RHU Amateurs’ first pre-season friendly fixture – and the club’s first match of any kind since March – could be less than a week away if government and the game’s authorities give the nod.

The club’s first two pre-season games were announced on the Amateurs’ social media channels last week – and if the Scottish Government and Scottish FA give their approval to the country’s amateur clubs for the resumption of local fixtures, Rhu will play Dumbarton United this Saturday, September 12 and Lomond Thistle on Thursday, September 17.

The matches, if they go ahead, will provide the first opportunity to give Rhu’s crop of new signings a run-out, with David Rafferty, Shaun Wallace, Callum Dodds, Lewis Fagan, Paul Cavana, Rhys Williams and David Sinclair all having joined the ranks of the men in red during the close season.

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Both games, if given the green light, will take place at the club’s Ardenconnel Park home – though it won’t be known by its traditional name, at least for the coming season.

Boss Stewart Maule has decided to pay tribute to local company DCF Joiners and Building Services for their latest show of support for his team – and has renamed the club’s home as The DCF Park for 2020-21.

The move comes after managing director John Fraser agreed to the firm becoming a major sponsor for the coming season.

John is a former player and manager of the club, while he also led the recent refurbishment of its clubhouse.

And Maule hopes that renaming their training and playing facility will help give the company the recognition they deserve.

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He said: “John and his family have been associated with the football club for decades – and I’ll not embarrass anyone by saying exactly how long.

“He has always worked tirelessly in the background so that if something was needed fixed at the club he would send someone up to fix it and never asked for anything or wanted publicity.

“When John said that DCF were happy to give us some money, it was a no brainer to rename the park to give him some of the recognition that he deserves.

“He must have thought that I had lost my mind and was only joking, but for the stuff that him and his family have done for the club over the years then it’s the least we could do, even it’s only for a season.”

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