Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the centre for the Highland council area, and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. At the latest, a settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim in the 12th century, the population of Inverness grew from 40,949 in 2001 to 46,870 in 2012. The Greater Inverness area, including Culloden and Westhill, had a population of 59,910 in 2012, Inverness is twinned with one German city, Augsburg, and two French towns, La Baule and Saint-Valery-en-Caux. Inverness College is the campus for the University of the Highlands and Islands. With around 8,500 students, Inverness College hosts around a quarter of all the University of the Highlands and Islands students, in 2014, a survey by a property website described Inverness as the happiest place in Scotland and the second happiest in the UK. Inverness was again found to be the happiest place in Scotland by a new study conducted in 2015, a 93 oz silver chain dating to 500–800 was found just to the south of Torvean in 1983. A church or a cell is thought to have been established by early Celtic monks on St Michaels Mount. The strategic location of Inverness has led to conflicts in the area. Reputedly there was a battle in the early 11th century between King Malcolm and Thorfinn of Norway at Blar Nam Feinne, to the southwest of the city, Inverness had four traditional fairs, including Legavrik or Leth-Gheamhradh, meaning midwinter, and Faoilleach. William the Lion granted Inverness four charters, by one of which it was created a royal burgh, of the Dominican friary founded by Alexander III in 1233, only one pillar and a worn knights effigy survive in a secluded graveyard near the town centre. Medieval Inverness suffered regular raids from the Western Isles, particularly by the MacDonald Lords of the Isles in the fifteenth century, in 1187 one Domhnall Bán led islanders in a battle at Torvean against men from Inverness Castle led by the governors son, Donnchadh Mac An Toisich. Both leaders were killed in the battle, Donald Ban is said to have buried in a large cairn near the river. Local tradition says that the citizens fought off the Clan Donald in 1340 at the Battle of Blairnacoi on Drumderfit Hill, Clan Munro defeated Clan Mackintosh in 1454 at the Battle of Clachnaharry just west of the city. Clan Donald and their allies stormed the castle during the Raid on Ross in 1491, the Clan Munro and Clan Fraser of Lovat took the castle for her. The house in which she lived meanwhile stood in Bridge Street until the 1970s, the only surviving modern remnant is a clock tower. Inverness played a role in the first Jacobite rising in 1689, in early May, it was besieged by a contingent of Jacobites led by MacDonell of Keppoch
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sports Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Professional clubs also usually display players surnames or nicknames on their shirts, Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport when players typically wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots. The Laws of the Game set out the equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4. Five separate items are specified, shirt, shorts, socks, footwear, goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify that these are required, shirts must have sleeves, and goalkeepers must wear shirts which are easily distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts may be worn, but must be the colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered entirely by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, and provide a reasonable degree of protection. The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour. The England national team plays in red shirts even when it is not required. Many professional clubs also have a kit, ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the basic colour scheme for several decades. Teams representing countries in international competition generally wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation, shirts are normally made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed, competitions such as the Premier League may also require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. The captain of team is usually required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify him as the captain to the referee. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be either of leather or a synthetic material. Modern boots are cut slightly below the ankles, as opposed to the high-ankled boots used in former times, studs may be either moulded directly to the sole or be detachable, normally by means of a screw thread
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
Highland Football League
The Scottish Highland Football League is a part-time professional senior football league in the north of Scotland. The league, which is the level within Scottish football, is a full member of the Scottish Football Association. It currently consists of 18 teams from the Scottish Highlands as well as the lowlands of Moray, until the reorganisation of Scottish football during the 2012–13 season, the league was historically one of the senior leagues in Scottish football. The others being the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League, along with the East of Scotland, since the 2014–15 season, the league is a feeder division for SPFLs Scottish League Two. The Highland Football League champions play the winners of the Lowland Football League for a chance to face the bottom club in League Two, all current league members are full members of the Scottish Football Association so qualify automatically for the following seasons first round of the Scottish Cup. The league champions and the team receive a bye into the cups second