Kyle McAvoy

SPONSORED BY: UNISON – Show Racism the Red Card and James Latta Plumbing

JOINED TALBOT: October 2023

D.O.B:  04/08/2000

TALBOT DEBUT: 21/10/2023, Away to Port Glasgow Juniors, West of Scotland Cup, won 2-0


FORMER TEAMS: Bonnyton Thistle

Ross Urquhart

SPONSORED BY:  Tom and Kevin Brown, Tyler and Karl 

JOINED TALBOT: October 2023

D.O.B: 18/03/1998

TALBOT DEBUT: 21/10/2023. Away v Port Glasgow Juniors, West of Scotland Cup, won 2-0


FORMER TEAMS: Darvel, Irvine Meadow

Jamie Glasgow

SPONSORED BY:  Unison, Show Racism the Red Card, Leighton McBlain 

JOINED TALBOT: July 2017 – September 2022. REJOINED TALBOT: October 2023

D.O.B: 27/11/1993

TALBOT DEBUT: 02/08/2017 v Glenafton Athletic, League Cup, Home, Lost 1-0

FIRST TALBOT GOAL: v 09/08/2017 v Lugar Boswell Thistle, League Cup, Away, Won 5-0

FORMER TEAMS: Darvel, Auchinleck Talbot, Camelon, East Stirling

St. Andrews United v Auchinleck Talbot


Report: Jim McAuley, Photography: Craig McGhee, Media: Lee Conn.

Talbot crashed out of the Scottish Cup in the same way as their season has progressed so far. No fire power saw them lose to a club a tier below them and although they dominated for large parts of the match they had all the cutting edge of a broken milk carton. It seems fitting that in a university town they were schooled in the art of scoring, made worse by the fact it was St Andrews first attempt on goal for a full hour. All credit to the Fife outfit, they battled relentlessly shaking off their underdog mantle to inflict Talbot’s worst result since they were allowed to participate in the competition.

Talbot had made a couple of changes with Wilson moving back into left back while the midfield was re-jigged to accommodate the absent Wardrope.  The first real chance was when Smith broke down the right wing but before any damage was done Reekie put in a telling tackle. From the resultant throw in Park picked out Smith who in turn made a short pass to Thomson who although under pressure got the ball back to Park and his telling through ball got to the feet of Smith and after a dip of the shoulder  he got past the saints defence but his superb ball across the path of the keeper saw no takers. Talbot fashioned a decent attack when Wilson played a well hit pass to Langan who was quick to pick out  the unmarked Boyle, that after surging forward sprayed the ball wide to Thomson who decided to let the ball run into the corner of the pitch before sweeping past Cunningham but over hit the ball and was booked for a lunge on Shields.

After this the game turned into a midfield battle that provided little entertainment for the decent crowd that had turned up, and by the end of 45 minutes both goalies had little to do.

The second half  saw Talbot on attack when Armstrong robbed McManus in the middle of the pitch and pumped a high ball to nobody in particular. The goalie looked to have the ball covered at the edge of his box but the ball took a wicked bounce forcing the him to palm the ball in the air but when going to punch it he looked to have hit Smith in the face, but referee Ross Donaldson showed little interest. The Talbot support let out a mighty roar when they thought they had opened the scoring when a long ball by Slooves was headed into the path of Smith by Saints defender Milkne where the striker was quick enough to pick out Boylan who swept a superb ball to Boyle inside the box but his shot from about 12 yards was superbly saved by Brodie.

Shortly after Boylan went in the book after he climbed for Slooves high ball just outside of the box where Milkne went down clutching his face and the referee decided on a card. Although dominating long parts of the game the sucker punch came from a Talbot throw-in. Wilson’s throw was headed back down the pitch by Collins into the path of McPherson where his ball up the pitch was headed by Roche into the path of McManus where the Saints player was not shut down quickly enough and was allowed to swing a speculative ball from some 35 yards over the top of McPherson and onto the head of Andrews who gave Glavin no chance. The Talbot support on the hedge side of the ground were incensed by the linesman who seemed not to have kept up with play and missed a call for offside, but in all honesty it was wishful thinking as Andrews had timed his run to perfection. The biggest disappointment in the goal was why McManus was allowed to get the ball in the box in the first place.

As expected Talbot made a go of it and when Langan grafted for a loose ball to get Smith on his way, the player picked out Thomson who curled a great shot just past the post with Brodie beaten. Smith was the next player in the book as he was disposed by Milkne and decided to lash out in frustration which left the defender crumpled in a heap.

