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A full profile of the history and present organisation

 85 Years at Tynecastle

Pre-1939

The original Tynecastle Club was founded in 1928 and at the outset had a membership of 10 boys and was formed as a Meccano club to build models of various descriptions. They met one night of the week at Tynecastle Secondary School. Under the leadership of Norman Murchison, then a teacher at the Tynecastle School, the numbers increased and so did the activities which led to the formation of Tynecastle Former Pupils Club.

Up to 1939 and before the Second World War, teachers and headmasters administered all sport including that of football. Outings were considered an exciting adventure in those days and Tynecastle were one of the first clubs to use the National Association of Boys Clubs training centre at Dalguise House in Perthshire.

1939 to 1945 

When the war did intervene the vast majority of leaders went to fight for their country and at one stage the club was in serious danger of folding. To the rescue came Bill McAlpine, the first club leader. 'Mac' was a tremendous character where his enthusiasm, affection and leadership throughout those war years laid the very foundation of the Tynecastle Club.

In 1944 Jimmy Aitken took charge and the club became Tynecastle Boys Club. Previously Jimmy had been one of the original boy members and was well indoctrinated in the boys club movement. For the next 20 years Jimmy controlled the show, two or three nights a week within a small hut next to the school in McLeod Street.

1960’s

The early sixties saw the first and biggest change with Tynecastle Athletic joining forces. Coupled with that was the move along Gorgie Road to a premise within the confines of Pentland School later to become Tynecastle High School Annexe. The move was attributed to the efforts of Bailie James Ross whose arm twisting with the City powers led to having our own true first home.

Football and Table Tennis continued to be the main sporting activities and as interest grew in playing so did the membership numbers. In 1965 Davie Hogg took over as Club Leader and the football teams increased from the 21s, 19s and under 17's, to include younger players at 15 and 16 years. Three years later, John McConnell became club leader and it was during this period that the club experienced it's first European adventure with a tour to Germany.

Whilst the Club enjoyed great success in local competitions, team success in Scottish Cup Finals was proving elusive with seven attempts at the National award bringing defeat and heartache. However many players during the Sixties moved on to play professional football and many were successful in making a long and successful career in the sport.

1970’s

On the 23rd of June 1971 the club finally won it's first Scottish Cup, defeating Gairdoch United by 4 goals to 2 in the under 16's final played at Saughton Enclosure.

Since then the club has won many more national competitions at a number of different age groups and in one unique weekend saw the team of 15s win two Scottish Cups, one on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday, such was the structure of youth football at the time that allowed dual participation in competitions. This team should also be recognised for remaining undefeated for four years. On their day they were simply awesome and a credit to the Club.

Douglas Dalgleish

Douglas took the Club Leader's helm in 1973 and the following year oversaw the first international trip to Winnipeg in Canada to play in the centennial tournament of the city at under 16 level. The winning of any international tournament is special but to defeat the West German National team in the process will always be regarded as one the major achievements at Tynecastle. For the record the score was 2 goals to 1 with a crowd of 1,500 containing predominately exiled Scotsmen. The celebrations that day can never be forgotten!!


50th Anniversary

1978 saw the Club celebrate it's 50th and Jubilee year. A special Dinner was held on Saturday 28th October where past and present members, honoured guests and Director representative’s from Heart of Midlothian F C, Hibernian F C and Meadowbank Thistle (now Livingston F C) joined us for a very gala occasion.

Balgreen School

For the next 20 years the club continued to prosper both on and off the field of play and it was during this period, in 1984, that the club moved to its present location within the confines of Balgreen School, directly opposite the playing fields at Saughton Park. The club are much indebted to the work of Club President Jimmy Mclauchlin and Eric Milligan, ex Lord Provost and still a City Councillor, for securing the premise and the facilities that are now enjoyed.

Edinburgh Festival Football

From 1985 and for the next 8 years the club organised the highly successful Edinburgh Festival Football Tournament, a tournament that at under 14 and under 16 was recognised as one the best in the country with participating teams of the highest calibre.

1990’s

In 1990, in conjunction with the City Council and Balgreen Primary School, the club financed the building of the first local based astro playing surface within the school play area, to be used exclusively by school and club members.

The new millennium

The latter part of the nineties and the start of the new century were probably the lowest part of our history with team and member numbers reducing to such an extent that we nearly went out of business. However a merger with Hearts Boys Club, then under the control of the Heart of Midlothian Football Club, and the return of Douglas Dalgleish to the management saw the club change its name to that of Tynecastle Hearts and become predominately a youth football club for both boys and girls. The arrangement with Hearts was terminated 2 years later and thus the club name was restored to 'Tynecastle' with 'Football Club' added.

East of Scotland Football League

With the number of teams now on the increase, in 2004 the Club entered into an arrangement with the City Council for the exclusive use of the pitches at Saughton. Later that same year we became members of the East of Scotland Football League with the merger of then League members, Tollcross United. This merger meant that Tynecastle F C were admitted to the senior levels of Scottish football for the first time and provided a pathway for players to remain at the club playing at one of the highest levels in Scotland.

