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26/06/2003 - PRE SEASON FRIENDLIES
3 OF THE 5 PROPOSED PRE SEASON FIXTURES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED - THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS.
Wed.23/7 (H) IRVINE VICS, Sat. 26/7 (A) LARGS THISTLE, Sat. 2/7 (H) DALRY THISTLE.
Monday 28/7 and Wednesday 30/7 have to be confirmed.



25/06/2003 - WEST OF SCOTLAND CUP DRAW
The draw for the first round of the Whyte & Mackay West of Scotland Cup took place at Hampden Park tonight and Vale face a daunting trip to Caledonian Super Premier Division League Champions POLLOK at Newlandsfield on Saturday 13th September. The full draw is as follows:
Maryhill v Maybole, POLLOK v VALE OF LEVEN, Lanark c Kilbirnie, Arthurlie, v Lugar, Glenafton v Thorniewood, Craigmark v Larkhall, Petershill v Auchinleck, JOHNSTONE BURGH v CLYDEBANK, Rutherglen Glencairn v Blantyre Vics, Greenock v Cambuslang, Port Glasgow v Cumnock, Dalry v Lesmahagow, Benburb v Kello Rovers, Vale of Clyde v Ashfield, Neilston v Troon, YOKER v ST.ANTHONY's, Whitletts v Stonehouse, Bellshill v Beith, Ardrossan v Perthshire, East Kilbride v Carluke, Largs v Hurlford, Forth v Renfrew, Kilwinning v Kilsyth, Shettleston v Rob Roy, Coltness v Saltcoats, St.Roch's v Wishaw, Royal Albert v Ardeer, Dunipace v Darvel, Shotts v Annbank, Cumbernauld v Muirkirk. Both Irvine Vics and Irvine Meadow received a bye into the second round.

07/06/2003 - WARDLE & WARD WIN P.O.Y. AWARDS
Vale players and officials enjoyed a successful Player of the Year dance last night with BRIAN WARDLE being named the clubs Player of the Year for the 2nd time in 3 years. The Players Player of the Year award went to top scorer HUGH WARD. A special award was made to Kevin Goodwin who finished a close runner up in both awards. The presentations were handed over by Castle Rocks Stevie Latimer and Matt Bamford who were wished all the best in their support of the reformed Bankies next season. Stevie, a well known sampler of pies on his travels with Vale, was presented with a special extra large creation made by Morrison and Ritchie.

01/06/2003 - PLAYER OF THE YEAR DANCE
The annual dance will take place this Friday evening in the Vale of Leven Golf Club at 7-30.
Tickets are available on the night and the 5 cost includes the traditional Golf Club buffet.
Contenders for the awards include current holder Jim Meechan, captain Alex Lacy, Brian Wardle, Hugh Ward and Kevin Goodwin.
All supporters are invited to attend.

06/05/2003 - PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
The annual Player of the Year Dance will be held the 1st week in June, date and venue to be confirmed. Any supporters wishing to nominate a candidate should nominate via the Guest List, this will be taken into consideration when the vote is being taken.


Angus

28/04/2003 - Whyte & Mackay Semi Final Draw
The draw made on Real Radio tonight was as follows:

Kilbirnie Ladeside v Glenafton Athletic
Bellshill Athletic v Troon or Vale of Leven



Ties due Saturday 17th May.


28/04/2003 - Upcoming fixtures
This week Vale face travel over to play Greenock at Ravenscraig on Monday 28th. On Wednesday 30th Vale play hosts to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Millburn, kick off 7pm.

On Saturday 3rd Vale travel down to Portland Park to take on Troon in the quarter final of the Whyte & Mackay West of Scotland Cup. Both sides were beaten semi finalists last season and with Troon doing well in the Super League Vale are no doubt in for a difficult match. Whilst Vale have had to cram in 3 games this week Troon have not had a competitive fixture in over two weeks so should be in a refreshed state for this important game. Supporters wishing to travel to Troon should note that the bus will leave Gilmour Street at noon.

Next Wednesday Vale entertain Kilsyth Rangers at Millburn in a match that could see the visitors crowned league champions.

11/04/2003 - AGM DATE
The clubs Annual General Meeting will be held in the pavilion on TUESDAY 29th APRIL at 7.30pm. A good turnout of members would be appreciated.

08/04/2003 - Troon tie put back to 3rd May
Vale's west cup tie has been switched to Saturday 3rd May as Troon had
asked for a free Saturday on the 26th.

07/04/2003 - WHYTE & MACKAY QUARTER FINAL DRAW
Kilbirnie Ladeside v Blantyre Victoria
Bellshill Athletic v Beith
Glenafton Athletic v Auchinleck Talbot
Troon v Vale of Leven

Ties to be played Saturday 26th April 3pm kick off

06/04/2003 - Upcoming fixtures
This week Vale are away to Lanarkshire once more when they to meet the divisions form team Lanark United at Moor Park, supporters should note that the bus departs Gilmour Street at noon. With six straight wins United edged above Vale after beating Rob Roy last week and will be keen to avenge their defeat at Millburn earlier in the season.

Next Monday 14th April sees the start of the midweek fixtures when Vale have a vital match against promotion contenders Greenock at Millburn, kick off 6-30pm.

31/03/2003 - Whyte & Mackay 1/4 Final Draw
The quarter final draw will take place on Monday 7th April on Radio Westsound. With 5 of the remaining 8 teams from the old Ayrshire region Vale could be off on their travels yet again. Ties possibly taking place on Saturday 26th April.

31/03/2003 - Travel news
This week Vale travel down the M74 to take on Lesmahagow at Craighead Park, supporters should note that the bus departs Gilmour Street at noon.

