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Written by John Briskham   
Friday, 01 August 2014
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Season 2014\2015 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. Recently completed his UEFA B licence which he has added to his already impressive Coaching CV.

 GOALKEEPERS
Sean McCarthy

Name:   McCarthy, Sean

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   11th July 1993

Sponsor:   Jim McLachlan

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed by manager Gordon Connelly for the start of season 2014-15. Follows in the footsteps of his father Donald McCarthy who also pulled on the Academy goalkeeper jersey for 4 games in seasons 1998\99 and 1999\2000.

Started in his early teens playing between the sticks for Ross County youths. Played in the County under 15's and under 17's before spending two years full-time in the under 20's before being released by Ross County this summer.  
 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
John Budge

Name:   Budge, John

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   3rd March 1994

Sponsor:   Alan G and Carol Farquhar

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Another product of the Academy youth programme. A young player that has broken into first-team involvement this season.

Played summer football as a centre-half for Staxigoe FC. Likely to be a squad player this season but a young lad with bags of potential and it will be interesting to track his progress in the coming year.

Currently on loan to Halkirk United.

 Grant Campbell

Name:   Campbell, Grant

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   11th January 1990

Sponsor:   Norrie the Scorrie

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

 

Was with Aberdeen FC for three years as a youngster before eventually signing for Ross County FC. He was released from RCFC in 2008 before going on to play for Aberdeen Junior side Banchory St. Ternans FC.

Spent a year playing for John O' Groats before he joined Academy in 2009. Was released in 2010 and he then signed for Huntly and in the latter three seasons was the Huntly captain.

One of manager Gordon Connelly's first signings and Academy fans are already looking forward to seeing him in action for the season ahead.

Grant is a very intelligent pacy defender who can play on the right or left side of the defence, and will get up and down the flanks to support his team mates.

Grant_Steven_13-14

Name:   Steven, Grant

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   10th May 1992

Sponsor:  Ellen Simpson

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, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

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

Was troubled with a bad hamstring injury last season which kept him out for a few months, but now fully fit and hopefully he can go though the year ahead injury free.

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 rejoined Academy.

Joe is a powerful uncompromising young player and is comfortable in either a defensive or midfield position. He has added a physical edge to the team but he 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 was out for the remainder of that season, but is now back to full fitness and will be fighting for a starting berth for the coming season.

Stevie_Cunningham_13-14

Name:   Cunningham, Stevie

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   15th October 1989

Sponsor:   Alan 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.

In season 2012-13 he shared the Players' Player of the Year award with Craig Shearer.

Scored a 40 yard screamer at home against Forres Mechanics in season 2013-14 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:

Appointed Club Captain at the start of season 2014-15. 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 the last four seasons and was the supporters' player of the year for his performances in seasons 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15. Last season he was also awarded with the Player's Player of the year award.

 Jack Halliday

Name:   Halliday, Jack

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   22nd April 1994

Sponsor:  John Briskham

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

A product of the successful Caithness United/Wick Academy youth football link up.

He played for local CAFA League Side Thurso Academicals during the summer months. Jack has progressed from the Wick Academy U17 squad where he was voted Youth Player of the Year in 2010.

Has been on the fringes of first team action for several years but signed professional forms at the start of this season.

He is a skilful and very composed young midfielder who is very confident on the ball and has good vision and passing ability. A young player to keep an eye out for in his first full season in the 1st team squad.

Missed the first half of the season due to injury but now working his way back to full firness.

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.

Was the Club's top goal scorer in season 2012-13 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:   Walter Mowat

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed for Academy in September 2009. Sam is a former Scotland schoolboy international, and had 5 seasons with Brora at Dudgeon 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

Date of Birth:   29th December 1983

Sponsor:   Lois Manson

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Consistent player who is now in his 15th season with the club. One of a select band of only 3 players who have over 400 competitive appearances for the club and in season 2011-12 he 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.

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:   Envirassist Ltd

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.

A gifted player 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. Work commitments limited his involvement last season 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:   Jim McLachlan

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile: 

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

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

 

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 in season 2012-13 and was awarded the Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player.

Was out with a broken bone in his shoulder for a few months last season but now back to full fitness.
 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 and 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.

Scored 13 league goals last season and Academy fans are hoping for another season where he will once again terrorize opposition defences.

Lukasz Geruzel_13-14

Name:   Geruzel, Lukasz

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   5th May 1983

Sponsor:   Achairn Energy

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 in season 2012-13.
 
Signed and played in Academy’s Ramsdens Cup tie against Raith Rovers in July 2012 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 in season 2012-13 hitting the net with 24 competitive goals.
 
Had a poorer goal return by his own high standards last season, but on form he knows where the net is and he is a real hand-full for any defence.

 
Steven Harrison

Name: Harrison, Steven Anderson

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   28th November 1992

Sponsor:   Lybster Junior FC

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

21 year old forward from Lybster signed by Academy at the start of this season. A player with a great turn of speed that plays mainly on the right wing.

Had trials with Crystal Palace as a youth. Played summer football for Golspie Stafford AFC and Lybster AFC. Helped Lybster AFC lift this season's Eain MacKintosh Cup.

A great addition to the squad strengthening our attacking options.

Already a fans favorite scoring his first Academy goal against Strathspey Thistle at the start of October and in the next game at home to Rothes he bagged a hat-trick.

 Alan Hughes

Name:   Hughes, Alan

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   13th May 1995

Sponsor:   Envirassist Ltd

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Another product of the successful Caithness United/Wick Academy Youth link up.

Alan is the son of Wick Academy Assistant Manager Richard Hughes. Like his dad he is a striker. Alan is a very pacy individual with terrific ball control and an eye for a pass and he has his Dad's prolific eye for goal which was very evident for the Under 17 team where he reached 20 plus goals.

Was awarded with the Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player for last season.

Sustained a bad ankle injury in Academy's last game of the season against Strathspey Thistle so missed the whole of pre-season training, but now working towards full fitness again.

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 13th 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.

He 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 and last season he was the club's top goal scorer with 23 competitive goals to his name including a record haul of 8 in one match against Fort William in October 2013.


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