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Inverurie Loco Works Football Club are a part-time senior professional football club from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who currently play in the Scottish Highland Football League (SHFL).

Inverurie Loco Works
A red shield with text and border in white. At the top 'Inverurie Loco Works FC' is written and at the bottom '1903'. In the centre is a black and white Soccer ball.
Full nameInverurie Loco Works Football Club
Nickname(s)The Locies, Locos
Founded1903
GroundHarlaw Park, Inverurie
Capacity2,500 (250 seated)
ChairmanEddie Innes
ManagerNeil Cooper
LeagueHighland League
2018–19Highland League, 5th of 18
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded in 1903 by workmen from the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) who had their Locomotive, and Carriage and Wagon Workshops in Inverurie, hence from where the football club got its name. On National Railway Company 'Grouping' in 1923, the GNSR became part of the London & North Eastern Railway, one of the UK's big four railway companies at that time, and the football club lived on. The Locomotive Workshops themselves were formally closed in 1970 on the forming of British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Railways Board at that time.

Despite the closure Inverurie Loco Works F.C. continued to play. Having been a Scottish Junior Football Club in the Aberdeenshire Junior Leagues for many years, they became a senior club in 2001 when their application to join the SHFL was successful. Starting with the 2013–14 season, the SHFL, along with the newly formed Scottish Lowland Football League, are now both official feeder leagues to the newly established Scottish Professional Football League. As such Inverurie are eligible for promotion to the SPFL.

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Recent historyEdit

Rising up from successful years in junior football, in 2001 the Locos applied for membership of the Highland League and were successful. In the 2003–04 season, the Locos came second in the league, they then went a further two seasons in a row in second place. In 2005, they first got their hands on silverware by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup, then repeated the feat the next year. They also won the Aberdeenshire Shield after being runners up three times before winning the trophy. Then they won the Fosters Cup (League Cup) twice in two years, in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They also won the SFA North Region Challenge Cup in 2008–09.

In the 2008–09 Scottish Cup, the club were paired with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell at home. They reached the fourth round of the competition that season. After four postponements, the match was finally played at the fifth time of asking. Despite a capacity crowd watching, the Highland League outfit could not prevent a 3–0 loss to their top-flight opponents.

Harlaw ParkEdit

Harlaw Park is a football ground in the town of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is the home ground of Inverurie Loco Works F.C., who currently play in the Highland Football League. It has a capacity of 2,500 (250 seated).[1]

StaffEdit

CoachingEdit

  • Managers: Neil Cooper
  • Assistant Manager: Steven Park
  • Head of Youth Development: Gary Jamieson

BoardroomEdit

  • Chairman: Michael Macaulay
  • Vice Chairman Graeme Hay
  • Treasurer: James Porter
  • Club Secretary: Billy Thomson

Senior honoursEdit

Highland League Cup:

  • Winners: 2007–08, 2008–09

Aberdeenshire Shield:

  • Winners: 2003–04, 2013–14, 2016–17

Scottish Qualifying Cup (North):

  • Winners: 2004–05, 2005–06

SFA North Region Challenge Cup:

  • Winners: 2008–09

Aberdeenshire League:

  • Winners: 2018–19

Current squadEdit

As of 16 December 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Ryan Booth
  GK Morgan Cook
  GK Scott Mathieson
  GK Andy Reid
  DF Ryan Broadhurst
  DF Chris Herd
  DF Greg Mitchell
  DF Connor Rennie
  DF Marc Young
  MF Chris Angus
  MF Colin Charlesworth
No. Position Player
  MF Daniel Crisp
  MF Martin Laing
  MF Jordan Leyden
  MF Neil McLean
  MF Mark Souter
  FW Dean Donaldson
  FW Neil Gauld
  FW Andy Hunter
  FW Joe McCabe
  FW Matt McDonald
  FW Michael Selfridge

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Highland Football League. "Inverurie Loco Works F.C." Retrieved 4 September 2012.

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