As time ticked away to quickly Talbot replaced Park, Thomson and Langan with Boyd, Gillies and Abed and shortly after McMillan replaced Boyle. Talbot had half a chance when a long throw by McMillan saw Brodie flap at the ball when under pressure from McPherson but it was scrambled away after there were no Talbot takers for the loose ball. Goalscorer Andrews got himself booked for tugging McPherson back when the big defender got first dibs on a loose ball.

The tiredness was starting to show when Armstrong went into the book followed by Sawyers. The Fifers should have had the game wrapped up on the 95th minute when another long throw by McMillan cased panic in the Saints box but when it was finally cleared it was passed  to the unmarked Lorimer who ran 40 yards towards goals chased by Gillies but struck his shot poorly giving Glavin the chance to stop the ball with his leg. The final whistle followed seconds later which saw scenes of jubilation for the home support as their club had reached the second round for the first time, meanwhile the travelling support trudged to their transport with the knowledge that Meadow’s win at New Cumnock had destined Talbot to the bottom of the league.



St Andrews: Brodie, Milkne, Cunningham, Reekie, McManus, Sawyers, Sneddon, Roche, Shields, Collins, Andrews. SUBS: Halliday, McGlashan, Kennedy, Greenhill, Dignan, Lorimer, Grant.

Talbot: Glavin, Park, Wilson, McPherson. Slooves, Langan, Boyle, Armstrong, Boylan, Smith, Thomson. SUBS: Boyd, McMillan, Abed, Gillies, Black, Hendry, Kennedy, McCracken. Lennox.




St Andrews United

Wigtown & Bladnoch v Auchinleck Talbot


Report: Murray Steele, Photography: Craig McGhee, Media: Lee Conn.

The skewed nature of Scotland’s pyramid was there for all to see as Talbot ruthlessly over-ran Wigtown – hitting 12 to no reply with the home side unable to manage an effort at goal in 90 minutes.

The pattern for the game was set in the 1st minute when Talbot took an early lead. Armstrong shoved it out wide left to Gillies who hung a cross up to the back post. McClachan spilled it and the ball broke to CONNOR BOYD who tapped in from close range.

A minute later Talbot won a penalty. Thomson raced onto a ball only to be wiped out by the keeper and the ref pointed to the spot. Smith took it but McClachan guessed right and dived low to his right to keep it out.

In the 6th minute Talbot won their second spot kick. Smith went on a mazey run down the left of the area before being up-ended by Landers. ROSS SMITH again took it but this time sent the keeper the wrong way to put Talbot 2-0 ahead.

Two mins later Talbot made it 3-0. A corner from the left was only cleared as far as Langan and he crossed it to the back post where Armstrong’s header was sliced into his own net by HENDERSON.

Langan nearly got on the score sheet in the 10th minute. Thomson sped down the wing and cut it back into his path and his low drive came off the base of the left hand post.

A minute later Thomson again got in behind the defence and cut it back to Boyd who fired over the bar.

The chances kept coming and next up Langan cut in off the left and curled a cross onto the head of Thomson whose glancing header was well-held by McClachan.

The keeper did well again in the 17th minute to tip away Thomson’s lob that looked destined for the roof of the net.

In the 18th minute Talbot made it 4-0. A corner from the left found Slooves at the back post and his header back across goal beat the keeper but was bundled off the line by a defender at the post. It came out to CONNOR BOYD who nodded home from close range.

CONNOR BOYD completed his hat-trick in the 24th minute when he ran onto Langan’s pass through the defence and fired it into the top corner.

In the 35th minute Talbot made it 6-0. Gillies dribbled into the box and fired a shot on target. The keeper kept it out but couldn’t hold it and CONNOR BOYD tapped in the rebound.

The one-way traffic continued and 4 minutes from the break Langan’s dummy created space for Boyle inside the area but his shot was parried away by McClachan.

On the stroke of half-time Talbot won a corner that Slooves met in the area. His header broke back to Langan whose low drive came back off the post.

With the game long since won Talbot made 3 changes at the interval with Langan, Thomson & Boyle making way for Wardrope, Black & Abed. The home side also made a couple of changes with Henderson & McIntyre being replaced by Nish & McLaughlin.

