Academy Tribute to Stewart Sutherland

Wick Academy chairman Pat Miller paid tribute to former midfielder Stewart Sutherland who passed away recently.

Sutherland died suddenly, aged 49, on August 25. His funeral was held at Wick St Fergus Church with the burial at Watten cemetery.

Donations were made at St Fergus Church for the charity Epilepsy Scotland.

He leaves behind wife Janna and son Liam as well as his parents, Ian and Jennifer.

Sutherland spent five years at Wick Academy – including their inaugural season in the Highland League in 1994/95.

On September 17, 1994, the Scorries won their first Highland League match against Forres Mechanics with Sutherland bagging the only goal.

Sutherland went on to make 138 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals. He also represented Caithness against Orkney and his nephew, Shane Sutherland, plays for SPFL side Elgin City.

Miller, who was Stewart’s first manager at Wick Academy, said: “Stewart was very popular in the dressing room. As a lad he was outgoing and funny – the kind of character that every football club dressing room would like to have.

“He was a decent player too. Stewart was a hard-working midfielder.

“He was your ball-winner who would win back possession and would always make runs in support of the attack.

“When I was manager he was emerging from the amateur scene and his strength in the middle of the park was a plus for us.

“Even when he left the club he still kept in touch. All of us at Wick Academy were sad to hear of his death – at such a young age as well.”

A minute’s silence was observed in Sutherland’s memory before Academy’s home match against Turriff United last Saturday.

Seven Sign Up For Academy

Wick Academy are delighted to announce the signing of seven new Players. Kuba Koziol, Ross Mackay, Ryan Campbell, Ben Sinclair, Mark Macadie, Jonah Martens and Grant Aitkenhead have all signed up giving a welcome boost to the squad.

U17 Trials 6th and 9th July

Trials for this season's Wick Academy Under 17's squad start this weekend. The dates\times for the sessions are as follows:

Saturday 6th July - 2pm
Wednesday 9th July - 7pm

Communications were sent out to all of the players that have been invited to attend. We wish this year's squad all the very best.

If any of the players or parents have any queries please reach out to one of our youth coaches.

Marc MacGregor Signs Contract Extension

Wick Aademy are delighted that Marc MacGregor has signed a long term contrect extension with the club.

Moving on was never an option, says Wick Academy striker Marc Macgregor.

The 24-year-old hitman has delighted Wick fans with the news that he has penned a new three-year deal with the club.

Macgregor, who signed for the Scorries from Staxigoe United in 2015, has been one of Academy's leading lights of late and was top scorer last season.

"I was not aware of any interest from other clubs and had there been, I wouldn't have been interested anyway," Macgregor said.

"I'm happy here, enjoying my football, and also I wouldn't have wanted the hassle of travelling from home to another club and back.

"It was a pretty easy decision to make, really. It was more or less a case of the club offering me a new deal and me being happy to sign it.

"I've loved my time here. The manager [Tom McKenna] has helped me develop as a striker with the way we play and I've definitely added to my game since he's come in.

"He was good enough to give me more game time because he knew that was the only way I would improve.

"I also have a good rapport with the rest of the players. We all get on well, so why would I want to leave somewhere where I'm happy?

"I just want to keep on playing and enjoying my football at Wick."

Manager Tom McKenna said: “It is great news that the big man has signed for a further three years.

"Not only is Marc a fantastic character within the dressing room, he has established himself as an integral part of the team and has proved to be a top-class Highland League player.

"With every season he seems to get better and better, and long may that continue.”

marc signing june 19

Marc is pictured with Wick Academy Chairman Pat Miller

2018-19 Player Awards

2018-19 Player Awards

The winners of the Wick Academy 2018-19 player awards are as follows:

  • Supporters' Player of the year - Jack Henry.
  • Players' Player of the year - Jack Henry and Marc MacGregor.
  • John Henderson Shield for the Young player of the year - Grant Aitkenhead.
  • Bill Mackay Memorial Golden Boot award - Marc MacGregor - 15 goals.
  • Fair Play Award - Alan Farquhar.
  • Michael McNeill Trophy Goal of the season - Jack Henry - WAFC v Forres Mechanics - HLC - December 2018.
  • Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player - Andrew Hardwick.
  • Dan Thomson Trophy Youth player of the year - Aaron Wilson.
  • Wick Academy Clubman Award - Jack Henry.