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Troon
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Full name Troon Football Club
Nickname(s) The Seasiders or The Seagulls
Founded 1946 (1889 as Troon Academicals)
Ground Portland Park, Troon
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Jim Kirkwood
Manager Jimmy Kirkwood
League SJFA West Premiership
2017–18 SJFA West First Division, 6th of 14 (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club website

Troon Football Club (also known as The Seasiders or The Seagulls) are a Scottish football team based in Ayrshire. They compete in the West of Scotland Super League First Division.

Formed in 1946, they are based at Portland Park in the town of Troon in Ayrshire. The ground has a current capacity of 2,000 and is standing room only. The club's colours have been blue and black vertical stripes since the late 1970s, although previous Troon teams from the pre-war period played in plain blue. During the 1960s they wore white tops and black shorts. Late 60 and during the 70s Maroon was their preferred colours

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Despite Troon being synonymous with golf, there are quite indisputable records to the effect that local football has a history which began approximately three years before the golf course at the end of the South Beach was ever considered.[1]

Troon Portland[edit]

As far back as 1875 there was a Troon Portland football team, reckoned as seniors, though most of their matches were of necessity friendlies since no leagues of any kind were then available. But they did play clubs such as Irvine, Irvine Victoria, Ayr, Kilmarnock Athletic, Kilmarnock Portland and other county teams.

The first Troon Portland team, many of them with relations living in Troon today, was as follows: Goal, Frank Briggs, Backs, Charles Fullarton, David Connell, and Hugh Allison; Half backs, Robert Hastings and James Connell; Forwards. Reuben McNeillage. John Kennan, James Murchie, William Cunningham, John Johnstone. Robert Smith. and David Johnstone.[2]

Troon Academicals[edit]

The first proper football club in Troon first came into being in 1889, when Troon Academicals (together with 23 other clubs) became members of the first ever Ayrshire Junior Football Association.[3] That Troon side won the Irvine and District Cup in 1891–92 and again in 1894–95. There is no doubt that they had some first-class talent; two of their players, D. Boyd and T. Walker, were to play as a left wing for Scotland against England.

The Troon Academicals name was reborn in 2009 by a Troon F.C. affiliated supporters team of the same name.[4]

Troon Rangers[edit]

In 1904–05 the Ayrshire Consolation Cup was won by a Junior team named Troon Rangers.

Troon Athletic[edit]

Troon Athletic were founded in 1919 by the Troon Federation of ex-Servicemen with a committee headed by Tom Wallace (President) William Noble (Treasurer) and William S. Elliot (Secretary). Their home ground was at the public park in Troon from the Station Hill to the Yorke Road bridge until 1923. From 1923 onwards they were inhabitants of the brand new Portland Park, and they established a fine honours list.

Troon Athletic joined the Kilmarnock and District Junior League, winning it at the first attempt in the 1920–21 season. Their first team was as follows – S. Elliott, W. Kettle, and A. Hendry; P. McAdam, G. Elliott, and H. Murdoch; J. Wright and J. Hillditch; A. Howie: J. McLean and R. Hunter.

It was indeed a team to remember, and one with a future.

In 1921–22, and now playing in the stronger Western league, they finished in seventh place out of nineteen clubs. the Scottish Cup saw a run to the sixth round, which was then the stage of the last sixteen clubs in the competition. Fellow Ayrshiremen, and eventual Cup winners, Kilwinning Rangers put an end to the Cup dream. There was to be a trophy, however, to show for all the hard work, with th winning of the Ayrshire Junior Cup, well over three thousand people watching them defeat Ardeer Thistle 2–1 at Rugby Park, home of Kilmarnock Football Club.

In 1924 the Ayrshire Consolation Cup came to town, after a 3–0 defeat of Cumnock. Another two years passed and Athletic were again in the running for honours. Semi-finalists in the Western League Cup and Ayrshire Consolation Cup, finalists in the Irvine & District Cup, and in the last sixteen of the Scottish Cup, it was a season of near misses. In the Scottish Cup, they had their record win in the trophy, with a second round 11–4 win against Glasgow Highlanders, but Renfrew put the run to an end.

The four seasons in the Intermediates was relatively successful, winning the Ayrshire Intermediates Cup (1928–29) and the Gold Watch competition (1929–30) as well as being finalists in the 1930–31 Stirling Trophy. Another three points in the League in 1931 would have seen the title won, but it was not to be. In 1935, Saltcoats Victoria defeated Athletic by a convincing four goals to nil in the final of the West of Scotland Consolation Cup, whilst 1936 saw their final piece of silverware won, in the shape of the Ayrshire Consolation Cup, with a 4–3 win against Kilbirnie Ladeside.

