With no schools’ football being played at present, and for the forseeable future, here’s a look back at schools’ football in season 1999-2000.
Please note age grouping were moved forward a year in the early 2000s therefore our Under 12 Shield became the Under 13 Shield etc.
Welcome from SSFA President John Gold
Our shield and cup competitions progressed extremely well throughout the year in spite of the exceptionally wet weather. However the five week spread of the schools Easter Holidays and further inclement weather in late April and early May hindered our efforts to host the finals at senior grounds.
We did, nevertheless, have great success in obtaining high profile venues. Love Street, home of St Mirren was used for the 13s and 14s finals. Ibrox Stadium, home of Rangers, was used for the Primary Walkers Crisps final. Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena was used for our National Fives finals. Hampden Park was used for our Senior Shield final and Murrayfield was used for the Primary Fun Fours final.
Our Lady’s High beat Dumfries High 2-1 in an exciting and sporting Senior Shield final in front of a large and appreciative support at Hampden Park.
The Fun Fours event at Murrayfield was a marvellous occision. Sixteen primary schools from all over Scotland enjoyed a festival of football in a magnificant stadium. In addition, a cheque for £1420, the proceeds of funds raised throughout the year by all the competing schools, was handed over to the Sick Children’s Hospital, Edinburgh.
We continue to make progress in our provision of football for girls and this year a 12-13s sevens competition was added to our fixture list. The trophy was won by St Augustine’s High, Edinburgh in an entertaining finals afternoon at Ibrox Community Centre. Kirkland High retained the Girls’ Senior Shield with a well-merited win over Stonelaw High at McDiarmid Park, Perth. At the same venue Inverurie Academy defeated Our Lady and St Patrick’s, Dumbarton 5-3 in the Girls’ Under 15 Shield final to record the school’s first national trophy win at football.