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Whitburn's start to the season
With pre season matches almost over, Whitburn now have 17 signed players, possibly with a couple to come.
The following players re-signed from last season: Jordan Allan,
Gary Brass, Keiran Brennan, Ewan Graham, Jack Hamilton, Bryan
King, Ryan Nimmo, and Dewi Taylor. Jordan Bain who had been on loan
from Broxburn last season is now a Whitburn player. Former juniors
signed are Nicky Robertson a defender from Luncarty, midfielder John
Watson from Forth, forward Lee Brown from Fauldhouse and Craig Gardner,
a midfielder who had been with Bo'ness. The following youngsters and/or
amateurs join the aforementioned: defender Matthew Johnston and
midfielder Martin Russell from Falkirk Athletic, defender Joe Dunn from
Armadale Thistle U21s and Andrew McDonald a midfielder from Linlithgow
Rose U19s. Welcome to all new comers.
Whitburn's pre season matches are:
Saturday 19 July Whitburn 9-0 Whitburn JFSC to be played at King
Georges Park, 2:00 ko
Tuesday 22 July Newtongrange 5-0 Whitburn, 7:30 ko
Saturday 26 July Blantyre Vics 2-1 Whitburn, 2:00 ko
Tuesday 29 July Armadale 1-1 Whitburn, 7:15 ko
(Possibly) Saturday 2 August Whitburn v Whitburn U19s, 2:00 ko
night's Willie Johnston Memorial Trophy match against Armadale has been
the pick of the pre season games with Whitburn gaining a very
creditable draw against our Super League neighbours. But for a
couple of wonderful saves from former Whitburn keeper Stewart Walker
and a disallowed goal, Whitburn could easily have won this game. As
usual this game was for charity with the recipient being the Just for
Jayden campaign and a cheque for £200 was presented to Jayden's
grandfather at half time. We wish him well in his forthcoming visit to
America for further treatment.
The league campaign starts
on Wednesday August 6 with a visit to newly relegated Livingston. Further
fixtures will be August 9 v Haddington at home, August 16 v Rosyth
away, 23 August v Blackburn at home and 30 August away to Falkirk.
have been many comments as to the time it has taken to get the pavilion
situation resolved and hopefully we are making some progress.
The club was given bad advice at the beginning of this saga, and a
pretty bad offer that we could not possibly have accepted for the good
of the club moving on. We have thus been in constant contact with loss
adjustors, the insurance company and lawyers to try to get them to
accept that repairing the old pavilion was not an option (as anyone who
has now seen it would agree). It has finally been accepted that the
only option is to demolish the existing structure and erect a new
building - hopefully based on plans that we had made a few years ago.
The whole bidding process had to be gone through again and it has
become clear that the money from the insurance company will not be
enough to fund this. We are therefore having to seek additional
funding. Needless to say this also takes time, however, we are hopeful
that things can get underway soon.
In the meantime, we continue to have permission to
use Whitburn Academy's pitch and changing facilities for home games.
This is hardly ideal from a number of perspectives, but it has been
sanctioned by the East Region. Hopefully we can get back to our home of
Central Park before too long.
Wednesday 6 August, kick off
Livingston v Whitburn
Saturday 9 August, kick off
Whitburn v Haddington
Saturday 16 August, kick off
Saturday 23 August, kick off
Whitburn v Blackburn
Saturday 30 August, kick off
Falkirk v Whitburn
The winning numbers
for the Whitburn Lottery drawn on Saturday 26 July were :
4 14 18 19
There were no winners
of the £250 prize. Next week : £300.
Social Club Events
Whitburn Juniors team 2013/4
Back (l to r): Ross Carter, Ian Gillespie, Ewan
O'Donnell, Mark Pagliarulo, Scott Ritchie, David Sneddon, Ryan Nimmo,
Jordan Allan, Sean Kennedy, Bryan King, Harry Sinclair, Derek Halcrow,
Ian McIvor, Martin Hubbocks
Front (l to r): Gary Brass, Jack Hamilton, Dewi
Taylor, Kenny Hannah, Chris Lyon, Darren Wilson, Jason Mackay
Picture by Robert Haddow
Whitburn's main sponsors
Whitburn main sponsors who are Karma Indian
Cuisine, West Main Street - thanks are due to Dep,
Robert and Jaggy, please support our local excellent curry house!
Junior FC are grateful to the following sponsors
for season 2013/2014
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