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With help from Scotmid and the Jamie Skinner Foundation we are launching an appeal for
funds to purchase a defibrillator to be located on the Scotmid store opposite Colinton Mains

Our fundraising activities will get underway on our annual FunDay event on Saturday 20 June
with a bucket collection - help us reach our goal and provide our players, their families and
our coaches with this invaluable piece of life saving equipment.

More fundraising news will be released as soon as possible
Please give generously!

If you would like to donate immediately please contact us on
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Some of Our Soccer 7s Stars Get the Campaign Underway
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Coach Billy McEvoy has been working hard behind the scenes co-ordinating the appeal with
our Committee and Scotmid/JSF: "AC Oxgangs FC is committed to purchasing a defibrillator for
use by the entire community and we are appealing to everyone, including our existing
sponsors, to help us achieve our goal as soon as possible.

A terrific response from everyone who attended our FunDay
(including our brave soak-a-coach participants!)
who raised almost £200 towards our appeal.

We'll be releasing more news on our campaign shortly.
In the meantime if you would like to pledge a donation please contact



Our 2001s held their end of season Lads vs Dads fixture.
Let's just say the Dads didn't win!

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RBS Community Cashback Award

Our 2001s are delighted and grateful for the continuing funding received from the
Royal Bank of Scotland as part of their Community Cashback scheme.

Thanks to the Sayers family for organising this!



Iain Middleton

Iain Middleton

After ten years of coaching with ACO and a further season of tweeting 'live' from the touchline
on our U19's roller-coaster of a season, Iain has finally decided to call it a day and return to a
'normal' way of life!

"Iain has been the backbone of so much in the boys’ football it's hard to know where to start. He's the
sort of 'sweeper' of the management function - will do anything/everything whatever it takes to get the
boys out there and having fun."

A presentation was made to Iain at half-time during the U19's Cup winning finale on 6 June at
New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg and he admits that when he heard his name being announced
over the tannoy his first reaction was that his car was about to be towed away!

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Harry Smith of the South East Region YFA kindly made the presention on behalf of the club
who thanked Iain for his effort and commitment by presenting him with a bottle of whisky and
a photo book of his time with ACO from soccer-sevens through to the present day.

"Iain, you have a lovely sense & balance of fairness, equality, sportsmanship and everything else that
goes into your approach to football, and of course 'winning' gets a mention in that list also".

In addition to his coaching duties Iain was also the author of dozens of match reports over the
years - several of his efforts from the U14s era are still available in the Club Archives which you
can view here ...

"As a man of many talents, the highlight over the years has to be his weekly match reports until he
retired from sports journalism, but I am grateful we never needed more than a plaster out of his
infamous medical bag."

We'll leave the last word to Iain: "For me, the presentation made the whole day even more
memorable.  Anyone who knows me will understand that the whisky will also be well appreciated as I
sip a generous glass of it while slowly turning the pages of the photo book."



Well done to our 2004s

Winners of the 2015
Spartans Football Festival fair play award

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"Huge congratulations to AC Oxgangs who thoroughly deserved the Fair Play Award.
A fantastic friendly club doing things the right way!"



Congratulations to our U19s

Winners of the
Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup
after their 3-0 win over Spartans Youth

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This year marks a BIG step for our 2003 Blues squad as they play their last spell of Soccer 7s in preparation for their move to the 2015/16 Under 13s 11-a-side game in August.

The coaching team are now looking for additional players who have the necessary ambition and skills and have played at ESSDA Maradona or Zidane League level.


For more information & Contact Details visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.





We would like to invite the next generation
of footballing talent to join us!

The waiting list for players born 2007 is now open and those interested are encouraged to contact us about trial days which are to be taking place in the next couple of weeks (dates and times tbc)

Boys and girls born 2007 can take part in the trial days and those successful will have the opportunity to train and take part in friendlies with the current team with a view to being registered to play in the 2015/16 soccer-sevens season starting this August/September!  

With weekly training and games played on a Sunday Morning this is a great opportunity for any aspiring young players to take their first steps in to the world of the beautiful game.
Harvey Nafpliotis

For more information visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.




There's been a terrific response to our 2003 Blacks sale of two signed Hearts strips.
We are pleased to announced that both tops have now been sold
and the money raised will go towards kitting the boys out for the new season!

A huge thanks to everyone involved.






