Inverurie Loco Works F.C.

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)
ChairmanMike Macaulay
ManagerAndy Low
LeagueHighland League
2019–20Highland League, 5th of 17
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 competed in the Aberdeenshire and North East 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 Highland League (along with the newly formed Scottish Lowland Football League), is officially a feeder league to the Scottish Professional Football League established at the same point; as such, Inverurie are eligible for promotion to the SPFL.

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 the Inverurie Loco Works ground; it has a capacity of 2,500 (250 seated).[1]

StaffEdit

CoachingEdit

  • Manager: Andy Low
  • Assistant Manager: Steven Park
  • Head of Youth Development: Gary Jamieson

BoardroomEdit

  • Chairman: Mike 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, 2019–20

Junior HonoursEdit

  • North East Junior League champions: 1992–93, 1995–96, 1997–98[2]
  • Aberdeen & District League champions (16):[3] 1924–25, 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1942–43, 1945–46, 1954–55, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62
  • North East Regional Cup winners: 1995–96, 2000–01
  • Aberdeen & District League Cup winners: 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1945–46
  • North East League Cup: 1986–87, 1988–89, 1991–92
  • McLeman Cup winners: 1928–29, 1951–52, 1968–69
  • Archibald Cup winners (11): 1928–29, 1932–33, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1954–55, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1968–69, 1980–81, 1999–2000
  • North Drybrough Cup winners: 1968–69
  • Duthie Cup: 1928–29, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1939–40, 1960–61
  • Aberdeen County Trophy (10): 1912–13, 1913–14, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1939–40, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1954–55, 1960–61, 1961–62
  • Jimmy Gibb Memorial Trophy: 1995–96, 1997–98

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Highland Football League. "Inverurie Loco Works F.C." Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  2. ^ Highland League: Inverurie Loco Works FC, Non-League Scotland (archived version, 2007)
  3. ^ Aberdeen & District Junior Football League 1901-1968, Scottish Football Historical Archive (archived version, 2014)

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 57°17′29.3″N 2°22′56.5″W / 57.291472°N 2.382361°W / 57.291472; -2.382361