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Monday, 01 August 2016
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Season 2016-2017 Senior Squad

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Name:   Connelly, Gordon

Role:   Manager


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 as a player 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.

Academy's first Manager to pick up a major piece of silverware winning the North of Scotland Cup in November 2015.


Name:   Hughes, Richard

Role:   Co-Assistant Manager


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, at that date 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.


Name:   Suttar, Ross

Role:   Co-Assistant Manager & Club Development Officer


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 (working towards his A licence) which he has added to his already impressive Coaching CV. 

Was appointed co-assistant Manager in April 2016.


Name:   McCarthy, Sean

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   11th July 1993

Sponsor: Envirassist Ltd. Environmental Consultancy.

Statistics:   Stats Database


Signed by manager Gordon Connelly for the start of season 2014-15 and holds the number one goalkeeper berth.

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. Was awarded with the John Henderson shield for the young player of the year for his performances in season 2014-15.


Name:   McCarthy, Danny

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   18th June 1998

Sponsor:   John Briskham

Statistics:   Stats Database


Brother of Sean McCarthy was release by Ross County in the summer of 2015. Came up through the youth ranks at Ross County.

Will provide vital cover for Sean and will be eager to feature if given the opportunity. Started between the sticks against Rothes in October 2015 and had a clean sheet for that game.


Name:   Hardwick, Andrew

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   30th September 1992

Sponsor:   Availabe

Statistics:   Stats Database


Central defender who signed in September 2016. Played in the Ross County youth set-up from the age of 9, moved onto Clachnacuddin playing in the youth development league and then whilst studying in Glasgow played in University football and Sunday league.

Returning North in 2014 Andrew had a season with Fort William and was then with Nairn County for season 2015-16. Played in Caithness summer football with Pentland United during the summer of 2016.


Name:   Mackay, Danny

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   2nd February 1991

Sponsor: Envirassist Ltd. Environmental Consultancy.

Statistics:   Stats Database



Signed by Gordon Connelly in the summer of 2015. Previously played for Brora Rangers and Caithness Amateur Football Association side Castletown.

A player that will challenge every week for a place in the starting line-up.


Name:   Macrae, Colin

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   7th February 1998

Sponsor:   Availabe

Statistics:   Stats Database


Another one of the summer 2015 signings after being released from Ross County under 20's. Can play in either fullback position or as a centre back.

Has done well thus far when called upon and will be keen to get more game-time under his belt this season.

Currently on temporary loan to Golspie Sutherland.


Name:   Steven, Grant

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   10th May 1992

Sponsor:  Ellen Simpson

Statistics:   Stats Database


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.


Name:   Steven, Michael

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   25th February 1990

Sponsor:   Kate Durrand

Statistics:   Stats Database


"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 re-joined 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 is also comfortable with the ball at his feet and has been known to score some terrific distance strikes.


Name:   Allan, Ross

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   16th July 1993

Sponsor:   June and Hugh McLeod

Statistics:   Stats Database


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.

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 appreciate his energy and willingness to work for his team mates.

Broke his leg March 2015 playing against Brora but was flying again by the end of last season.


Name:   Farquhar, Alan

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   26th January 1988

Sponsor:   Castletown Hotel

Statistics:   Stats Database


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 five seasons and was the supporters' player of the year for his performances in seasons 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15. Also awarded with the Player's Player of the year award in season 2013-14.


Name:   Macadie, Richard

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   9th April 1987

Sponsors:  Bremner Fishing Company

Statistics:   Stats Database


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 attacking midfielder with good pace and great close ball control. Richard likes nothing better than getting forward and scoring goals.

He is a player the fans love to see 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 2014-15 with a total of 17 competitive goals and in total has scored over 100 competitive goals for Academy.


Name:   Mackay, Andrew

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   28th June 1998

Sponsor:   Available

Statistics:   Stats Database


Signed by Gordon Connelly in the summer of 2016. 18 year old left footed midfielder with a bright future ahead of him.

