Chairman's New Year Message 2010


On behalf of the Committee, Management Team, Coaches and Players, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sponsors, Supporters and Helpers for their tremendous support during 2009.

What a start to 2009 - a home win against Rothes on 17th January, followed a week later by our first ever away win at Keith setting us on the way to an unbeaten 10 game run in the league. This resulted in us ending up 5th in the table with 51 points, our best ever finish in the league.

To cap off the season, Richard Hughes and Ian Munro were awarded the Scottish Highland League Manager of the Year in Nairn at beginning of June along with Richard Macadie being named Player of the Year.

During the close season we were awarded a Grant from “Proceeds of Crime” which enabled us to obtain new ISO containers, along with equipment which has now been sited at the park. There was also drainage work carried out on the park. Donnie MacDonald tidied up the unsightly mound of earth at the park and reseeded it with grass, which will eventually be used as a training area.  Drewie Farquhar did a tremendous job in redecorating the boardroom. I must also thank the Council for their assistance in re-turfing the goal mouths and the touchlines. I also need to mention Wick Amateur Football Association for allowing us to get on the park early to carry out this necessary work.  So all in all, another busy close season.

Season 2009/10 started with 3 new additional teams, Formartine Utd, Turriff Utd and Strathspey Thistle. On the opening day we welcomed Strathspey to the Harmsworth ending in an 8-1 win. The highlight this season must be reaching the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup for our first time, beating Clachnacuddin, Girvan, and eventually being knocked out by Brechin City. The support that followed us to Girvan was unbelievable and I know all at the club was very proud of them. What can I say about the Brechin game. The town was buzzing on the build up to the big match. The shops were decorated, the fans were all talking about it and asking could there be an upset on the cards. Well very nearly there was and with the biggest crowd we have had for a very long time, they were dished up one of the best displays of football seen at the Harmsworth. I don’t think there was a fan that left that day disappointed in what they had witnessed, and hopefully we have gained some new supporters. This match may never have gone ahead without the tremendous number of volunteers along with the Fire Brigade who managed to clear the water from the park. A big thank you to all of them from all at Wick Academy.

Unfortunately December’s league games have all been wiped out due to the weather. With 9 games to catch up on and no sign of a thaw at the turn of the year it could be a long season yet.

All at Wick Academy wish you a very prosperous and happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2010.

Colin Stewart
Chairman, Wick Academy FC