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6th June - Supporters Club AGM Sun 26th June
1pm, Cavalier Inn, The Armadale Thistle Supporters Club AGM (for clarity the supporters club run the football club and appoint the management committee) £10 annual subscription required to remain a member - if you are interested in the running or direction of the club please ATTEND.
3rd June - Player Exit
End of contract . Popular player Ryan Slessor will not be returning for season 2022-23 . We would like to thank Ryan For his many seasons off dedication and loyalty to the club . A great lad with a magnificent attitude we will miss him around the volley . All the best Ryan and remember You’ll always be a DALEBOY
30th August 2021 - The Captain Retires
Sad news tonight with the news our captain Colin Leiper will have to hang up his boots following the injury picked up in pre season.
We would like to wish the big man all the best with his future outside the game.
The big man's a gentleman and has been a pleasure to have around the Volley and will be sorely missed.
29th April 2021 - Club accepted to EOSFL
At tonight's EOSFL meeting (29/04/21) Armadale Thistle were accepted as members for the forthcoming season. This brings to an end more than 80 years of junior football in Armadale.
We look forward to the road ahead and hope the Dale public support the ambitions of the club. The club will also participate in the lowland development league at under 20 level.
We would like to thank the East Region Juniors for all the help over the years . Special thanks to John Reilly and Syd Mc Alpine for all the work and help they gave our club.
NOW LETS FOCUS ON THE FOOTBALL ...DBWAH.
7th March 2021 - Looking to the future
AS WE START BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE WE LOOK AT NEW WAYS TO HELP FUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CLUB . A 50/50 DALE LOTTO DRAW HAS BEEN MENTIONED . £10 PER MONTH PAID BY STANDING ORDER OR TO ANY COMMITTEE MEMBER . FIRST DRAW SUNDAY 5 APRIL . WITH 50% OFF THE MONEY RAISED GOING TO DRAWN WINNER AND 50% TO CLUB DEVELOPMENT . ANY INTERESTED PARTY CAN CONTACT THE CLUB HERE THRU MESSAGES , BY EMAIL OR BY CONTACTING COMMITTEE MEMBER . SUPPORT THE DALE
6th March 2021 - Memorial Bench
Memorial bench delivered to volunteer park . This one for Bean Maxwell a supporter of the Dale for a number of years and supporter of many fundraisers . Bean's daughter Dot pictured with long term club treasurer John Lee .
Hopefully not too long until the bench is in use .
25th July 2020 - Under 19's
New Klubfunder page launched, you can get your season tickets here, play the lotto and check the results, give it a go support the Dale...
DUE TO CURRENT HEALTH CRISIS THE DALE LOTTO WILL BE DRAWN AT 4PM IN THE VOLUNTEER PARK PAVILION BY AN AUTOMATED LOTTO APP. THIS DRAW WILL BE SHOWN ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.
Thanks for your continued support
15th July 2020 - New Season Fundraising
WITH THE NEW SEASON LIKELY TO START OCTOBER THE CLUB NEED TO START FUNDRAISING AGAIN .
Starting with the Dale lotto . Hopefully we will have the lotto back week commencing 20 July with the first draw Sunday 26 July . Please try and do your bit to support the club . We are also looking at a socially distant prize bingo on the volley pitch and a race night under the cover .
We are hoping to have an online payment platform for our lotto before our restart . Watch out for info
PLEASE SUPPORT THE CLUB
8th July 2020 - MINDLESS vandalism
Last night the club became victim to what can only be described as a MORONIC IDIOTIC ATTACK . Thousands of pounds of damage, CCTV footage is being investigated, annoying thing is people obviously seen and heard this and done nothing. We will put up pictures of the guilty party .
Such a shame after all the hardwork by Committee and volunteers to make Volunteer Park a place all of the community can be proud of, your club your ground.
24th June 2020 - MATHEW RICKIS
Everyone at Armadale Thistle was deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing of Mathew Rickis at the weekend.
Mathew was a fine young man and a very promising up and coming footballer who played for Broxburn Athletic Colts Under 19's. Mathew was also due to take up a prestigious football scholarship in the USA later this year.
Matty, as he was known to his many friends, was a well known face at the Volunteer Park and would occasionally come along and lend his Dad a hand in and around the ground. Last year he also did some preseason training with Armadale Thistle prior to the season kicking-off and it was clearly apparent that he was a gifted young player who showed a great deal of promise.