25/03/2003 - INJURY CRISIS HITS VALE
Vale go into this weeks West of Scotland cup tie against Shotts with only 10 fit players. Toby King, Brian Smith, Paul Barton and Alex Lacy all join Bryan Boal and Dougie Wilson on the injured list. Tom Fox is unavailable and David Meechan was cup tied at Largs.

18/03/2003 - SOUTHCROFT VISIT
Vale travel to Rutherglen this coming Saturday to face 2nd placed Glencairn. Supporters should note that the bus leaves Gilmour Street at 12.30.

27/02/2003 - FOX RETURNS
Midfielder TOM FOX has today resigned for the club after spending the past year touring Australia. The youngster who came off the bench last week will come into contention for a starting place in the side against Maryhill on Saturday as ALAN BROWN has been ruled out with a badly bruised foot.

  Tom Fox
Tom Fox
17/02/2003 - Peter McLean rejoins the Vale
Re-joining Vale this week is former favourite Peter McLean who is joining Jimmy Brown to assist Hugh Hamill with coaching duties. Peter who spent 13 years at Millburn where he was player of the year twice played 298 games for the club before taking up coaching with Polaroid, Dumbarton u21's and latterly Dumbarton Accies.

17/02/2003 - Match news
Vale Juniors again lost out to the weather with the heavy overnight frost ruling Millburn unplayable. The pitch was in excellent order on Wednesday after being rolled, however children playing on the pitch on Friday had left the ground badly rutted leaving the referee no option but to call the game off.

The cancellation of all the fixtures means that this week's League Cup tie against Maryhill has had to be cancelled as the Lochburn Park side face Petershill in the 5th round of the OVD Scottish Junior cup. Instead Vale will play hosts to St. Roch's in the league, kick off at Millburn is 2pm. The sides met at Provanmill a month ago with Vale winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Ward, David Meechan and McKernan. Vale will be without the suspended McKernan and Rogers as well as Bryan Boal who is getting married.

  Congratulations to Bryan Boal, soon to be married
Congratulations to Bryan Boal, soon to be married
15/02/2003 - Match off due to frozen pitch
The referee has called off the Vale of Leven - Vale of Clyde game due to a frozen pitch.

08/02/2003 - WASH OUT AT GREENOCK
Vale travelled down to Ravenscraig today only to have their match cancelled by the referee an hour before kick off due to a waterlogged pitch. Although the ground was deemed playable early in the morning the constant rain leading up to Vale arriving meant that the referee had no option but to call the match off leaving Vale well out of pocket again.

07/02/2003 - DEELEY RELEASED
Vale today released veteran midfielder Brian Deeley. The experienced player has rejoined the amatuer ranks with St.Pat's. after lengthy service at Vale.

03/02/2003 - Match news
This week Vale are again on league duty they travel to face Greenock at Ravenscraig Stadium, kick off 2pm. Supporters should note that the bus departs Gilmour Street at noon.

The following week Vale are at home to Vale of Clyde (2pm kick off) and after that Maryhill visit Millburn in the first round of the League Cup.

23/01/2003 - BROWN FREED
Vale have today released defender ANTON BROWN to allow him to join Milngavie Wanderers. The youngster who only joined from Kilpatrick Juv's during the summer has failed to stake a claim for a regular place in the team due to the fine form of Kevin Goodwin.

20/01/2003 - Match news
This week Vale return to league duty when they travel to Glasgow to take on St.Roch's at Provanmill Park, kick off 2pm. Bus departs Gilmour Street at noon.

16/01/2003 - Friendly Win Over Cardross
Vale returned to action after the recent freeze with a convincing win over local side Cardross at the Helensburgh astroturf. The 7-1 win achieved in a constant downpour was the ideal preparation for Saturdays forthcoming Scottish Cup match against Renfrew. Vale goals came from Smith (2), Boal and second half subs McKernan and David Meechan (3).

14/01/2003 - Home Cup Ties for Vale
Vale have been handed a home tie against Super league side SHOTTS BON ACCORD in the last sixteen of the Whyte & Mackay West of Scotland cup. Similarly they have been given a home tie against another Super league side in the Central League cup when MARYHILL visit Millburn. Dates to be advised.

14/01/2003 - Renfrew match postponed - will try again this Saturday
Vale Juniors OVD Scottish Junior Cup 4th round tie at home to Renfrew was postponed early on Saturday morning and will now go ahead this Saturday at Millburn, kick off 1-45. The visitors, who like Vale reached the last 16 last season last season, will be gunning for Hugh Hamill's men after Vale dumped them from the West of Scotland Cup at Western Park in November by a solitary Brian Smith strike.

The extra week will have given former Vale top scorer Jim "Tiger" McNally time to recover from injury and he will probably start against his former side alongside former Hibs youngster Ritchie Barr. The Renfrewshire side won the trophy just two years ago and are highly fancied to win this one despite Vales success last time out. Hopefully Vales large Scottish Cup support can turn out in force to help spur their team to the next round.

With the exception of Dougie Wilson Vale will be at full strength.

  Brian Smith - scored the vital goal last time against Renfrew
Brian Smith - scored the vital goal last time against Renfrew
11/01/2003 - MEECHAN RETURNS
As revealed in today's Evening Times Vale have resigned DAVID MEECHAN from Largs Thistle. Vales top scorer for the past two seasons elected to try his luck in the Super league but perhaps chose the wrong club to display his undoubted talent. With the player cup tied for both Scottish & West competitions he faces a difficult task in displacing Hugh Ward who would appear to be in top form at present. Young midfielder Jim George moves in the opposite direction to join his father at Largs after only briefly featuring in Vales squad this season due to work commitments.

06/01/2003 - Match called off / team news for Scottish Cup
Vale Juniors Abercorn Builders Central District scheduled league match against league leaders Kilsyth Rangers was cancelled due to Millburn being declared unplayable on Saturday morning. With the entire fixture list wiped out, it was hardly the best of preparation for this coming weeks big OVD Scottish Junior Cup 4th round tie at home to Super league side Renfrew, kick off 1.45pm. With no SPL football and the Sons away at Berwick, Vale are hopeful that a large local support can cheer the side through to the next round.

