Tolsta Welfare Club finally picked up some silverware this year. After 6 years of league competition; some initial hefty defeats; less than consistent performances and a plethora of exotic injuries; Tolsta were at last hailed Welfare League champions in convincing and emphatic style.
Playing in the now historical and familiar green and white striped tops, Tolsta started the league as they aimed to finish, putting in some fine performances and seeing off the rest of the competition in a succession of convincing wins. With a total of 28 points and having played only 11 out of a possible 12 games, Tolsta clinched easy league victory.
Tolsta Welfare Club was established in 1996 and although Welfare League success was a natural target to set, this however only marked the first stage in the vision. It was hoped ultimately, that the evidence of football being played once again "air a' phairc" might not only encourage young Tolstonians to bypass the lure of bigger clubs and enjoy the facilities closer to home, but more importantly, stimulate local interest and lead to the formation of a suitably manned committee to share in the task at hand. With a well- supported committee in place, Tolsta Football Club could be in a position to re-enter the league and once again stamp its presence firmly on Lewis and Harris senior league football.
In the meantime however, regardless of the level of competition, it's nice to see a Tolsta football team mirror past glories and pick up a trophy in a Lewis and Harris league competition. Duly deserved and hopefully not the last.
The 2002 Tolsta Welfare League winning team wore their new strips generously sponsored by Kevin Moore of Moore and Partners Solicitors, Cumbernauld.