FUN, FUN, FUN

We are delighted to announce the double signing of Ali Nixon and James Lee Fraser. 

Ali Nixon was recently at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC before joining STFC and is a versatile player who is comfortable in midfield and at full back, a young player with a bright future ahead. 

James Lee Fraser is an experienced player and former Highland League winner with Buckie Thistle who has joined us for a second time at Seafield Park. His last Club was Loch Ness FC where he also won a league title.
Both players have really impressed the management team and getting them to join will be very beneficial for the club. 


LAST SATURDAY’S DAY OF FUN

Both teams Grantown FC and The Jags before the start of Saturday’s show match

Strathspey Thistle’s first Fun day took place at Seafield Park last Saturday (6 July) and from what we hear and experienced it was fun, fun and more fun!!

Strathspey Rovers U-8’s with their league trophy with The Jags

We would like to thank the many people involved in making the day such a success, especially committee member Heather Horton who spent many hours both before and during the day making sure everything ran like clockwork….

Thanks to everyone who came along
Fun on the bouncy castle
Half time entertainment from Strathspey Rovers
Night time entertainment from Cadence

THIS SATURDAY’S DAY OF FUNSTRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE

Everyone is hoping that the weather behaves itself for this Saturday’s fund-raising golf day at Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club, and that everyone taking part enjoys themselves – and as far as past years have gone, I cannot imagine them not enjoying the day!!


TUESDAY NIGHT’S GAME IN ELGIN

According to our spies at the game on Tuesday night, they reported that the team played well enough, passing the ball about but it was one of those nights that the ball wasn’t going to cross the New Elgin goal line…although James McShane did manage to score late on – but the positive was that was another ninety minutes under the belt in the build up to the season’s start in three weeks.

We look forward to hosting Inverness Caledonian Thistle next Thursday night – KO 7.30pm 


LOTTERY

As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6700 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
As intimated a couple of weeks ago after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game there will be couple of changes.
There will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 
The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100. 
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

BLACK AND BLUE

FIRST VIEWING OF THE NEW HOME AND AWAY STRIPS

The new home and away strips

For the first outing of the Jags’ new home strip we welcomed the HL League Champions Buckie Thistle for a pre-season friendly last Saturday at Seafield Park.
As well as the new strips it was the first “competitive” Jags’ game for co-managers Bobby Beckwith and Ronnie Sharp, fourteen Jags players, a Buckie reserve goalkeeper and off the park, a rejuvenated and restructured committee, new catering in the SnackBar from Jon Wood, a large and supportive crowd who hugely enjoyed the afternoon – the only negative of the day was the decision of our Catering Supremo of the past thirty years or so, Babs McLeod who has decided to hang up the tea bags – we cannot thank her enough for the dedication and superb catering that has been enjoyed by many, especially the half-time home bakes. 

A very good crowd
Jon in our Snack Bar
…and doing a roaring trade….
Jags stars of the future
Babs McLeod looking forward to Saturday afternoons off

So…….onto the game.

A close shave for the Jags in the first half
Jags’ new signing Josh Race
Bobby and Ronnie keeping an eye on things….
New signing Dylan Lawrence in a tussle with Buckie’s Sam Morrison
Dylan Lawrence lobs the keeper for the Jags second goal

I think I speak for all the Jags supporters present in saying that was probably one of the best displays we have seen for a long, long time – we played good creative football and were competitive when necessary, scored three great goals, and although we had a slight bit of luck around our goalmouth a couple of times, the prospects for the coming season are good. 

Spot the ball….
James McShane setting up his second goal of the game

Everyone was smiling…..hopefully it’s a habit we’ll all get used to.

Strathspey Thistle Football Club would like to thank everyone who attended the game on Saturday and hope that you’ll be back at Seafield Park soon.