Came through the junior ranks with Ross County at under 13, 15 and 17 levels. Played for Strathspey Thistle last year. Also played summer football with High Ormlie Hotspur.

Name:   Mackay, Sam

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   13th March 1989

Sponsor: Envirassist Ltd. Environmental Consultancy.

Statistics:   Stats Database


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 has given Academy some great options.

Sam is one of the hottest 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.

Won the Michael McNeill trophy for the goal of the season last year with a sensational strike against Linlithgow Rose in the Scottish Cup, and also won the vote for the Player’s player of the year. Finished off last year sharing the golden boot award with Steven Anderson, both bagging 20 competitive goals for the season.


Name:   Manson, Gary

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   29th December 1983

Sponsor:   Lois Manson

Statistics:   Stats Database


Consistent player who is now in his 17th season with the club. The first player in the club history that has over 500 competitive appearance. He celebrated his testimonial season in 2011-12.

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.


Name:   McLean, James

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   9th July 1990

Sponsor:   Available

Statistics:   Stats Database


Central midfielder signed by manager Gordon Connelly from Halkirk United in January 2016.

Played several times as a trialist earlier in the season and caught the eye. A powerful young lad who made 13 League appearance last season and will be keen to feature more this year.

Released in December 2016.


Name:   Petrie, Michael

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   2nd July 1990

Sponsor:   Available

Statistics:   Stats Database


Central midfielder signed in August 2016. Versatile enough to play other mid-field roles and eager to establish himself in the squad.

Developed as a teenager with Caithness United and played a few Under 18 games for Academy around 2007. Michael made his debut in CAFA Summer County League football as a 15 year old with Thurso Pentland and also had a season with Thurso Swifts before joining Pentland United for whom he has been a key player for past 5 seasons.

Released from Academy in January 2017.


Name:   Pickles, James

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   7th October 1990

Sponsor:   Jim McLachlan

Statistics:   Stats Database


Played in the Orkney Cheese A League for Rendall FC.

Initially caught the eye of Academy during a 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.

Now a regular in the starting eleven.



Name:   Allan, David

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   21st August 1989

Sponsor:   John and Tommy

Statistics:   Stats Database


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 in season 2013-14 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. and again picked up the Supporter’s player of the year in 2015-16. Academy fans are hoping for another season where he will once again terrorize opposition defences.


Name: Anderson, Steven

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   28th November 1992

Sponsor: Envirassist Ltd. Environmental Consultancy.

Statistics:   Stats Database

Young forward from Lybster signed by Academy at the start of last 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 the Eain MacKintosh Cup.
Has been a great addition to the squad strengthening our attacking options. Already a fans favourite and for his performances in 2014-15 and 2015-16 when he picked up the Dot McLachlan trophy for the most improved player. Finished off last season with a competitive goal total of 20, sharing the golden boot award with Sam Mackay.


Name:   MacGregor, Marc

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   19th December 1994

Sponsor:   Walter Mowat

Statistics:   Stats Database


Signed in the summer of 2015. A striker who has come through the Caithness United and Wick Academy youth ranks. Played for CAFA side Staxigoe United. Bagged 4 goals against Rothes in October 2015 and for his efforts during the season was awarded the John Henderson Shield for the Young player of the year.


Name:   Maciver, Ross

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   28th February 1999

Sponsor:   Available

Statistics:   Stats Database


17 year old forward from Fortrose who joined Academy on a development load from Ross County in January 2017.

Came through the youth ranks at Ross County starting with them in 2012. Looking now to get some game time at Highland League level. Great prospect, fast and good ball control, hoping he bags some goals with Academy in the remaining games of this season.


Name:   Weir, Gary

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   5th August 1987

Sponsor:   Conan and Cara Center

Statistics:   Stats Database


'Chuckie' is a raw never say die talent 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 15th full season with the Academy senior team and this is his testimonial year. 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 in season 2013-14 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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