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Stagecoach Super First Division
Saturday 17th September

Kilsyth Rangers 3 v 0 Irvine Meadow

Many Thanks to Gordon McCreath & Robert Ritchie for the great photos


Graham Boyd on the ball
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Jared Willet in red for Meadow looking on
Photo by Gordon McCreath
Graham Muir in the midfield
Photo by Gordon McCreath


Meadow left back Mark Murray
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Ryan Begley getting in a challenge on Kilsyth keeper

Midfielder Ben Carson
Photo by Gordon McCreath
Kilsyth taking a corner late on
Photo by Gordon McCreath


                                                                                      Muir scores for Dow but ruled offside
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Kilsyth open the scoring through a header
 Photo by Robert Ritchie

Photo by Robert Ritchie

Ryan Begley challenging for the ball
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Kilsyth make it 2-0 just before half time
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Kilsyth keeper making a save in second half
Photo by Robert Ritchie

The third goal for Kilsyth from a free kick defying the Meadow goalie
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Vernon misses from close range
Photo by Robert Ritchie

                                                                                                               Photo by Robert Ritchie




Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Rutherglen Glencairn (Ben Black)

Photos kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie



Boyd and Begley trying to get a header on the ball

Ben Black trying to get onto a loose ball in the box



Glencairn number 9 makes it 1-0 to Rutherglen



Jared Willet goes close for Meadow


Ben Blacks wonder strike from 25 yards leaves Glens keeper well beaten

Ben Black celebrates his stunning equaliser with team mates

Meadow go close in second half but cant find a winner


Glencairn nearly get the win with minutes to go but well defender by Meadow player Mark McLennan


More photos from Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Rutherglen Glencairn
Kind Courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Mark McLennan


Graham Muir defending a corner

Ben Black's wonder strike leaving the keeper with no chance


Meadow scorer Ben Black

Renfrew 2 v 2 Irvine Meadow (Vernon & Boyd)

Meadow got a last minute equaliser against Renfrew to pick up our first point of the season. Renfrew went ahead twice but goals from Greg Vernon and an injury time equaliser from the head of Graham Boyd snatched a point at the death for Irvine Meadow.

Renfrew making a goal line clearance in the first half
Photo kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie


Ben Black running at Renfrew defence
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Vernon shot is blocked in the first half
Photo by Robert Ritchie

Meadow's number 10 Graham Muir
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Greg Vernon heads in from close range to make it 1-1
Photo by Robert Richie

Vernons equaliser
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Renfrew make it 2-1 from a penalty
Photo kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

Jared Willet making a run down the wing in the second half
Photo kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath

Graham Boyd heads home the injury time equaliser for Meadow
Photo kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie

A plane at nearby Glasgow Airport
Photo kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath


Irvine Meadow 1 v 2 Clydebank
Meadow scorer: Carson penalty

Photos kindly provided by Meadow supporters 
Robert Ritchie and Gordon McCreath 

Meadow keeper Grant Weir punches clear from a corner
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie


Goalscorer Ben Carson
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Carson puts Bankies keeper the wrong way
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Side view of Meadow's first league goal of the season
Thanks to Gordon McCreath for the photo

Meadow go close in the second half
Photo by Robert Ritchie


James Cuthbertson jumping for header
Photo kindly provided by Gordon McCreath

Ben Carson clearing from a corner as Seymour looks on and Begley putting pressure on Bankies attacker
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Young Ben Black on the ball
Photo by Gordon McCreath

Clydebank getting winning goal on 88 minutes
Photo kindly provided by Robert Ritchie


Meadow Midfielder Stuart Hannah on the ball
Photo kindly provided by Gordon McCreath



Irvine Meadow AGM - Sunday 4th September, 1pm

Open only to season ticket holders. Please purchase one if not already

Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round Draw

    Lesmahagow v Irvine Meadow. Tie to be played Saturday 24th September.
2.30pm kick off

Irvine Meadow v Clydebank

The start of the League Season and a home fixture against one of the title favourites Clydebank which should be a useful barometer of our progress over the summer.

Clydebank have a big noisy travelling support who will no doubt be there in numbers this being the first game of the season. They also have a good reputation for their behaviour and we don't anticipate any trouble at the game.

However, after last Friday's game we have considered our stewarding of busy fixtures. The Police will be in the vicinity and Stewards will be in place at the turnstiles to ensure that no carry outs are taken into the ground. Please do not attempt to take alcohol into the Ground as you will be refused admission. We will continue to liaise with the Police to ensure that Meadow Park is a safe place to play and watch football.