Talbot continued where they’d left off and grabbed their 7th within a minute of the re-start. McClachan came off his line to punch clear a cross from the left and it came straight out to ROSS SMITH who steered it inside the left post.

Two minutes later Talbot made it 8-0. Black gathered on the left before cutting it back toward MICHAEL WARDROPE who crashed it into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

The Bot’s next chance came in the 51st minute when Black swept a good cross beyond the back post where Boyd headed into the side-netting.

In the 53rd minute Talbot won a free kick just outside the penalty area that Wardrope fired low on target. The keeper blocked it but couldn’t hold it but recovered well to deny Abed as he tried to force home the rebound.

Talbot won their 3rd penalty of the afternoon with 58 mins gone. Black was caught just inside the box and ROSS SMITH stepped up to slot it home for his hat-trick.

Talbot now made further changes with Boyd & Armstrong making way for Lennox & McMillan.

McMillan nearly added to Talbot’s total in the 69th minute when he met a corner from the left but his header came off the woodwork before being cleared off the line.

Two minutes later Talbot were again denied by the frame of the goal. Smith cut in off the left and drove it across the box where it came to Wardrope. He stepped inside his man and tried to place it but his shot came back off the crossbar.

Talbot’s next attack saw Black tripped just outside the penalty area. Wardrope took it and his ball into the centre was met by Gillies whose header was well-saved by the keeper. The rebound came to Park but he fired over from close range.

The Bot reached double figures with quarter of an hour remaining. Lennox came in off the left and curled a cross over where TARIK ABED dived to head it past the advancing keeper to make it 10.

Wigtown now made a further change with Murray Henderson on for Hoskins.

In the 77th minute Black slipped a good pass through into the path of McMillan who directed it on target but didn’t catch it cleanly and the keeper made a comfortable save.

With 10 minutes remaining Wardrope had to leave the field due to a head knock with Kennedy on in his place.

Three minutes after coming on RYAN KENNEDY made it 11-0. The keeper managed to get a hand to his shot from 16 yards but couldn’t prevent it flying into the back of the net.

Four minutes from time Lennox carried the ball forward unchallenged and drilled a shot on goal that McClachan pushed wide for the corner. When the corner came over Abed met it but sent his header over the bar.

The rout was complete in the 90th minute. Black slid the ball to Gillies on the overlap and he pulled a cross back for RYAN KENNEDY to guide a free header home to make the final score 12-0.

Next week it’s back to Beechwood where Talbot face Arthurlie in the league.

Wigtown & Bladnoch – McClachan, Cluckie, Matthew Henderson, Landers, McColm, Allan, Hoskins, Jamieson, Moore, Cloy, McIntyre

Subs – Agnew, Kennedy, Murray Henderson, Lowrie, Kirk, Nish, Brown, McLaughlin

Auchinleck Talbot – Glavin, Park, Gillies, Slooves, McPherson, Langan, Boyle, Armstrong, Boyd, Smith, Thomson

Subs – Black, Wardrope, Lennox, McMillan, Abed, Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy

SPONSORED BY: John & Robbie Dunlop, Thistle Cabs Group.


D.O.B: 26/08/2005

TALBOT DEBUT: 29/07/2023 v Pollok WOSL Premier Division. Lost 1-0

FIRST TALBOT GOAL: v Wigtown & Bladnoch, Scottish Cup Preliminary Round 2, 02/09/2023, won 12-0.


Ewan Thomson

SPONSORED BY: Willie Young Loyal Supporters Club

POSITION: Midfield/Defence


D.O.B: 02/12/2004

TALBOT DEBUT: 29/07/2023 v Pollok, WOSL Premier Division. Lost 1-0

FIRST COMPETITIVE GOAL: 02/08/2023 v Gartcairn, WOSL Premier Division

FORMER CLUBS: St Mirren U18’s, St Mirren B, Cowdenbeath (Loan)

Aidan Glavin

SPONSORED BY: Billy Blackmore

POSITION: Goalkeeper


D.O.B: 14/05/2005

TALBOT DEBUT: 29/07/2023 v Pollok WOSL Premier Division. Lost 1-0


FORMER CLUBS: Kilmarnock U18, Beith Juniors (Loan)

Fraser McMillan

SPONSORED BY: Tam & Liz McMillan  

POSITION: Defender


D.O.B: 13/05/1999

TALBOT DEBUT: St Cadocs, WOSL Premier League, 02/08/2023, Lost 2-1


FORMER CLUBS: Irvine Meadow