Lothian Thistle have been enjoying a dream season so far, undefeated in all competitions, but they notched up their biggest success to date as they stunned League 2 leaders Stirling Albion with a 5-3 win at Forthbank in the William Hill Scottish Cup second round.
The East of Scotland champions – no stranger to matching teams from higher leagues – were deserved winners in Stirlingshire on Saturday with a result that surely surpasses their victory in this competition over Montrose two years ago when they won a replay away from home.
The club will now welcome current Championship league leaders St Mirren to Saughton Enclosure – pending SFA approval – on Saturday, November 18 in a dream third-round tie.
Lothian actually got off to the worst possible start when Albion captain Darren Smith gave the hosts a sixth-minute lead, rounding goalkeeper Kevin Swain to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle.
However, the visitors regrouped and were level just four minutes later when striker Sean Wringe’s first-time effort came crashing off the underside off the bar and Willis Hare was in the right place at the right time to lash the rebound high into the net.
Wringe wasn’t to be denied, though, as his well-placed header from a Kevin Brown delivery had the underdogs ahead after just a quarter of an hour.
Despite the size of the task facing Rayond Carr’s men prior to kick off, the manager wasn’t surprised by his players’ response after going a goal down.
“That’s how we play every week. We don’t go anywhere to sit back and defend and if you’ve got players all over the park who can score goals then that stands you in good stead,” he said. “These are the calibre of games the boys want to play in and maybe Stirling got a bit of a shock the way we came back.”
The home supporters’ frustration became more vocal as Lothian continued to carve out chance after chance, Tony Muir shooting straight at Mark Foden before the midfielder headed just wide of the Albion No.1’s right-hand post.
Wringe sent the small band of travelling Lothian fans into raptures two minutes after the interval, glancing in Louis Swanson’s pinpoint cross before the 25-year-old came within inches of completing his hat-trick having seen his shot on the turn come back off the post.
Jamie Devlin’s energy caused the Albion defence problems all afternoon and when the striker was upended in the penalty box by Sean Dickson, the visitors could sense victory was within their grasp. Swanson duly converted from 12 yards to put Lothian 4-1 ahead with just 65 minutes on the clock.
Three minutes later Devlin deservedly got on the scoresheet himself, capitalising on Foden’s error to knock in the loose ball.
Peter MacDonald and Scott Davidson efforts in the final ten minutes couldn’t take the shine off a memorable 90 minutes for those in yellow and black.
“It’s the biggest scalp we’ve had during my time with the club,” Carr said. “I did think the game would be a lot closer and if we were going to win it then it would be just that wee bit of luck. But we played exceptionally well and deserved to win.”
Wringe, who took his goal tally to 20 for the season, said: “When they went 1-0 up so early you say to yourself ‘oh no’ but the mentality of the team is unbelievable and we should have won by more to be honest. We showed we are more than capable of competing at a higher level. I’ve scored in cup finals before but to score a double in the Scottish Cup just tops the lot.”
Stirling Albion: Foden, McGeachie, Noble, McNeil, Davidson (Cameron 84), Black, Caddis (MacDonald 54), McLaughlin, Smith, Kavanagh, Dickson. Subs: Binnie, Smith, Banner, McMullan.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale: Swain, Sherlock, O’Donnell, Crawford, Munro, Muir, Hare (Moore 63), Brown, Wringe (Nhamburo 70), Devlin, Swanson (Mungall 88). Subs: Robertson, Hutchison, Simpson, Easton.
Referee: R Milne.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale striker Sam Nhamburo has won the William Hill Scottish Cup ‘Goal of the First Round’ award.
The youngster’s blistering half-volley sealed a 3-2 victory over Highland League outfit Inverurie Loco Works to secure the East of Scotland League champions a second-round clash with League Two leaders Stirling Albion at Forthbank tomorrow.
Sam’s goal was the second last-gasp winner he’d produced in this season’s competition having come off the bench to score in a preliminary round one victory at Kelty Hearts in August.
