Pulling The Flag

Football Returns to West Lothian

After nearly two decades without any sort of American Football in West Lothian a new flag team will take to field this Sunday (20/07/2014), That team are the West Lothian Astros.
The Astros have only been training for a month now and now have an established squad of 15 players, with a good mixture of experience and rookies to the sport and there is a lot of interest from the general public. The Club was the brainchild of Matt McAllister, Dave Charleston & Neil Warren who have all been involved, over many years with British American Football scene or coaching flag and kitted football. After months of planning and a long discussion on one Sunday night, it was settled, West Lothian would host American Football once more, in the shape of the Astros.
The team has already gathered up so much interest that they have a sponsor in place for the 2015 season. The sponsor will be “Evermore Artificial Grass”, Scotland’s Leading Importer, Supplier and Installer of Artificial Grass Products.
The club have trained at various venues in West Lothian, but have adopted e Local High School; Deans Community High School’s field as the clubs home venue for next season and potential up and coming pre-season fixtures.

Pictured above – Colin Nicol, one of many football veterans in the Astros squad.
(Picture Courtesy of Jamie Ramsay Photography)
At this moment, the team have three coaches on board with various amount of football experience. Matt McAllister, Neil Warren and seasoned veteran to the sport, Billy Drummond. Billy has been out injured for the past few weeks, but Neil and Matt have been running the training sessions, in preparation for this Sunday’s games against 2014 flag rookies, the Carnegie Steelers and a fellow new team for next season, the Carnegie Golden Eagles. The 1st game will kick off at around 12pm, Deans Community High School on the rugby pitch. So if you are at a loose end for what to do this Sunday, then come along and watch some Flag Football.
Go Astros!!!

Neil Warren.

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