Cambuslang Rangers Relegated to 2nd Division


It’s a sad old day for Cambuslang Rangers supporters, players management and committee as the faced their 2nd successive relegation, for the first time in their history. Dunipace 2-0 victory over Yoker condemned the Somervell Park side to the drop.


Manager Alan Wardlaw was as philosophical as ever when he had this to say “Sorry to be bearer of bad news but Dunipace beat Yoker tonight to officially relegate us.

Absolutely gutted but no point in crying over spilt milk, we take it on the chin and put everything into coming straight back up as champs next season.”


It’s going to very difficult for Cambuslang Rangers next season, as they try and attract players to the lower tier of Central Junior Football. It will be interesting to see who, if any, will remain at Somervell and be up for the fight to get the club back up to the first division and hopefully one day back in the Super League set up once again.


Wardlaw took over on the 9th January his record is Played 15 Won 5 Lost 10 Draw 0- 12 league points collected

Archers Record read                                         Played 14 Won 4 Lost 8   Draw  2- 4 League points collected

Shillady and Mailey Was                                    Played  7  Won 3* Lost 4 Draw  0- 9 League points collected

The 3 point deduction incurred for playing Leon Kondol cost the club much more than just 3 points.


The massive job Wardlaw faced proved just that bit too much and all the changes to the side failed to keep the team up, but only just.


The re-building starts now!!!!

More Comment and reaction soon


Exit For 2 Lang Players


With all the new faces arriving at Somervell it was inevitable that there would be players heading out of Somervell. The big surprise is Stevie O’Neil has asked away and his wish was granted by manager Alan Wardlaw.

“Stevie came to me and told me he was looking for regular football at this stage in his career, I couldn’t guarantee Stevie a regular game so we though it best for both parties if Stevie moved on. I admire the guy’s honesty and I wish him all the best at his new club, wherever that may be” Also moving on by mutual consent is keeper Martin Fusari.


Wardlaw Introduces 3 New Faces


New Cambuslang boss Alan Wardlaw has signed 3 players ahead of his first game in charge this weekend.

Billy Farmer, A centre half, Ex East Kilbride, Cambuslang and Shettleston

Kevin Coyle, A centre mid – Amateur ranks

Neil McKinnon, A midfielder – Ex Renfrew, Johnston Burgh, Hurlford and Cambuslang


Alan also hopes to announce a couple more after Saturday’s match


Wardlaw Unveiled As New Boss


Cambuslang Rangers have announced ex-keeper Alan Wardlaw will take over as Cambuslang Rangers manager. Wardlaw was among 7 candidates interviewed for the position and was appointed by a unanimous decision amongst the Cambuslang Committee. Alan, it is hoped will talk to the web site any day now and we will get his reaction to his dream job.



Manager Decision Expected Tuesday


Cambuslang Rangers have completed the interview of 7 candidates who applied for the position of Manager. Interviews were held at Somervell on Thursday. An announcement on the favoured candidate is expected on Tuesday 9th January. Among the contenders are current player Brian Martin, a late entry into the race, and ex-Lang keeper Alan Wardlaw, previously with Larkhall and now managing Muirend Amateurs and Dennis Curran ex Shettleston



New Forum Going Live


The Lang Online are going to be using a new message board. In the light of recent criticism of posters being anonymous I though this was the correct step to take. Posters must now be registered and I must know who they are before approving there membership. You can see it here


Lang Lose 3 Points For Kondol Error


At last nights Central Region Meeting Cambuslang Rangers were stripped of the 3 points and goals earned against Vale of Leven last month. Vale of Leven’s protest was upheld and Cambuslang also were hit with a £50 fine for their troubles.

It was much the expected outcome and Cambuslang are relieved that the fine was a manageable one.


