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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!