Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles, the Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain. The union also created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles, titles, the legal system within Scotland has also remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in both public and private law. Glasgow, Scotlands largest city, was one of the worlds leading industrial cities. Other major urban areas are Aberdeen and Dundee, Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third-largest city in Scotland, the title of Europes oil capital, following a referendum in 1997, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. Scotland is represented in the UK Parliament by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs, Scotland is also a member nation of the British–Irish Council, and the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Scotland comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels, the Late Latin word Scotia was initially used to refer to Ireland. By the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to Scotland north of the River Forth, alongside Albania or Albany, the use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages. Repeated glaciations, which covered the land mass of modern Scotland. It is believed the first post-glacial groups of hunter-gatherers arrived in Scotland around 12,800 years ago, the groups of settlers began building the first known permanent houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago, and the first villages around 6,000 years ago. The well-preserved village of Skara Brae on the mainland of Orkney dates from this period and it contains the remains of an early Bronze Age ruler laid out on white quartz pebbles and birch bark. It was also discovered for the first time that early Bronze Age people placed flowers in their graves, in the winter of 1850, a severe storm hit Scotland, causing widespread damage and over 200 deaths. In the Bay of Skaill, the storm stripped the earth from a large irregular knoll, when the storm cleared, local villagers found the outline of a village, consisting of a number of small houses without roofs. William Watt of Skaill, the laird, began an amateur excavation of the site, but after uncovering four houses
Heart of Midlothian F.C.
Heart of Midlothian Football Club, commonly known as Hearts, is a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie in the west of Edinburgh. It is currently the only Scottish Premiership club in the city, with Edinburgh derby rivals Hibernian playing in the Scottish Championship and Edinburgh City playing in Scottish League Two. Hearts is the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, having formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly Club. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the citys Royal Mile, Hearts play at Tynecastle Stadium, where home matches have been played since 1886. Their current training facilities are at the nearby Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, the clubs most successful period was under Tommy Walker from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s. They won seven trophies in this period and were runners up for five others, Jimmy Wardhaugh, Willie Bauld and Alfie Conn, Sr. known affectionately as the Terrible Trio were famed forwards at the start of this period with wing half lynch pins Dave Mackay and John Cumming. Wardhaugh was part of another notable Hearts attacking trinity in the 1957–58 league winning side, along with Jimmy Murray and Alex Young they set the record for the number of goals scored in that league winning campaign. In doing so became the only side to finish a season with a goal difference exceeding 100. Hearts have won the Scottish Cup eight times, most recently in 2012 after a 5–1 win over city-rivals Hibernian, Hearts four Scottish League Cup triumphs were all under Walker, most recently a 1–01962 Scottish League Cup Final victory against Kilmarnock. The most recent Scottish League Cup Final appearance was in 2013 when they lost to St Mirren 3–2, in 1958, Heart of Midlothian became the third Scottish and fifth British team to compete in European competition at the time. The club reached the quarter-finals of the 1988–89 UEFA Cup, losing out to Bayern Munich 2–1 on aggregate, the club was formed by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly Club. The group of friends bought a ball before playing local rules football at the Tron from where they were directed by a policeman to The Meadows to play. Local rules football was a mix of rugby and football as we know it, in December 1873 a match was held between XIs selected by Mr Thomson from Queens Park and Mr Gardner from Clydesdale at Raimes Park in Bonnington. This was the first time that Association rules had seen in Edinburgh. Members from the dance club viewed the match and in 1874 decided to adopt the association rules, the new side was Heart of Mid-Lothian Football Club. The earliest mention of Heart of Midlothian in a context is a report in The Scotsman newspaper from 20 July 1864 of The Scotsman vs Heart of Mid-Lothian at cricket. It is not known if this was the club who went on to form the football club. The club took its name from the Heart of Midlothian jail, by becoming members of the Scottish Association Hearts were able to play in the Scottish Cup for the first time
The Celtic Football Club is a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premiership. The club was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow and they played their first match in May 1888, a friendly match against Rangers which Celtic won 5–2. Celtic established itself within Scottish football, winning six league titles during the first decade of the 20th century. The club enjoyed their greatest successes during the 1960s and 70s under Jock Stein when they won nine league titles. Celtic have won the Scottish League Championship on 48 occasions, most recently in the 2016–17 season, the Scottish Cup 36 times, Celtic also reached the 1970 European Cup Final, and the 2003 UEFA Cup Final. Celtic have a fierce rivalry with Rangers, and the clubs have become known as the Old Firm. The two clubs have dominated Scottish football, winning 102 league titles between them since the inception of the Scottish League in 1890. The clubs fanbase was estimated in 2003 as being around nine million worldwide, an estimated 80,000 fans travelled to Seville for the 2003 UEFA Cup Final. The club has the nickname, The Bhoys. However, according to the Celtic press office, the established club was known to many as the bold boys. A postcard from the early 20th century that pictured the team, the extra h imitates the spelling system of Gaelic, wherein the letter b is often accompanied by the letter h. On 28 May 1888, Celtic played their first official match against Rangers, Neil McCallum scored Celtics first ever goal. Celtics first kit consisted of a shirt with a green collar, black shorts. The original club crest was a green cross on a red oval background. In 1889 Celtic reached the final of the Scottish Cup, this was their first season in the competition, Celtic again reached the final of the Scottish Cup in 1892, but this time were victorious after defeating Queens Park 5–1 in the final, the clubs first major honour. Several months later the moved to its new ground, Celtic Park. In 1895, Celtic set the League record for the highest home score when they beat Dundee 11–0, in 1897, the club became a Private limited company and Willie Maley was appointed as the first secretary-manager. Between 1905 and 1910, Celtic won the Scottish League Championship six times in a row, in both 1907 and 1908 Celtic also won the Scottish Cup, this was the first time a Scottish club had ever won the Double
The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the Scottish Cup, is an annual association football knock-out cup competition for mens football clubs in Scotland. The competition was first held in 1873–74, entry is open to all clubs with full or associate membership of the Scottish Football Association. The competition is called the William Hill Scottish Cup for sponsorship reasons and it was first presented to Queens Park, who won the final match of the inaugural tournament in March 1874. The current holder is Hibernian, who won the tournament for the time by defeating Rangers 3–2 in the 2016 final. The tournament starts at the beginning of the Scottish football season in August or September, the Scottish Cup Final is usually the last game of the season, taking place at the end of May. Participating teams enter the tournament at different stages depending on their league ranking, the lowest ranked clubs enter the tournament at the first round whilst the highest ranked, those that compete in the Scottish Premiership, enter at the fourth round stage. The competition is a knock-out tournament, in each round of games the teams are paired at random, with the first team drawn listed as the home team. Every game lasts 90 minutes plus any additional stoppage time, the winner of each game advances to the next round, whilst the loser is eliminated from the tournament. If a game ends in a draw, the fixture is replayed at the ground of the other team at a later date. If the replay also ends in a draw,30 minutes of time is played followed by a penalty shoot-out if there is still no clear winner. In the semi-final and final rounds, if the ends in a draw there is no replay. The competition has a staggered entry system, Scottish League One and six Scottish Championship clubs started in the third round, while the remaining four Championship clubs and all 12 Scottish Premiership clubs entered in the fourth round. Any club that is a full or associate member of the Scottish Football Association is entitled to compete in the tournament, every team that plays in the Scottish Professional Football League is therefore eligible. Between 1895 and 2007, clubs that were SFA members but not competitors in the professional football leagues could only qualify for the tournament by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup. Clubs that are not members of the SFA may still qualify for the tournament by winning the Highland League, Lowland League, three junior clubs, Banks O Dee, Girvan and Linlithgow Rose are also SFA members and therefore qualify automatically. From 2015, the winners of the Scottish Amateur Cup are also eligible to qualify, players that are registered with a competing club are eligible to play. However, players are not entitled to play for more than one club during the same tournament, each club names eleven players and up to five substitutes before every match. In order to play in the match, a player must have also been registered to compete in the semi-final round for the same club
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Vale of Leithen F.C.
