FURTHER SIGNING NEWS
The club are pleased to announce some further signings as manager Jamie McKenzie adds to his squad ahead of the coming season. Firstly, we welcome back goalkeeper Martyn Meek and defender Stephen Tait who have re-signed for a further season. Secondly, it’s a return for defender Marc ‘Dan’ Napier who was previously at Kingshill between 2006 and 2012 and last but certainly not least, we are delighted to announce forward Keigan Parker, with his vast experience in both Senior and Junior football, has joined in a player/coach capacity.
A warm Kingshill welcome to all.
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Delighted to announce that Kristopher Dick, John Rennie and Lachlan Tait have all re-signed for the club. Stewart Nicoll and Connor McArdle have also joined up, having both previously been with Cumbernauld, while Kieran Brown arrives on a season long loan, also from Cumbernauld. Defender Christopher Dunlop, whose previous clubs include Newmains and Lesmahagow completes the latest batch of signings.
Welcome to Kingshill one and all !
CLYDESDALE CUP FINAL RE-SCHEDULED
The Clydesdale Cup Final between Lesmahagow and Forth will now be played at Craighead Park on Thursday 27th July with a 7pm kick off.
LARKHALL 21’S GAME CANCELLED
The game against Larkhall Thistle 21’s scheduled for Kingshill on Saturday has been cancelled.
FORTH WANDERERS 4 CARLUKE ROVERS 1
The Wanderers defeated Carluke Rovers 4-1 at Kingshill in the Clydesdale Cup at Kingshill this evening, to set up a final against Lesmahagow at Craighead Park on Monday night.
Carluke looked the more likely in the first half but it was Forth who opened the scoring when Kris Jarvie deflected a Kris Dick shot past the Rovers keeper on 38 minutes. Carluke equalised 4 minutes later through the prolific Ian Watt, and the visitors would have been disappointed not to be ahead at the break after creating the better of the first half chances.
Whatever Wanderers manager Jamie McKenzie said at half time had the desired effect as Forth began strongly and regained the lead within 4 minutes of the restart when Barry McGeechan netted from the penalty spot after Jarvie had been brought down by the keeper. Jarvie was enjoying himself, closing down, harrying and generally being a thorn in the side of the Rovers defence and it was no surprise when he popped up with a fine header to make it 3-1 on 64 minutes. He then completed his hat-trick three minutes later and took great delight in silencing those in the away support who had been giving him some stick! The game was now over as a contest and although there were further chances at both ends, 4-1 it finished.
The one disappointment of the night was that the welcome return of Gordon Murphy in a Wanderers jersey lasted less than 10 minutes before he had to go off with a recurrence of his previous injury. Everyone at the club hopes it is not as bad as first feared and wish big Gordy a speedy recovery.
UPPER ANNANDALE 1 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Another good workout for the Wanderers down in Moffat this afternoon, where an 85th minute goal from our hosts Upper Annandale made the final score 1-1. A third pre-season draw perhaps, but again there were many promising signs and some excellent football played by Forth. The three trialists on show in the Wanderers starting 11 put in impressive performances, one of whom opened the scoring with a fine finish and overall we seem in good shape ahead of the Clydesdale Cup match against Carluke on Wednesday.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 REAL KASHMIR 2
Forth drew 2-2 with Indian opponents Real Kashmir at Kingshill this afternoon. John Rennie gave the Wanderers an early lead only for Ishfaq to equalise for Real Kashmir with a fine strike. Wullie McLaren made it 2-1 with a neat lob over the advancing keeper and Forth continued to dominate but failed to turn their pressure into goals and 2-1 it remained at the break.
Real Kashmir were much improved in the second half and although a raft of substitutions disrupted the Wanderers rhythm, all credit to our opponents who equalised with 5 minutes to go to make the final score 2-2.
Not the best day weather wise, but a healthy crowd turned out to support the match and we hope they enjoyed their day at Kingshill.
AFC RED STAR 1 FORTH WANDERERS 1
A late Red Star equaliser denied the Wanderers a victory at Holytown this afternoon. Warren Grenfell was the Forth scorer with a neat finish after good work from Barry McGeechan. Lots of positives to take from the game with new signings Kieran Brown and Stewart Nicoll (pictured) making assured debuts.
INITIAL LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED
The first six league fixtures have been released and the Wanderers begin the campaign at home to Greenock Juniors before visiting Neilston for our first away game. The Central League Cup fixtures have also been announced.
Full details can be found here.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Congratulations to our winners from last season who were as follows :
Player of the Year – Barry McGeechan
Players Player of the Year – Barry McGeechan
Young Player of the Year – Warren Grenfell
Top Goalscorer – Wullie McLaren
The following pre-season fixtures have been arranged :
Sat 8/7 Red Star Ams Keir Hardie Sports Centre 1pm
Sun 9/7 Real Kashmir Kingshill Park 3pm
Sat 15/7 Upper Annandale Moffat Academy 2pm
Tue 18/7 Carluke Rovers Kingshill Park 7pm
Sat 22/7 Larkhall Thistle 21’s Kingshill Park 2pm
Sat 29/7 Bathgate Thistle Kingshill Park 2pm
The Carluke game is the semi final of the Clydesdale Cup with the victors facing the winners of the Lanark/Lesmahagow tie away in the final on Monday 24th July.
The following players have re-signed for next season :
In addition Wullie McLaren is already contracted for the upcoming campaign.
Jim Dick returns to Kingshill as Assistant Manager with Brian Crawford leaving the club. The Wanderers would like to thank Brian for his efforts over the last couple of seasons and wish him well for the future.
Further signings will be announced as they happen.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR NIGHT 2017
The Wanderers are holding their annual Player of the Year night in Hush Nightclub, Coatbridge on Friday 30th June 2017. Tickets are £10 on the door.
Awards will be Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer.
As you’ll have noticed, we’re running a wee bit late this year, so if you could message me your votes through the contact page for POTY and Young POTY within the next week, that should give me time to get the trophies and engraving sorted. If people could ask any supporters not on the internet for their votes and pass them on, that would be appreciated. The manager is sorting out the Players Player votes.
The Young Player is restricted to those 23 or under, which gives a choice of the following :
THANK YOU ALL !
Now the dust has settled on another campaign, a couple of thank yous are in order.
Firstly to all our sponsors,large and small, and also to those who have donated to the club either directly or through our monthly direct debit scheme. Special thanks to our shirt sponsors Gardiner & Co Accountants, who sponsor our red kit and Well Machined Limited, Precision Engineering, who came on board this season to sponsor our white kit. Also to Hush nightclub who sponsored our training kit.
Secondly, to all our supporters, who have given great backing both home and away throughout the season. Our away support in particular compares favourably with the majority of teams in our league and the players greatly appreciate your backing.