round. Since 2014, the league champion team has also gained a place in the Scottish Challenge Cup. The leagues current sponsorship deal is with the Aberdeen-based Press & Journal media group, each team in the league plays each other twice during a season – once at home, once away, for a total of 34 matches. The standard league scoring system of 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw is applied, with ties in the league table broken by goal difference. The champions are presented with the League trophy and a flag, either immediately after the match which secures the victory, as the region is prone to severe weather in winter, postponements have sometimes caused the conclusion of the season to be delayed. Various proposals which would have reduced the number of matches a team would play, were considered, instead, clubs now play both a Saturday and a Wednesday fixture most weeks from August through October, taking advantage of milder weather at the start of the season. The original league consisted of seven teams, Inverness Thistle, Caledonian, Clachnacuddin, Forres Mechanics, Inverness Union, Inverness Citadel, Ross County were an eighth original member, but resigned membership in November 1893. The inaugural champions were Inverness Thistle, of the original teams, two are still playing in the league today and two merged to become current Scottish League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Many of the clubs have performed well when competing against SFL clubs in the Scottish Cup. However, from the 1990s onwards, the HFL has been a victim of its own success, the league has been somewhat weakened in recent years by the departure of many former members who have subsequently joined the SFL. This happened in 1994 when Caledonian, Inverness Thistle and Ross County left and this was the state of affairs till 2000 when Elgin City and Peterhead were elected into the SFL. In 2002 Inverurie Loco Works were elected into the HFL to give it a membership of 15 clubs. In 2008, North Region Junior League sides Formartine United and Turriff United both submitted bids to join the Highland League, following in the footsteps of past Junior League side Inverurie Locos, Banks O Dee and Strathspey Thistle also applied
Scottish Football League
The Scottish Football League was a league featuring professional and semi-professional football clubs mostly from Scotland. From its foundation in 1890 until the breakaway Scottish Premier League was formed in 1998, after 1998, the SFL represented levels 2 to 4 of the Scottish football league system. In June 2013, the SFL merged with the SPL to form the Scottish Professional Football League, the SFL was associated with a title sponsor from the 1985–86 season. As this sponsor has changed over the years the league was known in turn as the Fine Fare League, B&Q League, Bells Scottish Football League, the SFL also organised two knock-out cup competitions, the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Challenge Cup. Organised football in Scotland began in 1873 with the formation of the Scottish Football Association, during the next 15 years or so, clubs would play friendly matches, Scottish Cup ties and local cup ties. The Football League, initially containing clubs from the North West and this had been done in response to the professionalisation of football in England in 1885, with the regular diet of league fixtures replacing the haphazard arrangement of friendlies. Many Scottish players, known as the Scotch Professors, moved to the English league clubs to receive the high salaries on offer. This prompted Scottish clubs into thinking about forming their own league, in March 1890, the secretary of Renton wrote to thirteen other clubs inviting them to discuss the organisation of a league. All of the clubs accepted the invitation, except Queens Park and these concerns were to prove well-founded, as six of the founder members would leave the league before 1900. The Scottish Football League was inaugurated on 30 April 1890, the first season of competition, 1890–91, commenced with 11 clubs because St Bernards were not elected. The eleven original clubs in membership were Abercorn, Cambuslang, Celtic, Cowlairs, Dumbarton, Heart of Midlothian, Rangers, Renton, St Mirren, Third Lanark and Vale of Leven. Renton were expelled five games of the 1890–91 season for playing against St Bernards. Renton raised an action against the SFA in the Court of Session and won, in the 1890–91 season, Rangers and Dumbarton were level at the top of the league on 29 points. The teams drew 2–2 in a match, but no further thought had been given to separating teams by another method. Goal average was introduced for the 1921–22 season and replaced by goal difference for the 1971–72 season, the league proved to be highly successful, and in 1893 a Second Division was formed by the inclusion of a number of clubs previously in the Scottish Football Alliance. Promotion was initially based on a ballot of clubs, automatic promotion was not introduced until 1922, in 1923, the League decided to introduce a Third Division. The Western Football League was used as its backbone but the new set-up lasted only three years before it collapsed under heavy financial losses, from 1926 until 1946, the League returned to two divisions. Post-World War II reforms saw the League resume with three divisions, postwar seasons saw the divisions renamed A, B and C with the last section also including reserve sides
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
