The Highland League has a new website
www.highlandfootballleague.com


 

From 2001 - 2007 this was the official website of the Highland League until a new website design was introduced.
Founded in 1893 Scotland's Highland Football League is Britain's most northerly senior football championship. In addition to organising the Highland Football League and the annual championship, the Highland Football League is active in youth development of the game. New clubs have been added to the league so as of 2018 there are now 18 clubs.
Content is from the site's 2007 archived pages, as well as other outside sources, providing a glimpse of what this site offered its visitors. Take a nostalgic look back.

The current website for the Highland League is found at: www.highlandfootballleague.com where you will find all the latest news.

This site holds particular interest to me since I grew up in the market town of Inverurie, just outside of Aberdeen, Scotland. Inverurie and the surrounding countryside offers majestic castles, Mons Grampius, the site is where the Romans defeated the Picts in 84 AD., and loads of great trails favored by local hillwalkers and tourists. It's also home to the Inverurie Loco Works Football Club, our part-time senior professional football club.Rising up from successful years in junior football, in 2001 the Locos applied for membership of the Highland League and were successful. In the 2003–04 season, the Locos came second in the league, they then went a further two seasons in a row in second place. In 2005, they first got their hands on silverware by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup, then repeated the feat the next year. They also won the Aberdeenshire Shield after being runners up three times before winning the trophy. Then they won the Fosters Cup (League Cup) twice in two years, in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They also won the SFA North Region Challenge Cup in 2008–09
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.Needless to say my friends and I followed the Locos games, faithfully. We were devastated by their 3–0 loss to the Motherwell club at home.

Now I live in New York City with my two scottish terriers, Pich and Tac. Wonderful walking dogs, they are faithful and so very dignified. Every now and then they do get into mischief which requires the services of my favorite local NYC carpet cleaning service, My Home Carpet & Upholstery Care NYC. My neighbor clued me in to this great carpet cleaning company that specializes in repairing and cleaning Persian rugs, of which I have several after Pich tripped me ( I believe accidently) while I was carrying two glasses of red wine and a half dozen bottles of ale back to the living room where a grounp of friends were watching a video sent by my Scottish relatives of the finals between Cove Rangers (winners) and Brora Rangers. Red wine on Persian rug is an ugly stain and the ale didn't help. The folks at My Home Carpet & Upholstery Care NYC did their magic and removed that stain and smell. They also did a bit of repair on the carpet as well. I was so pleased by the results, I recommend them to all my friends. The internet is great. I really enjoy reading the latest posts on the Facebook page of the Inverurie Loco Works Football Club. Ah, but I digress.

 

 

HISTORY / highlandfootballleague.com
Highland Football League has a great tradition of spirit, skill and sportsmanship - expanding from humble beginnings to a championship whose standards now command national respect.

The league was conceived at the Inverness Workman's Club on August 4th 1893, all the clubs present expressing an enthusiastic willingness to become part of a league. After discussing the logistical matters, the Scottish Football Association blessed the venture and The Highland Football League was born.

By February 7th 1894, after undergoing the teething problems of a new venture and having lost one of the original teams from the fixture list, the League reported a surplus of five pounds. This rocky first season was concluded, and Thistle became the first champions of the Highland Football League.

The league consisted of seven teams in 1893-94, those of Thistle, Caley, Clachnacuddin, Forres Machanics, Union, Citadel and Camerons. From this strong base, the League has gone from strength to strength culminating in the 1992-1993 championships where the league contained eighteen clubs - those of Elgin City, Cove Rangers, Lossiemouth, Caley, Ross County, Huntly, Clachnacuddin, Inverness Thistle, Buckie Thistle, Fraserburgh, Deveronvale, Keith, Brora Rangers, Peterhead, Rothes, Fort William, Forres Mechanics and Nairn County.

