Author: Michael Park

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, Jamie McCormack, Robbie McNab, Jamie Mills, Ross Smith, Simon White

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.

BSC Glasgow Proud to Support Heads Up

The football family across the UK is coming together to support the Heads Up mental health campaign spearheaded by The Duke of Cambridge in 2020. 

The campaign will be supported by all four national governing bodies (The FA, Scottish FA, FAW and IFA). Heads Up, an Heads Together campaigns, aims to harness the influence and power of football to generate the biggest conversation ever on mental health and build on the great work already happening across the game. There will be a number of key Heads Up moments during 2020.

BSC Glasgow are pleased to support the campaign at the upcoming William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round Match with Hibernian.

General Manager George Fraser said: “We know the statistics but mental health conditions affect us all closer to home than we might imagine and that’s why we’re proud to be supporting the Royal Foundation’s Heads Up campaign. We believe that everyone should take time to consider their own mental health and are keen to encourage this at Sunday’s match. We’ll be kicking off at 12.01pm to encourage supporters to take a minute to think about their own health.”

Football will come together over two weekends in February to support the Heads Up campaign. The ‘Heads Up Weekends’ will see The Scottish FA’s William Hill Scottish Cup, The English Premier League, English Football League, The Barclays FA Women’s Super League, dedicate matches to Heads Up over the weekends of 8th and 9th February, collectively raising awareness of the importance of mental health amongst football fans.

If you want to speak to someone about your mental health then call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87.

Evan Galasso in action for Partick Thistle

Evan Galasso Joins On Loan

We are delighted to announce the signing of young Partick Thistle forward Evan Galasso on loan until the end of the season.

Evan is highly thought of in the corridors of power at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill and we are pleased to have him join us for the vital Lowland League season run-in.

The young forward joins us with Lowland League experience, having spent the first half of the season on loan with Caledonian Braves and has already made his senior Jags debut, appearing in the Betfred Cup against Airdrie.

Evan has already appeared for Braves in the William Hill Scottish Cup, ruling him out of Sunday’s tie with Hibernian but he is eligible for the squad for today’s match against Berwick Rangers.

Welcome to BSC Glasgow, Evan!