Shetland football team

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Shetland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Shelties
Association Shetland Football Association
Head coach Niall Bristow
Captain Leighton Flaws
First colours
Second colours
First international
Orkney Orkney 2–3 Shetland Shetland
(1919)
Biggest win
Orkney Orkney 0–7 Shetland Shetland
(29 June, 2000)
Biggest defeat
Orkney Orkney 7–1 Shetland Shetland
(30 June, 1972)

The Shetland Football Team represents the islands of Shetland, Scotland, in association football. It is not a member of FIFA or UEFA and is therefore not eligible to enter the World Cup or the European Championships. The team regularly competes in the Island Games, which it won in 2005, and has a strong rivalry with the representative team of Orkney. [1][2][3] This representative team should not be confused with Shetland FC, which was formed as a separate entity to compete during the mainland's winter season cup competitions - despite being separate entities, the teams share management staff and squad of players.[4]

Venues[edit]

Shetland normally play their home matches at Gilbertson Park (capacity unknown, highest attendance approximately 5,000, sometimes referred to as "the Gibbie") in Lerwick. Some matches, particularly friendlies, are occasionally played elsewhere, often at Seafield (Lerwick) or Harbison Park (Whalsay). They also go on tour to play pre-season friendlies against Highland League clubs in July.

Competitions[edit]

They are neither a national team nor do they participate in league competitions, so they do not have many regular games. The latest most noticeable event to take place in Shetland was the 2005 Island Games: many of the group matches were played on pitches all around Shetland, and the final was at Gilbertson Park.

2005 Island Games[edit]

Match: Final

Shetland Islands 2 (0) V 0 (0) Guernsey

Time: 16:00 Date: Friday 15 July 2005 Venue: Gilbertson Park

Group 1 matches[edit]

Pos. Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff. Points
1st Shetland Islands 4 3 1 0 8 1 7 10
2nd Isle of Man 4 2 1 1 12 3 9 7
3rd Saaremaa 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 5
4th Åland 4 1 0 3 4 7 –3 3
5th Falkland Islands 4 1 0 3 3 16 –13 3

Current squad[edit]

The current training squad is focused on the 2017 Island Games to be held in Gotland.[5]

Goalkeepers

Grant Wood (Spurs), Iain Devonald (Delting), Saul Swanson (Thistle), Gianluigu Buffon (Unst).

Defenders

Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Shane Jamieson (Celtic), Joel Bradley (Celtic), Robert Smith (Celtic), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Josie Kay (Spurs), Callum Johnson (Thistle), Jack Clubb (Celtic).

Midfielders

Leighton Flaws (C) (Delting), Connor Regan (Celtic), Calvin Leask (Thistle), James Farmer (Ness), James Aitken (Celtic), Magnus Thompson (Whalsay), Finn Watt (Celtic), John Allan (Scalloway), Sam Maver (Spurs), Lorne McNiven (Whitedale), Stuart Copland (Thistle), Bobby Scott (Whitedale).

Forwards

Greg Tulloch (Whitedale), Paul Molloy (Spurs), Sam Ward (Spurs), Richard Sinclair (Whitedale), David Murray (Whalsay).

Tournament records[edit]

Island Games record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Faroe Islands 1989 Final Round 5th 4 0 0 4 1 13
Åland Islands 1991 5th Place Match 5th 4 2 0 2 7 8
Isle of Wight 1993 7th Place Match 7th 4 1 0 3 3 10
Jersey 1997 5th Place Match 5th 4 2 1 1 4 6
Gotland 1999 9th Place Match 10th 5 2 0 3 14 14
Isle of Man 2001 7th Place Match 8th 4 1 1 2 4 5
Guernsey 2003 7th Place Match 7th 5 2 2 2 10 8
Shetland 2005 Champions 1st 5 3 0 1 10 1
Åland Islands 2009 13th Place Match 13th 4 1 1 2 7 9
Total 9/11 1 Title 39 14 5 19 58 72

Selected Internationals opponents[edit]

(Last update: 26 July 2009)

Opponents Matches Win Draw Loss GF GA
 Åland Islands 4 1 0 3 5 8
 Faroe Islands 24 6 2 16 37 66
 Falkland Islands 1 1 0 0 4 0
 Frøya 1 1 0 0 3 1
 Gibraltar 4 3 0 1 6 5
Gotland Gotland 2 0 1 1 1 3
 Greenland 3 1 0 2 9 7
 Guernsey 3 2 0 1 9 7
 Hitra 2 2 0 0 6 2
Isle of Man Isle of Man 4 1 1 2 5 9
 Isle of Wight 2 0 1 1 0 2
 Jersey 2 0 0 2 0 7
 Minorca 1 0 1 0 2 2
 Orkney 86 50 4 32 207 156
 Saare County 3 2 1 0 6 4
 Western Isles 2 0 0 2 1 4
 Ynys Môn 4 0 1 3 2 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shetland Shock to End: The 2005 Island Games ended with the biggest shock in island games football history". BBC Sport. 16 July 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Football and hockey teams get ready to entertain Orkney rivals". The Shetland Times. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Shields, Tom (22 July 2007). "Island Fling: Tom Shields investigates the very special rivalry between Orkney and Shetland". The Sunday Herald. Glasgow: Scottish Media Group. 
  4. ^ "Shetland Squad : Shetland Football". www.shetlandfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Shetland Squad : Shetland Football". www.shetlandfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 

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