Campbeltown Grammar School Former
Pupils Association was formed during 1919 to cater for the sporting
requirements of ex-students.
In the beginning the club offered football for men and hockey for
young ladies, however, interest from the fairer sex soon diminished
and the club became known as a football team only.
The club started its playing life as a junior team within the
auspices of the Campbeltown & District Junior Football Association,
a very successful partnership that lasted until the outbreak of war
The FPs failed to reappear after the cessation of hostilities in
1945, a combination of war injury/loss and the natural progression
of age being an impossible barrier at that time.
However, after playing friendly fixtures during the winter of 1959
and the summer of 1960, the club entered the Kintyre Amateur League
in 1961. At this time the club name was abbreviated to the shorter
Campbeltown Pupils Amateur Football Club, a title it is still known
by to the present day.
After a successful time as members of the Kintyre Amateur Football
League, 'the Pupils' joined the Scottish Amateur Football League in
1977. As members of the S.A.F.L the club has been blessed with a
number of achievements, most notably the winning of the Scottish
Amateur Premier League in season 1999/2000.
The club has its own junior standard ground at Kintyre Park,
Limecraigs Road, Campbeltown. Attendance record at the ground is
3,500 for a Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round Tie involving Campbeltown
United v Loanhead Mayflower in 1958. A programme of ground
improvement has been ongoing since 1988.
Through the years a number of personalities have played with the
club, none more famous than Italian International Gionni Moscardini
- 'Johnny.' Capped nine times at full international level, Johnny
scored seven times while representing 'the Azzurri.' Born in Falkirk
in 1898, he enlisted in the Italian Army at the tender age of
eighteen, this, before seeing action in the First World War. After
the war he settled in his parents home town of Barga in Tuscany. An
accomplished player, he was soon spotted by the local senior club
Lucca, then playing in the Italian League - Tuscany Section. He
later signed for near neighbours Pisa - Italian League Northern
Section, becoming the club's top scorer and the first choice at
centre-forward for the national side. His final sojurn in senior
football was with Genoa - the top Italian club of the period.
In 1925, he returned to Scotland to help run his uncle's Royal Cafe
in Hall Street, Campbeltown, his long journey in football coming to
an end when he played for 'the Pupils,' his last club, and, only one
of Scottish regestration.
Three players from the club have represented their country at
amateur level, with one adding a Scotland Junior 'cap' to his
collection. The Reverand B.B. Blackwood, a stalwart of the club's
original eleven in 1919, had the distiction of being 'capped' by
both national associations. More recently, Kevin Gilchirst in the
1980s, and, Paul McWhirter in the new millenium have had the honour
of representing Scotland at amateur level.
Kevin Gilchrist, Paul McWhirter, Duncan McAulay, Andy Robertson,
Neil Brown, Ian McGeachy, Michael Donnelly, Archie Millar and Alan
Sinclair have all represented the Scottish Amateur Football League.
Duncan McAulay captained the SAFL to success in the inter-league
trophy in the mid-1980s - the Baxter Trophy - with Kevin Gilchrist
the top goalscorer in the same tournament.
A family's enthusiasim for the game helped to re-establish the club
at the beginning of the 1960s. Bernard McKinven, along with his two
sons Bernard Jnr and Alex, plus son-in-law Willie Gillespie, were
instumental in re-launching 'the Pupils,' a well-known local
football club from past history. All played a major part in the
development of the club through the years. Alex McKinven was joined
by his good friend Bill Hunter to form the management of the team
during the initial 'Scottish League Years,' this, before handing
over to the present management team of Campbell Robertson and Duncan
McAulay, both long-serving members of the club's highly successful
side of the late 1970s and 1980s.
Membership of the Scottish Amateur Football League in 1977 was
followed by immediate success, as the club managed to win the 7th,
4th and 3rd Division Championships in a short space of time. Further
achievements included the original SAFL Top Score Trophy and Colin
Munro Cup. In recent years the present management team of Campbell
Robertson and Duncan McAulay have guided the club to a Premier
Division One title in 1998/99, before adding the 'top prize,' a
Premier Championship title in 1999/2000.
In season 2007/08 the club regained its Premier Division place by
finishing in third position in Premier Division One. The present
squad is one of the youngest ever assembled at the club, and, is
still very much on a learning curve. Hopefully, the team will mature
in the not to distant future, this, before adding its own page to
the history of Campbeltown football.