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Wick Academy Charity Challenge

The club have been thinking of a way to not only raise some much needed funds for the club, but to also help out a local charity and to keep the players active. We think we've come up with a suitable fitness challenge which covers these aims.

The challenge is, how ever much money in pounds is raised from a Go Fund Me page that has been set up, the first team squad have to cover the same amount or more in kilometres. They will have 3 days to complete the challenge starting on Friday 14th of August.

So for example, if the page manages to raise £1000 then the squad will have to run, walk or cycle 1000km between them over the 3 days. This could hopefully prove extremely challenging for the boys should we raise a substantial amount.

The money raised will be split 50/50 between the club and a local charity of the club's choosing. Update: The players have decided that the charity that will receive half of the money raised will be Caithness Rural Transport.

The Go Fund Me page will close on Thursday 13th August at 8:00pm, if you are able to donate then great but if not, you could help out by spreading the word. Anything would be really appreciated.

http://www.gofundme.com/f/wick-academy-charity-challenge

Academy Challenge

WAFC Premier Club

The draws of the WAFC Premier Club postponed due to Covid-19 have now taken place. Future weeks will be done as normal on Monday nights in the Seaforths Club. Week 26 for £1,000 was won today by James More - Wick. Numbers were also drawn today for weeks 27 - 45 for £50 & £100 each week. The full list of winners is available on the Premier Club page of the WAFC website. 

Four More Players Sign Extended Contracts

Wick Academy FC are delighted to be able to continue the re-signing of the first team squad and announce that Ryan Campbell, Jack Halliday Craig Gunn and Jonah Martens have signed contract extensions, committing their futures to the club.  

These contract extensions come hot on the heels of the 4 announced on Wednesday as Gary Manson continues to tie down his squad for the upcoming season and beyond. 

Gary had this to say: “Once again I'm delighted to get the boys signed up. They have shown they can comfortably play at Highland League level but I feel they've only scratched the surface, there is a lot more to come from all 4 players and I look forward to trying to get the best out of them. This continues what has been a good week for the club and we're not finished yet.”  

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Four Players Sign Extended Contracts

Wick Academy FC are delighted to announce that Gordon Clark, Ross Allan, Alan Hughes and Jack Henry have signed contract extensions, committing their futures to the club.

The quartet become new manager Gary Manson’s first re-signings of the close season, with more players expected to follow suit in the coming days. 

Gary had this to say: “It’s great news for the club to get these lads signed up for next season and beyond. These are uncertain times we find ourselves in so to know I’ll have players of their ability and experience to work with going forward is great. I’m sure this is just the beginning of the signing news to come out of the club and hopefully we’ll have more in the coming days.”  

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Gary Manson Appointed As Wick Academy Manager

Wick Academy are delighted to announce that Gary Manson has been appointed as the club’s new first team manager on a long-term deal.

Having been installed as interim co-manager alongside Stewart Ross in February, Gary now takes sole charge of the club ahead of the new season. It is still unclear when football be allowed to restart due to the global pandemic we are currently facing, but hopefully it’s not too far away.

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Gary (36), who will continue to be registered as a player, is excited to be taking his first steps into management after enjoying a 20-year playing career with the club so far. He’s thoroughly looking forward to the challenge of improving the clubs fortunes on the pitch, the new manager had this to say, “I’m delighted to be announced as the manager of Wick Academy FC, a club I know inside out and one that obviously means an awful lot to me. It’s a strange time that we find ourselves in at the moment but I’m raring to go and can’t wait to get started once it is deemed safe to do so.”

He added, “I’m really excited to see what the future holds for the club as when I look at the squad, I see a tremendous blend of youth, experience and ability. Everything is there for me to work with, the squad just needs a bit more belief, structure and guidance given to it. If I can add those ingredients, then we can go on and achieve great things together.”

Gary has already identified his backroom staff and the club hope to be in a position to announce those additions in the near future.

Club chairman Pat Miller said: “Gary has had a long and outstanding footballing career. I'm delighted he has accepted the post of Wick Academy manager and I look forward to a new period in the club's history.