Second World War[edit]

As with most levels of football, Junior football was suspended during the period of the Second World War of 1939–1945, and Troon Athletic closed down in 1940 as many of the players and officials were involved in Air Raid patrols or working overtime in the local shipyard, with insufficient time to run a football club.

Troon Juniors[edit]

After the Second World War, Junior football reformed and Troon Juniors was established in 1946.

Troon Juniors played in the Western League North Section but the first few years saw little of any note, with league form being poor and usually ending in a lowly position.

By 1953–54, the years of waiting finally bore some fruit, with sixth place achieved in the Western League, only four points behind Champions Irvine Meadow. Winners in the Land O'Burns Cup (4–0 against Kilbirnie Ladeside) and finalists in the Ayrshire Junior Cup, there was something to cheer the fans. To round off a good season, the fifth round of the Scottish Cup was reached, before losing 3–0 to Clydebank Juniors. The fourth round saw unusual opposition in Argyll side Lochgilphead, who were routed by four goals to one.

In 1955–56, as well as getting to the semi-finals of the two cups they had reached the final of two years earlier, a final placing of 5th in the league, though nineteen points off the top, was their best to date. After this, it was back to almost obscurity for a decade, with early exits and poor league form the norm.

The mid-1960s saw a brief improvement, with the first semi-final appearance in a decade (in the Western League Cup) and the following season they ended as second in the league and semi-finalists of the West of Scotland Cup. The Western League was disbanded in 1968, when Junior football was regionalised and The Ayrshire Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association was formed. We had our first taste of international recognition in 1969 when Gordon Armstrong was capped by Scotland at both Junior and Amateur level in successive weeks, playing in both matches against Wales. Troon Juniors played in the Ayrshire League Northern Section until season 1976–77 when the Sectional formation was abandoned. This was replaced by two Divisions with Troon Juniors being assigned to the Second.

Troon F.C.[edit]

After 1977 the term "Juniors" was dropped from the club title, which was the fourth occasion in the history of football in Troon that the town’s Junior club changed its name. From then on it was simply known as "Troon Football Club" and it was around this time that black and blue vertical stripes first appeared on the club shirts, and they have remained to this day.

At the end of the 1985–86 season, promotion to the First Division of the Ayrshire League (which had been formed upon the dissolution of the Western League in 1969) was attained, and although relegated at the end of the season, they reached the semi-finals of the Ayrshire Sectional League Cup. Troon F.C. languished in the Second Division of Ayrshire Junior Football until 1997 when after a long spell of mediocrity, Manager John Redmond led the club to the Ayrshire Second Division Championship trophy & promotion to the Ayrshire Division 1.

Super League era[edit]

In 2002 the new West of Scotland Region was formed and Super Leagues introduced. Troon F.C. started off that new era for Junior football in the Super League First Division and in the inaugural season, Troon F.C. finished in second place winning promotion to the Premier Division. They played in the top flight for two seasons but were relegated at the end of the second despite winning their first major honour, the West of Scotland Cup, and having their best ever run in the Scottish Junior Cup. The next three seasons were spent in the First Division where success mainly eluded the Portland Parkers. Management teams changed and season 2007–08 ended with Troon being relegated to the Ayrshire District League.

Kirkwood regime[edit]

In 2010 the Kirkwood family took an interest in Troon and were appointed on to the committee of the club. Jim Kirkwood Snr. was appointed as Chairman, Alasdair Kirkwood as club Treasurer and Jimmy Kirkwood Jnr. as a committee member and Assistant Manager under John Redmond. The fortunes of the club improved almost immediately as an improved professionalism and business nous saw investment in the club infrastructure. A renovated and expanded social club at Portland Park became a real asset to the club, and investment on the playing surface itself (overseen by new groundsman Gus Hollas) allowed an immediate improvement in the style of play encouraged by the new coaching staff.

Jimmy Kirkwood took over as Manager in March 2011, assisted by former Troon player Gordon Burns, and an overhaul of the playing squad commenced with an emphasis on youth development & attractive football. Results were erratic to begin with, but the improvement was remarkable and a title push was well underway in season 2011–12 with the team missing out on the second promotion spot by one point. The club went one better in 2012–13, securing second place with weeks to spare after a season long title battle with Kilwinning Rangers and promotion back to the Super League was assured. Further investment off the park saw upgraded dressing rooms, an outside area beside the social club and expanded terracing areas on the homes side.

In season 2013–14 the club were crowned the Super League First Division Champions, Ayrshire Cup winners and were also West of Scotland Cup finalists.

