Elgin City F.C.

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Elgin City
Elgin City FC Badge.png
Full name Elgin City Football Club
Nickname(s) City or The Black and Whites
Founded 1893; 125 years ago (1893)
Ground Borough Briggs, Elgin
Ground Capacity 4,520 (Seated 478)[1]
Chairman Graham Tatters
Manager Gavin Price
League Scottish League Two
2017–18 Scottish League Two, 6th of 10
Website Club website

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 in Scottish League Two.

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. In 1968 the club reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, the furthest into the tournament that a Highland league club has ever progressed.

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 was 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 2011–12.[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][18] On 30 April 2016, they sealed the runners up spot in Scottish League Two and entered the promotion Play-offs. However, they lost 5–1 on aggregate to Clyde and remained in League Two.

First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 June 2018[19]

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 Trevor Dear
Scotland GK Iain Ross
Scotland DF Steven Bronsky
Scotland DF Matthew Cooper
Scotland DF Cameron Eadie
Scotland DF Jordan Lowdon
Scotland DF Liam McDade
Scotland DF Darryl McHardy
Scotland DF Aaron Whitehead
Scotland DF David Wilson
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Brian Cameron
Scotland MF Ryan Farquhar
Scotland MF Jon Paul McGovern (captain)
Scotland MF Scott Miller
Scotland MF Scott Smith
Scotland FW Craig Beattie
Scotland FW Declan Byrne
Scotland FW Chris McLeish
Scotland FW Alisdair Sutherland
Scotland FW Shane Sutherland

Club officials[edit]


  • Chairman: Graham Tatters
  • Directors: Isla Benzie, Cecil Jack, Graham Mutch
  • Secretary: Kate Taylor

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Manager: Gavin Price
  • Assistant Manager: Keith Gibson
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Stevie Dunn
  • Club Doctors: James Jack, Alan Rodger
  • Physiotherapists: Andy Jones, Eilidh Paterson
  • Kit Controller: John Jack
  • Video Analyst: Louise Shaw
  • Under 20s and Academy Manager: Robbie Hope
  • Community Football Co-ordinator: Craigh Stewart


Highland League Champions: 1931–32, 1934–35, 1952–53, 1955–56 (After Play-off), 1959–60, 1960–61 (After Play-off), 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1989–90, 1992–93* (15) *Later stripped of title for bringing forward their final match of the season, so that two players due to serve a suspension could play.

Highland League Cup Winners: 1959–60, 1966–67, 1982–83, 1990–91, 1997–98 (5)

Scottish Qualifying Cup (North) Winners: 1935–36, 1937–38, 1959–60, 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, 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 (1938–39 Scottish Cup)

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

Most Scottish League Appearances: Mark Nicholson 306 (6) (2007–2017)

Most Individual Goals in a Scottish League Match: 4 by Craig Gunn v. Berwick Rangers, 6 August 2011 at Borough Briggs (Won 4–1)

Most Individual Goals in a Scottish Cup Match: 4 by Shane Sutherland v. Hawick Royal Albert, 26 November 2016 at Borough Briggs (Won 8–1)

Most Scottish League Goals In A Season: Craig Gunn 21 (2015–16)

Most Scottish League Goals: Craig Gunn 114 (2009–2017)

Most Highland League Appearances: Neil MacLennan 438 (1979–1980, 1983–2000)

Most Individual Goals in a Highland League Match: 8 by Charlie Cormack v. Nairn County, 29 August 1936 at Borough Briggs (Won 12–2)

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)

Most Goals In A Season: 66 by Willie Grant 1960–61 from 40 Appearances.

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

Managers since entry to the SFL[edit]


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  4. ^ "McKenzie wins monthly award". BBC Sport. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
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  6. ^ a b "Irvine set to step down at Elgin". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Williamson becomes Elgin manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
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  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. ^ a b "Exit for manager Ross Jack at Elgin City". BBC Sport. BBC. 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. ^ a b Dowden, Martin (17 November 2014). "Elgin City: Cup exit a major factor in Barry Wilson's decision to quit". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  17. ^ "Elgin City: Jim Weir named new boss at Borough Briggs". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Elgin name Weir as new manager". spfl.co.uk. Scottish Professional Football League. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "2017–18 Elgin City FC squad". Elgin City FC. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Caldwell quits Elgin". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 December 2002. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Elgin City: Barry Wilson appointed new boss at Borough Briggs". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "Directors announcement". Elgin CIty FC. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 

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