3 Points Earned v Vale of Leven in Doubt.  Taken From Evening Times


IT'S less than a fortnight since homeless Rutherglen hailed Cambuslang for coming to their
rescue by agreeing a ground-sharing deal with
East Kilbride and Vale of Clyde.
But their temporary truce may be at an end following a weekend in which the Glens hit the Wee Gers with a double whammy that looks set to plunge them ever deeper into the relegation mire.
It was perfectly understandable for them to pull out all the stops in coming from 2-1 down in the latest
Somervell Park derby clash to clinch a 3-2 win.
But every bit as dramatic and damaging was the revealing of a colossal administrative gaffe that looks set to rob interim Lang bosses Archie Malley and Gary Shilliday of the three points earned from their first game in charge - the previous week- end's win at Vale of Leven.
It transpires that striker Leon Kondol - scorer of one of the goals - was still a registered Glencairn player until yesterday as his release papers were withheld to prevent him playing against his former team-mates.
So it follows that he was ineligible to feature as a trialist against the Vale, whose officials have allegedly submitted a written protest.
It might be hard on the Wee Gers, but their argument contending that a leading Glens official
verbally granted them permission to field Kondol is likely to fall on deaf ears when the West Region's ruling body next meets as the paperwork evidence is there for all to see.
If found culpable, the cash-strapped First Division outfit can, at best, expect to be stripped of all three points, thus plummeting them into second bottom place. But the added imposition of a punitive cash fine remains a possibility.
Maintaining his conscience is clear is Glens co-boss Scott Smith, who said: "
Leon is someone Willie Patterson and myself rate highly, so we would have much preferred him to stay on here.
"However, his insistence on needing to play regularly led to us agreeing to his request to join Cambuslang about 10 days ago, but it was made clear that we would not process his release papers until after Saturday's derby."
HE ADDED: "We would have been absolutely crucified by our supporters had he lined up in opposition and maybe scored a goal or two. "Neither Willie nor myself were ever asked if we had any objections to Leon turning out against the Vale as we knew such a move is not allowed."


Players Wanting Away


Cambuslang Rangers players Andrew Noble, Chris Faulds and Chris Donnelly have all asked for transfers out of Somervell Park. The trio asked away after being left out of the starting line up in the game v Vale of Leven. It is understood Faulds is attracting interest from a number of clubs with Lanark a likely destination and Noble maybe joining Forth Wanderers. No news on Donnelly yet.

The Lang Online would like to wish the trio all the bst at their new clubs.


Ex-Lang Players Pass Away


Just to inform you of the passing of my uncle Tom Docherty, on Saturday, possibly Cambuslang Rangers' (previously) oldest living former player. Tom (Tommy) , in his mid-eighties played for the wee 'gers in his teens & gained honours for Scotland at schoolboy level. He signed for Dunfermline after the wee 'gers but did not make the grade at professional level. His son Benny also played for Cambuslang Rangers and was a beaten Scottish Junior Cup finalist with them in the early sixties when Johnstone Burgh won the final. Benny played in that great team at inside left where together with Eddie Cavanagh, they spearheaded the strike force. Benny signed for Notts County from the 'lang before moving to Australia.
Coincidentally, Benny, now living in
England, is home for a holiday and was staying with his father at Craigallan Avenue, Halfway at the weekend. Benny returned from watching Cambuslang Rangers on Saturday to find his father dead.
Tommy's other son Danny, currently enroute from
Australia, also played successfully for Cambuslang Rangers in the eighties before signing for Morton.
Playing for the wee 'gers , it could be said, was part of the Docherty
Benny McLaughlin

70’s Legend Passes Away

Last Wednesday (18 October 2006), the funeral of ex-Cambuslang player, Tommy Sturgeon,  was held at Linn Crematorium.

Tommy was part of the great 70s teams.  Tommy won two Scottish Cup winners medals in 1971 and 1972.

Chairman Willie Miller attended the service on the club's behalf.  The club would wish to pass on its condolences to Tommy's family.


Cambuslang Rangers Manager Resigns


CAMBUSLANG Rangers boss Scott Archer resigned on Monday night after 17
months in the post.
Scott, who had been assistant to previous manager Andy Cunningham, stepped down due to a promotion at work and the need to spend time with his family.
The club have appointed coaches Archie Malley and Gary Shilliday as caretaker managers for the foreseeable future.