Having now survived over one hundred years, and the many obstacles history has placed in its path, the Highland Football League has become a part of the Northern Spirit, displaying the strength of commitment to the game from the meeting rooms, the players and from the supporters who loyally support their chosen team. Although the Highland Football League is a small speck in the increasingly global world of football, it is a league with a special character, a sound commitment to the game, exceptional skill, strong pride and an integral part of the communities within which it is a part.


2018 League Clubs
 

Club Joined Ground Capacity Titles
Brora Rangers
1963
2,000
2
Buckie Thistle
1909
5,000
11
Clachnacuddin
1893
1,500
18
Cove Rangers
1986
2,500
6
Deveronvale
1938
2,600
2
Formartine United
2009
1,800
0
Forres Mechanics
1893
1,400
2
Fort William
1985
4,000
0
Fraserburgh
1922
3,000
3
Huntly
1928
4,500
7
Inverurie Loco Works
2001
2,500
0
Keith
1924
4,450
7
Lossiemouth
1946
3,250
0
Nairn County
1914
3,800
1
Rothes
1938
2,700
1
Strathspey Thistle
2009
1,600
0
Turriff United
2009
1,000
0
Wick Academy
1994
2,412
0


2007 League Table
 

  Home Away  
  P W D L W D L GF GA GD Points
Keith 28 12 1 1 8 3 3 67 26 +41 64
Inverurie Locos 28 10 3 1 10 1 3 62 33 +29 64
Buckie Thistle 28 9 4 1 7 4 3 54 28 +26 56
Deveronvale 28 9 2 3 8 2 4 77 35 +42 55
Huntly 28 11 2 1 6 2 6 67 39 +28 55
Cove Rangers 28 9 2 3 4 4 6 52 36 +16 45
Nairn County 28 8 2 4 5 2 7 57 42 +15 43
Fraserburgh 27 7 2 4 3 6 5 46 42 +4 38
Clachnacuddin 28 5 2 7 4 4 6 43 42 +1 33
Rothes 28 6 2 6 4 0 10 42 57 -15 32
Wick Academy 27 4 1 8 5 1 8 39 61 -22 29
Forres Mechanics 28 4 5 5 3 2 9 54 60 -6 28
Brora Rangers 28 5 1 8 3 1 10 38 84 -46 26
Lossiemouth 28 2 4 8 1 1 12 25 64 -39 14
Fort William 26 0 0 14 3 0 9 26 100 -74 9

 



DATE 12/05/07 Buckie Thistle v Keith 2007 2006/07 Football Programme. Scottish Highland Cup Final match at Banff.

Rattray Review May 5th 07: Well done Locos 
There has not been a more dramatic finale to the Highland League in recent years and I can guarantee it will rank up there in the annuls as one of the closest title races in history.

The 100th HFL Champions are Keith FC and they deserve all the plaudits they have received but personally I dont think the Maroons will need any further words from me or others to increase the enjoyment of Sa...

 

Fans Tourney V: June 30th 2007: Online Entry Forms 
HFL fans have a double reason to keep an eye on www.highlandleague.net over the next three weeks because one of the early innovations of the new look website coming your way this week will be the arrival of an online entry form for Fans Tourney V.

Fans Tourney V will take place on the 30th of June 2007 at Lossiemouth Playing Fields (beside the school/community centre) for the third year ...


Sunday Sayings May 5th 2007: Completed
John Sheran, Kevin Will, Les Fridge and Martin Allan try to put yesterdays incredible finale to the Scot Ads HFL Championship...


Sunday Sayings May 5th 2007: Part One
We begin the Sunday Sayings by taking a look back at the two games which were never going to have a bearing on the title race...


Match Reports May 5th 2007: Keith win the HFL
It all came down to the final matchday of the season for both Keith and Inverurie Locos and in the end it was the Maroons who...


PK and EFH 0607 April 28th 2007
Phase One of the new look www.highlandleague.net should be up and running next week as we bid farewell to the format which ha...

