Belfast test for 2006s

OUR 2006 YFC Side provided opponents for a visiting South Belfast Select at Ralston Complex last weekend.   Two select age groups from across the Irish Sea were visiting the area with InspireSport and engaged in a number of activities over their weekend stay.   It was an excellent test for the Thorn side –…

Orbis reward for 2005 squad

THORN ATHLETIC 2005’s are in safe hands now after bringing security firm Orbis on board as away strip sponsors.   The UK wide company are the market leaders in vacant property protection and landed the opportunity to become an official sponsor after winning a 40-team football card which many other local businesses and individuals had…

East Meats West

PAISLEY Butcher Graeme McGinlay has never been busier thanks to his new premises in Gallowhill – and his continued backing of Thorn Athletic Community Football Club.   Graeme and son Scott, from Johnstone, have recently gone back to where it all began for the business more than 20 years ago after overhauling and re-opening disused…

Top gear after hard work

THORN ATHLETIC look to be in good shape ahead of the festive period after their hard graft continued to reap rewards. The Johnstone side have climbed to the top of the Caledonian Premier League under the management of Johnny McEwan, Jason Henderson, Alan Muir and Tony McWilliams. A hard-fought 2-0 victory over Cambria on Saturday…

Donnelly Leaves Hotseat

The club are sad to announce that James ‘JD’ Donnelly has stepped down as senior team manager due to personal reasons.   It was with huge regret that the club’s management committee accepted his resignation following discussions last week.   His exit will leave a huge gap at the club but we respect his decision.…

Flying Five For Summer

OUR 2006 YFC side have bagged five tournament wins from the six they entered over the summer. The side have just embarked on their 11-a-side journey in the Paisley, Johnstone and District Youth Football League. And their season warm ups couldn’t have gone any better as they triumphed at tournaments and festivals all over Scotland.…

Joy of Six Signings

THORN ATHLETIC are delighted to confirm six new signings for the season ahead. Manager James Donnelly has added a mixture of youth and experience to what was already an experienced squad. Here’s a run down on the new faces for the season. ALAN MUIR (Midfielder, 31) – former St Mirren and Elgin City central midfielder…

Anniversary Celebrations Success

THORN ATHLETIC’S 20th Anniversary celebrations were hailed a massive success after nearly 600 people joined in the party. A bumper crowd of around 400 turned out in the sunshine on Saturday for the club’s Youth Academy Blitz followed by a Legends Match at the McMaster Sports Centre. And nearly 200 people attended Johnstone Town Hall…

Cap has silver lining

RYAN CRAWFORD became the first ever Thorn Athletic to be capped at international level after helping Scotland to beat Leinster 2-1 at Lesser Hampden. The club’s skipper came off the bench to make his debut for Bruce McNaught’s men as they lifted the Graham Harkness Memorial Trophy. Afterwards at the Alona Hotel in Motherwell he…

Wilson arrives to bolster squad

FORMER Dumbarton, Pollok and Beith full-back Gary Wilson has signed for Thorn Athletic. Wilson, also capped by Junior Scotland, is a vastly experienced left-back who made 11 senior appearances for the Sons. He left Beith Juniors – where he clocked up half a century of appearances – a few seasons ago and most recently played…