“It hasn't been the easiest of times for Gary with the suspension of football due to the Covid-19 crisis but he has quietly been working below the radar, keeping in touch with the squad and also assisting me in helping tie up the players coming out of contract this year.

“I'd like to wish Gary a long and successful spell with Wick Academy and we hope for lots more silverware in the future.”

DAT First Rounds Results

The first round of the Donate A Ticket Cross-Country Cup ended on Sunday night. Congratulations to our opponent St Roch's who won the tie 274 to 206. We wish them well in the next round and for their season ahead.

We would like to thank all of the Wick Academy supporters for their donations. It was a fantastic response and our total would have won all but one other first round tie. Football Clubs are going through uncertain times just now with no income coming through the turnstiles, so we are very appreciative of the donations received.

The full list of 1st round results can be viewed here.

DAT First Round - St Roch's v Wick Academy

The draw for the first round of the “Donate a Ticket Cross-Country Cup” competition was made tonight by David Tanner.

We gave been drawn against St Roch’s FC who compete in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association.

We now have 72 hours to receive as many £5 ticket donations as possible. Donations will stop at 8pm Sunday 28th June.  If we receive more donations than St Roch’s we will progress into the 2nd round next week. All donations made for Wick Academy will come directly into the club.

Donations can be made by following this link: https://bit.ly/STRvsWIC

We really appreciate all of the donations we have had for virtual tickets to date. If Academy supporters could support us in this competition we would be most grateful as it is providing an invaluable source of income to the club during this period where we have been unable to play games. Please share with fellow Academy supporters.

#PleaseShare #PleaseSupportWickAcademy #StRochsvWAFC

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Donate a Ticket - Cross-Country Cup

We are delighted to announce that the team that administer the Donate a Ticket platform will be running a “Donate a Ticket Cross-Country Cup” competition.

32 clubs spread across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland will be taking part and our name will be in the hat.

The draw will be carried out by David Tanner and will be shared at 8pm on Thursday night the 25th June. From that point our first-round tie will go live. We will have 72 hours to receive as many £5 ticket donations as possible. Donations will stop at 8pm Sunday 28th June.  If we receive more donations than our opponent we will progress into the 2nd round the following week. All donations made for Wick Academy will come directly into the club.

We really appreciate all of the donations we have had for virtual tickets to date. If Academy supporters could support us in this competition we would be most grateful as it is providing an invaluable source of income to the club during this period where we have been unable to play games. Please share with fellow Academy supporters.

We will be number 31 in the draw and the full list of teams that will be in the first-round draw is as follows. #PleaseShare #PleaseSupportWickAcademy

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My Greatest XI - Sam Mackay

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In the third article of our series Sam Mackay picks his greatest XI and memory match.

Sam signed for Academy from Deveronvale in September 2009. He made his Academy debut on the 5th September 2009 under managers Ian Munro and Richard Hughes in a League game away to Brora Rangers. He had a total of 350 appearances for the club scoring 144 goals.

His best XI is as follows.

No. Position Name Reason for Inclusion
1 GK Sean McCarthy Very comfortable with the ball, like an outfield player.
2 RB Grant Campbell Excellent going forward and excellent defender.
3 CB Alan Farquhar Very committed reads the game well.
4 CB Andrew MacLeod No nonsense defender, always defended first.
5 LB Gary Manson Composed good left or right.
6 Def Mid Martin Gunn (c) Leader always got the boys up for it.
7 Centre Mid Stevie Cunningham Technically excellent could see things others couldn’t.
8 Centre Mid Craig Shearer Real warrior always gave 100%.
9 Centre Attacking Mid Richard Macadie Could change a game in an instant.
10 Centre Forward Davie Allan Best dribbler I have seen, so fast.
11 Striker Gary Weir Real No 9 with some tricks to go with it.

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Sam has also picked a memory match.

Season\Date 2015 - 21st November - What else!
Location Dudgeon Park - Brora
Opposition Nairn County
Score Won 6-2
Memories of the match  

What is there to say about that day! After three previous Cup Final defeats we knew we couldn’t lose another one.

When I scored to make it 3-0 that’s when I knew it was going to be our day.

Under 17's Hamper Donation

The Wick Academy under 17s donated a hamper to both Wick and Thurso ambulance stations to thank them for all their hard work.

