New managers hope to take Vale to the top

Big changes have been made at amateur football club Vale of Girvan with the direct aim of taking the club to the top in their sphere.

The Vale enjoyed a dismal time last season and are set to play in the bottom tier of amateur football.

However, things are looking up for the side who play at Victory Park as a new look management team has come on board.

The team are set to be managed by Alec Clark, an ex-pro as well as former Girvan players Darren Mitchell and Stevie O’Donnell who have both left Cumnock for the challenge.

The Gazette spoke to the new management team before they put the team through their paces at a recent training session.

Stevie said: “This is about getting a team together full of local boys and giving the people of Girvan a team they can come and watch.

“We’ve just got Fraser Reid signed up from Dailly and John McMillan and David McVittie are here too so we’ve got a mix of experience and it’s coming together.”

Darren added: “We’re aiming for promotion this season and we’d be disappointed if we didn’t get that.

“Dailly and Crosshill get the support so we thought its about time Girvan got an amateur team to be proud of.”

Alec added: “We’re hoping to give people a team they want to come along and watch on a Saturday.

“We’re going to give youth a chance and play good football too.”

Vale of Girvan have also added ex Kilwinning player Hugh Brown as their kitman.

The team has been self-funded by John Stewart from the Victory Bar for several seasons and they hope that other Girvan businesses will come forward to support with sponsorship to ease the burden.

John and Bobby Armstrong have been joined on the committee by John Mitchell and Kevin Taylor as the Vale take their first steps on the road back.

The management team are confident they will have a squad of around 16 players when the season starts in next month.