ATLANTIS A.F.C

Founded in 2005

Welcome to the Home Page of Atlantis A.F.C

       THE CLUB IS CURRENTLY INACTIVE ... WE MAY RETURN ONE DAY!!!

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7pm-9pm, at Clydebank High School and we play our games on Saturday afternoons (2pm kick-off) in the Paisley & District Amateur Football League. Any player intrested in joining the club please contact us by email at atlantisafc@hotmail.co.uk (Please allow up to 2 days for response).

We must also reflect on three former team members, who now, sadly, are no longer with us. Rest in Peace David Poustie, Paul McInally and Eddie Chilton.

Atlantis A.F.C was originally formed by an eight man committee in 2005 (under an absolutely ridiculios name) and they quickly assembled their team to start a challenge for season 2005/06 in the Dunbartonshire & District Welfare FA. This team was comprised of veteran's such as James Mirren, Joe Lyden, John Daly and Joe Mirren as well as some younger talent including Stephen Keegan, John Paul Malcolm, Gary Gallagher, David Poustie, Scott Gallacher, Rab Crawford, Stephen McGeever, Paul Conroy, Ross Fitzsimmons, Mick Taylor, Gary Morgan, James Dixon Jnr, Craig Hevern and Peter McNamee. The season got off to a great start with the club holding reigning Champions Blackstoun to a 1-1 draw at John Brown's, the visitor's even had to come from behind to claim a point, after Rab Crawford had put us infront with the club's first ever goal which came from the penalty spot. After this promising start, we lost 3-0 away to Scotstoun Rovers the following week and we didn't quite match our debut performance in the following weeks or months and although the club finished away from the bottom and with a couple of cup semi-final appearances, more was expected of the team. Having said that there were some rare highlights with credible draws away to CWS Transport (2-2), Westcliff (4-4) and Rapids (5-5: a game which Michael Gourlay marked his full debut with a hat-trick - which was also the first ever hat-trick in the club's history). It was against Rapids that the club finally got its first victory and clean sheet, 2-0 (Taylor and Docherty) away at Ferguslie Park on February 4th 2006, and followed this up with a 7-0 demolision of the same opposition at Mountblow. As the season progressed more new face's started arriving in the shape of Keiran Hunter, Chris McLarrie and Andrew Fitzpatrick.

The second season was far more satisfactory and eventful. Gary Buckley, Kevin O'Donnell, Paul McInally, Robert O'Donnell and Chris Cardigan were brought into the squad in pre-season. We opened the season with an undeserved 4-3 defeat, courtesy of a controversial last minute goal, away to Transport. There some key victories (including a memorable 4-3 victory over rivals Scotstoun, in which Kev O'Donnell bagged all 4 goals) and also gained our first positive result against Kilbowie with a 2-2 draw on the ash at Mountblow. This season was tinged with tragedy for everyone connected with the club as we lost one if it's original sons on 14th February 2007 when David Poustie sadly passed away. A 3-3 draw away to Transport in the League saw the team claim a deserved point after clawing their way back into the game. Sadly this match, on 21st April 2007, will be remembered as the last played and scored in by Paul McInally as he tragically died the following day. The team managed to pick themselves up from these horrific events and finish the season quite strongly with midweek comeback draws at Singers Park against Clydebank Co-op and then Blackstoun (coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the latter match which effectively cost them the League title) as well as a last day 3-2 victory over Rapids with a make shift team, to avenge an embarrassing defeat from just 4 days previously, ensured a mid-table finish. Yet more cup semi-finals followed, however, it was probably the impressive run in the Scottish Cup that will live long in the memory (and not just because we were the only team from the West of Scotland still in the competition at the time). Ties against the likes of Castleview, an experienced Scottish Cup side, where Crawford scored a mesmerizing last minute equalizer on an horrendous away day to force a 2-2 score line and a replay were we put them out on penalties in Clydebank (after Stephen McGeever had made it 1-1 in the 81st minute of normal time), a 6-2 win over Dunfermline United was followed up with a 6-4 victory over Lochside and the run continued. The lads enjoyed their away days in the cup and trips to Stirling, Dunfermline, Arbroath, Montrose and, in the quarter-final, Kelty - which was the hurdle we eventually fell at - losing to the competitions eventual runners-up, Kelty Ex-Servicemen - showed what the club truly was capable of.

