Johnshaven FC round-up

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Pete Williams, manager of local amateur football side Johnshaven Athletic, a team mostly made up of players from between Montrose and Stonehaven, has sent us a round-up of his side’s most recent season.

Pete writes: “‘Johner’ is now into its 14th year of existence, and has just had its best season to date. We finished fourth in Division 1E of the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association and while this was a great achievement, and something that we can hopefully build upon to win promotion to the premier league next season, the highlight of the season without a doubt was our run to the North of Scotland Amateur Cup final in which we were extremely unlucky to come away with a 3-2 defeat by Cove Thistle, a strong outfit who went the whole season undefeated in the Premier League.”

At 29, Pete is one of the younger managers in the Association, despite having nearly nine years experience as ‘the gaffer’ including three seasons with Johnshaven Athletic. He added: “In all this time I have never been so proud as to how we presented ourselves on and off the field that cup final day.

“As for the upcoming season, with nearly everyone signing on there are very exciting times ahead. We have made key additions to the squad which I feel can help us push for promotion and silverware this season.

“None is more important than securing the services of ex-Brechin Vics, and more recently Picture House goalkeeper Kieran Findlater, who at 6’3” can give us a real presence between the sticks. Much sought after Mark Johnston has decided to sign for the club, knocking back offers from Premier league clubs. Promising Welfare league defender Dan Towns returns to the club after several years’ absence, and also signed is the much travelled Kevin Bruce who will give competition where we most need it. Robert Milne also returns to the club after brief stints in Junior and Welfare league football.”

Pete enthused: “The club’s profile is at an all-time high. It is fantastically run with a strong committee spearheaded by Colin and Liz Hancox. I know how much they have done for the club over the years and their continued hard work and support makes my position at the club the easiest one around.

The club is always interested in any sponsorship be it financially or otherwise, and support from any business would be most appreciated.

If you would like to get involved please contact the club at Colin.Hancox@tesco.net

Honorary president Clark Simpson said of the cup final: “... the manner in which they played, honestly, skilfully and without any of the nonsense which so often accompanies the game at ‘higher’ levels was commendable, as was the sporting manner in which they accepted the result.”