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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…

Craw Gets National Nod

CLUB captain Ryan Crawford last week become the first player in the club’s history to be recognised at international level. The central midfielder was selected by Scotland boss Bruce McNaught to be involved in the national side’s training session and then 5-1 friendly clash with Hawick RA on Tuesday evening at Dalziel Park. Crawford, now…

Gers in the Nich of time

YOUNGSTER Nicholas McCallum has become the latest player from our academy to progress. The promising goalkeeper joined the Rangers Youth Academy Under 11s development squad for a minimum one year term. Nicholas, from Houston, is just the latest in a long line of former Thorn Athletic Academy players to be offered chances with the country’s…

Quick off the Mark

THORN ATHLETIC are pleased to confirm that we have re-accredited for the Quality Mark Standard level award. Representatives of the club were guests at Hampden Park recently to receive the recognition from the Scottish Football Association’s West Region. Now the club have set their sights on reaching Development level when the next round of accreditation…

Boss gets busy and other news!

THORN ATHLETIC officials and coaches are ready for an action-packed run before the festive break.   In the past few weeks adult team manager James Donnelly has bolstered his squad with no fewer than three new signings. Former Ayr United, Goldenhill and Yoker Athletic Juniors midfielder Shaun Kelly has joined the club and made his…

All Systems Co!

OUR second Coerver Partner Club event went with a bang as more than 100 youth academy players were treated to another three fantastic sessions. After the rain-soaked first event the sun finally shone on  the players and coaches at Johnstone Hub and they were put through a varied one and half hour session by the…

Doune ‘N Dusted!

THORN ATHLETIC moved into second spot in the Caledonian Premier League after returning from Stirlingshire with a vital three points. The Johnstone side made the 90-mile round trip to Doune Castle – their furthest away league opponents – and ground out what could prove to be a crucial victory. Thorn have now won four out…