Elgin City F.C.

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Elgin City
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Full name Elgin City Football Club
Nickname(s) City or The Black and Whites
Founded 1893; 122 years ago (1893)
Ground Borough Briggs, Elgin
Ground Capacity 4,520 (478 seated)[1]
Chairman Graham Tatters
Manager Jim Weir
League Scottish League Two
2013–14 Scottish League Two, 9th

Elgin City Football Club (also known as City or The Black and Whites) are a part-time senior professional football club based in Elgin, Moray. They currently compete in the Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish League 2.

The present Elgin City club was formed on 10 August 1893 by the amalgamation of Elgin clubs, Rovers (Formed 1887) and Vale of Lossie (Founded 1888). However the name Elgin City was used by two clubs prior to this. The first club was formed in October 1879, but lasted for only a short time. The second Elgin City club was formed in October 1884 and lasted till early 1887. The present club's first major honour came in the 1898/99 season when they became the first club outside Inverness to win the North of Scotland Cup beating Clachnacuddin 2-1. However, they failed after that to record any success except the Elgin District Cup until 1924 when they again won the North of Scotland Cup a second time. Since then they have won honours with relative frequency.

Elgin City have played at Borough Briggs since 1921 when it replaced Cooper Park. The ground currently has a capacity of 4,520 (478 seated)[1] and is the most northerly football league ground in the United Kingdom.


Elgin was founded in 1893 and originally played their football in the Highland Football League. The club was granted league status in 2000 when the SPL was expanded to twelve clubs leaving two places to be filled. Peterhead joined them in the Third Division from the Highland League.[2] Since joining the SFL, Elgin have struggled with consistency, but in season 2003–04 they recaptured the North of Scotland Cup.

In December 2005, assistant manager Kenny Black saw a takeover bid thwarted at the eleventh hour. Many fans saw his bid as the best chance to move upward through the leagues, but a controversial sale of shares in the club meant Black's bid was defeated. David Robertson, manager at the time, also chose to leave the club. Former Lossiemouth manager Graham Tatters was subsequently named as Elgin's new chairman.[3] Club captain at the time Jamie McKenzie was appointed caretaker manager and a run of good results was rewarded with the Manager of the Month award for December 2005, at the time he was the youngest serving manager in the UK. [4]

Early in 2006, former Aberdeen, Ross County and Scotland international, Brian Irvine was appointed manager.[5] However, following a very poor start to the 2006–07 season, he left the club despite having forged a good relationship with the fans.[6]

After a brief spell under interim manager Graham Tatters (during which they lost to Highland League Deveronvale in the Scottish Cup Third round), former Clachnacuddin manager Robbie Williamson was appointed in January 2007.[7] Williamson quit on 20 December 2008, before a game with Berwick Rangers. He left the team bottom of the Third Division after just two wins from 15 matches.[8]

On 23 January 2009, former player of Everton, Norwich City, Dundee, Dunfermline Athletic and Kilmarnock, Ross Jack was named as the club's new manager, signing a three-and-a-half-year-contract.[9][10] He is a former player-manager of Montrose and former assistant coach at Ross County.[11]

On 5 January 2013, Elgin City became the first club to take a point from Rangers at Ibrox in the season, with the game finishing 1–1.[12]

Ross Jack left the club on 22 January 2014 after five years in charge, with the club lying in second bottom position of the division.[13] In his time at the club, the high point was reaching the divisional play-offs at the end of season 2011–2012.[14]

Former player and assistant manager Barry Wilson was appointed as manager on 28 January 2014 and announced his intention to have a squad of north-based players. [15]

Barry Wilson resigned as manager on 17 November 2014 [16] and was replaced by Jim Weir 10 days later. [17]


Current squad[edit]

As of 26 April 2015[18]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Stewart Black
Scotland GK Ross Laidlaw (on loan from Raith Rovers)
Scotland DF Matthew Cooper
Scotland DF Rory Cooke
Scotland DF Jamie Duff
Scotland DF Ally Gilchrist (on loan from St Johnstone)
Scotland DF Gordon Finlayson
Scotland MF Mark Nicolson
Scotland MF Brian Cameron
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Craig Thomson (on loan from St Johnstone)
Scotland MF Archibald MacPhee
Scotland MF Rory MacEwan
Scotland MF Cieran MacLean
Scotland DF Darryl McHardy
Scotland MF Daniel Moore
Scotland MF Connor Macaulay
Scotland MF Jamie Reid (on loan from Dundee)
Scotland FW Craig Gunn
Scotland FW Shane Sutherland
Scotland FW Dennis Wyness
For recent transfers, see Elgin City transfers in 2012–13 season.


Highland League Champions: 1931/32, 1934/35, 1952/53, 1955/56, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1973/74, 1989/90, 1992/93* (15) *Later stripped of title.

Highland League Cup winners: 1959/60, 1966/67, 1982/83, 1990/91, 1997/98 (5).

Scottish Qualifying Cup (North) Winners: 1935/36, 1937/38, 1969/60, 1964/65, 1967/68, 1970/71, 1989/90 (7).

North of Scotland Cup Winners: 1898/99, 1923/24, 1936/37, 1954/55, 1955/56, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1972/73, 1975/76, 1982/83, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1997/98, 1998/99, 2002/03, 2003/04 (18).

Club Records[edit]

Win: 18–1 v Brora Rangers on 6 February 1960 (North of Scotland Cup)

Defeat: 1–14 v Heart of Midlothian on 4 February 1939 (Scottish Cup 1938–39)

Home attendance: 12,608 v Arbroath on 17 February 1968 (1967–68 Scottish Cup)

Most Scottish League Appearances: Mark Nicholson 238 (3) (2007–2015)

Most Scottish League Goals In A Season: Martin Johnston 20 (2005–06)

Most Scottish League Goals: Craig Gunn 87 (2009–2015)

Most Highland League Appearances: Neil MacLennan 438 (1979–80, 1983–2001)

Most Highland League Goals In A Season: Matt Armstrong 52 From 30 Appearances (1947–48)

Most Highland League Goals: Gerry Graham (259) From 257 Appearances (1965–1974)

Record Goalscorer: Gerry Graham (371) (1965–1974)

Managers since entry to the SFL[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Elgin City Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Highland delight as Elgin get the vote". BBC Sport. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Robertson & Black resign at Elgin". BBC Sport. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "McKenzie wins monthly award". BBC Sport. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Irvine takes over as Elgin boss". BBC Sport. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Irvine set to step down at Elgin". BBC Sport. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Williamson becomes Elgin manager". BBC Sport. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Elgin manager quits before match". BBC Sport. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  9. ^ "New Elgin boss has heady ambition". BBC Sport. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ross Jack". Flown From the Nest. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "Jack leaves County coaching staff". BBC Sport. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Rangers 1–1 Elgin City". BBC Sport. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Exit for manager Ross Jack at Elgin City". BBC Sport. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Albion Rovers 2–0 Elgin City (agg: 2–1)". BBC Sport. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Wilson raring to go with a Highland-based squad". Elgin City FC. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30088428.
  17. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30229220
  18. ^ "Elgin City FC Squad". Soccerway (Global Sports Media). Retrieved 25 November 2011. 

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