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Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round Replay
Saturday 3rd December
Irvine Meadow 5 v 3 Darvel


Meadow Scorers: Begley 2, own goal & Willet 2

After an eventful match which ended in a draw, Irvine Meadow welcomed Darvel to Meadow Park for the Scottish Junior Cup Replay. Graham Boyd’s appeal after his sending off in the last match was accepted, allowing him to start as Meadow’s number 9. McIntyre made his debut in goals, with Mclennan moving to left back and McCrea starting in his usual left hand side of midfield.

Meadow had an early chance to take the lead when McCrea received the ball at the back post, his shot flashing across the face of goal. It wasn’t long till the home side took the lead however. Ten minutes in, Carson whipped a corner into the back post where Begley waited. Leaping above the rest, he manged to head home the opener.

In what was a tight start, Darvel found theirselves with a great opportunity when Strachan’s poor clearance fell right in the middle of the box causing a scramble. Eventually Meadow saw the ball clear to the relief of the home support. Only a few minutes later Darvel came at Meadow again, this time managing to head the ball passed McIntyre, but the goal was rightfully ruled offside. 
Just a minute had passed, when Carson fired in a teasing freekick. The Darvel centre back mistimed his header, looping the ball over his own keeper and into the goal. Meadow looked to grab another, this time Black tapping in a goal after Boyd failed to control the ball, but the Linesman’s flag was up.
After half an hour played, the home side only looked increasingly dangerous. Boyd glided past his man out wide and delivered a stunning cross. Willet rose well and managed to head home the third. 


Carson’s deliveries were on form as he hit yet another great freekick into the box, finding Begley again. The big man rose high and headed a powerful shot past the Darvel number 1. Irvine Meadow controlled the rest of the half, as Boyd looked to grab his first of the game, coming close on a number of occasions. It was a comfortable game for the home side at half time, going in four goals up and having had plenty of chances to make it more. 

The home fans half time celebrations were silenced when only two minutes after the restart Darvel’s Orr curled a freekick round the wall and past McIntyre. Five minutes later the away side scored another after poor defending at a corner allowed Parris a tap in.
Meadow looked shaken as they struggled to get started in the second half. With little over half an hour to go Darvel won a free kick in an identical position as before. This time McIntyre managed to save the shot, but his efforts were in vain as Armour was there to slot the ball in to cut the home side’s lead to one. 

It was a nervy affair for the rest of the second half, both sides looking like they could score next. A final goal came with only a few minutes remaining. Cripps managed to cut the ball across to Willet who turned his man and curled a great shot into the far side of the goal. A sigh of relief spread around Meadow Park after what was a poor second half performance.
Meadow managed to see the game through and earn themselves a spot in the next round, where they will face Carluke, who managed to beat local rivals Irvine Victoria in the last round.

Meadow Line-up: 1)McIntyre  2)Hannah  3)McLennan  4)Strachan  5)Begley 6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Boyd  10) Willet  11)McCrae
Subs used: Browning for Black, Cripps for Boyd, Seymour for Willet
(Subs not used - Vernon)

Match Sponsors MOTM – Ben Carson
Fans MOTM – Jared Willet
Next Fixture: League – Girvan (Away)


Meadow will now face Carluke Rovers away on Saturday 21st January 2016 in the 4th Round


Begley with the first goal for Meadow


Darvel Keeper caught with an own goal to double Meadows lead to 2-0


Jared Willet heading home to make it 3-0 to Meadow.


Another headed goal for Meadow to increase the lead to 4-0 before half time

Meadow 5 v 3 Darvel. Robert Ritchie Pics


Irvine Meadow 5 v 3 Darvel. Gordon McCreath Photos



Bonus Ball Results

November Bonus Ball Number 17
4 Winners. £100 each
Paula Noble
Ian Rodgers
Sandy Dean
Stacey Rodgers

To take part contact any committee or email  imcommunityclub@gmail.com


ETHX Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 19th November
Darvel 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow

Meadow scorer: Carson penalty

***Replay Saturday 26th November***
Irvine Meadow v Darvel (1.45pm kick off)

Darvel v Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos.



