Redpath Albion/Pilmeny Sports Academy
Redpath Albion/Pilmeny Sports Academy

It’s with great reluctance that we’ve come to the end, and decided not to register any club teams at U17 next season. Theres a number of factors involved, namely the red-tape and “hurdles” now attached to facilitating teams at the senior youth level. Registration rules governing this playing level are severely stacked against “Community Clubs” and in effect the SFA close the doors to this sector, from U18 onwards. Regulations state that after a season at U18 clubs are required to apply for U20 Development Status. However, only those clubs who can ensure a pathway to Senior semi-pro clubs registered in the SFL/Lowland League/East of Scotland League etc, will be permitted to apply for U20 development status. Community clubs hit the proverbial “brick wall” and have no option but to disband, and release players, when reaching U18. As difficult as this decision is, we feel its in the best interests of the lads, that we disband the team now, giving players an early opportunity to move to any number of Pathway clubs, giving them an early opportunity to transition to pathway clubs, then continue to enjoy playing, safe in the knowledge that they’ve joined a club offering the pathway to U20 . Also, the boys are at an age where their positions in pursuit of Educational qualifications become even more important in the next school year, and football may not be so important. Some will leave school in Summer to pursue careers, so again, football may be a secondary concern. Games would be played on a Saturday at U17, and I believe, a number of players weren’t keen on the switch. We anticipate a number of Div 1 and Div 2 clubs will show interest in our remaining players. It’s been an incredible journey at youth level, with many positive memories for us all, indeed some of the squad have been with us since 2016, and have become an integral part of the club. Doing the League and Cup double at U13s and U14s, and now Div 2 Champs at U16s. We’ll keep a close eye on their future progress. We’ll now go back and work towards nurturing and cultivating the next generation of Albion players, as we finalise plans, with our community partners, 3v2 soccer Academy, to re-establish our Football School, with a view to entering ESSSDA at soccer 7s, giving children an opportunity to gain entry into official, organised small sided football games, which we hope to commence, in early September. Details to follow….We’ve a saying here at Albion….”Trophies and Medals gather dust, Memories last for ever”, we’ve plenty of both.

Our Season ended with a 2-1 defeat to Spartans Blues in the Faichney Memorial cup final. Still, being hailed as SERYFA Div 2 Champs will do for us. 

Mission Accomplished ?Albion's home win 5-3 v Livingston United secured the SERYFA Division 2 League title  on Sunday 2 June 2024.- Goals from Omar (3) - Finn & Shaq. Leading 3-0 at HT our opponents upped their game in the 2nd period. Well done squad. Fully deserved. 

Its back to SERYFA Div 2 business on Wednesday 29 May as we host Spartans FC Blues @ Pilrig Park, Leith KO 6.30pm

U16s Cup Final. Here we go.......Major dissapointment for both clubs with the weeks torrential rain leaving the park unplayable. New date for Faichney Memorial Cup Final will now be Saturday 8 June at Ainslie Park Stadium. We've no problem conceding home advantage to Spartans Our cup final opponents. 

Season drawing to a close and we've all to play for....

Itsa big night at Pilrig Park tomorrow with top of the table clash as we host 3rd place KSQ Rapids.Its 1st v 3rd and all to play for in our quest for title glory. With two idle Sunday’s (both clubs forfeiting the points) Tuesday training session was intense, and the squad are under no illusions, what is at stake. We’ve 3 games in the space of 5 days, starting tomorrow.

1st midweek fixture @ home to Edin South Magpies - Wed 17 April - KO 6.3pm. important 3 points at stake.??

Convincing 3-0 win for the lads on Sunday 14 April v Currie Star, goals from Finn - Peter - Omar secured another 3 points...??

3 home games due at Pilrig in seven days,as the race for Div 2 title hots up. Its all to play for......

13 Div 2 games still to play - And all at HOME

Our final away fixture of the season, and we collect another 3 valuable points. Typical “Derby” with ref brandishing yellow cards at every opportunity. Ruined the flow of the game to be honest, with stop-start, nature of the game. Albion won with Ahmed crashing the ball home in the final minute to give Albion a 0-1 win….v Leith Athletic Colts

Sunday 24 March - Its Derby day as we head to Meadowbank

Sunday 17 march - SERYFA Div 2 Fixture now confirmed. We’re travelling to Sth Queensferry. We only have one away game after Sunday, then we have Thirteen (13) home fixtures to look forward to.

Another win on the road as the squad come away from Spartans with a 1-3 Win. 1-0 down at HT, the lads swept to victory with three 2nd half goals from Adam - Finn & Omar....

Sunday 3 March, another convincing away win for Albion on the road. 0-3 with goals from Omar, Robin and Ahmed.