Vale of Leithen Football Club are a football club from the town of Innerleithen, Scotland. They play in the Lowland Football League, and their games take place at the towns Victoria Park. The club is one of the oldest in the Scottish Borders, having formed in 1891, the club played at Caddon Park and initially played their first two games as Leithen Vale but subsequently changed their name to Vale of Leithen Football Club. In 1922, they moved to their current home, Victoria Park, the teams motto is Keep Faith, and features on their club crest, along with the towns patron saint, St. Ronan. The home strip features a blue shirt with sleeves, blue shorts and red socks. Vale of Leithen should not be confused with the slightly differently named junior team Vale of Leven, the club joined the Lowland Football League in 2013. As of 20 September 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. East of Scotland Football League Winners, 1924–25, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1986–87 Official club site
Clachnacuddin Football Club are part-time senior professional football club from the city of Inverness who currently play in the Scottish Highland Football League. Clachnacuddin have won the most Highland Football League championships in the history a total of 18 times overall. Their home ground is Grant Street Park in the citys Merkinch area and they also have a youth system with many teams ranging from the primary squads to the under 19s. The club operated a team in the North Caledonian Football League. They were founded in 1885 and are nicknamed The Lilywhites or Clach and their name is an English approximation of a Scots Gaelic name meaning the stone of the tub, referring to a city landmark. As a senior team with a stadium they are entitled to enter the Scottish Cup. As of 16 January 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Buckie Thistle F.C.
Buckie Thistle Football Club are a senior football club based in the town of Buckie, Moray, who currently play in Scotlands Highland Football League. Founded in 1889, they are known as The Jags and play their football at Victoria Park. Although there is no date for Buckie Thistles formation, it is widely accepted that the club were formed in 1889. The early years saw the play a number of challenge matches before being accepted into the Banff. Buckie have since gone on to win ten league titles as well as cup competitions. Buckie had to wait 52 years between their eighth and ninth title wins, Buckie Thistle bolstered their squad for the 2007–08 season with the signings of Craig MacMillan, Tony Low, Graeme Stewart, David Macrae, Brian Neill, Bob Duncan and Andrew Courage. Buckie went on to lift the Aberdeenshire Cup with a 1–0 victory over Keith in the final after beating rivals Deveronvale in the semi-final. Buckie went on to complete the Aberdeenshire Double by winning the Shield with a 3–0 victory over Inverurie Loco Works in the final, having defeated Fraserburgh, in their Scottish Cup campaign, Buckie started off with a 2–1 victory away to Glasgow University in the first round. It was the first year that all Highland League sides entered the Scottish Cup proper without having to qualify, the Jags progressed to the Third Round of the competition after defeating Highland League rivals Nairn County 4–1. Thistle were then handed a tough tie against Scottish First Division side Greenock Morton, after going 2–0 down early they fought back to 2–2, only for Morton to score a last minute winner and knock Buckie out of the cup. After a good start to the campaign, the second half of the season went less well after going out of the Scottish Cup. Buckie failed to beat fellow title rivals such as Keith and Cove Rangers, Craig MacMillan was Buckies top goalscorer in 2007–08, scoring 21 goals, while Stephen Bruce scored a total of 11 goals. On 20 April 2008, former Aberdeen, Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Shearer was sacked just one day after a home defeat to Cove Rangers which all but ended Thistles hopes of winning the league championship. During Shearers reign as manager he managed to win the Aberdeenshire Cup twice, on 13 May 2008 Kevin and Doug Will were revealed as Buckie Thistles new management team for a second spell. Early transfer activity in what was the Wills second spell in charge saw Graeme Stewart leaving for Inverurie Locos before striker Charlie Brown arrived from Forres Mechanics, in addition Iain Good and Donnie Monro were brought in from Peterhead and Martin Charlesworth from Elgin City. A late arrival to the club saw 23-year-old defender Stuart Cumming sign from Montrose in September, the 3–1 defeat to Junior Side Banks ODee in the Aberdeenshire Shield was their final game in charge. Buckie appointed Gregg Carrol as manager on 21 October, Carrol had in fact already been offered the job back in May but had rejected it. Carrol was unable to prevent a 3–0 defeat to Lochee United in his first game in charge in the Scottish Cup
Rothes Football Club is a senior football club who play in the Highland Football League. They were founded in 1938 and play at Mackessack Park in Rothes and they play in tangerine shirts, colours they inherited from Dundee United after purchasing the floodlights from Tannadice Park. Rothes have won the Highland League once, in the 1958–59 season, as of 3 April 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Elgin City F.C.
Elgin City Football Club are a part-time senior professional football club based in Elgin, Moray. They currently compete in the Scottish Professional Football League in Scottish League Two, the present Elgin City club was formed on 10 August 1893 by the amalgamation of Elgin clubs, Rovers and Vale of Lossie. However the name Elgin City was used by two prior to this. The first club was formed in October 1879, but lasted for only a short time, the second Elgin City club was formed in October 1884 and lasted till early 1887. The present clubs first major honour came in the 1898–99 season when they became the first club outside Inverness to win the North of Scotland Cup beating Clachnacuddin 2–1. However, they failed after that to any success except the Elgin District Cup until 1924 when they again won the North of Scotland Cup a second time. Since then they have won honours with relative frequency, in 1968 the club reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, the furthest into the tournament that a Highland league club has ever progressed. Elgin City have played at Borough Briggs since 1921 when it replaced Cooper Park, the ground currently has a capacity of 4,520 and is the most northerly football league ground in the United Kingdom. Elgin was founded in 1893 and originally played their football in the Highland Football League, the club was granted league status in 2000 when the SPL was expanded to twelve clubs leaving two places to be filled. Peterhead joined them in the Third Division from the Highland League, since joining the SFL, Elgin have struggled with consistency, but in season 2003–04 they recaptured the North of Scotland Cup. In December 2005, assistant manager Kenny Black saw a takeover bid thwarted at the eleventh hour, many fans saw his bid as the best chance to move upward through the leagues, but a controversial sale of shares in the club meant Blacks bid was defeated. David Robertson, manager at the time, also chose to leave the club, former Lossiemouth manager Graham Tatters was subsequently named as Elgins new chairman. Early in 2006, former Aberdeen, Ross County and Scotland international, however, following a very poor start to the 2006–07 season, he left the club despite having forged a good relationship with the fans. After a brief spell under interim manager Graham Tatters, former Clachnacuddin manager Robbie Williamson was appointed in January 2007, Williamson quit on 20 December 2008, before a game with Berwick Rangers. He left the bottom of the Third Division after just two wins from 15 matches. On 23 January 2009, former player of Everton, Norwich City, Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic and Kilmarnock, Ross Jack was named as the new manager. He is a former player-manager of Montrose and former assistant coach at Ross County, on 5 January 2013, Elgin City became the first club to take a point from Rangers at Ibrox in the season, with the game finishing 1–1. Ross Jack left the club on 22 January 2014 after five years in charge, in his time at the club, the high point was reaching the divisional play-offs at the end of season 2011–12
Duns Football Club is a football club from Duns in Scotland. They play in the East of Scotland Football League and they also have a side called Duns Amateurs that play in the A Division within the Border Amateur League. There used to be a team called Duns F. C. that competed at the senior level in Scotland. The current Duns club regards itself as the successor of the original Duns senior side, and lists in its honours seven Border Cup successes and they played in the Scottish Cup proper on 21 occasions, including a match at Parkhead against Celtic. In the 1956–57 cup Duns recorded an 11–1 first round victory over Edinburgh University, Duns played continuously in the East of Scotland League from the leagues expansion in 1928–29 until the end of the 1967–68 season. Following this they had a couple of spells in the league before their final appearance in the 1975–76 season. The current incarnation of the won the A League of the Border AFL on six occasions
Deveronvale Football Club are senior association football club currently playing the Highland Football League in Scotland. They were founded in 1938 and play their football at the Princess Royal Park in the town of Banff, the club was formed in 1938 when Deveron Valley and Banff Rovers joined together. The name comes from the River Deveron, which has its mouth at Banff, after they were formed, it took them one year to get into the Highland league. In August 1939, Deveronvale played their first league game and their first win came a month later. Due to them being a team, they can play in the Scottish Cup. In the 2011–12 season, Deveronvale entered the Scottish Challenge Cup for the first time, as of 4 April 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. C, official website Deveronvale F. C. at official HFL website
Edinburgh University A.F.C.