From all the Players, Coaching Staff, Supporters Club and Committee at Armadale Thistle FC, our thoughts and prayers are with Mathew's Mother and Father Anne Marie and Kenny and his Sisters Charlotte and Emma as well as his many friends at this very sad time.
Armadale Thistle Supporters Club.
19th May 2020 - NEW SUPPORTERS TOILET BLOCK COMPLETE
Volunteer Park continues to improve, click on the toilet image to the left to watch a wee video exclusive, we know it's just a toilet and not too exciting to watch but for those that know the previous toilets it's worth a wee peak. A lot of hard work went in to these and all concerned have a pat on the back.
19th May 2020 - CONTRACT EXTENSION
Back for his sixth season at the volley, the man with the magic feet . LIAM GRAY.. DBWAH
16th May 2020 - CONTRACT EXTENSION
Yes Dale fans, the legendary Sciffo is back again next season. It's great to have him around the volley for another season.
15th May 2020 - PLAYER DEPARTURES
In football players come and go. We would like to thank Hissy and Willie for all the hard work during their time at the club . Scott has been a great lad sadly he has had his share of bad luck with injuries, we wish him all the best with his football future. Willie is a local lad who added some skill to the team when we really needed it . Hopefully both lads will still call into the volley from time to time.
THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND GREAT ATTITUDE.
10th May 2020 - PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Can supporters please direct message player of year votes.
No night out this year but we must thank the lads for their effort throughout the season. Thanks..
11th April 2020 - East Region Junior Announcement
Following yesterday's announcement from the SFA/SPFL Covid-19 Response Group, the East Region Management committee last night held a video conference meeting and I can confirm that due to the shutdown of all football activities being extended to the 10th June 2020, all remaining League and Cup Fixtures are now cancelled.
Further details on the Leagues will be issued as soon as possible.
Please follow the official statements by the Scottish Government, stay at home and stay safe.
11th April 2020 - Grand National Draw Winners
Grand national draw done today as a raffle due to situation.
£100 - Giorgio
£50- John Lee
£25- Nancy Baird
Thanks to everybody that took part, thanks to Giorgio and Nancy who have donated winnings to club, fantastic gestures.
13th March 2020 - Fixture News
DUE TO RECENT HEALTH CONCERNS ALL FOOTBALL HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE .
We will update regarding fixtures as soon as we are notified .
28th February 2020 - Contract News - updated 5th March
Burst of contract extensions this week, well done the committee for the hard work and the players for the commitment.
LIAM KANE HAS EXTENDED HIS CONTRACT AT THE CLUB UNTIL SUMMER 2021
RYAN SLESSOR EXTENDS CONTRACT UNTIL SUMMER 2021
CALUM RODGER HAS EXTENDED HIS CONTRACT UNTIL SUMMER 2021.
ANOTHER DALE BOY COMMITTED TO THE CLUB
ROBERT SLOAN HAS EXTENDED HIS CONTRACT AT THE CLUB UNTIL SUMMER 2021.
STEPHEN HORN HAS EXTENDED HIS CONTRACT UNTILL SUMMER 2021.
ANOTHER SUPER PLAYER COMMITTED TO THE DALE
COLIN LEIPER HAS EXTENDED HIS CONTRACT AT THE CLUB UNTIL SUMMER 2021 AND HE IS GONNA BE A DAD AGAIN, Congratulations.
24th February 2020 - Fundraising Quiz Night
Our next fundraising quiz is on Thursday 27th February at 7pm in Armadale Bowling Club.
Our fantastic Quiz Master, Mr. Peter Cowan is looking forward to welcoming you along.
Last months quiz was fantastic. Teams of up to 5 and costs £5 per team.
Hope to see you all there.
**Please spread the word**
8th February 2020 - Volunteer Park News
TODAYS MATCH (v Pumpherston) IS SPONSORED BY THE COLLINS FAMILY.
IN THE MEMORY OF A GREAT FRIEND OF THE CLUB TAM COLLINS .
A BENCH IN TAMS MEMORY HAS RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED BY THE ARMADALE SHED WHICH WILL HAVE A PERMANENT PLACE AT THE VOLLEY (Picture up when it arrives)
TAM SADLY MISSED BY US ALL .
