Category: News

Club Appoints New Head Coach

The club are delighted to welcome Ryan McConville as our new Head Coach and Club Technical Director. 

Ryan comes with a very impressive CV having coached in Ireland, South Africa, Russia, China and the USA. His latest coaching position was in fact in Farmington, Connecticut with FSA!  

As head coach at Linfield Ladies in Ireland he guided the team to numerous trophies in 3 seasons and to the women’s champions league for the first time in their history, also successful at Lurgan Ladies who won their league earlier this year.  

He has held a UEFA A Licence for 9 years, and now a UEFA A Elite Youth Licence candidate along with many other qualifications. His key strengths are player development, leadership, communication and teamwork and he has worked with a number of girls and women who have progressed to international squads. 

We are excited to welcome Ryan on board and to build for 2020.

Thanks to all candidates for their interest in the role.

2019 Presentation Evening Award Winners

A fantastic evening was had by all at our 14th Annual Presentation Evening on Saturday 30th November. Thanks goes to all our coaches for their continued support, players, parents and all those involved in supporting the evening.

Photos of the evening are now available.

Presentation Evening Award Winners

Lisa Evans, U7, U9 and U11 sides not involved with competitive football, were awarded medals for their efforts while the older sides were presented with awards ranging from a Clubwoman Award to Players’ Player of the Year.

Farmington U13 Dynamos
Clubwoman: Alisha Stewart
Most Improved Player: Erin Reynolds
Player of the Year: Daisy Hickie

Farmington U13 
Clubwoman: Nicole Gibson
Most Improved: Ashleigh Davidson
Player of the Year: Iona Henderson

Farmington U15
Club women: Eilidh McDiarmid
Players player: Alix Saddler
Player of the year: Martyna Kisiel

Farmington U15 Cobras
Clubwoman: Molly Dishington
Players Player: Karla Millar
Player of the Year: Laura Findlay

Farmington U17 Falcons
Most improved: Liberty Whyte 
Players player: Beth Mowatt
Player of the Year: Melissa Coull

SWFL2 Ladies
Clubwoman: Lyndsey Clyne
Players Player: Pauline Harley
Player of Year: Pauline Harley

SWPL1
Young Player of the Year: Beth McPherson
Players’ Player: Fiona McNicoll
Player of the Year: Donna Paterson

Club Awards

Community Award: Leah White
Youth Player of the Year: Beth Mowatt

New Signing | Haley Kern

The club are delighted to announce the signing of 21 year old midfielder, Haley Kern from Oregon, USA.

Haley a student at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee played for the first women’s Academy team in the US, known as the Portland Thorns Academy (Located in Portland Oregon). She then moved to play two years for Highline community college where they became 2017 Northwest Athletic Conference champions.

Haley has been involved with youth coaching in the states where she was assistant coach and referee. 

She is looking forward to the challenge ahead  moving into next season playing for Forfar Farmington as we look to secure our place in SWPL1 football next season.

Awards:

  • 2013 NWOC Second Team All-League Midfield –Freshman
  • 2014 NWOC First Team All-League Midfield –Sophomore
  • 2013 NWOC Honorable Mention Midfield –Junior
  • 2017-18 Vice Presidents List for Highline Community College
  • 2018 Presidents List for Mt. Hood Community College

New Signing | Charlotte Gammie

The club are delighted to announce the signing of 26 year old striker, Charlotte Gammie from Division 1 Montrose Ladies FC.

Charlotte started her footballing career in the Middle East where she played for Qatar Ladies National team before leaving Doha in 2012 to go to Abertay University Dundee. After a break from football to concentrate on her degree, Charlotte joined the newly formed Montrose Ladies FC in 2017.

Last season as top goal scorer for the club with an impressive 41 league goals Charlotte was instrumental in the clubs success securing promotion to Division 1 in only their second season and this year securing a middle table finish and guaranteed football in Division 1 next year. Charlotte also won the 2018 SWFL Div 2 player of the year award for her hard work and commitment.

Charlotte is ready for the challenge ahead and is looking forward to playing for Forfar Farmington in the top tier in Scottish football, as they strive to secure SWPL1 football next season.


Next fixture : Tuesday 8th October, Hibernian v Forfar Farmington

SBSSWPL1 | Rangers 2 v 1 Forfar Farmington

Rangers started the game strong and took an early lead, but after withstanding periods of pressure, Farmington created a few half chances towards the end of the first half.

Second half saw Farmington grow in confidence and grabbed an equaliser with 15 mins to play. Despite a solid defensive performance Rangers scored from a free kick 7 minutes from time.

Congratulations to 15 year old Maria McSherry who scored her first goal in SWPL1 today.

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 0 Motherwell 1

The last time these two teams met in Forfar there was a dramatic end to the game – last night was no different however Motherwell took all 3 points this time after a late penalty in front of a record crowd of 423 at Station Park, in front of the live BBC Alba cameras. 

Six minutes were left on the clock when McNicoll in the Farmington goal was adjudged to have clipped Gardner for the foul – from the stands it looked a definite penalty but it was certainly not so clear cut from the TV angle – however Motherwell skipper Montgomery stepped up and confidently slotted home.

