New 35s Team Kick Off First Ever League Campaign

Coatbridge Rovers FC have been a fast-growing and very popular club for young boys and girls since its inception in 2014. Started by current Chairman, Gary Flint, the SYFA teams have been the foundation for the club which has quickly become the trusted choice in Coatbridge and surrounding areas for hundreds of children of all ages, from the Little Kickers squad taking kids from age 3-5 to our older age groups, most of whom have been players since they were little.

With the addition of the Girls Academy in 2019 under the supervision of Carleen Dolan, the club added the SWF to the club and they have come along fantastically, with the older girls in the Under 13s squad playing competitively on a weekly basis.

In March 2021, Gary Flint, along with Club Development Officer, Martin O’Neill, set out to apply the Scottish FA’s “Football For All” programme and as part of that, bringing an adult amateur team into the club was one of the main objectives. An over 35s team was born and this coming Sunday, 25th of July, they play their first competitive match in the Central Scottish Amateur Football League (CSAFL), after a late call off from initial opponents, Cumbernauld Colts, which should have been played 2 weeks prior.

Sunday begins the start of a new era for Coatbridge Rovers FC. A home match versus the very capable Blantyre Celtic, who have already won their first match against Giffnock and secured their first 3 points of the season. 35s Manager, Martin O’Neill said, “This will be a very testing game for Rovers but they have trained hard and gelled as a team very quickly. I have been very lucky to have a squad of guys who are not only gifted footballers, but real gentlemen. I am really excited to kick off our campaign and want to welcome Blantyre Celtic to Coatbridge. This couldn’t have happened without the help of the Chairman, Gary who has placed his trust in me to manage the team and I know that win, lose or draw, we will do the club proud. Thanks also to Simon McQueer who is assistant manager and to our new captain and number 8, Tony McCondichie.”

Chairman Gary Flint said “This is an incredibly proud moment for myself personally and for our club and committee who are excited to see our first ever adult amateur team formed and representing our community and Coatbridge Rovers FC. Mo (Martin) has done exceptionally well in forming the team and has my full support in a testing position that I am sure he will excel in. I’d like to also mention that we cannot thank our team sponsor, Exmel, enough. They were very quick to sponsor our team. The owner of the company, Gerard Smyth, is a player for the team too, so no pressure.”

Coatbridge Rovers FC vs Blantyre Celtic kicks off on Sunday 25th July at 1400hrs at the Coatbridge Community Sports Complex (at St Andrew’s High School) and spectators are welcomed. You can keep up with all the 35s league fixtures and results at the CSAFL Website

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