Sunday 10 March & Another Away Div 2 Fixture as we nip along the road for the North Edin Derby @ spartans. Its a "big" one with us in 4th, opponents in 5th, so points will be vital. KO @ 3.30pm

Job Done won 1-0

SERYFA Division 2 Fixture now Confirmed - Sunday 25 February @ Pilrig Park - 2pm KO. @ Home to Redhall Star....Hard fought 1-0 win. 

Sitting nicely placed in Div 2 and ready for a big promotion push.....

Sunday 18 Feb, only our 2nd home league fixture of the season. Last one was in August 2023.......Postponed due to waterlogged pitch?

Albion make it to Final of the Faichney Memorial Cup Final after a 2-0 win v Visitors Gala Fairydean due at Pilrig Park on Sunday 14 January. 

Coach Irfan heading back to Mumbai for a family visit, takes some used Albion kit,  for the needy village kids in India. This will be the club’s second donation with a number of bags delivered by irfan two years ago. We’ve been happy to do this over the years, with our first donation being shipped to the outback in northern Australia helping out the Aboriginal community, back in 2001. Then further kits going out to Tanzania, in 2006. We’re happy to help

3 points on the road away at KSQ Rapids. 2-5 win makes it two wins from 2 ...

Our opening home league fixture has been swapped to Friday 25 Aug, due to clash with Hibs - Aston Villa due to be played on the 23 Aug. Its a biggy with visitors Leith Athletic Colts due at Pilrig Park for 6.30pm KO. Great way to open the Div 2 season with a local Derby...Resulted..A 6-0 win for Albion

U16s (2008s) Scottish Cup draw......We're away to Tranent Whites. Tie to be played on Sunday 10 September

Productive pre-season. 3 friendlies x 3 wins x 15 goals for our U16s 

FOR SALE - Full size goals. IDEAL FOR ASTRO OR GRASS.. Only used for 2 seasons cost £1800, happy to accept £500. We need the space. Excellent condition. We’ll throw in a brand new set of white nets. Must be collected PM or email For details…..

It’s that time of the year Again. Our O35s squad is assembling for the start of the 2023 season, and the league application has now been forwarded. First games kick off on 21st or 28th April, with the season ending in early October, so in affect its Summer football. A number of old Albion veterans will continue to pull on the famous Badge for another season, in this the clubs 65th year. We’ll be issuing regular updates on the website…..

Club Document Page updated - 22 February 2023



Academy Video Page updated - 22 February 2023

 New away kit sponsors, The Witchery by the Castle (U13s and Prestonfield House (U15s), are both owned by Mr James Thomson OBE.

CHAMPIONS  - We did the double ...?Our U14s were crowned Division 3 Champions last Sunday and won the League cup 5-3 v Craigroyston CFC on Thursday night. .......14s Cup Final memories can now be viewed via our YouTube channel……

We're up. Our U14s secured promotion to SERYFA Division 2 with an emphatic 8-1 win v fellow promotion candidates Gullane Athletic

Our U14s will almost certainly secure promotion to SERYFA Division Two With a win tomorrow. Its all to play for as visitors are also in contention for promotion. Should be a cracker.

Sunday 8 May - U12s 3v2 Win v Penicuik, loss away at Edin City. Magnificent win for U14s 7-0 v Redhall in their top o the table clash. Wonderful 3 points puts them top of the league....

Sunday 1 May - U14 & U12 fixtures confirmed


Last weeks visit to Leith Links for our U14s in the Div 3 league cup v Leith Athletic - We came away with a well deserved 3 points, after a 0-3 win....

Our Academy kits landed safely in Mumbai and were well received by local children. Our thanks to Irfan one of our U12 coaches, who travelled to India, and arranged for local association SARA FA to distribute the kits.

Kits now India bound. Irfan flies out to Mumbai at weekend with surplus Academy jerseys for distribution to the local villages. Irfan’s contacts in Mumbai have told us that football boots are also urgently needed. We’ve costed air freight charges and think we can help. When Irfan returns we’ll put out an appeal for any unwanted football boots, all U12 sizes considered, and maybe small cash donations to cover costs of shipment. Well done Irfan, and all players who returned used kits.

After almost 2 years our indoor sessions are back…..

We're Back....

Winter/Xmas Newsletter 2021


Ours Thanks to U13 coach Tom for this very detailed set of stats highlighting the 13s league and cup winning season.Painstakingly been compiled, and no doubt time consuming, it makes formidable reading. It was a short season, but a memorable milestone for the lads, and indeed the Albion Academy.