Under 10s (2005s)
Jack Murray
signs for
Hibernian FC's Elite Youth Academy

We wish Jack all the best and every success for the future at what must be a very exciting time for him and his family.

Hibs also recognised the contribution made to Jack's development by presenting AC Oxgangs with a certificate signed by Eddie May, Head of Academy Coaching, and George Craig, Head of Football Operations.

2005s coaches James Hossack & Iain McDonald and Matt Holligan, our Soccer-7s goalkeeping coach, must be very proud of their efforts in recognising and nurturing Jack's undoubted skills between the posts.







"Congratulations to the 2004s on a magnificent Ayr Tournament. The boys played the best football I've seen them play and their attitude and manner was impeccable. Paul & I were very proud of the boys from start to finish."

"Also a big thanks to Mark & the parents who helped organise and raise funds & made the weekend thoroughly enjoyable. Well done to everyone."

Billy McEvoy - Coach

View a Gallery of photos on our Flickr Page ...




ACO 2004s (U11s)
Require players to add to their squad

For more information visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.


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Our 'Journalist-In-Residence' Harvey Nafpliotis of YFS talked to our U19 Blues coaches and players before Saturday's (11/04) game vs Edinburgh City - read his news article "For the Love of the Game .. "

Harvey's match report is also available to view at:


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Our YFS Club Journalist Harvey Nafpliotis interviewed our U12 Blacks & Blues coaches on the pros and cons of making the transition from soccer-sevens to the full 11-a-side format.  Coach co-ordinator Billy McEvoy and Matt Holligan of the U13s also contributed to this fascinating insight into what lies ahead for the players, parents and coaches.

Read the full aricle at:


In common with many pitches up and down the country Colinton Mains Park is often plagued by dog fouling.

We are determined to stamp this out and our Committee often contact the Councils' Environmental Wardens with a view to increasing patrols to catch the owners who are responsible for this anti-social, offensive and potentially harmful conduct ... but we need your help!

The Council has advised that their Environmental Wardens operate a complaints based Tracking System. This means that the more complaints they receive on a regular basis about a specific problem, the more attention it's given. If few complaints are made then there's the possibility the issue will drop off their radar.

Can we therefore ask all users of the pitches at Colinton Mains, be it a parent, player, coach or spectator, to contact the Council on every occasion they come across dog fouling on the pitches and surrounding areas. It would also help if you mention that your concern relates to footballing activities.

In the first instance please refer your complaints to:-

Adam Reid Customer Service Team Leader
South-West Neighbourhood Office
Tel 0131 527 3853
or email

Please also copy all emails to

With the help of Adam and his team we can all work together to catch the culprits and make our home ground a safer and more pleasant place for everyone concerned.



Our 2005s had a terrific time as guests of Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday in front of almost 16,000 fans.

For photos from the day visit the Under 10s Team Page
and choose the 'News/Photos' tab


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Our YFS Club Journalist Harvey Nafpliotis interviewed
U19s coach Ross Anderson
Find out who his favourite SPL player is and his plans for the future by reading:


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Youth Football Scotland
Match Reports/Photo Galleries

Peebles vs ACO U13s (15/02/15)

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ACO U19s vs Hutchison Vale (14/02/15)

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Dalkeith CYP vs ACO U19 Blues (31/01/15)

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ACO U19s vs Edina Hibs (31/01/15)

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Gala Fairydean Rovers vs ACO U14s (25/01/15)

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ACO U19 Blues vs Loanhead MWFC Colts (24/01/15)

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Salvesen 96 vs ACO U19s

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ACO U15s vs Currie FC

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Spartans Youth vs ACO U19s

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We were approached recently by Youth Football Scotland with a view to them appointing a dedicated 'AC Oxgangs Reporter' to cover one of our games on a weekly basis as part of their 'Club Journalism Programme'. This would also include regular news items and features.

We're now delighted to announce the appointment of
Harvey Nafpliotis
who will perform this role under the guidance of the YFS Media Team.

You can Harvey's mini-profile at:


Ross Anderson



Congratulations to Under 19s coach Ross Anderson
who, after many hours of hard work, has been awarded the
SFA C Licence



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Download the Scottish FA South East Region coach education calendar for 2015

ACO Coaches interested in attending any of the courses should contact
our Coach Co-Ordinator Billy McEvoy



Ross Anderson

He's Back!
U19s Coach Ross Anderson has returned to Scotland after a spell in the USA.
Here's his story straight from the horse's mouth (or should that be the Mustang's mouth?!) ...