British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive web site provides access to searchable digitised archives of British newspapers. It was launched in November 2011, the British Library Newspapers section was based in Colindale in North London, until 2013, and is now divided between the St Pancras and Boston Spa sites. The Library has an almost complete collection of British and Irish newspapers since 1840 and this is partly because of the legal deposit legislation of 1869, which required newspapers to supply a copy of each edition of a newspaper to the library. London editions of daily and Sunday newspapers are complete back to 1801. In total the collection consists of 660,000 bound volumes and 370,000 reels of microfilm containing tens of millions of newspapers with 52,000 titles on 45 km of shelves. After the closure of Colindale in November 2013, access to the 750 million original printed pages was maintained via an automated and climate-controlled storage facility in Boston Spa, in May 2010 a ten-year programme of digitisation of the newspaper archives with commercial partner DC Thomson subsidiary Brightsolid began. In November 2011, BBC News announced the launch of the British Newspaper Archive, the same newspapers from this partnership have also been made available to view on Findmypast and Genes Reunited. The digitisation project established a search facility which people could consult without having to visit the British Library newspaper depository in person. The Thomason Tracts and Burney collections are held at St Pancras, the section also has extensive records of non-British newspapers in languages that use the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The Librarys substantial holdings of newspapers in the languages of Asia and the Middle East may be accessed at the Librarys reading rooms at St. Pancras. While access within the British Library is free, online access is via a system based on daily or item charges. As part of The Wikipedia Library, Brightsolid provided free one-year subscriptions to a number of experienced Wikipedia editors from July 2014. The agreement was terminated in 2016 because structural changes at their parent organisation mean that there is no longer interest in continuing the partnership with The Wikipedia Library. Reviews of the service have been mixed, with some early responses complimentary about the ability to access, however, there have been complaints of the excessive cost and the general policy of the British Library allowing a private company the rights to the newspapers. One writer noted that, The BNA demonstrates what happens to our cultural heritage when there is no political will for public investment, web site of the British Newspaper Archive
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
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
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
Cove Rangers F.C.
Cove Rangers Football Club are a senior Scottish football club currently playing in the Highland Football League. They are based in Cove Bay, a suburb of Aberdeen and are set to play their football at Calder Park, Cove were formed in 1922 and played in the local amateur leagues until 1985, when they became a junior team. However, the applied and were accepted to the senior Highland Football League in 1986. They have also racked up a reputation in the lower rounds of the Scottish Cup. In 2001 they won their first Highland League championship – but even more impressively won the quadruple of Highland League, Aberdeenshire Shield, Scottish Qualifying Cup, and Highland League Cup. However, that did not deter the south Aberdeen side from claiming their second ever Highland League Championship with a 3–0 home win against Lossiemouth on 3 May 2008. Cove Rangers were one of the preparing a application for entry into the Scottish Football League following Gretna relinquishing their league status on 3 June 2008. The other clubs were Annan Athletic, Preston Athletic and Spartans, Annan Athletic were eventually awarded the place, due to their superior facilities. The club have started plans for a new stadium in preparation for a place in Scottish League Two. In 2016 the club regained their Highland League crown in one of the greatest teams achievements in recent memory, due to the introduction of the pyramid system, Cove were forced to say goodbye to their Allan Park home due to the stadium not meeting SPFL minimum stadia requirements. Despite this Cove went on to win the league and advance to the first play-off game against the winner of the Lowland League Edinburgh City, the tie was won by City 4-1 on aggregate and progressed to Scottish League Two after beating East Stirling in the second playoff tie. One of the clubs most famous players is the young Scottish midfielder Paul Coutts who joined English League One club Peterborough United during the summer of 2008 for a nominal fee, from the money that Cove got they could finally build their proposed project at Calder Park. The stadium is supposed to be a 1,000 seated stadium, the proposed new stadium would maximise their chances of getting into the League Two after getting rejected on 3 June 2008 because they didnt have a good enough stadium. Aberdeen City Council have since voted the plan out which may cause Cove to exit the Highland Football League due to new requirements being put in place. This may also force Aberdeen to move out of the city in building their new stadium, on 19 April 2015, Cove Rangers played their final game at Allan Park following progress being made with Aberdeen City Council in terms of planning permission. In this game Cove marked their departure with a 4–0 victory over Fort William and it has been revealed that the new stadium, only known as Calder Park thus far, will be located next to a new secondary school, merging Kincorth and Torry Academies into one larger school. In a clause made by ACC this new school will have access to the new artificial pitch. As of 2 March 2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
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
Formartine United F.C.
