Whitletts Victoria F.C.

Whitletts Victoria Football Club are a Scottish football club, historically based in the Whitletts area of Ayr, South Ayrshire. The club currently play in the West of Scotland League Second Division.

Whitletts Victoria FC
Full nameWhitletts Victoria Football Club
Nickname(s)The Vics
GroundNew Voluntary Park, Ayr
ChairmanBlair Monaghan
ManagerRyan Caddis
LeagueWest of Scotland League Second Division
2023–24West of Scotland League First Division, 15th of 16 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Nicknamed The Vics, the club were formed in 1944 and currently play at Dam Park Stadium, near Ayr town centre.[1] The club were forced to leave their traditional home of Voluntary Park in Whitletts, which doubled up as a greyhound racing track,[2] in February 2011, after actions by the leaseholder raised major health and safety concerns, forcing the local council to close the stadium. The stadium has since been demolished and is now the site of a new social housing complex called Victoria Crescent, after the club.

Current squad edit

As of 05 August 2023

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 Louis Kerr
DF   SCO Aidan Berry
DF   SCO Kristoffer Brown
DF   SCO Thomas Dempsie
DF   SCO Stuart McMillan
DF   SCO Aidan Murphy
DF   SCO Gordon Pope
DF   SCO Zak Ross
DF   SCO Jamie Wylie
MF   SCO Andy Kerr
MF   SCO Robbie McCracken
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SCO Callum Ogston
MF   SCO Greg Smith
MF   SCO Jordan Boyd
FW   SCO Jordan Baird
FW   SCO Thomas Donovan
FW   SCO Steel Ferguson
FW   SCO Euan Knox
FW   SCO Jason Walker

History edit

On the park, the greatest era in the club's history was the mid- to late 1950s. In 1956 the club played in front of 20,100 people at Shawfield Stadium in the semi-final of the Scottish Junior Cup, only to lose 3–2 to eventual winners Petershill. However, in 1957-58 the Club won the Western League (South) Championship, losing out to North Champions Irvine Meadow in the play-off to determine the destination of the league championship itself.

Since then the club has had, in the main, a troubled time, with its very existence called into question on a number of occasions. However, in recent years, developments on and off the park have placed the club on a more secure foundation. In 2017–18 the Club won promotion to the newly formed West Region Championship and in 2018 formed its own charity, Vics in the Community, providing free coaching to local youngsters and starting the development of a youth player pathway.[3]

In 2020, the club took the decision after 75 years of membership of the SJFA, to join the pyramid system in Scottish football as one of the inaugural members of the West of Scotland Football League.[4]

On 10 October 2020, the club announced they would not be participating in the inaugural season of the West of Scotland League due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6][7]

Non-playing staff edit

Committee edit

Position Name
Chair George Jaconelli
Vice chair Andy McKissock
Secretary Jim Shields
Treasurer Andrew Downie
Commercial Manager John Dalton
Committee member George Rae

Management edit

Position Name
Manager Gordon Pope
Asst. Manager Eoin Waite
First team Coach Gordon Pope
Goalkeeper coach Gary Clarke
Sports First Aider Charlene Dalton
Chaplain Ian Gall

Honours edit

References edit

  1. ^ "History - Whitletts Victoria Football Club". www.whitlettsvictoria.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  2. ^ "OS Plan 1959". old-maps.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Vics in the Community - Whitletts Victoria Football Club". www.whitlettsvictoria.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  4. ^ Pirie, Mark (4 May 2020). "West of Scotland League unveil full division list ahead of non-league overhaul". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Whitletts Victoria Football Club". www.whitlettsvictoria.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Club Ballot Results – West of Scotland Football League". Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  7. ^ Pirie, Mark (10 October 2020). "BREAKING: West of Scotland League chaos as 14 clubs pull out ahead of kick off". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 October 2020.

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