On the 5th of August 2004 the club played their first ever senior match at their home venue of Fernieside Recreation Ground, a pre-season friendly against Premier League side Hibernian. The match ended in a very credible 2 – 2 draw.

Craig Gordon

On 13th November 2007 the club received a windfall of nearly £90,000 after former player and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon was transferred from Hearts to Sunderland for £9 million. Under new FIFA regulations, grassroots clubs were now entitled to a percentage of any transfer. The monies received provided financial stability for the club and allowed also for investment in a number of projects that would secure the future of the club.


Sister club in the USA

In January 2008, the club affiliated to a sister club in the American city of Everett, near Seattle called Tynecastle International F.C. It was set up by former Tynecastle and Bolton Wanderers player and now resident of Everett, David Hoggan.


David Bingham and Gary Mackay

At the start of the 2008 season, former Livingston and Gretna player, David Bingham was appointed as player/coach of the club. He joined former Hearts legend Gary Mackay on the coaching staff at Tynecastle F.C. Gary later became the club's first Commercial Director.

On 16 May 2009, Tynecastle defeated Gretna, 4-0 to secure the East of Scotland League First Division Championship and as a result were promoted to the Premier Division for the 2009–10 season.

New appointments in 2009

August 2009 was a busy month for Tynecastle with a number of important events happening. Firstly the club announced the appointment of Eddie Smeaton as Club Manager with Douglas Dalgleish moving 'upstairs' to the role of Chairman.

The club also announced the appointment of its first Technical Director, with David Bingham taking this post as well as continuing his involvement in the senior set up as player/coach.

Tynecastle was awarded the SFA Quality Mark which is awarded to show good practice in on and off field matters.

And finally Tynecastle opened the new Fernieside Recreational Ground pavilion with a game against a Heart of Midlothian XI, the new pavilion having been given to Tynecastle on a long term lease from the City Council. As well as all this happening in August, the senior team played its first game as Tynecastle FC in the Premier League of the East of Scotland League.

Re-introduction of an Amateur side

In 2012, the Club increased the team capacity to include that of an Amateur side which again allows members to remain with the Club after their youth days. The Club also launched a Soccer Academy for the very young players and this section is already going from strength to strength as young players are taught the right way to progress in our modern game.

Playing in Canada and Sweden

The Club has continued to travel overseas with visits in 2000, 2003 and 2008 to Toronto in Canada to participate in the Robbie International Tournament, as well as becoming annual visitors to Gothenburg, Sweden to participate in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest youth football tournament. Against teams from around 55/60 other countries, success is rare but we should be proud of the fact that we reached the latter stages of the tournament and in 2011, the Semi-Finals of the under 15 competition.

Scottish Cup

Success in the Scottish Cup continues and in 2013 the Under 16s complete a four year cycle of being in the national final since formation of the team at Under 13. For the record, three wins and one defeat, a truly memorable achievement in today’s game.

The Under 14s made it a double day of success on the 11th of May 2013 when at the Airdrie Excelsior Stadium they joined the under 16s to lift the coveted National trophy.

Jamie Skinner

The playing of football was put into perspective when in December 2013, one of our players collapsed and died on the pitch whilst playing a game for the club. A tragic event for the under 14 team who witnessed the circumstances of the death of Jamie Skinner.



The structure of Tynecastle football club

The Tynecastle Football Club is managed by a Management Committee who meet regularly to discuss all matters relating to Club structure and policy.

The Club hold an Annual General Meeting every year which is open to all adult staff members to attend.

At the AGM held on Sunday 11th September 2015 the following staff members were elected to office                                                                                                                                                                                                     
CHAIRMAN   Douglas Dalgleish
VICE CHAIR   Simon Kinghorn
SECRETARY   Douglas Ormston
MANAGER   Eddie Smeaton
PLAYER PROTECTION   Simon Kinghorn
1st TEAM SEC.   Alistair Wilkie
COMMITTEE   Keith Robertson  