Goals from-2x James McShane  and 1x Dylan Lawrence

HAT-TRICK

Three new signings for STFC! 
We are delighted to announce the signings of Campbell Macdonald, Scott Macdonald and Keiran Duffty.  
These three signings are STFC focusing on youth and helping develop potential for the future, all three players have a bright future in the game and we would like to be a part of their journey. 
Campbell Macdonald spent 4 years at Ross County, before moving to Clachnacuddin and then Nairn.
Keiran Duffty has played for Clach youth, Nairn County, Inverness Athletic, Culloden and Nairn St Ninian.and won top goal scorer for Nairn County reserves twice. He has scored 28 goals in one season for Culloden and has also won a league and cup double with Culloden.
Scott Macdonald has played for the Strathspey youth teams till under 14s.He then moved to Clach and played under 15s, 18s reserves and has been on the bench for the first team.and was at with the Cairngorm Community team last season

Welcome to the Jags family Campbell, Keiran and Scott.

THIS SATURDAY 

 


24/25 SEASON TICKETS 

TAKE YOUR SEAT
Season tickets are available now!
Designated seat and number with your season ticket within the club stand
(Applies to all league games) 
ADULTS: £100
CONCESSION: £50
For further information and bookings please contact us via: grant@strathspeythistlefc.uk or 07955 789 061

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

09/07/24 we travel to play New Elgin Jfc 19:30 kick off 
19/07/24 we host SPFL LEAGUE ONE outfit Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC 19:30 kick off. 
20/07/24 we travel east to Lossiemouth where we play Lossiemouth United Football Club 14:00 kick off 
23/07/24 we round up our pre-season fixtures against SPFL PREMIERSHIP club Ross County Football Club 19:30 


LOTTERY
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6600 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
As intimated a couple of weeks ago after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game there will be couple of changes.
There will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 
The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100. 
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’

WELCOME BACK DYLAN
The Jags are delighted to announce the signing of Dylan Lawrence from Elgin City.

Dylan will not be a stranger to Seafield Park as he was here for some of the 21/22 season before being re-called to Elgin.
Co-Manager Bobby Beckwith is looking forward to Dylan playing regularly “as he scores goals, he’s quick and he’s strong. Dylan is still a young lad and his best days are very much ahead of him.”.
Dylan is our fifteenth new signing as The Jags totally revamp our playing squad and everyone associated with the Club both on and off the park, and on the “terraces” are really looking forward how the new faces will perform.

BUCKIE THISTLE PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – KICK OFF 2pm

On Saturday (29th) we welcome last season’s HL winners Buckie Thistle to Seafield Park (KO 2pm). 
This is an SFA approved friendly and as such there will be a referee and two assistant referees so there will be an admittance charge of £5 per adult. For this game there will be no charge for concessions ie over-60’s and ages 12 to 15 and under 12’s accompanied by an adult will, as usual, get in free – as will anyone in a Strathspey Rovers shirt!!
Co-Manager Bobby Beckwith was quoted in the P&J this week saying that The Jags have revamped their entire squad this summer and was very happy with the business they have been able to do.
“I think we’re more or less there in terms of what we’re looking for with the squad. The club has done very well to bring in the players we have done and now it’s up to us to see what we can do on the pitch. We’ll be stronger this season and it’s up to us all to make everything click to move the club forward.”

With a brand new team on the park and a brand new set up off the park, we are hoping that a lot of local support will turn out and we look forward back to welcoming them to Seafield Park for what hopefully will be an exciting new dawn for the Jags.

BALLOAN FC STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
STFC is delighted to have entered into a strategic partnership with Balloan FC in regards to youth development. 

James Fraser, Bobby Beckwith and Fraser Tulloch

Pictured are James Fraser, chairperson of Balloan FC, Jags co-manager Bobby Beckwith and Director of Football, Fraser Tulloch and James said that he was “thrilled to be part of the new partnership marking a significant milestone in Balloan’s history”

He then went on to say “that the success of their youth teams in the Moray Firth Youth League and Highland Football League over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable and heaped praise on the hard work of the coaching staff, committee members and the community. The teams have recently won both the under-16 and and under-18 in their respective regions as well as the winning the overall under-16 title for the association. The partnership will hopefully create a path for promising young players to achieve their full potential”  

Jags’ Director of Football Fraser Tulloch said “I am delighted Strathspey Thistle will work in partnership with Balloan FC.  Both clubs recognise the importance of discovering and nurturing both players and the coaching support staff behind them.  

