The new season was to start with the team playing in a non competitive league format for the first time. The league was part of the East Renfrewshire association (ERSDA) and the games each week (2 games of 30 mins) were played at Overlee. The first week proved to be a new experience for the boys with 2 narrow defeats. However in the next 16 league games before Xmas, the team won 14 and drew 2, including one week where they scored 35 goals (with Scott scoring 14 ) without loss in the 2 games. For this first half of the season the team of players were the 9 from end of last season (Callum, Jojo, Scott, Michael, the 3 Pauls, Don and Sam) and in goals occasionally was Darren. Also during this period, Duncan had coaching assistance from Tam-H and Jimmy-D.
The team also visited Soccer Circus in Xscape (Oct 2006) and had a great time getting personal training off Liverpool football legends, Kevin Keegan and Peter Cormack [refer to Events page for further details]. The football played by the boys was sensational at times and Kevin commented how skilful the boys were for such a young age. The good passing football style would continue after the Xmas shutdown. At this point Darren had left but another Darren joined as goalkeeper and he proved to be the find of the season with some excellent and brave performances. During the second half of the season Jojo's dad, David-M, helped out with the coaching. During this session the team were to play another 22 league games with 15 wins, 4 draws and only 3 defeats. So the league was to finish with a record of 29 wins, 6 draws and 5 defeats. A tremendous display by all the boys throughout the season.
During the season the team also played a number of friendlies against teams from the Johnstone and District league and also took part in (and won) the Erskine Festival, where Sam done a highly entertaining goal celebration [Michael Jackson does not have a look-in]. At the end of the season, the team also had their Player of the Year awards. For this season, Scott managed to win both Player of the Year and Players Player, a great achievement being recognised by both coach and fellow players. One of the main highlights of the season happened on 30th May, as the team played a friendly match on their excellent new facilities at Braehead, with the team winning comfortably and Scott getting the accolades for scoring the first goal on the pitch. During the close season Jojo, one of the originals, and his dad, assistant coach Davie, left to join the younger Mojams team.
The following photos are of the team at a charity event at Lourdes Secondary and at the Player of the Year awards (with Duncan).
Back row: Scott, Callum, Don, Darren, Jojo, Paul MacM. Back row: Sam, Callum, Don, Jojo, Darren.
Front row: Paul McG, Sam, Michael, Paul McC. Front row: Michael, Paul McG, Scott, Paul McC, Paul MacM.
The new season started with the boys moving from the ERSDA league to the more challenging Johnstone and District league. The team flew out of the blocks and won their first 2 league games. Soon after came the highlight of the season, as all Harmony Row Junior Development teams spent the weekend in Manchester, where the boys got a tour of Old Trafford and took part in a highly entertaining but competitive festival against our compatriots from Ashton-on-Mersey. The league season had its ups and downs as the boys continued to play good football but also struggling at times against the stronger, quicker and older teams (our team had six 99 boys in the squad of 9). Another low point before Xmas was Paul McG leaving to join Jojo at Mojams 99's. However the good news before Xmas was the recruitment of Ross and Graeme, both coming from the Mojams, and Davie-F [Callum's dad] bringing his valuable coaching experience to assist Duncan. Around April another original, Don, took his goalscoring boots elsewhere as he also joined Mojams 99's.
In the latter part of the season the team were invited to take part in the Gourock First Touch Annual Soccer Festival at Cappielow, home of Greenock Morton. This was a great experience for the boys playing on a professional football pitch. Although the scores were not too great, the boys finished on a high winning the last game 5-0 [refer to Events page for further details]. The end of year awards took place in the new clubhouse at Braehead, with Player of the Year award going to Paul McC and Players' Player going to Callum. Sam also earned a merit award, so well done to all 3 boys for their performances throughout the season. Unfortunately this was also Callum's last involvement with the team, as he moved on to join St Mirren FC 99's, and Davie left as coach. During the league season the boys had a very respectable record, playing 32 games, winning half of them, losing 15 and drawing only the one.
The following photos were taken in Manchester United's dressing room and at Cappielow, Greenock.
In the middle of the summer, Harmony Row decided to form a 1999 team. Duncan would be the head coach of this team and it resulted in our 3 remaining 99 boys, Sam, Paul McC and Darren staying behind and being the backbone of this new team. Good luck to Duncan and the boys in their new adventure in the 99 league. The other outcome of the team split was for Joe D, who previously helped Duncan and Davie, and Alec G to become the new coaching team. The remaining boys from last season were Paul MacM, Michael, Scott, Ross, Graeme and Jack (who joined near the end of last season from Mojams]. However prior to the first friendly on 16th Aug, 2 new boys, Josh and Mark, have joined. They both helped the new team to get off to a good start with Graeme scoring the first goal and the boys scoring nine. With the league season set to start on 6th Sept, let the new and exciting adventure begin!!