Going into our third season, the club lost James Mirren and Joe Lyden from it's set-up but strengthened the playing side of things with a number of new faces coming in; Kevin Barr, Danny Williamson, Craig Grant, Danny McManus, Joe Traynor, Ally Smith and Chris Rodgers were all added to freshen things up and add a challenge for places. We were still being lead by Stephen Keegan, who was the club captain since the team's formation (until 2009) and we finished 7th in the inaugural Central Scottish Welfare (Combined) League, and in our highest position in the DDWFA, by coming 3rd. The club bagged it's first ever win over Kilbowie at John Brown's on an horrendus day when Danny McManus nicked all 3 points with an 89th minute strike. We then made it back-to-back wins over the local rivals a couple of weeks later when we put them out of the Wilson Cup, 4-2 on penalties, at the Quarter-Final stages, after the game had finished 2-2. The club agonizingly crashed out of the Unico Cup in the semis to Blackstoun, losing 9-8 on penalties after a 1-1 score line in normal time. However, we finally managed to get past the semi-final barrier, with a stunning 5-4 win over Mosspark in the CDL Cup. We seemed dead and buried at 4-2 down with 10 minutes to play but managed to pull it back to 4-4 and then an individual bit of class from Crawford, who took on most of the Mosspark team to score an excellent winner, took us to our first Final at Tinto Park on Friday 6th June 2008 where , unfortunately, we let ourselves down badly in a 4-1 defeat to Kilbowie, Keegan with our only reply from the spot.

Pre-Season for the 2008/09 season took on a whole new look as former professional footballer Lex Grant (ex-Partick Thistle, Falkirk, Clydebank, Ayr United, Queens Park) took the boys to Goldenhill Park to put them through their paces. All the players were worked incredibly hard and this showed at the start of the season with 5 wins, a draw and a narrow 2-1 defeat to Linlithgow Rose from their opening 7 fixtures. Thankfully, the club opted for a name change before the season commenced to the now more recognized Atlantis A.F.C. as well as securing new sponsorship in the form of Johnny Rea and his Lucky Break snooker club and it was due to this sponsorship deal that we acquired new strips - finally. The club welcomed some good summer additions, in Damon Gray, who capped an impressive debut season by bagging the Player of the Year Award at the end of the season, Chic McElhill and, at long last, a real goalkeeper in the form of Ronnie McQuillan, as well as the mid-season signing of George Dunn. These new face's helped the club push on again and the club's fourth season was our best, in terms of win/loss record, so far. Finishing in a very respectable 4th in the CSWFA behind the likes of Blackstoun United, Linlithgow Rose and Camelon Albion plus coming 2nd in the DDWFA, as well as ending the season as runners-up in the Central FA Cup to Harthill Royal and agonizingly losing out, to last minute goals, in both the Unico Cup to Blackstoun United and for a second consecutive season the CDL Cup to Kilbowie Thistle. These defeats were harsh on the lads as they deserved at least one trophy from a long hard season but, make no mistake, getting to one final would have been viewed as an achievement - getting to three was outstanding (especially when you take into account the fact that this club is only 4 years old).