Edinburgh University Association Football Club are a football club representing the University of Edinburgh. Established in 1878, they are third oldest club in East of Scotland football and have been a member of the Scottish Football Association since that year, Edinburgh University are eligible to compete in the Scottish Cup every season as they are full members of the SFA. The clubs present home is at Peffermill, where it has played since its move from Canal Field in 1978, the Club won its first trophy, the Edinburgh Shield in 1883. Historically it is the most successful footballing university in Scotland, the most recent achievements of the club include winning the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup in 2005, and finishing in second position in the East of Scotland Premier Division in 2007–08. In October 2006, the side beat Vale of Leithen 3–0 to reach the first round proper of the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1972–73. In November 2006, they defeated Keith to proceed to the round of the Scottish Cup for only the second time in the clubs history. The teams 2006 cup run was halted by Cowdenbeath, who defeated the university 5–1 at Central Park on 9 December 2006, after the Scottish Qualifying Cup was abolished, Edinburgh University gained direct entry to the Scottish Cup as a full member of the SFA. Receiving a random bye in the first round, Edinburgh University beat Deveronvale in the round before losing to Cove Rangers in the third round. The club was admitted to the Lowland Football League from the 2014–15 season
Inverness Thistle F.C.
Inverness Thistle Football Club was a football club playing in the city of Inverness in northern Scotland. They were members of the Highland Football League, winning the eight times, including its inaugural season. They set a record for the heaviest scoring in a Highland League season, with 124 goals in the 1969–70 season. They wore black and red stripes and played their games at Kingsmills Park. Like many clubs featuring the name Thistle, they were known as the Jags. Thistle applied for membership of the Scottish Football League for the 1973–74 season and it was felt that this was due to clubs in the Central Belt being unwilling to travel to Inverness. They occasionally qualified for the Scottish Cup, many regard their most famous result to be the defeat of Kilmarnock by a 3–0 scoreline in season 1984–85. When two vacancies were recorded in the Scottish League in time for season 1994–95 Thistle decided to apply for membership. This decision was not without controversy, fans of both clubs bitterly opposed the merger and many tried to stop it. In this they were unsuccessful, and the new entity, Caledonian Thistle were elected along with Ross County to membership of the Scottish Leagues Third Division for season 1994–95, the last game of Inverness Thistle Football Club was against Lossiemouth on Saturday,14 May 1994. The club was 110 years old. co. uk
Eyemouth United F.C.
Eyemouth United Football Club are a football club currently playing in the East of Scotland Football League First Division. Founded in 1948, the club, nicknamed The Fishermen play at Warner Park, Eyemouth, the clubs colours are maroon shirts, shorts and socks for their home strip, and white shirts, sky blue shorts and socks for their away strip. Eyemouth were previously members of the Scottish Football Association and were allowed to enter the Scottish Cup and their most successful run in the competition was when they reached the quarter-finals in 1959–60, eventually losing 2–1 at home to that years finalists Kilmarnock
Brora Rangers F.C.
Brora Rangers Football Club are a senior part-time professional football club from the village of Brora, Sutherland, in the far North of Scotland. They play in the Highland Football League, of which they have twice been champions, having won their first title in 2013–14 and they have also won the North of Scotland Cup four times, in 1980–81, 1990–91, 2013–14 and 2014–15. The Highland League Cup was won by The Cattachs for the first time in 2015–16, Brora Rangers play at Dudgeon Park, Brora, and hold a rivalry with neighbours Wick Academy, in the Northern Derby. Brora Rangers were founded in 1879, in 1933 they gained access to membership of the Scottish Football Association and entered the draw for the Scottish Qualifying Cup competition. They were accepted into membership of the Highland Football League in 1962, the club won their first ever Highland Football League title in the 2013–14 season after a 3–0 win against Keith on 5 March at Kynoch Park. They are the most northernly club to win the League title to date and they set several postwar Highland League records over the season, most points, greatest margin of victory in the league, highest win rate, fewest goals conceded and highest positive goal difference. They ended the season with a 19-game unbeaten run which subsequently carried on into the 2014–15 season, with a draw against Fraserburgh in their 38th and final match of the year, Brora achieved the distinction of being unbeaten in league matches for the whole of 2014. Their unbeaten run in the Highland league eventually extended to 57 matches across three seasons, ending with a 3–0 defeat by Cove Rangers on 22 August 2015. The club retained its Highland League title in the 2014–15 season, three days earlier, Brora scored their 125th league goal of the season against their northern rivals Wick Academy, beating Inverness Thistles previous postwar record of 124 in the 1969–70 season. With a record of Won 30, Drew 4, Lost 0, they ended the season as unbeaten champions, as Highland League champions, Brora entered the newly introduced promotion playoffs against Lowland League champions Edinburgh City. They won 4–2 in a penalty shootout after a 2–2 aggregate draw, Brora played off against Montrose, the bottom-placed club in Scottish League Two, for a place in League Two for the 2015–16 season. After winning their home leg 1–0, Brora suffered a 3–1 defeat in the away game, the prospect of a future promotion to the national leagues has proven controversial due to the distances that players and supporters would be expected to travel to many of the away games. However following Broras successful defence of their Highland League title, chairman John Young said that the club had looked at all options and we meet SPFL criteria for entry level so we can’t opt out, we’ve got to go for it. Besides the impact on the club, it has suggested that Brora itself would benefit economically from players and supporters of Southern clubs visiting the town. Brora originally played at Inverbrora Park, which is now the site of the Hunters of Brora woollen mills, the grounds capacity is 2,000, including 200 seats. The record attendance was set in 2013 when over 2,000 people watched Brora play Rangers in a friendly match, as of 31 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Highland Football League, 2013–14, 2014–15 League Cup, 2015–16 North of Scotland Cup, 1980–81, 1990–91, 2013–14, 2014–15 Inverness Cup, 1994–95 Scottish Qualifying Cup, 1979–80 Official website
Forres Mechanics F.C.
Forres Mechanics Football Club are a senior Scottish association football club from the town of Forres, Moray, currently playing in the Highland Football League. They play at the towns Mosset Park and their unusual name is variously stated to come from the towns Mechanics Institute or most likely when a group of craftsmen or mechanics split from an earlier Forres team to form their own club. Forres Mechanics have won the Highland league twice, in the 1985–86 season, on 26 November 2016, Forres Mechanics played their most high-profile match in recent years when they held League One side Stenhousemuir F. C. to a 2-2 draw in 2016–17 Scottish Cup. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Glasgow University F.C.
