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Sam Barclay and Scott MacDonald Sign-Up

The club are delighted to announce that two of our most promising young players, Sam Barclay and Scott MacDonald, have signed their first contracts with the club.

Both players have come through the club's youth set up and really excelled last season for the U17s, with Sam scoring an extraordinary 32 goals and Scott picking up the player of the year award.

Upon signing for the club the pair will now head to Thurso on loan for the season, along with fellow promising young player Grant Aitkenhead.

Manager Gary Manson had this to say: "Its great business to get Sam and Scott signed up. They have been training with us from the start of pre season and both have shown up very well indeed, as I fully expected.

Its very important for the club to continue to promote the best young players from the youth set up, Sam and Scott certainly fall into that category.

I'm delighted the boys, along with Grant, will now head out on loan to Thurso. They'll gain valuable experience there, playing against a good standard of player week in week out which will develop them even further.

Grant has been with the 1st team for a couple of seasons now and has been progressing well, this loan is now the next stage of his development."

The 3 players will be available for Thurso's season opener against Golspie on Saturday 17th October.

Scott Sam Sign

Season 2020-2021 Start Paused

The Highland League has decided to pause the start of the 2020-2021 season in view of the current public health circumstances.

The season will not start before Saturday 28th November and confirmation of that or an extension of the pause will be considered at a meeting during the week beginning Monday 9th November.

The League Management Committee undertook a careful and detailed consideration of the current situation and felt that, all things considered, a pause was the most appropriate course of action.

First Fixture Dates for 2020-21

The fixtures for the first three weekends of the 2020\21 season have been published.

These fixtures are contingent upon receiving Government advice that matches may proceed with spectators in attendance.

The full fixture programme for the forthcoming season and arrangements for the Scottish Cup will be published at a later date.

Saturday 17th October 2020
Brora Rangers FC v Inverurie Loco Works FC
Buckie Thistle FC v Clachnacuddin FC
Deveronvale FC v Rothes FC
Formartine United FC v Huntly FC
Forres Mechanics FC v Turriff United FC
Fort William FC v Lossiemouth FC
Nairn County FC v Keith FC
Wick Academy FC v Strathspey Thistle FC
Free Club - Fraserburgh FC

Saturday 24th October 2020
Buckie Thistle FC v Forres Mechanics FC
Formartine United FC v Nairn County FC
Huntly FC v Brora Rangers FC
Inverurie Loco Works FC v Clachnacuddin FC
Keith FC v Fort William FC
Lossiemouth FC v Wick Academy FC
Rothes FC v Fraserburgh FC
Turriff United FC v Deveronvale FC
Free Club - Strathspey Thistle FC

Saturday 31st October 2020
Clachnacuddin FC v Huntly FC
Deveronvale FC v Buckie Thistle FC
Forres Mechanics FC v Inverurie Loco Works FC
Fort William FC v Formartine United FC
Fraserburgh FC v Turriff United FC
Nairn County FC v Brora Rangers FC
Strathspey Thistle FC v Lossiemouth FC
Wick Academy FC v Keith FC
Free Club - Rothes FC

It is currently planned to hold the Semi-final ties of the 2019-20 Utilita Highland League Cup on Saturday 7th November 2020 - Brora Rangers v Buckie Thistle and Formartine United v Rothes.

Manson Announces Backroom Team

Manager Gary Manson will have a new backroom team in place when Wick Academy return to training this weekend.
Michael Gray has joined as assistant manager and Gordon McDonald is first-team coach, while James More continues in his goalkeeping coach role.
Manson says he is delighted with the appointments and hopes that together they can help bring back the team spirit the Scorries enjoyed when they were challenging for the Highland League title and reaching cup finals.
“I’ve known Michael since I was a little boy and I’ve known Gordie for 20 years now, and James for probably 15 or 16 years, so we all go back a long way," Manson said.
“That was one thing I wanted when I was looking at getting guys in to help – guys that I can rely on, that I know well, that I know won’t let me down.
“It was important to get guys in that I can trust and depend on, and I’m delighted with the mix that we have. They’re all former Academy players, they’ve been in and around the league for numerous years between them all, so they know all the grounds that we’ll visit and all the teams we’ll be playing against."
Gray is known for making his presence felt and his voice heard – whether patrolling the penalty box as a vastly experienced goalkeeper or on the touchline as a coach in county summer football or the North Caledonian League.
“There’s no doubt that Michael is a bit more boisterous than I am, that’s one word to describe him," Manson said. "You normally hear Michael before you see him – but you need a mixture of different personalities in a coaching team. We’re all different personalities but I’d like to think we’ll all complement each other as well.
“When we were doing really well and challenging up at the top end of the table our team spirit was tremendous – everyone enjoyed going to training, going to matches, the bus journeys home. It was all good fun and good interaction between the whole squad.
“Going forward, all the boys now are Caithness-based so we’ll all be training together twice a week. The team spirit and camaraderie has been missing for maybe a couple of years but I would like to think it’ll come back now.”
At a meeting of the league management committee last weekend it was agreed that the season is to start on Saturday, October 17, subject to Scottish Government approval. The 17 clubs will play each other only once, meaning eight home and eight away league fixtures for every team, while there will be group stages for the Highland League Cup.
Barring any changes to the guidance, the Academy players will meet up in Thurso for training on Saturday morning for the first time since football in Scotland was suspended on March 13.
"It has been such a long time," Manson said. “There are only so many times you can sit and plan things – we’re looking forward to getting going now and getting the boys back on the training pitch."
Looking ahead to the shortened 2020/21 campaign, he added: “I’m hopeful of getting a fixture list by the end of this week or maybe into next week. It’s a good opportunity for all the clubs.
"For want of a better phrase, it’s now a sprint rather than a marathon. It’s a good chance for any team aspiring to win trophies and we’ll be no different. We’ll be viewing it as a positive and good chance for us to push up the table.”

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Wick Academy Mugs On Sale

Wick Academy Mugs Now on Sale

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Wick Academy mugs are now on sale, priced at £6.

They will be available at the Harmsworth on home games, or contact Tracey Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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