“Officially the sunniest club in Scotland”.

Lots of claims are made across the football world, normally those usually refer to clubs being bigger, more successful or having better players than their rivals.

The club we have chosen to cover today however, caught our attention because of the absolutely huge claim they have made on Twitter, “Officially the sunniest club in Scotland”and they are Dunbar United.

Founded in 1924 and competing for the vast majority of their history as a Junior football club, The Seasiders have a long and storied history that has seen them pick up many pieces of silverware, including the Scottish Junior Cup in 1960/61.

In recent years though the club withdrew from Junior football and took the step into the Scottish Football League Pyramid, joining the East of Scotland Conference A, a quick promotion followed the year after but season interruptions has seen the club remain in the East Of Scotland Premier Division until the present.

Everyone we have spoken too, regarding the people and the club itself at Dunbar speaks very highly of the club. Even from a quick look at there social media including visits from recent groundhoppers, tells you that the club is well run and definitely worth a visit.

Finally, we aren’t going to argue that they aren’t the sunniest club in Scotland or even who made it official, we will leave that to other teams, but we will definitely be travelling up to a game this year if possible, the shorts, sunnies and sandals already packed.

Getting to know: Arniston Rangers FC

One of the oldest junior clubs in Scotland is fully focused on becoming a fully fledged community club.

Having been a Junior club since its foundation in 1878, Arniston Rangers FC is one of many clubs that last year moved to senior football by joining the East of Scotland Football League.

The ‘Gers’ are taking big steps towards doing more for their community by announcing that from next season they will be running a further u20’s team, giving more youth talent that chance to progress and play a high level of football. Furthermore, since the new management team arrived earlier this season they have made a point of bring through more of the youth players to get experience with the first team squad.

Based out of Newbyres Park in Gorebridge, Arniston currently has a massive focus on improving their youth set up in order to bring players through, Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club (ARYFC) currently has in the region of 260 kids playing for them between the ages of 5 and 19 and are looking to expand on this in order to have youth teams both male and female right through the ages groups.

Currently sat 10th in the league, ‘The Gers’ will be looking to continue to improve and hopefully improve on that position next year with a full season under the new management set up.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish all the best to Arniston for the rest of this season and the future.

Getting to know: Rossvale Juniors FC

Very rarely do clubs get consecutive promotions, but that’s exactly what could happen to todays team, Rossvale Juniors Football Club.

Founded in 1976, Rossvale are a semi-professional Scottish football club, from Bishopbriggs on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Promoted last season after winning the West of Scotland League Central District First Division, the club currently sit just outside the promotion places in the McBookie.com West Region Championship, with only a couple of games to play all is still up for grabs. The club are making quick progress rising through the Junior football leagues, their Junior team only being founded in 2010 and has seen two promotions since.

The aim of the Junior side is the hope that the Under 21’s will be the cornerstone of the club and be a constant feed of quality players ready to play at the Junior level, further giving the youth teams that the club run all the way from under 8’s to under 21, something to aim for and progress to.

Something that you don’t often see at a non-league level, is that the club has a very dedicated media team who run a YouTube page called ‘Rossvale Juniors TV’ where all kinds of interviews and match highlights are posted for those who cant attend games but are interested in whats going on at the club.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder we would just like to wish everyone at Rossvale Juniors FC all the best on their promotion charge and good luck in the future.

Getting to Know: Saint Anthony’s FC

Our first journey north of the border in our getting to know series is Saint Anthony’s FC otherwise known as ‘The Ants”.

“The Ants” are by club constitution a non-political, non-sectarian, anti-racist club, and welcome anyone regardless of sexual orientation, colour or creed.

Based out of McKenna Park in Govan, Glasgow, The Ants are a club with a long and rich history having been founded in 1902, adopting and maintaing their ‘Junior’ status since 1905.

Saint Anthony’s currently operate in the Scottish Junior Football Association, West Region Central District Division One of the Scottish Junior Football Association.

Prior to the outbreak of World War Two, the club was descibed as “one of the foremost clubs in Scotland”, however since having their ground flattened during the war the club fell upon hard times and for a few years didn’t have a ground to call home, it wasn’t until 2003 that the club finally found a new home at McKenna Park. Which really is a testamant to everyone involved with ‘The Ants’ that they kept this club going.

Saint Anthony’s play in a strip that will be very familiar to all football fans, green and white hoops. It isnt just the strip that ‘The ants’ share with Celtic FC however, 60 players at this moment in time have represented both Saint Anthony’s and Celtic, the most notable of these probably being Bobby Evans who went on to make 535 appearences for Celtic, get 48 caps for Scotland and inducted into the Scottish Football hall of fame in 2008.

Credit: Gerry Lafferty & SaintAnthony’s FC

Through social media, the club currently has upwards of 8500 followers on Twitter and has received well wishes from clubs as big as Italian giants Roma FC. Through their vast Twitter audience the club has since formed a charitable partnership between themselves and American amateur club Motorik FC Alexandria, who are based in Alexandria, North Virginia in the United States of America.

Next up for ‘The Ants” is a home league fixture against Forth Wanderers and I’d just like to take a moment to say good luck and thanks for letting us write about you, oh and also #ForzaAnts #MonTheAnts