 




Weekly Doric Round Up
A puckle o wirds 1-Mar-2007

Aye aye fowkies its bin a fair fyley syne I hiv hid half a chunce tae blether awa in my ane mither tongue bit dinna fash yersel for I hiv twa meenits this foreneen so makk yersel a stroopach n a funcy piece n get yir doric lugs on.

Weel far div yi wynt ma tae start for is been a fair shift in maist hings syne the last time. I have rackit up weel o'er a thoosan meenits on thi pitch. Aye so I hivna scorit, weel I hiv atho nae ane thit his bin allood, bit its comin, dinna fear.

I am fair trickit by it aa I hiv tae say. Aricht so wi micht ae be richt doon aboots thi hinnerend o thi table bit hings are takkin a shift n wir on thi richt roadie. Abody is learnin jist fit it taks and foo tae best makk ees o fit wi hae n fit wi dinna. Aye the best is ae tae cam.

The league itsel cwidna be better set. Fit a tuave thir aa haein at thon hiecht. Sacks teams richt in the mix wi just a puckle o pynts atween them aa. Aye it is rare tae see. Fa'll win it? Weel that is speert o mi nae metter far I gings so I am wirkin on the logic o tellin abody a different team at wye I am bound tae be richt! Mind you I hink Lossie ae hae half a chunce....

Aff the pitch thirs plenty a dee ana wi yone videprinters takkin the strain o the Setterday workload. Fit an odds thill makk fan i midwick gamies stert tee. Aye thir a gye expense tae build bit if the fowkies support fits been deen then the better a hing will get. Its ae step at a time on the wye tae the morn. An iss Annie says the morn, the morn I loves yi the morn yir only ae day awa.

Heres tae a brichter the morn!


News Extra 



Title Celebrations Part 3: Robbo, Kinger, Woodie 9-May-2007

Part three of the Title Sayings series focuses upon three players at different junctures of their careers who all reacted differently when being inter...

 

Highland Youth League Play Off Preview 9-May-2007

Keith have taken the prestigious honours in winning the Scot Ads Highland League on top of the Morrison Motors Turriff Aberdeenshire Shield and going ...

 

Innes Interview: Clark Bain of Cove & Scotland 9-May-2007

Cove Rangers have secured their Scottish Semi Professional Four Nations Tournament selected player Clark Bain on a new one year contract and the forme...

 

Rattray Review May 5th 07: Well done Locos 8-May-2007

There has not been a more dramatic finale to the Highland League in recent years and I can guarantee it will rank up there in the annuls as one of the...

 

Title Celebration Sayings Part Two: Double winners 8-May-2007

Having spoken to senior members of the club at Keith and the very well recognised and respected Bobby Wilson, the former Ross County manager and fathe...


Sunday Sayings Feb 24 Pt 2:Nairn, Lossie,Clach 3's 26-Feb-2007

We move on to our second set of Sunday Sayings which cover the games at Lossiemouth and Wick Academy and look out later on as we complete the set with...

 

HFL Select Squad v Peterhead: 11 clubs represented 25-Feb-2007

Fraserburgh manager Charlie Duncan has named a 20 strong Highland League select for the match against Peterhead FC at Victoria Park, Buckie, this Wedn...

 

Sunday Sayings Feb 24 Pt 1: Keith and Vale net 16 25-Feb-2007

It may be something we have said for a number of weeks and will be said far more often. The weekly games in the Scot Ads Highland League never cease t...

 

EfH 0607 Feb 24th: The New Firm head for the top 25-Feb-2007

Laura Henderson managed to extend her lead to ten points at the top of the Eleven from Heaven overall table becoming the first person to breach the 80...

 

Match Reports February 24th 2007: Battle begins 24-Feb-2007

The title race just got even hotter with a draw at Victoria Park and wins for Deveronvale, Keith and Cove Rangers bringing the top six teams into a gr...

