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”.


SPONSOR
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.

BRAND NEW MAC”KEY”

Just back from a couple of days away to to see the boys have been at it again by capturing the signature of Caley Thistle’s Lewis Mackie. Lewis is the Jags seventh signing over the past ten days or so, and we at JagsWeb are really looking forward to next season already……only ten weeks and four days to go……. 

The management team said “We are delighted to have secured the signature of Lewis Mackie following his time at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. Lewis is a fantastic young talent. His age and quality means that he is the exact profile of player we are looking to add to the ranks and develop here at Seafield Park. Lewis was a well sought after player and to have him decide to come to Strathspey is very pleasing for the club. As soon as we knew Lewis was available we pulled out all the stops to sign him”

Lewis’s playing history to date:

Lewis started his career at Clach at a very young age before moving to CaleyThistle in 2019, where he went from under 14s through to the 18s and making two first team appearances, his first being in the challenge cup just 2 weeks after turning 16!
Then secondly in the Inverness Cup Final against Clach where they came out 4-1 winners with Lewis scoring the 4th goal.

Welcome to Seafield Park Lewis….. 

BIDING MY TIME

I thought it was going to be a quiet close season but no……

Not as much signing activity this week but we are delighted that Ewan has decided to return for next season and Steven has joined us.

We would like to announce the signing of centre half Ewan Neil from Rothes Football Club. Ewan is a great ball playing centre half and managing to secure him on a permanent deal was one of our priorities over the summer. He will be another great addition to the managers already growing squad.
Ewan has previously played for Clachnacuddin, Rothes, Loch Ness FC and was in loan to his from Rothes last season.

Welcome back Ewan!

Today we can officially announce the signing of Steven Macdonald on a permanent deal. This is a signing that shows intent from the club to go out and really manage to get the players we want and to get the deal over the line.
Steven is a fantastic player who can play at CB or CM, he is composed and very calm on the ball. He has played at youth level for Ross County but he eventually decided to play shinty over football.
Later down the line Steven played for Grantown FC, Spey Valley Utility and Loch Ness FC. He has won silverware with them all and was an exceptionally important player in those squads.
New manager Bobby Beckwith and his team in the football department are delighted to have Steven onboard.
WELCOME STEVEN TO SEAFIELD PARK!


PITCHSIDE ADVERTISING

Please contact our secretary Clive for more details if you wish advertise pitch side…..
click here

LOTTERY

The jackpot this week is £5800 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.

…AND TO FINISH A BUSY WEEK

New signings 4 May 2024

Ending a busy few days for Bobby and the boys, two more players have put pen to paper.

LIAM SHEWAN

Firstly, we have signed Liam Shewan on a permanent deal from Rothes Football Club.
Liam was part of a swap deal which has seen Ross Logan go the other way. We would like to thank Ross for his services as a player. We would also like to thank Rothes for making this possible and a smooth process.
Liam’s former clubs include Grantown FC, Clachnacuddin, Nairn County, Rothes and for a small part of last season a short loan deal with the Jags. 
He has now made his move to Seafield Park permanent after a very impressing during his loan spell.   
Welcome (back() to the club Liam! 

JAMIE CALDER

Also signing up is Jamie Calder from Loch Ness FC for the upcoming season!
This is another exciting addition to our squad. 
Jamie is a young centre half with great composure and has had Highland League experience at Clachnacuddin before his move to Loch Ness FC. 
It’s great to have you on board Jamie and we look forward to welcoming you to Seafield Park.

……AND MORE

New signings – 3 May 2024

Conor, Bobby and Jordan.

Today we are happy to announce more arrivals to the playing squad at Seafield Park. 
This time it’s a double signing in the shape of Conor MacPhee and Jordan Laidlaw that new manager Bobby Backwith has added to his pool of players. 

Conor MacPhee was signed from Loch Ness FC. 
The former Loch Ness captain had won the North Caledonian League with them, and has also won several trophies and a league title in junior football with Nairn St Ninians JFC. He has also played for Clach, Fort William and Inverness City. 

Jordan Laidlaw has also won the North Caledonian League and other trophies whilst he was with Invergordon FC.  
Jordan has also played for Loch Ness FC and most recently, Avoch AFC . 

Welcome to STFC lads!