U13s Polar Foods Cup Final
We won the Cup! I don't quite know how but somehow we managed to a grind out our hardest fought victory of the season.
Lochend were superb, and in a match that I'm only too well aware could have gone either way it was just a shame there had to be a losing side. For significant spells of the match they had the better of us, and the desire and energy they started with quite simply overwhelmed us. With 20 minutes gone they were 2-0 up and looking like they could score with every break upfield.
But then, finally realising we had a match on our hands, the boys found the reserves of determination and self-belief that I've always suspected they'd have in a crisis. With those reserves alone we managed to claw our way back into the match and end the first half all square at 2-2.
The second half brought no rest for the nerves as we went behind once more, and again we had to dig deep and graft our way back into the match. With 10 minutes to go we equalised, then 2 minutes after that we finally managed to take the lead. Those last 8 minutes felt like 8 hours, and included some heroic defending and a quite stunning save from Hamish as the last kick of the match looked for all the world like it was destined for the bottom corner.
Yesterday evening every one of the Redpath lads, upon realising the match wasn't going to be as straightforward as they'd anticipated, had to make a huge mental adjustment and take personal responsibility for the predicament we were in. To do that at all takes great maturity, but to do it at 2-0 down and with all our pre-match plans in disarray takes unbelievable fortitude and resilience.
Today the boys can walk into school with huge smiles on their faces. I know however that they, and especially the ones with Lochend schoolmates, will acknowledge that the difference between elation and bitter disappointment can be a very fine margin indeed.
Personally, the mixture of relief, emotion and pride I felt after the match was like nothing I've experienced before. It was one of the most memorable evenings of my life. It was also one I never, EVER, want to be put through again!
Coach Tom

Sunday 9 May - U13s Polar Foods, 7-3  Semi-Final win v Edina Hibs....Match Highlights courtesy of Darren......

Reminder that new training kits distributed last week are to be worn at all sessions from tomorrow.......

2021 training kits will be distributed to our 2010s & 2009s at tomorrows session. Players are advised to bring their club bags. U13 players kits will be distributed at next weeks sessions. Friday 19 March & Coaches on Saturday 20 March.

3 Squads @ Pilrig Park today, all participating in non contact activities. Both 2010 Reds & Whites enjoyed their second session, with our 2009s hitting the grass for the first time this year. despite the lockdown, every player looking the part and back as ‘sharp’ as ever. Well done lads and coaches for your efforts. Now looking forward to next week.....

Very productive 2010s non-contact session at Pilrig Park yesterday. Almost 100% attendance, so well done to both squads for attending. Also big thanks to our coaches for facilitating the sessions. Our 2009s are back next Saturday 6 March @ Pilrig Park 1pm -2pm.

As ESSDA are optimistically, planning ahead with recommending the 7s and 9v9 season kicking off, sometime in March our 2010s coaching teams, are keen to get back out on the parks, and facilitate some “lite” activity for the Reds & Whites squads. From Saturday 27 February non-contact sessions will take place @ Pilrig Park from 1pm to 2pm. I’m sure the boys will be keen to get back, on the grass and enjoy some energetic activities. Please notes, sessions will be skill and ball work based. Sessions will also take please regardless of weather conditions.

Club 2021 Winter News letter. Its a 5 page read, but we’re sure you‘ll find something of interest. Its an uncertain time for our young squads, but we need to plan ahead, and stay positive.

Academy Newsletter - Winter 2021
Club 2021 Winter News letter. Its a 5 page read, but we’re sure you‘ll find something of interest. Its an uncertain time for our young squads, but we need to plan ahead, and stay positive. 1
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Found this on YT. I remember getting a VHS copy from John Ritchie, Hibs community coach at the time, as it was the SFA bringing in the 7s game, and establishing mandatory SFA coaching courses. Must have been early 90s. Opening 12 mins sums up why Scotland badly needed coaches to be qualified. still have the original video kicking about somewhere....

No Xmas newsletter this year, but we realise the need to keep all parents aware of current, and future Academy plans. Our Xmas letter outlines most info.

Who remembers the table-top football game Subbuteo, customised team kits worn by the tiny football figures. Adults of a certain age will remember it well, and no doubt most of the club dads, will have played it at some stage while growing up. Well we’ve joined the esteem ranks of the world-wide Subbuteo teams. Big thanks to our 2009s keeper Louie’s dad, David Curti for arranging to have this set produced. Fantastic attention to detail.....