Glasgow University Football Club are a Scottish amateur football team based at the Garscube Sports Complex in Glasgow, that represents the University of Glasgow. They currently play in the Caledonian Amateur Football League and they can participate in the Scottish Cup, as they are members of the Scottish Football Association. They lost in the first round to Brechin City in 2004–05, Buckie Thistle in 2007–08. and their participation in the 2004–05 competition was their first since 1995, when they lost 1–0 to Spartans in the first round. They also qualified for the 1975–76 competition, losing to Albion Rovers in a second round replay, in the 2016-2017 competition, Glasgow University lost 8-2 to Junior champions Bonnyrigg Rose at the Excelsior Stadium. The Rose went on to beat championship side Dumbarton before getting eliminated by Hibernian in the 4th round and their website can be found here, https, //glasgowunifc. wordpress. com/
Fraserburgh Football Club are a senior football club based in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. The fishing port is known locally as The Broch hence the club nickname, the club were formed in 1910 and play at Bellslea Park. Prior to 1910, they played as a side made up of the best players from the local amateur league. Fraserburghs first ever match was a tie in the Scottish Qualifying Cup against rivals Peterhead. In their very first season went on to win the Aberdeenshire Cup. They were granted admission into the Highland Football League in 1921 and up until that time competed in the Aberdeenshire Cup. Fraserburghs most famous victory was in the Scottish Cup on 31 January 1959 and this is widely regarded as the biggest ever giant killing shock in the Scottish Cup. Only one of the six crew members survived, after the disaster, Jock Stein took his European Cup Finalists, Celtic up to the Broch for a fundraising game, which Fraserburgh lost 7–0. Another one of Fraserburghs most memorable games was a 10–0 victory away to local rivals Peterhead in the Highland League Cup on 14 August 1974. During 1984, Charlie Duncan was named new manager due to Brian McCanns departure, eventually reaching his 1, duncans tenure ended when he got sacked from the club in July 2011, after an eventful 27 years at the helm. The Broch then appointed ex-Turriff Utd manager and former striker Kris Hunter as their new manager for the beginning of the 2011–12 season and they have always had a rivalry with Peterhead but as Peterhead got promoted into the Scottish league the rivalry has wavered somewhat. The clubs home ground is Bellslea Park, the capacity is around the 2,500 mark, and the stand can hold about 450 people. As of 27 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Aberdeen University F.C.
Aberdeen University Football Club is an association football team representing the University of Aberdeen. The University Club was formed in 1872 and became members of the SFA in 1904, Aberdeen University has made three appearances in the Scottish Cup competition. In 1907, Aberdeen University lost 5–1 to Raith Rovers at Kirkcaldy whilst in 1925 the Club travelled to Dundee United only to go down 5–1 in the first Round, the only home tie played by the Uni was in 1913 when the visitors were Peebles Rovers. In front of 2000 spectators, Aberdeen University lost 3–0, in season 1963–64, the University clinched the prestigious local amateur knockout competition, the Bowie Cup, for the very first time. The following season saw the University enter the Scottish Amateur Cup for the very first time only to defeat in the first Round at the hands of Doune Castle. Their defence of the Bowie Cup came to an end against Cove Rangers, at this time a great rivalry existed between the University and, at that time, fellow amateurs Cove Rangers. The 1960s were a time for the University led by coach Tudar Hale who later left to take up an appointment in England. In 1969 Dr Eric Farr took over as Coach and led the University to further success at SUSF, in 1969, the club was also awarded the Allender Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding Club within the Athletic Association. This was the year Aberdeen went on to win the European Cup Winners Cup, the previous year Aberdeen had again lost out narrowly to Peterhead who had a certain Joe Harper leading the line. There was some success at Universities level with the Uni Strollers claiming the Paterson Trophy for the first time, in 1987–88, an Aberdeen side coached by former players, Craig Graham and Mark Stewart, finally reclaimed the Queens Park Shield as SUSF Champions. Four Aberdeen players – Mark Thomson, Dave Lewis, Ali Bryce and Gavin Dennis went on to represent Scottish Universities with Bryce, the following season Steve Laing was picked as a member of the SUSF team. The final decade of the 20th century saw mixed fortunes for the Club, although the Club finally regained its rightful place in Amateur League Division 1 with promotion in 1996–97, it failed to win the SUSF Title and was almost relegated to Merit League 2. These feats were recognised when the Club was awarded the Allender Trophy as best Club in the AA for only the second time. January 2000 saw a memorable day for the University F. C. when a strong Aberdeen side were held to a 0–0 draw in a friendly fixture held at Cameron Barracks. The Dons side included notable Premier Division players such as Gary Smith, Jim Hamilton, Ricky Gillies, Darren Mackie, Dennis Wyness, season 1999–2000 provided the club with the pinnacle of its achievements in living memory. As first Scottish University ever to do so, it illustrates just what a landmark achievement it was for the club, american Student Brendan Hanke scored both goals in the final, leading to the 2-1 win over de Montfort. The first team matches are played at the Hillhead Centre in the north of the city of Aberdeen, close to the campus at Old Aberdeen. The centre has a full sized pitch with seating for 300, floodlights, a pavilion
Gala Fairydean Rovers F.C.
Gala Fairydean Rovers Football Club are a Scottish association football club based in the town of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The club competes in the Lowland League, after joining from the East of Scotland Football League in 2013, at the same time the club changed its name to Gala Fairydean Rovers, following a merger between Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. Gala Rovers won the Border Amateur Football League 13 times, in 2000 -2001 Gala Rovers were the first ever side to play a whole domestic season without dropping any points. Gala Fairydean won the East of Scotland Football League eight times, the club reached 15 Scottish Qualifying Cup South finals, winning it 11 times, before the competition was abolished in 2007. Gala Fairydean Rovers qualify automatically for the Scottish Cup as a member of the Scottish Football Association, the best performance by the club was reaching the third round, done on five occasions. The club plays its matches at Netherdale in Galashiels. Gala Fairydean Rovers FC was first formed in 1894, in 1907 the club was separated into two teams, known as Gala Fairydean and Gala Rovers. The first Gala Rovers was the team of Gala Fairydean. Both clubs ceased operations in 1914 due to the outbreak of the First World War, Gala Fairydean resumed in 1919, after the war had ended, and was a founder member of the East of Scotland Football League in 1923. Gala Rovers were only reformed in 1947 and joined the Border Amateur League, although the two clubs were separate, they were closely linked through operations such as a joint lottery. Although Gala Fairydean were a club and needed funds to pay players, Gala Rovers were amateur. This helped to fund construction of the 1960s main stand at Netherdale, Gala Fairydean applied to join the Scottish Football League in 1966,1994,2000 and 2002, but were unsuccessful on each occasion. The two clubs merged to form Gala Fairydean Rovers FC in 2013, the club was admitted into the new Lowland Football League in 2013. Gala Fairydean first played its matches at Eastlands Park in Galashiels between 1909 and 1913, before moving to Mossilee for a spell until the 1920s. The club moved back to Eastlands, and stayed until 1929, Netherdale has been the clubs home since 1929 and is located in the south-east of Galashiels. The grounds main stand was designed by architect Peter Womersley, alongside engineers Ove Arup. The stand has a capacity for 750 spectators and the ground as a whole up to 4,000, the cantilevered concrete structure is protected as a Category A listed building. The club bought 300 seats from Newcastle Uniteds St James Park stadium when it was refurbished, general Dean Unveil Dream Team Fairydean legend Notman slams Youth Coaching Row over Gala player Gass explodes Latest Gala Fairydean Committee unveiled Official website Gala Fairydean at Soccerbase
Peterhead Football Club are a football club based in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They currently play in Scottish League One after winning the Scottish League Two Championship in the 2013–14 season and their home ground is Balmoor in Peterhead, with a capacity of 3,150. The current manager is Jim McInally, who was appointed on 7 October 2011 following the sacking of John Sheran on 23 September 2011 after the side won only one game in 17 matches. Peterheads traditional rivals are the Highland League team Fraserburgh, however and they now have a new rivalry with Elgin City. On 22 November 2011, Peterhead earned a game against Celtic in the Scottish Cup, on 20 January 2013 Peterhead hosted Rangers for a second time that season, the game was watched by 4,855 spectators. This is Balmoors all-time record attendance with approximately 400 more fans than the previous fixture, on Saturday 18 April 2014, Peterhead clinched their first trophy as a football league club by winning the Scottish League Two title, beating Clyde 2–0 at Broadwood Stadium. On Saturday 14 November 2015, Peterhead reached their first cup final since leaving the Highland League, the club were beaten 4–0 by Rangers at Hampden Park, with over 2,000 travelling from Peterhead to cheer the Blue Toon. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Huntly Football Club are a senior football club, currently playing in the Highland League in Scotland. The club was founded in 1928 and plays at Christie Park in Huntly, Huntly F. C. was formed in 1928. They were unanimously accepted to the Highland League at the leagues AGM in June 1928, the club entered the league in season 1928–29 and the first game was against Inverness Thistle on Saturday 25 August 1928. In only its second campaign, Huntly became only the third team outside Inverness to win the league. However, the club would have to wait 64 years for another championship win, the club then won the Highland League in a record five successive seasons between 1993 and 1998. The club were also fined £100 and ordered to have Police on duty at all future matches, in September 2009, the club became part of a match fixing probe after a 7–0 win against East of Scotland side Hawick Royal Albert in a Scottish Cup tie. Suspicions arose due to alleged irregular betting patterns surrounding the final score, nothing was proven and no further actions were taken. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Civil Service Strollers F.C.