Formartine United Football Club are a Scottish senior association football club from Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire currently playing in the Highland Football League. They joined the Highland League for the 2009–10 season, having been accepted into the League on 25 February 2009, formartine United were formed in 1948. Formartine is actually an area in Aberdeenshire, the district extending north from the River Don to the River Ythan. The club are based in Pitmedden, a rural village in Aberdeenshire which lies fourteen miles north of Aberdeen. The original village club was known as Pitmedden and the reasons behind the choice of name for the new club have never been clear, the club were admitted to a newly-expanded Highland League in 2009. In 2013 the club won the much-coveted Aberdeenshire Cup, their first success at senior level, prior to this the club won the North of Scotland Amateur Cup once and the North Regional Cup once. The club has twice been runner up in the Highland League, in 2012–13 and 2015–16, formartine United play in red and white vertical striped shirts, white shorts and red socks. The change colours are black shirts and shorts, with black socks, red shorts are sometimes substituted for white in the home strip. Formartine United plays its games at North Lodge Park, Pitmedden. As of 3 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. Aberdeenshire Cup, Winners, 2013–14 Aberdeenshire League, Winners, 2015–16 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
Fort William F.C.
Fort William Football Club is a senior football team from Fort William, Lochaber, Scotland. They play in the Highland Football League and have been playing at that level since joining the league in 1985 and this lasted for 11 years, before they joined the North Caledonian Football League in 1983. However the season after, 1984–85, they would go on to win the division making it their only League Championship to date. Prior to the days of the Highland League and even the North Caledonian League, the Fort probably produced their most famous player to date. At the age of 17, he left the Fort to join up with Nairn County and would go on to play in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers. He was also friends with another now former professional footballer Duncan Shearer, who also hailed from Fort William. This included a record 17–0 away defeat to now Scottish Football League side Peterhead in 1998, despite this, the Fort didnt finish bottom that season with the unfortunate honour this time going to Nairn County. In the 2008–09 season, they picked only a point from 28 matches making it the Highland Leagues record lowest points total since its inception. Unfortunately for Fort William, many matches during Autumn and Winter months are postponed, however, after much initial media hype, not much has been heard of the idea since and is considered to be placed on a permanent hiatus, although this could change in the future. They were however able to set up an Under 19s team, after receiving a bye into the 2nd round, Fort William beat rivals Clachnacuddin 6–0. The Fort were to lose 2–0 in the round to Scottish League side Falkirk. In January 2015, the club history when it recorded four consecutive league victories for the first time since joining the Highland League with a 2–1 success over Clachnacuddin. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The record attendance achieved here was 1,500 in a Scottish Cup 2nd round tie against Scottish League side Stirling Albion. Despite footballs popularity in Scotland, the sport of shinty is more popular in Fort William with the town being home to Fort William Shinty Club, the football club struggles to find players as a result of shintys popularity
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
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
Inverurie Loco Works F.C.
Inverurie Loco Works Football Club are a part-time senior professional football club from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who currently play in the Scottish Highland Football League. On National Railway Company Grouping in 1923, the GNSR became part of the London & North Eastern Railway, one of the UKs big four companies at that time. The Locomotive Workshops themselves were closed in 1970 on the forming of British Rail Engineering Limited. Despite the closure Inverurie Loco Works F. C. continued to play, having been a Scottish Junior Football Club in the Aberdeenshire Junior Leagues for many years, they became a senior club in 2001 when their application to join the SHFL was successful. As such Inverurie are eligible for promotion to the SPFL, rising up from successful years in junior football, in 2001 the Locos applied for membership of the Highland League and were successful. In the 2003–04 season, the Locos came second in the league, in 2005, they first got their hands on silverware by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup, then repeated the feat the next year. They also won the Aberdeenshire Shield after being runners up three times winning the trophy. Then they won the Fosters Cup twice in two years, in 2007–08 and 2008–09 and they also won the SFA North Region Challenge Cup in 2008–09. In the 2008–09 Scottish Cup, the club were paired with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell at home and they reached the fourth round of the competition that season. After four postponements, the match was played at the fifth time of asking. Despite a capacity crowd watching, the Highland League outfit could not prevent a 3–0 loss to their top-flight opponents, 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
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
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
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
Strathspey Thistle F.C.
