The Wick Academy players and managers got together last night on a Zoom video session and announced the end of season player awards. They are as follows:
- Players’ Player of the Year - Ryan Campbell.
- John Henderson Shield for Young Player of the Year (21 and under) - Ryan Campbell.
- Bill Mackay memorial Golden Boot Award for top Goalscorer - Craig Gunn with 12 goals.
- Michael McNeill Trophy for goal of the season - Craig Gunn's 2nd goal vs Inverurie Locos away in the Scottish Cup, 21st Sept 2019.
- Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player over the season - Ryan Campbell.
- The Dan Thomson Trophy for the Youth Player of the year - Scott MacDonald.
- The Under 17’s golden boot is Sam Barclay with an amazing total of 32 goals.
Congratulations to the winners.
With the way the season ended due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was shame that the fans didn’t get a chance to attend our last game and vote for the Supporters’ Player of the Year. We hope that the League will be able to announce the Clubman Awards at a later date.
The Under 17’s deserve a big shout-out. Their season was declared null and void. They were in a strong position challenging for their third title on the bounce having won 11 and drawn 1 of their 12 games. Sorry you didn’t get a chance to finish the season lads.
Ryan and Scott are pictured along with the first team squad in their Zoom video session
The Wick Academy FC AGM normally takes place in May. Due to current social distancing and lockdown guidance this will need to be postponed. Once restrictions have been lifted an alternate date and venue for the AGM will be published. #stayhomesavelives
Wick Academy have teamed up with the Donate a Ticket Campaign. This is a platform designed to allow fans to donate the value of a match ticket directly to their chosen club.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we were unable to play our last seven games of the season but thanks to this platform hopefully we can still raise some money in the way of donated ticket sales.
Any donations that can be made no matter how big or small would be very gratefully appreciated.
We hope that all of our supporters are staying safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to Harmsworth Park once it is safe to do so and restrictions have been lifted.
The Donate a Ticket web site where donations can be made can be found here:
This week the players, management and committee of Wick Academy dug deep into their pockets and have managed to raise £1,000, which will now be donated to Chris Aitken.
Chris, who is an avid supporter of the club, is admirably producing protective face masks and guards using a 3D printer. The masks and guards Chris produces are being distributed to local nursing homes and hospitals where they are urgently required during this terrible Coronavirus pandemic.
We decided to donate the money raised to Chris as he continually requires funds for materials to continue producing this essential PPE.
The players, management and committee are appreciative of the support we are given during the football season and are delighted to be able to do something to help the local community in times of need.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the players for agreeing to forgo their wages during this uncertain period, also to urge everyone to stay safe and stay at home for as long as required. #stayhomesavelives
Example of the face-masks that Chris is producing
Sam Mackay Announces His Retirement
Sam Mackay has announced his retirement after 11 years with Wick Academy. Sam is a former Scotland schoolboy international and had 5 seasons at Brora before signing for Deveronvale. He joined Academy in September 2009 and in his 11 seasons with us he clocked up 349 competitive appearances scoring 144 goals.
Sam has the following thoughts on his career and retirement:
“Firstly I want to thank everyone who sent me messages personally and further afield on my retirement. I have had some great memories over the last 11 years. I have played with and against some top players and made many new friends along the way, all good things must come to an end though. I would have loved to have had one last game at the Harmsworth to pay-back the fans for all their support over the years.
Winning the North of Scotland Cup was obviously a highlight among many, it was a special day for the club. My only regret is not adding to that trophy in the other finals we got too.
Going forward the future looks very bright for Academy. I'm sure Gary and Stewart will do a fantastic job. You can already see their impact in the training sessions. There are some great young players coming through as well as top experienced guys to guide them along. It won’t be long before Academy is challenging for silverware again.
Please keep supporting the team going forward. As I know they really appreciate the backing.”
Wick Academy Chairman Pat Miller is sad to see Sam retire and has stated that he is always welcome back at the club:
“Sam was a brilliant addition to an already talented squad. When he arrived we saw from the very start of his career with Academy that we’d bought someone who could unlock defences and supply our forwards with his quality passes. Over the years his talents were there for everyone to see which endeared him to our supporters. Even in what eventually is his last season he has shown his versatility by playing in the back-four like he’d always been there.
Having told me of his plans I spent a good piece of time trying to dissuade him to no avail. All I can do now is wish him a happy retirement but with the proviso ’never say never’ as we would welcome him back in some capacity with Wick Academy.”
