Tichie and Zeeky Final Game in Charge
Tichie and Zeeky Last Game as Co-Managers
Tichie and Zeeky took charge of their last game yesterday as Wick Academy FC co-managers and ended their reign in style with a 5-0 win away to Rothes.
They took the managerial hot-seat following the departure of Peter Budge and their first competitive game in charge was at home against Keith on the 27th January 2007. Since Academy joined the league in season 1994/95 we have played 606 competitive league and cup games. Tichie and Zeeky have been in charge of 172 of these games, and to date are the most successful management team that Academy have had with the lowest % of defeats in relation to the number of games played. They also have a record to be proud of in holding the best % wins in relation to games played with 73 wins equating to a win ratio against games played of 42%. The full stats of all Academy managers to date are as follows:
| Ian Munro & Richard Hughes
| John Black
| Alistair Budge
| Patty Miller
| Peter Budge
| John MacDonald & Patty Miller
| Grand Total
Their first win in charge came in their second game away to Clachnacuddin at Grant Street Park where Gary Weir and Martin Gunn scored to give us a 2-1 win. They have gone on to give us many memorable results. There are too many to mention but the ones that stand out include a 3 -1 win away to Keith in January 2009. That win made them the only Academy management team to date that's managed a league win away to Keith at Kynoch Park.
In the Scottish Cup they lead the team on the longest recorded trip away to Kircudbright in season 2008-09 where we beat St Cuthbert Wanderers 3-0 to reach the 2nd round. They are pictured shortly before leaving for that game. Then in season 2009-10 they master-minded a 4 - 1 win away to Girvan, and who can forget the next 3rd round tie at home to Brechin City when we almost pulled off the result of the century in front of a 1,200 crowd, but Brechin pulled back 2 late goals to take the tie back down to Glebe Park for a replay where we gave a great account of ourselves but lost out by 4 goals to 2.
Another game that lives long in the memory includes the visit of Cove Rangers in October 2010 when the football played that day was classy on the eye and we trounced the then league leaders by 4 goals to 1. The accolades continue and you have to give credit for the famous ten wins in a row in 2009. No Academy team had gone beyond three straight wins until this and as far as we can tell from the records held this winning streak stands as a league record. A record club 5th place finish in season 2008/09, and the crowning of managers of the year in that season adds to an impressive CV.
This season they took the Club to our first Cup Final where we faced Forres Mechanics in the North of Scotland Cup. That game was played in Brora and over 1,000 Academy supporters congregated at Dudgeon Park turning it into a sea of black and white. Forres took a 3-0 lead into the half-time break and the game looked over, but Academy roared back into the game in the second half scoring 2 goals to set up a tense final few minutes, but unfortunately we narrowly failed to take the game into extra time.
Tichie and Zeeky have ended their spell in charge with 3 wins on the spin including 3 clean sheets and two of our highest recorded away league wins with a 5-0 result at Lossiemouth, and we matched that score-line yesterday at Rothes.
Academy Chairman Colin Stewart has this to say about them,
"Tichie and Zeeky have been tireless servants to the Club both in their time as players and managers. People don't appreciate the dedication required between training twice a week, playing either home or away every Saturday, and on every other night of the week dealing with player issues etc. They should be tremendously proud of what they have achieved with Wick Academy Football Club. Their record stands before them and it has been a pleasure to have worked with them. Everyone at the Club wishes them and their families the very best for the future, and we hope that they can continue to be involved with Academy in some way going forward".