Friday, 31 July 2015

Summer of hard work will hopefully come to fruition

It doesn’t seem that long ago when we felt that pain of losing to East Kilbride at Netherdale, pre-season is the time of the year that players and fans can recharge their batteries for a short time, however the same doesn’t apply to people running the club and the same applies for coaches as well.

We knew we had to strengthen, and we did it early, we identified the players we wanted and got the vast majority, we know everyone else in the league would as there is now a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, pre-season got underway toward the end of June, a convincing win against Fleet Star was followed by the Raydale Cup, a good 1st half display against Carlisle City was enough to see us through to the final for the 1st time where we were narrowly beaten in the end by Ayr Utd, 3 wins followed against Uppers, Mids and Heston and ended in a crushing defeat away to a superb Kendal Town side, we went there with a skeleton squad and it showed. Stuart and I agree that we probably haven’t hit top gear yet but hopefully this will come on Saturday as we travel to the deserved champions Edinburgh City. Fitness is good and we have a few good dilemmas whilst trying to pick a squad never mind the starting xi.

I don’t think you could hand pick a tougher 6 games to start the season, and if the Lowland League title goes outwith Edinburgh City, EK, Stirling Uni, Dalbeattie, Spartans or BSC I’ll personally ‘eat my hat’ however we have to play everybody at some point and we are relishing it.

I recently went to watch Edinburgh City in their victory against East Stirlingshire, and sat in front of Queens Park manager Gus McPherson in the Meadowbank stand, if im honest I think manager Gary Jardine knew Gus would be there scouting his side for their Petrofac Cup match last week and to be fair to Gary I think he played his cards close to his chest and didn’t give anything away, I was correct there were lots of changes from that night to the side that took to the field last Saturday.

Last of all I would like to personally to thank former coach Barry Graham for his service to the club over the last 8 years both as a coach in my playing days, and as a colleague in more recent times, best of luck in whatever you do in the future, you’ll be missed.


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gretna FC (2008) 2015/16 Squad Photo

Gretna Fc (2008) players were put through their final paces tonight by Coaches Stuart Rome & Nikki White before Saturdays opening fixture away to last years champions Edinburgh City. Ian Richmond & Doug Branney were at Raydale to do the photoshoot and bring you this seasons Squad Photo.

Gretna FC (2008) 2015/16 Squad

George Lofty Grant

The Funeral Service of George Lofty Grant will take place on Friday 10.00am at St Andrews Church Gretna.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Scottish Lowland Football League (SLFL) is delighted to announce Scotland’s leading packaging company, Ferrari Packaging, as its new title sponsor for the season 2015/16.
The two-year deal, will see the League and League Cup become known as the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League ahead of the start of the new season next week, Saturday, 1st August.

Andrew Waddell and Tony Ferrari
Andrew Waddell and Tony Ferrari

League Chairman, Andrew Waddell, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ferrari Packaging to the SLFL and look forward to working with them at this truly exciting time for the league.
“As an established and respected leading brand in its very competitive marketplace, Ferrari Packaging is a perfect partner for the SLFL.
“Today’s announcement is the result of significant investment of energy and effort and further strengthens our optimism about the future of the league.”

Tony Ferrari and Andrew Waddell
Tony Ferrari and Andrew Waddell

Ferrari Packaging Managing Director, Tony Ferrari, said: “Sponsoring the SLFL is a fantastic and exciting tie-in for us, especially at a time when the league has become even more dynamic and competitive, much like the business we are in.
“We are really looking forward to the start of the season next week and wish all the teams in the league every success.”
Scottish FA Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, said: “The new title sponsorship deal is great news for the SLFL. We wish everyone associated with the league all the best, as they move in to their third season of operation, with the backing of Ferrari Packaging.”
Ferrari Packaging,, was founded in 2002 by Tony Ferrari and has over 4000 clients UK-wide.
The company has three large distribution centres in Scotland, situated in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, offering a full range of packaging materials to a diverse range of businesses of varying sizes, across all sectors, including major UK-wide corporate organisations.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Membership Renewals

Gretna FC (2008) are now accepting membership renewals via are online application form. Members can renew at a cost of £10.00 by clicking on the link below. We are currently negotiating with several businesses to offer exclusive discounts to members of The Gretna FC supporters Society, we hope to be able to announce  details of these exclusive deals soon.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Kendal Town 5 – 1 Gretna FC 2008, Friendly Saturday July 25 2015-07-26

Kendal Town from the 8th tier of English football kicked off this friendly 40 minutes late due to the late arrival of the officials. Gretna joined in considerably later.

By which time Kendal were four goals to the good courtesy of their lively attacking pair of Connorton and Wilking who bagged a brace apiece. Had they not spurned the chances offered them by the Gretna defence they could have made it forty.

Dean Rea got one back for Gretna just before half time from a well taken free kick. With Connorton and Wilking being two of a number of substitutions made by the Evo-Stick Northern Premier Division 1 side some of the danger passed for the visitors who continue nevertheless to make heavy weather of proceedings.

Kendal heaped further indignity on 2008 just before the final whistle when Sam Bailey scored a free kick from 40 yards which whistled past Parker.

