Founded – 1976 is the year in which Rossvale were founded however the amateur side of the club has been operating for the past four years.
Nickname – The Vale
Home Park – The club will soon be able to call Huntershill Park in Bishopbriggs their new home after its development finishes later this year. Plans include: a full-size, all-weather sports pitch with floodlighting and fencing; sports pavilion with 10 changing rooms, recreation hall and more; three floodlit, all-weather tennis courts; and a six-lane athletics track. Exciting times!
How They Began – Rossvale FC as we now know it were originally formed in 1976 by John Grey as Woodhill Boys Club. The clubs roots were steeped in the ethos that it should be a community club where kids of all backgrounds were encouraged to mix and be proud to be part of Rossvale together. It has grown over the years and they now run youth football teams from under 8’s to under 21 level. They also have a four year old amateur team who are the subject of this blog as well as the well known junior outfit.
Club Colours – Red, Yellow and black. This is due to two reasons. Firstly because John Grey was a Partick Thistle fan and secondly because he wanted no association with Rangers or Celtic.
Manager – Douglas “Dougie” Gunning or the man behind the highly successful @Scottish_AFF for those of you on twitter took charge of Rossvale at the start of this season. Dougie is very open about how he tries to provide an environment for his players that resembles as close to a professional setup as an amateur club can achieve.
Club/Match Secretary – David McMillan
Club Treasurer – William Grant
League – Scottish Amateur Premier Division 2A
Current League Position – 1st
Recent Form – DWWWWWLWL
Players To Watch – William McGowan, Centre Half and POTY 2015/16.
JJ Christie, Goalkeeper and Scottish Cup medal holder
Sponsors – Northwest Roofing, The Maryhill Club & The Shakespeare Club
Social Media Accounts – Facebook Rossvale AFC Twitter @RossValeAms Instagram Rossvale.afc
All Time Top Scorer – Allan Gilchrist
Favourite Away Day – Lochgilphead Red Star
Rivals – At this time The Vale don’t have a proper rival in the true sense of the term but it would be fair to say that Houston, East Kilbride YMCA, Millbeg and Lochgilphead Red Star are pushing them to maintain there league leaders status.
Number 1 Fan – Paul Harrison who follows the boys to every game home or away.
Finest Hour – As a fairly young club The Vale have yet to have a specific “finest hour” however, this could all change very soon because if results go their way in their next four matches they will be crowned league champions in the managers maiden season at the helm.