I was in America this year (2014) from March until November coaching soccer for UK International Soccer. They work mainly at a recreational level across the U.S. and I was based out of the Mid-West - specifically Chicago.

This was my 4th year doing this, however the first outside of the traditional 'summer camp' phase. I also got to work 'in season' based with one region for up to 9 weeks (spring and separately fall) helping to coach the kids and work with the volunteer parent coaches to improve their coaching also. I also ran coach education courses, both practical and theory, again to help the region to improve.

I did my 4th summer camp period in between seasons, travelling to 6 states for weekly camps (Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa & Wisconsin - the last 3 were new for me) from June until the end of August. It's an incredible experience to travel and see so much of the country (some weeks were 10+ hour drives between camps). We stay with host families every week, and I think over the 4 years I stayed with 35 families - many of whom are now close friends.

I've been to every major sport in America, 'American Football' being my favourite, followed by Ice Hockey, Basketball & of course 'Soccer'.

Excited now I am home, especially being back amongst AC Oxgangs and the very talented U19s squad with Pete and Barry. I have my assessment for C Licence in January, after which, provided I pass, I will be looking to do my UEFA B after!

Well done Ross and we'll leave the final word to ACO Coach Co-ordinator Billy McEvoy ...
"Ross is surely an inspiration to a new generation of young players/coaches
and he'll hopefully motivate those who take gap years in their education
to think about following his example.



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Shop Online and Raise Money for Our 2002s!

If you shop online did you know that every time you buy something
you could be earning money for our new Under 13s to purchase much
needed matchday & training equipment for next season?

Click on the above logo to visit the 2002's page for more information.

Need more information?
Click below to watch a one minute video

visit YouTube

Contact Matt on 07825 687 258 or email



Malawi Strip Donation 2014

On a recent school trip to Malawi, U19s squad member Campbell S handed over a set of AC Oxgangs strips to a group of local footballers - here's his report ...

"My school group and I played a friendly bounce game versus a local team whom we gave the strips to. The players of the opposing team were extremely happy and shocked at what they had just received. They wore the shirts with pride and as soon as they put them on they started dancing, singing together and hugging each other. They were proud to be recognised as one team now.

They were also very good at football whilst playing bare foot on the rocky dirt pitch. They passed and moved together as a team very well. My touring team won the game on penalties 5-4 after a 3-3 draw."

Well done to Campbell and his school for transporting the kit over 7,000 miles - you've clearly left a huge impression on these very happy footballers!


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ACO 1998s
Require players to add to their squad

For more information visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.




ACO 2002s
Require two or three players to add to their squad

For more information visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.




ACO 2002s
Require two players to add to their squad
for season 2014/15

For more information visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.




ACO 2001s
Centre-Half and a Striker
for season 2014/15

For more information visit our
Players Wanted
section or click on the thumbnail on the left.




Billy McEvoy



SportScotland Coaching Talent Programme 2014/15

AC Oxgangs FC is delighted to announce that the Clubs' coach co-ordinator, Billy McEvoy, has again been nominated by the Scottish FA South East Region to participate in the SportScotland Coaching Talent Programme.

It's a tremendous honour for both the Club and Billy and recognises Billy's hard work and dedication in ensuring that the coaching staff and players at ACO are kept up-to-date with the latest and most advanced coaching methods available.

Well done Billy and enjoy another well deserved
year on the programme!


The Official AC Oxgangs FC Smartphone App is Now Available!

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The AC Oxgangs App will keep you up-to-date with news, events, fixtures, results, league tables and much more - there's even a Chat zone for our Coaches and Players!

To get the full features of our App you need to download Team App onto your smartphone*
Download it HERE ( - it's 100% free.

Launch Team App and search for AC Oxgangs FC

then ...

Sign-up to Team App. You'll be sent an email from Team App to confirm your registration

Search for our App and request access to group(s) that apply to you. One of our App admin team will approve your request as soon as possible

If you don't have a smartphone, contact so you can be added manually and you'll receive email notifications.

Spread the word!

* Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is optimized for iPhone 5
It is also compatible with selected Android mobile devices.


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Treasurer Wanted

After many years of dedicated service our Treasurer has announced he is vacating the position due to increased work and external coaching commitments.

We are now actively seeking a volunteer to take over the administration of the club finances as soon as possible.

If you feel that you have the necessary skills and time commitment for this key role within the club and would like to find out more, please contact:-






































































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