Boss Hugh Hamill should have star of the last round Ross Hunter fit again after he missed out against Vale of Clyde but managed a full training session on Saturday. Both Kevin Goodwin and skipper Alex Lacy have recovered from illness and will be in their usual places in defence. Renfrew will be without the services of midfielder Andy McKenna who still has one game of his two match ban to serve after being ordered off against Vale in the West of Scotland cup in November.

  Alex Lacy - recovered from illness
Alex Lacy - recovered from illness
27/12/2002 - Wee Gers First foot
Vale will start the New Year with two home fixtures. On Saturday 4th January runaway league leaders KILSYTH RANGERS will be Vale "First Foot", kick off 1-45. The following week Vale are again at home when Renfrew visit in the Scottish.

24/12/2002 - Match postponed
Vale Juniors Abercorn Builders Central District league match against Glasgow Perthshire was cancelled due to Millburn being declared unplayable at 10-15 on Saturday morning. With the Glasgow side unwilling to await a later inspection the match off signs meant a 100% failure rate across the West of Scotland Region. As the thaw continued Millburn was perfectly playable by the scheduled 1-45 kick off and Vale managed to put in a full training session. Good news for Vale boss Hugh Hamill is the imminent return to training of Dougie Wilson after his serious injury in the friendly against Largs 6 weeks ago. With several crucial games coming up in the next few weeks it is a big boost to have him back in the plans.

This week Vale will travel up to Tollcross to take on Vale of Clyde at Fullarton Park in a league match, supporters should note that the bus leaves at 11-30am.

The 4th round draw for the OVD Scottish Junior Cup took place in Glasgow last week and at long last Vale have been drawn at home. Super league side Renfrew, who Vale recently knocked out of the West of Scotland Cup, will travel to Millburn on Saturday 11th January, kick off 1-45.

  Dougie Wilson will soon return to training
Dougie Wilson will soon return to training
18/12/2002 - Next up - Glasgow Perthshire
This week Vale return to league duty when last seasons form team GLASGOW PERTHSHIRE visit Millburn, kick off 1-45pm. The Glasgow side withdrew from the Scottish Cup in controversial circumstances a fortnight ago and last week had a convincing 5-0 win over Lesmahagow so Vale will need to be at their best to win.

The club have received a fresh order of club fleeces just in time for Christmas. These are available for only 25 and are an ideal gifts. Get yours when Santa visits on Saturday.

17/12/2002 - ovd 4th round draw
The draw took place early this morning and at long last Vale have received their first home tie of the season. Super League side RENFREW will make the short trip hoping to avenge last months West of Scorland Cup defeat by Vale at Western Park. The tie will take place on Saturday 11th January, 1-45pm kick off.

11/12/2002 - Scottish Junior Cup third round tie
Vale of Leven's OVD Scottish Junior Cup third round match at Govan was cancelled on Saturday morning due to frost making the Benburb pitch unplayable. An early morning inspection by the match referee deemed the pitch unplayable with the home side seemingly not unduly worried due to several injuries restricting their team selection.

Several Vale supporters, having travelled by car, viewed the pitch and could hardly believe that the game was off. With the sides a short journey apart, surely a later inspection could have been carried out. Unfortunately the week's cancellation means that Vale must go into the tie without key player Brian Smith who is on honeymoon for the next few weeks. With Paul Barton suspended and Dougie Wilson injured Vale boss Hugh Hamill is hoping to spring a surprise with the addition of one new face to his squad in time for Saturday.

Supporters are reminded that the bus leaves Gilmour Street at noon and that there are plenty of seats available.

07/12/2002 - OVD MATCH OFF
TODAYS CUP TIE AT SUNNY GOVAN CALLED OFF DUE TO FROST. TEAMS WILL TRY AGAIN NEXT WEEK

03/12/2002 - BUS TO BENBURB
The club will be running a bus to Tinto Park for Saturdays OVD Scottish Cup match. Seats are still available and supporters should note that the bus leaves Gilmour Street at noon prompt.

29/11/2002 - Team news for Blantyre
This week Vale are at home on league duty when BLANTYRE VICS visit Millburn, kick off 1-45. Ross Hunter will be available as his ordering off at Renfrew was only a double caution. Unfortunately Paul Barton sits out due to an automatic two match ban.

  Ross Hunter is available but Paul Barton has a 2 match ban
Ross Hunter is available but Paul Barton has a 2 match ban
17/11/2002 - OVD 3RD ROUND DRAW - ANOTHER AWAY DAY
VALE RECEIVED THEIR 6th AWAY TIE THIS SEASON WHEN THE DRAW WAS MADE FOR THE 3rd ROUND OF THE OVD SCOTTISH CUP. After trips to Neilston, Kello and Renfrew Vale faced Scottish ties away to Thorniewood and Burghead. This time they make the short trip to Tinto Park, Govan to take on BENBURB on Saturday 7th December, kick off 1-45.

Other ties are - Lochgelly Albert v Wishaw, Arniston Rangers v Maryhill, Camelon v Oakley United, Shettleston v Steelend Vics, Kilsyth Rangers v Blairgowrie, Maybole v Bo'ness United, Hurlford v Culter, Hall Russell v Neilston, Strathspey Thistle v Blackburn, Linlithgow Rose v Auchinleck Talbot, Baillieston v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Pumpherston v
Kilwinning Rangers, Newburgh v Penicuick, Fauldhouse United v Whitburn, Carnoustie Panmurev Banks O'Dee, Dundee Violet v Petershill, Arthurlie v Greenock, Pollok v Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic or Forth, Dundee North End v Longside, Glasgow Perthshire v Beith, Dundee Downfield v Dundonald Bluebell, Dalry Thistle v Edinburgh United, St Anthony's v Renfrew, Cumbernauld United v Kilbirnie Ladeside, Bellshill Athletic v Armadale Thistle, Stonehaven v Kelty Hearts, Irvine Meadow v Hermes, Cumnock or Musselburgh Athletic v Lochee United, Troon v Bathgate, Shotts Bon Accord v Hill of Beath, Tayport v Johnstone Burgh.



