth were three ahead at the interval through a Jonathan Branks double and a Billy Stevenson strike, although it should have been several more after a half in which they completely dominated.
Ardeer improved significantly after the break and deservedly pulled one back after 68 minutes but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished when Jay Burns and Billy Stevenson netted for the Wanderers in quick succession to complete the scoring.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 NEILSTON JUNIORS 3 (3-5 Pens)
The Wanderers lost 5-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw at Kingshill this afternoon and Neilston progressed to the Junior Cup 3rd Round as a result.
The visitors lead 1-0 at the interval through an Allan Diack header on 24 minutes and it looked bleak for Forth when Paul Stewart doubled the Neilston lead after 53 minutes. However, substitute Tony Duffy pulled one back for the Wanderers three minutes later only for Martin Curren to restore the visitors two goal advantage with 20 minutes remaining. Forth rallied and finished the game strongly and goals from Mat Laczi on 79 and Jay Burns on 83 took the tie to penalties. Neilston scored first before Harry Clark missed for Forth and with all further penalties converted it was the visitors who emerged victorious..
Nevertheless, the Wanderers can be proud of their efforts against a team two divisions above them and can hopefully maintain this level of performance in the forthcoming league games.
NEILSTON JUNIORS 4 FORTH WANDERERS 4
The Wanderers and the Farmers Boys will have to do it all again at Kingshill next week after an enthralling 4-4 draw at Brig O’Lea this afternoon.
Forth started strongly forcing two corners in the first couple of minutes, before Billy Stevenson fired home a free kick from the edge of the box after 3 minutes to put the Wanderers ahead. Neilston hit the bar a couple of minutes later and the outside of the post later in the half, but despite dominating possession rarely threatened Scott Law in the Forth goal and 1-0 it remained at the interval.
The hosts equalised through a Dylan Fletcher penalty after 53 minutes but the Wanderers hit back 2 minutes later when a long Harry Clark throw was bundled home by Billy Stevenson. Better was to follow for Forth when an inswinging Nathan Cassidy corner ended up in the back of the net with 64 minutes played.
Fletcher reduced the deficit with another penalty 5 minutes later and then Robbie Halliday equalised on 83 minutes. It looked all over for the Wanderers when Fletcher completed his hat-trick, even more so when Jonathan Branks spurned a good opportunity in injury time, but with the clock ticking towards 96 minutes Branks made amends, slotting home to spark wild celebrations from the Wanderers faithful.
A tough replay awaits Forth next Saturday with Neilston undoubtedly smarting from failing to win a game in which they enjoyed so much possession.
SALTCOATS VICTORIA 0 FORTH WANDERERS 2
Goals from Billy Stevenson and Josh MacDonald saw the Wanderers deservedly return to winning ways at Campbell Park this afternoon.
An attacking Wanderers line-up were denied by the woodwork on a couple of occasions before the impressive Stevenson put them ahead on the half hour mark. However, Forth were unable to kill the game off and the Vics were still in it until Josh MacDonald shot home on 90 minutes to secure the points.
The club are delighted to welcome back striker Nathan Fell on loan from Albion Rovers. Nathan scored four goals in four games for the Wanderers at the end of last season, including a memorable hat-trick at Lesmahagow, and, despite interest from clubs in higher leagues, decided to sign on again at Kingshill.
Rounding up our other signings since the start of the season, we also welcome keeper Scott Law, defender Scott Anderson, midfielders Josh Fullerton, Harry Clark and Josh MacDonald and forward Jonathan Branks.
Departing the club are keeper Stephen McPhee, midfielders Michael Hardie (Petershill), William McGlone (Newmains) and Jamie Van Nuil (Carluke) and forward Dean McLean. We wish them all the best for the future and thank them for their efforts with the Wanderers.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 MUIRKIRK JUNIORS 3
The Wanderers lost 3-2 to Muirkirk in an entertaining game at Kingshill this afternoon.
The visitors led 1-0 at the break through a Jonny Rawlings back post header but Forth equalised three minutes into the second half when Daryl MacDonald netted the rebound after his initial penalty had been saved. Muirkirk regained the lead through Peter Marshall on 66 minutes but after sustained Wanderers pressure, Dougie Falconer headed home the equaliser with seven minutes to go. However, despite Forth pressing for a winner it was Muirkirk who snatched all three points two minutes into injury time through Gavin Hay, to continue their impressive 100% start in the league. After two successive defeats the Wanderers will look to get back on track away to Saltcoats next Saturday.
Manager Carlo Girasoli has tendered his resignation in order to renew his partnership with Martin Lauchlan at Petershill.
The club would like to thank Carlo for his time at Kingshill and wish both him and Martin well at New Petershill Park.