Roll of honour

Season 2014/2015

Under 13's

South East Region Cup Winners

Lothian Buses Cup Winners

Scottish Cup Runners Up

Peter O'Neill Cup Runners Up

League Division One Runners Up 

Under 13 Colts

Belmont Vauxhall Cup Winners

League Division Two Runners Up 

Under 14's

John Crawford Cup Winners

Jewel Miners Trophy Winners

South East Region Cup Runners Up

League Division One - Third Place

Under 14 Colts

League Division Two Runners Up 

Under 15's

South East Region Cup Winners

Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs Cup Winners

League Division One Winners

John McConnell Memorial Cup Runners Up

League Cup Runners Up

 Under 15 Colts

League Division Two - Third Place 

Under 16's

South East Region Cup Runners Up

Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup Runners Up

League Division One Runners Up

Under 17's

Craig Gowans Memorial Cup Runners Up 

League Division One Runners Up

Under 19's

League Division One Winners

Cruden Rose Bowl Winners

Under 21's

Murphy Trophy Winners

Hugh Chalmers Trophy Winners

League Division One Runners Up


 Season 2013/2014

Under 12

Preston Easter Cup Winners

Ptreston Easter Cup Plate Winners

Under 13 01's

Berlin Challenge Cup Winners

Under 14

South East Region Cup Runners Up

Willie Bauld Cup Runners Up

Bill Sheridan Cup Runners Up

Division 1 League Runners Up

Under 14 2000's

David Innes Cup Winners

Under 15

South East Region Cup Winners

League Division 1 Winners

Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs Cup Winners

League Cup Winners

John McConnell Memorial Cup Runners Up

Under 16

League Cup Winners

League Runners Up

Under 17

Scottish Cup Runners Up

South East Region Cup Winners

League Cup Winners

Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup Winners

Craig Gowans Memorial Cup Runners Up

League Runners Up

Under 19

League Runners Up

Under 21

South East Region Cup Runners Up

League Division 1 Winners

Murphy Trophy Winners

Johnston Cup Winners

Amatuers

Holyrood Cup Winners

Ian McDonald Cup Runners Up

Promoted to Premier Division 2

 

 Season 2012/2013

Under 13 

Lothian Buses Cup Winners

Peter O'Neil Cup Winners

Under 14

Scottish Cup Winners

Willie Bauld Cup Winners

Division 1 League Runners Up

Under 15

South East Region Cup Runners Up

Under 16

Scottish Cup Winners

Division 1 League Winners

League Cup Winners

Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup Winners

Under 17

Edinburgh Prison Officers Cup Winners

Craig Gowans Memorial Cup Winners

Under 19

League Winners

Jimmy Lynch Memorial Cup Winners

Under 21

South East Region Cup Winners

Amatuers

Ian McDonald Cup Winners

 

Season 2010/2011

Under 13 

Lothian Buses Cup Winners

Under 14

South East Region Cup Winners

Kenny McLean Cup Winners

John Crawford Cup Winners

Scottish Cup Runners Up

Willie Bauld Cup Runners Up

Division 1 League Runners Up

Under 15

Scottish Cup Winners

South East Region Cup Winners

League Cup Winners

Under 17

Division 1 League Winners

Edinburgh Prison Officers Cup Runners Up

Under 21

South East Region Cup Winners

 

Season 2009/2010

Under 9

CSFDA Festival Tournament Winners

Under 10

CSFDA Festival Tournament Winners

Under 11

CSFDA Festival Tournament Winners

Under 12

Blackpool Tournament Winners

Under 12 Colts

Blackpool Plate Runners Up

Under 13

Scottish Cup Winners

Ken Ritchie Cup Winners

Lothian Buses Cup Winners

Peter O'Neil Cup Winners

Preston Cup Winners

Division 1 League Runners Up

Under 14

Scottish Cup Winners

South East Region Cup Winners

Kenny McLean Cup Winners

Division 1 League Winners

Willie Bauld Cup Runners Up

Under 15

John McConnell Cup Winners

Division 1 League Winners

Berlin Cup Runners Up

Under 15 Colts

Division 3 League Winners

Under 16

South East Region Cup Winners

Jackie Faichney Cup Winners

Steve Maskrey Cup Winners

Under 16 Colts

Jackie Faichney Cup Runners Up

Under 17s

Victor Paris Cup Runners Up

Edinburgh Prison Officers Cup Runners Up

Craig Gowans Cup Runners Up

Division 1 League RunnersUp

Under 19

League Cup Winners

Challenge Cup Winners

 

Season 2008/2009

Under 13

Scottish Cup Winners

Ken Ritchie Cup Winners

Lothian Buses Cup Winners

Peter O'Neil Cup Winners

Stewart O'Brien Cup Winners

Under 13 Colts

Steve Maskrey Cup Winners

Tom Welsh Cup Runners Up

Division 3 League Runners Up

Under 14

Holland Cup Winners

Under 14 Colts

League Cup Runners Up

Under 15

Scottish Cup Winners

South East Region Cup Winners

John McConnell Cup Winners

Federation of Hearts Supporters Cup Winners

Division 1 League Winners

(Undefeated in the Season)

Under 15 Colts

Berlin Cup Winners

Under 16 Colts

Division 2 League Winners

1st Team

Division 1 League Winners

Alex Jack Cup Runners Up

 


 

Tynecastle USA

Tynecastle International Football Club (TIFC) is a soccer club in Everett near Seattle, Washington USA. TIFC was founded in 2008 and has the support of the Tynecastle Football Club in Edinburgh, Scotland and desires to bring the rich history of Tynecastle to the youth of Snohomish County.

Both TIFC coaching Director David Hoggan (Hoggy to his close friends) and Tynecastle F C Chairman Douglas Dalgleish share a common desire to promote soccer with the respect and dignity that the game deserves. Hoggy will oversee the training and development of the youth programs bringing the experience of a lifetime of playing and coaching, at both youth and professional levels, into one club, Tynecastle International Football Club.

Both organisations maintain strong links. In 2008, 2 members of the Tynecastle Football Club travelled to Seattle for a ten day period to sample life of an American soccer player and in 2009 one member of the Tynecastle International Football Club travelled from Seattle to Edinburgh where he trained and played over a 3 week period.

The forward plan is to continue these exchanges whenever possible in the future.


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