 


 




30-Oct-2006

Our last set of Sunday Sayings from another dramatic weekend starts off with a big comeback at Christie Park, where Huntly twice came from two down to...

 

EfH 0607 Oct 21st: A Kingly Celebration 29-Oct-2006

Long live the King. Saturday October 21st proved to be a profitably one for the current incumbent of the Rumour King title with a grand total of fift...

 

Sunday Signings and Movements Round Up 29-Oct-2006

Inverurie Loco Works have completed a hat-trick of key signings without having to set foot outside Harlaw Park. Steven Park, Craig Ross and Scott Buch...

 

Sunday Sayings Oct 28 Pt 2:Buckie win, Lossie point 29-Oct-2006

It was another dramatic afternoon in the last Saturday of Scot Ads Highland League football in October with still no clear indication of where the fla...

 

Sunday Sayings Pt 1:Clach, Keith & Rothes win well 29-Oct-2006

It was yet another dramatic afternoon in the last Saturday of Scot Ads Highland League football in October and at the end of British Summer Time there...

 


Downtime explained by Rattray/10million pages view 21-Aug-2006

As you will probably have noticed problems with the hosting company has caused some major problems for www.highlandleague.net over the past few days m...

 

Sunday Sayings 0607: August 19th Part 1 21-Aug-2006

Part One of the Sunday Sayings takes a look at three home wins with not one goal flying in from an away team. Our first set of six interviews will be...

 

Match Reports: Rothes go top of Scot Ads HFL 21-Aug-2006

Rothes are top of the table at the end of August as their 100% record, now only matched by Keith who defeated Clach, and impressive goal difference se...

 

UMAX Cup Sayings and Stats August 15th 2006 21-Aug-2006

That was the midweek that was and what a set of games it proved to be with two Highland League teams joining senior teams in the next round of the UMA...

 

Weekend Preview with audio bonus feature 21-Aug-2006

Five sides in the Scot Ads Highland League will look to maintain their 100% records today but something will definitely give as two games on the card ...

 




2006 League Table 

 

  Home Away  
  P W D L W D L GF GA GD Points
Inverurie Locos 21 8 2 1 6 1 3 46 28 +18 45
Huntly 21 10 1 1 4 1 4 54 26 +28 44
Keith 20 9 1 1 5 1 3 45 18 +27 44
Buckie Thistle 20 8 3 0 5 2 2 40 18 +22 44
Deveronvale 21 7 2 2 6 1 3 60 26 +34 42
Cove Rangers 21 8 2 2 4 2 3 43 26 +17 40
Nairn County 22 7 1 3 3 2 6 47 36 +11 33
Rothes 21 6 0 3 4 0 8 37 40 -3 30
Clachnacuddin 24 4 2 6 4 3 5 39 35 +4 29
Fraserburgh 19 7 0 2 1 4 5 37 31 +6 28
Brora Rangers 23 4 1 7 2 0 9 31 72 -41 19
Forres Mechanics 20 2 2 5 2 2 7 34 46 -12 16
Wick Academy 19 2 0 6 3 1 7 27 51 -24 16
Lossiemouth 21 2 3 6 0 0 10 18 48 -30 9
Fort William 17 0 0 6 2 0 9 17 74 -57 6


2005 League Table 

 

  Home Away  
  P W D L W D L GF GA GD Points
Fraserburgh 13 5 2 0 3 1 2 37 10 +27 27
Huntly 14 3 3 1 4 2 1 35 19 +16 26
Inverurie Locos 11 2 0 2 6 1 0 26 7 +19 25
Buckie Thistle 12 3 2 1 4 1 1 17 10 +7 24
Deveronvale 12 4 1 1 3 1 2 36 19 +17 23
Clachnacuddin 14 5 1 1 1 2 4 26 32 -6 21
Cove Rangers 11 4 2 0 1 2 2 26 16 +10 19
Forres Mechanics 9 4 0 1 2 0 2 23 14 +9 18
Keith 11 3 1 1 2 1 3 20 14 +6 17
Nairn County 13 4 0 3 1 2 3 24 24 0 17
Wick Academy 14 2 1 4 2 1 4 21 28 -7 14
Rothes 13 3 0 4 1 0 5 20 34 -14 12
Lossiemouth 11 1 2 3 1 0 4 12 36 -24 8
Brora Rangers 12 1 0 5 1 1 4 15 34 -19 7
Fort William 12 0 0 5 0 0 7 6 48 -42 0