Civil Service Strollers Football Club are a senior non-league football team from Edinburgh, Scotland currently playing in the Lowland Football League. They moved to the Edinburgh Area Civil Service Sports Association in Muirhouse in 1957, in 2000–01, the club entered into a partnership with Talloaks to develop youth football, with the Talloaks youth teams taking on the name CS Strollers. At the start of the 2001–02 season, the partnership was extended to all other ages of organised football. 2001–02 saw the Strollers having, for the first time, a fully incorporated womens team and their current management team includes Alex Cunningham and Ricky Clapperton
Lossiemouth Football Club are a senior football club from Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland. They play in the Highland Football League, founded in 1945, they were admitted to the Highland League in the following year and have played in that league ever since. The club play at Grant Park, Lossiemouth are full members of the Scottish Football Association, and are therefore permitted to play in the Scottish Cup. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Wick Academy F.C.
Wick Academy Football Club are a senior football club founded in October 1893, who currently play in the Scottish Highland Football League at Harmsworth Park. They represent the Caithness town of Wick, making them the most northerly football league club, not only in Scotland. The club was known in Wick simply as Academy and sometimes in other parts of Caithness as Pulteneytown Academy, the clubs first game was a friendly away to Castletown. Home games were played at Harrow Park, now known as Harmsworth Park, ten matches, with only two defeats, were played in that first season against teams like Dunbeath, John OGroats, Lybster Portland, Thurso Thistle and Wick Thistle. The Wick League was started in 1896, and Academy won the championship in the season in 1898–99. From 1907 to 1914, Academy had virtually a clean sweep of league and local cups and in 1911, applied successfully for membership of the SFA. Academys Qualifying Cup début was a tie on 2 September 1911. Men paid 6d, boys 3d, ladies were admitted free, Caledonian won a 2nd round tie in Wick 4–1. The right winger in those games was Jimmy Miller, who was secretary and president of the club. Only the football clubs seemed prepared to do the work of the ground improvements, changing rooms were built and were saved from demolition in 1973, when Academy agreed to keep them in a good state of repair. The building now houses an office and tea hut, Academy won the county league in 1927–28 and again in 1928–29, 1930–31, 1935–36 and 1937–38. As the only SFA club in Caithness, Academy was allowed to sign players from clubs to play in Qualifying Cup games. From 1928 onwards, they were unbeaten at home in Qualifying Cup ties, in 1936, Academy drew 3–3 in Wick with local rivals Brora Rangers, won the replay and two more games at Forres Mechanics and Buckie Thistle to earn a tie at Stirling. Academy scored first against Kings Park, but lost 6–1, several prestigious friendlies were played, Aberdeen and Celtic were among the teams who appeared at Harmsworth Park in the 1930s. Academy had also joined the North of Scotland FA in 1914 and they had to wait until 1954 to be readmitted, but made up for lost time with a 4–3 win at Brora Rangers, before losing 3–1 in the semi-final away to Caldeonian. In 1972, with Clair Harper now as chairman, the joined the North of Scotland 2nd XI Association to have regular league fixtures. Academy were a team in this North Reserve League, and were champions four seasons running from 1978–79 to 1981–82 under manager John MacDonald. With former goalkeeper Pat Miller as manager, Academy won the league again in 86–7, in July 1984, Heart of Midlothian fielded a full strength first team in a friendly which attracted 2,400 fans to Harmsworth Park
Nairn County F.C.
Nairn County Football Club is a Scottish senior football club based in the town of Nairn, Highland. Nicknamed the Wee County, they were founded in 1914 and play at Station Park and they have played in the Highland Football League since 1919, winning their only league title in the 1975-76 season. As a full member of the Scottish Football Association they qualify automatically to play in the Scottish Cup, Nairn County were reformed in 1914 and joined the Highland League in 1919. Their only league title was in the 1975–76 season, which won after a play-off in extra time against Fraserburgh at Borough Briggs. Recent success was achieved in the 2005–06 season, with an unexpected North of Scotland Cup win, Nairn County also won the North of Scotland Cup in 2012 by defeating Wick Academy 2–1. Striker Conor Gethins was awarded with the Highland League Player of the Year for the 2012–13 season, the team colours are maize yellow and black. Nairn County play at Station Park in Nairn, which has a capacity of 3000, as of 22 February 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Newton Stewart F.C.
Newton Stewart Football Club are a football club from the town of Newton Stewart in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. Formed in 1884, they are nicknamed the Creesiders, because the stands on the banks of the River Cree. They compete in the South of Scotland Football League, which they have won on three occasions and finished 2nd in the 2014–15 season. Home matches are played at Blairmount Park, which holds around 1,500 spectators, Newton Stewart recently just won their first trophy for 13 years after defeating local rivals Wigtown & Bladnoch 2–1 in the J. Haig Gordon Cup final. They then followed that by beating Mid-Annandale 4–0 in the final of the Potts Cup to claim their second trophy of the season, the club ended the season with a cup double which has been the most successful season for many years. Newton Stewarts strip colours are black and white stripes, as a full member of the Scottish Football Association, the club can play in the Scottish Cup
Peebles Rovers F.C.
Peebles Rovers Football Club is a Scottish football club based in Peebles, Scottish Borders. Founded in 1893, they play their matches at Whitestone Park. The club are members of the East of Scotland Football League and they were briefly members of the Scottish Football League, between 1923 and 1926. In 2006, Peebles Rovers merged with youth teams to form a new community club. The new Peebles F. C. took over Rovers EoSFL place until 2010, all told, Peebles Rovers played 86 Scottish Football League matches, winning 28, drawing 15 and losing 43. They scored 159 goals and conceded 190 and their record victory at their Whitestone Park home was 7–1 against Beith on 18 April 1925. Their best away win was 5–2 away against Galston, seven days previously on 11 April 1925, Peebles Rovers themselves were active long before the Third Division, being formed in 1893, and have played in the Scottish Cup proper over twenty times. Their first appearance was back in 1907–08, when they lost 4–0 away to Celtic, in their first 11 appearances, they were drawn away from home on each and every occasion, spanning 19 ties in all. They managed to win three of these and draw two, including holding Hibernian to a 0–0 draw at Easter Road in 1923 – easily their best result in the competition, in this season, Paddy McBoyle starred as top scorer with a total of 27 league goals. Other than a win over St Cuthberts Wanderers, they did not have a home tie until beating Keith 7–3 in 1926. They drew away to Albion Rovers in the round, before losing the replay. They also drew with their Coatbridge namesakes in 1957, and again lost the replay, the season before that, they were involved in a marathon tie with Brechin City. There was a 1–1 draw away, 4–4 at home after extra time, 0–0 in a replay at Easter Road, again after extra time and finally losing 6–2 in a third replay. After that they took some serious hammerings, losing 10–0 away to St Mirren in 1959, 6–1 at home against Ayr United the next year, joe Baker scored nine that day and his brother Gerry grabbed four in the earlier debacle at Love Street. During the 1959–1960 season, there was a record 23–2 defeat at the hands of Partick Thistle and their final appearance was better though, in 1965–66, they drew 2–2 at Dumbarton and took the Sons to extra time in the replay before losing 3–2. After the match both sides celebrated the match as an exemplar of what football could be, in the 1966–67, Rovers joined the junior grade of football and entered a period of decline, until they rejoined the senior ranks in the East of Scotland League in the 1980–81. Although they won several times, their stays in the Premier were of short duration. In the 2007–08 season, Peebles won promotion to the East of Scotland Premier Division, largest crowds to watch them have been 14,000 and 10,453, both at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup in 1923 and 1961
Ross County F.C.
