Glenafton’s Ginger Chessy moves to Maybole
The club can announce that central defender and Ryan McChesney has now completed his transfer to Maybole Juniors. A local lad Chessy played as a 12 year-old in the Glenafton youth side that under John Stewart, now club secretary, reached the Scottish Youth Cup final in 2005.
Ryan turned out for Glenafton at the start of Season 2010/11 a few weeks after his 18th birthday. He scored the Glens goal in the pre-season Joe Meldrum Trophy in a 1-1 draw with Glasgow Perthshire at Loch Park; the home side coming out on top in the penalty shoot-out. Ryan signed later in the Season making his debut on 29th January 2011 in a Superleague 1st Division goal-less draw away to Annbank United. The next season Chessy scored his first goal for the Glens in a 3-0 league win over Kilsyth Rangers on the way to promotion to the Premier Division as Super League 1st Division Champions.
Further medals followed over each of the next three seasons 2012/13-2015/15 – West of Scotland Cup winners, Scottish Junior Cup runners-up and an Ardagh League Cup winners. Three more medals were added in the treble winning season of 2016/17 with the Scottish Junior Cup, Super League Premier Championship and Evening Times Champions Cup.
Unfortunately, the Ryan’s Testimonial had to be put on hold as they club elected not to compete that season while Ryan headed for a spell at Dalbeattie Star before returning to Glenafton this season for a handful of games taking his total appearances just shy of a tremendous 300 and bagging 13 goals in the process.
Everyone at Glenafton would like thank Ryan for his magnificent service to the club and wish him every success in the future at Maybole.
We are now in talks with Ryan about arranging his testimonial after this season concludes, and a date for this will be announced imminently. Thanks for the memories Chessy