Milton Football & Sports Club started on the streets of Whins of Milton near Stirling, when brothers Pat and John Griffin formed a team to play in the inter-street games in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In 1972, they decided to join the Stirling & District Amateur Football League. Their first ever organised game was against Broomhill, from Bonnybridge, which ended in a 5-4 defeat. Milton soon went downhill, with heavy defeats becoming the norm. Scores like 12-1 and 14-2 were not uncommon.
At the end of the season Pat and John decided to disband the team and resign from the league. It was only by chance sitting in the pub discussing the team that a group of 7 men at the next table overheard them, and asked if they would keep it going if they helped. Pat and John agreed and over 40 years later, James Masterson and Mick Mullane have been heavily involved with the club, as has ‘Mr. Milton’, Pat Griffin.
Over the following 5 seasons the team enjoyed great success, culminating in promotion to the top division. There followed 10 more years in the league, with Milton being feared by all, until the prestigious Caledonian League came knocking and invited Milton to join them. The team went from strength to strength, making the Scottish Amateur Cup Final in 1997, and losing 2-1 to the Ayrshire giants of Knockentiben. This also marked the year the team moved into their current home at St. Modan’s Sports and Social Club at Bluebell Wood.
2004 saw the next big step for the team as the Milton Soccer Academy was established, with great help from Active Stirling and ably managed by Willie McCulloch until his recent retirement.
Within a few years the Soccer Academy mushroomed, with 20 teams and around 350 players currently part of Milton, both boys and girls, ranging from 5 year olds to adult amateur teams. With the introduction of the younger year groups, the number of volunteers and coaches at the Club has increased to around 100.
It is impossible to mention who has played a part in the rise of the Club, but Pat Griffin has always been at the heart and soul of it. His contribution has been recognised in recent years, with awards coming in thick and fast: McDonalds Grassroots Hero Award 2013, ‘Mr. Milton’ promotional film shot by Chevrolet Cars as part of their 2014 Word Cup support, UEFA Grassroots Leader Award 2014 as well as more in the pipeline.
Mr. Milton has infectious ambitions for the Club as a whole and the new ‘young’ executive committee are just as passionate in their desire to make Milton Football and Sports Club the top amateur football club of its type in Scotland. Mon the Milton!