Let's all enjoy the fixture in safety and from behind the barriers, no one is allowed on the pitch other than Players and Officials, this includes children at half-time. If any of them want to kick a ball about they can use the training ground.

Thanks in advance for your co-operation.

Tom McFarlane
Vice Chairman


Club statement 

Irvine meadow football club regret the crowd disturbance that happened at Meadow Park on Friday night at the meadow / Vics marymass Derby. 

There had never been any trouble at this fixture before but the club intend to review its crowd control at future games, working closely with the police. 

The club would like to apologise to the referee and his assistants and thank the police for their prompt handling of the situation. 

The individual has been identified and was ejected from the ground and will be banned for life from the ground.

The club will also be meeting with the SJFA West region association.

This statement will be passed to the press and posted on the Meadow website. 

There will be no further communication from the club.

Irvine Meadow 1 v 1 Ardeer Thistle
Meadow scorer: Willet

Thanks to Robert Ritchie for the photos


Willet scores the first from tight angle

Vernon has a shot


Jared Willet with a long range ping


Ben Carson putting a tackle in



Ardeers penalty 



Begley puts in a good tackle



McCann in goals for Ardeer who was excellent


Weir in goals for Meadow makes a catch



The local police look on and enjoyed an entertaining game I am sure.


Irvine Meadow 4 v 3 Hurlford
(Black, McLennan & Boyd 2)

Meadow produced an injury time fightback from 3-2 down thanks to two goals from new signing Graham Boyd. Meadow went ahead through a great move with Willet crossing for Ben Black who scored a great half volley. Meadow couldn't hold out as a cross from a corner went passed Weir in goal to make it 1-1 just before half time. 

Meadow made it 2-1 in the second half through a great move and goal by Mark McLennan whose left foot shot found the back of the net. Hurlford however came straight back with ex Meadow defender Kris Roberton finding the goal with a header. Another goal for Hurlford this time from a corner and another header meant Meadow werr looking at a second straight defeat but an inspired Graham Boyd scored with a great instinctivr shot from corner to make it 3-3. There was even more to come as a mistake in Hurlford defence was capatalised on by Graham Boyd who sent the Meadow faithful into ecstasy with a winning goal right on the final whistle.


Saltcoats 3 v 2 Irvine Meadow
(Hannah & Muir)

Thank you to Robert Ritchie for the great photos.

Meadow got off to a poor start in Ardagh Cup with a 3-2 loss to Saltcoats Victoria. Meadow went 3-0 down and a late comeback was not enough to salvage a point for Meadow.











Irvine Meadow AGM's

Social Club AGM - Tuesday 16th August in the Social Club at AGM

Football Club AGM - Accounts prepared just need to be Audited, AGM provisionally first week in September


Saturday 30th July. Friendly
Irvine Meadow 3 v 1 Kilwinning Rangers
Meadow scorers: Muir & Vernon 2

Photos kind courtesy of Robert Ritchie.


Ryan Begley challenging for the ball

Ex Meadow player Grant Bolton scores for Buffs.

New signing Grant Weir

Greg Vernon makes it 2-1 to Meadow



Vernon scores from close range to make it 3-1!


Saturday 16th July 2016
Irvine Meadow 5 v 1 St Anthony's

Scorers: Black (2), Muir, Vernon (2)




                                                                         Trialist Ben Black scores from a slight deflection!

                                                                                     Ben Carson

Ben Black



                                                                      Greg Vernon with a goal



Vernon nets again




Meadow celebrations after a good start to pre-season v St Anthony's

Thanks to Robert Ritchie for the action shots.

New signings

Irvine Meadow can confirm the signing of striker Ben Carson from Ardrossan Winton Rovers.
We can also confirm signing of PJ Doyle from Hurlford United.

Marymass Saturday - Sax Appeal Dance

Marymass Saturday from 7pm - Tickets £5
Contact any Committee Member if interested or email meddaofficial@gmail.com




Dundee Violet Away Bus. Saturday July 23rd

A limited number of seats are available on the team bus for the pre-season trip to Dundee Violet Away on the 23rd July. 
Price is just £10 per person.

If interested in a space or to find out more details:
Contact Stewart Griffiths on 07534772397 or Robert Jeffrey on 07971795730.