Darvel 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow. Gordon McCreath photos



McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 12th November
Irvine Meadow 4 v 1 Kilsyth Rangers

Meadow Scorers: Muir, Willet, Begley & Boyd



Irvine Meadow 4 v 1 Kilsyth. Robert Ritchie photos.

Irvine Meadow 4 v 1 Kilsyth Rangers. Gordon McCreath photos




West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round Draw
Pollok v Irvine Meadow. Date tbc

Meadow face the trip to play Super Premier League giants Pollok. A tough tie but one we are really looking forward to.

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 5th November
Irvine Meadow 2 v 1 Maryhill

Scorers: Carson pen & Boyd

Match report by Gary Anderson, photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath






Maryhill arrived at Meadow Park having won their previous four games after a poor start to the season. A win for the away side could see them out of the relegation zone and continue their strong run of form. Only seconds into the match Maryhill could’ve stole the lead as both Mclennan and Begley made mistakes allowing the away forward through on goal, but his shot was straight at Newman. The Meadow continued to look nervous as Maryhill dominated the opening 15 minutes. It had taken over 20 minutes for Meadow to create any sort of chance, Black’s low drive producing a strong save from the Maryhill keeper. Ten minutes later McLennan fired a long freekick into the box finding McCrea, who’s volley rattled the bar.

Just as things started looking up for Meadow, Maryhill’s number 10 caused all sorts of problems for the back four, winning a freekick just outside the box. He stepped up to take it and curled it brilliantly into the goal. The away team went in with a deserved lead at half time in one of this seasons weaker displays from Meadow. 

It was a cagey start to the second half with both teams having players go into the book and few chances being created. New signing Barbour made his debut up top with Boyd and with just over 20 minutes to play Vernon was introduced. With a loss looking likely, Irvine Meadow moved into a 3-4-3 in the hopes of getting an equalizer. After only being on the pitch for 2 minutes, Vernon stole the ball from the Maryhill Centre Back who instantly brought him down for a penalty. Carson made no mistake, firing it to the keepers left. With under 5 minutes to go Meadow won a freekick high up the field. Carson provided a superb ball into the box finding Boyd who nodded home for a dramatic turnaround.  The stunned away side piled the pressure for the final 5, but Meadow stayed resilient in defence earning them the victory. 



It wasn’t Meadow’s best performance by far but a late double gave them the crucial 3 points against a team on the rise.  



Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman  2) Hannah  3) Murray  4) McLennan  5) Begley  6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Boyd  10) Willet  11)McCrea

Subs used:  Barbour for McCrea, Browning for Willet, Vernon for Murray


Match Sponsors MOTM – Stuart Hannah
Supporters MOTM – Shaun Newman


Next Fixture: League – Kilsyth (Home)

Irvine Meadow v Maryhill. Robert Ritchie Photos


Irvine Meadow 2 v 1 Maryhill. Gordon McCreath photos




New Signing

Graeme Barbour has signed for Irvine Meadow on loan for two months from Kilwinning Rangers.
PJ Dolan has left on loan for two months to Darvel, he will be Cup tied for Junior Cup game.

Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round Draw

Darvel v Irvine Meadow

Tie to be played Saturday 19th January
Meadow face the tricky trip to East Ayrshire to face Darvel who have already defeated us at Meadow Park earlier this season.

McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 29th October
Cumbernauld United 0 v 3 Irvine Meadow (Boyd, Begley & Muir)

Match Report by Gary Anderson, photos by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath.

It was back to  league business after a run of cup games for Meadow. Browing came in for the injured Ben Black on the wing and Boyd lead the line this week. A win by 2 goals of more would see Meadow climb above Cumbernauld and into the top 5. The opening 10 minutes of the match was very tight, as expected. It wasn’t until 15 minutes had passed that the first opportunity at goal came. A long free kick from Newman was floated brilliantly into the box, where Boyd met it well, heading into the bottom corner of the goal. Meadow carried on looking the more dangerous side but it was Cumbernauld who came close next. A good ball in from a free kick caused chaos in the box but Begley did well to reach the ball and clear.