2010s Whites away to Edin City.....Passing football was great today, some of the best I've seen from the team. Great attitude as ever, great team work and great goals. Also plenty of fine saves from Adam to stop them getting back in at any point. .Speaking to their coach, he thought we would give their Pele team a good game.
Courtesy Coach Mark....
* MATCH REPORT * 2010 v Redhall Star - Coach Paul
Redhall Star v Redpath Albion Reds
Definitely the toughest match this season so far as both teams played out a very entertaining draw. Conditions were difficult with the pitch very heavy and both sets of players struggling to keep their feet at times.
We were not at our best today from a passing perspective, playing only in sporadic phases. When we did pass it we were very fluid and effective, creating some great chances. Redhall had a cracking GK though who pulled off a few fantastic saves.
Today was a performance about desire, guts and the defensive side of the game. Freddie at CB was immense for large portions of the match, almost taking it as a personal insult if an opposition player got past him. Likewise Dan, who was like the Duracell bunny all over the pitch, tackling, harassing, pressing and driving us forward.
All over the pitch we were digging in to win personal battles and that was pleasing to see, especially as we have sometimes been lacking a little in this area in the past.
A big thank you to Oliver and Beau who took a half each in goals, and both done well. The players can take great pride in today’s battling performance and result. It showed that we can compete at this level when our passing game is not quite t here.
Goals today by Charlie & Ahmed (2)
Match Report - Coach Tom
Haddington 2 Redpath 9 (HT 1-5)
The U13s were in sizzling form this morning, putting in by far their best performance of the season and embracing the opportunity to play on what could have easily been an intimidatingly big pitch. Our hosts Haddington were far from a push-over (a really good team in good form) but such was our edge in just about every department that at no time were they able to get any sort of foothold in the game. It was the kind of display that, as a coach, gives you in the enviable problem of not quite knowing what to say at halftime, as "don't change a thing" is not going to fill 5 minutes!
So many commendable performances in the Redpath team today, but if I had to pick out one player it would be Enock. In an attacking midfield role, he treated us to a commanding display, combining strength with a delightful deftness of touch and setting up numerous chances with some perfectly weighted through balls.
If the boys are willing to set today as their baseline for effort, desire and teamwork then they will be more than capable of fulfilling the high expectations we have for them.
Todays Scorers:- Finn (2) - Peter (2) - Robin (2) - Carter (2) - Enock (1)

2008 (U13s) peter free kicks Bonnyrigg Rose - 18/10/2020

2010s Whites away at Castlevale - 18/10/2020

As our 2009 squad prep for the new 9v9 season we’re recruiting a few players to boost the squad. Contact details on our flyer.....

August Coaching Camp - Torrential rain - Glorious sunshine. We had it all

Our Academy players officially break for school holidays. And as we ease out of what has been a crazy period of lockdown, our P7s (2008s) will have mixed emotions as they forego emotional goodbyes to classmates and teachers. They’re a squad of strong characters and I’m sure they’ll make a smooth transition to high school life.....We’ll have good news for all Academy teams over the weekend. Watch this space

Academy Player Development Coaches Roddy & Murdo share their fun video produced for 3v2 Soccer Academy members...


Irfan (Dad) and Saif (Son) U10 Academy player enjoying Pilrig Park For a light ball skill session. Anybody else? Forward any short vids and with your permission we’ll get them online....

Hope everyone is staying positive.....We’ve been relatively busy behind the scenes dealing with off-field issues. Our ongoing “negotiations“ with CEC Green Spaces dept re our vision for Pilrig Park and our long-term aims to get our youth teams back playing at Pilrig, took a positive turn, when CEC agreed to support our plans, to increase the dimensions of the current playing area. Once we get the go ahead to start playing, CEC will undertake the work, and our youth teams will come back to PP. Part 2 of our long-term vision is to site a new 60x40 7s playing area, on a section of the original big pitch. The CEC have agreed in principal to carry out the marking and maintenance of the new 7s site, although a cost for this work has still to be agreed. In addition, local group Friends of Pilrig Park will be required to endorse the Academies application, before CEC will proceed. We’ve had 2 fairly in-depth discussions with the Chair of the friends group, and a consultation process involving their members, and residents with a community interest, will be undertaken very soon. We’ve also proposed that the playing area would ideal for community use, especially during school hours by the three local schools. The new area would accommodate, not just 7v7 football, but any sports activity that requires boundary lines, such as Unihock - Rounders - Quick Cricket etc. Pilrig Park school have responded very positively to the proposal. We’ve put together a small video of archive actions shots illustrating the youth and senior games the club enjoyed over the years at Pilrig Park....We’ll keep everyone updated. Stay Safe

Ariel view of proposed new 7 v 7 area

We’ve decided to have a wee bit of fun with our Academy Coaches. We asked them to look back at their early football days. 3 Questions and answers...Oh and to add a pic of them in their football kit. * Pause vid to read *

Albion Squads going way back. Senior, Youth and Academy. There’s bound to be a Dad, Grandad, Brother or Neighbour among these Squads.......


Pilrig Park * We'll be back soon.....


Check out our Academy Girls Team page

Our Academy Sponsors

Traditional Roofing & Building Ltd

Our original Development coaches Roddy & Murdo (3v2 Soccer Academy) will return to the club and will conduct Friday coaching sessions for U15 & U13 squads with support from current coaching teams, from 24 February until the end of the season.They’ll be tasked with taking a “fresh” approach to team & player develoment. Good to have them back..

Home Ground - Pilrig Park * Leith -  EH6 5DW


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