May 25 2012 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
SCONE Thistle’s plans for the new season have been boosted by the signing of former St Johnstone striker Nathan Lowndes, writes Gordon Bannerman.
The attacker, who lives and works locally, forged a successful career in the senior game during spells on both sides of the border.
Now 34 and serving with Tayside Police, he has decided to join the Scone club – at 120 it’s the oldest in the area – and become new manager Derek Keir’s first signing.
The club, which famously gave George Best a run out years ago, has ambitious plans being advanced to move out of abeyance and make its mark next term.
The signature of Lowndes, whose career started with Leeds Utd, is a massive coup and underlines the ambition of the Jaggies.
Lowndes featured in a League Cup final defeat from Rangers and played against Monaco in the UEFA Cup while with Saints. His other clubs include Watford, Plymouth and Chester.
Thistle are plotting the way ahead and an open trial has been organised for Farquharson Park in Scone on Saturday, June 16 at noon. Players with professional, semi professional, amateur or under age football experience are welcome and candidates should contact the manager at email@example.com
New boss Keir, who played for Camelon Juniors, Armadale Thistle and Falkirk Juniors also gained experience in the Unibond League in England.
He was part of the Camelon team that won the Lothian District League Division One and Lothians Cup final with Camelon in season 2005/06.
Keir’s working hard alongside the committee and the youth club to create a pathway for football from childhood through to adults – and he’s also reaching out to ex-players and former committee members.
“The primary aim is to re-establish Scone Thistle as a competitive junior club in the Central Division and with a strong committee the club are making huge steps towards coming out of abeyance,” he explained yesterday.
“Moving forward as a sustainable entity, we hope that we will excite young players interested in playing in the semi professional game and beyond.
“At the heart of any strong community club are people and in Scone we are blessed with a number of committed coaches with the youth teams, we have teachers in local schools committed to partnership with the club and we have hundreds of parents supporting their children on a weekly basis thanks to the hard work of the community club and its volunteers.
“As part of that we want the Junior team to bring back the adult contribution to the community with local players playing for a hard working, well organised and professional club.
“We have a new committee working extremely hard to make this possible and committed to providing the best possible experience for the players but also the supporters and our alumni.
“Moving forward, the community will be fundamental in our aspirations to develop a successful team on the pitch. The club are looking for a treasurer but also seeking a helping hand from volunteers and supporters on match days, anyone that has a spare hour or two during the week can definitely come and get involved.”
Interested parties should contact chairman Derek Adam on 07736037243.
There is a role for anyone and the club is also producing season tickets which they hope will be snapped up by the local community.
The club are also seeking a physio for the upcoming season and all interested parties can also send their CV to Keir, who is a trained PE Teacher with coaching experience across the UK with Sheffield Wednesday Community and in America.
The club’s next fundraiser is on June 23, with a disco being held at the Wheel Inn.