Only a few minutes later, a good corner from Carson was fired towards Begley who rose up and nodded in Irvine Meadow’s second of the game.Just over 5 minutes before the break Cumbernauld began to look dangerous in attack but their defence still looked very shaky.

HT

After a brilliant performance from Meadow in the first half, it was the home team that started better in the second. A brilliant freekick from Cumbernauld’s 7 forced a fantastic save from Newman, continuing his great run of form.The home side looked the favourites to score the next goal as they piled the pressure on the resilient Meadow defence, but it was Muir who grabbed the third of the game, his first league goal of the season. Boyd flicked on McCrea’s cross towards the back post. The Cumbernauld number 1 made a mess of it and Muir was there on the line to tap home.

Cumbernauld continued to press as the game drew to an end, but some brilliant defending from the Meadow back 4 kept them at bay. The home side’s right back hit a brilliant strike from 30 yards out which rattled the post, adding to his team’s frustrations in attack. Both teams missed easy chances in the final few minutes. Boyd missing a 1 vs1 with the keeper, Browning’s cutback after going past the keeper cut out and the Cumbernauld 9 dragging his shot wide in acres of space.

FT

Great performance from Irvine Meadow as they begin to challenge at the top of the table. Next week it’s home to Maryhill who look to get out of the bottom 3 having won their last two league games.

Meadow Line-up: 1)Newman  2)Hannah  3)Murray  4)McLennan  5)Begley 6)Carson  7)Browning  8)Muir  9)Boyd  10) Willet  11)McCrae

Subs used: Cuthbertson for Muir, Vernon for Willet

(Subs not used - Dolan, Cripps, Strachan)

MOTM – Ryan Begley

Next Fixture: League – Maryhill (Home)

Cumbernauld v Irvine Meadow. Robert Ritchie photos


Cumbernauld v Meadow. Gordon McCreath photos



Irvine Meadow Bonus Ball -  Win £100!!
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Irvine Meadow have set up a Community Club,
Irvine Meadow Community Club.

Meadow Park and Social Club is now open for Youth and Community use.
IMCC is a CIC ( Community Interest Club ) and as such is separate from the Junior team, and its focus is to put in place a Development Fund for its Youth and Community sections.Whilst Grants will be pursued we must be able to contribute to projects, so we are running a Monthly Lotto based on the national lotto Bonus Ball on the last Saturday of each Month.

 It costs £3 for each month entered.
You will choose a ball between 1 & 59, and if it is drawn as the Bonus Ball on the last Saturday of the month you win £100 for each competed 59 slot sheet.

To enter for just £3 per month text Brian Lamb on 07803146301or email meddaofficial@gmail.com


Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round. Saturday 22nd October
Irvine Meadow 4 v 0 Oakley United
(Own goal, Vernon, McCrea & Boyd)

Match Report by Gary Anderson
Match photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie and Gordon McCreath.

Meadow looked to make it 5 wins in a row following good form in previous weeks, with the same line-up starting as last week’s win over Rutherglen. The away team made the journey from Fife as the underdogs, looking to cause an upset.

It was a quiet start to the game with neither team creating many chances. A hard tackle out on the wing from Oakley’s number 5 gave Carson an opportunity to create problems with a freekick and that’s exactly what he did. A driven cross into the box resulted in the visiting team knocking the ball into their own net to give Irvine Meadow the first goal of the match.
With the goal advantage, Meadow began to control the game. Only 5 minutes later, Vernon brought the ball down from a cross with his right foot and hit with his left on the turn, smashing the ball into the back of the net.
The home side dominated the rest of the half in what was a dry spell. With a 2 goal advantage, they looked good for the victory.
HT Irvine Meadow 2 v 0 Oakley.

Meadow came close once again just after the restart, as Begley rose well to meet Carson’s corner, but the header was just over.
It wasn’t until an hour into the game that Oakley began to look dangerous, as they started to create some chances for themselves. 

