EIGHTY-FIVE teams and more than 800 children converged on the East King Street park for Helensburgh FC’s ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ football festival.

Teams from Campbeltown, Oban, Lochgilphead, Renfrew, Kilmarnock, Falkirk, Blantyre and Glasgow, as well as teams from Helensburgh and surrounding areas, all took part, with age groups from 2013 through to 2007.

Apart from the older age group all the games were trophy free. The final of the 2007 age group was a fitting way to bring the football fest to an end as Bonnyton Thistle from Kilmarnock edged out Ardencaple in a penalty shootout.

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Club chairman Kenny Russell said: “To see so many young kids enjoying themselves playing football was a joy and the fact that many of them had travelled a fair distance to do so just makes it all worthwhile for everybody associated with the club.

“We try and keep the costs as low as possible as we appreciate how expensive it has become to play in festivals these days and it’s something that we will continue to do.

“The only downside over the weekend was on Saturday afternoon where due to the thunderstorm overhead the decision to abandon the games half way through on safety grounds was taken.

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“Our thanks to our sponsors, including Stirling Bridge Resources Ltd, Craigend Nursery in Cardross, The Beachcomber Cafe, Mears Care, Paul Campbell Electrical, David McKell Property Services and Tuck In Catering, and to Stephen Sweeney from Tuck In catering for providing food etc during the two days.

“Thanks to photographer Colin Poultney, the staff of the council’s parks department, and the SFA West Region for providing some small sides goals.

“Last but not least to the other coaches at the club who all helped out over the two days, with a special mention to Paul Campbell who was instrumental in putting out all the information to teams and collating the responses from those that applied to attend.”

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The majority of the club’s youth teams are now having a well earned summer break and will resume in August.

Kenny added: “If you feel that this is a club you would like to be a part of, either coaching or having your child playing football please get in touch through our Facebook page or contact our secretary, Sam Gemmell, on 07738 953810 for more details.

“No experience needed – just piles of enthusiasm.”

All pictures by Colin Poultney – see more at collargeimages.co.uk.