Saturday 16th July 2016
Irvine Meadow 5 v 1 St Anthony's
Scorers: Black (2), Muir, Vernon (2)
Greg Vernon with a goal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Irvine Meadow are looking for a physio for the season ahead. Would suit someone studying physiotherapy at college or University or anyone with experience of sports physiotherapy. Please send your cv to email@example.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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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."
Irvine Meadow Supporters v Medda Legends
Date for game - Friday 13th May 2016, 7pm kick-off. All details to be confirmed.
The idea is to get two squads with up to 20 players. One squad of Irvine Meadow supporters and another squad made up of former Irvine Meadow players and fans' favourites. Admission to the game is a 'pay what you can' or donation. The proposed game would allow the ex-players the chance to pull on a Medda jersey for the last time and also be a good get together/catch-up for them. As for the support, it would allow us the chance to watch some of our former favourite players or even brave it and pull on a jersey to compete against them
Andy Smyth (gk)
Michael Wardrope (gk)
Irvine Meadow Relegation
Irvine Meadow have been officially relegated to Super Premier First Division after what has been a very poor season for our high standards.
Richie Barr has signed for Rossvale today.
Graeme Shepherd has signed for Cumnock. All the best for their great efforts over the years.
We have brought in Paul Burns as back up goalkeeper and Steven Seaton an under 21 amateur from Westpark United.
Saturday 9th April - Club Dance - Carol Black - Tickets £5
Sunday 10th April - Scottish U21 Semi Final - Bonnyton vs Tower Hearts
Friday 15th April - Speakers Night - Tickets £25 - price includes 3 speakers and 2 course meal
Sunday 1st May - Ladies Fashion Show - Tickets £3
Pollok 3 v 1 Irvine Meadow
Meadow Scorer: Paul Maxwell
Photos kindly provided by Gordon McCreath
Irvine Meadow Fire
The first attack in our ground took place shortly before midnight on Thursday 25th February after thugs broke into the ground and gathered eight wheelie bins in and 'L' shape at the side of the stand and set them alight.
The flames licked high on the side of the stand scorching our club honours board and the famous Meadow Lounge sign - but no structural damage has been done.
Irvine Meadow vice chairman Tom McFarlane has taken the perpetrators to task for their reckless actions.
He said: "What do these people get out of this? I don't know why they feel the need to do things like this and it's really the last thing we needed.
"They've gathered eight wheelie bins in an 'L' shape at the side of the stands and set them alight.
"I'd like to praise the member of the public that got in touch with the fire brigade when they did - it could have been much worse.
"There's a sheltered housing complex 20 yards away from that stand and god know what could've happened if it wasn't stopped when it was."
"The Meadow Park sign and the honours board will need to be replaced and the wheelie bins are just a puddle of mush.
"There is no damage inside but a horrible smell of smoke."
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the non-emergency police number on 101
Imperative that all Supporters attend. Large turnout required from all our supporters.
There will be an important Supporters meeting held on Sunday 6th March 2016 at 1pm in Irvine Meadow Social Club.
Irvine Meadow New Fundraising Initiative
We have signed up Friends of Irvine Meadow for easy fundraising.org
Basically all that you do is choose the easy fundraising search engine from the link below, type in a retailer and if you make an on line purchase the retailer will donate a % of your purchase to Friends of Irvine Meadow Bank Account, the 2 that I checked were Amazon 1.5% and Argos 0.75%, you need one extra click to choose Friends of Irvine Meadow to send your Retailers donation. There is no extra cost to you, the purchase cost stays the same. Most on line purchases are available for the free donation, annual House/Car Insurance is a good one. Give it a go, it's really straightforward. Any questions at all email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Search for Friends of Irvine Meadow. You can also download the App too.The link is below: Please give it a go and help us raise extra funds!
ETHX Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round
Saturday 23rd January
Linlithgow Rose 1 v 1 Irvine Meadow (Barr)
Davie Greig in his first match in charge
New Management Team
Irvine Meadow are pleased to announce that Davie Greig is our new Manager along with his Backroom Team of Scott Mills, John Petrie and player /coach Kevin Rutkiewicz. Welcome to Meadow Park guys.
Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round
Linlithgow Rose v Irvine Meadow
Saturday 16th January. 1.45pm
Irvine Meadow face a tough trip to Linlithgow Rose for the 4th Round of the Scottish Junior Cup. Linlithgow won the most recent competitive meeting 4-2 after Meadow were 2-0 ahead back in 2007!
New Committee Required
Irvine Meadow urgently require new committee members to help push the club forward and lessen the burden of our current small band of committee members.
Anyone interested please contact any committee member as soon as possible or email email@example.com
Irvine Meadow are now away to Arthurlie on Saturday 28th November in league business. 1.45pm kick off. Weather permitting.
Irvine Meadow have received some sad news this week with the death of Jim Simpson past president of Irvine Meadow. He will be cremated at Dreghorn crematorium on Wednesday 25th November. All our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Also Billy Lewis who played for Irvine Meadow between 1951-53 passed away last week. There will be a minutes silence at today's game for both. Thoughts go out to his family.
Irvine Meadow have a race night this Friday 6th November. From around 6pm til late. All are welcome and free entry. Hope as many supporters as possible can make it down as due to number of away games in a row been tough going for Meadow.
Fitba Shorts are a local community Project doing Irvine Meadow highlights, interviews and footage of Irvine Meadow. To help keep this going we have started a crowdfunding page where you can donate anything from £5 to £75.
Link is below, please get donating.
Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round Draw
Irvine Meadow are at home to Blackburn United. Saturday 21st November. East Region South Division team are second in their league and undefeated so far. Will be a tough but winnable game.
Upcoming Social Club Events
Friday 6th November -
We have a Race Night, we'd like a good turnout for this night but you can still support it if you can't come along by selling a race to friends/family/workmates. There are 8 horses in a race, horses cost £3 and the winner receives a bottle of spirits. The more races we sell the more money goes to funding the team. Forms can be obtained from me at games.
Friday 13th November -
We have a Speakers Night, the evening will be chaired by Alan Timpany and we have 2 highly recommended Speakers in John Watson and Robbie Duncan. Tickets are £25 per head and also included Steak Pie Dinner, always a good night out.
Friday 27th November -
It's Ladies Night, tickets only £3, cocktails and DJ, let your better half know that it's on.
Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round Draw
Saturday 24th October
Dunbar Utd v Irvine Meadow (2.30pm)
There will be a supporters bus running for this game leaving at 10.30am from Meadow Park. There are seats available at £12 for adults. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any committee at Troon game or call Stuart on 07746920264 for more information.
Next Fixture: Saturday 3rd October
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy v Irvine Meadow (2pm)
@ Guys Meadow, Cumbernauld Juniors.
There will be a bus running for Meadow supporters to book your seats contact Stuart on email@example.com or call/text on 07746920264.
Stagecoach Super League Premier Division
Irvine Meadow 7 v 2 Beith
Saturday 26th September
Meadow got a hugley important first league win of the season after a tremendous start to the game that had Meadow incredilbly 3-0 up in the first 5 minutes thanks to goals from Gary McCann, Paul Maxwell and Shaun Fraser. The goal from Fraser was probably the pick of the bunch with a volley on the edge of the box. It was a tremendous and hugely unexpected start for Meadow. Meadow then went 4-0 up after 13 minutes from a Chris Wilson free kick from around 25 yards out. After this Meadow were well on top and cruising to a first win but Beith got a goal back to make it 4-1 but Meadow got a penalty to restore ourn four goal advantage when Gary McCann was pulled down in the box. Deas expertly took the resulting penatly sending the Beith keeper the wrong way. It was 5-1 to Meadow at half time!
Beith got a goal back early on in the second half from a tremendous Andy Reid free kick out wide finding the top hand corner. Meadow however did not panic and managed to score two more goals from the impressive Gary McCann & Ryan Deas to finish the game 7-2 winners!
Photos kind courtesy of Gordon McCreath