Gretna FC 2008 Parker, Goodwin, Douglas, Casey, Rea, Crozier, Law, MacMath, Anderson, Addison, Milligan subs D Graham, Reid, Irving, White

Friday, 24 July 2015

George Lofty Grant

Gretna FC (2008) are sad to announce the passing of George Grant. Lofty as he was affectionately known gave many years service to the club as a player, coach & committee member and was an avid fan of the Black & Whites. Gretna FC (2008) & all those associated with the club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to all his family. He will be truly missed.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Club Shop now open

Gretna FC (2008) online club shop is now open. You can order the latest home or away strip, training kit and more at fantastic prices. Simply select the item and size you want and pay online it's that simple. We will be adding more items during the course of the season so keep checking in to see what is on offer.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Get Your Seat Booked!!!

Kendal Town v Gretna FC (2008) Saturday 25th July

11.45am - Reays Depot, Wigton, Cumbria
12.00pm - Kingstown, Asda
12.15pm - Gretna, Raydale

A limited number of seats are available on the team bus to Lancaster & Morecambe College Stadium, Parkside Road, Kendal for our Friendly, these will be given on a first come first serve basis and cost £5.00.
To book your seat please email James Rowley or telephone 07817 900556 confirming how many seats you need and where you intend to get on the bus.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

August 2015 Scottish Lowland Football League

Gretna FC face a tough August with their opening game away to last seasons champions Edinburgh City on the 1st of August before playing host 4 days later to League Cup Champions East Kilbride. Saturday 8th August sees University of Stirling come to Raydale before we travel on Wednesday 12th for a midweek away game to Dalbeattie Star. Our first cup game is an away affair to Preston Athletic on the 15th in the EOS Qualifying Cup 2nd Round before the Mighty Spartans come to Raydale on the 22nd. We finish the month with an away game to BSC Glasgow on the 29th, please see below the full SLFL fixture list for August.

Saturday 1st August 2015
Scottish Lowland Football League
Dalbeattie Star v Vale of Leithen
East Kilbride v BSC Glasgow
Edinburgh City v Gretna 2008
Preston Athletic v Gala Fairydean Rovers
Selkirk v Edinburgh University
Whitehill Welfare v Threave Rovers

Sunday 2nd August 2015 
Scottish Lowland Football League
University of Stirling v Spartans

Wednesday 5th August 2015 (7:45pm)
Scottish Lowland Football League
BSC Glasgow v Dalbeattie Star
Cumbernauld Colts v Whitehill Welfare
Edinburgh University v Edinburgh City
Gala Fairydean Rovers v University of Stirling
Gretna 2008 v East Kilbride
Spartans v Preston Athletic
Vale of Leithen v Selkirk (7:30pm)

Saturday 8th August 2015
Scottish Lowland Football League
BSC Glasgow v Selkirk
Cumbernauld Colts v Edinburgh City
Gala Fairydean Rovers v East Kilbride
Gretna 2008 v University of Stirling
Spartans v Dalbeattie Star
Threave Rovers v Preston Athletic
Vale of Leithen v Whitehill Welfare

Wednesday 12th August 2015 (7:45pm)
Scottish Lowland Football League
Dalbeattie Star v Gretna 2008 (7:15pm)
East Kilbride v Threave Rovers
Edinburgh City v Gala Fairydean Rovers
Preston Athletic v Edinburgh University
Selkirk v Spartans (7:15pm)
University of Stirling v Cumbernauld Colts
Whitehill Welfare v BSC Glasgow (7:15pm)

Saturday 15th August 2015
William Hill Scottish Cup, First Preliminary Round
Wigtown & Bladnoch v Vale of Leithen
Scottish Lowland Football League
BSC Glasgow v Cumbernauld Colts
Selkirk v Dalbeattie Star
Threave Rovers v Edinburgh City
The East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, First Round
Gala Fairydean Rovers v Leith Athletic
Lothian Thistle HV v University of Stirling (2:30pm)
East Kilbride v Peebles Rovers
East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, Second Round
Duns v Edinburgh University
Preston Athletic v Gretna 2008

Saturday 22nd August 2015
Scottish Lowland Football League
Cumbernauld Colts v Vale of Leithen
Dalbeattie Star v University of Stirling
East Kilbride v Selkirk
Edinburgh City v Whitehill Welfare
Edinburgh University v Threave Rovers
Gretna 2008 v Spartans
Preston Athletic v BSC Glasgow

Wednesday 26th August 2015 (7:45pm)
Scottish Lowland Football League
Spartans v East Kilbride
University of Stirling v Preston Athletic
Vale of Leithen v Gala Fairydean Rovers (6:45pm)
Whitehill Welfare v Edinburgh University (6:45pm)

Saturday 29th August 2015
Scottish Lowland Football League
BSC Glasgow v Gretna 2008
Selkirk v Cumbernauld Colts
Spartans v Edinburgh University
Threave Rovers v Gala Fairydean Rovers
University of Stirling v Edinburgh City
Vale of Leithen v East Kilbride
Whitehill Welfare v Dalbeattie Star