Category: Scone Thistle FC Juniors

News and information from Scone Thistle FC who play in the Scottish Junior FA East Region McBookie League North Division

Coronavirus – tips for coping with lockdown

In his role as Club Chaplain, Gordy Mackay (left, in the photo above alongside SFA Chaplain, Mark Fleming), shares some thoughts for how to cope with the ongoing lockdown.

“I wonder if 23rd March seems a long time ago? That was when Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson gave televised addresses to the nation. The following day radical limits on our freedom were introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus. For me, certainly, that seems a long time ago now. Over the last six weeks so much has changed and we’ve have all had to adjust to a very different way of life.

In the news over the last few days there has been talk of how we might begin to ease out of lockdown. We don’t know for sure how long getting back to ‘normal’ is going to take. When will it be possible for Scone Thistle to play again?

While we wait for the details about what the transition out of lockdown is going to look like, it is important to protect and maintain our personal well-being. Here are a few things that might help in the ongoing lockdown. Most of them are pretty obvious. But when our usual routines are all out of whack it’s important to think carefully about this- especially now many are getting lockdown fatigue and feeling an increasing sense of weariness, frustration and worry.

Exercise & Eating

As a family we’ve been doing the weekday PE with Joe Wicks workouts. The boys have especially enjoyed fancy dress Fridays. As well as being a bit of fun, it’s 30 minutes of exercise. All of us feel better for doing the workouts and the other tasks for the day seem easier to handle. If you are able to get outside, then even better. What a difference some fresh air in our lungs can make! Whether inside or out, exercise is a huge part of mental well-being, something we know but don’t always do.

Eating well is important too. It can be tempting in lockdown to go for easy options that are not so good for us. But healthy eating isn’t just important for the body, it’s important for the mind as well.


We tend to think of relaxation as time when we do nothing or are just chilling in front of the TV. Relaxing is really doing something that energises you rather than drains you. For me, social media is a drainer. So I need to take time every day away from it. The news, particularly at the moment, is also a drainer. So be careful you don’t watch or read too much of it. Everyone will have different ways of being energised- I like to read and get stuck into our garden (which needs a lot of work!). For those who live with others, trying to get some time by yourself can be a big help too. This can be tricky when we are living/learning/working in the same place all day, every day- often with family members in close proximity. It’s tricky but vital that we find ways to relax, to be re-energised physically and mentally to enable us to keep going until lockdown is over.


As well as needing personal space, we all need someone to listen to us. As well as finding people that can listen to us, we should try to be available to listen to others as well. For some of us, talking about feelings can be uncomfortable. We might not be able to speak at home about how we’re feeling – especially if it’s people at home that are driving us up the wall! But we need to express it so that things don’t just build up. It’s a release, and it helps us maintain healthy perspective. Speak to family/friends/teammates on the phone or facetime regularly (not just email/text)/ Try to find positive things to talk about as well as being open about negative emotions and situations that are causing you worry.


Many psychologists and health experts say that developing an mindset of thankfulness is quite literally good for us. Choosing to think about things that we value and appreciate has all sorts of benefits. Someone in our church recently challenged us to take a moment to think of one thing we are thankful for every day. When I do this, it is amazing the difference I feel. I’m not surprised that being thankful is good for us because for me, it’s a spiritual thing. Ultimately my thankfulness is directed to God. The Bible encourages us to be thankful, knowing that God is the one who is the source of all that is good. If you’re not religious, I’d still say this is massively helpful, and will benefit your sense of well being.

So however long it will be before lockdown is over and social distancing is a thing of the past, hopefully these thoughts might help us all cope just now and avoid lockdown fatigue. As we look after our own personal well-being we’ll be in a much better place to support those around us and everyone will be benefit.”

Gordy Mackay.

Coronavirus – all future matches postponed as season suspended

The Scottish Football Association have announced that all football in Scotland played under their jurisdiction is to be postponed indefinitely in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “Since the guidance outlined by governments last night we have been engaged in extensive dialogue to clarify the position and implications of that guidance for Scottish Football.”

“Today’s announcement is made in the interests of public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials and staff across the game.  This is of paramount importance as the country enters the ‘delay’ phase of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“It is also why the Scottish FA is compelled to ensure that the suspension is cascaded through the non-professional and grassroots games until further notice.”

Scone Thistle FC fully support this decision which has been made to safeguard the health of supporters, players, volunteers and coaching staff of all clubs.   We will keep you informed of any plans to reinstate League fixtures as and when we hear them.

