We have agreed to play an annual match against Third Lanark AFC to commemorate the famous defunct senior clubs of the same name. The clubs have jointly subscribed for a cup named 'The Rifle Volunteers Cup' which reflects the military origins of the senior clubs. The first match took place at Letham Park, Ferry Road, Leith on Saturday 30 July 2011 and after a keenly contested game Thirds won 3-2. It is hoped that the return match next year in Glasgow will take place at Cathkin Park the old home of Third Lanark which still has a pitch and some terracing although most of former stadium has now disappeared. 17/8/2011
This is the second time that the club has operated an amateur team.
The first attempt was made in 1986 and the team ran for 5 seasons. In that time they were reasonably successful as the trophy wins listed below show.
After a lapse of 12 seasons it was decided to enter the amateur set up again when Ronnie Hall, the grandson of Willie Hall who managed the 1961 Scottish U17 Cup winning side, started up the present team. One of the aims was to give players moving on from the U21 side an opportunity to continue playing football and this has largely been achieved.
Steady progress has been made and the team has been promoted twice culminating in them playing in the Premier Division of the League in season 2006/07. A promising start was made and it looked as if there would be no difficulty in maintaining their position at that level. However as the season progressed the loss of key players for a number of reasons led to a run of bad results and relagation.
1986 McKinnon Cup.
1987 McKinnon Cup.
1988 Edinburgh West League winners, McKinnon and Alpha Cups.
1989 Edinburgh East League winners and Brunton Cup. 1990 Brunton Cup.
2003 Stead and Simpson Cup. (see picture above)
2006 Lothian West League winners
2007 KC Coaching Trophy
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