The Scottish Schools’ FA boys international squad for 2019 gathered for the last time together at Hamden Park on Wednesday 17th April when they received their cap for representing the SSFA at under 18 schoolboy level.

Players, family, sponsors and friends at the 2019 Cap Ceremony

The large number of parents, grandparents, family members and friends who attended thoroughly enjoyed the event which allowed everyone to celebrate the excellent job that the players did as superb ambassadors for Scottish football.

Alex McMememy welcomed the audience and John Watson introduced the squad to a standing ovation.

Hon. treasurer Alex McMenemy welcomes all to the Cap Ceremony

Team Coach, Mr Craig Johnstone ( St Modan’s HS) introduced his coaching colleagues, Mr Scott Douglas ( Bearsden Academy),Mr Gerry O’Hare ( Gryffe HS) and GK Coach Mr Stevie Harvey (John Paul Secondary) and he thanked both the boys and their parents for their great contribution over the past four months. Results didn’t reflect the high quality of performance the team had produced.

Team coach Craig Johnstone addresses the players

Mr Johnstone highlighted the help of others on the SSFA committee including our media expert Ian Cairns, physio Donald Ritchie and in particular Mr Les Donaldson MBE whose work as International Secretary was immense.

Former National Schools team coach and Past President, Stewart Taylor was privileged to make the cap awards having seen every preparation game and international match over the course of the season.

Former National Schools team coach and Past President, Stewart Taylor presents captain Jack Hodge with his cap

Match pennants were awarded to selected players and then everyone had the chance to take photos on the touch line of the famous Hampden Park.

2019 squad throw their caps in the air at Hampden Park

Fond farewells followed with assurances that the players will keep in touch with each other in the years to come no matter where their careers take them.

There is little doubt that this will happen.

Well done lads!