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Thursday, 01 August 2013
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Season 2013\2014 Senior Squad

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  MANAGEMENT TEAM
 Gordon_Connelly_13-14

Name:   Connelly, Gordon

Role:   Manager

Profile: 

Accepted the role of Manager on the 10th February 2014 following the departure of Barry Wilson to Elgin City. Very experienced and Academy are delighted to have him at the helm.

After a spell at English club Burnley Gordon joined Jim Leishman's golden era at Dunfermline that saw them rise through the divisions to reach the Scottish Premier League before Bobby Wilson took him North to Ross County where he spent 11 seasons helping County rise from Highland league Minnows, to Scottish League football in 1994. He played over 300 games for County and scored over 100 goals from midfield. In 1993 he was enrolled into the Ross County Hall of Fame.

In August 1997 he joined Wick Academy where he made 28 league appearances before moving on to Forres Mechanics, first as a player and then as player manger, winning 3 HF League Cups in succession during seasons; 1999, 2000 and 2001 before illness took him away from the game for a period of time. He did however return to play for several further HFL clubs before he joined Derek Adam's Ross County backroom staff during their rise to the SPL.

Was co-assistant manager under Barry Wilson along with Richard Hughes.

Tichie_Hughes_13-14

Name:   Hughes, Richard

Role:   Assistant Manager

Profile:

Former Academy striker 'Tichie' played in the North Caledonian League  team in the late 70s as a teenager.  Scored a memorable goal past Henry Smith in a friendly against Hearts on the 30th of July 1984. Made his Highland League debut against Cove Rangers on the 6th of August 1994 under manager at the time John MacDonald. His first goal came 3 games later in a HL Cup tie against Clachnacuddin at Grant Street Park.   

From season 1994/95 he started 117 games for Academy, and scored 32 goals. At time of writing he remains the clubs seventh highest goal scorer. Tichie took over as co-manager of the Scorries with Ian Munro (Zeeky) in January 2007 following the departure of Peter Budge. He and Munro resigned at the end of season 2010\11 and was appointed assistant manager to Davie Kirkwood in June 2011.

Tichie and co-manager Zeeky were voted as Highland League Managers of the year for season 2009/10 after steering Academy to a 5th place finish in the table, our highest ever league position, after a 10 game winning streak.

Took over as Caretaker Manager on the 1st of September 2012 following David Kirkwood's shock resignation to join Brora Rangers, and was also Caretaker Manager for a brief spell in February 2014 when Barry Wilson left for Elgin City.

Tichie was the co-assistant Manager under Barry Wilson and was then appointed as Assistant Manager to Gordon Connelly at the beginning of February 2014.

Ross_Suttar_13-14

Name:   Suttar, Ross

Role:   1st Team Coach & Club Development Officer

Profile:

Ross is the son of Ex. Brora Rangers and Wick Academy FC Goalkeeper John Suttar.

Ross started his football career as an apprentice at Ross County FC in 2008 playing for the Under 19 Squad before injury forced him out of football for a spell in May 2010. He returned to football in the SHFL for a short spell with Brora Rangers until he sustained a bad knee injury which ended his football career. None the less this didn't deter Ross and he decided to become a football coach undertaking various SFA coaching badges at various levels and this led him to becoming a part-time coach in Aug 2010 working with Ross County FC, Scottish Football Association and Wick Academy FC.

In April 2012 Ross moved to the Massachusetts in USA after successfully applying to become the Mass Premier Soccer (MPS) School of Excellence Director (SOE) where he successfully guided two of their youth teams into 1st place in their respective soccer leagues.

He returned home to Scotland in November 2012 at the end of the Soccer Season and was once again offered part time coaching positions working for the SFA, Ross County FC and Wick Academy FC as well as helping Halkirk United in the North Reserve League.

Ross started his new post as Wick Academy FC Club Development Officer on the 3rd Feb 2014. Ross is currently working towards his UEFA B licence and hopes to add that to his already impressive Coaching CV.

Barry Wilson_13-14

Name: Wilson, Barry

Role:   Ex-Manager

Profile:

Left Academy to take up the managers position at Elgin City on the 30th Jan 2014.

