2009/10 Squad

Wick Academy

Season 2009/2010 Senior Squad
For full details on all of the player stats since season 199495, click here.

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Co-Manager
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Ian Munro
Ian 'Zeeky' Munro has a long association with Wick Academy Football Club,

Ian made his debut as an 18 year old in the North Caledonain League  in season 197879. He missed only one season for Academy, when he played for Bunillidh Thistle in 198485, and then continued playing with Academy until 1994, usually on the right wing.

In 1989 he shocked Huntly with a 3rd minute goal in the Qualifying Cup at Christie Park but his effort was in vain and Academy were unlucky to loose 3-2.

From 1994 he took his coaching certificates and assisted Pat Miller at Halkirk and has since been involved as a coach with Academy since 1999.

Ian took over as co-manager with Tichie in January 2007 following the departure of Peter Budge.

Ian and co-manager Tichie were voted as Highland League Managers of the year for season 200910 after steering Academy to a 5th place finish in the table, our highest ever league position. During this campaign the team went on a 10 game winning streak.
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Co-Manager
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Richard Hughes
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 199495 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 Zeeky in January 2007 following the departure of Peter Budge.

Tichie and co-manager Zeeky were voted as Highland League Managers of the year for season 200910 after steering Academy to a 5th place finish in the table, our highest ever league position. During this campaign the team went on a 10 game winning streak.

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Defence

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Alex Lamb

From Wick. Went from school to Ross County where he captained the Under 18 team. Missed a year through illness (Glandular Fever) before being released.

However since making his Academy debut against Brora in August 2002 he has been staking a claim for a regular place in the Academy defence. Had a bad injury at the start of season 2007/08 and is gradually returning to full fitness.

Work commitments currently rule Alex out for some games, but he is a valuable squad player.
Johnnie Robertson
Goalkeeper

 

 

 

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 Alan Bokas

Born in Wick, but lives at Portgower (Helmsdale).

A confident goalkeeper who plays without fear. Terrific shot stopper who has been in outstanding form for Academy since replacing Michael Gray and James More in the goals.

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 Alan Farquhar

Talented young midfielder who hails from Castletown. Regarded by many to be the best player in the Caithness Amateur Football League.

Previously featured for Brora Rangers in the SHFL during his teen years. Went onto to star for his village team Castletown where he helped them win the CAFA Division 1 and reach the finals of the highly regarded SAFA "Highland Amateur Cup".

Alan has been performing in the North Reserve Caledonian League with Halkirk United where he has helped his side to a haul of Cup triumphs especially season 2008-09. Its been no secret that the current WAFC Management and previous Managers have tried unsuccessfully to sign Alan, thankfully for WAFC he has decided it's time to display his enormous talent at a higher level.

Alan is a very technically gifted and confident player who will get in amongst the goals once he settles into the squad. His passing ability will fit well with the Scorries passing game and will prove to be a big hit with the ever growing Scorrie Support.

 
Defence
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Andrew MacLeod

Dunbeath lad 'Clutchy' is a reliable no-nonsense defender who has progressed from local amateur football side Wick Groats.

Made his debut as a sub for Wick against Huntly for managers John MacDonald and Pat Miller on the 8th of April 1995. Now coming into his 10th season with Wick Academy.

His 100% commitment has seen him become an established member of the squad, and an anchor in the Academy defence.

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Midfield

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Bryan McKiddie

 

A central midfield player and another product of the Academy U19 youth set-up. A player with good balance and plenty of flair and has now established himself as a regular in the starting eleven.

A gifted young player with bags of potential and was voted along with Richard Macadie as the young player of the year for season 2008/09.

 

 

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Ciaran Duffy

Wick born youngster currently plays for Wick Rovers in the Caithness County League Division 1, however he is also involved with the WAFC U17 Squad.

He appeared on the bench on several occasions for the 1st Team during last seasons SHFL.

Ciaran normally plays left midfield but during the clubs pre-season matches he has been deployed up front and weighed in with a treble against Thurso Pentland.

Its anticipated that he will once again be a squad player which will hopefully help in his development.

