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Wick Academy Football Club
Season 2023-2024 Senior Squad 

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Name:   Manson, Gary

Role:   Manager

Sponsor:  Top Joes;   Cut In Barbers





Name:   More, James

Role:   Goalkeeping Coach/Goalkeeper

Sponsor:   Douglas More ;     John Manson


Name:   McDonald, Gordon

Role:   Coach

Sponsor:   Available for sponsorship


Name:   Williamson, Graeme

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   19 September 1990

Sponsor:  Sandy & Mary Sutherland;  MM Motors ;  Alan Gibson

Statistics:   Stats Database



Name:   Anderson, Joe

Position:  Defender

Date of Birth:   1st December 2004

Sponsor: Jack Smurthwaite;  Callum Maclean

Statistics:   Stats Database



Name:   McLean, Rob

Position:  Defender

Date of Birth:   19th May 1997

Sponsor: Available for sponsorship

Statistics:   Stats Database



Name:   Harrold, Owen

Position:  Defender

Date of Birth:   20th December 1995

Sponsor: ATHR ; Rosebank Bowling Club;  Wick Thistle FC




Name:   Hughes, Alan

Position:  Defender

Date of Birth:   13th May 1995

Sponsor:  Wick Fire Brigade;  MBRoger Photography

Statistics:   Stats Database


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

Alan is the son of former Wick Academy Assistant Manager Richard Hughes. 

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.

Plays summer football with Wick Groats and has won a Highland Amateur Cup medal with them.

Signed a two year contract with Academy at the start of this season 2018-19.


Name:   Campbell, Ryan

Position:  Defender

Date of Birth:   4th March 1999

Sponsor:   Scott Simpson;  St Fergus Bowling Club

Statistics:   Stats Database


Came through the youth ranks with Caithness United and Wick Academy. Central midfielder who played summer football for the very successful Wick Groats League and Highland Amateur Cup winning side.


Name:   Sinclair, Brandon

Position:   Defender

Date of Birth:   26th January 2000

Sponsor:  Available for Sponsorship

Statistics:  Stats Database


Alan Farquhar

Name:   Farquhar, Alan

Position:   Defender

Date of Birth:   26th January 1988

Sponsor:   The 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.

Missed almost the whole of season 2017-18 with a hip injury which required an operation but last year was pretty-much ever-present.



Name:   Halliday, Jack

Position:   Midfielder

Date of Birth:   22nd April 1994

Sponsors:  Rock Rose Gin;    Harpers Fly Fishing

Statistics:   Stats Database


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.

Signed for the first team in 2014-15 but went travelling shortly afterwards.

Returns in 2017-18 for his second spell with the club. Jack is a skilful and very composed young midfielder who is very confident on the ball and has good vision and passing ability.


Name:   Coghill, Marc

Position:   Midfielder

Date of Birth:   4th September 1995

Sponsors:  Staxigoe United FC

Statistics:   Stats Database



Name:   Mackay, James

Position:   Midfielder

Date of Birth:   5th June 1994

Sponsors:  Available for sponsorship

Statistics:   Stats Database




Name:   Pullen, Gary

Position:   Midfielder

Date of Birth:   6th October 2004

Sponsors:  KDM Solar   /  James Davidson  / Wick Thistle




Name:   Macadie, Richard

Position:   Midfielder

Date of Birth:   9th April 1987

Sponsors:  The Murray Family

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 also the Club's top goal scorer 2014-15 with a total of 17 competitive goals and in total has scored over 190 competitive goals for Academy making him the club's overall top goal-scorer.

Enjoyed his testimonial year last season which was very much deserved given his commitment to the club


Committed to Academy in July 2018 signing a two year contract.



Name:   Allan, David

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   21st August 1989

Sponsor:  Available for sponsorship

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 2009-10 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 2009-10 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.

Missed 15 months due to a serious knee injury in 2016-17\2017-18 but came back strong and is now back at his best.


Name:   Macadie, Mark

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   12th December 2002

Sponsors:  Wick Bay Apartments

Statistics:   Stats Database


Younger brother of Richard Macadie, came through the Caithness United and Wick Academy youth set up, played for Wick Groats in Caithness county league, currently representing North of Scotland schools.

