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Audaces Fortuna Juvat

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A colleague and I are planning to use our over 50's railcards tomorrow for a game in Fort William.

We have tried ringing and e-mailing the club to check the likelihood of the game being on, but with no luck so far.

Can anyone help us?

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12 hours ago, Audaces Fortuna Juvat said:

A colleague and I are planning to use our over 50's railcards tomorrow for a game in Fort William.

We have tried ringing and e-mailing the club to check the likelihood of the game being on, but with no luck so far.

Can anyone help us?

Game's on according to the Club.

https://twitter.com/FortWilliamFC/status/919099421027119104

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On ‎14‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 07:06, cmontheloknow said:

Claggan is notorious for postponements right through the autumn and winter. Not exacty been dry this week!

Tbh, looks like it's totally knackered!


Sep 06 ... Fort William Scr-WO Forres Mechanics
Sep 09 ... Fort William 0-10 Fraserburgh
Sep 16 ... Fort William 1-5 Deveronvale
Oct 07 ... Fort William P-P Clachnacuddin
Oct 14 ... Fort William 1-5 Inverurie Loco Works
Oct 25 ... Fort William P-P Nairn County
Oct 28 ... Fort William P-P Wick Academy
Nov 04 ... Fort William P-P Buckie Thistle
Nov 08 ... Fort William P-P Clachnacuddin
Nov 11 ... Fort William P-P Keith

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9 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Tbh, looks like it's totally knackered!


Sep 06 ... Fort William Scr-WO Forres Mechanics
Sep 09 ... Fort William 0-10 Fraserburgh
Sep 16 ... Fort William 1-5 Deveronvale
Oct 07 ... Fort William P-P Clachnacuddin
Oct 14 ... Fort William 1-5 Inverurie Loco Works
Oct 25 ... Fort William P-P Nairn County
Oct 28 ... Fort William P-P Wick Academy
Nov 04 ... Fort William P-P Buckie Thistle
Nov 08 ... Fort William P-P Clachnacuddin
Nov 11 ... Fort William P-P Keith

Not good to see, looking at the league table they don’t have many games to play catch up on. 

Couple of winnable games coming up for them in December.

Keep the faith

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10 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Tbh, looks like it's totally knackered!


Sep 06 ... Fort William Scr-WO Forres Mechanics
Sep 09 ... Fort William 0-10 Fraserburgh
Sep 16 ... Fort William 1-5 Deveronvale
Oct 07 ... Fort William P-P Clachnacuddin
Oct 14 ... Fort William 1-5 Inverurie Loco Works
Oct 25 ... Fort William P-P Nairn County
Oct 28 ... Fort William P-P Wick Academy
Nov 04 ... Fort William P-P Buckie Thistle
Nov 08 ... Fort William P-P Clachnacuddin
Nov 11 ... Fort William P-P Keith

Amazing as this is though, despite the downpour they got the game on for the weekend I was referring to!

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Jul 29 ... Keith 2-1 FW
Aug 02 ... FW 3-4 Rothes
Aug 05 ... Cove 8-0 FW    :o 
:o
Aug 12 ... FW 0-4 Brora    :o
Aug 16 ... Huntly 4-0 FW    :o
Aug 23 ... FW 4-0 Elgin XI (NofS Cup)
Aug 26 ... FW 1-5 Strathspey   
:o
Aug 30 ... Lossiemouth 2-2 FW
Sep 02 ... Inverurie 4-0 FW   
:o
Sep 06 ... FW Scr-WO Forres (NofS Cup - scratched as couldn't raise team)
Sep 10 ... FW 0-10 Cove    :o :o
Sep 13 ... Forres 4-1 FW
Sep 16 ... FW 1-5 Deveronvale   
:o
Sep 23 ... Clachnacuddin 8-0 FW (Scottish Cup) :o :o
Sep 30 ... Buckie 5-0 FW    :o
Oct 14 ... FW 1-5 Inverurie   
:o
Oct 21 ... Turriff 6-2 FW    :o
Nov 08 ... Clachnacuddin 2-1 FW
Nov 18 ... Rothes 9-1 FW    :o 
:o
Dec 02 ... Brora 16-0 FW    :o:o:o :o


Only 13 players apparently. They're seriously toiling, tbh.

Edited by HibeeJibee

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Perhaps fortuitously - between now and LC R1 in mid-Feb they've 5 homes (but 7 of last 8 were off), 1 blank week, plus 3 aways v Strathspey (17th), Fraserburgh (3rd) and Deveronvale (10th).

Fraserburgh aside - maybe buys some "breathing space"?

 

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17 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Jul 29 ... Keith 2-1 FW
Aug 02 ... FW 3-4 Rothes
Aug 05 ... Cove 8-0 FW    :o 
:o
Aug 12 ... FW 0-4 Brora    :o
Aug 16 ... Huntly 4-0 FW    :o
Aug 23 ... FW 4-0 Elgin XI (NofS Cup)
Aug 26 ... FW 1-5 Strathspey   
:o
Aug 30 ... Lossiemouth 2-2 FW
Sep 02 ... Inverurie 4-0 FW   
:o
Sep 06 ... FW Scr-WO Forres (NofS Cup - scratched as couldn't raise team)
Sep 10 ... FW 0-10 Cove    :o :o
Sep 13 ... Forres 4-1 FW
Sep 16 ... FW 1-5 Deveronvale   
:o
Sep 23 ... Clachnacuddin 8-0 FW (Scottish Cup) :o :o
Sep 30 ... Buckie 5-0 FW    :o
Oct 14 ... FW 1-5 Inverurie   
:o
Oct 21 ... Turriff 6-2 FW    :o
Nov 08 ... Clachnacuddin 2-1 FW
Nov 18 ... Rothes 9-1 FW    :o 
:o
Dec 02 ... Brora 16-0 FW    :o:o:o :o


Only 13 players apparently. They're seriously toiling, tbh.