Barry began his footballing career in the Highland League with Ross County. He followed that with a brief spell at Southampton before returning to County in 1992 for a handful of games before moving to Raith Rovers. He spent almost 2 years with Raith and was a member of their squad that played in the UEFA Cup in season 1994-95.  In 1996 Wilson then signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle where he helped them to the Third Division title in 1996-97. He was sold to Livingston in 2000 and helped them gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League before he returned to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2003 where he spent a further 5 years before finishing his career with St Johnstone, Queen of the South, Peterhead and Elgin City.

Wilson holds Scottish First Division winner's medals, won with Caley Thistle, Livingston and Raith Rovers, a Scottish Third Division winner's medal, won with Caley Thistle and a Challenge Cup winner's medal, also won with Caley Thistle.

In July 2010 he became assistant Manager to Ross Jack at Elgin City and he has an SFA A-Licence coaching certificate.

Was appointed as Academy Manager on the 29th October 2012 and took the team to a 3rd place finish in his first season. Pulled his boots on a few times last season providing cover for the odd game.
 GOALKEEPERS
Michael Gray_13-14

Name:   Gray, Michael

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   2nd July 1976

Sponsor:   John Briskham

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Joined the Academy squad in October 2011. Has played for Brora and Thurso FC. A keeper who commands his defence and an excellent shot-stopper.

Has been the first pick between the sticks since the end of November 2011, so has enjoyed a good run of games.

 James _More_13-14

Name:   More, James

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   4th September 1988

Sponsor:   CPMS

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Drafted in from our U19 squad to replace Don MacMillan during a suspension in season 2004/2005.

Was the automatic first choice for almost all of seasons 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09 growing in stature with every game.

Took some time out in 2010/11 but is now back with the squad. Broke his wrist in September 2011,  but has now returned to full fitness.

 DEFENDERS
Alex_Lamb_13-14

Name:   Lamb, Alex

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   22nd January 1984

Sponsor:   Available For Sponsor

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Went from school in Wick to Ross County where he captained the Under 18 team. Missed a year through illness and was released. Made his Academy debut against Brora in August 2002.

Solid as a rock in the middle of defence. Work commitments currently rule Alex out for some games, but he is a valuable squad player.

Shaun_Sinclair_13-14

Name:   Sinclair, Shaun

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   26th February 1987

Sponsor:   NossTech Property Services

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Right sided defender who is very composed when on the ball. Has had a spell with SFL Club Ross County.

Plays as a right back and has great timing in a tackle. Shaun is also effective on the over-lap with the ability to deliver dangerous crosses into the opposition box.

Grant_Steven_13-14

Name:   Steven, Grant

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   10th May 1992

Sponsor:   NossTech Property Services

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Grant is the younger brother of Wick Academy's hard tackling defensive player Michael (Joe).

A Young talented Central Defender who signed for Academy in 2011 and is now a regular in the Academy back-line.

Grant played for the highly successful amateur side Pentland United in the Caithness Amateur Football Association County League during the summer months and for North Caledonian League Side Thurso FC in the winter where he enjoyed several cup winning triumphs.

He is a big strong pacy, hard tackling young lad who is a good header of the ball and is comfortable in possession. Was awarded the John Henderson shield for the young player of the year for his performances in seasons 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Grant also picked up the 2012-13 Club Fair Play award with only two bookings for the entire season.

Joe_Steven_13-14

Name:   Steven, Michael

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   25th February 1990

Sponsor:   Ken Green

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

"Joe" as he is known played midfield for the Academy under 19's as a 16 year old in 2005.

Signed for Brora and was a squad player with them for 18 months before returning to Academy in season 2008/09.

An injury in May 2009 in a match for local amateur side Pentland United kept him out for almost 12 months. After a summer season with Pentland United he has rejoined Academy ready to compete for a 1st team place.

Joe is a powerful uncompromising young player and is comfortable in either a defensive or midfield position. He will most certainly add a physical edge to the team but is also comfortable with the ball at his feet and has been known to score some terrific distance strikes.

 MIDFIELDERS
 Ross_Allan_13-14

Name:   Allan, Ross

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   16th July 1993

Sponsor:   June and Hugh McLeod

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed on loan from Ross County FC in season 2009/10 for an initial period of 6 months. The Thurso born youngster originally came through the Caithness United Youth System before signing with Ross County FC.

Was released in October 2010 and went to play for Thurso FC, but is back in this year's squad.

Like his brother David he is also very pacy and can weigh in with his fair share of goals, he is very adaptable in that he can play wide right or left and can also play in the striking role.