17/11/2002 - Away tie with the Bens in round 3 of Scottish
The third round draw for the OVD Scottish Junior Cup took place on Sunday in Fife and for the third consecutive round Vale must travel. This time it is a bit closer to home when they make the short trip to Govan to take on Benburb at Tinto Park on Saturday 7th December, kick off 1.45pm.

16/11/2002 - Renfrew match
This week Vale travel to face Renfrew at Western Park in the 2nd Round of the "Whyte & Mackay" West of Scotland Cup, supporters should note that the bus leaves at noon.

28/10/2002 - Team news/bus fully booked for Burghead
This week Vale will need to improve dramatically if they are to take anything from the difficult trip to face league leaders KILSYTH RANGERS at Duncansfield, kick off 2pm. After a difficult close season in which they lost half a team Kilsyth have made their best start to the season in a long time and lead the table with 6 wins out of 6 scoring 29 goals.

For the forthcoming visit to Burghead the club are sorry to inform fans that the bus is now fully booked.

24/10/2002 - RACE NIGHT
The club are holding a fund raising Race Night in the Beechwood Hotel on Saturday 2nd November at 7-30. There will be a buffet and disco later. All welcome.

22/10/2002 - Team news
This week Vale are away from home on league duty as they travel to Kirkintilloch to meet ROB ROY at Adamslie. Supporters should note that the bus leaves Gilmour Street at 12-45. Ross Hunter has no worse than a staved wrist so will be available and hopefully Graeme McKenzie should be fit enough for a place in the squad. For Vale's forthcoming trip to take on Burghead Thistle in the 2nd round of the OVD Scottish Junior Cup supporters should note that the team will be leaving at 6am. Any supporter wishing to travel must contact Angus Wallace 0141 840 1556 before Sunday.

  Ross Hunter
Ross Hunter
16/10/2002 - Vale drawn against Renfrew in the WOS round 2
Vale of Leven will travel to Western Park to face Renfrew in the second round of the West of Scotland cup. The tie will be played on Saturday, November 23, kick-off 2pm.

13/10/2002 - OVD AWAY DAY
Having already faced the furtherst possible travel in the West of Scotland cup win at Kello Vale now face the longest possible trip in the Scottish. The Millburn men face the long journey north to face BURGHEAD THISTLE at Forest Park in the 2nd round tie on 9th November.

25/09/2002 - New sponsorship deal
Vale have just announced a new two year sponsorship deal with the Wright Leisure Group. Owner Alan Wright provided the club with their new strip for the match at Neilston.

11/09/2002 - AWAY DAY OVD SCOTTISH CUP TIE
The first round draw for the O.V.D. Scottish Junior Cup took place today at Firhill and Vale have been drawn to play Central 2nd Division side THORNIEWOOD UNITED. The tie takes place on Saturday 5th October at Robertson Park, Tannochside.

02/09/2002 - Match & transfer news
This Saturday Vale travel to meet East Kilbride Thistle at the Show Park, bus leaves Gilmour Street at 12-30pm prompt. Thistle defeated Vale home and away last season and are most people's tips to win the league even at this early stage of the season. With the exception of the injured Bryan Boal and the holidaying Hugh Ward Vale will have a full squad to pick from.

Vale boss Hugh Hamill beat the signing deadline on Saturday evening to land experienced Beith striker Jim Carse. The ex Ayr United and Neilston player will not be available however for another couple of weeks due to work commitments. Another new face is young midfielder Jim George, son of former Yoker, Petershill, Pollok, Dumbarton and Dumbarton Accies boss Jim George who is now boss at Largs Thistle. Defender Stevie Gow has been transferred to Largs, while former player Stephen Renton has signed for Ardrossan Winton Rovers.

  Stevie Gow has signed for Largs
Stevie Gow has signed for Largs
26/08/2002 - Match news
This week Vale start their Abercorn Builders League campaign when Lesmahagow visit Millburn, kick off 3pm. With only one place up for grabs for promotion to the new Super League it is important that Vale get off to a flying start. With the exception of the injured Bryan Boal and the honeymooning Brian Smith Vale should have a full squad available with Alex Lacy and Anton Brown back from holiday.

In the quarter finals of the Beatons Coaches Sectional League Cup Vale will travel to meet Super League side Neilston at Brig O'lea on Saturday 21st September.

  Bryan Boal is out injured
Bryan Boal is out injured
16/08/2002 - NEW FACES
Vale face Port Glasgow tomorrow at Millburn with a win required to give Vale the chance to claim an early quarter final spot when they meet Yoker on Wednesday. Back into contention for a starting spot will be defender Brian Wardle who has now completed his 3 match ban carried over from last season. Vale will include Beith striker Jimmy Carse as a trialist as well as giving Welsh under 18 cap Kevin Percy a chance now that International clearance has been received from the Welsh FA.

09/08/2002 - VALE SIGN ANOTHER EX-SON
Vale tonight agreed to sign Kilbirnie Ladeside midfielder GRAHAM McKENZIE after his successful debut against Yoker on Wednesday evening. The player will feature tomorrow against Port Glasgow at Millburn where Hugh Ward hopes to make his 100th appearance.