2004 League Table 
 

  Home Away  
  P W D L W D L GF GA GD Points
Clachnacuddin 28 12 1 1 9 1 3 61 25 +36 66
Buckie Thistle 28 8 5 1 10 2 2 56 32 +24 61
Fraserburgh 28 12 1 3 8 4 2 81 36 +45 59
Keith 28 10 1 3 7 1 6 70 36 +34 53
Huntly 28 9 2 3 7 3 4 73 47 +26 53
Inverurie Locos 28 7 5 2 6 5 3 76 51 +25 49
Nairn County 28 5 3 6 4 2 8 40 60 -20 32
Cove Rangers 28 5 4 5 2 2 10 46 61 -15 27
Wick Academy 28 4 3 7 2 2 10 42 65 -23 23
Brora Rangers 28 4 3 7 1 3 10 34 71 -37 21
Fort William 28 3 3 8 0 1 13 20 89 -69 13
Deveronvale 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Rothes 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 +1 1
Forres Mechanics 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lossiemouth 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 -3 0


2003 League Table 
 

  Home Away  
  P W D L W D L GF GA GD Points
Deveronvale 28 11 2 1 10 4 0 90 24 +66 69
Keith 28 8 0 6 9 1 4 66 35 +31 52
Buckie Thistle 28 8 3 3 7 3 4 63 36 +27 51
Cove Rangers 28 7 3 4 7 4 3 70 44 +26 49
Fraserburgh 28 9 2 3 3 2 9 61 45 +16 46
Nairn County 28 7 3 4 6 4 4 67 47 +20 46
Clachnacuddin 28 6 2 6 6 2 6 46 50 -4 43
Huntly 28 6 3 5 6 2 6 53 42 +12 41
Inverurie Locos 28 5 4 5 6 3 5 50 50 0 40
Lossiemouth 28 7 3 4 5 1 8 41 53 -11 40
Forres Mechanics 28 6 2 6 6 0 8 59 62 -3 38
Rothes 28 4 2 8 4 3 7 26 50 -24 29
Wick Academy 28 6 1 7 2 1 11 33 68 -35 26
Brora Rangers 28 2 3 9 1 3 10 29 76 -48 15
Fort William 28 0 2 12 2 2 10 29 81 -52 10


2002 League Table 
 

  Home Away  
  P W D L W D L GF GA Points
Fraserburgh 28 11 2 1 9 2 3 71 36 64
Deveronvale 28 11 1 2 8 3 3 68 27 61
Buckie Thistle 28 8 3 3 7 5 2 51 27 53
Clachnacuddin 28 6 6 2 7 4 3 60 39 49
Keith 28 7 2 5 7 3 4 57 37 47
Cove Rangers 28 8 3 3 4 4 6 72 60 43
Brora Rangers 28 4 1 9 7 3 4 47 55 40
Inverurie Locos 28 7 1 6 5 3 6 48 43 40
Huntly 28 7 2 5 4 4 6 46 36 39
Forres Mechanics 28 5 7 2 4 3 7 49 46 37
Lossiemouth 28 3 5 6 6 1 7 23 40 33
Nairn County 28 4 4 6 2 4 8 44 61 26
Fort William 28 4 1 9 3 1 10 30 61 23
Wick Academy 28 3 3 8 2 1 11 20 59 19
Rothes 28 0 3 11 2 3 9 24 83 12
 

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