The fans will appreciate his energy and willingness to work for his team mates.

Broke his arm in February 2014 playing against Lossiemouth and is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

Stevie_Cunningham_13-14

Name:   Cunningham, Stevie

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   15th October 1989

Sponsor:   Heather Paul

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Released by Ross County in May 2008 and signed by managers Hughes and Munro for the start of season 2008/09. A midfielder full of pace and vision and has proved to be a valuable addition to the Academy squad.

Made his Harmsworth Park debut against former club Ross County in a North of Scotland Cup tie in July 2008 and scored his first competitive goal in that game.

Was awarded the Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player based on his performance in season 2008/09, and in season 2010/11 the  John Henderson Shield for the young player of the year.

Last season he shared the Players' Player of the Year award with Craig Shearer.

Scored a 40 yard screamer at home against Forres Mechanics last season which won him the goal of the season award.

Alan_Farquhar_13-14

Name:   Farquhar, Alan

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   26th January 1988

Sponsor:   Castletown Hotel

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Talented midfielder. Featured for Brora Rangers in the SHFL during his teen years and also started for his village team Castletown helping them to win the CAFA Division 1 and reach the finals of the highly regarded SAFA "Highland Amateur Cup".

Helped North Caledonian League side Halkirk United to a haul of Cup triumphs especially in season 2008/09.

Thankfully for WAFC he decided it was time to display his enormous talent at a higher level.

Alan is a very technically gifted and confident player and has been a regular starter since season 2009/10. Is a big hit with the fans and was voted young player of the year in season 2009/10.

Has been a regular starter now for three seasons and was the supporters' player of the year for his performances in seasons 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Richard_Macadie_13-14

Name:   Macadie, Richard

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   9th April 1987

Sponsors:  Bremner Fishing Company

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Started with the club on loan from Ross County under Manager Alistair Budge. Made his league debut against Huntly on the 2nd of August 2003. Played with Academy for most of that season before returning to Ross County.   

Was released from Ross County in season 2006/07 and was brought back to Wick Academy by the new manager at that time Peter Budge.

Talented young attacking midfielder with good pace and great close ball control.

Richard likes nothing better than getting forward and scoring goals.   

Has been a valuable addition to the squad and is a player the fans have taken too with his drive and determination to be successful.

In season 2006/07 Richard was voted joint players' player, supporters' player and young player of the year. In season 2008/09 he also picked up the season's supporters' player of the year award and the prestigious Highland Year player of the year award.

In season 2010\11 he swept the boards being awarded the supporters' and players' player of the year, as well as the Club's golden boot scoring a total of 28 goals.

He was in red hot form last season and again picked up the golden boot award with a total of 27 competitive goals and in total has scored over 100 competitive goals for Academy.

Sam_Mackay_13-14

Name:   Mackay, Sam

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   13th March 1989

Sponsor:   Hokka Biomass Ltd

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Club Captain signing for Academy in September 2009. Sam is a former Scotland schoolboy international, and had 5 seasons with Brora at Dudegon Park before signing with Deveronvale.

A player with an abundance of talent that can play in mid-field or up front, and he'll give Academy some great options.

Sam is one of the hottest young properties in the league and was the Sunday Post Young Player of the year in 2008/09 and repeated the feat in 2009/10.

Holds the unique distinction amongst the current crop of SHFL players of having scored for Scotland both at Schoolboy and Semi Professional level. During his spell at Brora he played over 100 matches and became one of a select few who have been handed a captains armband whilst in their teens.

Gary_Manson_13-14

Name:   Manson, Gary

Position:   Midfield (Player Coach)

Date of Birth:   29th December 1983

Sponsor:   Lois Manson

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Consistent player who is now in his 14th season with the club. One of a select band of only 3 players who have over 400 competitive appearances for the club and last year celebrated his testimonial season. Operates on the left, often as an attacking wing back.

Played for Highland Amateur Cup winners Pentland United, and had a spell at Ross County before he came through the Academy U18's to become a regular in the 1st team.

Was appointed player coach in June 2011.

Plenty of pace and influential at set pieces. Previously selected for the Highland League North select.

Bryan_McKiddie_13-14

Name:   McKiddie, Bryan

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   3rd April 1990

Sponsor:   Achairn Energy

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

A central midfield player and another product of the Academy U19 youth set-up. A player with good balance and plenty of flair and has now established himself as a regular in the starting eleven.