Ross County Football Club is a Scottish professional football club based in Dingwall, Highland. They play all of their matches at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall. The club currently play in the Scottish Premiership after winning promotion as champions of the First Division in the 2011–12 season, prior to the 1994–95 season they played in the Highland Football League, a competition they won three times. They have also won the Scottish First Division, Second Division, Third Division, in 2010, they reached the Scottish Cup Final and in 2016, they won the Scottish League Cup. Nicknamed The Staggies, Countys home colours are blue and white. The club was subsequently renamed Ross County, playing in the Highland League from 1929, they won the championship on three occasions, first in 1967, then in 1991 and 1992. They also gained a reputation for their performances in the early rounds of the Scottish Cup. The most notable of these came on 8 January 1994, when they won 4–0 at Forfar Athletic. County gathered 57 votes, while the merger to form Inverness Caledonian Thistle amassed 68. In 1998–99 they were Champions of the Third Division and thereby won promotion to the Second Division and this resulted in promotion to the First Division thanks to a reorganisation of the League, with the Premier League being expanded from ten clubs to twelve. After seven seasons in the First Division Ross County were relegated back to the Second Division in 2006–07 and they won the Second Division in 2007–08, and were promoted back to the First Division. Ross County finished their first season back in the First Division in 8th place and their manager for a very short spell until October 2005, was former Inverness and Hearts manager John Robertson. He left the club on 24 October 2005, due to differences of opinion on a number of issues with the chairman. Gardner Spiers, a former Aberdeen coach, was appointed caretaker manager, director of Football George Adams took temporary charge before former Motherwell player Scott Leitch was appointed on 18 April 2006. Ross County won their first ever trophy when they won the Scottish Challenge Cup in November 2006 on penalties with Jason Crooks scoring the deciding spot kick on his competitive debut. Leitch, after winning the Challenge Cup but suffering relegation, stood down at the end of the 2006–07 season, former Partick Thistle manager Dick Campbell was announced as his replacement in May 2007. However, after a run of results to start their Division 2 campaign, Campbell. Derek Adams took over as caretaker, and was confirmed as permanent manager a month later, after the good form continued
Coldstream Football Club are a Scottish football club from Coldstream in the Scottish Borders. The team plays in the East of Scotland Football League and play their matches at Home Park. The teams strip is all blue, the club was formed in 1895 and is the longest-serving member of the East of Scotland Football League. As a licensed member club of the Scottish Football Association, Coldstream are eligible to play in the Scottish Cup
Selkirk Football Club are a Scottish football club based in the town of Selkirk. Founded in 1880, they are the oldest established club in the Scottish Borders. The club was selected as a member of the Lowland Football League. Their home ground is Yarrow Park, history records that this initial meeting was a great success. A committee was formed and a game against Hibernian was arranged to launch the new venture. The kick-off was arranged for March 1881, the venue the club, the result a 0–14 reverse. By 1882 Selkirk were recording good victories against leading Edinburgh clubs, Holyrood, research indicates that by 1883 the club were fielding a second XI, competing in the Second XI Challenge Cup. The same year an extraordinary request was received by the club, Melrose Football Club and it was members of Selkirk Football Club in the absence of an organized rugby club that represented the town in the world premier of the shortened rugby game—Melrose Sevens. A non-footballing honour also came the way of the club when member A, stuart was appointed President of the East of Scotland Football Association. In 1890–91 a new trophy was instituted, the Association Borders Counties Challenge Cup, a highlight of the 1891–92 season was a visit from Queens Park, who at the time were one of the greatest club sides in the world. In front of a crowd, Selkirk kept the score down to a respectable 4–1 defeat. Defeat by Vale of Gala in the defence of the Border Cup title was the first defeat by a Borders team for seven years, season 1892–93 saw the club become a member of the Scottish Football Association and retain the Border Cup. In the seasons from 1894 to 1899, Selkirk won the Border Cup twice in succession, the club also recorded their first Border League Championship in 1897, defeating Peebles Rovers 4–0 in a play-off. 1898 saw the record an amazing 7–2 victory over Morton in the Scottish Qualifying Cup. Wull Brown a key player during this time became the first recorded player to sign for a league club, season 1903–04 saw the return of the Border Cup to Selkirk, although it took two replays to finally defeat Peebles Rovers at Victoria Park, Innerleithen. 1905-06 saw the team close to winning its first honour from out with the Borders region. There was some real consolation however, when Selkirk were awarded once more the Border Cup and this time due to the non-appearance of Vale of Leithen come final day in Kelso. Almost of greater significance to matters on the field, Selkirk were able to outbid the let a local farmer offered with to graze sheep on part of the underhaugh by the River Ettrick and this led to the club having their first home after years of nomadic existence—Ettrick Park
Burntisland Shipyard A.F.C.
Burntisland Shipyard Amateur Football Club are a Scottish football club based at the Recreation Ground in the town of Burntisland, Fife. This fund allowed for the establishment of a club, bowls club. The recreation club then bought a ground and built a pavilion at it to facilitate the playing of cricket in the summer months and they joined the Lothian Amateur Football League, and in 1929 they were allowed to enter the Scottish Cup at the qualifying stages. It is this fact made them notable, as they remained one of the few clubs outwith the senior ranks allowed to participate in the Scottish Cup. They were one of four clubs in this category along with Glasgow University, Golspie Sutherland, qualification for the Scottish Cup proper happened on few occasions, they first qualified in 1935–36, when they hosted Dumbarton in a first round tie. They held the league side to a creditable 2–2 draw in front of 600 fans on 25 January 1936 and they qualified for the cup once again in 1938–39, and hosted Celtic on 21 January 1939. They were defeated 8–3 in front of a crowd of 2,000 and their next qualification to the Scottish Cup was in 1994–95. They managed to defeat St Cuthbert Wanderers by a score of 6–2 in a second round tie held in Burntisland on 7 January 1995, with reorganisation of the Scottish Cup in 2007, the team were allowed to enter at the first round stage from the 2007–08 Scottish Cup. Burntisland Shipyard were admitted into the East of Scotland Football Association, Manager, Myles Allan Assistant Manager, Jason McCrindle Goalkeeper Coach, James Lock Secretary, Andrew Beveridge Treasurer, Sandra Beveridge Burntisland Shipyard Official Website
St Cuthbert Wanderers F.C.
Saint Cuthbert Wanderers Football Club are a football club from the town of Kirkcudbright in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. They play in the South of Scotland Football League, formed in 1879, they are named after Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, who is the patron saint of the town of Kirkcudbright. St Cuthbert Wanderers are one of the oldest clubs in the South of Scotland League, the club was formed in the 1879 by several members of the congregation of St Cuthberts Catholic Church in the High Street. Prior to going to church one Sunday morning in 1879, around seven or eight male members of the congregation talked about forming a football club. Some of the men involved in these discussions were Tom Branney, James Crossan, Michael Crossan, William Flannigan, George Murphy and William Murray. The first meeting place in St Cuthberts School shelter, when each gentleman vowed to save three pounds and return in a months time to get a club going. The total amount involved to get the club up and running came to £50, after a few fund-raising dances in the churchs St Andrews Hall, the final meeting to gather a team was called. Office Bearers were elected, with chairman Robert McMonies, secretary George Murphy, after a few trial games it was decided that the club would be called St Cuthbert Wanderers. The club was admitted to the Southern Counties League, following several friendly games with local amateur clubs. As a full member of the Scottish Football Association, the club can compete in the Scottish Cup, the Saints, play their home matches at St Marys Park, which accommodates around 2,000 spectators
Wigtown & Bladnoch F.C.
