Gaffer’s plea to get be­hind the Glens

Wil­lie wants some big crowds

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

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

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