In the summer of 2015, work commitments saw Jimmy Kirkwood take a sideways step to become General Manager and was replaced by Gordon Burns as Troon Manager. A long unbeaten run saw Troon push for the West of Scotland Super League Premier Division title, before eventually finishing fourth in the 2015-16 season. The following season was a disaster for the club as a poor season throughout saw the club finish bottom of the Premier League and relegated to the Super League First Division. Manager Gordon Burns resigned at the end of the season and was replaced by Jimmy Kirkwood for a second spell as Manager.

Colours and crest[edit]

Previous Troon-based teams from the pre-war period played in plain blue, red or black, but when Troon F.C. were founded in 1946 they wore a red bodied strip with white collar and sleeves, white shorts and socks with red trim. These continued to be their colours until 1970 when blue first entered the strip, replacing red as the main chest colour in a similar style. Blue and black stripes became the main jersey colours in the late seventies and have remained ever since, although red has continued to be utilised as a change strip in homage to the original strips.

The club did not have an official crest before 1974. After this date, the club used the Troon town coat of arms as an identity only, before an official club badge was introduced in 1977 when the term "Juniors" was dropped from the club's official title and Troon F.C. was born. Introduced by John Oliver, the badge bore a significant resemblance to the Burgh of Troon coat of arms with the inclusion of footballs. The badge was displayed in the clubhouse, depicted on a plaque made many years ago in the workshops at the Troon shipyard.

The club badge did not actually make it on to the shirts until as late as season 2005–06, initially appearing as a coloured shield and latterly as a hollow symbol.

Kit evolution[edit]

1946–1970
1970–1977
1988–1990
2001–2004
2004–2005
2005–2007
2007–2010
2010–2013
2013–2015
2013–2017 (away)
2015–

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Sportswear Home sponsor Away sponsor
2001–2005 Stanno The Anchorage Hotel The Anchorage Hotel
2005–2007 TFG Sports Hillhouse Quarry
2007–2010 Puma Nelson Construction Nelson Construction
2010–2012 Nike Sprint Communications QTS Group
2012–2013 Taste To Go
2013–2015 Adidas Paligap BeneFIT Gym
2015–2016 Mayfield Garage Services
2016–2017 The Marine Hotel
2017– DM Roofing

Stadium[edit]

Station Park (1889–1923)[edit]

Troon Athletic, and Troon Academicals before them, first called Station Park their home ground, a park in Troon located from the Station Hill to the Yorke Road bridge until 1923. From 1923 onwards they were inhabitants of the brand new Portland Park

Portland Park (1923–)[edit]

Portland Park, 2014

Troon play their home games at Portland Park in Troon, a ground they have called home since their formation ahead of the 1946–47 season. The stadium has a capacity of 2,000 (200 covered), and is largely terracing.

Portland Park is famous for one big claim to fame – it is the only park in Scotland which both Pelé and Eusébio have graced.[3][5]

Club committee[edit]

As of 1 July 2018

Committee Members
Role Person
Chairman Scotland Jim Kirkwood
Vice Chairman Scotland Billy Inglis
Acting Club & Match Secretary Scotland Richard Henderson
Treasurer Scotland Alasdair Kirkwood
Commercial Manager Scotland Brian Main
Committee Member Scotland Jimmy Kirkwood
Committee Member Scotland Grant Cameron
Committee Member Scotland George Patterson
Committee Member Scotland Scott Byrnes
Committee Member Scotland Justin Brown
Committee Member Scotland Billy Hunter
Committee Member Scotland John MacKenzie
Committee Member Scotland Lee Smith
Committee Member Scotland Donald Garden
Committee Member Scotland Gordon Dempster

Management team and coaching staff[edit]

Management
Role Person
Manager Scotland Jimmy Kirkwood[6]
Assistant Manager Scotland Matt Maley
General Manager Scotland John Redmond
Goalkeeping Coach Scotland Andy Smyth[7]
Under-19 Team Management
Role Person
Head Coach Scotland Jamie McCulloch
Coach Scotland Lee Smith
2004 Team Management
Role Person
Head Coach Scotland Brian Prentice
Secretary Scotland Kevin Hunter
Coach Scotland Graeme Hadden
Coach Scotland Paul McDougall
Medical
Role Person
Physiotherapist Scotland Ashley Barr[8]
Ground Staff
Role Person
Groundsman Scotland Gus Hollas
Ground Staff Scotland Frank Trainor

Previous managers[edit]

