Gaffer’s plea to get behind the Glens
Willie wants some big crowds
Willie Harvey is urging the people of Rutherglen to get out and support his team this season.
The Glencairn gaffer is hoping people will take advantage of a special offer for the friendly games against Fauldhouse tonight (Wednesday) and Whitletts on Saturday and become hooked on the New Southcroft experience.
Glens will let children in to the two games for free while adults will be charged just £2.
Willie revealed if the experiment is a success, they may repeat it throughout the league cup sections.
He said: “We are trying to make an effort to get people through the door.
“We appreciate there is a lot of unemployment in the area, maybe it’s hard for a father to come here, pay £6 for himself and £3 for his child then buy food and things like that.
“We’ll try this out over the friendly matches and maybe over the league cup sections as well. With a wee bit of luck it will work and we can extend it again.
“Of course it ( price) is the biggest issue, although the weather doesn’t help as well.
“If you are winning then people come out as well, we proved that in the season we got to he Scottish Cup semi-finals and went on a wee run in the league.
“But then through the winter you can get 50 or 60 people and for a club of our size, that’s not sustainable.
“We’ve been unlucky and had some disappointments this year, our tractor blowing up for example.
“We’re simply not in a position to buy a new one, so if anyone wants to sponsor a tractor that would be great.
“There isn’t even a great deal of Saturday afternoon football now for Celtic and Rangers so you’d think people would want to get involved.
“We’re trying to run a real community club here with the youth teams all in place.”
Glens pre-season continued at the weekend when they won the James Glen Memorial tournament in Kilbirnie.
The Rutherglen men proved their worth from 12 yards, beating Largs on penalties in the semifinal before defeating the hosts by the same method in the final.
Willie was delighted with the run out, although injuries to Tony Fraser, Andy Neil and Dean Muir did put something of a dampener on any celebrations.
He said: “We showed good fitness levels, but on the Sunday we had to bring in three of the 21s and a trialist left-back.
“Full marks to the 21s who had played Bellshill the day before.
“Overall it was a brilliant workout for us. We got some of our shape together, I just hope the injuries aren’t too bad.
“It’s three senior players, and decent quality players who will be important to us this season, although all the players will be important to us.
“We’re right on schedule, not behind and not ahead, and you don’t want to be ahead.
“The way things are going, I’m pretty happy .
Success Glencairn won the James Glen Memorial Trophy for the sixth time with a penalty shoot-out win over the hosts Kilbirnie Ladeside in the final
Safe hands JC Hutchison saves a penalty for the GLens