Author: Michael Park

BSC Glasgow Sign Lyle Avci As Ryan Marshall Departs

BSC Glasgow FC are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Lyle Avci following his release from Annan Athletic.

The 22-year-old has spent his career thus far on the West Coast of Scotland with Ayr United, Stranraer and Annan, as well as a loan spell with Troon and joins us as a result of the club’s need to replace Ryan Marshall who is unable to join us for 2020/21 due to work commitments.

Although Marshall had re-signed with the club for 2020/21, his work as a goalkeeping coach at Celtic FC means that they are unable to release him from their Covid-19 bubble to play for us. Naturally we wish Ryan was still with us but the pandemic has made for strange times and we wish him all the best for the season.

Lyle will wear the number 1 for BSC Glasgow FC this season and we’re looking forward to watching him build a relationship with the defence and Club Captain Ross McMillan next season.

BSC Glasgow Matches To Stream FREE On Twitch

BSC Glasgow FC are delighted to announce that we have expanded the partnership with our Ambassador Derek Robertson (AKA Mozza Plays) to bring you FREE live streams of our Lowland League matches through Mozza’s Twitch channel.

Mozza will be presenting coverage, alongside our Matchday Media team, Martin Fleming on “co-comms” and Cammy Richardson behind the camera, bringing his inimitable streaming style to the real world as we take to the field for 2020/21.

The stream will be a much more casual and interactive affair than what you might expect from a live match. Mozza’s style is conversational and informal and it’s what he’s brought to Twitch since he started streaming, and it’s why we love him.

Think of it as watching a football match with a pal who actually knows what they’re talking about.

BSC Glasgow FC General Manager George Fraser said: “We’ve been looking for an innovative and engaging way to offer supporters and fans beyond our borders a chance to see us in action next season and we’re really pleased that Mozza is going to be working with us to bring a unique kind of coverage to the Lowland League.”

Derek AKA Mozza Plays told us: “I’m delighted to bring live BSC games to Twitch, allowing people to watch us wherever they are in the world. This is a bold step for a club of our stature and I expect others to follow suit in future.”

We’re ironing out the exact details with our fellow clubs in the league but at the moment we can guarantee that we’ll be streaming our home matches and aiming to offer as many away games as we possibly can.

You can join us on twitch.tv/mozzaplays for our first match of 2020/21 as we take on Dalbeattie Star at the Indodrill Stadium on 10th October.

Lowland League Fixtures

The long wait is over! The fixtures for the 2020/21 Lowland League season have been released.

BSC Glasgow kick off their season on 10th October as we welcome Dalbeattie Star to The Indodrill Stadium. From there it’s a quick jump into three away games in eleven days as we look to complete a full season in a Covid-truncated calendar.

Two double-headers, the first against Caledonian Braves and the second against Kelty Hearts punctuate December and January while we close out the season against Spartans at Ainslie Park on 17th April.

The full fixture list is available below:

Dalbeattie Star
10th October (H)

Civil Service Strollers
13th October (A)

Vale Of Leithen
17th October (A)

Gretna 2008
24th October (A)

Cumbernauld Colts
28th October (H)

Berwick Rangers
31st October (H)

The Spartans
6th November (H)

Bo’ness United
11th November (A)

Gala Fairydean Rovers
14th November (A)

East Stirlingshire
25th November (H)

Edinburgh University
28th November (H)

University Of Stirling
12th December (H)

Bonnyrigg Rose
19th December (A)

Caledonian Braves
26th December (A)

Caledonian Braves
1st January (H)

East Kilbride
4th January (A)

Kelty Hearts
9th January (h)

Kelty Hearts
16th January (A)

Edinburgh University
23rd January (A)

Vale Of Leithen
30th January (H)

Civil Service Strollers
10th February (H)

University Of Stirling
13th February (A)

Gala Fairydean Rovers
20th February (H)

Cumbernauld Colts
24th February (A)

East Kilbride
27th February (H)

Bo’ness United
10th March (H)

Dalbeattie Star
20th March (A)

East Stirlingshire
24th March (A)

Berwick Rangers
27th March (A)

Gretna 2008
3rd April (H)

Bonnyrigg Rose
10th April (H)

The Spartans
17th April (A)

You can download our fixtures to your calendar by clicking on your device on our Fixtures page!

BSC Glasgow FC 2020/21 Squad Numbers

Ahead of the 2020/21 season, BSC Glasgow FC are pleased to announce our squad numbers.

1 Ryan Marshall
2 Jamie McCormack
3 Jamie Mills
5 Ross Smith (C)
6 Andy Geggan
7 Jamie Hamilton
8 Declan Hughes
9 Ryan Tierney
10 Michael Anderson
11 Alfie Agyeman
12 Ross Lindsay
14 Jamie Ballantyne
15 Declan Fitzpatrick
16 Conor McBrearty
17 Arran Ross

18 Ben Reilly
19 Zander Easdale

20 Ross Lyon
21 Stephen Barr
23 Cammy MacNair
24 Ayden Nicol

Replica kit will be available through our first team online shop brought to you by The Football Nation – so make sure you order your favourite player’s number!

