Auchinleck Talbot F.C.

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Auchinleck Talbot
Auchinleck Talbot 2013-present crest.png
Full nameAuchinleck Talbot Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bot
Founded1909
GroundBeechwood Park
Beechwood Avenue
Auchinleck
Ground Capacity4,000
PresidentMorton Wright
ManagerTommy Sloan
LeagueWest of Scotland Super League Premier Division
2013–14West of Scotland Super League Premier Division, 1st
 
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Auchinleck Talbot
Auchinleck Talbot 2013-present crest.png
Full nameAuchinleck Talbot Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bot
Founded1909
GroundBeechwood Park
Beechwood Avenue
Auchinleck
Ground Capacity4,000
PresidentMorton Wright
ManagerTommy Sloan
LeagueWest of Scotland Super League Premier Division
2013–14West of Scotland Super League Premier Division, 1st

Auchinleck Talbot F.C. are a Scottish football club based in Auchinleck, near Cumnock, Ayrshire. Members of the Scottish Junior Football Association, they currently compete in the SJFA West Super League Premier Division. The club are one of the most famous names in Scottish Junior football, having won its most prestigious honour, the Scottish Junior Cup, on a record ten occasions.

They play in a local derby against near neighbours and biggest rivals Cumnock Juniors. The club colours are gold and black.

History[edit]

A public meeting was held at Kirkland's Green in Auchinleck forms a new football club in 1907. Auchinleck Talbot was formed in 1909 and are named after Lord Talbot de Maldahide, the man who gave them their Beechwood Park home. This has been Talbot's name throughout their history although a myth sprung up that Lugar Boswell and Auchinleck played a match with the winners taking the name Boswell. This is not to say this story is untrue because both villages had senior clubs at the end of the 1800s and this could be where this story was born. The clubs Beechwood Park is opened in 1909 with a charity match between The Old Players and The Merchant's. Talbot make their team debut the same year when they defeat the juvenile side Highhouse Rangers 4–0. Weeks later they lost their first competitive game at Cronberry Eglinton in the league. Their first win comes in September 1909 when they defeat Patna Doon Athletic in their first Scottish Cup tie.

Talbot folded in 1916 due to financial problems and the First World War but make a comeback four years later, winning the Ayrshire Cup by defeating Irvine Meadow 3–0 at Rugby Park. That same year they set a club goalscoring record in the Scottish Cup defeating Craigbank 11–0 at Beechwood a scoreline recently surpassed in 2008 when Talbot hammered Nairn St. Ninian 13–1 at Beechwood.

The club have a proud record in Junior football, with ten Scottish Junior Cup wins and since 1920, eleven league championships. They are the only club to have won the Scottish Junior Cup three times in a row. They made a remarkable achievement of winning The West of Scotland cup 9 years out of 10 between 1979 and 1989 (although they have not won it since) under Willie Knox.[1]

The club opened a new stand with a friendly match against local Scottish league side Ayr United on 9 October 2005 (the senior side winning 6–2)

2009–10 Scottish Cup[edit]

RoundOppositionScore
First RoundFort William (h)7–0
Second RoundHuntly (a)1–1
Second Round
Replay
Huntly (h)4–3
Third RoundStirling Albion (a)1–2

As holders of the Scottish Junior Cup, Talbot qualified to play in the 2009–10 senior Scottish Cup. The club was drawn at home to Highland League side Fort William.[2] On 26 September 2009, at a capacity Beechwood Park, Talbot recorded a 7–0 victory in the clubs Scottish Cup debut match.[3] The goals were scored by David Gillies, Danny McKelvie, Stevie Mallan and doubles from John Boyle and Sean McIlroy. The match also saw three players sent off, Graham Bamber and Andy Martin for Fort William and Stevie Mallan for Talbot.[4][5]

Two matches were required to separate Talbot and their second round opponents Huntly. On 24 October the sides drew 1–1 at Christie Park. Goals from Bryan Slavin and a last minute equaliser for Huntly from Michele Lombardi earned the Highland team a replay.[6][7] A week later on Halloween, Talbot beat Huntly 4–3 at Beechwood Park. Goals from Slavin, Boyle and Steven White gave Talbot a 3–0 half-time lead but Huntly clawed the score back to 3–2 with seven minutes to go. Danny McKelvie then stuck after 86 minutes to make it 4–2 and Huntly netted an injury time goal but Talbot held on for the victory.[8][9]

The third round tie was contested against senior opponents in the form of Second Division side Stirling Albion. Talbot lost 2–1 away with McIlroy scoring a penalty.[10][11]

2011–12 Scottish Cup[edit]

RoundOppositionScore
First RoundLossiemouth (a)2–1
Second RoundThreave Rovers (h)8–1
Third RoundVale of Leithen (h)3–1
Fourth RoundHeart of Midlothian (a)0–1

On 22 November 2011, in the 2011–12 Scottish Cup fourth round, Auchinleck Talbot were paired with SPL side, and eventual Scottish Cup champions Hearts, with the tie to be played at Tynecastle on 7 January 2012. They were narrowly defeated 1–0 by Hearts with a goal from Gordon Smith in the 84th minute. Around 2,000 Talbot fans made the journey to Edinburgh.

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 September 2012[12]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
ScotlandGKJames Bebatov
ScotlandGKRobert Kerr
ScotlandDFWillie Lyle
ScotlandMFSteven White
Republic of IrelandDFJoe O'Brian
ScotlandMFKenny Connelly
ScotlandDFMartin McGoldrick
ScotlandDFAlly Park
ScotlandDFCraig Pettigrew
ScotlandMFChic Connelly
ScotlandMFDwayne Hyslop
ScotlandMFMark Armour
ScotlandMFKeir Milliken
ScotlandMFColin Spence
ScotlandMFSteven White
ScotlandMFGraham Wilson
ScotlandMFBryan Young
ScotlandFWDavid Gormley
ScotlandFWMichael McCann
ScotlandFWAlan Mc Kenzie

Honours[edit]

Scottish Junior Cup

West Superleague Premier Division

Ayrshire First Division

West of Scotland Cup

Ayrshire Cup

Ayrshire League Cup

Ayrshire District Cup

Cumnock & Doon Valley Cup

East Ayrshire Cup

Ayrshire Super Cup

Evening Times League Champions Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auchinleck Talbot on Auchinleck web
  2. ^ "Talbot ready for Scottish Cup bow". BBC Sport. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fort can't keep Talbot at bay". Scotsman. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Cup: Auchinleck Talbot 7 Fort William 0". Daily Record. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Juniors prove a Scottish Cup hit". BBC Sport. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Huntly 1–1 Auchinleck Talbot". ESPN. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scottish Cup second round". BBC Sport. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot 4–3 Huntly". ESPN. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Trio book Scottish Cup places". BBC Sport. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Stirling Albion 2–1 Auchinleck Talbot". ESPN. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Stirling 2–1 Auchinleck Talbot". BBC Sport. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot Players & Coaches". Auchinleck Talbot Unofficial. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot 2–1 Bathgate Th". BBC Sport. 21 May 2006. 
  14. ^ "Auchinleck secure Junior Cup win". BBC Sport. 31 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot 2–1 Musselburgh Athletic". BBC Sport. 29 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Auchinleck Talbot 1–0 Linlithgow Rose". BBC Sport. 2 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rose win Scottish Junior Cup". BBC Sport. 19 May 2002. 

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