Sunday 14th September 2014
Friendly v QP FFIT Club at Toryglen Football Centre
Allan Lennox; Robert Shimmons, Ally McNaught, Allan Mackenzie, Andy Dick; Gary Duncan, Adam Walker, Craig McKenna, Ross Dunbar (c); Derek Muir, Graeme McQuarrie. Subs (all used): Andy McNaught, Scott Macrae, John Drennan, Colin Shepherd
Since 2010 there has been an initiative started to get football fans healthier and fitter called Football Fans In Training and is for over 35’s who are overweight. Queen’s Park have started a Club fairly recently and one of the aims is to play games against other Clubs in Scotland. In an effort to get some practice we were challenged to a game at Toryglen with a 7.30pm kick off.
David was absent so Lenny was in goals and we had a strong squad available with Del back for his first game in a while. Wee Al was also back in the starting line up as the Boss was in charge and Andy D lined up beside him in defence.
The FITT Club had the legendary ex-player and coach of QPFC Eddie Hunter in their line-up as well as one of our own Legends Hector Cook who played in our first ever game in 1987.
The game had a one sided look about it due to age and fitness and we raced into a 5-0 lead after only twenty five minutes with the FITT Club putting on extra players to stem the tide.
After discussions between the managers the game stopped and the teams were changed around with Del and Ally going on for the FITT Club and Andy Boss going in goals in place of Lenny.
We also brought on two more Legends in the shape of Shep and the Crosshill Goal Machine who once combined in Perth to score a goal against St.Johnstone with Mach doing the legwork for Shep to score [this did actually happen and isn’t one of those exaggerated stories which people mistakenly believe we make up].
The game continued for another 50 minutes with the FITT Club having 15 players on against our eleven and this part of the game finished 4-4.
In the last minute the FITT Club were awarded a penalty but Andy Boss made a world class save [I think the youngsters say “worldy”] to draw the second part of the match.
Hopefully this was a good work out for the FITT guys and it was great to see Sheppy MaReppy and the Machine back doing what they do best.