Academy Signings News

Academy Signings News

Wick Academy are delighted to announce that Michael "Joe" Steven has signed a 2.5 year extension to his contract. James McLean has also signed for Academy from Halkirk United.

Joe and James are pictured signing their forms in the Wick Academy boardroom.

Photo - Players Signing

Grant Campbell Transferred To Cove

Grant Campbell Transferred to Cove Rangers


Wick Academy would like to announce the transfer of Grant Campbell to Cove Rangers FC.

Wick Chairman James Innes said "Grant will be massive boots to fill, and everyone at the Club is as disappointed he's leaving as we were glad he came here 18 months ago, with the desire to help his home town club lift our first senior silverware" said James.

"Grant is a gritty footballer on the park, and a gentleman footballer off it, simple as that. It's been a pleasure to have him at the Club, but unfortunately for us his work and family commitments have made his unstinting travelling and time away from his home in Cove just too much"

"He leaves the Club on the absolute finest of terms, and we thank him for his service, and wish him the genuine best both on and off the park. The door at Harmsworth Park will always be open for him to return. Cove Rangers FC and their officials have been highly professional and acted with the decorum Grant deserved throughout the deal" added James.

500 Games For Manson

500 Games and Still Counting

Gary Manson took the field wearing the captain's armband last Wednesday night for the Forres Mechanics match and referee David Watt's whistle for the kick off signalled the start of Gary's 500th competitive game for Wick Academy. Substituted half way through the second half, Gary left the field to a standing ovation.

Manson_500_sizedAfter the game team manager Gordon Connelly presented Gary with a bottle of Old Pulteney (see photo). Gary's father, long-serving committee man Dennis Manson was standing just out of camera range ready to ‘take care' of the bottle and its precious contents.

Fast forward six days and Gary was on the bench against Inverness Caley Thistle and came on in the 84th minute for game number 501.

Gary's debut at Harmsworth Park on 5th August 2000 was a memorable one. With caretaker manager Ian Munro in charge for the first time, Academy beat Cove Rangers 1-0. The value of this win became clear as Cove Rangers recovered to win the Highland League championship. Now today we may see Gary-Gaz or Gazza to his team mates- make appearance 502.

Congratulations from everyone at Wick Academy, Gary.

We look forward to seeing you stretch the record game by game and hopefully you'll even get to taste the whisky one day!

Under 15 and Under 17 Squads 2015-16

Wick Academy FC Under 15 and Under 17 squads - 2015-16

Under 15 Squad
Aaron Wilson
Adam Bailey
Archie Budge
Ben Sinclair
Cameron Montgomery
Cameron Russell
Daniel Snoad
Danny Reid
Grant Aitkenhead
Grant Innes
Greg Mackay
Jack Gill
John Kay
Lewia McKechnie
Lewis Shepherd
Mark Macadie
Ross Mackay
Sam Barkley
Travis Lawrence

Under 17 Squad
Aiden Reid
Billy Miller
Brandon Sinclair
Cameron MacKenzie
Colix Henstridge
Conor Cormack
Conor Trueman
Craig Kennedy
James Mackintosh
Jamie Ross
Kyle Henderson
Levan Hampson
Michael Bailey
Murray Mackay
Nathan Quinn
Owen Christie
Owen Gordon
Ross Davidson
Ryan Campbell
Ryan Sutherland (Halkirk)
Ryan Sutherland (Thurso)
Steven Budge
Stewart Atkins

2015/16 Squad

Wick Academy Football Club
Season 2015/2016 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.


Name:   Hughes, Richard

Role:   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 201011 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.


Name:   Suttar, Ross

Role:   1st Team Coach & 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 which he has added to his already impressive Coaching CV.


Name:   McCarthy, Sean

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   11th July 1993

Sponsor:   Available

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 199899 and 19992000.

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 last season.


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 and had a clean sheet for that game.


Transferred to Cove Rangers
in Dec 2015.

Name:   Campbell, Grant

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   11th January 1990

Sponsor:   Norrie the Scorrie

Statistics:   Stats Database


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. 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.
Voted as the players' player of the year for season 2014-15.

Name:   Mackay, Danny

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   2nd February 1991

Sponsor:   Availabe

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.


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:   Available

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 and has just returned.


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 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 201011 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 last season with a total of 17 competitive goals and in total has scored over 100 competitive goals for Academy.


Name:   Mackay, Sam

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   13th March 1989

Sponsor:   Walter Mowat

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 free-kick against Clachnacuddin in the Highland League Cup semi-final.


Name:   Manson, Gary

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   29th December 1983

Sponsor:   Lois Manson

Statistics:   Stats Database


Consistent player who is now in his 16th 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 will be keen to get some game-time before the end of this year's campaign.


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. 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:   Lybster Junior FC

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 last season he picked up the Dot McLachlan trophy for the most improved player.


Name:   Hughes, Alan

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   13th May 1995

Sponsor:   Available

Statistics:   Stats Database


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.

Plays summer football with Wick Groats and this year helped them lift the Highland Amateur Cup.


Name:   MacGregor, Marc

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   19th December 1994

Sponsor:   Availabe

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. Has had limited opportunities thus far but started against Rothes in October and bagged 4 goals in that game.


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 14th 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.