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Welcome to Johnstone Burgh Football Club
Each team or age group affiliated to the Burgh signed up to a charter that commits them to the highest standards in football coaching in Scotland.
The club were formed in 1956, in response to an article in the "Johnstone & Linwood Gazette" newspaper from a journalist that had been ordered out of the newspaper´s office on the corner of Johnstone´s Rankine Street by the office manager with instructions not to return until he had a story. The journalist proceeded to ask locals what they thought about forming a new football club to replace the former Scottish league side Johnstone.
The Development and Competitive teams play and train across the Renfrewshire area, but it is hoped that over the coming year that each will consolidate their training venues close to Keanie Park to further strengthen the feeling of community within the club.
If you are interested in joining our teams contact numbers can be found above for each team.
Johnstone Burgh’s status as a Community Football Club was rewarded recently with the Scottish FA Quality Mark: Development Award. The Quality Mark is a youth football initiative which supports grassroots club development. With over 400 Scottish clubs and schools already participating, over 8500 coaches have directly benefited from coach development and first aid training to date.
It is an important step forward for the development of Johnstone Burgh Community Football Club and opens the door for many new possibilities.
Since their foundation, "The Burgh," have been based at James Y. Keanie Park (named after the builder who donated the land. Their most successful period was in the late fifties and sixties when they twice won junior footballs top prize - the Scottish Junior Cup. Probably their most successful manager was Jimmy Blackburn who led them to both their Scottish Cup wins as well as West of Scotland Cup and Central League Championship wins. One of our local lads, Bobby Dick, who hails from Elderslie, played what was then right half for the Burgh, and can boast two Scottish Cup winners medals as well as a number of other winners medals. In those days the cup final was played at Hampden Park, which made it a day to remember. In later years Bobby´s nephew played in goal for the Burgh and was involved in their cup final of 2000.
Johnstone Burgh have a home support of around 100–150. An OVD Cup tie between Johnstone Burgh and Glenafton Athletic in February 2000 attracted a crowd of over 2000.
In the 2000 Scottish Junior Cup Final against Whitburn, goals by Colin Lindsay, who later had a spell as manager, and John McLay took the game to penalties after a 2–2 draw. Johnstone Burgh won on penalties in their semi-final at Love Street, but failed to repeat this success in the final.