Excting times at Vale after merger
FC Argyle teams join new football academy
brace, one at 12lbs and another at 44lbs.
There was a great kerfuffle when the mighty fish was brought ashore, and a crowd soon gathered to admire the large perfectly shaped salmon.
Its weight was double checked and confirmed to be marginally over 44lbs.
Later that evening after a hot bath, Mr Cochrane got spruced up impeccably and had the magnificent fish photographed.
This Loch Lomond angling legend had been created by an 83-year-old, setting the target for Lomond anglers to emulate – and 90 years later this record has never been beaten.
The young boatman of that memorable day Thomas Hogg spent the rest of his life fishing Lomond as his own father had before him.
In turn his son, the third generationThomas Hogg, now in his seventies, maintains the family tradition of fishing the Big Loch into the 21st century.
Quite remarkably, three Hogg generations have transcended the 19th, 20th and 21st century fishing the waters of Lomond.
I am indebted to the third generational Thomas Hogg for providing me with this account of his father’s story which he had often heard.
This narrative is an abbreviated adaptation from the book Angling on Loch Lomond and its Rivers.
Signed copies of the book are available direct from the author at; fishinglomond.co.uk.
While summer transfer activity is going to be slow for most clubs, Vale of Leven have moved quickly to make new signings – around 120 of them.
A tie-up between the historic Millburn side, who will enter the new West of Scotland League this season, and local club FC Argyle will see all of FC Argyle’s teams take on the Vale of Leven name, whilst Dumbarton Riverside’s 2004s will also become connected to the club.
The teams will come together under the new Vale of Leven Football Academy banner.
Co-founded by former Vale stalwart and Alexandria native Alex Lacy – who made over 500 appearances across two decades for the club– FC Argyle quickly grew into one of the area’s largest youth clubs.
And manager Brian Brown hopes the new partnership will see more homegrown stars follow in Alex’s footsteps. He said: “The prospect of the academy is fantastic, there’s been a lot of hard work to get where we are now and it can only enhance the role that we play in the community.
“It means that people can join the Vale at nine or 10 and keep playing right through – until they are playing walking football when they’re much older.”
Alex, who battled back from suffering a stroke when he was just 39 to become Vale’s all-time record appearance holder, said: “We harbour ambitions of growing the academy and building stronger connections within the local community to be beneficial on and off the park. Starting this academy is the first step of our long-term plans.”
Key to the new partnership will be the Vale entering an under-20s side in the new West of Scotland Development League, where they will face a local derby with Clydebank alongside a host of other top former Junior clubs.
As well as the various boys age groups, the club also aim to further extend their reach to include girls and disability teams – on top of their existing, and hugely popular, walking football side.
Alex continued: “Providing footballing opportunities for everyone in the Alexandria area is the main goal and focus of the club and its new academy.”
Brian added: “It’s exciting times for everyone at the Vale – this is the start of a new era and on a personal level I’m so excited. It’s a major thing for the club and I’m proud to be leading the team.”
Young guns FC Argyle – here on a trip to Old Trafford – were one of the area’s biggest youth teams
Excited Vale gaffer Brian Brown (left) is looking forward to new era
Record-breaker Alex Lacy