Category: Community

CJFC u20s partner with Pitreavie Pumas

Camelon u20s are excited to announce a new partnership with Pitreavie Pumas u17s who play in the Fife Development league. Agreement has been reached for the Pumas to become a feeder club for our under 20s.

The new relationship between the two teams is fully under way with integration at training, plus some of the Pumas players have represented Camelon u20s in various league games over the past month. Worthy of note was their inclusion in our 11:1 home win against Newtongrange, when Pumas Gregg Clarke scored and Robbie Woodend made his debut with a solid performance.

Both sets of coaches are fully committed to the development of the young Pumas along with the development of Camelon u20s.

The move by Camelon Juniors into the East of Scotland Football League has opened up many new opportunities. Exciting times lie ahead with the Scottish Cup and East of Scotland Premiership next season, plus the fantastic opportunity to play in the u20s League, which is by far the highest standard of Development League for teams within the Central belt.

Announcing this exciting news, u20s Team Secretary, Allan Morrison said “relationships between clubs like this open up fantastic opportunities and new pathways for the development of young players. As well as forming a strong under 20s team, our objective is to get as many of the players into senior football in and around the fantastic East of Scotland Football League.”

Welcome Petreavie Pumas to the CJFC family of teams!

Camelon Juniors benefit from admin error again

The 2018/19 season has been full of new experiences for the mighty Mariners of Camelon, as we’ve taken our first steps into senior football. But as well as celebrating 2 Cup wins so far, a guaranteed Scottish Cup place next season, and a place in next seasons new East of Scotland Premier league, matters off the field have hit the headlines.

On two occasions, CJFC has benefited from admin errors on the part of other teams, involving them fielding ineligible players. We won’t drag up the details again but we can exclusively reveal that once again, the mighty Mariners have benefited from yet another admin error.

So, we are thrilled to announce that on Saturday 18 May, the players and staff of Camelon Juniors will represent the United Kingdom in Tel Aviv, Israel, at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The surprise call up came direct from Contest Executive Yadsloof Lirpa, following the discovery of voting issues in the public vote that took place on 8 February to choose Michael Rice to sing “Bigger than us” in the final.

Instead, our lads will take to the stage to sing a new rendition of Jim Hendry’s The Mariners Song. The exact arrangement is being kept under wraps so in the meantime, here’s the well used version sung by Tony Beattie to get your toes tapping.

Enjoy this special day 😉

Another win for the under 20s

We’ve been remiss in keeping you up to date with the progress of our under 20s squad, so let’s put that right now.

In the past 4 weeks this new squad has recorded victories against the 2nd and 3rd place clubs in the league. On Friday, they played against a good Dunipace team and, despite the appaling weather conditions as Storm Erik passed overhead, the prospect of a local derby gave the watching crowd an entertaining night.

The first half was dominated by some fantastic football from Camelon and our lads got their reward by going 1 nil up thanks to a Marcus Boyce goal.

The second half was all about Dunipace trying to force their way back into the game and they seemed favourite to score next. But thanks to some excellent pressing play forcing a defensive error, Marcus Boyce was there again to get his and Camelon’s second goal of the night.

Dunipace continued to try to break through a very well disciplined Camelon team but another error, this time from the Dunipace keeper, allowed Sam Colley to get our third goal of the night.

Our lads continued to be on top of the game but credit must be given to Dunipace who didn’t give up, and were rewarded with a goal following some good play that finally broke our defence down. Following that, the game became very scrappy and with 70 minutes on the clock, Dunipace made it 3-2.

But Camelon really showed their growing development and maturity on the park to see the game out and secure the 3-2 victory.

Overall, this match was a great advert for under 20s football from the two local teams.

It’s been great to see some of the under 20s coming through to first team training and being part of match days as well. One of them, Jack Frame, was rewarded with 10 minutes on the field in last week’s first team match and made a good impression.

We wish the players and coaching staff in the under 20s continued success.

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Mariners strengthen behind the scenes

Chairman Eric Henry is pleased to announce 2 new additions to the club committee as he further strengthens the set up behind the scenes:

Firstly, we’re pleased to welcome Betty Campbell into a fundraising role for the club. Betty is well known as one of the powerhouses behind the Camelon Juniors Social Club and provides post match hospitality for us already. Betty will also now host some community focused events in the social club as well as having a general fundraising role.

Secondly we welcome Gary Livingstone onto the committee in a general support role. Gary is a coach for our 2005s team and also carries out a scouting role for the first team. He has a great football knowledge that will really help us behind the scenes.

Welcome Betty and Gary! We hope you enjoy these new roles at the club.


Alex Jack Cup on tour!

By way of a thank you to the local bars who regularly support our Treasure Chest competition, Club Secretary Tony Smith took the recently presented Alex Jack Cup, along with our goalkeeper Dean Shaw, on a local tour.  We’re so grateful to the owners and customers of these establishments for their support and this was a fitting way to say thank you.

Pictured below are:

  • Robert in the Canal Inn and his customers (the Inn was very busy when we visited so there’s quite a few photos of them!)
  • Liz in the The Mariner Bar and some of her customers
  • Amanda and Billy in the Victoria inn
  • Cheralyn and Andy in the Carronshore Bar

































Thanks to all of them for their continued support. You can find more information on our Treasure Chest competition here.

