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Lugar Boswell Thistle
Football in General
Member Name: generalcoburn
Football in General
Advantages: Fantastic community club, value, entertainment second to none
Football, from the world cup to a sunday league pub side, there exists a level from everyone to participate in, I would like to share my views about a club playing at Junior level in Scotland.
PLEASE NOTE: IN SCOTLAND JUNIOR FOOTBALL DENOTES NON LEAGUE FOOTBALL WHICH IS BELOW PROFESSIONAL ALTHOUGH THE PLAYERS ARE PAID AND A LEVEL ABOVE AMATUER)
Lugar Boswell Thistle Juniors http://www.lugarboswellthistle.com/
The team were formed in 1898 and play at Rosebank Park in the village of Lugar, they ply their trade in the Ayrshire District League, the third division.
This season they played a successful campaign and narrowly missed out on promotion by a goal difference of 4. Below is a list of the club's achievements to date:
Ayrshire First Division winners: 1954, 1956
Ayrshire Second Division winners: 1996, 2000
Ayrshire Cup: 1928, 1929
Ayrshire District Cup: 1930, 1949
Ayrshire League: 2003
This club are keeping football alive in their small local community by providing facilities for youth teams who use their excellent facilities free of charge and by developing youth football with these clubs so that the kids in the area have a focus and team to be proud of, Lugar were first with these ideas although other local teams are now following.
They are currently developing two under ten teams and are actively working with an under seventeen team, the under tens are very successful and haven't lost a game this year and the under seventeens are now training with Lugar first team for experience, the three teams are independant but the club is working very hard helping with their development. The 17's enjoy training with the first team and have been accepted and taken under the wings of some seasoned players and ex professionals.
Games are played on a Saturday afternoon to a gate which ranges between 50 and 200 people, the food and drinks prices beggar belief as you will be asked for £1 for a pie or a roll and sausage and 50p for a tea, entry to the park is £2.50 adult £1.50 Concession and Children free (£1.50 Cup Tie).
Lugar's playing surface is second to none at this level due to the dilligence of the ground person , the changing facilities are good and and the small committee keeps their head above water financially.
Football wise this level of the sport is a very entertaining spectacle with competative close games which are very physical in nature, there are no primadonas, no one on big money and practically no diving, just good honest surprisingly tallented football in its rawest form, this is football as it was intended, football for everyone, football that you can afford to go to with a family, enjoy and be thrilled.
The team's nickname is the Jaggy Bunnets in reference to their "12th man", the midges (Very small Flying insect which swarm in millions, around your head and plague the area due to the lush wooded setting which contains the park).
Take your family to see Junior/Non League football this weekend instead of watching the big boys, there's never any trouble, its much much more value for money and you will get so much more out of it than watching sanitised football on tv.
I will be there every saturday enjoying the special atmosphere, supporting this great club, kicking every ball and hoping that this year they will gain that elusive promotion.
Summary: Mon The Jaggy Bunnets!