In the meantime, please continue to follow NHS advice on Coronavirus, stay safe, and wash your hands!

New Manager – Paul Martin

Scone Thistle Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Martin as its new manager. Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the game across the East Region Juniors and beyond.

We would like to welcome Paul to the Club and very much look forward to working alongside him through the next phase of the club’s history.

With no league game this weekend due to Broughty Athletic’s Cup game being re-sceduled, Paul’s first game in charge will be at home to Carnoustie on Saturday 7th March.

We thank all of those that took the time to express an interest in the vacancy.

Tayport – game off

Today’s game v Tayport in the 3rd Round of the DJ Laing East Region Cup (East Of Scotland) has been postponed due to last nights heavy rain. Currently only 2 games remain on with Luncarty away to Bo’ness Utd and Arbroath Vics at home to Lochee Harp in round 2 of the same competition. There are no games today in the North Superleague. Next up for Scone we were due to host Broughty but with their Junior Cup quarter final game also being postponed, this has been rescheduled for Saturday 29th February leaving Scone with no game. Our next match will now be at home to Carnoustie on Saturday 7th March at 2:30pm.

Match Report: Broughty Athletic

Saturday saw Scone return to Whitton park to play Broughty Athletic but this time in the North Superleague. On a wet & miserable day, this game was the only one of the day’s fixtures to go ahead thanks to Broughty’s all-weather pitch. Scone were without the Ross Mitchell, Craig Mitchell, Andrew Mackenzie, Darren Gray & Lee Maloney who were added to the absentee list as the Jaggies made 6 changes to the previous weeks encounter. Broughty again looked dangerous from the start with Scone keeper Gav Sorley called into early action as the Jaggies looked to keep them at bay. Scone’s first attack saw Sam Sanchez get an effort on target on 24 minutes but was comfortably met by Sean Diamond. The opening goal came on 31 minutes when the referee adjusted an infringement and awarded an indirect free kick against Scone inside their own penalty area. The ball was slid to Brian Duell who left Sorley little chance to give the Fed the lead. Unlike the previous week, Scone were able to go into the break only a goal behind and very much still in the game.

 Half time score: Broughty Athletic 1-0 Scone

 With the weather showing no signs of letting up Scone had a chance to equalise through Aaron Carlon early in the second half but his effort rose just over the bar. As the game passed the hour mark, any hopes of taking something from the game were dashed with 2 quick goals that finished the game off. Stuart McConnachie capitalised on a defensive error on 62 minutes  before Duell scored his 2nd of the afternoon 3 minutes later. Scone made one change with youngster Alistar Alcorn coming on for the last 20 minutes. Calum Black who was working hard for Scone saw a shot saved on 75 minutes before Aaron Carlon was caught offside 5 minutes later but despite their efforts, Scone were unable to pull a goal back. A much improved performance and but for the awarded free kick and defensive mix up the match could have been a lot closer.

 Full time score: Broughty Athletic 3-0 Scone

 Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael). Next up for Scone is a break from League action with Round 3 of the East of Scotland Cup when Tayport are the visitors to Farquharson Park on Saturday 22nd with a 2:30 pm kick off.  

 Off the park this week, a reminder that Scone’s search for a new manager continues & that any interested parties can contact either the Chairman Derek Adam or secretary Jon Baker at to discuss further.

Manager Vacancy

Scone Thistle FC are now inviting applications for the managers role. Applicants will ideally have the relevant qualifications and experience for the position. In the first instance please contact Club Secretary, Jon Baker, at with CV or for more details.

Club Announcement

It is with regret that manager Sean Whitworth has informed the club that he will be stepping down from his position as manager. We would like to thank Sean sincerely for his efforts since taking up the role and we wish him all the best for the future.

Match Report: Broughty Athletic

Scone exited the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup with Broughty Athletic comfortably progressing through to Round 3 of the competition. On a day to forget for the visitors the “Feds” racked up a trio of hat-tricks as they ruthlessly saw off Scone in a clinical display. The opening goal came on 7 minutes when Derryn Kesson got the first of his before Bradley Smith got his first 3 minutes later. Kesson scored again on 17 minutes before Smith got his 2nd on 25 minutes. Any hopes of slowing the attacks down before the break were dashed when Kesson completed his hat-trick on 37 minutes before Smith completed his on 43 minutes.