Meadow managed to catch the away side on the break, as Willet broke down the right hand side. The Oakley keeper did well to punch the ball clear, but the clearance fell straight to McCrea who dipped the keeper from a good 30 yards out. Despite going 3 goals down, it was a good response from the away team, with their centre forward missing two good chances.
With just over 20 minutes to go Boyd replaced Willet, with Meadow going with two out and out forwards. This was the first time Boyd and Vernon were partnered together and it wasn’t long before one of them netted the 4th goal.  
Browning managed to lay the ball down for Boyd who, after only being on a minute, just beat the defender to the ball with his deflected shot rising over the keeper. 

Both teams created a few chances in the final minutes but the Irvine Meadow defence managed to keep a clean sheet. The home side sailed through to the next round of the Scottish Junior cup with a confident performance.

Meadow Line-up: 1) Newman  2) Hannah 
 3) Murray  4) McLennan  5) Begley  6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Vernon  10) Willet  11)McCrae

Subs used: Browning for Black, Boyd for Willet, Dolan for Carson

Match Sponsors MOTM – Lee McCrea
Supporters MOTM - Ryan Begley

Next Fixture: League – Cumbernauld (Away)



Vernon with Meadow's second goal




Meadow 4 v 0 Oakley. Robert Ritchie photos



Meadow 4 v 0 Oakley. Gordon McCreath photos



West of Scotland Cup 1st Round
Saturday 15th October

Rutherglen Glencairn 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow
Meadow scorer: Browning 

Meadow win 4-3 on penalties.

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie
Match Report by Gary Anderson

Rutherglen Glencairn v Irvine Meadow. West of Scotland Cup. Sat 15th Oct



The previous meeting between the two teams was a tight 1-1 league draw at Meadow Park. After a string of good results and performances, Irvine Meadow looked to continue their run of form and continue into the next round of the cup.

It was a good start from Meadow as they put the home defence under pressure. There was an early penalty shout as Vernon was dragged down in the box but the ref was having none of it. The majority of the first half was a dull affair, with both teams struggling to really pose an attacking threat.
It was Rutherglen who looked like the much better side in the final 15 minutes of the half as they came at Meadow with a number of dangerous attacks. The defence held firm however seeing it through to a 0-0 draw at half time. 

It was the home side who came out firing after the break as they forced a fantastic save from Newman with a header at the back post. Only a few minutes later, Rutherglen came close again at the back post, this time just inches from tapping in. 

With half an hour to go Meadow made a lucky escape. A deflection sent Rutherglen’s forward through who shot passed Newman but struck the post. The ball then hit off Hannah on the line who managed to get it out of his feet and clear.  

70 minutes in Meadow brought on Boyd for Vernon and the balance of the game began to shift. Having their first good spell in the match since the opening minutes, Meadow managed to come close a number of times.
The pressure paid off however, as with just over 5 minutes to go, a ball across the box fell to Browning, who hammered the ball through the keeper and into the back of the net.

Rutherglen responded by going 3 at the back in the hopes of snatching a late equalizer, and that’s exactly what they done.
Attacking down the right, Rutherglen’s wide man cut inside of Murray and after the slightest of touches went down. To the home team’s delight the ref pointed to the spot. Paddy Cullen made no mistake with the penalty, smashing it into the top corner. 
With the full time whistle blowing shortly after kick off, it was penalties to decide who progressed into the next round.

After the first six penalties it was three a piece, with both teams burying their penalties with ease. Cullen, who scored Rutherglen’s last minute equalizer, stepped up once more, only this time smashing the crossbar. Muir made no mistake with his penalty to put Meadow in front. Up stepped Jamie Hunter for what could be his side’s last penalty. His powerful shot went to Newman’s left, but the keeper dived well and blocked the shot seeing Meadow through to the next round.