7th February 2020 - Volunteer Park News
A new Welcome to the Volunteer Park sign has been installed at the top entrance within the Community Planter area. The sign depicts the old grandstand that burnt down in the early 1930's plus an image of the current enclosure, the Piper represents the grounds connection with the Royal Scots Volunteer Battalion and is based on the statue at the new War Memorial. Hence the name the Volunteer Park.
The wee cloth capped lads represent Armadale Thistle's origins in season 1935/36 and if you look closely you can see the images of six greyhounds to denote the grounds use as the town's original Greyhound Stadium in the 1920's which supplemented the revenue for the then senior team Armadale FC.
A big thanks to Garry at Void Designs for designing creating and installing the sign. In addition thanks to Colin from the Mill Garden Centre for creating and planting out the Community Planter along with Paul from T&D Fencing and Conner from TRB Valeting.
The project was conceived by Armadale Thistle Supporters Club and sponsored by Armadale Community Council via a grant from West Lothian Council's Town Centre Regeneration Fund and a donation from the Armadale Thistle Volley Fund.
17th January 2020 - Squad News
The club have completed the transfer of John James Henderson from Fauldhouse United today. JJ has signed until summer 2021 . WELCOME BACK TO THE DALE ...
4th January 2020 - Squad News
Steven Manson has been released by the club and we wish Steven all the best for the future.
Gary McLachlan has returned to training with the Dale.
3rd January 2020 - Happy New Year Mobile Users
Checked some stats on visits to website, turns out way more people use their phone to visit the site but after having a look myself I decided it wasn't very mobile friendly, always looked good to me on my PC, so even though it's twice the work for me we will have 2 versions available so you should start to notice an improvement when having a look via your mobile.
3rd January 2020 - Armadale Thistle Gear on the Macron web site
New Club Shop page added, check it out from menu above and follow link to the Macron website where we now have our own section.
Hope to add some other bits and pieces in here which are available from the club, scarves, hats etc....
15th December 2019
CHRISTMAS DRAW WINNERS
HAMPER - Laird Clark
DRINKS HAMPER - Andy Murphy
TURKEY - Graeme Sutherland
1L VODKA - Tam Rooney
1L WHISKY - Sandra Pecoriello
STEAK PIE - Andy Broon
CUDDLY TOY - Susan cares
WATCH - Ped Coia
DUMPLING - Andy Broon
1L WINE - Shona ( Highlander)
Thanks to all the local businesses, supporters and pubs that supported the local club .
18th October 2019
The much awaited new Dale strip has arrived, if you want a sneak preview visit the forum and even better leave us your thoughts ....
Apologies, we've lost some news items , we were trialling a new news app and it turned out to not be very good unless you paid for it so just deleted, will improve this feature soon.
4th August 2019
COMING SOON THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE FOR EVERY DALE FAN . Look out for this autumn edition of the Volley Voice . Interviews with the gaffer, captain, player profiles and match reports . Plus upcoming events and fixtures . And much more.
3rd August 2019
TRAVEL NEWS . CAN ANY SUPPORTERS WISHING TO TRAVEL ON THE TEAM BUS TO JOHNSTONE BURGH ON 28 SEPTEMBER FOR SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
PLEASE LET THE CLUB KNOW BY SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER .
3rd August 2019
Livingston United Football Club are asking for donations.
September is the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. And Livingston United are pleased to announce we have teamed up with local charity Jak's Journey (Jak's Den) to help raise awareness.
There will be a pitch side advertising board displayed at all home games at Station Park.
And from the Home game v Armadale Thistle, the supporters will be able to make a donation to the cause as there will be collection buckets available. or click donate button
#teamjak #jaksjourney #jaksden #livingstonutd
25th August 2019
The Dale media wall taking shape . To advertise your business here and in the club magazine (Volley Voice ) first edition due out end september simply contact the club . The media wall will be used for forthcoming interviews ...
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CLUB
25th August 2019
The Dale Prize Bingo, Cavalier Inn, Friday 30th August 7pm
13th August 2019
Armadale Thistle were today drawn away to Johnstone Burgh in the 2nd round of the Scottish Junior Cup on Sat 28th September.
Johnstone Burgh Football Club are a Scottish football club based in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and play in the Central District First Division of the Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region. Wikipedia
9th August 2019
Armadale Thistle are delighted to complete the transfer of Kyle Sampson from Penicuik Athletic . Kyle is a local lad who signed for Penicuik from Livingston . Kyle goes into the squad for tomorrow’s game at home to Thornton Hibs 2:30 at the volley .
