Miracles do happen. Just not very often to the Ants. But in August 2003 we qualified from our League Cup section - a particularly difficult one - with maximum points.
Since the inception of the Sectional League Cup in 1968/69, the Ants had grown accustomed to being grouped with much bigger, wealthier clubs, often at the height of their power. If it wasn't Cambuslang Rangers and Rutherglen Glencairn, or Shotts Bon Accord and Bellshill Athletic, it was Pollok, Arthurlie and Benburb. We had never qualified - never come close - often finishing bottom of our section with a miserable haul of points and an unhealthy goal deficit.
For a few seasons, from 1998/99 to 2004/05, we were placed in a really daunting seven-club Section 9 with some of the giants of Junior football. In 2003 this section contained SIX clubs from higher divisions. Arthurlie, Johnstone Burgh, Neilston Juniors and Pollok all had Super League Premier Division status, while Benburb and Renfrew operated in Super League Division One. The Ants, by contrast, were newly promoted from Central District League Division Two to Division One.
On paper we should have had no chance...