Jan 4 2013 Perthshire Advertiser
Scone Thistle have bounced back strongly after a year in abeyance, with a real community effort getting the village club back on track.
And even burst pipes and a collapsed ceiling in the changing rooms in the countdown to a Festive clash with Steelend Vics couldn’t put a dampener on Christmas celebrations.
The impressive community effort was summed-up by a presentation by Scone Village Association, which has generously kitted out all the teams coming under the community club wing with a range of smart new training gear. The Wheel Inn has also been supportive, sponsoring tracksuits for players.
Former players and supporters were determined that the club, one of the oldest junior teams in the country, would not disappear after going into abeyance - and their efforts have paid off.
Thistle spokesman Derek Adam said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has sponsored us, made donations, attended fundraisers and supported the club on match days as well because without them we would still be in abeyance.
“We had a nightmare week with part of the ceiling coming down and burst pipes in the showers and toilets but everybody pulled together to get it sorted, especially the players with trades.
“The committee is very keen to replace the changing rooms with ones that are fit for purpose for wider community use but this plan is still at the very early stages.”
Derek said the under age football teams would be used as feeders for the juniors.
“Young players will be given a chance at Scone. One boy from Scone U19s has played a number of games for us and trains regularly with us. We have a clutch of players who are 18 or under, with several between 18-21. It’s the way ahead for us.”