Wastside Rebels

The Wastside Rebels were founded in the early eighties by Duncan Leask, who to this day is still involved as groundsman. Subsequently resurrected in 2009 after a 20-year break from competitive football, they joined the Shetland Works League. Over the years, they became mainstays if the league and came close to silverware on several occasions, most notably losing both Works League Cup Finals to Services on penalties in 2016, both games having ended 3-3 after extra time. The sad demise of the Works League in 2021 with teams folding due to the COVID pandemic has led the team to join the SFA Reserve League where they look forward to what will undoubtedly be a challenging season ahead.


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Lerwick Thistle who are nicknamed the Jags were formed in 1902 and apart from the two world wars and a period from 1956 to 1963 the club has always been in existence. It was one of the original teams setup in Shetland and has existed to provide football for families in Lerwick.

Traditionally Thistle play in Light blue and maroon but in recent years maroon in no longer seen on the Jags strips. Thistle used to only have one single team but since the 1970’s the club has played its part in developing Shetland football and currently have eight teams from under 7’s up to the Senior A team. Thistle run winter training from October through to March and anyone wishing to get involved should contact the appropriate manager. The summer outdoor season generally runs then from April until the beginning of September.

Lerwick Thistle’s first league success came in 1934 but their most successful period came more recently between 1992 and 2000 when the Lerwick team won the premier league an incredible seven times out of a possible nine. Thistle have also enjoyed great success in the domestic cup competitions winning the Madrid cup thirteen times, Manson cup eight times, Fraser cup four times and the County Shield nine times. Lerwick Thistle did endure a baron spell of five years without a trophy until their penalty shoot out success in 2011 taking the Fraser Cup on penalties with victory over the reigning league champions Whalsay. Thistle’s most recent triumph came in 2016, winning the County Shield following a 2-1 victory after extra time over town rivals Lerwick Celtic.

For the future Thistle will support both the Senior and Junior football associations and try and develop good junior teams for the ultimate aim of gaining success for Lerwick Thistle Senior teams.

Lerwick Thistle – Fraser Cup Winners 2011


The origins of Scalloway FC can be traced back to 1897 when an exhibition match between two Lerwick sides, Templers United and Vikings, inspired locals to form their own side in 1899. The club was one of four founding members of the Shetland Football Association in 1919, and with the exception of a handful of season between the wars Scalloway FC have been ever-present in the league.

The club colours have been yellow and black since the early 1930s when former vice president Alex Stephen approached Aberdeen FC to enquire if they would donate a strip and received a set of yellow and black striped shirts, the original colours of Aberdeen. Home games were played at Ingaville up until 1950 when a generous donation by the Fraser family allowed the community to build a new sports field bearing the family’s name. The Fraser Park was officially opened with a challenge match against Stromness FC from Orkney, the game gave birth to an annual fixture which continues to be a highlight of both clubs footballing calendar.

The history of the club is a rollercoaster journey with many years of struggle offset with periods of unrivalled success. The clubs is perhaps best known for its dominance of local football from 1960 through to 1975 with the club claiming clean sweeps on six occasions and retaining the Jamieson Cup for all time after 15 years successive wins. Since 1989 the club has also run a reserve team, winning the league on three occasions.

The club celebrated its Centenary year (1999) in style with a week of celebrations, culminating in a challenge match against 3rd division champions Ross County in front of over 1,000 spectators.

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Whitedale are a team based in Weisdale, representing the West mainland of Shetland. Home games are played on Strom Park, backed by the raucous cheers of their four fans. The team plays in their traditional colours of orange and black, and are sponsored by local engineering and construction company Tulloch Developments Ltd.

After several lean years, culminating in Whitedale dropping out of the A league in 2006, Whitedale have been on the rise recently; mainly thanks to the enthusiastic management of Ivor Morrison, and current manager Martin Gibbs. Between the pair of them, they have overseen seven trophy wins since 2009, and ended 2013 as Madrid, Manson and Fraser cup winners, only missing out on a clean sweep of cups to a late goal in the County Shield final against Lerwick Spurs. Whitedale have also finished 2nd in the league for the past 2 seasons.

Light training is held from October – January, usually at the Aith leisure centre; with pre-season training beginning in February. In April the club will often embark on a pre-season trip to Orkney, which, for many, is the highlight of the season. Whitedale are still unbeaten on their travels south, although quite how that is possible, given the ‘merry’ state of the squad at 3am the night before the match, is anyone’s guess.

Whitedale have maintained the same squad for several years now, but will suffer this season from the loss of top scorer Richard Sinclair, who moved south to study; midfield warhorse Gary Tulloch, who has retired through injury; and defender Jordan Morrison, studying in New Zealand. Nevertheless, the team should be looking for another top three finish in the league, and also to add to their recent cup success.

The club has a strong first team squad, but their undoubted star is manager and Ian Holloway-clone Martin Gibbs. ‘Gibbsy’s man management and tactical nous have been integral to the team’s success, with his wise cracking banter an added extra. The jovial Bristolian lives and breathes football, and kicks every ball on the sidelines.

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Ness Utd

Ness United were born out of a desire by the teams competing in the Southern league to field a team in the Shetland Football Association competitions. In 1952 the year after the southern league was formed, the team was picked by a team of selectors from the Southern League teams and the manager was also appointed by the selectors.

Ness had their most successful team and year to date in 1966, as England conquered the world in the FIFA world cup, Ness United dominated the domestic scene at home in Shetland winning the Mackeson Cup, Whitbread Cup, Madrid Cup, County Shield and the Fraser Cup.

As time went by and for various reasons they have failed to build on this success. A good blend of youth and experience in the 1990’s saw them challenged for the league on a couple of occasions but Senior honours have been scare on the ground. However over the years their players have made valuable contributions to the Shetland Senior Squad.

Whilst the senior scene has been short on glory, Ness have had a lot of success in their Junior ranks and Ness have provided many players to represent the Shetland Junior Inter-County Squad. Ness now have junior teams at every age group from under 7’s to under 18’s enjoying great success particularly since 2002

Ness have had a strong committee in recent years and they now compete in all three of the senior football leagues in Shetland. It is hoped that the new impetus will push Ness back to the top of the Footballing tree where they belong.

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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.


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, 2017

Highland Fuels – 2010, 2015


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