The 2009/10 season became an eventful and historic one for Atlantis. But prior to it, the then Secretary thankfully vacated his position to be replaced by Ross Fitzsimmons and former Junior player and three time Scottish Cup winner Jimmy Brown came in to take charge of pre-season training. Unfortunately Jimmy couldn't stay on full time and then a week before the start of new campaign, the club descended into chaos with McManus, Traynor, Damon Gray, Grant Gray, Fitzpatrick  and even skipper, Keegan, all calling time on their spell with Atlantis. Stephen McGeever and Michael Gourlay added to the managements woes by taking a year out from football. A calamitous result in a friendly followed and it looked as if the club was going to fold. However, we quickly recruited some key new signings in the form of Stephen Gallacher, Mark Reid, Peter Dorman and we also picked up youngster Chris Plummer, with Chris Quinn and Stevie Sproule helping as trialists and Andy Docherty and Mick Taylor returning to help the club and ensure it had a fairly impressive start to the season considering the upheavel and turnover in players. This was short lived however as the lack of squad depth started to tell in late September when Atlantis shipped 15 goals in just 3 games; losing at home to Baillieston United (5-1) and away to both Clydebank Rovers (5-2) and in the Scottish Cup 2nd Round to Limekilns FC (5-3, after extra time). The club lost George Dunn soon after, his inability to force his way into the starting 11, being the main factor in his decision to leave, however, a tremendous signing was made in the shape of the experienced Jim MacColl. This came at a time when the team were sitting a mere 5 points off top spot, with a game in hand. Eventually, due to a lack of training facilities thanks to the previous regime, the gap at the top increased and we could not keep pace as the squad was stretched. This prompted the return of Gourlay, McGeever, Damon Gray, McManus, Traynor and to some extent Gary Gallagher to steady the ship. The club further strengthened their hand later in the season when they added; Ryan Scullion, Lee Gibson and Shaun Hirst who all played a major part in the success which was to follow as well as bit part players Chris Wright and Scott Rennie. The rest of the season was tinged with much inconsistency (never better summed up by the 2-1 away defeat by Dumbarton Central and then then sensational 5-1 hammering of Baillieston on their patch). Baring in mind our up-and-down League form, the team finished a credible, but still disappointing, fifth place behind newly crowned Champions Myre Athletic, rejuvenated Clydebank Co, dethrowned Champions Blackstoun United and Clydebank Rovers. Despite this the club managed a major landmark of the season, and in their history, by netting 5 straight victories. In the now infamous cup runs; the boys fell short in the League Cup, losing to Blackstoun United (5-2), on a frozen pitch in the Quarter-Finals, they also dropped out at the same stage in the Wilson Cup, 1-0 to Clydebank Co - albeit this match came just days before the CDL Cup Final and saw a very unfamiliar starting line-up. We did secure our third consecutive CDL Cup Final and fifth Cup Final overall: victories against Victoria Park (5-1), Westcliff (0-5), and Kilbowie Thistle in the semi's (4-1 - which was a significant score line as it signalled our biggest ever victory over our local rivals - in what would prove to be the final encounter between the pair). This saw Atlantis take on Clydebank Rovers at Petershill Juniors Park in Springburn, where, despite dominating the game and giving everything we had, we agonizingly lost 1-0 to an 88th minute strike. Yet the season did not end here as just 3 days later the squad had to pick themselves up for a Quarter-Final tie against Baillieston United. Having beaten Dumbarton Central away 4-3 after extra time earlier in the campaign, Atlantis managed to put the CDL Final behind them with a 3-1 victory over Baillieston to set-up a home tie against favourites and holders, Blackstoun United. This game would mark the third and fourth moments in Atlantis season/history; much like the Mosspark Semi-Final in the 2007/08 season we were 4-2 down but this time we were down to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining. Despite all of this we, unbelievably, managed to take the tie to extra time - with Dorman making it 4-3 inside the last 10 minutes and Fitzsimmons poking the equalizer in with the last kick of the ball, in the 92nd minute. Dorman then clinched a hat-trick in extra time, to make it 5-4, and Atlantis claimed their first ever victory over Blackstoun - in their last ever meeting. This game also saw us maintain our 100% winning record at John Brown's, where Park 2 became somewhat of a "fortress". In the Unico Cup Final which followed 6 days later, on Friday June 4th 2010, Atlantis faced FC Argyle of Alexandria, at Petershill Juniors Park. This game finally ended the long wait for a first trophy as we won the cup in comprehensive style. A Dorman hat-trick (to take him to 31 goals in his debut season), Gray, McManus and Crawford made sure of a 6-0 victory to end our Cup Final jinx - at the 6th time of asking. A great achievement for the players and management and a proud moment for everyone associated with the club. Well done to everyone involved in this great season.

