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Nesbitt the hat-trick hero as emphatic Celtic claim the Little Big Shot Youth Cup

Click here for Celtic FC post match interview article (by David Brockett) / Click here for Rangers FC post match interview article (by Michael ...

Equity Sports US IMG Academy Pathways Programme

Young footballers across the UK now have the opportunity to head to the USA to demonstrate their ‘soccer’ skills, and continue thei...

Draws made for next round of girls' national competition

13's draw   Ties to be played 13/14 June   Boroughmuir Thistel Purples v Aberdeen Ladies 13s Glasgow Ci...

St Peters to host EH17 charity event

St Peter's FC 99s will take on a Paisley and Johnstone District YFL Select XI on Saturday, in  an event in aid of The Brightest Star, a ch...

Smith smashes last gasp winner to seal Crosshouse the cup

Photos courtesy of Craig Halkett / Post match winners interview article (to follow) / WATCH: Smith's last minute winner (via Facebook)...

  • Nesbitt the hat-trick hero as emphatic Celtic claim the Little Big Shot Youth Cup

  • Equity Sports US IMG Academy Pathways Programme

  • Draws made for next round of girls' national competition

  • St Peters to host EH17 charity event

  • Smith smashes last gasp winner to seal Crosshouse the cup

SYFA Challenge Cup finals 2012 preview article
Author: James Hunter
 
 
On 5th May there will only be one thing on the mind of Hutchison Vale's crop of young footballers. The class of 1999 have made it all the way to the Under 13s SYFA Challenge Cup final and are one football match away from being heroes. However, looking into the future, those players have no shortage of role models from their football club, to give them hope in the dream of becoming a professional footballer.
 
Vale has always had a good record in terms of creating footballers. Some famous names have played for the Edinburgh outfit. 
 
One of those names is John Collins. The current Director of Football at Livingston and former Hibs manager is probably one of the most famous players to have played for Hutchie. He played for the side between 1980 and 1984 before signing professional at Hibs. His illustrious playing career also saw him play for Celtic, Monaco, Everton and Fulham and pick up 58 caps for Scotland before moving into management. 
 
Rangers’ full back Steven Whittaker is another Hutchison Vale player. He left Vale to join Hibs in 2002 before moving on to Rangers in 2007. Whittaker was an integral player in Rangers’ run to the UEFA Cup final scoring a fine individual goal against Sporting Lisbon in the quarter finals. So far he has 14 caps for the national side. 
 
Another ex-Hibs and Rangers player to have played for Hutchie is Cardiff City striker Kenny Miller. Ironically Miller was born in Musselburgh, Vale’s opponents in the Scottish Cup. He was another who made the move straight for Hutchison Vale to Hibs and his form at the Edinburgh side saw him earn a move to Rangers. He then moved to English side Wolves and sent shockwaves through Scottish football by signing for Celtic. He returned to Rangers via Derby County before earning a megabucks move to Turkish side Bursaspor and is now at English Championship side Cardiff City. His career has seen him become a vital player for Scotland earning over 50 caps and scoring 16 times.
 
Several ex Vale players are looking forward to a Scottish Cup final of their own, when Hearts and Hibs square off later this month. Hearts’ Andy Driver, Gary Glen and Scott Robinson; and Hibs’ Ian Murray, Danny Galbraith, Garry O’Connor, Paul Hanlon and Leigh Griffiths join numerous other players throughout Scotland and England to have featured for Vale!