Graham Cairns and Thomas Devine, previously assistants to Carlo, step up to co-managers with immediate effect.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 MAYBOLE JUNIORS 0
Goals from Dylan MacDonald, Jonathan Branks and Billy Stevenson saw the Wanderers defeat Maybole 3-0 at Kingshill this afternoon.
The result sees the Forth top West Region League 2, albeit other teams have games in hand.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 NEWMAINS UNITED 0
The Wanderers made it four wins on the bounce with a 3-0 victory over Newmains at Kingshill this evening.
The wet conditions were not conducive to free flowing football and so it proved. The Wanderers took the lead on 15 minutes, Daryl MacDonald blasting home from close range after a fierce Billy Stevenson shot had been saved. The visitors brought out a couple of saves from Forth keeper Scott Law at the other end while only a fantastic Martyn Meek save denied Nathan Cassidy from doubling the Forth advantage just before the break.
The game was in the balance until 66 minutes when a surging run from Michael Hardie saw him send Jonathan Branks clear and the Forth striker finished with aplomb.There was only going to be one winner now and dominant Forth spurned several chances before Josh Fullerton completed the scoring with 8 minutes to play.
Next up, another home match on Saturday when Maybole are the visitors.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 VALE OF CLYDE 2
Great result for the Wanderers this afternoon against a very decent Vale of Clyde side who may well feel aggrieved not to have taken anything from the game.
A Jonathan Branks goal had Forth ahead at the interval, after an even first half in which both teams had their chances.
The Wanderers started the second half strongly, as is becoming traditional, and a well worked goal finished by Alan Hardie two minutes after the break followed by what appeared to be an own goal had the Wanderers apparently on easy street.
However, credit to the Vale who then put the Wanderers under sustained pressure and deservedly reduced the deficit firstly on 63 minutes and then 20 minutes later. In between, the Vale keeper kept his side in the game with a couple of smart saves, but it was a nervous finish for the home fans who were delighted to hear the final whistle.
A promising start to the season for Forth, although Wednesday night sees Newmains, a bit of a bogey team for the Wanderers recently, visit Kingshill. Come along and support the boys in what will undoubtedly be a difficult game.
LUGAR BOSWELL THISTLE 0 FORTH WANDERERS 3
The Wanderers recorded their second successive away victory with a 3-0 victory over Lugar at a sunny Rosebank Park yesterday afternoon.
A Jonathan Branks goal was the difference between the sides at the interval after a first half which Forth just edged. The second half was a different proposition with the Wanderers dominating for the most part and scoring a further two goals through Branks and substitute ‘Luca’ Tony Duffy. In truth, Forth could have scored more, but three goals and another clean sheet sent the travelling support home in fine fettle. With the Newmains game on the 21st switched to Kingshill, the Wanderers now have three home games on the bounce to build on what has been a promising start to the season.
THORNIEWOOD UNITED 0 FORTH WANDERERS 2
A much improved performance from the Wanderers saw goals from Jonathan Branks and Michael Hardie secure the three points against Thorniewood United at Robertson Park this evening.
An entertaining game saw the Wanderers ahead on 13 minutes when Branks drilled home and both sides had several chances as the half progressed, Scott Law doing well to turn away the hosts best chance and Willie McGlone striking the top of the crossbar for Forth. However, 1-0 it remained at the interval, which surprisingly arrived 30 odd seconds prior to the allotted 45 minutes.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with the Wanderers starting well and the ‘Wood also enjoying periods of dominance. Credit to the Forth management though, as their three second half substitutions were well timed and gave the Wanderers the impetus to push on and claim the spoils. The clincher came on 82 minutes when an excellent Tony Duffy cross from the right took out the home goalkeeper and allowed Michael Hardie to steal in and score at the back post to seal the points.
Although there wasn’t much between the teams, the Wanderers were deserving of the victory and can now look forward to another tough away fixture at Lugar Boswell Thistle on Saturday.
JOHNSTONE BURGH 2 FORTH WANDERERS 0
A disappointing start to the league campaign saw the Wanderers lose 2-0 to Johnstone Burgh at Keanie Park on Saturday. In a game of few clear cut chances, two second half goals were enough to see the Burgh take the spoils. The Wanderers will look to get back on track when they travel to face Thorniewood United at Robertson Park on Wednesday.
PLAYER SPONSORS 2019/20
The Wanderers are offering the opportunity for individuals or businesses to sponsor a player for the season. The cost is £25 and sponsors names, and links to any websites, will be displayed on the website. Needless to say, all sponsorship is greatly appreciated by the club (and the players themselves) and all monies received go directly into the running of Forth Wanderers. Interested parties can make contact through the website, social media or with any Committee member. Available players can be found here.