Dates Name
1953–1958 ScotlandJimmy Campbell
1992–2001 ScotlandJohn Redmond
2001–2004 ScotlandChris Strain Snr.
2005 ScotlandMark Shanks (Caretaker)
2005–2007 ScotlandJim Dempsey
2007–2008 ScotlandMichael O'Neill
2008–2011 ScotlandJohn Redmond
2011–2015 ScotlandJimmy Kirkwood
2015–17 ScotlandGordon Burns
2017– ScotlandJimmy Kirkwood

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 March 2018

Troon F.C. Squad v Kilbirnie Ladeside (5th September 2015)
Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Date of Birth (Age) Previous Club
1 Ally McInnes[9] Scotland GK (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 31) Whitletts Victoria
2 Lewis Clark Scotland CB (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 20) Kilmarnock
3 Jack Sherrie Scotland LB (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 19) Ayr United
4 Andy Strachan Scotland CB (1994-06-14) 14 June 1994 (age 24) Darvel
5 Gavin Collins (Vice-Captain)[10] Scotland CB (1983-12-29) 29 December 1983 (age 34) Auchinleck Talbot
6 Scott Chatham[11] Scotland CM (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 30) Crosshouse Amateurs
7 Dean Keenan (Captain)[12] Scotland CB (1985-10-15) 15 October 1985 (age 32) Ayr United
8 James Lamont Scotland CM (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 22) Ayr United
9 Mark Curragh[13] Scotland FW (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 20) Troon Under-19s
10 Dale Shirkie[14] Scotland FW (1995-05-02) 2 May 1995 (age 23) Ayr United
12 Danny McKay Scotland FW (1991-04-16) 16 April 1991 (age 27) Irvine Meadow
14 Tony Murphy Scotland CM (1982-08-04) 4 August 1982 (age 35) Girvan
15 Steven McCreadie Scotland CM (1996-08-22) 22 August 1996 (age 21) Girvan
16 Ross Barbour Scotland RB (1993-02-01) 1 February 1993 (age 25) Stranraer
18 Dean Fulton Scotland FW/RW (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 22) Stranraer
19 David Syme Scotland CB (1997-06-23) 23 June 1997 (age 21) Cowdenbeath
20 Ross McCrea[15] Scotland CM (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 22) Troon Under-19s
21 Evan Maley[16] Scotland CM (1996-06-09) 9 June 1996 (age 22) Stranraer
22 Dylan Pooler (on loan from Auchinleck Talbot) Scotland FW (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 21) Auchinleck Talbot
23 Scott McLean Scotland FW/W (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 20) Kilmarnock
31 Jason Phillips Scotland LB/LW (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 19) Troon Under-19s
33 Dale Keenan Scotland LB (1994-06-27) 27 June 1994 (age 24) Stranraer
Lyle Avci (on loan from Ayr United) Scotland GK (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 20) Ayr United
Grant Thorburn (on loan from Ayr United) Scotland LB (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 19) Ayr United
Scott Miller (on loan from Greenock Morton) Scotland FW (1999-11-14) 14 November 1999 (age 18) Greenock Morton


Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
11 Scotland FW Ross Donaldson (on loan at Glenburn Miners Welfare A.F.C.)
17 Scotland DF Morgan Brown (on loan at Whitletts Victoria)
30 Scotland GK Taylor Howie (on loan at Glenburn Miners Welfare A.F.C.)
32 Scotland FW Chris Vance (on loan at Lugar Boswell Thistle)
36 Scotland MF Dale McClelland (on loan at Maybole)

Notable former players[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

Troon's Player of the Year award is voted for by the club's supporters at the end of every season.

Year Winner
2011–12 Scotland Jonathan Baillie
2012–13 Scotland Gareth Armstrong
2013–14 Scotland Dean Keenan
2014–15 Scotland Dale Moore
2015–16 Scotland Chris McKnight
2016–17 Scotland Dale Moore
2017–18

International Recognition[edit]

Troon had their first taste of international recognition in 1969 when Gordon Armstrong was capped by Scotland at both Junior and Amateur level in successive weeks, playing in both matches against Wales. Former Troon player Jim Stewart was capped twice by Scotland, against Chile in 1977 and Norway in 1978.