Nhamburo. who was born in Zimbabwe before moving to Scotland with his family almost a decade ago, said after his goal: “I knew it was going in as soon as I hit it. I think I should be getting a call-up for Zimbabwe! This is the biggest competition we play in so that’s our motivation to keep going.”
SHOW RACISM THE RED CARD – FORTNIGHT OF ACTION 6TH OCT
Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years; the Scottish FA, SPFL,EOSFL, SJFA and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland.
In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 6th – 20thOctober shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.
We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.
All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend on Friday 13th October and Saturday 14thOctober. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.
Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL said “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale cc stands all square with this important initiative. Our William Hill Scottish Cup game at Forthbank V Stirling Albion FC on 14 October will be the main focus, however as a Club we are committed to zero tolerance on this matter at all times.
The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.
The Scottish FA, SPFL, EOSFL.SJFA and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at Scottish FA, SPFL EOSFL .or SJFA matches.
Over the past year Show Racism the Red Card has faced major funding difficulties but we strive to continue our work. We are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all
— WH Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) September 24, 2017
We’re in The Scottish Cup second round. Our seniors LTHV beat Inverurie Loco Works, 3-2. First half goals from Jamie Devlin and Sean Wringe and then this last minute screamer (chest, knee, boot, top corner) from Sam Nhamburo
The full draw First Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup 2017-18. Ties to be played Saturday 23 September 2017.What is your tie of the round?
William Hills Scottish Cup
Scottish Cup – 1st Preliminary Round
Kelty Hearts 0 Lothian Hutchison Vale 1
WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING IN THE WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP ONCE AGAIN NOTHING CAN BEAT THIS CUP
SEASON START S 29TH JULY
Sat. 29. 2.30pm Qualifying League Section A
Heriot Watt University-0-3 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Wed. 02. 7.30pm Qualifying League Section A Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale- 13-0 Burntisland Shipyard
Sat. 05. 2.30pm Qualifying League Section A Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 10 -2 Tweedmouth Rangers
Sat. 12. 2.30 pm Scottish Cup 1st Preliminary Round Kelty Hearts – 0 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 1
Sat 19 2.30pm East of Scotland League
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 7 – 0 Stirling University
Wed. 23. 7.45pm Football Nation Qualifying Cup 1st Round Gala Fairydean Rovers 5-7 AXT Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Sat. 26. 2.30pm East of Scotland League
Burntisland Shipyard -1 – 5 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
13TH OF MAY SATURDAY
CENTRAL TAXI`S LEAGUE
LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE 3 LEITH ATH 2 SEAN WRINGE 2 JAMIE DEVLIN
OUR THIRD LEAGUE TITLE IN FOUR YEARS .WELL DONE LADS CREDIT TO THE CLUB
SOUTH EAST SHIELD FINAL 2017
Lochar Thistle FC 1 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale F.C. 6
South & East Cup Winners S hield Final
JAMIE DEVLIN 2 TONY MUIR KEVIN BROWN SEAN WRINGE SCOT TAYLOR MACKENZIE
EAST OF SCOTLAND CUP FINAL
EDINBURGH CITY 1 LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE 2
JAMIE DEVLIN WILLIS HARE
Football Nation Qualifying Cup Final
Spartans 2 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 1
THE EAST OF SCOTLAND CUP SEMI FINAL
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 2 Berwick Rangers 0
SEAN WRINGE SCOTT TAYLOR MACKENZIE
Football Nation Qualifying Cup Final
Spartans v Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Sunday 19 March 2017, 3.30pm KO
This match will be played at Oriam, Riccarton, Edinburgh on the indoor synthetic pitch .Another first for the Club a Men`s Senior cup Final played indoors in Scotland for the first time .
LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE U20S 2017
A FIRST FOR THE EAST AND SOUTH ASSOCIATION S .