A gifted young player with bags of potential and was voted along with Richard Macadie as the young player of the year for season 2008/09.

Was also awarded the Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player during season 2010/11.

Picked up a bad shoulder injury and struggled to get a regular game in season 2012-13, so he will be looking to push for greater involvement this year.

James_Pickles_13-14

Name:   Pickles, James

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   7th October 1990

Sponsor:   Alan Paul

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile: 

Twenty one year old James played in the Orkney Cheese A League for Rendall FC.

Caught the eye of Academy during the pre-season friendly against Orkney AFA.

Played ninety minutes in central midfield as a trialist in Academy's pre-season friendly against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Scored his first goal for Academy in a 3-0 win in the North of Scotland Cup semi-final against Brora Rangers on the 12th September 2012.

James really came onto his game last season and was awarded the Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player.

John_Pickles_13-14

Name:   Pickles, John

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   13th January 1994

Sponsor:   Available for sponsorship

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Younger brother to James who also played in the Orkney Cheese A League for Rendall FC.

Signed in the summer of 2013 and very much one for the future. Hasn't featured in many games thus far for Academy but he's in the wings awaiting his turn.

Craig_Shearer_13-14

Name:   Shearer, Craig

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   30th June 1980

Sponsor:   Alistair Ross

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed from local team, Wick Groats, this local youngster progressed from the U18's to become a regular in the first team.

Craig has the second most number of appearances for Academy with over 400 competitive games. and had his testimonial in season 2010/11. Made his debut under manager John Black coming off the bench in a friendly against East Fife on the 25th of July 1998.

A genuine box to box midfielder. One of the most under-rated players in the Highland League, consistently giving 100% and winning the supporters' player of the year award in season 2005/2006, and the players' player of the year award in seasons 2006/07 and 07/08.

Last season he shared the Players' Player of the Year award with Stevie Cunningham and all at Wick Academy FC are delighted that he's extended his contract at the Club for another season. 

 FORWARDS

Davie_Allan_13-14

Name:   Allan, David

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   21st August 1989

Sponsor:   Ken Green

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Ex Caithness United, Ross County youngster who signed for the Club from Elgin City. This talented young Thurso born striker has a tremendous amount of pace which takes him past defenders.

Made a big impact 09/10 scoring 28 competitive goals and finishing joint 3rd top scorer in the league. His goal tally also won him the Academy Golden Boot award ans the 09/10 supporters' player of the year.

Had a quieter spell in 2010/11 with only 10 competitive goals but last season he was Academy's top scorer with 24 competitive goals to his name.

Was selected as the Player's player of the year in season 2011/12.

Hit the net 15 times last season and Academy fans are hoping for another season where he will once again terrorise opposition defences.

James_Murray_13-14

Name:   Murray, James

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   16th March 1991

Sponsor:   Available For Sponsor

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed for Academy in the summer of 2013. An exciting player with plenty of speed who knows where the goal is. Played for Pentland United in the CAFA summer league and is now out to prove that he can play at a higher level.

Released Dec 2013

Lukasz Geruzel_13-14

Name:   Geruzel, Lukasz

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   5th May 1983

Sponsor:   James Innes

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:
 
Played as a trialist in Academy’s pre-season 4-0 win against Orkney AFA and our 3-3 draw against Aberdeen U20s.
 
Signed and played in Academy’s Ramsdens Cup tie against Raith Rovers when he scored Academy’s opening goal.
 
A big strong striker who hails from Poland who can hold the ball up well and has a powerful strike.
 
Was the Clubs second highest goal scorer last season hitting the net with 24 competitive goals.

Gary_Weir_13-14

Name:   Weir, Gary

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   5th August 1987

Sponsor:   Conan Center, Aidan and Kian Whaley

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

'Chuckie' is a raw never say die talent from Lybster with a keen eye for goal.

Made his debut at age 15 coming on as a substitute in a North of Scotland Cup tie away to Nairn in January 2003.

Coming into his 12th full season with the Academy senior team, he has scored some vital goals for the Club.

Hit the net 15 times in season 2011-12 and in doing so at that time became the club's overall top goal scorer with over 100 competitive goals.

Him and Richard Macadie are now trading the tag of the Clubs top goal scorer on a monthly basis.

With the ball at his feet defenders find him a tricky customer to deal with.



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