Strathspey Thistle Football Club are a senior football club from Grantown-on-Spey in the Highlands of Scotland. They currently play in the Highland Football League, but played in the Scottish Junior Football pyramid from 1993, strathspey Thistle were accepted into the Highland Football League on 25 February 2009, and entered the league at the start of the 2009–10 season. Strathspey Thistle lost their first ever Highland League game 8–1 against Wick Academy, 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
Turriff United F.C.
Turriff United Football Club are a senior football club currently playing in the Highland Football League in Scotland. They play their matches at The Haughs, beside the River Deveron in Turriff and they joined the Highland League for the 2009–10 season, having been accepted into the league on 25 February 2009. Prior to joining the Highland League, they were a Scottish Junior Football Association club, Turriff finished in the top half of the table only once in their first five seasons in the Highland League, but their fortunes improved significantly in the 2014–15 season. The club recovered from early-season setbacks to beat their previous record of 16 wins in a season with 14 matches still to play, on both occasions the second-placed club, Brora Rangers, had two games in hand. Turriff remained Broras closest rivals for the rest of the season, a week later, Turriff secured second place when a draw between their own closest rivals, Cove Rangers and Wick Academy, left both clubs unable to close the gap. In 2013–14, Turriff reached the round, beating Selkirk. In 2014–15 they beat Lossiemouth in the first round, before losing to Clyde in the second, by virtue of finishing as runners up in the Highland League, they entered the competition in the second round in 2015–16, losing to Fraserburgh. Changes to the criteria of the Scottish Challenge Cup allowed Turriff to take part for the first time in 2016-17. They reached the round, losing to Hibernian. The game set a new attendance record for Turriff and was their first match to be televised live. Turriffs most consistent success as a club has been in the Aberdeenshire Shield competition. The decision was to Turriffs advantage, as they had lost the match but went on to win the replay. In 2015, they again beat Cove Rangers in the semi-final to become three years in a row. The clubs official mascot is Moo the Coo, a male counterpart to the towns unofficial emblem
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
Aberdeen Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They compete in the Scottish Premiership and have never relegated from the top division of the Scottish football league system since they were promoted in 1905. Aberdeen have won four Scottish league titles, seven Scottish Cups and they are also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having won the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983. Aberdeen were the last club outside of the Old Firm to win a title, in 1984–85. The team has enjoyed success since this golden era, though a 19-year wait for a major trophy was ended by winning the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception, the ground currently has a capacity of 20,866 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dug-out, the clubs colours have been primarily red and white since 1939, before this, they played in black and gold vertical stripes. Aberdeen attract support from the city and surrounding areas, as they are the senior team within a wide area. Aberdeen have no close rivals, their nearest neighbours at the same level are in the city of Dundee. The current Aberdeen F. C. was formed following the merger of three based in the city—Aberdeen, Victoria United and Orion—in 1903. The new club played its first match on 15 August 1903 and that first season produced a win in the Aberdeenshire Cup, but only a third-place finish in the Northern League. The club applied for membership of the Scottish League for the following season, in 1904, the club were managed by Jimmy Philip. At the end of its first season, despite having finished seventh out of teams, Aberdeen were elected to the new. They have remained in the top tier of Scottish football ever since, from 1906, the club made steady progress, with a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance in 1908 and another in 1911. In that season of 1910–11, Aberdeen recorded their first victories over the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers, and led the league for a time, wartime affected the club as much as any other, despite spending cuts and other economies, by 1917 the situation became untenable. Aberdeen dropped out of football, along with Dundee and Raith Rovers. Senior football returned on 16 August 1919, and Aberdeen resumed with a fixture against Albion Rovers, Philip was still in charge, and continued to oversee a team capable of isolated good results, but never quite able to sustain a challenge long enough to win a trophy. In 1923, Aberdeen were drawn against Peterhead in the Scottish Cup, Philip retired a year later, and was replaced as manager by Paddy Travers
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
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
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
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
The Aberdeenshire Cup is currently sponsored by the Evening Express newspaper. Aberdeen F. C. are the most successful team in the competition, the current champions are Buckie Thistle after beating Cove Rangers on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Harlaw Park, Inverurie. The competition was first held in 1887 and was organised by the ADFA which formed the same year, dr Maitland Moir, honorary president, presented the ADFA with a cup which ultimately became the property of Aberdeen after their second win in 1889. After this the ADFA bought a new trophy which was first presented after the final in 1890, the whereabouts of the original trophy is currently unknown