Alan Mathieson and Michael Steven are pictured handing the wick stations hamper over and Lewis Gallagher and William Cannop are pictured handing Thurso stations hamper over.

We would like to thank not only Scottish Ambulance service for all their hard work but all key workers who have worked extreamly hard throughout these difficult times. A big thank you to you all.

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My Greatest XI - Gary Weir

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In the second article of our series Gary Weir picks his greatest XI and memory match.

Gary made his Academy debut on the 25th January 2003 under manager Alistair Budge in a North of Scotland Cup away tie against Nairn County. He had a total of 450 appearances for the club scoring 168 goals including 8 in a single match against Fort William in October 2013.

His best XI is as follows.

No. Position Name Reason for Inclusion
1 GK Michael Gray More for his banter than his goalkeeping skills but a real good guy to have in your team. Worst dress sense you will every see.
2 RWB Grant Campbell Very professional, gives 100% every game. Natural leader on the park. Not surprising that he has captained other clubs and been a key player in the formidable Cove team of late.
3 LWB Gary Manson I think I’ve played more games with Gary than any other player for Academy. Very experienced and knowledgeable about the game. Never had a performance under 7/10 (his words).
4 CD Gordie Robertson (Robo) Proper old school hard centre half. Incredible strength and fitness.
5 CD Alan Sinclair (Baba) Best reader of the game I’ve played with. Probably why he’s still playing and winning trophies.
6 Def Mid Craig Shearer Most consistent player ever to play for Wick Academy. Top performances week in week out. When the chips are down, he’s the guy you look too. Box to box in his prime and a gentleman of a guy too.
7 Centre Mid Martin Gunn (Shoe) Captain for most of my time at Academy. Great short and long passing ability. Saw him score some great goals for the club. He seemed to age literally overnight once he retired from football though.
8 Centre Mid Sam Mackay On his day Sam is the best player I‘ve played with. Always wondered how he would’ve faired against top professionals. And always wondered how he got a black fang tooth?
9 Striker Gary Weir Since it’s my team I think it’s only fair that I put myself up top. I would be on penalties, free kicks, corners, throw ins.
10 Behind strikers Richard Macadie The season Spec won the Highland League POTY was the best season I’ve seen of a player for Academy. He was untouchable. The fittest player I’ve played with and missed only a hand full of matches over the last 15 years. 
11 Striker Davie Allan In terms of winning games of football, no one has done It better for Academy than Davie Allan. He’s probably been responsible for more wins than any other player. Has a hunger and a desire that for me is unmatched. For both jam pancakes and winning.

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Gary has also picked a memory match.

Season\Date 2015 - 21st November
Location Dudgeon Park - Brora
Opposition Nairn County
Score Won 6-2
Memories of the match  

I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of a few amazing matches but winning the NoSC stands out from the rest. It was at a time when the team had incredible form and, on our day, we could beat anyone in the league comfortably.

The match was nearly called of because of the snow but somehow it went ahead. I’ve seen games been called off for less. I don’t recall being particularly nervous for the game, more excited but probably a mixer of both. I remember the vast amount of Academy fans from both sides of the county come down to support us, just like they had in all the other cup finals. The support our club got was as good as I’ve seen anywhere in the highland league.

The game itself started well for us as we basically dominated from the start. Davie Allan terrorising the defence and eventually won a penalty from a through ball by Richie. Richie showed nerve to step up and score a penalty in a packed cup final. From there we grew in confidence which then resulted in me scoring our 2nd from great build up play from the lads. The third was a high cross ball from Gant Campbell which I headed back to Sam who nearly ripped the net with his volley. Goals in the second half from Ando, Joe and Grant were a bit of a blur. It could’ve been after I got kicked in the face by a Nairn player which seen him get sent off. Not much was really said about it after the game as there was obviously more important things going on, but it is up there with one of the worst things I’ve had done to me in a match. Once the final whistle went, we all ran to the middle and started cheering.  It was class. Once we were given the trophy and waiting for the team photo, Tichie handed me a bottle of champagne. That resulting photo would become quite a symbolic one for us and has been blown up into a big poster and put outside the dressing room.