Whitehill Welfare F.C.

Whitehill Welfare Football Club is a football club based in the village of Rosewell, Midlothian, Scotland. They are members of the East of Scotland Football League [2] and play their home matches at Ferguson Park. The club was founded in 1953 and initially competed in juvenile football before turning senior and joining the East of Scotland Football League in 1979. They are the most successful side in East of Scotland League history, winning a total of 16 titles prior to joining the Lowland League as one of its founder members in 2013.

Whitehill Welfare
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Full nameWhitehill Welfare Football Club
Founded1953; 68 years ago (1953)
GroundFerguson Park, Rosewell
Capacity2,454 (192 seated)[1]
ChairmanMark Allard
ManagerAndrew Kidd
LeagueEast of Scotland League Premier Division
2020–21East of Scotland League Premier Division (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The earliest records of Whitehill Welfare indicate that the team first appeared in the 1905–06 season under the name Rosewell Rosedale, replacing the defunct Rosedale Rovers, and playing in the Midlothian Juvenile League. The highlight of this team's existence, it appears, was to reach the Scottish Juvenile Cup Final, and an incident in August 1939 where the police investigated an attack on the Rosewell goalkeeper, accused of letting the side down during a 10–2 defeat.[citation needed]

Although Rosedale continued operating until 1957, it was in 1953 that Whitehill Welfare were formed, the founding fathers being a group of employees from the now defunct Whitehill Colliery. In the early years, Whitehill were the chopping block for the more fancied clubs. Although reaching the Scottish Juvenile Cup semi-final in 1959, they did not really come to the fore until 1964, when they won every trophy in the Mid and East Lothian Section Juvenile League.[citation needed]

 
Whitehill Welfare (claret and blue shirts) playing against East Stirlingshire in the second round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup.

By 1979, there were only six Juvenile clubs left in Whitehill's league, and so the Welfare decided it was time to go senior. This resulted in the team joining the East of Scotland Football League in August 1979, a league which they were to top at the end of their first four seasons. Membership of the Scottish Football Association also has the advantage of allowing the club to compete in the Scottish Cup. In this competition, Whitehill Welfare have knocked out Albion Rovers (1986–87), earned replays against three Scottish Football League sides and played Celtic in the 1995-96 tournament. The game saw Whitehill Welfare hold Celtic to 0–0 until the 39th minute before ending in a 3–0 defeat.[3]

The 2012–13 season saw the return of Mike Lawson, who guided the team to the SFA South Region Challenge Cup and completed the double by winning an unprecedented 16th East of Scotland League title before leaving for Spartans, taking 13 players along with him. Their most successful manager, Dave Smith, returned to build a new team and led this team to another league title and Scottish Qualifying Cup double. The club joined the Lowland Football League in 2013 but were relegated back to the East of Scotland league in 2019[2] (their place taken by Bonnyrigg Rose, a team based just two miles from Rosewell which had only moved to the senior setup from the Junior ranks a year earlier).

Former club captain Andrew Kidd was appointed as manager on 15 November 2020.[4]

Current squadEdit

As of 20 November 2020[5]

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 Ross Coats
GK   SCO Ross Gilpin (captain)
DF   SCO Ross Connell
DF   SCO Kevin Keane
DF   SCO Liam Mccormack
DF   SCO Matt Mccormack
DF   SCO Darren Mcglashan
DF   SCO Jack Murray
DF   SCO Taylor Rogan
DF   SCO Chris Cairney
DF   SCO Liam Mckenna
MF   SCO Jordan Caddow (on loan from Spartans)
MF   SCO Michael Hornig
MF   SCO Scott Millar
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SCO Michael Barfoot
MF   SCO Fyn Connor
MF   SCO Murray Hand
MF   SCO Louis Maguire
MF   SCO Niall Tonner
MF   SCO Bryan Wilson
MF   SCO Dean Cunningham
FW   SCO Olle Hetherington
FW   SCO Tyler O'neil
FW   SCO Mac Ramos
FW   SCO James Scobie
FW   SCO Kevin Stewart
FW   SCO Robert Mckenzie
FW   SCO Wayne Mcintosh

Coaching staffEdit

  • Manager: Andrew Kidd
  • Coaches: Chris Gemmell, Steven McCulloch, David Mcginley, Paul Parkin
  • Physio: Frank Fleming

HonoursEdit

Senior football
1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2012–13
1980–81, 1986–87, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05
  • SFA South Region Challenge Cup
2012–13, 2015–16
  • East of Scotland Qualifying Cup
1980–81, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2008–09, 2013–14
  • East of Scotland 'City' Cup
1993–94, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2013–14
  • King Cup
1982–83, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
  • East of Scotland League Cup
1987–88, 1998–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–2008, 2011–12
Juvenile football
  • Scottish Juvenile Cup
1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1977–78
  • East of Scotland Juvenile Cup
1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1977–78
  • Walker Cup
1964–65, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
  • Porter Cup
1964–65, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1977–78
  • Di Rollo Cup
1964–65, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
  • Howard Cup
1964–65, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1974–75
  • Hunter Cup
1974–75, 1975–76
  • W. Bauld Cup
1974–75, 1977–78
  • Midlothian Juvenile League Championship
1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977
  • Midlothian Juvenile League Cup
1967–68, 1969–70 (joint winners)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ferguson Park". Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Relegation Confirmed - News - Whitehill Welfare". www.whitehillwelfare.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ "'It was all about a fantastic Whitehill Welfare team . .'". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  4. ^ "KIDD APPOINTED MANAGER". www.whitehillwelfare.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  5. ^ "The Team - Whitehill Welfare - Whitehill Welfare". www.whitehillwelfare.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 55°51′15″N 3°07′58″W / 55.85422°N 3.132724°W / 55.85422; -3.132724