The DNA of STFC long-term needs to support the development of our own local players, and combined with Balloan this strengthens our goal to create opportunities for northern talent to feel safe and express themselves.”


ASCOT LADIES DAY
Committee member Heather Horton organised a special fund raising event at the Speyside Hotel in Grantown coinciding with Ladies Day at Royal Ascot which raised funds for The Jags and the Highland Hospice.

Lasting from 12.30 until 5pm, there were thirty ladies and gents in attendance. 
The lovely 2 course lunch consisted of a choice of salmon with potatoes and vegetables or breadcrumbed chicken as main with a lemon possett to follow. 
Andrea took the best dressed lady trophy and prize and Gordon took home the best dressed gentleman. 
It was a lovely afternoon with the winner donating their winnings to the 2 receiving beneficiaries- STFC and the Highland Hospice. 


ABLE TO ADVENTURE
Using our facilities on Wednesday at Seafield Park and the adjoining field, were Badenoch Shinty Memories who were liaising with www.able2adventure.co.uk (with assistance from senior GGS pupils) to allow residents of Lynemore Care Home the opportunity to experience the joy of cycling through access to lightweight pedal cycles of bespoke specialist design. The bikes are manufactured here in Grantown by www.equaladventure.org.

Everyone had a great time especially our Lottery Convenor Graeme Stuart who was our go-between the parties involved. 

Laid back and ready to go, Jags’ lottery convenor Graeme Stuart

Pictures courtesy of Badenoch Shinty Memories.


STFC GOLF DAY – SATURDAY 13 JULY

This years Golf day takes place again at Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club. 13/07/2024
As usual it takes the form of an 18-hole four-person team Texas scramble with the trophy and various prizes being presented at the end of the day.
Strathspey Thistle are indebted to Bill Torrance and MTEC Software for their continued sponsorship of the day.🏌️‍♂️
The cost per team is £160.00 inclusive of VAT and you can if you wish, sponsor a hole at £30.00 per hole.
Food and drink will be available at the Golf Club where you and your team can, on the day, pre-book any meal requirements for when you finish your round. For pre-round snacks it would be beneficial to book ahead by contacting Nacho on 07597 832656

FB page https://www.facebook.com/Grantowngolfclub/

Downloadable entry form found via https://strathspeythistlefc.com/…/STFC-GOLF-DAY-ENTRY…

STFC FUN DAY NEXT SATURDAY 6 JULY

LOTTERY

As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6500 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…
LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
As intimated after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game there will be couple of changes.
There will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 
The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100. 
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

CALLING ALL STATIONS

The pre-season friendly between Strathspey Thistle and Balloan FC arranged for this Saturday has been cancelled.
We thought you would like to know in case you were planning an afternoon in Grantown to see all the new faces.
The next pre-season friendly is against last season’s league winners and is scheduled for next Saturday – 29 June 2024 at Seafield Park, Grantown KO 2pm.

More details next week.


Two things on this Sunday ……..

OUR FUNDRAISING LOTTERY

As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6400 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES

As intimated a couple of weeks ago after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game there will be couple of changes.

There will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 

The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

….And there’s a wee game of football over in Stuttgart…..all the best lads…..

GOLF DAY 13 JULY 2024

This years Golf Day takes place again at Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club.

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE

As usual it takes the form of an 18-hole four-person team Texas scramble with the trophy and various prizes being presented at the end of the day.

The scenic 9th hole at Grantown

Strathspey Thistle are indebted to Bill Torrance and MTEC Software for their continued sponsorship of the day.

Wives, committee members, friends and their families enjoying the sun at the STFC Golf Day last year.

The cost per team is £160.00 inclusive of VAT and you can if you wish sponsor a hole at £30.00 per hole. 

During the STFC Golf Day prize giving.