As a Brechin fan this makes good reading  there is always someone worse off lol.giflol.gif

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17 hours ago, HibeeJibee said:

Jul 29 ... Keith 2-1 FW
Aug 02 ... FW 3-4 Rothes
Aug 05 ... Cove 8-0 FW    :o 
:o
Aug 12 ... FW 0-4 Brora    :o
Aug 16 ... Huntly 4-0 FW    :o
Aug 23 ... FW 4-0 Elgin XI (NofS Cup)
Aug 26 ... FW 1-5 Strathspey   
:o
Aug 30 ... Lossiemouth 2-2 FW
Sep 02 ... Inverurie 4-0 FW   
:o
Sep 06 ... FW Scr-WO Forres (NofS Cup - scratched as couldn't raise team)
Sep 10 ... FW 0-10 Cove    :o :o
Sep 13 ... Forres 4-1 FW
Sep 16 ... FW 1-5 Deveronvale   
:o
Sep 23 ... Clachnacuddin 8-0 FW (Scottish Cup) :o :o
Sep 30 ... Buckie 5-0 FW    :o
Oct 14 ... FW 1-5 Inverurie   
:o
Oct 21 ... Turriff 6-2 FW    :o
Nov 08 ... Clachnacuddin 2-1 FW
Nov 18 ... Rothes 9-1 FW    :o 
:o
Dec 02 ... Brora 16-0 FW    :o:o:o :o


Only 13 players apparently. They're seriously toiling, tbh.

After joining the HFL in 1985/86, Fort William has struggled, finishing bottom of the table in 15 of their 31 years as members. The club's highest HFL position was 11th.

The current situation seems more serious (only 13 players ?), so will the only West Highlands club in senior non-league football survive, fold, go into abeyance, or resign from the HFL and return to the North Caledonian League. Their loss would be very sad indeed.

If Fort "go into abeyance" (as suggested above),  a return to the HFL in the foreseeable future may be unlikely as the SFA wants to reduce the number of Highland  League clubs to 16 (currently 18) in line with the Lowland League, and even if the HFL successfully rejects this membership reduction, Banks O'Dee will almost certainly apply to fill the vacancy. 

 

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It's remarkable that, other than Fort William, there are no senior or junior football clubs west of Inverness and north of Alexandria. Who's the next best team in that area - Oban Saints? 

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33 minutes ago, GordonS said:

It's remarkable that, other than Fort William, there are no senior or junior football clubs west of Inverness and north of Alexandria. Who's the next best team in that area - Oban Saints? 

Where else could support one?

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Helensburgh?

EDIT:

They couldn't support a league side, but maybe an Isle of Skye team to compete in the Cups organised by the North Caledonian League. You've already got Lewis & Harris that can manage that so it's not outside the realms of possibility.

Edited by FairWeatherFan
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2 hours ago, Sergeant Wilson said:

Where else could support one?

There's over 16,000 on Lewis, half of them in and around Stornoway. Oban has what, about 10,000, with a few thousand more in the neighbouring villages like Taynuilt, Connel, Barcaldine etc. There's over 20,000 in Skye and Lochalsh too.

To put that into context, Auchinleck has a population of fewer than 4,000, and Dingwall and it's surrounding area has about 13,000 (though more in towns up the coast).

It's an area that supports a good number of well organised shinty clubs too. In a football mad country like Scotland, it's a remarkable thing that the one senior or junior football club in the entire region, the only place for many, many miles for guys to play, is possibly the worst in the country.

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Just now, GordonS said:

There's over 16,000 on Lewis, half of them in and around Stornoway. Oban has what, about 10,000, with a few thousand more in the neighbouring villages like Taynuilt, Connel, Barcaldine etc. There's over 20,000 in Skye and Lochalsh too.

To put that into context, Auchinleck has a population of fewer than 4,000, and Dingwall and it's surrounding area has about 13,000 (though more in towns up the coast).

It's an area that supports a good number of well organised shinty clubs too. In a football mad country like Scotland, it's a remarkable thing that the one senior or junior football club in the entire region, the only place for many, many miles for guys to play, is possibly the worst in the country.

It's a big area though and as you point out there is big competitor in shinty. It might just be an anomaly in population distribution that the people most interested in football settled elsewhere. The fact is Fort are all there is and it's not likely to change.

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3 hours ago, GordonS said:

It's remarkable that, other than Fort William, there are no senior or junior football clubs west of Inverness and north of Alexandria. Who's the next best team in that area - Oban Saints? 

Ross County?

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2 minutes ago, invergowrie arab said:

Ross County?

Alright smartarse - I forgot they're about 5 miles west of shneckie. :P

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Serious answer is  Argyll, Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh are all shinty country. Even Fort William and Oban are far more shinty than football orientated.

Lewis & Harris is different. There is a very popular and well organised league on Lewis & Harris but games are often played midweek evenings in the lighter months with an indoor league over winter . I don't think there is any appetite at all to join a league to play Keith or Fraserburgh.

Skye and Lochalsh also have a  good league and with access to the mainland it would be more viable but again I doubt there is interest.

 

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