Albert want Border Amateur side

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Hawick Royal Albert have announced they are hoping to have a nursery side in Border Amateur Football.

An application has been submitted for a side which would go under the banner of HRA 19 to join the league’s ‘C’ Division. Talking of this, Albert secretary/treasurer Dougie Purves said: “Hawick Royal Albert are wanting to get involved in youth football in the town, and feel that having a young team in the Border Amateur League could be a pathway for this.

“It would give us a link with the youth set up, and be a stepping stone for players to progress.

“Experienced players would be played as well, such as Albert players coming back from injury, but mainly it would be a young team.”

A team under the banner of Hawick Hotspur has also applied to join the Border Amateur Football Association.

There has been a change behind the scenes down Albert Park way, with the appointment of Graeme Paxton as the new club chairman. A former Albert player, Paxton takes over from Irene Hutchison who it is understood has resigned.

Meanwhile, after another hugely disappointing season, things aren’t getting much better for The Albert who have been fined £700 by the Scottish Football Association for their poor discipline during the term.

It was the largest fine for any club outwith SPL and SFL leagues.

n The Albert have arranged a pre-season friendly against First Division Falkirk on July 17.

Managed by former Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Scotland international Steven Pressley, the match kicks off at Albert Park at 2pm.