Food and drink will be available in the Clubhouse where you and your team can, on the day, pre-book any meal requirements for when you finish your round. For pre-round snacks it would be beneficial to book ahead by contacting Nacho on 07597 832656 

FB page https://www.facebook.com/Grantowngolfclub/

To download a copy of the entry form please click here

PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM, ENCLOSE YOUR CHEQUE  AND POST TO:

MR D MCLEOD, STRATHTUMMEL, MARKET ROAD, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HP

OR IF YOU WISH, DETAILS OF PAYING BY BACS IS ON THE FORM.
ENTRY FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY MONDAY 1 JULY.
AN EARLY RESPONSE IS APPRECIATED.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR PARTICIPATING – A GOOD DAY SHOULD BE HAD BY ALL AND THE MONIES RAISED ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED BY THE JAGS.

Last Years Winning Teams:


We send congratulations to Grantown United FC in winning the Caldwell Cup heavily beating Aviemore Thistle last week. We also would like to wish Steve Clarke and the Scottish International Men’s Football team all the best in Germany at the Euros….


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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES AS OF 13 JUNE 2024

Saturday June 22  H Balloan  14:00  SCHOOL PITCH BOUNCE GAME
Saturday June 29 H Buckie Thistle 14:00 SEAFIELD PARK
Possible Pay at Gate

Saturday July 6 H Grantown FC 15:00 SEAFIELD PARK
(Big Day Out followed by Cadence in evening)

Tuesday July 9 A New Elgin 19:30
Thursday July 18 H Inverness CaledonianThistle 19.30
Pay at Gate
Saturday July 20 A Lossiemouth 14:00
Tuesday July 23 H Ross County 19:30.  SEAFIELD PARK
Pay at Gate

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

The new season starts here……the boys are back and in the town……

All ready to go….

A cold Saturday morning here in Grantown was no obstacle for the boys as they convened for their first training session.
Although there were one or two absentees due to previous commitments, there was an excellent turnout and with one or two old faces, they were put through their paces by co-managers Bobby Beckwith and Ronnie Sharp aided by Robbie Flett.

Hey guv…Ronnie, Bobby and Robbie

Chatting to one or two of the guys everyone enjoyed their first session and were very much looking forward to the coming season.


Forget Taylor Swift and Glastonbury – this is the real hot ticket of the summer

On the 6th of July 2024 we will have our club fun day at Seafield Park in Grantown.
We will kick off the day with a football match starting at 3pm where we will face Grantown FC in a match that is a ten year anniversary celebrating when they won the Junior League. 
Also we will have inflatable children’s entertainment from @Cairngorm Castle’s. 

Later on in the day we will have live music from local band Cadence on an outside stage. We also will have a marquee up all day with cocktails from Kings Cocktails, with the local hero Jon Wood from Grantown Diner & Takeaway doing a barbecue and supplying food for the day. 
We are hopeful of a great day and great weather. 

See you there! 


LOTTERY

As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6200 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’ CHANGIN’

Well, it just keeps on happening…….a new CEO, the return of a midfielder and a French striker…….a tournament and rebuilding….plus….it’s all here sportsfans !!!
I’m struggling to keep up with it all……..

Exciting times indeed at Strathspey Thistle Football Club

STARTING OVER AGAIN

Strathspey Thistle CEO Grant MacKellar and Chairman Donly “Digger” McLeod

While we go through a period of changes not only in playing personnel and within the football department of STFC, the changes go to the very top. 
We have a new majority shareholder and C.E.O. in the shape of Grant MacKellar (pictured alongside our Club Chairman Donly McLeod). Grant is a successful local businessman who wants to help STFC modernise and develop in almost all areas. 

A word from Grant, our new C.E.O.
“It gives me great pleasure to become involved again with Strathspey Thistle but this time as majority shareholder and CEO. 
It started in 1993, I was nine years old and my Dad, Tom MacKellar, along with his two brothers Duncan and Fraser convened the first meeting which created the team we know now and supported as Strathspey Thistle. 
It is my intention to enhance the playing staff and, along with a new management and coaching team in place, we hope to greatly improve our performance and results. Recruitment has already started and will continue, but that is only the beginning as I have also began the process of upgrading the facilities at Seafield Park which will give the town and the wider area of Badenoch and Strathspey a competitive team to support and to be proud of for many years to come.