SOUTH & EAST CUP WINNERS SHIELD
THE FINAL OF THE SOUTH AND EAST CUP WINNERS SHIELD
The winners of a play-off match between the East of Scotland
F.A.’s Alex Jack Cup holders and the Southern Counties F.A.’s Alba Cup holders.
This play-off has now been arranged for Saturday 29 April at New King Edward Park,
Lockerbie with a 3pm kick off. The winners of the match, between Lothian Thistle
Hutchison Vale and Lochar Thistle will be awarded the South & East Cup Winners Shield.
ALEC JACK CUP WINNERS 2016
TYNECASTLE FC 1 LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE 3
SCORERS JAMIE DEVLIN , LIAM O`DONNELL . KEVIN BROWN
Dear Football Club Supporter:
The Lothian Hutchison Vale are preparing for the 2016/2017 season in the East of Scotland League and The Under 20s Lowland east League. We are currently seeking individual player sponsorships to offset some of the costs associated with providing a successful and enjoyable season for our players, and we would greatly appreciate your support. Sponsorship is £75.00 per player , Coaches ,Committee.
In exchange for your generosity, the name of your Company or organization will be displayed on our official Team Programme Club ,Information,Players Training Tops and you will also receive special recognition on our Team’s page on our website at www.lothanthistlefc.co.uk & www.hutchisonvale.com which draws viewers from all across Scotland GB ., as well as and beyond. Consequently, not only will your sponsorship enhance the game of Football for our Players, but you will receive valuable advertising for your business. Specifically, your sponsorship funds will assist with the purchase of Tops Training Equipment and ground and Training and tournament expenses, including registration in local tournaments.
Thank you very much for considering this sponsorship opportunity. Should you have any questions about sponsorship, or our Team in general, please do not hesitate to contact Mr William Randall at :M.email@example.com
Sincerely, on behalf of the Lothian Hutchison Vale CC,
Mr William Randall 07725743891
Mr Tom Allison 07730256783
.Mr Tam Smith 07793315997
Welcome to Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale’s (LTHV) site. It is currently undergoing some improvements
The clubs great William Hill Scottish Cup run is over more later
The club wish to thank the Players /coaching staff/ Committee and fans
supporting us during our run Please keep coming to support us
FOLLOW THE TEAM FOLLOW THE DREAM 2016
Tom Allison hails his history boys as Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale march on in Scottish Cup
BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
When Tom Allison founded Lothian Thistle in 1969, he never in his wildest dreams imagined that one day they would by eyeing a place in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.
They plied their trade in front of one man and his dog on local parks in Edinburgh’s Gyle area. They did not even have goal-nets for their kickabouts in the lower reaches of the Lothian Amateur League.
Forty-six years on, and the name may have changed following their 2009 merger with Hutchison Vale, but that has done nothing to dampen Allison’s pride after watching his minnows from the capital make history.
The 69-year-old, now secretary and honorary chairman of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (LTHV), was in attendance for Monday’s 3-0 win over Huntly in the third round replay, despite a persistent chest infection. Wild dogs would not have kept him from Ainslie Park.
That triumph tees up a fourth round tie against Lowland League outfit East Kilbride Thistle – ensuring a side from out-with the SPFL will be in the last-16.
“I founded Lothian Thistle back in 1969 and was their manager back then,” recalled Allison. “I was with them in the Lothian Amateur divisions, through to the Caledonian Leagues and then we came into the East of Scotland League.
“We used to go down at play at the Gyle and we didn’t even have nets at that time. There were just 11 players – no substitutes – and we had our wee hold-all with water and some medical equipment. Nobody really watched!
“It’s been a long journey and, if you had said 46 years ago that this is where we would be, I would have laughed you out of the room. We’ve come a long way.
“Monday was the biggest win we’ve ever had and this cup run has been historic. It has been the first time we have beaten a league team, Montrose, and the first time we have beaten the reigning Junior champions, Kelty Hearts, and now we’ve beaten a Highland team. We have certainly set a few benchmarks.”
