Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

From the Magazine: Football News

This is the last of the submitted magazine articles for this month, but rest assured your magazine editor will be working to get content up to keep you encouraged in the weeks and months to come.

Ironically, just 6 days before the ECFA, along with all other Scottish amateur leagues, required to suspend all matches, Barclay Viewforth’s footballers recorded the side’s best ever result: the final score BVU 9 (NINE!) Central 0.

The above result in which striker Malky Monkhouse scored 4 goals and struck the bar ( the other goals were shared out with number 10 Craig bagging a brace) can’t quite be put alongside CAP Cup annual challenges between the two neighbouring churches in the past. This is due to the current Central cohort being recently formed with a view to joining the ECFA next season, a development confirmed at the ECFA meeting on 12th March. It seems likely that Central will fill the berth created by the departure from the league of Niddrie Community Church.

Since the unsettling time last Autumn, with the departure of Head Coach Chris Whelan, the squad has pushed on under new player-manager, Dean McBride, who has experience of formerly managing a church league side in the west of Scotland. Training at Portobello High has continued to be vibrant and well attended and Dean has continued the policy instituted by Chris of playing in the starting eleven strictly being linked to attendance at and performance at training.

Cup results have been disappointing this season but in the so-called ‘bread and butter’ of the league the team have performed creditably and with only three league matches remaining are on course for a lower mid-table finish. A good 3:2 win over Charlotte Chapel was recorded in mid-February although defending champions Port Seton proved too strong the following Saturday winning 7:1 at Meadowmill near Tranent.

At the point of writing, soon after the Coronavirus related match suspensions, it’s uncertain how long it will be before there is a resumption of any football, anywhere, to write about. Also anticipated to be postponed or cancelled is the ECFA’s forthcoming Easter Fives tournament which is generally viewed as the league’s main seasonal missional event. It had further been hoped and intended that a squad social event would be scheduled in the early Spring within the Pillar Hall. Again this looks likely to require to be put back some time in the current climate of uncertainty.

Your prayers are much appreciated for the ongoing direction of the Barclay Viewforth football setup and the ECFA; so also is the ongoing financial support given to the football setup by our Church.

If you have any football-related questions or thoughts please don’t hesitate to speak to me or phone, WhatsApp or email me.

Andrew Stephenson

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