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Whalsay Football Club was established on 26th of November 1930. It is thought that the first game was played on 23 April 1931. The game was played against Lerwick Thistle with Whalsay getting off to a good start with a win.

In 1946 for various reasons, organised football came to an end on the island. This remained the case until local man, A.K Robertson, returned to a teaching post in Whalsay between the years of 1954-57. His enthusiasm generated fresh interest amongst the youngsters, which was ably carried on by Reverend David Harbison, who arrived a year later in 1958. In 1961 he entered Whalsay into the Parish Cup, which they won, beating Sandwick 4 – 3 in the final.

In October 1962, the new red ash pitch at the Hillhead was opened, to mark the opening, a game against Lerwick Celtic was played, the game finished a 2.2 draw. Ten years later, the pitch was covered with earth converting it to a grass pitch. After further refurbishment in 1983, Winnie Ewing (MEP) carried out an opening ceremony and the occasion was marked by Whalsay taking on Shetland, Shetland coming out winners by a narrow 1.0 margin.

In 1989 Whalsay Entered the ‘A’ league for the first time, finishing the league in a respectable 5th position. In the same year they reached the Manson cup final & won the parish cup. In 1990 Whalsay was entered into the ‘B’ league, it was though with the growing popularity of the game that this would provide a chance for players not getting a regular game in the ‘A’s to play and as a platform for the younger players to come through.

In Aug 2002 a new artificial pitch was opened below the primary school, this saw the end to a long project which began in 1995. At a total cost of £900,000, £70,000 of this was raised by the local community, this saw a great effort from the Island which the players are still thankful for today. The pitch was named after the aforementioned, Reverend David Harbison, this was fully deserved after all that he had done for football in the island. The occasion was marked again with a game against Shetland FC.

PAST ACHIEVEMENTS

Whalsay A

League – 2001, 2009, 2010, 2011

Parish Cup – 1961, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016

Manson Cup – 1977, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010

Madrid Cup – 1998, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009

Fraser Cup – 1995, 2006, 2010, 2012

County Shield – 1994, 1999, 2004

 

Whalsay Football Club is sponsored by:

Serene LK297 and Charisma LK362

serene charisma

 

 

Squad List

Christian Anderson
Colin Anderson
Ian Anderson
James Anderson
Steven Anderson
David Arthur
Neil Arthur
Richard Arthur
Kyle Duncan
Stuart Goodlad
John Hamilton
Bobby Hutchison
Lowrie Hutchison
Richie Hutchison
Stewart Hutchison
Thomas Hutchison
Brian Irvine
Callum Irvine
Grant Irvine
James Irvine
Lee Irvine
Ross Irvine
Gary Jamieson
Tom Jamieson
Mark Johnson
Neil Johnson
Scott Johnson
Peter Kay
Gary Leask
Jordan Leask
Stuart Manson
David Murray
Brydon Pearson
Ian Sandison
Robbie Sandison
Anthony Shearer
Bobby Shearer
James Shearer
Stuart Shearer
Duncan Simpson
Thomas Stewart
Ross Sutherland
Magnus Thompson
Danny Thomson
Richard Whelan
Karl Williamson
Paul Williamson
Neil Wishart

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