Alex Jack Cup Presentation

Following the well documented issues around the Cup Final that never happened (that we won’t go into again here!), on Saturday we were presented with the Alex Jack Cup.  Whilst it wasn’t the way we wanted to win, it didn’t dampen our celebrations.  For the record, our route to the final, after a first round bye, took us past Sauchie, Dalkeith Thistle, and Broxburn Athletic.

So, following our league win over Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts, the Alex Jack Cup was presented by Andrew Renwick and Ian Jack to our Captain, Don Morrison. 

While being cheered by the rest of the team, Don lifted the trophy high infront of the waiting crowd while Kieran Anderson, fresh from scoring four times in the match, cracked open the celebratory bottle of champagne.

They then gathered as one team in front of the fans to pose for a history making team photo.

Everyone then took their turn to pose with the photo for their own social media etc but we’ll leave this post with the people who have made this all happen.  Firstly the management team that helped shape these players into what they are now – Gordon Herd, Eamon Fullerton and John Miller, then the very serious looking committee (they are happy, honest!), who have brought vision and resources to push the club onwards – Eric Henry, Tony Smith, Allan Morrison, Gary Clark and Paul Cosgrove.



South & East of Scotland Cup-Winners Shield

On Saturday 8 December, we travel to New King Edward Park in Lockerbie to take on Bonnyton Thistle in the South & East of Scotland Cup-Winners Shield.  Its a 3pm kick off.

For the uninitiated, because we won the Alex Jack Cup (that is being presented to us this Saturday – 24 November), we now face the Southern Counties FA Alba Cup winner (Bonnyton Thistle) for a guaranteed place in next season’s William Hill Scottish Cup.

So this is your chance to come and cheer on the mighty Mariners in our most important cup final for some time.  To help you do that, once again we can offer you the chance to travel on the team bus.  £10 gets you a seat on the bus that will be leaving Carmuirs Park at 11am.  If you’d like a seat, please let us know as soon as possible by dropping us a message by email or through Social Media.  You can of course make your own way there and we’d love to have as many fans as possible with us to cheer the lads on.  Note that kick off is 3pm.  Hope to see you there!



Long time fan passes away

Alex Wilson – Once a Mariner Always a Mariner

Camelon Juniors were saddened to hear that long time fan Alex Wilson passed away yesterday (Thursday).

“Auld Alex” as he was affectionately known, was still actively involved with the club on match days, as he helped on the entrance gate. Many of you will have engaged in banter with him as you paid your way in.

He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and friends at this time.

As a mark of respect, there will be a minute silence before kickoff at tomorrows match against Jeanfield Swifts.


More History in the Making

Camelon Juniors are pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, our Youth Development programme will be entering a team into the Scottish FA Youth Cup.  As this is for under 18s, we’ll be fielding a team that will be a mixture of our under 20’s, under 17’s and under 16’s squads.

We enter in the third round of the Cup and the draw was made today at Hampden.  We’ve received a home tie against last years semi finalists Kilmarnock to be played on Friday 9 November.

This is a really exciting opportunity for our lads and we wish them every success.

You can read more about this cup here.


More History Making from the mighty Mariners

We are about to make even more history!

This weekend will see the largest number of teams ever playing as part of the CJFC family, as the youth teams seasons kick off.

In addition to our First Team playing their Football Nation Qualifying Cup match at home to Heriot Watt University (the first ever meeting of these teams), we’re so proud to say that six, yes SIX other teams will walk out onto various football parks in the area wearing the CJFC strip.  Here’s a run down of the matches:

Friday evening
Under 20s: Spartans v Camelon Juniors

2002s: EDFC Vs Camelon Juniors
2003s: Dalziel Boys Club v Camelon Juniors
2005s: Camelon Juniors v Maryhill Juniors
2006/07s: Syngenta Colts v Camelon Juniors
2008s: Stenhousemuir v Camelon Juniors
2009s: No Game
First Team: Camelon Juniors v Heriot Watt University FC

This is an amazing step forward for a community focussed club with huge ambitions across all age groups. So by way of encouragement, here’s some words from our Head of Youth Development, Gary Clark:

As we are about to start the season with all our youth and children’s sections, I just want to take time to wish all age groups good luck for the forthcoming season.  It has been a mammoth task to get the teams up and running in such a short space of time.

I would like to thank the Chairman, Eric Henry and Club Secretary, Tony Smith, along with the rest of the committee, for their backing and patience in developing the teams to get to this stage.  I also thank them for having the belief in me to build the youth and children’s system at the club.  I would also like to say that the first team management and coaches having been fantastic regarding the children’s and youth teams set up and have given me great support since first joining the club.

While I would love to take the credit all to myself there is one special thank you I would like to make.  This goes to Allan Morrison, the under 20s Development Secretary, who has been fantastic in building the teams with me since I first joined the club.  It really has been a joint effort with a lot of phone calls in getting the teams to this stage to start the season, so, thank you Allan.  I’d also like to thank Club Chaplain, Dan Rous, who has helped in building bridges within the community and schools as we widen our reach locally.

I will finish by saying that when I took the position on as Head of Youth Development, my vision was about getting kids playing football and trying to develop them in the correct way in order for them to play through our pathway or move onto bigger and better things.  As a club we are really moving forward positively.  What we have achieved in such a sort space of time has been fantastic and has been a real team effort.  I am sure going forward, that by adding more age groups to our club, we can achieve great things at Camelon Juniors Football Club and continue to make history.

Kind regards

Gary Clark

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