A statement released by the club said: “At a meeting held on Monday night, Scott Archer resigned as manager of the club.

“Scott stated he had just been promoted at his work and along with family commitments, found it too difficult to give 100 per cent to the club.
“The club tried to persuade Scott to stay, but eventually, with much regret, accepted his resignation.

“The club would like to thank Scott for all the work he has put into the manager’s role, and wish him good luck should he decide to return to the junior game.

Talking exclusively to the Reformer, Scott said: “Things have been building up over the last few weeks.
“I’ve just taken on a new job, which will see me working at weekends, which is a big commitment, on top of my family and my football, but something had to give.
“I was going straight from my work to training, and not getting in till late, then with the new work commitments, I wasn’t having much time with my family. I had to drop something.

“I’ve been doing this new job for about three weeks now, and I wasn’t making it to training on time, so it’s the right thing for me to do now.
“I was talking to my wife last night about the management job at work, and then in football, which was always a hobby. But becoming a manager means it suddenly becomes a lot more serious than just playing.

“I’m off on holiday this week, and I’m getting the chance to spend more time with the kids, which is great. Last Saturday I took them swimming in the morning, then was away for football for the rest of the day, which is difficult when you’ve a young family.

“I’d always said to the club that if I couldn’t give them 100 per cent commitment, then I would leave, and unfortunately that’s what’s had to happen.
“I spoke to the chairman Billy Miller about everything, but I’ve decided to go, and leave the club on good terms.”


Scott insists that his departure was not driven by results that have seen the Lang beaten in both the Scottish Cup and West of Scotland Cup, following relegation from the super league last season, and an indifferent start to the current league campaign.


He said: “These are the big two cup competitions and I was so disappointed to go out of them at the first hurdle.
“I never went into the manager’s job to get this club relegated or go out the cups early - I wanted to win every game, as I’ve had a winning mentality all through my playing career, and sometime it’s hard to put that across to the players, who don’t know that much about the junior game.
“There’s nothing worse than getting beaten on a Saturday, and when it’s your team that you’ve picked, it’s even worse.
“We’ve suffered a lot of inconsistency - one week we’ve looked good and going in the right direction, and then it’s back to square one the next.
“I hope Cambuslang can find a good replacement for me - be it Archie and Gary, who I wish all the best, or someone else.
“I hope this club can go on to bigger and better things, and get back to the top of junior football, and I wish Billy Miller and everyone else the success they really do deserve.”

11 Aug 2006

Lang Launch 2 New Strips


Cambuslang Rangers have launched 2 new strips for the coming season.

I hope to have better quality photographs soon.


You can register your interest in buying these tops by dropping me a line at

It is hope that if there is enough interest then the club will be ordering and are expected to retail around the £20-00 mark


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22 July 2006

Boss: Result wasn’t important by Kenny Smith of Reformer

CAMBUSLANG Rangers boss Scott Archer isn’t reading too much into his side’s 3-1 defeat in their first pre-season friendly.

The boss insisted it was more important that his revamped side - which featured just two players from last season - improved their match fitness and familiarity with each other.

Despite their loss to Shettleston, Scott’s still looking on the bright side, taking other positives from the game.

Scott said: “We weren’t so much looking for the result, as just getting the guys to play together was important.

“For the first 20 minutes we were at allsorts, indecisive in going for the first ball, and we lost two sloppy goals in the first five minutes.

“It was just slack - the whole team weren’t going with their runners to start with.

“But after 20 minutes, we changed it to three at the back, with a sitting midfielder, and after that, we were the better team for the remaining 70 minutes.

“We had a few chances, and kept the ball well.

“I was delighted with the way things went - although it wasn’t a great result, we were concentrating on upping the fitness.