Troon Under-19s[edit]

Troon formed an Under-19 team in the summer of 2013 to be led by Head Coach Neil Duffy. The target for the Under-19 team was to provide a platform for young players to learn and grow before making the step up to compete for a place in the Junior side. A first season was very successful with two trophies being won, before the team lifted every single trophy they competed for in 2014–15. Captain Morgan Brown was subsequently signed up by Troon F.C. to make the step up alongside left-back Ben Wilson and midfielder Ross McCrea, whilst fellow midfielder Sean Ewart joined Whitletts Victoria. Manager Neil Duffy also stepped up to help out with the first team,[17] before leaving only a few months later.[18]

For season 2015–16 Troon F.C. will absorb last season's Troon Thistle Under-17s as they make the step up to Under-19 level, under the tutelage of Derek Cowan & Henry McAvoy and in June 2017 Justin Brown was appointed Head Coach to oversee the transition for the new intake of players for the 2000 born players.

Troon 2004s[edit]

In April 2017, Troon F.C. announced plans for a new 2004 team which was to be headed by Brian Prentice. Local players were recruited and a coaching staff of Paul McDougall and Graeme Hadden were appointed, alongside club Secretary Kevin Hunter.

Troon Academicals F.C.[edit]

A new incarnation of Troon Academicals (the original name of Troon F.C.) was founded by Richard Henderson in April 2009 as a Saturday morning amateur side with the aim to provide local footballers with a means of playing football, furthering community links, promoting fair play and building bridges between ourselves and other football teams across Scotland.

The club also initially played their home matches at Portland Park, before agreeing to play from nearby Hosiery Park in an attempt to preserve the Portland Park playing surface.

Troon Ladies F.C.[edit]

Troon Ladies were formed in 2004 to further women's football in Troon and surrounding areas by local coach brian morrison. The club also played their home matches at Portland Park.

Troon Ladies F.C. grew quickly and went from strength to strength, winning the 3rd Division South in season 2007/08 to gain promotion to the Scottish Women's Football League First Division and representing the club at the higher echelons of Ladies football.

At the end of season 2012, Troon Ladies F.C. merged with Glasgow Girls and assumed the latter name, playing out of Budhill Park near Shettleston.

Matchday programme[edit]

Troon F.C. were one of the first Junior clubs to produce a regular match day programme. In season 1981–82 "The Portland Parker" was released, and was the work of programme editor and legendary Troon F.C. committee member John Oliver, who had a long association with the club right up until his untimely death in 1996.

Local photographer John B. Vass took up John Oliver's mantle in continuing the publication, which is now overseen by Vice-Chairman Sinclair Gair.

Honours[edit]

Honour Year(s)
West of Scotland Super League Premier Division Winners  –
Runners-up  –
West of Scotland Super League First Division Winners 2013–2014[19]
Runners-up 2002–03
Ayrshire District League Winners  –
Runners-up 2012–13
Ayrshire Second Division Winners 1996–97, 2000–01
Runners-up  –
Scottish Junior Cup Winners  –
Runners-up  –
West of Scotland Cup Winners 2004–05
Runners-up 2013–14, 2011–12
Ayrshire Cup Winners 2013–14[20]
Runners-up  –
Ayrshire League Cup Winners  –
Runners-up  –
Ayrshire Super Cup Winners 2000–01
Runners-up  –
South Ayrshire Cup Winners 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04
Runners-up  –
Ayrshire District Cup Winners 1996–97
Runners-up  –
Kyle & Carrick Cup Winners 1994–95
Runners-up  –
Ayrshire Consolation Cup Winners 1904–05,1923–24
Runners-up  –
Land O'Burns Cup Winners 1954
Runners-up  –
Gold Watch Competition Winners 1936
Runners-up  –
Ayrshire Intermediate Cup Winners 1929
Runners-up  –
Kilmarnock & District League Winners 1921
Runners-up  –
Irvine Herald Cup Winners 1895
Runners-up  –


References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.ladyisle.com/tp%2062.htm
  3. ^ a b "Club History". Troon F.C. Archived from the original on 2018-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Homepage - Troon Internet Football Club". www.troonaccies.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Ross, David (2011). 1966: Sport's FORGOTTEN Year. n.p. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-4457-0342-8. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Kirkwood - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Andy Smyth - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ashley Barr - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Ally McInnes - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Gavin Collins - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Scott Chatham - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Dean Keenan - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Mark Curragh - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  14. ^ "Dale Shirkie - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ross McCrea - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Evan Maley - Troon FC". troonfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  17. ^ http://troonfc.com/news/new-management-structure/
  18. ^ http://troonfc.com/news/neil-duffy-moves-on/
  19. ^ http://www.ayradvertiser.com/sport/matchreports/articles/2014/05/20/498755-seasiders-wrap-up-title-in-style/
  20. ^ http://www.ayradvertiser.com/sport/matchreports/articles/2014/06/18/501631-troon-complete-dream-double/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°32′49″N 4°39′29″W / 55.54704°N 4.658021°W / 55.54704; -4.658021