Campsie Black Watch FC U21s are a team well know through-out Scotland for numerous reasons, but most notably their rich history and continued success. Jim Shanks part of the management team outlined to me, with the establishment in its 71st year as a juvenile football club, what he thinks makes this team so special.
“I think the reason that Campsie has had such a long success is mostly down to the committee and the staff at Campsie, and of course picking the right players for the job.”
“Gerry Marley has been with the club for over 60 years and has tremendous success both here and abroad. And he himself was recognised for his commitment to sport when he was awarded the MBE.”
“This season if we get to the Scottish Cup final we will be playing for a record 11th win. The players are all very proud to be associated with this great club and it shows in their play on the field.”
And the 11th win remains on the cards. The reigning champs won’t give up the trophy easily as they know more than anyone what it means and takes to win it. Two successive defeats in the final back in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, it was a case of third time lucky when they defeated Knightswood last season.
Campsie will be expected to reach the final for the fourth successive time. They face Mill United in the Semi-Final, a side lying 3rd in the Second Division of the West of Scotland 21’s. With Campsie top of the Premier League, they are 29 places above them. But, with Mill United having just entered from the Lanarkshire League though, these stats might be misleading. It’s also expected as that’s simply the pressure that follows a side of this calibre.
It doesn’t stop there either. The team are still on course for a quadruple. In Round 3 of the West of Scotland Cup and in the Quarter-Final of the Golden Goals Tournament. It’s clear Campsie want success.
“We as a club are aiming for success in all competitions; Gerry would have it no other way and still plays a very active part in the running of the club.”
“A special mention must also go to Allan Differ who is the present Manager of the club and does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes as well as sponsoring the club along with his wife Pauline who is the owner of Birdston Luxury Kennels who sponsor the major tournaments in the league.”
It would be nice to give those who read this the recipe for club and team success, but I feel it was summarised nicely by Jim himself saying, “Along with all the players and staff at the club it makes for a winning combination.”
“But, it would also be a great help to the club if they could get more games played at Station Road. It’s our home park, but due to poor drainage and lack of funding to repair damages, Campsie are constantly on the move playing wherever they can. If anyone would be willing to sponsor the club and help us repair the park we would love for them to get in contact.”