My Greatest XI - Gary Weir
In the second article of our series Gary Weir picks his greatest XI and memory match.
Gary made his Academy debut on the 25th January 2003 under manager Alistair Budge in a North of Scotland Cup away tie against Nairn County. He had a total of 450 appearances for the club scoring 168 goals including 8 in a single match against Fort William in October 2013.
His best XI is as follows.
|No.||Position||Name||Reason for Inclusion|
|1||GK||Michael Gray||More for his banter than his goalkeeping skills but a real good guy to have in your team. Worst dress sense you will every see.|
|2||RWB||Grant Campbell||Very professional, gives 100% every game. Natural leader on the park. Not surprising that he has captained other clubs and been a key player in the formidable Cove team of late.|
|3||LWB||Gary Manson||I think I’ve played more games with Gary than any other player for Academy. Very experienced and knowledgeable about the game. Never had a performance under 7/10 (his words).|
|4||CD||Gordie Robertson (Robo)||Proper old school hard centre half. Incredible strength and fitness.|
|5||CD||Alan Sinclair (Baba)||Best reader of the game I’ve played with. Probably why he’s still playing and winning trophies.|
|6||Def Mid||Craig Shearer||Most consistent player ever to play for Wick Academy. Top performances week in week out. When the chips are down, he’s the guy you look too. Box to box in his prime and a gentleman of a guy too.|
|7||Centre Mid||Martin Gunn (Shoe)||Captain for most of my time at Academy. Great short and long passing ability. Saw him score some great goals for the club. He seemed to age literally overnight once he retired from football though.|
|8||Centre Mid||Sam Mackay||On his day Sam is the best player I‘ve played with. Always wondered how he would’ve faired against top professionals. And always wondered how he got a black fang tooth?|
|9||Striker||Gary Weir||Since it’s my team I think it’s only fair that I put myself up top. I would be on penalties, free kicks, corners, throw ins.|
|10||Behind strikers||Richard Macadie||The season Spec won the Highland League POTY was the best season I’ve seen of a player for Academy. He was untouchable. The fittest player I’ve played with and missed only a hand full of matches over the last 15 years.|
|11||Striker||Davie Allan||In terms of winning games of football, no one has done It better for Academy than Davie Allan. He’s probably been responsible for more wins than any other player. Has a hunger and a desire that for me is unmatched. For both jam pancakes and winning.|
Gary has also picked a memory match.
|Season\Date||2015 - 21st November|
|Location||Dudgeon Park - Brora|
|Memories of the match||
I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of a few amazing matches but winning the NoSC stands out from the rest. It was at a time when the team had incredible form and, on our day, we could beat anyone in the league comfortably.
The match was nearly called of because of the snow but somehow it went ahead. I’ve seen games been called off for less. I don’t recall being particularly nervous for the game, more excited but probably a mixer of both. I remember the vast amount of Academy fans from both sides of the county come down to support us, just like they had in all the other cup finals. The support our club got was as good as I’ve seen anywhere in the highland league.
The game itself started well for us as we basically dominated from the start. Davie Allan terrorising the defence and eventually won a penalty from a through ball by Richie. Richie showed nerve to step up and score a penalty in a packed cup final. From there we grew in confidence which then resulted in me scoring our 2nd from great build up play from the lads. The third was a high cross ball from Gant Campbell which I headed back to Sam who nearly ripped the net with his volley. Goals in the second half from Ando, Joe and Grant were a bit of a blur. It could’ve been after I got kicked in the face by a Nairn player which seen him get sent off. Not much was really said about it after the game as there was obviously more important things going on, but it is up there with one of the worst things I’ve had done to me in a match. Once the final whistle went, we all ran to the middle and started cheering. It was class. Once we were given the trophy and waiting for the team photo, Tichie handed me a bottle of champagne. That resulting photo would become quite a symbolic one for us and has been blown up into a big poster and put outside the dressing room.