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Invergordon Academy Football Team
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Invergordon Academy Football Team

Not sure when this football team picture was taken but I think it may have been 1961. I’ll leave putting names to faces for site visitors.

Picture added on 14 June 2010 at 09:28
I think it was 1960 David - this is the Invergordon Primary team that won the Ross-shire Primary Schools Cup beating Dingwall 2-0 in the final. I remember after the game your dad taking us all to Mac's Cafe for milk shakes to celebrate.
There are two missing from the photo Billy (Ginger) Macleod who scored both goals in the final and Auley Macleod (brother of Ross in the front row).
Back Row left to right: Sandy MacLennan, Brian MacKay, Wallace Hudson and David Smith.
Front Row left to right: Billy Macdonald, Roy Ross, Ross MacLeod, Ian McIldowie and Graham MacKenzie.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 16 June 2010
Graham, Ross and Aulay Macleod lived in Barbaraville, would they not have gone to Kilmuir Easter Primary School and then onto the Academy? I note the photo was taken in the playing field behind the Academy Technical Department, across from the Church. You also mentioned Bill Smith, I didn't know he took the primary team. Thought it could be a first year team, but then I would have probably been in it as well?
Added by John Fraser on 19 June 2010
Hi John, Ross and Aulay were both at Invergordon Primary but only came in at Primary 5 level. I think Kilmuir probably went up to Primary 4. Definitely the Primary Team (note no Alness boys in the photo and there would have been along with your good self if it had been secondary). I actually have another photo of the same squad taken the day after we won the cup with the full eleven - must look it out and will post it.
Bill Smith took the team that year - the primary season was in the summer term so it would have been after the secondary team’s season.
Nice to hear from you - still following that "blue dream" ???? - or are you growing out of it !!!!!!
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 20 June 2010
Graham, you are right then about Kilmuir Easter only going to P4. As far as the Ger's are concerned I just cannot give up and have just renewed my season tickets(3) for the 32nd season. However, it takes a whole day out of my week-end. Wife not very happy as I have converted her son as well. Norman travels up from Kelso and we meet at the match. I think my wife’s biggest problem is that I also go to all the away matches. I am looking forward to coming back up to Inverness for the Caley matches. I wonder if County will ever make it?
Added by John Fraser on 20 June 2010
Hi Graham and John, Bill Smith took and ran the primary team when I was in it, in fact he arranged a friendly against an Elgin team one Saturday morning and then we carried on to Pittodrie for Aberdeen v Rangers game - wee Willie Henderson’s debut for the first team, John Greig at inside forward and Jimmy Millar at centre forward - great day. The late Ross Macleod was with us as a guest. I was surprised at your question to John about following the Blue dream - I thought you knew that we never stop dreaming! All the best guys.
Added by John (Jock) Mitchell on 21 June 2010
Hi Jock. I remember that Pittodrie trip and as far as I can recall it was my first trip beyond Inverness which made it all very exciting. As far as I was concerned Bill Smith walked on water after that. Surprised at John implying that County may not make it. 10 pence each way for this season!
Added by George Mackay on 21 June 2010
Hi Jock and John. Yep guys, I knew you would never stop dreaming and for my part I have just renewed my season ticket also (Maroon Version) - now believe me guys, that is real dreaming !!!
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 21 June 2010
That was 1960 John, the year Bill Smith also took us as the Primary 7 team to Glasgow along with a secondary team to watch Scotland Vs England at Hampden Park in April. We slept on camp beds in a school in Glasgow on the Friday night and played a match on a hard clay pitch on the Saturday morning. The International itself was a 1-1 draw with Graham Leggat scoring for Scotland in the first half, and Bobby Charlton equalising from the penalty spot early in the second half, in front of a crowd of over 139,000. The full teams were Scotland - Haffey, Mackay, Caldow, Cumming, Evans, McCann, Leggat, Young, St. John, Law, Weir; England - Springett, Armfield, Wilson, Clayton, Slater, Flowers, Connelly, Broadbent, Baker, Charlton, Parry. I remember athletics, a dog display and a pipe band as pre-match entertainment.
My abiding memory is of Donald (Lofty) Macfarlane leading us back from the schoolboy enclosure to the bus park bearing a Scotland flag held high so that we would not get lost, and him being saluted by many a cheeky Glasgow chiel en route.
Added by Rod Bell on 21 June 2010
Hi Graham, yes I remember going to your mum's shop to get our reward of ice creams.
Both Aulay and I went to Invergordon primary school for the last 2 years. Very little to do with being caught smoking in the Kilmuir churchyard.

Added by Ross Macleod on 22 June 2010
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