IN THE DUGOUT: April 18th: Thrilled, proud, excited & ready.
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
That sums up how the coaching team felt in an office in Glasgow’s West End on Thursday night as we put pen to paper on the deals that will now keep us at BSC Glasgow until May 2018.
On a personal level I feel a little humbled by the faith chairman Steve Prince, General Manager George Fraser, Kenny Moyes and the club have placed in us.
The support we have been given here has been a healing process for me as a coach after the hurt of losing our jobs at East Kilbride FC just three days after winning the SFA Challenge Cup last May.
We all have a vision and an ambition of how this club can progress in the next three years and the commitment the club have made to us means a lot.
All you ask as a coach is that those in command of the club share an understanding of the obstacles you face and back you up.
We have that and I can say here we will give every shred to repay the belief that has been shown in us by BSC Glasgow in the remaining five weeks of this rookie season.
It starts today against Gretna 2008 and this will be some challenge against Stuart Rome’s side who in my view possess one of the best attacks in the league with the likes of Scott Milligan, Iain Anderson and Brandon Longcake in their ranks.
Before we arrived here the club lost the corresponding fixture 6-0 at Raydale and that should be motivation enough for the players who remain here from that awful night.
This begins a hectic spell of six games in just 18 days for us and we must now focus on today and Wednesday night’s crunch with Whitehill Welfare when victory would put us into a Scottish Sun Plus Lowland League Cup last eight clash with EKFC here at Lochburn Park.
Reaching the SFA Challenge Cup Final with Civil Service Strollers is massive for us and a huge positive in Season One as we look forward to that showpiece game on Saturday May 23.
The announcement that the game will be played at Whitehill Welfare’s Ferguson Park this week staggered me if I am honest.
I find it utterly bewildering that a ground is chosen that is nine miles from our rivals’ base and 54 miles from ours.
I’m also bemused that we are staging it at a current Lowland League ground when the game has previously been at Tynecastle, Annan and Palmerston last year.
What has been done is both ridiculous and unfair but this blog will be the last mention of it, we have worked too hard to get to this Final to allow the nonsensical decision of a committee to spoil the day.
All I can do is thank the gentlemen concerned for their wisdom, no further motivation is needed now. It will be an easy team talk that day.
I have the utmost respect for Whitehill Welfare as a club and we look forward to going there now.
It should be remembered in future, though, that the SFA Challenge Cup is for clubs from the Lowland, the South and the East.
It’s a NATIONAL competition, decisions that are made should reflect that.
Welcome to Stuart and the Gretna boys today and congratulations on an excellent season.
Enjoy the game