However, Allison is uncomfortable with the notion of taking any credit following an unforgettable evening at Ainslie Park – borrowed for the night from Edinburgh neighbours Spartans after LTHV’s Saughton Enclosure home was waterlogged.
“It’s not for me to take any credit for what we have achieved,” he continued. “The players and staff have done a wonderful job and worked so hard to raise the bar and get to where we are. They deserve all the credit.
“I think Spartans and Whitehill are the only clubs from this area to have done this, so it is a wonderful achievement from the players and the coaches.
“We also want to thank Spartans, who allowed us to host the tie against Huntly, and all of the supporters at Ainslie Park who came out and backed us.”
Allison believes the progress made is testament to the success of the partnership between Lothian Thistle and Hutchison Vale, with the latter’s renowned boys club structure proving invaluable.
Hutchie have produced the likes of John Collins, Leigh Griffiths, Allan McGregor, Kenny Miller and Ian Murray – and Allison believes the affiliation has given the next generation an even better opportunity to make their mark.
“It has proved very successful and it was an easy decision to make,” he continued. “Hutchie Vale have a terrific record of bringing through young players and give them a real chance.
“Teaming up with Lothian Thistle allows those boys a pathway to the East of Scotland League so they are playing senior, competitive football.”
The challenge is now to go one step further by defeating East Kilbride and potentially setting up a tie against one of Scottish football’s big guns.
Allison does, however, acknowledge that their rivals from the West will have the same idea.
He added: “In all fairness, East Kilbride will think this is a wonderful opportunity for them to reach the next round and they should be commended for their own great results. It will be a very tight match. They are a good side and it’ll be a fine occasion
LTHV community club was established for the start of season 2009/10 with the coming together of successful East of Scotland club Lothian Thistle with successful youth club Hutchison Vale. LTHV take great pride in keeping both names as each club in their own right have made a lasting impressions in adult and youth football.
The club is based at Saughton Enclosure on the west side of Edinburgh and competes in the East of Scotland league since admission was granted to the East of Scotland Football Association in season 1995/96.
East of Scotland Premier Division Champions: 2013/14, 2014/15 2016/17
East of Scotland Qualifying Cup: 1997, 2015
Alex Jack Cup: 2000/01, 03/04, 05/06, 07/08 16/17
King Cup: 2003/04
The City Cup 16/17
South /East Shield 2016/2017 NEW TROPHY FIRST YEAR
East of Scotland First Division Champions: 1996/97
Season 2015/16 Management Team:
– RAYMOND CARR
– FRASER OGILVIE
– STEPHEN MCKENZIE
– BRYAN KIRK
Scottish Cup 4th Round:
EAST KILBRIDE v LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE
Saturday 9th January 2016
The club will be running a supporters bus. Please contact Tom Allison to book your seat.
Scottish Cup 3rd Round:
HUNTLY v LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE
3-0 win in the replay after a 1-1 draw.
Scorers: MacKenzie, Kerr and Smith
2nd Round replay:
MONTROSE FC 1 LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE 2 (aet)
SCOTT GORMLEY, WILLIS HARE
LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE 1 MONTROSE FC 1
LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHISON VALE 3 KELTY HEARTS 0
DARREN SMITH, RICHIE WILKES and JOHN ROSS KERR
LOTHIAN THISTLE HUTCHSON VALE V GIRVAN
5-2 win in the replay after a 2-2 draw.
DEAN CUMMINGS SCORES THE FIRST GOAL
LOTHIAN HAS SIGNED SCOTT GORMLEY, DYLAN MOORE AND JACK COOK.
THE REST OF LAST YEAR’S SQUAD HAS RE-SIGNED.
CENTRAL TAXIS PREMIER DIVISION WINNERS 2014/2015
IMAGE PRINTERS CUP WINNERS 2014/2015
CENTRAL TAXIS PREMIER DIVISION WINNERS 2013/ 14