Category: First Team

The Managers thoughts

As the 2023/2024 season comes to an end, we caught up with Manager Stevie Wilson to discuss how it’s been since taking the reins at Saltcoats Victoria.

Reflecting on the Season

“We obviously took over in some difficult circumstances, but we have really enjoyed it. The thing I love is building teams, and I must praise the players because they stepped up in Saltcoats’ hour of need,” Stevie Wilson said. “We built a squad in a matter of months and provided the players with a lot of information and fitness training since coming in. We have played some really good football in patches and have been competitive in every game apart from a couple.”

Wilson highlighted that all efforts since his arrival have been focused on preparing for the next season. “Training facilities are all sorted, kits are all sorted, and match day tracksuits are all sorted. The committee has now doubled in number and is all pulling in the same direction. The work they have done in the background has been unbelievable in a short space of time: the new clubhouse is open, the management office is built, the park is on the verge of being painted, and more sponsors have come on board. Everything is moving in the right direction.”

Looking Ahead

Wilson is optimistic about the future. “We have kept a few of the players from last season and we have some really exciting talent at the club. I believe that once they have a really good pre-season, they will be a lot sharper going into next season. We have held a few meetings at the new clubhouse with new players, and hopefully, we can secure a couple of these signings, which will really strengthen the squad and add healthy competition.”

“We want to really push on next season. It will be a tough league, but we won’t be in the position we were this season,” he added.

Message to Fans

Wilson expressed his gratitude to the fans for their unwavering support. “We have great support, and our attendance has increased since we took over. We really do appreciate all the support we get. We had a good number of supporters on the bus to Campbeltown for our last fixture of the season, and we managed to have a really good chat with them all. The support has been fantastic and has been a great boost for Davie, Del, and myself. We are determined to make the supporters proud of Saltcoats Victoria again, and we will make sure that is exactly what we do.”

Stevie Wilson concluded by saying, “We are all looking forward to seeing our supporters again for the new season.”

Stay tuned for more updates as Saltcoats Victoria prepares for an exciting new chapter.

Sam Faddes joins backroom staff

In a significant development for Saltcoats Victoria, welcomes Sam Faddes to its esteemed backroom staff. Faddes joins the ranks alongside Manager Stevie Wilson, David Wilson, and Derek Gemmel, marking a pivotal moment for the club’s support infrastructure.

Born on April 1st, 2005, Faddes brings a fresh perspective and youthful energy to the team.

Faddes’ inspiration to pursue a career in physiotherapy stemmed from his innate desire to aid individuals in their quest for wellness. With a year of practice already under his belt, Faddes is primed to contribute his expertise to the athletes of Saltcoats Victoria.

Joining the likes of Manager Stevie Wilson, David Wilson, and Derek Gemmel, Faddes underscores the club’s commitment to assembling a robust support network for its athletes. His appointment signifies a strategic investment in the well-being and performance enhancement of the team.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Faddes is an avid supporter of the Rangers football team, embodying his passion for sports. His culinary preferences lean towards the indulgence of a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak, reflecting his appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.

In moments of leisure, Faddes finds solace and enjoyment in karaoke sessions, with “Yes sir, I can boogie” serving as his signature song choice.

As Saltcoats Victoria embraces the addition of Sam Faddes to its backroom staff, the club looks forward to leveraging his expertise and enthusiasm to propel its athletes to greater heights. Faddes’ integration into the team reinforces the club’s commitment to excellence and innovation in sports management and performance enhancement.

Stevie Wilson Returns to Saltcoats Victoria

Explore the exciting new chapter in our team’s journey through an exclusive interview with our newly appointed head, Stevie Wilson.

Gain insights into his leadership philosophy, tactical innovations, and long-term aspirations for the squad. This interview offers a behind-the-scenes look at Stevie’s vision, providing fans with a glimpse into the strategies that will guide our team to success.

Join us in welcoming Stevie Wilson and be part of the thrilling narrative as we embark on a new era under his leadership.

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