“It was more or less a new team - only Graham McCracken played last season, then Chris Faulds came on as a second half sub. So, from 18 players last year, only two were involved on Saturday.“

The Lang will be missing several of their more experienced players over the next few weeks with holiday commitments keeping them away from Somervell.

Scott said: “Once the season starts properly, we’ll have more familiar faces back in the team.

“We didn’t have much experience out on Saturday, but we know it’s coming back over the next few weeks.

“We’ll have a few trialists out over the next few games - that’s what this time’s for. Our goal on Saturday came from Ian Rankin, a trialist, and when we were 2-1 down we went chasing it, with three up front. They hit us on the break and got their third.”

The Lang also had experienced former Partick Thistle, Brechin City and Clyde keeper Kevin Budinauckas playing in goals.

Scott said: “He did alright, but for an experienced player, he’s carrying a bit of extra weight just now.

“He isn’t looking as mobile as Dougie Calder was for us last season, so we may have to look elsewhere, but I’ll speak to Bud and see what the score is with him.”

This weekend, the Lang make their annual trip to Ayrshire for the Irvine Meadow challenge match.

Scott said: “It’s always a good tournament to play in, and it will give the players a lift knowing there’s some silverware at stake.

“Again, I’m just looking to get the guys together again, and if we get the result, great, but if not, it’s not the end of the world.

“We’ll be a few short again, but we’ll definitely be giving it our best shot.”



16 July 2006

Lang In Pre-Season Defeat by Jim Logan


Cambuslang Rangers kicked off pre-season with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Shettleston on Saturday. The result was the last thing on Scott Archers mind as he tries to get his squad ready for the big Kick Off. Cambuslang had trialist keeper Kevin Budinaukas ex-Pollok in goal and the keeper found himself picking the ball out of the net twice in the opening 5 minutes. More When I Get It


13 July 2006

Injury set Back For Lang Skipper Noble by Jim Logan

Cambuslang Rangers have been handed an injury scare ahead of the new season. Club captain Andrew Noble seems certain to miss the start of the new season after sustaining injury during pre-season training.

Andrew Continues “I injured my self and seem to have pulled a muscle in my calf. I haven’t been able to train for over a week now.”  I don’t know how long the injury will take to clear up. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can join the pre-season training again”


Andrew has the problem now of what has been a problem for some time at Somervell, and that is, no Physio on hand to advise or guide the Lang Skipper.


Andrew hopes to be back training with his all new team mates soon…


9 July 2006

Lang start to shape up Report by Kenny Smith of The Reformer

CAMBUSLANG Rangers boss Scott Archer watched his new-look side come together for the first time on Saturday.

With some of his experienced players from last season having re-signed for the year ahead, they were joined by his new summer signings.

The squad gathered in Cambuslang public park in the same week the club had their opening sectional league cup fixtures confirmed.

The Lang’s season will kick off on August 2 when they take on Vale of Clyde, before hosting Glencairn three days later. They have no match on August 9, and then face East Kilbride Thistle away on August 12. The final sectional league cup game sees the Lang face Blantyre Vics on August 12.

Scott said: “I’ll miss the Glencairn, East Kilbride and Blantyre games as I’ll be on holiday, but I’ll be back for the first league game.


“We’re at home to Port Glasgow in the first game, but we won’t be taking anything for granted - we’ve got to work hard, no matter who we’re playing.

“The hard work got underway on Saturday and I was really pleased with the turnout we had, with some new faces joining some of our other players.

“We had a good session on Saturday, and another on Monday, so it’s giving everyone the chance to get to know each other.

“We had two more players re-signing for us on Monday, when Andy Noble and Chris Faulds signed.

“I’m pleased young Chris has signed up, as he’d been training with Arthurlie and there had been a bit of interest in him.

“He’s now had a full season under his belt, so hopefully he can come out of his shell a bit in the new season. If he’s got the right support, he’ll do well.

“We’re still looking to bring in another striker, hopefully we’ll have that sorted by Saturday, and another goalkeeper - I’ve always said we need to have two keepers in competition for the one place.