For those who have read this far and are into kit news… we will be playing in our Nicolson Accountancy sponsored 2019/20 home shirt which was introduced in our Fifth Round Scottish Cup tie with Hibernian last season, and will be launching a new Joma change kit in due course.

Stephen Swift On BSC’s New Boys

With six new faces at BSC Glasgow FC (so far!) for 2020/21, we took a minute to ask Swifty about what he expects from our new faces while we also pulled Match Reporter Martin out of his Quarantine-Cupboard to put together a wee fact file on each player.


Alfie Agyeman

Position: Forward
Signed from: Queen’s Park
Former Clubs: Motherwell, East Kilbride (Loan)
Age: 20

Profile: The forward who made 14 appearances for Queens Park in League Two last season came through the Motherwell youth system and already has Lowland league experience after a loan move from Motherwell to East Kilbride a couple of seasons ago.

Swifty: “Alfredo Agyeman is young and hungry and wants to make a name for himself at BSC. His pace is electric – we can’t wait to see him tearing it up in a BSC shirt!”


Arran Ross

Position: Defender
Signed from: Airdrieonians
Age: 20

Profile: Young Centre Back Arran Ross came from Airdrieonians after being captain of their Reserve side last season. After 3 years at the Excelsior Stadium, Ross makes the move to Lowland League football providing options for Stephen Swift in the heart of the defence.

Swifty: “Arran is a young player with a lot of potential. He reads the game very well and he’s got that aggressive streak too. I think he will fit in really nicely.”


Conor McBrearty

Position: Midfielder
Signed from: St. Mirren
Former Clubs: Stenhousemuir (Loan)
Age: 19

Profile: Conor McBrearty makes the move from St Mirren Reserves after two loan spells with Stenhousemuir. He made eight appearances for the Warriors, grabbing two assists.

Swifty: “Conor will come in and add to our physicality in midfield. I’m expecting big things from the young man.”


Declan Fitzpatrick

Position: Defender
Signed from: Clyde
Former Clubs: Clydebank, Tulsa Athletics
Age: 25

Profile: 25 year old Declan Fitzpatrick joins from Clyde and, although he played up front a couple of times for Danny Lennon’s side, will not be replacing the departing Thomas Orr.

Fitzpatrick started his footballing career in the US with Rogers State before moving to Tulsa Athletics. Declan will be a welcome addition to BSC Glasgow after Jordan Marshall moved onto Petershill at the end of the season.

Swifty: “Declan’s a calm, composed centre back that has had a bit of bad luck with injuries but I think he could be a brilliant signing for us and just what we need to give us another great option in defence.”


Jamie Ballantyne

Position: Defender
Signed from: Annan Athletic
Former Clubs: Ayr United, Benburb, Cumnock (Loan)
Age: 22

Profile: Left back Jamie Ballantyne made 31 appearances in all competitions for Annan Athletic last season and will compete with Jamie Mills for a role on the left side of the defence.

Swifty: “Jamie is someone we’ve known about for a while from when he was with Benburb. He will give us balance in defence and has picked up valuable experience at Annan.”


Ryan Tierney

Position: Forward
Signed from: Dumbarton
Former Clubs: Caledonian Braves, Hamilton Academical, Airdrieonians
Age: 22

Profile: The striker makes his way to BSC Glasgow after making 14 appearances for Dumbarton last season. Prior to that, Tierney came through the Hamilton Academical youth system and knows Lowland League football after a spell at Caledonian Braves.

The 22 year old enjoyed League One football after making the move from Braves to Dumbarton last season and will be hoping to kick on under Swifty’s guidance.

Swifty: “Ryan is a young, intelligent player and I’m expecting him to be a big hit it at BSC after his spell at Dumbarton.”


The following players will be back for more next season after signing new deals with BSC Glasgow: Stephen Barr, Jamie Hamilton, Declan Hughes, Ross Lindsay, Ryan Marshall, Michael Anderson, Jamie McCormack, Jamie Mills, Ross Smith, Cammy MacNair (from Development Squad), Ayden Nicol (from Development Squad)

Donate Your Ticket To Support Back Onside

We know you miss football, and we do too but unfortunately it looks like it might be a while before we’re back on the pitch.

We also know that this is a tough time for a lot of people who are locked down or working in key industries trying to keep everything running at this incredibly tough time.

In order to try and do what we can, we’ve partnered with Donate A Ticket to allow our supporters to buy a ticket as they would on a Saturday, but instead of the funds going to the club, we’ll be donating them directly to mental health charity Back Onside.

The demand for mental health services is expanding exponentially at the moment, and if you can spare the cost of admission to one or two of our matches then you rest assured that it’s going to help people who are affected by their mental health or their circumstances in these strange times.

Support us and Back Onside at Donate A Ticket


(All proceeds from this campaign will be donated to Back Onside Charity No. SC048082)

Joint Response Group Update

We have a short update from the Scottish FA/SPFL Joint Response Group with regards to COVID-19.

Following today’s meeting of the Joint Response Group, and further to conversations over the weekend with our Medical Consultant, Dr John MacLean, it has become apparent that clubs are still convening training sessions against the guidance of the Scottish FA.