27th July 2019
THE DALE are delighted to complete the signing of SCOTT DALZIEL. Scott returns to the Dale following a glowing career in the senior game and latterly with Kelty Hearts
24th July 2019
Seen the cracking new home kit on the home page ? Macron have asked us to do a fans survey so they can manufacture enough replica shirts . Please contact us if you would be interested and size.
21st July 2019
The Dale have completed the signing of Stephen Manson . Stephen adds experience to the midfield engine room. Welcome to the volley.
18th July 2019
Race night Saturday 20th July at the volley pavilion come and have some fun.
10th July 2019
NEXT WEEKS GAME AGAINST STONEYBURN HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO ARMADALE DUE TO ONGOING PITCH IMPROVEMENTS AT STONEYBURN .
7th July 2019
OUR OWN MR GRAY IS BACK . Liam has signed up again for season 2019-20 . Following an injury and some time out Mr Fast Feet is back in training and looking forward to the new season.
4th July 2019
ALL HOME PRE SEASON MATCHES THIS SEASON WILL BE FREE ADMISSION WITH A BUCKET AT THE TURNSTYLES FOR ANY DONATIONS . THE CLUB WILL ALSO RUN A HALF TIME RAFFLE .
4th July 2019
The Dale are pleased to complete the signing of Robert Sloan . The ex (mighty) Hearts, St Johnstone ,East Fife ,Bo'ness United and Linlithgow Rose player brings some great experience to the team .
WELCOME TO THE DALE SLOANY
3rd July 2019
The club had a good meeting with kit manufacturer MACRON last night at the Volley . Our new kit is now away for design following our decision to go for the professional range , this unique kit will be available to supporters through a new internet club shop and direct from the club with kids sizes available . .
The club would like to thank Scot Sibbald from the Highlander Hotel for his sponsorship of the new Home kit .
WATCH FOR MORE NEWS ON THIS EXCITING PROJECT .
19th June 2019
Armadale Thistle FC Supporters Club are delighted to announce that the Volley Fund, which was set up by the Supporters Club in July 2018 to facilitate the restoration of the Volunteer Park, recently made a successful bid for £9,777 to West Lothian Council's Town Centre Improvement Fund.
This grant will be used to improve spectator facilities at the east terrace behind the dug-outs. The Club would like to thank West Lothian Council's Community Regeneration Team for their assistance in this matter.
In addition to the above, the Club is pleased to report that in less than a year the Volley Fund has now raised a total of £44,841 through successful grant applications, public donations and subscriptions.
This money is being put to good use to help restore and preserve one of the oldest football grounds in the country and based on the results of 2 recent local survey's, a clearly much loved and cherished Armadale landmark.
Armadale Thistle FC would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Armadale for their continued support over the years and also more recently for the many kind messages that the Club has received in regard to our ongoing efforts to upgrade, refresh and ultimately save the Volley. Thank you.
20th June 2019
League Fixtures released, all on fixtures page.
12th June 2019
New lettering done on the new roof, continuous improvements at the Volly.
2nd June 2019
Volunteer Park has been chosen by the East Region SJFA as the venue for this seasons Thorntons League cup final next Sunday (9th June), Fauldhouse United take on Pumpherston Juniors with a 2.30pm kick off
1st June 2019
Player of the year night
Player of the year - Colin Leiper
Players player of the year- Stephen Horn
Managers player of the year - Stephen Horn
Top goal scorer - Colin Allison
Recognition for his years of service - Jamie Swinburne
18th May 2019
Once again its preseason at the volley and we look to local businesses to renew or start pitch side or stadium advertising .if you want information on advertising your business around Volunteer Park contact the club here by private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also lots of sponsorship packages available .
SUPPORT THE DALE
16th May 2019
The club are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of long time supporter, Dale away day companion and friend to the club BILL SHAW . Our thoughts and prayers go to all Bill's family at this sad time .
WE WILL MISS YOU AT THE VOLLEY. RIP GOOD FRIEND .
12th May 2019
* RESCHEDULED TO TUES 11th JUNE 7pm *
DALE FANS - AGM of Armadale Thistle supporters club Sunday 9 june 2019 12 noon Volunteer Park. ARMADALE THISTLE SUPPORTERS CLUB have run the football club since the Armadale Thistle Football Club limited's demise . By joining the supporters club you can have your say in the direction the club takes and help the club reach its full potential .
