Carloway FC

Carloway Football Club is an amateur football club based in the village of Carloway, 6 miles west of Breasclete, on the West Side of Lewis. The club fields players drawn from across Lewis including many young players from our area and competes in the competitions organised by the Lewis and Harris Football Association.. These are the 9-team Lewis and Harris League and the following cup competitions: Acres Boys Club Cup, Jock Stein Cup, and Lewis Cup. It also participates in the Co-op Cup, which covers all of the Western Isles; the Highland Amateur Cup, which covers all of the North of Scotland, and the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup, a competition between the villages of Lewis and Harris.The football season runs from April to September each year.

It also participates in the locally run junior competitions at Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 age levels. Junior players from both the Carloway and West Side catchment areas are pooled, and play under the name Western Thistle.

Looking at the cold statistics, as Blues’ aficionados probably will in the future, this was a successful season for the Blues: a close third in the League for the second year running, with a record points’ total, and losing finalists in two cups. However, if this was a School Report Card, in the Comments Section at the bottom, the players themselves would probably write, “Could have done better!” It’s a common feeling, shared by most performing artists, no matter how gifted, that their talents should have resulted in more.

Back row: Gordon ‘Gordie’ Mackenzie (Senior Coach and reserve goalkeeper); Peter ‘Dokus’ MacDonald (Manager); Andrew ‘Tago’ Maciver (Club Captain); Kenny ‘Beag’ Maclennan; Gordon Craigie; Calum Mackay; Kevin ‘Savo’ Smith; Alex Smith; Billy Anderson; Calum ‘Tom’ Moody; Ross ‘Tago’ Maciver; Murdo ‘Squeg’ Macleod.

Front row: Dan Crossley; Kevin Anderson (Assistant Manager and midfielder); Seamus Macleod; Domhnall Mackay; Darren Mackinnon; Kenny ‘Dokus’ Macdonald; Gordon ‘Tago’ Macdonald; Chris Macleod; Kevin ‘Gochan’ Macleod.

Taken at Goathill Park, Stornoway, on 13.4.09, on the opening game of the season, a 1-1 draw in the League with Athletic.

Missing from photograph: Domhnall Iain ‘DI’ Maclennan; Andrew ‘VP’ Macleod; Scott Macaulay; Donald ‘Tocan’ Chisholm; David ‘Cirbhig’ Macleod; David Morrison; Phil Macleod; Andrew Rennie; Calum Macleod; Neil Mackay; Calum Fraser.

Further details about the club, forthcoming fixtures, etc. and full match reports on games played, team selections, and so on, can be found at the club’ s web-site at or directly from:

the Chairman, Calum ‘Cobby’ Macleod, at
the Treasurer, John ‘Brooks’ Macdonald at
or the Manager, Kevin Anderson at
For further information about this page, comments, contributions, etc., contact Stuart Rankin at