Latest News: Tolmie and Townsley sign for Spartans

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016

Spartans are delighted to announce two new signings ahead of the 2016/17 Lowland League campaign.

Blair Tolmie arrives at Ainslie Park from Juniors side Newtongrange Star.  The Centre-Back was formerly full time with Hibernian & Celtic before plying his trade in the Junior ranks with Arniston Rangers.

In 2011 the Defender moved to Nitten where he has lead whilst wearing the Skipper’s armband during the bulk of his time at New Victoria Park.

Tolmie has International Honours under his belt, having represented Scotland at Under 19s on five occasions whilst playing at Easter Road.  The 26 year old said of his move, “I have known Dougie for some time and with the cracking set up at Spartans I am really looking forward to the new season”.

Rejoining the club after a five year absence is Chris Townsley. The Defender has completed his move from East Stirlingshire where he was their Player of the Year last season.

Townsley, 31, joined the Club previously in 2010 from Alloa.  After a successful season at Ainslie Park, which included a Man of the Match display in the South Challenge Cup victory over Edinburgh City, he headed back to the bright lights of the then SFL with Berwick Rangers before moving to East Stirlingshire.

After putting the proverbial pen to paper, an ebullient Townsley said, “I’m just happy to be back at a great club and I am looking forward to an important season ahead where we will be out to win the league and give ourselves a chance of getting the club where it needs to be”.

Head coach Dougie Samuel added, “Chris and Blair are two guys I have been asking to come to Spartans for a number of years and we’re delighted to have added their experience to our squad.

“They are exceptional players with a real desire to win. With almost all our squad having re-signed, we’re in a great place for pre-season training to start at towards the end of June.”

On behalf of the Club, we’d like to wish both players all the best ahead of the forthcoming season and offer them a warm welcome into the Spartans Family.

Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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