Getting to know: Gretna FC 2008

Today’s ‘Getting to know’ is Gretna FC 2008, a fairly new side founded in, you guessed it 2008, after the collapse of Gretna FC a club which had played in the town since 1946.

Casual fans would be forgiven for confusion between the two sides, as the club played at the same stadium, have similar badges and the same nicknames, either ‘The black and whites’ or ‘The Anvils’, however Gretna FC 2008 and Gretna FC are two completely different clubs.

Gretna’s Supporters’ Society used the supporters’ trust to found a new club called Gretna FC 2008, with Anton Hodge in the role of the chairman and strongly supported by the UK bingo website The club is in a 100% ownership of the Supporters’ Society, and the board consists of the elected society members.

In 2013, the club became founder members of the Lowland League, having previously played in the East of Scotland Football League Premier Division after promotion in 2010-11 from the East of Scotland Football League first Division.

Gretna have remained in the Lowland League ever since, fluctuating around the midtable area generally. The club did threaten promotion in the 2014-15 season finishing 3rd in the league, but were some distance behind eventual winners Edinburgh City FC.

Despite their short history the club does have some trophies in its cabinet, the club have won The East of Scotland City Cup, The East of Scotland Qualifying Cup on two occasions and the Alex Jack Cup.

The team played for most of the 2008–09 season at the Everholm Stadium in Annan. Late in the season, however, the new owners of Raydale Park allowed Gretna 2008 to move to the ground in their home town, meaning that once again Gretna had a team to get behind.

In May 2011, the Raydale Community Partnership, of which Gretna FC 2008 is a member, negotiated the purchase of the site. Meaning that Gretna FC 2008 owned their own stadium.

Everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ would like to wish Gretna 2008 all the best for the coming season and the future.

Getting to know: Whitehill Welfare

This season has been a season of uncertainty at Whitehill Welfare in the clubs 63 year history and the league table shows it.

Founded in 1953 and initially competing in junior football before turning senior and joining the East of Scotland Football League in 1979. Whitehill are the most successful side in the East of Scotland League history, winning a total of 16 titles prior to joining the Lowland League as one of its founder members in 2013.

Whitehill will be looking to rekindle the success its had historically in the East of Scotland League as they have just been relegated from the Lowland League, this was because of a somewhat disastorous start to the season as the club having changed manager three times.

Current manager Ian Little had steadied the ship somewhat and performances were improving however it was somewhat too late for the former Berwick Rangers man to fully turn their season around.

All aims for the club now are rebuilding for the coming season both on and off the pitch as the club will hope to bounce back to the Lowland League, a big chance for the more junior players at the club as Whitehill run a u20’s side.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish everyone at Whitehall all the best for next season and we hope its alot more successful.