American Football

Come see American Football team West Coast Trojans in action on Sunday 10th & Sunday 17th of July at Meadow Park. Kick off at 2.30pm. Only £3 adults and £1 kids. Beer and burgers plus other hot food available!



New Signings

Irvine Meadow can confirm the signing of right back Mark McLennan from Pollok for his third spell at Meadow Park. We also have signed Greenock's defender and captain Ryan Begley.
This now takes our squad up to 11 with a number of trialists at Meadow Park for when pre season commences. More signings tbc over the next few days and weeks.

West of Scotland Cup 1st Round Draw

Meadow have been drawn away to Rutherglen Glencairn in West of Scotland Cup 1st Round

Full Draw

Bellshill v Petershill
Johnstone Burgh v Royal Albert
Rob Roy v East Kilbride
Thorniewood v Yoker
Vale of Clyde v Darvel
Glencairn v Irvine Meadow
Kilwinning v Arthurlie
Largs Th v Wishaw
Maybole v Girvan
Dunipace v Lanark Utd
Vale of Leven v Annbank Utd
Whitletts v St Anthony's
St Roch's v Muirkirk
Cumnock v Clydebank
Newmains v Ardrossan
Saltcoats v Shotts
Greenock v Troon
Lugar v Maryhill
Port Glasgow v Neilston
Kilbirnie v Forth
Irvine Vics v Rossvale
Benburb v Perthshire
Gartcairn v Cumbernauld
Glenafton v Carluke
Dalry v Pollok
Kello v Blantyre Vics
Cambuslang v Auchinleck Talbot
Beith v Ardeer Th
Kilsyth v Renfrew
Lesmahagow v Craigmark
Ashfield v Larkhall Th

Transfers In & Out 2016/17

In:

Goalkeeper Darren Johnstone (former Troon & Cumnock).
Defender Mark Murray from Largs Th.
Midfielder Graham Muir from Largs Th.
Midfielder James Cuthbertson from Maybole.
Striker Greg Vernon from Darvel.
Wing-back Lee McCrea from Ardrossan WR
Midfielder Ian Seymour from Ardrossan WR
Attacking midfielder Jared Willet from Ardrossan WR.
Attacking midfielder Conor Browning from Ardrossan WR.


Out

Defender Graham Girvan to Arthurlie.
Midfielder Ryan Deas to Arthurlie.
Striker Ross McPherson to Beith.
Defender Chris Wilson to Petershill.
Midfielder Jordan Murch to Petershill.
Forward Liam Finnigan to Petershill.
Striker Chris Hall to Petershill.
Winger Gary McCann to Pollok


Pre Season Friendlies

The following games have been arranged  for pre Season Friendlies:

16/7 St. Anthony's Home
23/7 Dundee Violet Away
30/7 Kilwinning Rangers Home
3/8. Maybole Away
6/8. Stranraer U20s Home (date may be changed)


Supporters Meet & Greet with new management team

There will be a chance to come along and meet up with Gareth, Mick and Neil on Saturday 25th June at 1pm in the Social Club

They will update you on plans for next season and new signings and will discuss pre season schedule.

Irvine Meadow will be running a Team Bus to away games next season. The bus will arrive an hour before the game and will leave an hour after the game. There will be around 20 seats available for Supporters on the bus. Please contact any Committee member if you want to travel on Team bus. Cost will be approx £6 per head.

There will also be an update to the Community Interest Company.

Irvine Meadow New Management Team

The Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Gareth Turner and Michael Wardrope as co Managers.

Welcome back to Meadow Park.
Davie and his Team remain in charge till end of season



Bobby Carroll

Irvine Meadow are very saddened to learn of the death of Bobby Carroll who was a prolific forward for Irvine Meadow before moving to Celtic and scored their first European goal.
He is a true Meadow legend.

Condolences and thoughts with all family and friends of Bobby.

Some nice words from one of our supporters Gordon McCreath:

 "I am really shocked and saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. As recently as February of this year I had the privilege of visiting him at his home in East Kilbride and thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours listening to stories of his playing days with Meadow and Celtic. He and his lovey wife, Ann, also took the time to go through all his scrapbooks with me and let me make copies of many of his photos from his Meadow days. And what days they were! In 1958-59 he scored an amazing 75 goals for the Medda and was at outside right in the team that won the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time, beating Shettleston.

My sincere condolences go to Ann, who even insisted I stay for lunch after a magical morning in which a golden period of Irvine Meadow's history came alive for me."