05/08/2002 - New season beckons
Vale of Leven Juniors kick off the new season this week with their opening Beatons Coaches Sectional League Cup ties. On Wednesday Vale entertain YOKER ATHLETIC at Millburn, kick off 7pm, and on Saturday the match against PORT GLASGOW has been switched to Millburn as Port are unable to get the stadium at Greenock, kick off 3pm. Next Wednesday Vale are at home to GREENOCK, kick off 7pm and a week on Saturday PORT GLASGOW made their second visit to Millburn.

Vale's preparations have been far from ideal with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Beith last Tuesday with Scott McKernan netting Vales goal and on the Thursday a youthful Kilmarnock side won 6-2 at Millburn with Dougie Wilson and Jim Meechan scoring for Vale. Saturdays away fixture agianst Civil Service Strollers was cancelled due to the heavy rain after Vale had made the lengthy journey through to the east coast.

On the player front top scorer David Meechan has finally moved on to join Largs Thistle who the following week sacked their management team. Vale have added to last years squad with new signings defender Anton Brown(Kilpatrick), midfielder Toby King (Cowdenbeath), keeper David Rogers (Yoker Athletic) and striker Derek Forbes (Kilpatrick). Defender Brian Wardle will miss the first three games of the Sectional League Cup due to suspension.

Vale's Lottery will restart this week with prize money of 4,600 up for grabs.

Membership Cards for the new season are now available priced 20 and 10 and these can be picked up from Angus Wallace at the opening games.

  Wilson scored against Kilmarnock
Wilson scored against Kilmarnock
29/07/2002 - 3 more players re-sign
Brian Wardle, Ross Hunter and Alex Lacy have all re-signed for the Vale which leaves just Hugh Ward still to re-sign.

David Meechan has been out with a few other clubs but has had no offers as yet and is still training with the Vale.

New faces signed include former Dumbarton skipper Toby King who has been signed from Cowdenbeath and young striker Derek Forbes of Kilpatrick u21s.

Despite agreeing to sign Chris Smith from Maryhill the club have cooled on the deal.

  Ross Hunter has re-signed
Ross Hunter has re-signed
02/07/2002 - West Cup draw 1st Round
Tonight saw the first round draw for the West of Scotland Cup. Vale who lost out to Johnstone Burgh in the semi final last season face the lengthy travel to play KELLO ROVERS at Nithsdale Park, Kirkconnell.
Tie scheduled for Saturday 14th September.


27/06/2002 - New West of Scotland Region of SJFA
Tonight saw the member clubs of the former Central Region and Ayrshire Regions come together to form the new WEST OF SCOTLAND REGION. Vale Secretary Angus Wallace, a former president of the Central Region, is one of three membes from the former Central Region elected to the new management committee.

25/06/2002 - David Meechan transfer listed
Top scorer for the past two seasons David Meechan has today been placed on the transfer list at his own request. There has been no fall out but the young striker simply wants to prove himself at a higher level. The club would like to wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts over the past two and a half seasons.

  David Meechan
David Meechan
17/06/2002 - Double award for Jim Meechan
Vale of Leven Juniors held their annual Player of the Year dance in the Dumbarton Golf Club on Saturday evening and a good night was had by all. Jim Meechan's classy performances at the back saw him win both the Player of the Year and the Players' Player of the Year awards. Top scorer award went to David Meechan for the second year in a row.

Vale have resigned the following players for next season: Matthew Maclaurin, Brian Smith, Bryan Boal, Scott McKernan, Jim Meechan, Brian Deeley, Kevin Goodwin, Douglas Wilson and Alan Brown. Unfortunately top scorer David Meechan looks to be moving on as he has turned down the club's terms for the new season.

  Jim Meechan
Jim Meechan
15/06/2002 - Pre season fixture at Muirhouse.
Vale will break new ground when they travel to meet CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS at Muirhouse on Saturday 3rd August. The pre season fixture against the East of Scotland side has been arranged by former Vale striker Tony Currie who now lives in Edinburgh.

27/05/2002 - Player of the Year dance information
Vale's Player of the Year dance takes place this year in the Dumbarton Golf Club on Saturday 15th June. For tickets contact Alex Lacy or Angus Wallace.

27/05/2002 - David Meechan to complete 4 match ban
Vale forward David Meechan will complete his suspension tonight when Vale take on St. Anthony's after he was hit with a 4 match ban recently after picking up 18 penalty points.

Brian Wardle will also miss tonight's game and will also miss the first 3 matches of next season.

  David Meechan
David Meechan
20/05/2002 - Seven match ban for Brian Wardle
Vale have two midweek fixtures this week, on Monday 20th they travel to meet Kilsyth Rangers, kick off 7.15pm, and on Wednesday 22nd East Kilbride Thistle visit Millburn, also kicking off at 7.15pm. On Saturday Vale play their final home game of the season when Lesmahagow visit Millburn, kick off 3pm. Next Monday 27th Vale conclude their season when they return to Tinto Park, Govan to take on St.Anthony's.

For all four games Vale will be without centre half Brian Wardle who starts a seven match ban.

  Brian Wardle
Brian Wardle
13/05/2002 - Match news
Vale have just the one midweek fixture this week, on Monday 13th we travel to meet Rob Roy.

On Saturday we are at home in the league to bogey side Bellshill Athletic, kick off 3pm. Next Monday they travel to Kilsyth to meet the local Rangers.

06/05/2002 - Match news
Vale have no midweek fixture this week but on Saturday they are at home in the league to Blantyre Victoria, kick off 3pm. Next Monday they travel to Kirkintilloch to play Rob Roy.

Vale will be looking to make amends after losing out 2-1 to Blantyre at the start of the season when a goal from Hugh Ward was not enough to win the points.

  Hugh Ward scored the last time the two teams met
Hugh Ward scored the last time the two teams met
22/04/2002 - "Whyte & Mackay" West of Scotland Semi Final Draw
Tonight's semi final draw sees Vale paired with JOHNSTONE BURGH. The match takes place on Friday 3rd May probably at Pollok's Newlandsfield Park, with a kick off time of 7pm.

