Wales hails Wilson as we look for your magical memories

Kevin WilsonThe curtain finally come down on the Spartans Youth season recently.

A dedicated bunch of players, parents and volunteers have survived another footballing emotional rollercoaster of cheers and tears!

The Spartans Family have once again shown that we Live Together, Play Together, Win Together. Sometimes we’ll lose together too, but that’s football for you.

We recently asked on our Facebook and Twitter pages what your favourite moments or memories throughout the year were.

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Pro-Youth Signing – Congratulations Andrew Kelly

Many congratulations to Andrew Kelly who has signed for Hibernian’s pro-youth programme.

Andrew has been at Spartans since he was 4 years old, starting at mini-kickers with the Spartans Community Football Academy.  We are delighted to see that he’s been given this opportunity and know he’ll be a great sucess.

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Pro-Youth Signing – Congratulations Louis Paterson

More good news this week with Hearts signing another Spartans 2006 player, Louis Paterson.

Louis is the 3rd Spartans 2006 player signed by Hearts in mid-2016 and we are delighted to see him taking this opportunity.  He has been with our 2006s since he was 7 years old and is another skilled player to have benefitted from excellent coaching available at Ainslie Park.

Well done Louis, we are very proud of you and wish you great success with your new challenge.

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Under 13s Reds set for final game of campaign

The Under 13s Reds face a trip to East Lothian on Thursday night to play Longniddry Villa in a must win game as the outcome of the League Title goes down to the wire.

The Reds must secure a victory to keep their championship hopes alive following a narrow defeat to second place Leith Athletic A at the Academy on Tuesday.

The Leith side, who have a game in hand over Spartans – against Villa – and sit two points behind, take on Hutchison Vale in the other fixture.

Under 17s: Sensational Spartans seal sixth silverware of the season

Reds99TomWilson2016Spartans Reds 99 made it the joy of six on Saturday when they lifted the final piece of silverware this season with a 4-3 win over Hutchison Vale who took the Tom Wilson Trophy to the wire with a late comeback attempt.

Bonnyrigg’s New Dundas Park was once again the venue for this Under 17s Edinburgh Derby between two sides who had met four times previously during the year, with Steven O’Neil’s side undefeated throughout. Continue reading

Under 17s: O’Neil’s Reds look to go out on a high in Final finale

Steven O'Neil with Cameron Dawson

Steven O’Neil with Cameron Dawson

Saturday sees the curtain come down on a great season for Spartans Reds 99 when they take on Hutchison Vale in the Final of the Tom Wilson Memorial Cup at New Dundas Park.

Ahead of the Under 17s attempt to secure their sixth piece of silverware this season against Edinburgh rivals Hutchie, Head Coach Steven O’Neil spoke of the amazing journey his side have been on in a successful season on and off the park. Continue reading

Under 19s Division 2 League Cup Final: Spartans lose out to Leith

DSC_6204Spartans U19s were dealt a devastating second defeat in 72 hours at New Dundas Park, this time in the Final of the 2nd Division League Cup.

Facing Edinburgh rivals Leith Athletic, who remain unbeaten in the League this season, Spartans were looking to bounce back from their Cruden Cup loss on Sunday however it was to be another 11 goal game that saw the opposition prosper. Continue reading

Under 17s Reds beat Loanhead in Craig Gowans Memorial Trophy Final

Spartans Reds 99 v Loanhead 05/06/16Spartans Reds 99 were made to work hard for their 3-0 win by a determined Loanhead side in a pulsating Craig Gowans Memorial Trophy Final under a blanket of blue sky at New Dundas Park last Sunday.

The Under 17s Spartans side were looking to cap off a great week having secured the League Title against Windsor at home, whilst the Mid Lothian outfit set out to secure the silverware in their home county. Continue reading

Big weekend sees trio of teams in Cup Final action

imageWe’ve a trio of Cup Finals coming up this weekend as teams look to add to the silverware in what has been an impressive end to the season across the Youth Section so far.

All roads lead to New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg where young Spartans lads will be in action across both days, with three games featuring our u19s, 14s and 17s in a hat-trick of tough fixtures. Continue reading

Brady brace and Dawson double send Spartans Reds 99 to Title success

Spartans Reds 99 Title 2016A Matt Brady brace and a Cameron Dawson double saw Spartans Reds 99 clinch the Under 17s South East Region title with a 4-0 victory over Musselburgh Windsor in Wednesday night’s championship decider at Ainslie Park.

There was a decent crowd inside the sun-soaked stadium ahead of kick-off as the sides locked horns for the second time in less than a week, with Spartans looking to replicate their Regional Cup success over the same opponents at Dunbar a few days previously. Continue reading

Spartans Reds out to make a point – a win league title

imageFor the second time in just five days, the Spartans Reds 99 side take on Musselburgh Windsor, this time in a potential league decider crunch mate on Wednesday night.

Both teams served up an epic Regional Cup Final in the Dunbar sunshine last Saturday, with Stevie O’Neil’s young men eventually coming out on top after a Jake McCreadie goal secured a 3-2 comeback win. Continue reading

Spartans in silverware showdowns – Dates for your diary

Here is the latest list of confirmed Cup Final dates involving Spartans teams as per the South East Region Football Association website.

Good news for supporters is that you will only have to programme your SatNav once to get to the ground for all the games (EH19 3AE)!

Date Age Grade  Opposition  Competition  Venue Kick-off
Sat 4 June Under 19s Hutchison Vale Cruden Bowl New Dundas Park 1pm
Sun 5 June Under 14s Bonnyrigg Rose Ian MacKay Cup New Dundas Park 11am
Sun 5 June Under 17s Reds Loanhead MYFC Craig Gowans Cup New Dundas Park 2pm
Tue 7 June Under 19s  Leith Athletic  U19 Division 2 League Cup  New Dundas Park 7pm
Sat 11 June Under 17s Reds Hutchison Vale Tom Wilson Cup New Dundas Park 2pm

Comeback kids win against Windsor in Under 17s Regional Final

072Spartans Reds 99 lifted the South East Youth Cup in a five goal thriller at a sun-soaked Dunbar on Saturday against Musselburgh Windsor.

After securing the Prison Officers Cup earlier in the week, Stevie O’Neil’s Spartans went head to head with nearest rivals Windsor in what turned out to be a ding-dong battle that saw Jake McCreadie’s late strike complete the Ainslie Park side’s comeback. Continue reading