Bishopbriggs side making the step up to Junior level

Hunterhill Football Grounds'Ian Gray, Frank hepburn, Ian Grey and John Wales'1st July 2010'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Hunterhill Football Grounds'Ian Gray, Frank hepburn, Ian Grey and John Wales'1st July 2010'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

COULD we soon see a mouth-watering local derby between Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs?

That’s one of the intriguing possibilities being thrown up after confirmation that ambitious Bishopbriggs-based Rossvale FC has confirmed its place in the junior ranks.

The club, which has around 40 teams from five-years-old and up, will start their junior football career from season 2011/12 in the Central District second division.

The club plans to fully utilise the Dutch method of building community-based teams from young children upwards, culminating in a junior side potentially filled with players who have progressed up the pyramid system.

The team will initially groundshare with Petershill at Petershill Park in Springburn – though a permanent base at a redeveloped Huntershill in Bishopbriggs, the club’s main training ground, is one the club hope to achieve in the future.

Rossvale chairman Ian Grey, whose father John formed the club in 1976, said: “This is the next step for the club. We have a turnover comparable to a senior second division side and the potential for us is massive.

“This is a long-term project and we want to be competing at a higher level.”

The only other junior football club in East Dunbartonshire is Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, which was founded in 1878.

With the group stages of the Junior League Cup competition scheduled on a geographical basis, Rossvale’s admission throws up the tantalising prospect of a Kirkintilloch versus Bishopbriggs derby right at the start of the 2011/12 season.

Tom Johnston, the secretary of the Scottish Junior Football Association, warmly welcomed Rossvale to the ranks of junior football.

He told the Herald: “They have a good system of youth teams at Rossvale and what they are doing is quite exciting. They are a good club and we wish them all the best.”

Meanwhile, Rossvale has been awarded their ‘Quality Mark’ by the SFA – meaning they are now registered with ‘Community Club’ status. That ranks Rossvale amongst the top 25 boys’ clubs in Scotland.