The other semi final tie sees Troon play Benburb at Kilwinning the same evening.

22/04/2002 - Match news
This Wednesday 24th Vale are at home to KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY on league duty, kick off 6.45pm. With Rabs needing the points to rekindle any hope of promotion Vale need points desperately to reduce the very real threat of relegation.

On Saturday Vale travel to meet BENBURB in the 3rd round of the League Cup at Tinto Park, bus leaves Gilmour Street at 1pm.

Next Monday 29th KILSYTH RANGERS visit Millburn in the League, kick off 6.45pm.

Vale's Annual General Meeting takes place next Wednesday 1st May in the pavilion at 7.30pm.

10/04/2002 - A.G.M.
Sorry but the AGM has actually been rescheduled for WEDNESDAY 1st MAY at 7-30.

West semi finals will both be played on Friday 3rd May at neutral venues.

10/04/2002 - Lesmahagow away from home
This Saturdays Abercorn Builders fixture against Lesmahagow will be played at Craighead Park and not Millburn as reported in local press. Bus departs Gilmour Street at 12-30.

07/04/2002 - A.G.M.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on TUESDAY 30th April and NOT Monday 29th. This due to a possible West of Scotland semi final fixture on the Monday.

Meeting will start at 7-30. Agenda due out this week.

07/04/2002 - League Cup 3rd Round.
Vale will now meet Premier Division BENBURB in the 3rd round after the Govan side won a penalty shoot out against Pollok yesterday. The match will be played on Saturday 27th April. The Bens side will include former Vale midfielder Martin Campbell who moved on from Scottish Cup winners Renfrew at the start of the season.

29/03/2002 - Kilwinning match news
Vale of Leven Juniors have no game on Saturday due to the Easter holiday weekend but the following week they return to action when they face Scottish Cup semi-finalists Kilwinning Rangers at Millburn in the quarter finals of the West of Scotland Cup.

The match kicks off at 3pm and is sure to attract a crowd similar to that which witnessed Vale's Scottish tie against Linlithgow Rose, therefore supporters are asked to be there early. The Ayrshire side are due to meet local rivals Auchinleck Talbot at Rugby Park in their Scottish Cup semi-final the following week and will include former Dumbarton players Tom Currie and Derek Barnes in their line up.

28/03/2002 - Vale away to Premier side in League Cup 3rd Rd.
Having beaten Port Glasgow on Saturday Vale have tonight been paired with the winners of the Pollok/Benburb 2nd round tie away from home. The sides are due to meet on Saturday 6th April and the winners will have home advantage over Vale when the tie takes place on Saturday 27th April.

14/03/2002 - Kilwinning in the quarter finals
Vale of Leven have been drawn to face Kilwinning Rangers at Millburn Park in the quarter finals of the West of Scotland cup.

The full draw is as follows:
Blantyre Victoria/Troon v. Arthurlie
Vale of Leven v. Kilwinning Rangers
Glenafton Ath/Bellshill Ath v. Benburb
Neilston v. Johnstone Burgh

14/03/2002 - Renton leaves Vale
Midfielder Stephen Renton has left the Vale after asking to be released following the game at Shotts. Renton was unhappy at the limited opportunities he had been given to break into the team and decided it was time to move on to start playing regularly again.

  Stephen Renton
Stephen Renton
11/03/2002 - Fixture change
This Saturday sees Vale again on their travels when they visit Brandon Park to face Bellshill Athletic, kick off 3pm. The bus will leave Gilmour Street at 12:30pm.

The following week they will play the long overdue League Cup first round tie at home to Port Glasgow.

04/03/2002 - Upcoming Fixtures
This Saturday sees Vale travel on league duty to meet Shotts Bon Accord at Hannah Park, kick off 3pm. Supporters should note that the bus departs Gilmour Street at noon.

The following week Port Glasgow visit Millburn in the 1st round of the league cup.

25/02/2002 - Match news
Vale of Leven Juniors 3rd round "Whyte & Mackay" West of Scotland Cup clash at home to Premier Division LANARK UNITED was a victim of the weather at the weekend with Millburn snowbound. Hugh Hamill organised a training session at the Meadow Centre to maintain his sides fitness levels as Vale hope to bounce back from three successive defeats. The cancellation meant that Thomas Fox missed the chance to play his last game before departing for Australia this week. The talented midfielder will be back sometime next year to resume his career at Millburn.

The Lanark match will hopefully go ahead this week at Millburn, kick off 2-30. Hopefully both Jim Meechan and Bryan Boal will have recovered from injury but Dougie Wilson is still ruled out. Vale will be out to avenge their earlier Sectional League Cup 1/4 final defeat at Moore Park when the home side won 2-1.

  Tom Fox - heading for Australia
Tom Fox - heading for Australia
23/02/2002 - Game off due to snow
Vale's game against Lanark today in the West of Scotland Cup has been postponed due to snow.

19/02/2002 - Looking for sponsors
Vale of Leven F. & A.C. are looking for sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring the Vale please contact Angus Wallace, who will be happy to give you more information.

11/02/2002 - Match news
This Saturday Vale travel to take on Greenock at Ravenscraig Stadium, kick off 2pm. Bus departs Gilmour Street at noon.

Directions if travelling by car: Follow the A8 towards Greenock. Then follow signs through Greenock onto the A78 to Inverkip. Keep going through Greenock until Branchton Train Station can be seen on the left side. You should be able to see Ravenscraig Stadium ahead of you to the right. Take the first road on the right (Auchmead Road) just after you pass a BP/Safeway station. Ravenscraig Stadium can be found on the right hand side of the road. Parking is provided in the car park just before the stadium.