Co-Manager Gary Manson echoes Pat’s sentiments stating:
“Firstly I'd like to say it's a great shame that Sam has decided to hang the boots up but all good things have to come to an end and I fully understand his reasons. It's also really unfortunate he never got the chance to say a proper goodbye to the fans.
He's certainly been a great servant over years to Wick Academy but even more importantly, he has been a player straight out of the top drawer at Highland League level.
When he joined us all those years ago the boys knew we were getting one of the most talented young players in the league who would instantly make our starting 11 stronger, and so it proved.
Sam is a valuable commodity in football, he's a match winner, a guy that could score or create a goal out of nothing. I've seen him countless times ghosting by 3 players and smashing a shot into the back of the net. He could also, certainly in his early days with us when he played wide, beat his man and whip tremendous crosses into the box which strikers thrived on.
He'll obviously be missed on the park but also in the change room, the team bus and around Harmsworth Park where he was always a lively character and the sort who got on with everyone. It'll be very difficult to replace Sam in every sense.
Sam can be very proud of what he achieved playing with the club, we achieved things during that period that were never accomplished before and might never be again, highlights being winning the North of Scotland Cup in 2015/16 and also winning every single home league match during the 2012/13 season only missing out on winning the title by 4 points.
In summary, Sam is an extremely talented football player, it was a pleasure to not only play alongside him but also to call a team-mate. He'll be sorely missed by all at the club, we wish him and his family all the very best for the future and he'll always be welcome at Harmsworth Park.”
Scottish Highland Football League - Update
Scottish Highland Football League clubs met today to consider options during the current public health emergency. The clubs are concerned to provide all involved and interested in the Highland League with as much clarity as possible.
The following decisions were made by the meeting:
• That the 2019-20 season be deemed to have concluded on the date that football activity in Scotland was suspended – Friday 13th March 2020
• That Brora Rangers FC be declared Breedon Highland League Champions for 2019-20
• That the latter stages of the Utilita Highland League Cup 2019-20 (semi-finals and final) be held over and played early in the 2020-21 season
• That there be no further matches in the Highland League Youth Development Initiative for the foreseeable future.
The League therefore goes into a form of hibernation until such time as football resumes after the Covid-19 pandemic passes. At that time, the possibilities for creating meaningful competitions in season 2020-2021 will be considered and that, in turn, will depend on when resumption takes place.
Clubs also recognised the valuable support given to its competitions by the Breedon Group and Utilita and wished to place on record their appreciation thereof.
In such a difficult time for all, the meeting was clear in its view that issues much more important than football currently predominate, with health and livelihoods being far more significant.
The meeting heard of a number of instances of clubs putting their shoulder to the resilience wheel and of club staff being very understanding of the financial challenges being faced. This was uplifting and can only be beneficial to the health and well-being of all concerned.
The final message from the League to club members, staff, volunteers and supporters is to stay safe and healthy and we all look forward to getting back to football when the time is right.
Scorrie Scoop and Premier Club Draws Suspended
Following the Government’s advice, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, the club have taken the decision to suspend the sale of tickets for our Scorrie Scoop. We have also suspended the weekly Premier Club draw.
The club will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and take advice from Government and local authorities before deciding on a suitable date for continuing with the draws. Notice will be made in advance of resumption of both draws.
Any tickets already submitted for next week’s Scoop draw will be entered into the first draw following resumption. The jackpot for this next draw is £4,600.
The last Premier Club draw was for week 25. We will draw all missed weeks on our first week of resumption, so anyone with a subscription will not miss out on any weekly draws.
We hope that everyone can remain safe during this difficult period. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.
Scottish Highland Football League - Suspension of Football
We have had the following directive from the Highland League.
Please note that, in accordance with this morning's Scottish FA DIrective, all football due to be played under the auspices of the Highland League is suspended until further notice.
This takes immediate effect, starting with this weekend's matches.
This means that all Wick Academy matches including the first team, under 15’s and under 17’s games are postponed until further notice. This incudes a bounce game that the first team were planning for Saturday the 14th March.
Wick Academy are delighted to announce that Gary Manson and Stewart Ross have been appointed as the new management team until the end of the season.
The club will take their time to consider all options during this period with the goal of having someone permanently in position for the start of pre-season.
Wick Academy Mugs Now on Sale
Wick Academy mugs are now on sale, priced at £6.