With Glendale suffering relegation in season 2007-08 from Div 1 north they found themselves in Div 2 East for season 2008-09, A season which would see them finally win a championship trophy. With a new managerial team in place and a new trainer brought on board changes were afoot. Alan Aitken was tasked with getting the players fit, A task he warmed to. On the 1st night Paul Adie then Chris Garden pulled off the pack and were seen to be asking for “Hughieeee”. The bar was set high and eventually the players reached it and was to prove to be an important factor as the season progressed.
With a different style of play for the players to master as well it took them a wee while to adjust and an opening day 2-2 draw with Grammar FP’s [Dickson,Noble] was less than expected followed by a 4-4 away draw to Luthermuir [Dickson,Noble Robertson 2 ] hardly set the heather in fire but there was enough in both games to suggest more was to come and eventually Dale began to string results together and by Christmas were tucked nicely in the pack along with Ellon Thistle,Stoneywood Amateurs, Luthermuir and Insch.
By April it looked like a 3 horse race between Ellon Thistle [who had the points in the bag] Stoneywood and Glendale with Glendale having their eyes on another prize as well ,The Dickie Trophy.
Glendale had progressed through the competition defeating Fintry Thistle 3-0 [Noble 2 Garden], Insch, away, 2-1 [Noble Taylor], Grammar FP’s away on pens after a 4-4 draw [Will,Garden,Robertson,Hay] then needed extra time again in the Semi Final to see off Trophies International 3-2 [Innes 2 Livingstone]. In the final however Glendale’s young keeper Neil Walker was red carded after only 5 minutes for handball outside the area and the handicap of playing with 10 men against a classy Hilton side proved too much as Dale went down 4-0.
The cup run did not however prove to be a distraction for Glendale in their quest for the title but in the space of a week right after the final Dale faced Ellon Thistle away and crucially came away with a draw [2-2] which all but ended Ellon’s hopes, Next up almost a title decider against Stoneywood Amateurs at Webster Park [18th may] and with Glendale’s hopes fading as they fell behind up stepped STUART HAY with a memorable hat-trick and salvage a draw leaving Glendale in pole position.
On the 23rd May Glendale faced a resurgent Rothie Rovers at Maryculter knowing a win would secure the title with a game to spare. Skipper MARTIN LIVINGSTONE calmed the nerves by scoring in the 1st half but Rothie silenced the home crowd early in the 2nd half by drawing level. Just as it looked like Glendale would have to wait and complete the job in their last game against University Strollers up popped MARK DICKSON to score and clinch the title.
Amid the celebrations at full time there was a very poignant moment as watching from the sidelines was Charlie Summers, Founder of the club, In one of the last games he was able to attend and finally his team had won a championship and players and committee lined up to shake his hand.
In a season that saw Glendale play 38 games they scored 103 goals, Amazingly the top scorer only had 13, Andy Will. The full list of scorers was as follows
Andy Will 13
Mark “the clincher” Dickson 12
Neil Innes 12
Calum Robertson 11
Stuart Hay 11
Andrew Noble 10
Martin Livingstone 7
Neil Taylor 6
Chris Garden 6
Mark Bisset 5
Les Kilminster 2
Jamie Rose 2
Graeme Oag 2
Steven Abercrombie 1
Kenny Austin 1
Chris Kerr 1