Player of the Year
(chosen by the Players)
Team Mate of the Year
for the Player whos attitude and willingness to help the Team shone through
(Chosen by the Coaches)
1: David McCallum 11 Goals
2: Darren Law 10 Goals
3: Rhys Thomson 7 Goals
Man of the Match Awards
1: David McCallum 5 Awards
2: David Milton 4 Awards
3: Lewis Andrews 3 Awards
Special Award for playing in every Match of the Season
Congratulations to all the winners.
Our recent visit to Ayr on Scottish cup business promoted this response from our hosts
MYSELF AND MANAGER JOHN KELLY AND MY SON WHO IS TEAM CAPTAIN WERE ALL VERY IMPRESSED BY THE CONDUCT OF BOTH THE COACHING TEAM AND ALL OF THE PLAYERS AT YOUR CLUB.IT IS VERY EASY TO BE SPORTING WHEN YOU ARE WINNING BUT YOUR CLUB SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE WAY YOU CONDUCTED YOURSELVES BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD.I,M ONLY SORRY THAT THE WEATHER WAS NOT BETTER AND THAT WE COULD NOT TAKE YOU SOMEWHERE AFTER THE GAME FOR SOUP AND SANDWICHES WHICH WE TRY TO DO WHEN TEAMS HAVE TRAVELLED A FAIR BIT.UNFORTUNATELY WE HAD ARRANGED A BAG PACKING FUNDRAISER AT TESCOS IN AYR.FINALLY CAN YOU PASS ON OUR GOOD WISHES TO ALL OF PEOPLE INVOLVED ON SATURDAY FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.
It is nice to know that even in victory our hosts were kind enough to send this message to us. On behalf of all at Eastwood we wish Ayr juniors further success in their Scottish Cup journey this season, and if we we come up against them again we hope they have an off day
Some of you may have come across or heard of a recent game where six players were sent off/removed from the pitch for having Thermal Underwear on which was a different colour from their strip. I mention this as prior to one of our matches last season the referee brought up this very topic stating that there is the possibility that a player will not be allowed to continue should his Underwear not be the same as his kit.
Personally I think this is nonsense but the rules of the game do actually state this and I quote from the SFA Rule Book
"The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items:
• a jersey or shirt with sleeves – if undergarments are worn, the colour of the sleeve must be the same main colour as the sleeve of the jersey or shirt
• shorts – if undershorts are worn, they must be of the same main colour as the shorts"
Therefore if you are buying new Thermal Tops or shorts it would be preferable if you could get them in the same colours as the team colours. I am aware that this is not always possible and if that is the case try to buy tops which have a crew/v neck as opposed to visible high necked versions and possibly short sleeves. Shorts may need to be short enough that they are not longer than the strips shorts and therefore are not visible.
I appreciate that this all seems incredibly petty, but it would be a shame for the boys if we were to come across a Jobsworth referee and this were to rear its very ugly head
So if possible think about what you are buying when trying to keep warm
Here is the news report of the match in question
A youth game descended into farce after Bath City's youth team had five players and their manager sent off following a row about underpants.
Darren Adie, refereeing the contest against Newport County, contentiously ruled that some of the Bath team's underwear contravened the official rules.
The FA's rule 4 says "if thermal undershorts are worn, they are of the same main colour as the shorts."
Several players fell foul of the ruling, wearing white pants which were visible under the club's red shorts.
That said, the match was 20 minutes old before the issue came to a head.
Defender Billy Cooper was sent off first, with manager Billy Clark following for dissent at the decision, before Ciaran Rogers, Zemell Burton, Ben Bicknell and Lewis Pierre all saw red.
Despite that, the Bath Chronicle report that Bath City believe that even after the red cards, there were still players on the pitch on both sides who were technically in breach of the rules but remained on the pitch throughout.
Unsurprisingly, Bath City went on to lose the Youth Cup tie 6-0, with the first goal scored while two of their players were off the field, changing.
Bath City chairman Manda Rigby described the parents who saw the game as "distressed and angry," and said that referee Adie had locked himself in his room after the game.
‘"It was farcical - I have never seen anything like it before," she said.
‘"I was in total disbelief."
Bath managing director Paul Williams added: "It was all very surreal. I was angry with the officials.
"Every team has to submit a report about the officials to the FA. Let's just say ours is a very long report."
A spokesman for the FA said it was looking into the incident together with the Welsh FA, who supplied the match officials.
Newport County secretary Mike Everett, meanwhile, said he would not be making a similar complaint about the standard of refereeing.
"I understand that the initial problem was regarding incorrect undergarments," he said. "The referee made his decisions. There's not a lot I can add."
Once again we have a new addition to our squad David McCallum joins us and already has proved to be a valuable addition to the team in Central Defence. possibly more importantly to us parents is the fact that his folks Steve and Kirsten have quickly thrown their weight into the ongoing task of putting up the Goals at our home games.
So welcome to the Mccallums and I hope they enjoy their time with Eastwood 97's
Sadly at the start of this season there have been a number of departures who have moved on to pastures new. Let me take this opportunity to thank Danny Fitzpatrick, Matthew Planas, Rhys Hume and Gregor Dron for the effort, pleasure and commitment they gave to Eastwood 97's in their time with us.
From all at the club we wish them well in all their sporting adventures to come.
Welcome to Andrew Stewart and Graeme O'Neill to the ranks of Eastwood 97's
Most of you will know them from the end of last season where they trained with us and and played in a number of games
Hopefully you will enjoy your time with eastwood as we move into this exciting new season
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