Carnival atmosphere at family football fest

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Fine weather with the sun’s heat cooled by occasional mist proved ideal conditions for Campbeltown’s annual football festival.

When the Courier arrived at 12.45pm games were in full flow, families from town and much further away had the picnic rugs out and were set to support their players from P1 to P7.

The photographic possibilities are always endless but the younger players prove irresistible. One 2005 boy scored and unable to somersault did a head-over-heels in celebration, needless to say he was too quick for the photographers.

This year every goal was sponsored but it was nearly time to head to another assignment before the Courier goal was found at 2.50pm.

Prize presentations of Campbeltown Pottery medals started at 4pm, to allow players from Islay and Arran to connect with ferries and continued for at least an hour while some games were being finalised.

Callie Catering ran a roaring trade all day although a good chunk of that was serving officials, including referees, with a free burger and drink. In addition proprietor, Charlie McLean, made a sizeable donation to CDJFA.

A full set of Courier festival photos will be on the Courier Centre screen or online at: or

Coaches: Neil McSporran, Archie Johnstone and Robert Judge with Campbeltown’s 2009 team. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest53

Everyone’s favourite referee Archie Mitchell with Sorley McKinven whose son Daniel was playing in the 2007s. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest50

Campbeltown’s 2012’s play Islay. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest15

A number of teams won a trophy for fair play. This Ardencaple’s 2006s. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest52

Campbeltown 2011 player, Craig McMillan, leads a charge against Tarbert AFC. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest21

Campbeltown goalie, Alan Myles, had a torrid time against Lochnell’s 2008s. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest37

Arran United’s 2009s with their fair play trophy. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest54

A parent administers some physiotherapy. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest40

The scene at a medal presentation. 25_c23cdjfafootballfest01