 
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Craig Shearer

Signed from local team, Wick Groats, this local youngster progressed from the U18's to become a regular in the first team.

Craig has the second most number of appearances for Academy with over 300 games. and this is his testimonial season Made his debut under manager John Black coming off the bench in a friendly against East Fife on the 25th of July 1998.

A genuine box to box midfielder. One of the most under-rated players in the Highland League, consistently giving 100% and winning the Clubs supporters player of the year award in season 2005/2006, and the players player of the year award in seasons 2006/07 and 07/08.

Stevie Mackie
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David Allan

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.

He certainly has an eye for goal and will be looking to establish himself in the team this season after coming off the bench on several occasions to change games in WAFC's favour.

Certainly a lot of improvement to come from this exciting young striker.

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Forward
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Davie Cowie

Hailing originally from Helmsdale David is the nephew of former Academy manager Don Cowie.

Signing in 2002, he has settled well into Highland League football. A strong running confident player on the right side of midfield, with some important goals to his credit.

Has been plagued in the past with injury, but managed to stay relatively injury free for the last few seasons and hopefully that will continue for the foreseeable future.

Alistair Ross
Midfield
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Gary Farquhar

Big news signing, Gary rejoined his home town club during the close season in 2005.

Starting his career with local side, Wick Rovers, he spent a couple of years with Dundee FC as a teenager before having spells at Brora Rangers, St Johnstone, Inverness Caledonian Thistle (from which he had a loan spell at the Harmsworth) before joining his last club, Nairn County.

A quality player who can win a game with his quality passing and from dead ball situations.

Obviously a quality addition to the side, broadening the manager's tactical options.

Gary has been the winner of the clubman award for WAFC in season 06/07 and 07/08.

Out of contract end Aug 2009

 
Midfield
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Gary Manson

Consistent player who is now in his 10th season with the club. One of a select band of only 4 players who have over 200 starting appearances for the club. Operates on the left, often as an attacking wing back.

Played for Highland Amateur Cup winners Pentland Utd, and had a term 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.

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Forward
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Gary Weir

'Chucky' is a raw never say die talent from Lybster 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 8th season with the Academy senior team, he has scored some vital goals for the Club.

Making big strides last season when he was the clubs top goal scorer with 11 league and 8 cup goals. His form made it difficult to leave him out of the starting eleven.

With the ball at his feet defenders find him a tricky customer to deal with.

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Defence

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 Grant Campbell

Signed for during the club's pre-season build up by the Management Team. The Wick born youngster is currently studying Accountancy at Aberdeen University.

He had trials with Aberdeen FC before eventually signing for Ross County FC. He was released from RCFC in 2008 before going onto play for Aberdeen Junior League side Banchory St. Ternans FC.

Whilst he has been home having a break from his studies he has been playing superbly for Caithness County League side John O Groats, where by they are currently challenging Wick Groats FC for the Caithness County League Title.

His performances alerted the WAFC Management Team and various Aberdeen Junior sides most notably Sunnybank FC, however he opted to sign for the Scorries.

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 all day in attempt to support his team mates, which I'm sure the Scorrie Fans will appreciate the quality he brings to the squad.

Currently on loan to Banchory FC.

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Goalkeeper
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James More

Young custodian drafted in from our U19 squad to replace Don MacMillan during a suspension in season 2004/2005.

Had a brilliant match against local rivals Brora in 2005/2006.

Was the automatic first choice for almost all of seasons 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2008/09 and has grown in stature with every game he plays.

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Midfield
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Martin Gunn

Club Captain with over 300 appearances for the club in total.

Talented midfield playmaker had a spell with Dundee Utd as a teenager before joining his local team to coincide with their joining the HFL in 1994.

Now entering his 16th season with Wick, "Shoe" as he is known, is one Academy player who would arguably get a game for any other HFL team.

A creative midfield playmaker, previously selected for the Highland League North Select, he gets his fair share of goals from both open play and set-pieces.

Played in all three matches for the Scottish Semi-Professional squad in the 2004/2005 Home International Competition in Northern Ireland, and featured again in the May 2006 tournament in Sussex.