Meadow Line-up: 1)Newman  2)Hannah  3)Murray  4)McLennan  5)Begley 6)Carson  7)Black  8)Muir  9)Vernon  10) Willet  11)McCrae
Subs used: Browning for Black, Boyd for Vernon

(Subs not used - Cuthbertson, McGowan, Weir)
MotM: Shaun Newman


McBookie West Region Super First Division 
Saturday 8th October
Blantyre Vics 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow
                                   (McCrea)


Photos by Robert Ritchie & Gordon McCreath

Blantyre Vics 0 v 1 Irvine Meadow





Irvine Meadow EGM - Friday 21st October @ 7pm

An EGM has been called for Friday 21st October @ 7pm in the Social Club

The purpose of the Meeting is for Season Ticket Holders to vote on a resolution to dissolve the current unincorporated Irvine Meadow and transfer all Assets and Liabilities to the recently formed Irvine Meadow Football Club CIC. This is the only item on the agenda.

Following the EGM there will be a meeting for all Shareholders @ 7:30pm

Season Ticket Holders and Shareholders can attend both meetings but only Season Tickets holders can vote at the EGM and Shareholders at the Shareholders Meeting.

The agenda for the Shareholders Meeting is as follows:

Financial Report

CIC Structure

Board of Directors

Role of Directors

Election of Directors

Voting Rights

Business Plan

Share Certificates

This is an important meeting and all Shareholders and Season Ticket Holders are requested to attend.

Notice of the Meeting will be in the local Press and Social Media.

Tom McFarlane
Vice Chairman



McBookie West Region Super First Division
Saturday 1st October

Irvine Meadow 3 v 1 Irvine Victoria

(Meadow scorers: own goal, Begley & Black)

Photos kindly provided by Robert Ritchie

Match report by Gary Anderson

KO:

Irvine meadow went into the game behind Vics in the league,
with both teams only on two points after four games. After the events of the Marymass cup it was always going to be a cagey affair.

Both teams started well with the ball being moved end to end, but it
was Meadow who had an early chance to take the lead. Boyd managed to nab the ball off of the opposition centre back and break through on goal, but he struck wide. Only a minute later Black managed to find his way through on goal, with the Vics keeper making a routine stop from a weak shot.

Eleven minutes in however, Vics Young
found himself completely unmarked from a throw in, giving him all the time in the world to find the top corner. With Vics taking the lead, the game looked much more in the balance. Carson’s set pieces were getting ever more dangerous and eventually paid off. A good corner from the man came clean off the Vics defender into his own net for Meadow to draw even.

Despite a fierce game with numerous warnings it took almost half an hour for the first booking to be given. Few chances fell for either side towards the end of the first half, but after Irvine Vics failed to clear a corner, Carson’s ball back in found Begley who headed home to take the lead. A pacey corner from the other end looked to put Meadow in danger
if it wasn’t for Weir coming out well and punching clear.

HT: A tight first half between the local rivals but it was Irvine
Meadow who went in ahead.

Meadow came flying out the blocks in the second half, bombarding the Vics goal for the first ten minutes of the second half. Muir being the one who came closest with Vics number 4 making a crucial block. A free kick in a great position for Vics seen Weir make a fantastic save to prevent the ball flying into the top corner.

Meadow continued to apply pressure but
failed to find the target. As frustrations rose the referee had to approach the Vics management for a second time in the match, deciding to send one of them to the stands. Only a few minutes later Vics Chesney seen red for his second booking after committing a number of fouls while on a yellow. With only a few minutes to go Meadow finally got their third of the game. A long ball over the top fell to Black who took it in his stride towards goal. The Vics keeper rushed out and appeared to miss the ball as it rolled into the back of the net.

FT: A great performance from Meadow saw them sail past their
local rivals and rise above them in the league.

Meadow Line Up: Weir, Hannah, Murray, McLennan, Begley, Carson, Ben Black, Muir, Boyd, Willet, Browning. Sub Used: Vernon for Boyd


Ben Black with a shot early on

Vics make it 1-0 to them with a tremendous strike

Meadow equalise through a Vics own goal




Ben Black with a run down the wing


Ryan Begley makes it 2-1 for Meadow in the first half

Ben Black bearing down on Vics keeper for the third Meadow goal


Celebrations after  the third goal


Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round Draw


Irvine Meadow have been drawn at home to East South Division Team Oakley United
Tie due to be played on Saturday 22nd October. 2.30pm kick off

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


                                                                                             
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.

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


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."