09/02/2002 - Game on
The pitch has passed an early morning pitch inspection. Kick off is at 2.15pm.

08/02/2002 - Early morning pitch inspection
The pitch is heavy but playable on Friday evening; inspection called for 9.15am Saturday morning.

04/02/2002 - Scottish Cup news
This Saturday sees Vale play their Scottish Cup 5th round tie at Millburn against East League leaders Linlithgow Rose, kick off 2-15pm. One of the favourites to land the trophy this season, 'Rose had a confidence boosting 8-1 win over Dunbar last week and will be keen to grab a quarter final spot by disposing of Vale. Hopefully Vale will be able to get Bryan Boal fit but doubts remain over both Jim Meechan and Brian Smith.

Supporters are asked to be early as a large crowd is anticipated and supporters are asked not to bring alcohol to the game as per association rules. The match will be sponsored by Anglo Overseas Transport Ltd (Bishopbriggs).

28/01/2002 - Match news
The Scottish Cup 5th round will see Vale of Leven meet Linlithgow Rose at Millburn Park on Saturday, 9th February, kick off 2-15pm. The big spending east region side are one of the favourites to land the trophy this season but Vale and Brian Deeley in particular will be out to make amends for Vale's 4th round exit at Prestonfield in January 1998. With the tie evenly balanced Vale had Deeley sent off for a needless double caution and after Vale skipper Billy Troup put his spot kick over the bar the home side ran out comfortable 4-1 winners despite Paul McGrogan scoring the goal of the game. Vale survivors from that match are Dennison, Lacy, Smith, Deeley & McKernan.

In the Rose attack will be a familiar adversary in Jim Creaney, the diminutive striker was man of the match as Kilwinning beat Vale in a 4th round replay at Millburn in January 1997 and 2 years later he starred as Arthurlie beat Vale 5-1 in a third round tie at Dunterlie. Now plying his trade in the east, he will be hoping to add to his goal tally for the season although Vale will be hoping to keep their unbeaten home record. Supporters are asked not to bring alcohol to the game as per association rules.

This Saturday Vale travel to Glasgow to meet league leaders Shettleston at Greenfield, kick off 2pm. Bus departs Gilmour Street at noon.

  Brian Deeley will be looking to make amends
Brian Deeley will be looking to make amends
23/01/2002 - OVD Scottish Cup 4th round replay
After this weeks monsoon conditions, Millburn is in great condition for Kelty replay. Kick off 1-15pm.

21/01/2002 - Linlithgow in the next round of Scottish
Should Vale of Leven manage to overcome Kelty Hearts in their replayed 4th round tie this Saturday, they will face tought opposition in the 5th round in the shape of Linlithgow Rose. Holders Renfrew have been given a home tie against Tayport. The full draw for the 5th round is as follows:

Cumnock Juniors v Bathgate Thistle
Irvine Meadow X1 v Glenafton Athletic
Cumbernauld United v Shettleston
Camelon v Petershill
Oakley United v Auchinleck/Banks o' Dee
Renfrew v Tayport
Kelty Hearts/Vale of Leven v Linlithgow Rose
Kilwinning Rangers v Hill o' Beath Hawthorn

21/01/2002 - 4th round replay this Saturday
The 4th round replay against Kelty Hearts takes place this Saturday at Millburn Park, kick off 1.15pm. Hugh Hamill's side will be hoping for a larger than normal home support to cheer on the Millburn men to a place in the last 16. At stake is another home tie against cup favourites Linlithgow Rose on 9th February. If both sides play as they played on Saturday then the hopefully large support will be in for a cracking match.

Kelty will still consider themselves favourites for the right to meet Linlithgow and can play much better than they played on Saturday but Vale too can be confident now that they are getting everyone fit again. Dougie Wilson will still be missing due to injury and it will be a late fitness test for Bryan Boal but hopefully he will be fit to run himself to a standstill yet again.

  Late fitness test for Vale forward Bryan Boal
Late fitness test for Vale forward Bryan Boal
14/01/2002 - Kelty Hearts in the next round of Scottish
Vale of Leven will play Kelty Hearts in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup this Saturday, after Kelty won their postponed 3rd round replay 3-1 against Pumpherston.

The bus for Kelty will leave Gilmour Street at 10.45am and is fully booked.

05/01/2002 - Another game fails to beat the weather
For the third week in a row Vale's match was postponed when their league clash with Dunipace at Millburn Park fell victim to the weather. With their possible opponents for the 4th round of the Scottish Cup still to play their 3rd round tie, Vale will now play Carluke Rovers this Saturday in a rearranged division 1 fixture, kick off 2pm.

29/12/2001 - Match off due to cold weather
Vale's away league match at Shotts fell victim to the weather today as the match was postponed due to the freezing conditions. Vale were not alone in this as the weather also caused the whole of the Central League programme to be wiped out. Vale are next in action on the 5th January when Dunipace travel to Millburn for a Division 1 clash.

22/12/2001 - Match off due to frost
Vale's home league match against Carluke fell victim to the weather today as the match was postponed due to frost. Vale are next in action on the 29th December when they travel to meet Shotts in a Division 1 fixture.

21/12/2001 - Vale face difficult away task in round 4 of Scottish Cup
Vale of Leven have been given an away draw against either Pumpherston or Kelty Hearts in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Vale have never played Kelty Hearts but Jim Meechan lost out to them as Petershill captain in a semi final defeat 3 years ago. Kelty went on to lose 1-0 in the final to Kilwinning Rangers.

Vale have met Pumpherston three times in the past. In 1967 goals from George Docherty (2) and George Masse gave Vale a 3-2 home 3rd round win. In December 1972 a last minute Hugh Gillespie goal gave Vale a 1-1 2nd round draw. The following week at Millburn a Donnie Wilson penalty earned Vale a 1-0 win.