Half time score: Broughty Athletic 6-0 Scone

Scone made a change at the break with Fraser MacDonald coming on for the remainder of the game as Scone looked to tighten up. The hosts extended their lead on 53 minutes with Bryan Duell getting the first of his goals before Ross McCord got in on the scoring on 60 minutes. Scone made a further 2 changes with Vincent Edmonds & Lee Maloney coming on for Scone before Broughty completed their afternoon with 2 late goals. Duell scored his 2nd on 84 minutes before the referee Terry Ormiston awarded a late penalty for an unavoidable handball on 86 minutes as Duell completed his hat-trick. Despite a number of key personnel missing, Scone can have few complaints & will need to re-group quickly before 2 further league games v Broughty to be played later this month.

Full time score: Broughty Athletic 10-0 Scone

Elsewhere on Saturday:

Fauldhouse Utd beat Stoneyburn 3-2 away while Boness won 3-0 through in Kirkcaldy. Thornton Hibs needed penalties to see off Rosyth after a 2-2 draw. In the North Superleague only 1 game was played with Tayport beating Kirriemuir Thistle 3-1 on their travels a result which lifts them above Scone who now sit 8th. The Updated table is available here.

Broughty Athletic – matchday preview

This Saturday Scone travel down the Tay to Broughty Athletic in the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup with a 2.30pm kick off. This is the 1st of 3 games v The “Fed” with 2 League games following this one to be played later this month. The winner of this tie will play the winner of Downfield v Lochee Harp in Round 3. The last time these 2 sides met was back in August also through in Dundee and with Ross Mitchell on the score sheet for Scone that day. Manager Sean Whitworth will be without GK Gavin Sorley along with Arran McKay & Sam Sanchez who are both injured. We will bring you coverage on our sister twitter account from 2.15pm. Elsewhere today in this competition:

Kirkcaldy v Boness

Rosyth v Thornton Hibs

Stoneyburn v Fauldhouse.

There is one game played in the North Superleague which sees Kirriemuir Thistle host Tayport, we will bring you a match report & summary of todays games over the next couple of days.

Match Report: Downfield

Saturday 1st February at Farquharson Park, Scone sponsored by Cherrybank Garage:

At the weekend Scone welcomed Downfield in the North Superleague as the 2 sides played their 3rd & last game in this season’s League campaign. Coming off the back of a good win in the D J Laing East Region Cup Scone were able to welcome back Ross Mitchell & Calum Black as manager Sean Whitworth looked to take something from the game. As the game started, Gavin Sorley was the busier of the 2 keepers as the “Spiders” looked for the opener with Scone’s first chance coming on 13 mins when Aaron Carlon linked well with Ross Mitchell but was unable to keep his effort on target. Downfield won a number of corner kicks and it was through one of these that the opening goal came. As it looked like the half might finish goalless, Kerr Hay gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half time.

Half time score: Scone 0-1 Downfield

Scone looked to get back into the game in the second half with Calum Black coming close on 57 minutes. Sam Sanchez had to be replaced on 60 mins after picking up an injury with youngster Rory Lamond coming on for the remainder of the half. Downfield also made 3 changes in the second half but could do little to prevent Scone equalising. On 67 minutes, Aaron Carlon was brought down in the penalty area & Craig Mitchell (sponsored by J MacGregor & Sons) stepped up to beat Grant Adam who picked up a booking for his protest. Carlon now had a spring in his step & continued to look dangerous as Scone pushed for the winner. Scone made 2 late changes with  Max Avolio & Vincent Edmonds coming on to inject some fresh legs but Scone were unable to find a winner and had to settle for a hard fought for point.

Full time score: Scone 1-1 Downfield

Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael). After the match manager Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Balajee Spice) told Jaggy News “I felt the game was played at a high tempo from the first minute. We took some time to settle into the game. I was disappointed to lose the goal at the time we did, however after regrouping at half time I felt we dominated the 2nd half. I thought the goal to equalise was the reward for the effort that was put in & I am happy with the performance throughout the team & glad to take a positive result”. Next up for Scone is the first of 3 games v Broughty Athletic in the next 4 fixtures with Saturday’s game being in the Thorntons Property East Region League Cup before we play them home & away during February in the League.

Elsewhere on Saturday:

League leaders Carnoustie won 1-0 away to Tayport with Broughty Athletic beating North End 3-0 in Dundee. Lochee Utd beat Forfar West End 3-0 at home while Luncarty also at home won 3-1 v Kirrimuir Thistle. Scone move up to 7th but with only 3 points separating the bottom 4 there could still be some twists & turns to come. The updated league table is available here.