Doune Castle AFC have been crowned Caledonian League Premier Division Champions for the second season in a row.

The Castle guaranteed their title win with several games to spare, leaving their nearest rivals trailing some 20 points behind. With one game remaining, the Moray Park outfit also remain unbeaten in the League, having notched up an impressive 17 wins and 2 draws from their 19 fixtures.

Doune Castle received the Premier Division Trophy last week’s 2-1 victory over Dalziel HSFP in their final home game of the season. Prior to the match, the Motherwell team formed a guard of honour to welcome the newly crowned champions onto the pitch.

In front of a large crowd of their supporters, Iain Cowden, Caledonian League Secretary, presented the trophy to Castle skipper Alan More. Mr Cowden lauded the Castle for their outstanding achievement, emphasising the highly competitive nature of the League’s top division. He had special praise for the Castle’s management team and backroom committee.

For Colin Burke, Doune’s long-serving player it was a poignant occasion. The Wallace High School PE teacher, has decided to retire from playing to concentrate on his coaching duties with Forth Valley. ‘Burkey’ is one of Doune’s longest serving players and contributed greatly to so many of Doune’s triumphs, including their 2012 East Cup win, scoring the opening goal in the final.

Alan Inglis, the club’s all time record goal scorer, joined the celebrations on crutches, having recently suffered a cruel leg break in a freak domestic accident. But ‘the Bull’ most certainly played his part in Doune’s successful season with 45 goals to his credit.

As the season draws to its happy conclusion, Doune have the chance of more silverware. They still have the semi final of the William Turner Challenge Cup to play. The squad will be trying their best to be part of the final, traditionally the showcase finale to the Caledonian League season.

Well done to all at Doune Castle AFC for a triumphant 2015-2016 season.