The club finally fulfilled its potential in the 2010/11 season with an impressive treble!!! Before a ball was kicked the close season saw Chris Cardigan, Mark Reid, Ryan Scullion, Lee Gibson and Kevin O'Donnell leave the club. The management structure was changed again with Ross Fitzsimmons now the club manager and Jimmy Brown brought in, permanently this time, as head coach. New faces were added on the park also, with Danny McKenna and Gary McElhill joining the returning Stephen McGeever, Michael Gourlay, Andy Docherty, James Dorman and Grant Gray. This upheavel made for an indifferent start to the campaign with 2 heavy League defeats (5-3 at home to Clydebank Rovers followed by a 4-0 thumping away to East Kilbride United) in our first 3 League matches. This drubbing was the teams last for a while as they went on a run of 10 straight wins - a club record. This run included a 3-2 comeback victory over Rovers in the Scottish Cup, our first victory over them, an emphatic response against East Kilbride in which we destroyed them 7-3 and topping the table for the first time ever during a season. During this period the club added James Livingstone, Sean O'Donnell, Andy Gorman, Frankie Sharp and Calum MacPherson to the squad. However, the weather, and as a result a 9 week lay off, prevented these players from getting game time and also brought to a halt the incredible run until after the New Year - which didn't start brightly. 2011 started with a draw away to Dumbarton in the League and we followed that up with a great performance but ultimately a disappointing 3-2 extra time defeat to eventual winners Oakwood, in Alloa, in the Scottish Cup last 16 (a match which saw us missing Gallacher, Peter and James Dorman, Hirst, Docherty and Grant Gray). This was thoroughly disappointing because there was a strong belief in our camp and inside the Welfare football community that we would have been Scottish Cup Winners had we knocked Oakwood out. The following week saw the Unico Cup relinquished in the first round after a terrible performance against Rovers, going down 3-2. This result sparked a reaction from the players and they went on to claim 13 victories from their next 14 matches. In this time the club bagged it's first trophy of the season as we defeated Renton 6-1 at Ferguslie Park on Sunday 13th March in the Isabel Reid Memorial Cup Final. Goals from Gallacher, a double from Peter Dorman, MacPherson, Conroy and a first ever strike for James Dorman got the job done. In the superb run which followed it saw us destroy Shaw Thistle 23-1 (a new club record) with Stephen Gallacher hitting 6 goals, the most ever in a single match for the club, and James Livingstone became the first, and so far only, goalkeeper to ever score for the club. A 4-0 demolotion of Clydebank Co was impressive but it was the next fixture that set the standard as Clydebank Rovers were annihilated 4-2 on their own patch (to destroy their impressive home record) in a stunning League victory before Knightswood United also felt our wrath as they were crushed 5-0. Friday 13th May saw the balance of power shift as we met Clydebank Rovers in the League Cup Final at Airdrie United's Excelsio Stadium. With a tremendous support behind them the boys went out and showed their dominance as MacPherson bagged the winner with a tremendous lob to win the game 1-0 and gain revenge for last season's painful CDL Cup Final defeat. Stephen Cook, Craig Grant and Ross Mortimer were added to the squad for the run-in with Kevin O'Donnell also returning. The club could have added the Wilson Cup to their trophy cabinet if it weren't for some ridiculous scheduling by the League Committee which saw us play the semi-final against Whiteinch on the Thursday evening in sweltering heat and then play the Final just 24 hours later against East Kilbride United (again in unbelievably hot weather conditions), who despite having a weeks rest in between games, only managed to deny Atlantis with a late goal to cancel out McElhill's equalizer and take the cup 2-1. After this there was only two fixtures to play: Knightswood at home and Victoria Park away - if we won both, we would be Champions - no other outcome would do. The home game against Knightswood became very tense when they took the lead on 21 minutes. We pushed and pressed but missed golden opportunities. It looked like the title was slipping from our grasp before Kevin O'Donnell got the equalizer on 83 minutes and Sean O'Donnell dramatically won the game in the 89th to amazing scenes of celebration. The final day wasn't quite as intense as goals from Sean O'Donnell, McElhill, Peter Dorman, Damon Gray and an Andy Gorman double secured a 6-1 victory and the CSWFA League Championship. A superb and eventful season for the players and management and a great moment for everyone associated with the club. A season which ended with Atlantis A.F.C as CSWFA League Champions, League Cup Winners, Isabel Reid Memorial Cup Winners, Wilson Cup Finalists, Fair Play Award Winners, CDL Cup semi-finalists and Scottish Cup last 16.

The profile of the club has been raised with 4 trophies bagged in the space of a year. A new challenge awaits in the Paisley & District League, we start in Division 4 and hope to work our way up immediately.