The club finished third in the South of Scotland Football League in 2015–16, having previously won their fourth and fifth titles in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons. They were originally formed in 1880 as Wigtown F. C. Bladnoch is a small village barely a mile from Wigtown, but was the base for two of the largest employers in the area. Bladnoch Distillery was founded in 1817 by the McLelland brothers as the southern-most distillery in Scotland and they play their home matches at Trammondford Park, which has room for 1,500 spectators. The club motto is moving forward – to achieve our goals and they have competed in the South of Scotland Football League since the league reformed in 1946, although they resigned for seasons 1962–63 and 1972–73 due to financial problems. In the second round, they were drawn at home to Dundee, as of 26 July 2015 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Keith Football Club are a senior football club who currently play in the Highland League in Scotland. They were founded in 1910 and play at Kynoch Park in Keith, although the town of Keith is relatively small, the club have produced a few notable players such as Hamish French and former Scotland captain Colin Hendry. Due to their being a team, they can play in the Scottish Cup. The team are perhaps best known to followers of higher division football for their 10–1 defeat to Rangers in the 1995–96 Scottish Cup match at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen. The clubs first pitch was Seafield Park, and they played in the Huntly & District League and their second pitch was Kynoch Park, which was donated by Sir John W Kynoch in 1922. They entered the Highland League in 1924 and their record home defeat was 1–9 against Elgin City in 1925. They then played their first ever Scottish Cup tie in 1926 and their first ever Scottish Cup tie at Kynoch Park was in 1928, with a 5–2 win against Dalbeattie Star. They went on to lose 6–1 in the round against Scottish Cup holders Celtic in front of a record crowd of 5,820. This was Celtics first ever appearance north of Aberdeen, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Berwick Rangers F.C.
Berwick Rangers Football Club is a football team in the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, England, on the border with Scotland. Founded in 1881, they play in Scottish League Two, the fourth tier of Scottish football. Berwick Rangers was officially formed on 7 January 1884 after a match was played in the town between a team of millworkers from Dunbar and a team of clerks from Newcastle. For much of the history it was believed that they had formed in 1881. Their first competitive match was against another team from Berwick, The Royal Oaks on 16 February 1884, Berwick Rangers won the match by one goal to nil. Berwick Rangers affiliated to the Scottish Football Association around 1905 and entered the Scottish Border League in 1905, recent research has revealed that the club joined the East of Scotland League immediately after the First World War, a new competition formed to replace the Borders League. The club made attempts to join the North Northumberland League but were rebuffed. It was not until 1951 that they were admitted to Scottish League Division C Division and this third tier, made up largely of reserve sides, had been created in 1946 and was regionalised in 1949. The division was scrapped in 1955 and Berwick, along with the other teams, were placed in an enlarged Division B. Berwick Rangers have played in the Scottish Football League ever since, despite low attendances, following its foundation, the club had had a nomadic existence before eventually settling down at Shielfield Park in 1954. A notable early success was a 3–0 win over Dundee in the Scottish Cup in 1954 in a run which saw them reach the quarter-final, ten years later they reached the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup losing to Rangers 3–1. Arguably their greatest success came in 1967, when they beat Rangers 1–0 in the Scottish Cup under the management of player manager Jock Wallace. It was the highlight of a cup run, which had seen them break a club record in beating Vale of Leithen 8–1 in the first round. The result sent shockwaves around Scottish football and led to a number of the Rangers players leaving Ibrox and they were paired with Hibernian in the following round but lost 1–0 in front of a crowd of nearly 30,000. The following years saw little progress until the late 1970s, when under the management of Dave Smith they won the Division Two title in 1979, despite that success they were unable to build and suffered a slow decline through the 1980s. The nadir came in season 1988–89 when they were nearly bankrupted, in 1988 Jim Jefferies took over as manager and led the team to a club record 21 game unbeaten run. The club weathered this and other crises in the early 1990s, later in the decade Berwick enjoyed a bit more in the way of success only missing out on promotion to Division One due to league reorganisation in 1994. They were relegated to Division Three in 1997 but under the management of Paul Smith regained promotion in 2000, under Smiths stewardship they took both Rangers and Heart of Midlothian to replays in the Scottish Cup
Dumbarton Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Dumbarton, Scotland. The club were one of the most successful of the nineteenth century, the club were the first team to win at least one league title in each of the four tiers in the Scottish league system. Stevie Aitken is the manager, having been appointed on 27 May 2015. For the 2016–17 season, the team will wear strips from the Joma brand, the clubs badge features an elephant with a castle on its back, this represents Dumbarton Rock with Dumbarton Castle upon it, based on the historic town crest. Dumbarton Rock, a plug, is said to resemble an elephant. The teams nickname The Sons is derived from the phrase Sons of The Rock, Dumbarton play their home games at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium. The 2,020 all seated stadium has used since 2 December 2000. The main stand is overshadowed by Dumbarton Rock & sits aside the banks of the River Leven, between May and November 2000, Dumbarton shared Cliftonhill in Coatbridge with Albion Rovers. The existing site would be used by Denny Homes to build 180 houses, Dumbarton were the first league club in Scotland to have a supporters trust, which works to strengthen the links between the club and the fans. The trust own a significant number of shares in the club and are currently the fourth largest shareholder, following a £25,000 direct investment, the trust also has a representative on the club board of directors. The supporters trust works with the club to produce the match programme & run the club website, as well as those important functions, the trusts main role at the club is that of overseeing commercial activity. As of 31 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Stats include permanent managers who had initial caretaker spells, as of match played Saturday 1 April 2017. C
Montrose Football Club is a Scottish semi-professional football team, based in the town of Montrose, Angus. They are members of the Scottish Professional Football League and currently play in Scottish League Two, the club were founded in 1879 and play at Links Park. They joined Scottish Football in 1923, along with near-neighbours Brechin City, in the newly founded Scottish Third Division, Montrose are one of only three sides from that Third Division who are still competing today in the SFL. The club was readmitted to the Second Division in 1929–30, in the 1930s, the first few league seasons after readmission were difficult, with the club regularly finishing in the bottom four of the table. In the immediate period, Montrose spent time playing in the newly formed Division C, consisting of provincial clubs. With the re-formation of the Second Division in 1955–56, the once again joined that league. In the second round of 1974–75 Scottish Cup, Montrose recorded their largest victory when they beat Vale of Leithen 12–0, although this was an away fixture, due to a fire at their oppositions ground this tie was played at Links Park. Montrose won their first championship under the guidance of Iain Stewart in 1984–85, relegation followed in 1987 as the part-time club found themselves outgunned in a league largely consisting of full-time teams. Under co-managers Doug Rougvie and Chic McLelland, Montrose won promotion to Division One in 1991, Montrose have spent the vast majority of their recent history in the relative obscurity of the Third Division. At the end of the 1994–95 season, they were promoted to the Second Division after finishing as runners up to Forfar Athletic, however, the teams first attempt at this higher level was not successful, as they finished bottom of the table in 1995–96. The club have remained at this level ever since, and have achieved success in the league. Their most notable recent success was a surprising 5–1 win away at Second Division side Forfar Athletic in the First Round of the 2004–05 Scottish Cup, in the second round of the 2003–04 League Cup, Montrose were drawn away to SPL side Hibernian where they were crushed 9–0. Following a disappointing beginning to 2005–06 season, manager Henry Hall left the club by mutual consent, former Montrose player Eddie Wolecki was appointed new manager of the team on 12 December 2005. In July 2006 Aberdeen businessman Kenny Black invested money in the club and was offered a place on the board which he accepted, David Robertson became co-manager with Wolecki, but the latter parted company with the club in September 2006. Following a very poor run of results David Robertson left the club in early 2007, replaced in time by ex-St Johnstone stalwart Jim Weir, Links Park underwent a transformation ahead of the 2007–08 campaign. A new artificial pitch was laid, so the game on 21 April 2007 was the last game on grass for the foreseeable future, a smaller training pitch was installed beside the main stand. New state of the art catering facilities and changing rooms were also installed, the fortunes of the club on the pitch also improved with several big name signings and a great start to the season propelled Montrose into the top 4 for the majority of the season. Montrose came in third in the league and were pitted against Stranraer in the playoffs, a 1–1 draw in the first leg at Links park, was followed by a second leg in which Montrose went down 3–0
East Stirlingshire F.C.
