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Season 2018-2019 Senior Squad

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  MANAGEMENT TEAM
 Tom_McKenna

Name:   McKenna, Tom

Role:   Manager

Sponsor: Jim McLachlan

Profile: 

Appointed as Manager on the 16th September 2017 following the departure of Gordon Connelly.

Comes to the Club with a lifetimes experience in both playing and coaching football.

Tom has played for numerous clubs in his career including; Rochdale, Airdrie, Stenhousemuir FC, and also played for Amu Zulu in the South African Premier League for two seasons.

Tom has been involved on occasion in his coaching capacity with Wick Academy FC for the last couple of years working with the Under 17's and this season has been involved with the first team squad. Prior to that he coached and managed in different capacities at Rochdale, Dundee University, Alloa and Clyde FC.

Currently holds an UEFA A licence as well as an UEFA Elite Youth A licence.

Richard_Hughes

Name:   Hughes, Richard

Role:   Co-Assistant Manager

Sponsor: Harrolds Butchers

Profile:

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 2010-11 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, at that date 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.

Ross_Suttar

Name:   Suttar, Ross

Role:   Co-Assistant Manager & Club Development Officer

Sponsor: Harpers Bar

Profile:

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 A licence which he has added to his already impressive Coaching CV. 

Was appointed co-assistant Manager in April 2016.

 GOALKEEPERS
Sean_McCarthy

Name:   McCarthy, Sean

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   11th July 1993

Sponsor: Envirassist Environmental Consultancy

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed at 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 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

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 in season 2014-15 and the Wick Academy Clubman award in 2017-18.

 Gordon_Clark


Name:   Clark, Gordon

Position:   Goalkeeper

Date of Birth:   22nd January 1995

Sponsor:   Envirassist Environmental Consultancy

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed in the summer of 2018. Was part of the Academy Under 17's team when he was a teenager. Played summer football for High Ormlie Hotspur.

Will provide vital cover for Sean, and he'll be keen to make an impact when his chances come.

 DEFENDERS
Andrew_Hardwick

Name:   Hardwick, Andrew

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   30th September 1992

Sponsor:   Northern Sands Hotel

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Central defender who signed in September 2016. Played in the Ross County youth set-up from the age of 9, moved onto Clachnacuddin playing in the youth development league and then whilst studying in Glasgow played in University football and Sunday league.

Returning North in 2014 Andrew had a season with Fort William and was then with Nairn County for season 2015-16. Plays in Caithness summer football with Pentland United.

 Danny_Mackay

Name:   Mackay, Danny

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   2nd February 1991

Sponsor: Seth and Harry Bunch

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

 

Signed in the summer of 2015. Previously played for Brora Rangers and Caithness Amateur Football Association side Castletown.

A regular last year playing pretty much every game and picked up the Player's Player of the year award for his terrific performances. 

 Greg_Mackay

Name:   Mackay, Greg

Position:   Defender

Date of Birth:   2nd August 2001

Sponsor: Envirassist Environmental Consultancy

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

17 year old defender who is a great prospect. Came through the Wick Academy youth ranks. Played summer football with Wick Thistle.

Grant_Steven

Name:   Steven, Grant

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   10th May 1992

Sponsor:  Ellen Simpson

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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.

Michael_Steven

Name:   Steven, Michael

Position:   Defence

Date of Birth:   25th February 1990

Sponsor:   Kate Durrand

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

"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.

 MIDFIELDERS
 Ross_Allan

Name:   Allan, Ross

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   16th July 1993

Sponsor:   June and Hugh McLeod

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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.

Has had terrible bad luck with injuries over the last few years and in pre-season friendly against Orkney he damaged his ankle so looks certain to miss the opening games of the new campaign.

Alan_Farquhar

Name:   Farquhar, Alan

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   26th January 1988

Sponsor:   Castletown Hotel

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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 pretty much the whole of last season with a hip injury but following a successful operation he has had a good pre-season and hopefully he'll be back to his best again this year.

 Jack_Halliday

Name:   Halliday, Jack

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   22nd April 1994

Sponsors:  Liz Paul

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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 last year 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.

 Jack_Henry

Name:   Henry, Jack

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   9th November 1991

Sponsors:  Graham McLachlan

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Midfielder who came through the Ross County youth teams, played for Staxigoe United and in 2017 was a member of the successful Wick Groats team.

Played last year as an amateur but has now signed a two year contract and he will be pushing every week for a starting berth in the middle of the field.

Richard_Macadie

Name:   Macadie, Richard

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   9th April 1987

Sponsors:  Bremner Fishing Company Ltd

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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 180 competitive goals for Academy.

This is Richard's testimonial year which is very much deserved given his commitment to the club.

Sam_Mackay

Name:   Mackay, Sam

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   13th March 1989

Sponsor: Sams Furniture - Sofas And More Sofas.

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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 strike against Linlithgow Rose in the Scottish Cup, and also won the vote for the Player’s player of the year. Shared the golden boot award with Steven Anderson in season 2016-17, both bagging 20 competitive goals for the season.

 Gary_Manson

Name:   Manson, Gary

Position:   Midfield

Date of Birth:   29th December 1983

Sponsor:   Lois and Zara Manson

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Consistent player who is now in his 19th season with the club. The first player in the club history that has over 600 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.

Had a fantastic season last year and won the vote for the Supporter's player of the year.

 

 FORWARDS

David_Allan

Name:   Allan, David

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   21st August 1989

Sponsor:   John MacKenzie and the late Tommy Harper

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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. and again picked up the Supporter’s player of the year in 2015-16.

Missed 15 months due to a serious knee injury but has come through a good pre-season and hopefully will be back to his best for the season ahead.

Craig_Gunn

Name:   Gunn, Craig

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   17th July 1987

Sponsor:  Alistair Ross

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

Signed for manager Tom McKenna in December 2017.

Craig's professional career started with Wick Academy in season 2003-04 when he made 31 competitive appearances scoring 25 goals.

He left Wick after a single season for Ross County before having a year on loan at Peterhead, signing for Elgin City in 2009 and in his eight years there became their top scorer with over 100 goals.

Craig finished his time at Elgin in May 2017 and signed for Brora, but returned to play for his home town last season and Academy fans are looking forward to seeing him get a good run in the team in this year's campaign.

 Alan_Hughes

Name:   Hughes, Alan

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   13th May 1995

Sponsor:  Norseman Hotel

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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 has won a Highland Amateur Cup medal with them.

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

Marc_MacGregor

Name:   MacGregor, Marc

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   19th December 1994

Sponsor:   Achairn Energy Ltd

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

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. Bagged 4 goals against Rothes in October 2015 and for his efforts during the season was awarded the John Henderson Shield for the Young player of the year.

Gordon_MacNab

Name:   MacNab, Gordon

Position:   Forward

Date of Birth:   24th June 1994

Sponsor:  John Briskham

Statistics:   Stats Database

Profile:

24 year old striker who joined Academy in December 2017 and is 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.


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