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB .
14th April 2019
Sat 20th April, League cup match v Thornton Hibs from the superleague, come along to support the Dale, also player of year vote slips at this match.
£6 admission for adults and £3 concessions kids under 16 go free.
Season tickets not valid for this game .
14th April 2019
The club have contacted West Lothian Council with a proposal to tidy up the old public toilet area outsise our south turnstyles. We have a few volunteers and hope our proposal is met favourably . Effectivelly our plan is for a small garden area to brighten up a dull corner of our town . We have jumped the gun and purchased 2 statues with hope that we get the go ahead .
WATCH FOR UPDATES .
15th February 2019
DALE V PUMPHY
THERE WILL BE 1 MINUTES SILENCE BEFORE THE MATCH IN RESPECT OF SUPPORTERS ISHBELL EDWARDS AND TAM COLLINS .
15th February 2019
The Dale are delighted to complete the signing of ex Bonness,Arthurlie and Fauldhouse player Darren Gribben .
15th February 2019
TOMORROW THE DALE TEAM WILL INCLUDE YOUNG TOMAS BRADY FROM THE UNDER 19'S
TOMAS HAS BEEN TRAINING WITH THE JUNIORS AND SHOWS GREAT ATTITUDE AND ABILITY . DEREK AND JAMIE ARE IMPRESSED WITH TOMAS AND LOOK TO INCLUDE HIM IN THE SQUAD UPTO THE END OF SEASON . KICK OFF 2.30 AT THE VOLLEY
20th January 2019
Race night fundraiser for Armadale Thistle. £2.00 entry for a fun night at the races. The club are looking for local businesses and individuals to sponsor races . Also race sheets will be doing the rounds in the dale and beyond .
SUPPORT THE DALE .
1st January 2019
2 BIG DERBY GAMES AT THE VOLLEY IN JANUARY .12th WE WELCOME HARTHILL ROYAL IN THE THORNTONS LEAGUE CUP SECTION 1.45 K.O.
26th BATHGATE THISTLE ON LEAGUE BUSINESS .COME ALONG AND SUPPORT THE DALE .WE HAVE LIMITED HOSPITALLITY TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BOTH GAMES .GET IN TOUCH FOR DETAILS OF A GREAT DAY OUT SUPPORTING THE DALE .
14th November 2018
Simon Marriot has been placed on transfer list.
29th October 2018
FIXTURE CHANGE .SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER .NEW FIXTURE WHITBURN JUNIORS AWAY 2.00 KICK OFF EAST REGION LEAGUE CUP
5th October 2018
NEXT FUNDRAISER IS 24th NOVEMBER, THE DALE ELVIS AND NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE NIGHT.EVENT ORGANISER SANDRA PECORIELLO WILL BE DOING THE ROUNDS LOOKING FOR RAFFLE PRIZES FOR THE NIGHT AND SELLING TICKETS AT THE BARGAIN PRICE OF £7.00
23rd September 2018
SATURDAYS BUS TO MARYHILL FOR SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP TIE V CLYDEBANK DEPARTS COMMUNITY CENTRE 12 NOON .IF YOU WANT A SEAT AND DONT NORMALLY TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM PLEASE PM ON FACEBOOK TO BOOK YOUR SEAT £10 PER HEAD .
19th September 2018
GALE FORCE WINDS OUT THERE, GOOD NEWS IS THE NEW ROOF IS STILL ON. GOOD JOB LADS.
17th September 2018
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND .SPONSOR A DALE PLAYER .THIS SEASON FOR A REDUCED £50 .2 AWAY ALREADY
16th September 2018
VOLUNTEER PARK FACE LIFT GOING WELL WITH RECENT ROOF WORKS NOW COMPLETE .
THE ENCLOSURE STARTING TO LOOK REALLY GOOD , PAINTING WORKS TO START SOON WITH TOILET IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN THE NEW YEAR .SOME NEW SIGNS TO GO UP AT THE TOP TURNSTYLE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS .
MORE BREAKING NEWS , NEW ADMINISTRATOR FOR THIS WEB PAGE TO KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE GOINGS ON AT VOLUNTEER PARK .
KEEPING THE FANS AND DALE PUBLIC UP TO SPEED ON ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS AT VOLUNTEER PARK AND WITH THE TEAM .
KEEP SUPPORTING YOUR CLUB