East Stirlingshire Football Club is a Scottish association football club based in the town of Falkirk. The club was founded in 1881 and competes in the Lowland Football League, the clubs origins can be traced to 1880 when a local cricket club formed a football team under the name Britannia, based in the village of Bainsford. The club was elected to the Scottish Football League in 1900–01 and has competed in the system for most of its existence. East Stirlingshire has won the tier of Scottish football once and finished runners-up once. The clubs highest league ranking came during the two seasons it competed in the top flight in 1932–33 and 1963–64. In 2016, East Stirlingshire became the first club ever to be relegated out of the league system. East Stirlingshire first entered in the Scottish Cup in 1882, its best result reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, the last in 1981. The clubs best result in a cup competition was in the 2000–01 season when it reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Challenge Cup. In 2008, the club left Firs Park and moved to Ochilview Park to ground-share with local rivals Stenhousemuir, the clubs nickname is The Shire, which refers to the Stirlingshire part of the club name. In December 1883, the Stirlingshire Football Association was founded, with open to clubs exclusively from the county of Stirlingshire. It resulted in the establishment of a new tournament called the Stirlingshire Cup. East Stirlingshire dominated the tournament in its years, winning it for a record four years in a row between 1885 and 1889, including an emphatic 9–0 victory against Falkirk in the 1888 final. Two goals came from Lawrence McLachlan who was an influential goalscorer in the early successes. The latter years of the 19th century was East Stirlingshires most successful era in the Scottish Cup, in the 1888–89 and 1890–91 tournaments, the club reached the quarter-finals in what was to be the last time for 91 years, losing to Celtic and Hearts respectively. It was during this period that four East Stirlingshire players earned caps for their countries. The first was the Wales national team captain, Humphrey Jones, Three other players, David Alexander, Archibald Ritchie, and James McKie made appearances for the Scotland national team from 1891 to 1898. In March 1905, a proposal was raised for the club to merge with neighbours Falkirk with an aim to creating a bigger and more financially stable club, however, East Stirlingshires vote was not in favour and the club rejected the proposal. The club remained in Division Two until 1914–15 when it, at the end of World War I, the club was re-elected to the old Division Two which was re-established in the 1921–22 season
Stranraer Football Club is a Scottish semi-professional football club based in the town of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. The club was founded in 1870, making it the third oldest football club in Scotland behind Queens Park and Kilmarnock, the club currently competes in the Scottish League One as a member of the Scottish Professional Football League. They also won the Scottish Second Division on two occasions, most recently in 1997–98 as well as coming runners-up in 2004–05 and 2014–15 and their only ever national cup final came in 1996, when the club defeated First Division champions St Johnstone 1–0 in the Scottish Challenge Cup final. Stranraers home ground is Stair Park, which has the capacity to seat around 1,830 spectators and 4,178 including standing, the ground was opened in 1907 and is located in the east of Stranraer. They were founded in 1870 and play their football at Stair Park, however they had taken part in the Scottish Cup since their debut in the national tournament in 1877–78. In 1955 C Division was abolished and the Blues found themselves in B Division and they would remain in the bottom tier until their first-ever promotion eventually arrived under the clubs legendary manager Alex McAnespie in 1993–94. With Campbell Money at the helm Stranraer spent three seasons in the Second Division before winning back to the First Division at the end of the 1997–98 season. Once again, they finished bottom of the league, with the points total as before and 29 defeats. During that season a league win was secured at Easter Road against Hibernian. During Moneys reign the club lifted the Scottish League Challenge Cup, saints Danny Griffin was the unfortunate scorer of an own goal. However, the cup run did not reflect their league form, as they finished ninth in the Second Division. However, the teams fortunes improved from there, as, under Neil Watt, they won the Third Division at the first attempt, in season 2004–05, the team shocked most people, as they stayed in the top two for most of the campaign. The team had an unsuccessful campaign in 2006–07, with heavy defeats by relegation rivals Peterhead. They finished ninth, which resulted in a play-off with Third Division promotion contenders East Fife, a 4–2 aggregate defeat saw them relegated to the Third Division. On 21 January 2009, club chairman Nigel Redhead stated that Stranraer F. C. owed £250,000, and had a 50–50 chance of survival to the end of the season. In response, on 22 January 2009, a small consortium launched the Friends of Stranraer F. C. to try to secure the future through donations from the football community at www. savestranraerfc. com. On 23 January 2009, as part of efforts to reduce costs to a manageable level, on 24 January 2009, Stirling Albion defeated Stranraer 8–2. Shortly after the game, Stranraer and team manager Derek Ferguson parted company by mutual consent and Keith Knox took over the reins
Albion Rovers F.C.
Albion Rovers Football Club is a semi-professional football team from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. They are members of the Scottish Professional Football League and, as of the 2016–17 season, play in League One and their sole major honours during that time have been wins in the lower two divisions of the senior league system. The clubs stadium, Cliftonhill, known as the Exsel Group Stadium for sponsorship purposes, Albion Rovers were formed in 1882 from a merger of the two Coatbridge sides Albion FC and Rovers FC, and played at Meadow Park from that year. The club joined the Scottish Football League Second Division in 1903 along with Ayr Parkhouse following an expansion in numbers. Rovers settled into the League reasonably well, albeit without ever clinching promotion, by 1915 the Scottish Football League had been merged into a single division structure, with the second division scrapped. The Rovers moved to join the Western Football League and whilst members of this moved to their current Cliftonhill home in 1919. They were close to returning to the Scottish League in 1917 but lost out in a vote amongst Clydebank, Vale of Leven, with their new stadium completed, Rovers returned to the single division Scottish League for the 1919–20 season. Rovers remained a top-flight side even after the return of the Second Division until their relegation in 1923 and it was during this period that John Jock White, became Rovers only international appearing for Scotland, in a match against Wales. The club remained in the Second Division until the 1933–34 season when they took the title by a point from Dunfermline Athletic, of the five seasons immediately before the Second World War Rovers spent all but one of them as a top-flight side. They took part in the emergency Western League during the 1939–40 season before transferring over to the Southern Football League, despite struggling from time to time to get a full side out the Rovers managed to survive the war in good shape. To add to their problems the celebrated wing partnership of Willie Findlay and Johnny McIlhatton was broken up when the former departed for Rangers, One feature of the McIlhatton transfer was a friendly match between the two clubs at Goodison Park in September 1946, which the Toffees won 6–3. Rovers took a 2–0 lead in the first leg against Kilmarnock, and no team has ever been able to put together a more spicy trio than Currie, Sage and Rice, who appeared in Rovers sides of the early 1970s. Changes brought in for the 1975–76 season saw Rovers placed in the new Second Division, in 1986 a book covering the clubs history was published, The Boys From the Brig by Robin Marwick. Players such as Vic Kasule and Bernie Slaven brought some flamboyancy to Rovers in the mid-1980s, the First Division stay was again to last just one season and Rovers subsequently finished bottom of the bottom division several times during the 1990s. Rovers found themselves in the newly created Scottish Football League Third Division, in an attempt to cut costs, the number of full-timers was substantially reduced and the clubs board took a decision to sell Cliftonhill and groundshare with Airdrieonians. Following another last place finish in 1999–00 there was an attempt to change the clubs fortunes, the team went full-time, although many of the full-time players were youths to whom the club gave employment under a government scheme. Rovers went into the last day of the season in 2001–02 and 2002–03 with a chance of promotion, the full-time experiment proved too expensive and had to be dismantled to keep the clubs costs under control. Rovers stayed put and it was against this background that a group of fans set up Albion Rovers Supporters Trust with a view to benefit the club and local community