Fast and direct, a player with a great future ahead of him.


Name:   MacNab, Gordon

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   24th June 1994

Sponsor: Lauren Yuille

Statistics:   Stats Database


24 year old striker who joined Academy in December 2017 and was former manager Tom McKenna's first signing.

Started his career at East End Boys Club and had five years at Ross County playing in their youth set-up.

Spent 18 months in the States as part of a football scholarship. Had four seasons playing for Halkirk United in the North Caledonian League and also played in the Staxigoe United side that reached the Highland Amateur Cup final in August 2017.

Committed to Academy in July 2018 signing a two year contract.


Name:   Macgregor, Marc

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   19th December 1994

Sponsor:  Lucy MacNab




Name:   Henderson, Kyle

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   4th July 1999

Sponsor:  Scott Simpson   /  Wick Thistle




Name:   Gunn, Ross

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   5th March 2001

Sponsor:  A Piece of Cake by Iona




Wick Academy 2021/22  Player Awards

Wick Academy 2021/22  Player Awards

Supporters’ Player of the Year:                                                 Davie Allan

Players’ Player of the Year:                                                        Davie Allan

John Henderson Shield for Young Player of the Year:          Joe Anderson

Bill Mackay Memorial Golden Boot award (top scorer):      Steven Anderson – 11 goals

Michael McNeil Trophy for goal of the season:                     Jack Halliday (v Fort William – in October)

Dot McLachlan Trophy for Most Improved Player:              Alan Hughes

Dan Thomson Trophy for Youth Player of the Year:            Alan Mathieson


Davie Allan Supporters POTY Stewart Gunn 17 2 small                Alan Mathieson Young POTY from Gary Manson 2 small

Davie Allan Injury Update

Everyone at Wick Academy would like to wish Davie Allan a speedy recovery from the Ruptured Patellar Tendon he sustained at Inverurie Locos on Saturday.

Davie had surgery at Raigmore this morning and as you can imagine is now desperate to get home.

Thank you to Inverurie Locos, and in particular physio Ashley Armstrong,  for looking after Davie in the immediate aftermath,  and also to the staff at Raigmore for the prompt treatment and surgery.

There is no doubt it will be a long battle back to full fitness but we all look forward to seeing Davie back on the Harmsworth Park pitch.

New Signings


The club are delighted to announce the signing of 4 of our most promising U18 players which will see them become members of the first team squad as well as being available for our U18 squad. Lewis Cowan, Joe Anderson, Conor Farquhar and Liam Bain have put pen to paper after impressing throughout pre season and will now look forward to their first season at 1st team level.

Manager Gary Manson had this to say: "I've always said that it's extremely important to bring through youth players if they are good enough and these 4 boys are easily good enough. They've shown throughout pre season that they can hold their own at this level and I'm delighted that they'll now be considered part of the first team squad. Their ability was never been in question but I've been particularly pleased with the attitude they've shown, which is one of the first things I look for in a player. 

We are running a tight squad this season so the boys will now be competing for places with the rest of the squad and the established 1st team boys know that they have to perform week in week out or the young lads will be there to take their place."

Joe and Conor made their competitive debuts last season coming on as substitutes in the Scottish Cup 2nd round tie vs Cowdenbeath and it wont be long before Lewis and Liam follow suit and take their first steps into life at Highland League level.

Conor Farquhar  Joe Anderson  Lewis Cowan  Liam Bain

Anderson Returns to Academy

The club are delighted to announce Steven Anderson has agreed a deal which will see him return to the club from 1st June when his current contract with Rothes FC expires.

Steven is well known to the club and it's supporters having spent 4 seasons with us earlier in his career, appearing 151 times and scoring 67 goals.

During his first spell at the club Steven quickly became a fans favourite with his incisive attacking play and was a key member of the North of Scotland cup winning squad back in 2015.

Manager Gary Manson had this to say "I'm really pleased to welcome Steven back to the club. He's a player I know very well and have been keen to get signed up for a while now so I'm delighted its over the line now.

He'll bring a lot good attributes to an already strong squad with his pace, power, eye for goal and versatility. I can't wait to get started now and see how he performs in his 2nd spell here."

Steven will join up with his new team mates for pre season training which starts on the 5th June.

Contract Extensions 2021