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Crawford named club captain

THORN ATHLETIC have appointed Ryan Crawford as club captain ahead of the Caledonian League season opener next week. The 24-year-old midfielder joined the club from Ashvale at the beginning of season 2016-17 and his committed performances have earned him the respect of everyone at the club. Last year he capped a fantastic breakthrough season at…

Boss sets sights on quality

THORN ATHLETIC manager James Donnelly is hoping that quality over quantity will see his side have a successful campaign. His Caledonian Premier League outfit  have two pre-season games under their belts and have performed well on both occasions. With three new additions taking the squad up to 17 he’s satisfied with how things are shaping…

Miles better for youths

THORN ATHLETIC youths have taken to the skies and the roads to clock up the miles over the past few weeks. The club’s 2004 side flew to Europe to participate in the Holland Cup staged in Almere just on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Meanwhile, the 2007 side travelled south to the coastal resort of Blackpool…

Final Hits Big Screen

THORN ATHLETIC are delighted to announce that our League Cup Final clash with Dumbarton will be professionally filmed. For the first time ever, Caledonian League officials have struck a deal with FilmMyMatch company to provide a full package for each of their three showpiece finals. And our club will be one of the first beneficiaries…

Access all areas at Celtic

FOUR Thorn Athletic officials were given an amazing behind-the-scenes insight into Celtic’s Youth Academy at the club’s prestigious recent International Coaching Convention. Representatives James Donnelly, Steven McKnight, Shaun Gallagher and Mark McGee rubbed shoulders with coaches and staff from as far afield as America, Canada and Kuwait over two action packed days. Our guys were…

Pie and Bovril hits the spot!

SCOTLAND’S favourite football forum has got everyone talking once again after backing Johnstone’s top side Thorn Athletic. Pie and Bovril attracts millions of visits from fanatical supporters across the globe debating every level of the national game from grassroots right up to the top flight and Gordon Strachan’s international team, And now they have thrown…

Three Picked for Caley Select

CALEDONIAN League Select Team manager Raymond Masterson has called up three players for the Inter-League Trophy competition. Jordan Devine, Ryan Crawford and Jamie White are set to face Glasgow Colleges AFL in the first match of the competition. Striker Devine, who has bagged 11 goals in nine appearances this season, was part of last season’s…

Hampden Role for McKnight

HIGHLY-RATED Thorn Athletic coach Steven McKnight is heading for Hampden after landing a role with SPFL side Queen’s Park. The 37-year-old 2006 head coach has been rewarded for his hard work with the Johnstone side and will now take up a role both coaching and scouting for the Glasgow side. McKnight, who was also recently…

Pre-Season Round-up

NOT long now until the big kick-off this weekend in the Caledonian League. During the course of an extended pre-season the Thorn Athletic camp have been busy preparing themselves for the campaign ahead.  That saw an interesting schedule of matches begin on June 29 and finally end at the weekend ahead of Saturday’s League Cup…

Sizzling Summer Camp Success

OUR first ever summer football camp was given a huge thumbs up by everyone who took part. Almost 30 kids signed up for the action-packed five-day event that ran from July 25-29 at the McMaster Sports Centre in Johnstone. It was run in conjunction with Thorn Athletic 2006 head coach Steven McKnight and fellow coach…