Welcome Grant, now….let’s get to work!


GORDON McNAB

Joining us at Seafield Park is Gordon McNab. 
Gordy brings a wealth of experience and is a very talented footballer with a great resume from previous clubs and achievements. 
Gordon was previously a Highland league winner with Forres mechanics in season 2011/12, and then became Nairn County’s players’ and supporters’ player of the year in season 2019/20.
He was also the North Region Junior Football League Player of the Year in season 2014/15 when he was with Nairn St Ninians. 

Apart from the above clubs he has also played for Wick Academy, Rothes, Huntly, Clach, Ross County, as well as a spell with The Jags when starting out on his career in 2009/2011.

So welcome back Gordy… 

DOGUIE DOEIMASSEI MULLER

Doguie Doeimassei Muller is a young French striker/winger who came through the ranks at the West Ham development academy in London, played for Fort William last season in the North Caledonian League and flew in from France to sign for The Jags before heading back to complete his holiday. 
Doguie has signed a two-year contract and is moving to Grantown as he has very much enjoyed his time in Scotland so far.
The Jags fans can’t wait to see what this young prospect can achieve with us. 
Welcome to Seafield Park Doguie……. 

ANNUAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Last Saturday (30May) saw twenty five teams of Under 8’s, Under 10’s and Under !2’s converge on Seafield Park and the neighbouring Grammar School pitch for the annual tournament.

Approximately two hundred and fifty young people came to play from towns such as Aberlour, Dufftown, Keith and Nairn. Jags web visited in the morning and was very impressed at the professionalism of the Rovers organisation and how they were running the events of the day.

Part of the large crowd over the five pitches

The sun shone and the winners of the U-8’s, U-10’s and U-12’s were all home winners, Strathspey Blues with some very promising youngsters in every team competing….congratulations to all who took part in what was a great day’s entertainment. 

We hope with all the changes surrounding The Jags and with two of the Rovers’ committtee members joining us in our committee we all feel this will be massive stepping stone to greater co-ordination between us all involved in football in the Strath and hopefully the wider community too.

We look forward to welcoming a Rovers’ presence at the home games next season.

BUILDINGS TOO……

Sporting Director Josh Horton’s building company Horton Homes are renovating and upgrading our changing facilities or dressing rooms…. This is the start of many changes in and around Seafield Park in the coming months and years – yet more excitement…

MARTY

As ever we thank Marty’s Designs for all the graphics we pinch from the Jags FaceBook page – this is his new design for the close season and our new FB Header and one we hope to can live up to ….and we look forward to many more designs and communications from Marty next season….


LOTTERY
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6200 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES

As intimated a while ago after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game, there will be couple of changes.

There will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 

The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

WALKING ON SUNSHINE

A hell of a lot can happen when you head off for a weeks holiday so here goes…….

We welcome an assistant manager, two goalkeepers and a defender………

RONNIE SHARP 

Ronnie joins STFC and we are delighted to welcome him to Seafield Park. Ronnie will join Bobby Beckwith in managing The Jags.
Ronnie has a wealth of knowledge as a player, coach and manager in Highland League football, most recently with an established and successful career at Nairn County. 

The experienced coach and former striker comes in with recently appointed first team manager Bobby Beckwith, and they will also work alongside executive duo sporting director, Josh Horton and director of football, Fraser Tulloch.

Josh Horton said: “Bobby and Ronnie — I genuinely don’t think there’s a better combination of managers. As far as a wealth of experience, I don’t think you’ll get anything better”

Bobby said: “I know Ronnie well, and we’ve faced each other a lot. He has massive experience and he did a fantastic job at Nairn. He had been coming down to watch Strathspey at the end of last season, so I thought I’d give him a ring and see if he was interested in coming on board, and he was delighted to come in. I’m not a big one for job titles, but he’ll more than an assistant manager. He’s a great coach, and as a management team we’ll both have our say. For me, it’ll be one of the biggest signings we’ll make this season”

KIT AND ETHAN
We also procured the signatures of two goalkeepers with both Ethan Rae and Kit Fletcher signing on the dotted line. 