FORTH WANDERERS 1 WISHAW JUNIORS 0
A Billy Stevenson goal 10 minutes into the second half, gave the Wanderers victory in a hard fought encounter at Kingshill Park this evening.
Forth began the game well with Stevenson and fellow striker Dean McLean both going close early on. The visitors came more into the game as the half wore on and it took two excellent saves from Forth keeper Scott Law to deny them the opener. Wishaw then hit both posts as they continued to press, but goalless it remained at the interval.
The Wanderers had the better of the second half but couldn’t capitalise on Stevenson’s goal despite creating several decent chances and again had Law to thank for preserving their lead, when he got down well to turn away a goalbound shot. Overall though, the Forth defence dealt capably with any Wishaw pressure and the Wanderers ran out deserved winners in the end.
Saturday sees the start of the league campaign and a visit to Keanie Park to face Johnstone Burgh, who ran out 5-3 winners at Kingshill in the opening league game of last season.
SHOTTS BON ACCORD 5 FORTH WANDERERS 1
The Wanderers lost 5-1 to Shotts at Hannah Park this afternoon, although the score was harsh on Forth who competed well against opponents two divisions higher.
Goals from Smith and Martin had the hosts two up at the interval although William McGlone fired over from a good position at 0-0 and Billy Stevenson hit the post just prior to the half time whistle.
The introduction of Jamie Van Nuil for the second half gave the Wanderers a new impetus and they began the second half strongly winning a series of corners and forcing the Shotts keeper into a couple of decent saves.
However it was Shotts who went further ahead on the hour mark, Love converting a soft penalty. Undaunted Forth got the goal their play deserved when Van Nuil thundered home a shot on 68 minutes but they couldn’t claw their way back any further and two Shotts goals in the final 5 minutes put an undeserved sheen on the final scoreline.
BARRHEAD UNDER 21’S 1 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Forth completed their pre-season matches with a 1-1 draw against Barrhead 21’s in Barrhead yesterday afternoon. The hosts had the better of a goalless first half with the Wanderers more prominent after the break. Nathan Cassidy scored the Forth goal on 82 minutes to make it 1-1 after Barrhead had taken the lead just after the hour mark.
CARLUKE ROVERS 1 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers prevailed in an entertaining friendly at a sunny John Cumming Stadium this afternoon, where even the usual high winds were absent.
Forth played some excellent football throughout and the Rovers keeper had to make a series of saves in the first half, but regardless it was the hosts who were ahead at half time after a fine strike on 24 minutes.
Undeterred, the Wanderers kept to their game plan and were rewarded with the equaliser 6 minutes into the second half, when Scott Anderson headed home a corner at the back post. The winner came after 70 minutes when Tony Duffy dispossessed a Carluke defender before homing in on goal and finishing calmly to complete the scoring.
Overall, Forth can take a lot of positives from a game in which they passed the ball around well and created a number of chances.
FORTH WANDERERS 0 LANARK UNITED 1
Lanark progressed to the Clydesdale Cup Final next Monday with a 1-0 victory over the Wanderers at Kingshill tonight.
A first half header was the difference between the sides in an evenly contested game, but Forth caused the Lanark defence, featuring ex Senior Dougie Imrie, a few problems especially during a good second half spell. However, it wasn’t to be and the Moor Park men will face either Carluke or Lesmahagow in the final.
FORTH WANDERERS 1 LARKHALL THISTLE 2
A much changed Wanderers side lost 2-1 to Larkhall Thistle at Kingshill yesterday afternoon.
Forth were 1-0 ahead at the break after a fine Daryl MacDonald strike after great work by Michael Hardie, but a strong second half showing from the visitors saw Graham Gracie score on 78 and 84 minutes to seal the win. The second undoubtedly owed much to an earlier injury sustained by Forth keeper Scott Law and indeed he was substituted directly after the goal.
FORTH WANDERERS 4 WEST CALDER UNITED 0
A dominant first half saw the Wanderers three goals to the good at the interval and although West Calder rallied in the second half it was Forth who completed the scoring with a further goal. Decent performance from a Forth side peppered with trialists and good to see 18 players given a run out by the Wanderers . The goals were scored by Liam McGuigan (own goal), a peach from Curtis Baxter, Daryl MacDonald and Jonathan Branks.
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES BEGIN
The Wanderers begin their pre-season friendlies tonight at Kingshill with West Calder United the visitors. Kick off is at 7.15pm. Other pre-season games arranged are as follows :
Saturday 6th July – Larkhall Thistle (H)
Monday 8th July – Lanark United (H) in the Clydesdale Cup semi-final.
Saturday 13th July Carluke Rovers (A)
Saturday 20th July Barrhead Under 21’s (A)