“I’m hoping to get a left back signed this week, but I don’t want to say too much just yet.”

Scott’s relieved that he’s got the spine of his team in place, so he can flesh it out as the season progresses.

He said: “It’s going to be a newer team than I’d thought we’d start with, but we’ve still got some experienced guys, and have added to it with a lot of amateur boys.

“But some of them are coming to us with a bit of experience from the junior and senior game, so it’s not just any old amateurs we’ve brought in. Hopefully, we can take a few teams by surprise.”

27 June 2006

Archer Upbeat As Squad Begins To Take Shape Report by Kenny Smith of The Reformer

Cambuslang Rangers are beginning to put a squad together for the season ahead. CAMBUSLANG Rangers have finally got the core of their squad for the new season assembled. After several weeks of frustration for boss Scott Archer, the Lang are finally getting together their squad as they bid to bounce straight back up to super league division one at the first attempt. The playing pool has been bolstered by several players from Dalziel Amateurs, who have come to Somervell Park with new club coach Gary Shilliday.
Scott said: “I’ve actually got quite a few players signed up, and it was just a matter of time to get them together and getting it done. “We’ve now got nine players signed up, in addition to Brian Martin, Stevie O’Neil and Graham McCracken. I’ve also spoken to our captain Andy Noble, and he’s decided to give it one more season, which I’m delighted with, so he should re-sign on Saturday, along with Kerr Gray. “A few weeks ago I was pretty down as last year’s squad were going elsewhere, but I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started with Gary joining myself and Archie Malley as coach. “We’ve brought in goalkeeper Andy Eadie from Dalziel, along with Davie Carson, Chris Doyle, Robert White and Gary McGuigan. “I’ve got Ryan Meechan, who was at Dundee United last season before they released him. He stays in Hamilton, so I’m pleased he’s with us.
“Willie Binnie is coming to us from Harthill, and I’m glad to have him on board. “Richie Love is also coming back. He’s had a couple of spells with the club before. “Last season, I felt he was out of his league a wee bit, but he’s gone away and done well with Dalziel, and now he’s back on board. “Richie seems to have been around forever, but he’s still a young guy in his early 20s, but I’ve said to him, it’s a chance to show what he can do again. “He went away and scored a few goals, and got his confidence back. He’s scored a few goals for us here before, and I’m sure he can again. “He’s definitely got something - I won’t underestimate him, and it’s a fresh start for everyone.” Richard said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back, as everybody knows down at Cambuslang I never did want to leave, but for my own benefit I had to leave to get games under my belt. “That's were Gary Shilliday came in, he helped me get myself back on track by taking me down to Dalziel, put his faith in me and I paid him back by helping the team go on and win the league. Gary is a manager I have a lot of trust in and is someone who will back you up 100 per cent, and puts great effort into the team. “I've never met someone with such a desire to win than him. Last season Gaz played me in various different positions across the team, which again did wonders for me and got my confidence sky high. “He moved me back up front with six games to go and I banged in 10 goals in the push for the title, and finished with 14 for the half season that I played. “The atmosphere in the Dalziel dressing room has been one of the best I have been involved in, everybody is out to fight for each other and they are all winner's, a great bunch of lads. “That's me won two titles in the last four seasons, one with Cambuslang. I’m getting a taste for it now and I’m hungry for loads more success. “It's long overdue for me to perform at Cambuslang the way I did at the start of my first season with the club, with the introduction of Gary to help Scott, I’m confident they will get the best out of me and I’m counting the days until the start of the season.”
Scott is pleased with the way his squad is coming together, after having to chop and change during the transfer window in January. He said: “We’ve got some good experienced players, especially at the back, and we’re bringing in younger players who will be able to make the difference for us. “We’re playing in guys from Dalziel who’ve got high standards in amateur football, and I’m sure that will transfer into junior football. “Last season we did particularly well from February onwards, and that was when we started to get a happier dressing room. We’ve a good mix of guys who know each other from playing here last season, and from Dalziel, so that’s a good start. “I really can’t wait to get started now. “Pre-season training begins in Cambuslang public park this Saturday, so it’s going to give us our first chance to get everyone together and start to build for the future.”

