Shetland Squad

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CURRENT SQUAD

The Shetland county squad, sponsored by Northlink Ferries, was primarily put together to compete in the annual intercounty fixture against Orkney, with the first match being played in 1919 with Shetland coming out on top as 3-2 winners. It is a fixture that has been dominated by Shetland in recent years, with the boys in blue coming out on top in 19 of their last 21 games against their bitter rivals. Shetland currently hold the Milne Cup after convincingly defeating Orkney 6-0 at the Gilbertson Park in 2015.

The Squad also take part in the bi-annual Island Games, with attentions firmly focused on entering the 2017 Gotland Games. Shetland’s best Island Games result came in 2005 when the squad, led by current manager Niall Bristow, triumphed on home soil beating Guernsey 2-0 in the final, in front of a record attendance at the Gilbertson, believed to be around the 5000 mark. Bristow also led Shetland to a respectable 4th place position in the most recent Island Games in Jersey last year.

Current Shetland county training squad, managed by Niall Bristow and Kevin Main;

Goalkeepers: Grant Wood (Spurs), Iain Devonald (Delting) & Saul Swanson (Thistle).

Defenders: Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Shane Jamieson (Celtic), Joel Bradley (Celtic), Robert Smith (Celtic), Andrew Flett (Spurs), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Josie Kay (Spurs), Ryan Grant (Celtic) & Jack Clubb (Celtic).

Midfielders: Leighton Flaws (C) (Delting), Connor Regan (Celtic), Calvin Leask (Thistle), James Farmer (Ness), James Aitken (Celtic), Magnus Thompson (Whalsay), John Allan (Scalloway), Sam Maver (Spurs), Stuart Copland (Thistle) & Bobby Scott (Whitedale).

Forwards: Greg Tulloch (Whitedale), Gary Sutherland (Delting) & David Murray (Whalsay).

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SHETLAND FC

Shetland FC were formed as a team in 2013 to compete in winter football and is a separate entity to the Shetland Football Association’s representative team which competes in the intercounty fixtures and the Inter Island Games. Despite this, the team is led by the same management staff and comprises the same squad of players.

The club sought entry to the North Caledonian Football League’s cup competitions in season 2013/14 and were accepted at the AGM in June. The clubs first game was in Thurso against Thurso FC in the North Caledonian Cup; a game they won on penalties after the scores were level at the end of extra time.

The club had to demonstrate its ability to travel to fixtures on the mainland and this meant that all home fixtures had to be played on the Scottish Mainland. Thurso FC kindly agreed to a ground sharing agreement for the Dammies ground in Thurso and this has proved to be a popular venue.

In the 2014/15 season, Shetland picked up their first piece of silverware on the Scottish mainland with victory in the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup. After comfortably defeating Golspie Sutherland 4-2 in the quarter final and narrowly seeing off Alness Utd 1-0 in the semi, Shetland went on to claim victory in the final against Thurso FC. Extra time was required to settle the game and it was captain Leighton Flaw’s well struck effort that was the difference between the two teams with Shetland seeing out the game to win 1-0.

The 2015/16 campaign has proved more frustrating, with Shetland forced to withdraw from the defence of their Jock Mackay Cup after several weather disruptions. Having only entered into this cup, Shetland have therefore had no competitive fixtures on the Scottish mainland this winter but will be looking to bounce back again next year.

The club aims to continue its presence in the North Caledonian Football league and build on the hard work of the last couple of seasons. This work would not have been possible though without the support of the local business’s listed, Brudolff Hotels, Shetland Freezer foods, Alex Morrison’s, George Robertson’s Ltd, and Serco Northlink Ferries.