We take this opportunity to remind members in the strongest possible terms that they desist from conducting training sessions under their auspices. Not only is this against the guidance issued throughout the game but it also goes against the government and UK Chief Medical Officers’ advice to delay the spread of coronavirus [COVID-19].

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “I would urge our members, and especially our Affiliated National Associations responsible for grassroots football, to ensure clubs observe social distancing guidance outlined by government.

“While many of the instances have been anecdotal, I have seen it for myself this weekend. Please stop it. I urge everyone involved in the game to do what we can to safeguard public health as best we can.

“The message from the First Minister, which was reiterated today, could not be clearer when she said ‘the advice that is being given to people is not to be seen as optional’. That applies to football as it does across society.

“We have been in touch today with Jason Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director, and his message is equally clear: do not gather in groups. He also outlined the importance of exercise but that it is done alone, or in very small family groups, whilst observing social distancing guidelines, and advised people to look at the many online classes now offered.”

The Joint Response Group asks that stakeholders circulate this document as widely as they can. Please send this to as many as possible; clubs, parents, players, match officials, staff and supporters.

We consistently say that football is a force for good, let’s use that power to spread this message far and wide.

How We’re Dealing with Coronavirus

Here at BSC Glasgow FC we’re as bored as you without football on a Saturday (and a Tuesday… and a Saturday… thanks Zeus) and we’ve been giving a lot of thought to how best to use the small platform that we have in a positive way throughout this situation.

As it stands, all football and training remain off and won’t be reinstated until we have clear direction from the Scottish FA that it’s safe to do so.

As a football club we have a fairly limited capacity to deal with things like this with nary an epidemiologist amongst us, but we want to do what we can.

Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will be our main way of communicating with you and aside from some fun things we have planned and regular streams from our Ambassador and all round excellent human being Mozza we want to do what we can to help people come together at what can be a difficult time.

So to that end we are planning to utilise our social platforms to boost positive things happening within our communities (both in Glasgow and Alloa).

We’re going to talk up small businesses that are going to struggle in this uncertain climate.

If you’re offering your help to people struggling or you’re running a small business and looking to get the word out there then please get in touch with us on social media and we’ll do what we can to share your info.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we’re going to continue the good work that Missing People and AS Roma began in the summer by trying to help find missing people. We know our platform is limited, but we know how important it is to be with your family (or at least two metres away) when things seem to be getting out of hand and we want to do what we can to bring people back together if possible.

Stay up to date: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Stay safe, stay strong, look after each other, wash your hands.

Lots of love,

BSC Glasgow FC

COVID-19 Response from Scottish FA

The Scottish Football Association have announced that all football in Scotland played under their jurisdiction is to be postponed indefinitely in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

As a club BSC Glasgow FC fully support this decision which has been made to safeguard the health of supporters, players, and staff of all clubs. We will keep you all informed of any plans to reinstate League fixtures as and when we hear them.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “Since the guidance outlined by governments last night we have been engaged in extensive dialogue to clarify the position and implications of that guidance for Scottish football.

“Today’s announcement is made in the interests of public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, and staff across the game. This is of paramount importance as the country enters the ‘delay’ phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is also why the Scottish FA is compelled to ensure that the suspension is cascaded through the non-professional and grassroots games until further notice.”

In the meantime, please continue to follow NHS advice on Coronavirus, stay safe, and wash your hands.

Supporter Information: BSC Glasgow vs Hibernian (Scottish Cup Fifth Round)

Hello! It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that this match is a bit different from the ones that we usually host at the Indodrill Stadium, so the info for supporters attending the match is a wee bit different.

Here we go…


There are no cash turnstiles in operation at this match – THE MATCH IS ALL TICKET. We advise you to be at the ground as early as possible to avoid possible congestion.

Please follow the instructions of stewards at all times and be aware that there may be queues around the ground.

Searches will be carried out by stewards and supporters are reminded that alcohol and pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden and will be confiscated. Please refer to the Ground Regulations on the back of your ticket.


HOME SUPPORT

Enter via Turnstiles 1-4

Concession tickets will be checked so please bring valid ID.


AWAY SUPPORT

Enter via Turnstiles 9-13

Concession tickets will be checked so please bring valid ID.


Getting to The Indodrill Stadium

By Car: Putting the postcode FK10 1RY into your car or mobile device will give you the best directions to the ground. Parking is not available at the stadium for this match. Please park in the town centre or at Morrisons which is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Indodrill.

By Train: The Indodrill is a short walk from Alloa railway station. Exit the station via the Asda car park, cross Whins Road and walk down Clackmannan Road. The ground will be on your left hand side.

By Bus: The local buses 8, 8A, 28, 60, C1, H1, H2, and MA1 stop directly opposite the ground, coming the other way (from the centre of Alloa) there is a bus stop outside Kwik Fit which services the ground.

By Coach: Coach parking is available at Morrisons in Alloa which is a short walk from the stadium. Please note that parking for supporter coaches is not available at the ground.


By Map


Disabled Supporter Information

If you are a wheelchair user and require adapted access to the match, please make yourself known to the turnstile operator who will be able to facilitate this.