Wick Academy sponsor Scotty Youngson has arranged with the club to send a batch of strips and other articles of clothing to a charity in Gambia. Scotty is pictured with Academy executive committiee member Dennis Manson and vice-chairman Stewart Gunn.
James Innes has stepped down as Wick Academy Chairman following a five year stint. James will be replaced at the helm by Pat Miller. Pat was interviewed by John O' Groat Journalist Alan Henry and this is an extract of the interview.
Pat Miller’s connection to Wick Academy goes back four and a half decades. In that time he has been goalkeeper, player/manager, co-manager during the club’s first season in the Highland League, manager in his own right, general manager, kitman, physio and, in his sixties, “apprentice groundsman”. Now he is getting to grips with a role he never expected to have – as club chairman.
“I’m a backroom guy, I’m the boy from the boot room, as you might call it, so coming into this position has been a wee bit of a shock and I’ve been trying to play catch-up,” says Miller, sitting in the boardroom at an otherwise deserted Harmsworth Park on a midweek night.
“I’ll never class myself as ‘the boss’. I’ll just class myself as part of a committee that wants to do as much as we can for Wick Academy. We’re all volunteers. We’ve got to keep people happy – supporters, managers, coaches. It’s not about one person. A chairman is just a figurehead."
The emphasis is on progression. Academy finished a creditable seventh in the table in 2018/19 and the target for the new campaign will be to push higher, aiming for the top four.
Pat Miller in the familiar surroundings of Harmsworth Park in his new role as chairman of Wick Academy.
At the same time, Miller (66) will be looking to continue the work of his predecessors in developing youth football through Caithness United and the successful Academy under-17s – who were recently crowned as SHFL U17 North champions for a second year in a row. He is also making moves to build stronger links with the county’s North Caledonian and summer league clubs.