21/12/2001 - Match news
This Saturday Vale are again at home when Carluke Rovers visit Millburn, kick off 1.45pm. On Saturday 29th Vale will travel to meet Shotts Bon Accord at Hannah Park. Stevie Gow, Jim Meechan and Dougie Wilson will all be ruled out until the New Year through injury but Brian Smith is back in contention for a starting place. With Alan Brown and Ross Hunter in great form however he may have to wait a while to reclaim his place. Vale would like to take this opportunity to wish all their supporters a very Merry Christmas and a good New Year.

21/12/2001 - Midweek victory for Vale against Dumbarton Academy
In a midweek friendly on a fairly solid astroturf pitch at Dumbarton East, Vale had a comfortable 7-2 victory with goals from John Ritchie (2), Hugh Ward, Bryan Boal, David Meechan (2) and Stephen Renton.

03/12/2001 - Lanark at home in the West
The 3rd round draw for the West of Scotland cup sees Vale with yet another home tie, this time Lanark United will be the visitors. The match will probably take place in January.

19/11/2001 - Vale draw Maybole in the 3rd round of the Scottish
The draw for the third round took place at Hannah Park, Shotts on Sunday and favoured Vale with another home draw. This time Ayrshire second division side Maybole will visit Millburn on Saturday 8th December, kick off 1.45. The sides last met in March 1992 when goals from Willie Howie, a Vinny Russell penalty, John Griffen and Ronnie Ferguson earned Vale a 4-0 5th round win. Previous to that the Ayrshire side won a replayed 2nd round tie 2-1 at Millburn in November 1973 with Mick Reid scoring Vale's goal.

  Vale legend Willie Howie
Vale legend Willie Howie
13/11/2001 - Musselburgh replay travel arrangements
The Scottish Cup 2nd round replay takes place this Saturday at Musselburgh's Olive Bank Stadium and will kick off at 1.15pm. Supporters wishing to travel should note that the bus will leave Gilmour Street at 10am prompt. Seats must be booked by telephoning Angus Wallace (0141 840 1556).

06/11/2001 - Fox ruled out of Scottish Cup tie with injury
Midfielder Tom Fox has been ruled out of this weeks Scottish Cup tie against Musselburgh after breaking his toe in his comeback game at Dunipace.

Having missed most of the season to date due to an injury picked up in the opening Sectional League Cup ties in August Tom made a scoring appearance as a 2nd half substitute against Port Glasgow and after scoring again on Saturday he finds himself out for the next month.

  Tom Fox
Tom Fox
29/10/2001 - Club funds boosted
Vale's players danced the night away on Saturday evening in the Vale Golf Club and raised several hundred pounds for club funds. Much of the work was done by keeper Peter Dennison and captain Alex Lacy. Player coach Willie Howie received a special presentation to commemorate his 15 years at the club.

  Vale captain Alex Lacy
Vale captain Alex Lacy
29/10/2001 - Dunipace league clash
This week Vale travel to Dunipace in the league, kick off 2pm. Having failed to win any off their six away games this season, the last three of which were in the league, Vale must start to pick up away points if they are to renew their promotion hopes.

With their Scottish Cup tie against Musselburgh the following week it is equally important that Vale take all three points to encourage the Vale support to turn out in numbers for the Scottish Cup tie.

29/10/2001 - Another new face added to the Vale squad
Vale boss Hugh Hamill today added another player to his growing squad with the signing of local goalkeeper Iain Wyllie. The 24 year old, who featured in Vale's pre season games, has been signed from Polaroid Amateurs and will provide cover for Matthew Maclaurin as Peter Dennison awaits surgery on his injured knee.

  New signing Iain Wyllie
New signing Iain Wyllie
21/10/2001 - Vale draw Musselburgh in 2nd round of Scottish Cup
The 2nd round draw took place in Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon and Vale face a tricky tie at home to Musselburgh Athletic on Saturday 10th November, kick off 2pm.

'Burgh' won the John Walker East Region 2nd Division title last season but have found the 1st Division tough going this season. Although sitting bottom of the table they have shown something of a revival in the past three games, thrashing big spending Newtongrange Star 6-1, comfortably winning 4-1 at Darvel in the previous round and last week they took a point in a creditable 2-2 draw at Camelon.

Having won all 6 games at Millburn to date Vale are glad of home advantage and will be expected to win this one although 'Burgh' will no doubt fancy their own chances.

MUSSELBURGH LEAGUE RESULTS:
Lost 0-2 Bo'ness
Lost 2-1 Bonnyrigg Rose
Won 4-3 Arniston Rangers
Lost 3-1 Edinburgh United
Lost 0-1 Armadale Thistle
Lost 3-0 Haddington Athletic
Won 6-1 Newtongrange Star
Drew 2-2 Camelon

The sides last met in a third round tie on Saturday, 14th December, 1996, when a last minute goal from Paul McGrogan gave Vale a 1-0 win.

18/10/2001 - Helensburgh youngster signs for Vale
Vale have added to their squad with the signing of local striker John Ritchie, farmed out by Dumbarton after only a few appearances this season. The Helensburgh youngster was previously on Dundee United's books.

  John Ritchie
John Ritchie
14/10/2001 - Scottish Cup draw Sunday 21st October
The draw for the 2nd Round of the Scottish Cup takes place in the Parkvale Club, Aberdeen on Sunday 21st October, with the 2nd round ties due to be played on November 10th.

14/10/2001 - Vale announce signing of former Dumbarton defender
Vale of Leven have signed centre half Stevie Gow. Gow previously played for Dumbarton for over 10 years after joining then from a local boys club. He has been out injured for the last year but played a few local amateur games to regain fitness. He will be a great addition to the squad as he has loads of experience and is a good talker on the park.

  Former Dumbarton defender Stevie Gow
Former Dumbarton defender Stevie Gow
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