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Invergordon Academy Under 15 football team
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Invergordon Academy Under 15 football team

Invergordon Academy Under 15 football team 1977/78?
Back row (Left to right): A Wilkie, R. Maclean, A. Matheson, B. Gunn, D. Nesbitt, I. Macleod, J.Fraser;
Front row: A. Buchan, A. Jappy, M. Clark, S. Ramsay, A. Cope, W. Bremner.
Picture added on 05 February 2005
Of course Bryan Gunn went on to play for Norwich City in goal.
Added by Peter Ross on 21 May 2005
Does anyone know the current whereabouts of Alan Buchan??? He left Invergordon in the late 70s. Ali Jappy went on to play for County and I think Elgin City. Not too sure if any of these other "hunks" made it to Highland League level or not!! Is this what I fancied when I was 14????
Added by anon on 08 December 2005
Bryan Gunn made it as a member of the Aberdeen FC team that won the UEFA European Cup Winners Cup in 1983. Eric Black from Alness (peer of the above players) scored the first goal for the Dons in that game, I believe.
Added by anon on 10 December 2005
Bryan Gunn is a very popular person here in Norwich, and is quite the V.I.P. Just recently he was made Sherriff of Norwich and became a Freeman of the City. He does a lot of good work for local charities. As a Goalie, he was very much the hero and is well respected by everyone here.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 03 April 2006
Wee Stevie Ramsay was regarded as the most natural goalscorer from the Highlands in his day. Unfortunately the term WEE stopped him progressing and I'm sure anyone who played alongside him or against him would agree. I was lucky to play alongside and against most of these guys even though I was from the mighty ALNESS..but we all had good banter.
Added by Brian Stirling on 27 April 2006
Selective memory there Brian - Stevie was a fine wee player but he wasn't even the most natural goalscorer in that team, John Fraser was the most prolific goalscore of the era - he scored goals for fun in that team as far as I can remember but you never know, maybe my memory is going also!!!
Nice to hear from you though, hope you are enjoying the Bahamas you lucky lad - maybe I'll see you in October.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 27 April 2006
Rosalie, I was in school with Bryan and often wondered what life was like for him now he has "retired" from Premier League football. He is a lovely, lovely guy and I know he has done lots for his charity. Didn't know he was made a Sherriff!! There is a lovely photo of him on the "wall of fame" at the Highland Football Academy at Victoria Park, Dingwall. A great big guy with a great big heart. (And very good looking in his day!!)
Added by Anon on 27 April 2006
Your memory isn't going, Graham. What you say is correct!
Anonymous comment added on 27 April 2006
Hi Brian - I remember well why you were in the 3rd group - there wasn't a 4th group!!!! I remember wondering how such an all-round talented sportsman had all the flotation properties of a lump of lead!!!!! Maybe see you in October!
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 28 April 2006
I take it that it's Graham Mackenzie my old P.E teacher from Alness Academy? If it is, then it's good to hear from you. Always enjoyed your lesson, especially the scrambling in the snow for all your loose change with Iain Hyndman. I was in crutches and couldn't do x-country. GOOD CRACK.
Yeh, things are pretty good over here Graham - been here for 2 years now, becoming a local now LOL.
Home in October for my daughter's wedding but might make a flying visit in the summer.
All the best
P.S. I will always remember why I was in the 3rd group for swimming!!?? Do you Graham???!! LOL
And your probably right about John Fraser. He was a good goalscorer and very fast too.
Added by Brian Stirling on 28 April 2006
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian for making me look fast!!! LOL.
Added by John Fraser on 28 April 2006
Graham, excellent reply, you obviously haven't lost your good sense of humour. Yes it would be nice to have a beer together when I get home, take it easy Graham.
Added by Brian Stirling on 30 April 2006
Dougie Nesbitt went on to sing with the mighty GURUS!
Added by Peter (Pedro) Ross on 30 April 2007
Fine team in these days, and 6 of them played North Caledonian, with 2 progressing: Bryan to the bigger and better things and Ally to the Highland league. Ian and John were part and parcel of the Invergordon team and would say probably the most consistent unless you riled them up (like I did). Robert was a steady defender and had the unfortunate accident on the pitch but recovered well to come back and play again. Stevie, I have to agree with Brian S, was an out and out goal-scorer and really should have done better than he did. Talented lad, but lived in the shadow of Tommy Reagan who I think was slightly younger and a bit more gifted.
Graham, good to see your still around - Jo mentioned you were still about when I was home last. I'm destined not to come home to stay, so if you lads are out in Thailand give me a shout.
Added by Steve Paterson on 10 December 2007
I used to play left back for Bridgend Primary. Tom Lamont, Dougie the goal keeper and myself also played for the year above us a few times with Tommy Regan. We used to play 3 and in around Kirkside at Alness Tommy Regan, Tom Lamont (mad as a brush) and Robert Anderson.
When we moved up to the Alness Academy we joined up with another primary school - can't remember the name, but Eric Black came from there, which helped our team no end. One day we played away to Invergordon and we had a free kick, Tom Lamont flicked the ball up (as in practice) and Eric volleyed it in to the top corner - BG could only watch, never forget that. Great days.
Added by Paul Lynas on 09 February 2010
I think the photo was taken in Tain.
Added by BG on 10 February 2010
Hi BG, do you remember playing at Ross-County in a North of Scotland Select trial game - you were in the opposite goal, Dougie Macintosh (keeper) Eric and myself on the other side - I was left back. I managed to get selected but moved down south with my folks before the first game, that's the way it goes sometimes. But surprised myself by moving back last month to Nigg. There's no where like it up here.
Added by Paul Lynas on 11 February 2010
Hi BG - you are spot on - definitely Tain.

Hi Paul - I noted your comments re Mabel on another thread and mentioned it to her when I met her recently and she was chuffed to bits. Back to the football - as I remember you were quite a useful left back!
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 11 February 2010
Hi Graham, the penny has just dropped looking at the previous posts, you were my PE teacher at Alness. It was you that showed Tom and Eric the free kick mentioned above.

I also remember a cross-country competition at Dingwall and Tom Lamont (mad as a brush) was in the lead and took the wrong course and ended up us all doing the senior course. We were all shattered afterwards, but he won, I came 3rd and we got 4th as well. Yes you were a great motivator Graham and talented at football and basketball, great memories.

Regarding Mabel, maybe you could email me her number if she is ok with that and I could give her a call - be much appreciated. Cheers for now.
Added by Paul Lynas on 13 February 2010
Nice pic. John Fraser did have a lot of talent, however his brother Donnie was someone who could/should have made it professional.
Anonymous comment added on 02 February 2012
This was the first football team I looked after when I started teaching (recently retired!). I took football for years and this team was one I'll always remember. They were a really good team with great characters in it. I still come across some of them from time to time. Happy days!
Added by Michael Morris on 07 July 2014
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