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Michael Gray

Hails from Thurso. A very talented and experienced goalkeeper who is well respected throughout Caithness and the SHFL by many for his goalkeeping abilities.

He continues to play for the 6 times Highland Amateur Cup Winning side Pentland United in the Caithness Amateur Football League Division 1 during the Summer. After many years service to Brora Michael returned to play for Thurso FC in the North Caledonian Reserve League in 2007-08.

During the summer months Michael was approached to return to SHFL level by the WAFC Management Team to provide cover for the Scorries No.1 James More. Rated by many during his time at Brora as one of the best shot stoppers in the SHFL. Michael is a well like figure in the Caithness Football fraternity and a great personality and his experience will be invaluable to both the Club and to James More.

 
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 Michael Steven

Known as Joe is an Ex. WAFC youth player who was signed from Brora Rangers FC. This powerful uncompromising young player is comfortable in either a defensive or midfield position.

He will most certainly add 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.

Due to lack of match fitness after being frozen out of football for a long spell due to contractual issues with his previous club, Joe was released to play for Pentland United in this seasons Caithness County League, unfortunately after a couple of matches he suffered a serious ankle injury which has resulted in him missing pre-season with WAFC.

However he is now gradually working his way back to full fitness and everyone hopes to see him back in the Black & White early into the new season.

 
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Paul Wares

Born in Thurso. Talented young 17yr old midfielder who can also play in the striking role.

Paul plays for Thurso Acks in the Caithness Amateur Football Association (Division 2). He is also a member of the WAFC U17 Youth Squad.

Paul is known as the pocket dynamo with fast footwork and an eye for a goal. Although relatively inexperienced at this level he has managed to come off the bench on a couple of occasion's during the Scorries successful SHFL 2008-09 season. Expected to be a squad player this season again with further appearances from the bench expected which will help with his development.

 
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Richard Macadie

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 and was the club's second highest goal scorer last season with 14 league and 2 cup 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. He also picked up last season's supporters' player of the year award and the prestigious Highland Year player of the year award.

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 Ross Allan

Signed on loan from Ross County FC 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.

RCFC youth Coach David Kirkwood informed the club that they have high hopes for Ross and that Senior Level is within his capabilities. He has only recently celebrated his sixteenth Birthday, however this exciting young talent has the ability to play his part in this seasons SHFL.

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.

I think the fans will appreciate his energy and willingness to work for his team mates.

 
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 Sam Mackay

New signing for Hughes and Munro this season. 20 year old Sam is a former Scotland schoolboy international, and had 5 seasons with Brora at Dudegon Park before signing with Deveronvale last season. A player with an abundance of talent that can play in mid-field or up front, and he'll give Academy some great options.

Sam is one of the hottest young properties in the league and was the Sunday Post Young Player of the year last season.

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.

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Shaun Sinclair

Young right sided defender who is very composed when on the ball. Has had a spell with SFL Club Ross County.

A definite player to watch for the future, and in  the last few seasons he has pretty much established himself as first pick right back. Shaun is also effective on the over-lap with the ability to deliver dangerous crosses into the opposition box.

 
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Stevie Cunningham

Released by Ross County in May 2008 and signed by managers Hughes and Munro for the start of season 2008�9. A midfielder full of pace and vision and early signs are that he will be a valuable addition to the Academy squad.

Made his Harmsworth Park debut against former club Ross County in a North of Scotland Cup tie in July 2008 and scored his first competitive goal in that game. Was awarded the Dot McLachlan Trophy for the most improved player based on his performance in season 2008�9.

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Stewart Ross

Started with Academy in season 2000/01 after a period at Ross County.

Returned North after his term at College was over, where he studied with another former Academy player Gordon MacDonald.

Then went to University but continued to play for Academy when possible during that time.

Now home he has been playing for Wick Groats in the Caithness Summer League and this will be his 9th season with WAFC.

Stewart is a strong skilful right sided midfielder who likes to get forward and score goals.

Can also play in defence or up front.

Dane Robertson

 2008/2009 Squad here.