Muirkirk Football Club are a Scottish football club, based in the village of Muirkirk, East Ayrshire. Nicknamed the Kirk, they were formed in 1937, and they play at Burnside Park. Currently playing in the West of Scotland League Second Division.

Full nameMuirkirk Junior Football Club
Nickname(s)The Kirk
GroundBurnside Park, Muirkirk
ManagerRoss Cusick
LeagueWest of Scotland League Second Division
2023–24West of Scotland League Second Division, 9th of 16
WebsiteClub website

The team has been managed by Ross Cusick since 2023 who joined from Benburb FC where he was under 20s manager.[1][2][3]

Over the club's 80-year history, many players have made the move to senior clubs. They also have ultras called the kirky boys founded in 2022 John McGuigan[4][5] started as a youngster at Muirkirk before going on to play with Newcastle United, Southampton and Swansea City, Bernie Kelly[6][7] went on to play with Leicester City and Middlesbrough, and Eric Caldow[8] notched up 265 appearances for Rangers.

Current squad edit

As of July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SCO Cameron Powell
2 DF   SCO Gerard Burns
3 DF   SCO Marc Capaldi
4 DF   SCO James Hazlett
5 DF   SCO Aiden McLaughlin
6 MF   SCO William Dawson
7 MF   SCO Regan Cusick
8 MF   SCO James Ferguson
9 FW   SCO Ethan Brew
10 FW   SCO Jamie McDermott
11 MF   SCO Jake Lewis
No. Pos. Nation Player
12 MF   SCO Connor McFarlane
13 GK   SCO Ross Shaw
14 MF   SCO Jordan Hendry
15 DF   SCO Ciaran McAndrew
16 DF   SCO Thomas Rough
17 MF   SCO Ruairidh Currie
18 DF   SCO Bradley Faulds
19 DF   SCO Kieran O’Hear

Coaching staff edit

As of 6 September 2020
Role Name
Manager   Ross Cusick
Coach   Andrew Gordon
Coach   Kieran O’Hear
Goalkeeping coach   Harry McLaughlin
Physiotherapist   Eilidh McGowan
Kit Manager   vacant

Honours edit

  • Ayrshire Second Division winners: 1984–85
  • West Region League Two Runners Up: 2019–20

References edit

  1. ^ "New Muirkirk boss Muirhead is looking to build for the future". 20 October 2017.
  2. ^ "@Muirkirkjfc" on Twitter[not specific enough to verify]
  3. ^ "Kevin Muirhead takes over at Newmains United and labels club the 'perfect fit'". 8 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Player Details : John McGuigan". Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ "John McGuigan".
  6. ^ "Bernard Kelly - Scotland Football League Record from 18 Sep 1957 to 18 Sep 1957 clubs - Raith Rovers".
  7. ^ "Bernie Kelly, star of a great Raith team - Fife Today". Archived from the original on 23 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.

External links edit