This is an area that we needed depth in and fortunately this season we start with two exceptionally capable keepers.

Kit Fletcher played at the Brentford Academy when he was 16, and then moved onto Molesey FC and then Oxford City FC. 
After moving to Scotland he played for Fort William in the Highland League and managed to feature in the HL Team of the Season. 
Kit also played with Maryburgh in the IDFA league where he won the league and cup double and is a player with great pedigree and we are really looking forward to him putting on a Jags shirt.

You may recognise Ethan as he proved himself more than capable between the sticks earning a few Man of the Match awards in the latter part of last season.  
He played at the Ross County youth academy team set up from U10s – U18s. In that time he made well over 200 appearances for the youth teams. He even managed to play for the U18s at the age of 15. 
Last season Ethan signed on loan for Strathspey at 16 years of age.. 
After leaving County multiple clubs had shown interest, however after having enjoyed his time with the Jags during his loan deal and, with all the positive changes he is seeing at the Club, he has chosen to sign permanently for Strathspey Thistle. 

Welcome aboard lads! 

ZACH MACPHEE
Following sharply after we made another summer signing, this time we have added Zach Macphee. 

Zach started his career at youth level with Muir Of Ord Rovers FC before quickly being scouted and signed by Ross County FC.
He played in Dingwall for a number of years, where he managed to get into the first team squad in more than one occasion. 
Last season Zach was on loan to Clachnacuddin.
We are delighted to have secured Zach’s signature and we welcome him to Seafield Park to play under the tutelage of Bobby Beckwith and Ronnie Sharp. 

DON COWIE

Don Cowie, manager Ross County FC

Speaking of Ross County, Strathspey Thistle FC send their congratulations to Don Cowie and his team on an emphatic win over Raith Rovers in the Premier Play-off tie, last Sunday. We also congratulate Don himself on securing the managers job at County…..and as Don is married to Shelley, a local Grantown lass, and a former Scottish International Women’s Team footballer herself, all of Grantown had their fingers crossed over the outcome…

We were disappointed with the outcome of Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s tie with Hamilton Academicals in the Championship play off, with ICT finding themselves dropping to the third tier of Scottish Football, and on a personal level, very disappointed with their decision “to move south”.


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Even when you are on holiday you’re never too far away………


PITCH MAINTENANCE

A couple of weeks ago Seafield Park had its annual make-over and is beginning to look good already….


STRATHSPEY THISTLE FUNDRAISING GOLF DAY

The Jags golf day will be on SATURDAY 13 JULY AT GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY GOLF CLUB – details will be announced very soon.


AND FINALLY, OUR FUNDRAISING LOTTERY

As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £6100 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES

As intimated a couple of weeks ago after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game there will be couple of changes.
There will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 

The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

THUNDERSTRUCK

LIAM BAXTER SIGNS…….

We have secured the signature of Liam Baxter.

Liam is a very experienced player having won silverware in Scotland and in Australia. He has the sort of pedigree we are looking to add to our squad as we move forward as a club.

Liam started his football at Inverness Caledonian Thistle at youth level. He went on to play in the Highland League with Brora and Buckie Thistle having won personal awards and silverware along the way. He has just completed 7 years in Australia having scored 68 goals in 105 appearances.

We are delighted that Liam has chosen to sign with us. We welcome him to Seafield Park!

THE CAPTAIN

Club Captain James McShane has extended his stay signing a further 2 year deal.
Everyone at the Club are absolutely delighted with this, and needless to say we are ecstatic to have him onboard and see him lead the team currently going through a total rebuild. 

James has had over the years, many Highland League clubs after his signature, and it’s no surprise as to why. Being a local man, he has stayed loyal to the club and has led our team impeccably. 

El Capitano, it’s great to keep you!



STRATHSPEY AND BADENOCH WELFARE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION’S DALVEY CUP

STFC send their congratulations to Aviemore Thistle who captured the first silverware of the season, the Dalvey Cup at Cromdale beating Grantown United on penalties. The score after ninety minutes was 2-2.