20 June 2006

Another Player Quits Somervell Park by Jim Logan

Cambuslang Defender Stewart Taylor Is The Next Person To Join The Somervell Exodus. Taylor, who was in his second spell rejected the chance to sign on at Somervell for another year and instead choose to join another of his former clubs, Larkhall Thistle. The chance to continue playing in the Super League Set Up was too good an opportunity to turn down. Stewart will also take on the role as a coach with the club. He also joins the many players who have left Somervell in recent years to go to Larkhall with ex-Lang keeper Alan Wardlaw.

15th JUNE 2006

Squad Building Not Going To Plan!! Report by Kenny Smith of The Reformer

CAMBUSLANG Rangers boss Scott Archer could go into the new season with his worst nightmare coming true.

Scott was faced with the headache when the majority of the club’s playing pool left Somervell Park, unhappy at the way previous boss Andy Cunningham had been axed.

But to date, just two of last season’s squad have signed on the dotted line for the 2006-07 season, when the Lang will bid to bounce back from relegation at the first attempt.

Scott had hoped to get several players signed up on Monday night, but it was not to be.

He said: “It was quite disappointing, as I’ve only got two players signed up. So far, I’ve only got Brian Martin and Graham McCracken for next season.

I’ve still to speak to another four or five of them, but Iain McAdam, Graeme Gallacher and Paul Gilroy have all been freed to find new clubs. We’d already released Stevie McGovern.

“Stuart Irons is away to Petershill, which is a great signing for them. I’d love to have kept him but he more or less said he wanted to play at a higher level, and I don’t mind that.

“He came in and did a job for us, so you can’t fault the young guy. He’s got ambitions to play in the bigger leagues, but who knows, he could be back if we get promoted again.

“I’ve still to speak to Andy Noble, who I’ve given an extra week as he more or less said he didn’t know what he was going to do next season, so I want to leave him till last.

“He said at the player of the year night he might retire, as he felt his legs weren’t getting any younger, but I’ll give him an extra week to make his mind up and then speak to him.

“Derek Anderson is away on holiday for a couple of weeks, so I’ll hopefully speak to him when he comes back to find out what he’s wanting to do.

“Stewart Taylor has had an offer to go to Larkhall, and Kerr Gray has been offered a contract by Arthurlie. Chris Faulds stalled last night, as he hasn’t made his mine up yet.

“It was quite disappointing from my point of view, as I thought we were going to have the guys signed up last night.

“There’s going to be a deadline set for them to sign up - if they don’t, then the door will be closed and we’ll go and look elsewhere.

“We didn’t want to have to start afresh all over again, but it looks like that could happen, and I’m going to have eight or nine guys in for talks next week.

“Hopefully, that will be 11 signed up next week, including a goalkeeper, and from there, I’ll be looking for another seven players to fill out the squad to bring us up to 18.

“I don’t want extra guys coming along for pre-season - last year we had something like 30 players in, and that’s just too many. I want to get our squad settled before the new season begins.”

A plus for Scott is that former Raith Rovers defender Gary Shilliday is joining the club’s coaching staff.

Scott said: “Gary was with us for pre-season last year, so he knows the club. He went to Dalziel Amateurs and had a cracking season over there, and really took the amateur game by storm.

“This guy is a winner - he wants to win every week, and he’s got plenty of experience from his time in the senior game.

“He’s a friend of mine, and a work colleague, and from his days in the senior game, he’s got a lot to offer.

Gary has a lot of good contacts in the amateur game, and we’ll put our heads together to see what we can do. We’ll bounce off each other.

“Going down the amateur road is something we have to do, as it’s well known there’s not much money around just now.

“He will take control of our pre-season, and that’ll let me take a step back and overlook it all.“

Cambuslang Rangers are set to start their pre-season training in two weeks.