West of Scotland Football League chairman Matt Bamford has admitted it was never his intention to join the committee of the new set-up – but he is looking forward to next season now he has got started.

The Clydebank match secretary was elected onto the inaugural board at the beginning of March at a special general meeting.

The new committee replaced the members of the interim management group, which was headed by Lowland League chairman Dave McKenna, that was overseeing the move from the old Scottish Junior Football Association to the WoSFL.

Bamford was previously president of the West region of the SJFA but stepped down in March last year when the Bankies backed the bid to move to the new set-up and join the pyramid.

He initially stepped in as discipline secretary when the league was getting started before eventually being persuaded to run for chairman.

Bamford and his colleagues on the board are now making plans for the 2021-22 campaign after the inaugural WoSFL campaign was cut short because of the pandemic.

Speaking to the Post, he explained: “It wasn’t my intention to get involved because I had given a lot of time on the previous board and my wife was quite happy I’d have a wee bit more time with the family.

“Dave McKenna, the chairman at the time, had phoned me to ask my advice on a couple of bits and pieces, and during that conversation he asked why didn’t I come on board and help.

“I thought about it and I should have said no but I said yes.

“I was discipline secretary, so helped set that up in the West of Scotland League, and got everything up and running with the SFA to make sure that was in line with the judicial panel protocols.

“When that was up and running, and we started playing football I had said that this wasn’t what I wanted to be doing.

“It was coming up for the special general meeting to elect the board and I had said to the committee I wasn’t standing as discipline secretary.

“It wasn’t what I saw myself as doing and the guy who had been helping me out said he would do it.

“A couple of the other guys had said why don’t I stand for chairman and I had said I was only in to help out. It wasn’t something I was planning for but in the end I thought ‘OK, then’.

“I got elected unopposed and now we’re trying to get things started for next season.”