As expected, after two close games previously between the sides, the game started off with both teams trying to assert themselves without creating too much in the way of chances. There was a goalmouth scramble in the Forfar box in 7 minutes with Kilcoyne clearing the shot away from danger.  Motherwell had a couple of long range efforts and crosses which was a feature of their game in both halves, all confidently dealt with by McNicoll.   Farmington’s first real chance came on 21 mins when a Davidson corner was headed just over by the stretching Patterson.   Three minutes later a Davidson free kick was scrambled away from the Well box   A good 1-2 down the Well left saw McNicoll push the resulting shot round the post for a corner.

Farmington were dealt a blow on 31 minutes with Dempster unable to shake off a calf knock and she was replaced by McSherry up front.  She was almost immediately in the action after a great Cook run down the right, cutting inside to square to McSherry and Shillitto with neither able to take advantage.   Motherwell went close when Mceachran cut inside from the left and her shot clipped the outside of the far post.  Just before half time, Kilcoyne made a surging run down the Forfar left before being fouled 22 yards out on the angle of the box – the resultant free kick from Davidson was put over the bar.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Motherwell testing McNicoll from distance and some dangerous crosses into the box.  Farmington’s Cook suffered a head knock on 48 minutes and with blood coming from her nose, she was off the park for fully 5 minutes before being able to carry on. She could only manage another 7 minutes though before Debio came onto centre midfield.   Kilcoyne cut in from the left again before firing past the Well post with the visitors putting a free kick into the side netting on 70 minutes.   White replaced Kilcoyne with 15 minutes left as three Farmington players struggled with cramp.   A diving header from Motherwell went narrowly past before an ambitious drive from 40 yards was tipped over by McNicoll.

With the game heading for a draw and a vital point for Farmington, the defining moment came on 84 minutes with Well taking the lead from the spot.   Glennie was immediately brought on up front for Cattanach as Farmington tried to snatch an equaliser but it was not to be and a disappointing end result.

The club would like to thank all 423 who attended the match, including many of our sponsors who support the ten Farmington teams and SWPL players.

Squad – McNicoll, Cattanach (Glennie 85) , Patterson, Cowper, Bruce, Cook (Debio 60) , Shillitto, Davidson, Kilcoyne (White 75) , McPherson, Dempster (McSherry 31).    Subs not used ; Mowatt, Hassett, Coull 

Sponsorship secured with Jelf (Forfar)

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jelf (Forfar) for their generous shorts and media sponsor. We have been working with Jelf over the last few months since announcing their sponsor earlier last month.

Players and officials from the club attended an event being held at the Jelf office in Forfar on Friday 9 August, to celebrate the rebrand of the office, which was formerly operated by Bluefin.

We prepare for our fixture on Sunday as we host Rangers at Station Park in the 4th round of SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, kick off 1pm.

Pictured, Steven Low  (Jelf Account Director), Natalie Cromar, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Nicola Davidson (Captain), Alana Bruce & Nathan Flight (Head Coach)

Flight takes the reins

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Flight as the new head coach after Stevie Baxter decided to step away ahead of the second half of the season getting underway.

Farmington Committee agreed this was the right time to hand over the reins to Flight who has been with the club for some time, recently working as assistant to Baxter as well as head of youth at the club.

Nathan has a wealth of experience within the club working from grassroots throughout the youth teams as well as his current role. Nathan works with SFA in a number of roles, regional squads and national performance; and he has also had spells with Dundee FC & St Johnstone and Abertay University Womens team. Nathan will continue to work with Claire Garrett and the rest of the current staff as they continue this season.

Last season saw Farmington finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1 and Flight admits he is looking forward to helping the team build to finish the season on a high.

We would also like to thank Stevie Baxter and wish him all the best for the future.

Head Coach Nathan Flight

Colin Brown receiving his medal

Colin Brown recognised by Her Majesty (BEM)

Club chairman and founder, our very own Mr Colin Brown was awarded the British Empire Medal by Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in the town and county hall in Forfar on Wednesday evening.

Colin has served the youth of Forfar and surrounding areas for the last 50 years, forming Forfar Youth Club in 1969, running the Youth Club amateur mens football team, before founding Forfar Farmington FC in 1984. At this time he formed the football exchange programme with counterpart Alistair Bell (Farmington Soccer Club, Connecticut) where many youngsters from Forfar and the surrounding Angus towns took part in the visit to the States until 2009. Pure dedication and passion was the fuel for this successful exchange.

During this time he was Head Football Coach for Scotland at a number of World Special Olympic Games while working at Lilybank Resource Centre. And now to his current role as a town Councillor.

Colin served on the board of Scottish Women’s Football Association for many years, contributing to moving women’s football forward to where is today.

He has made an impact on so many young people’s life’s some of who joined him on Wednesday evening paying tribute to him.

Despite receiving many accolades over the years for his efforts in the community and for women’s football, Colin was bursting with emotion and honour to be receiving this merit.

Pictured receiving his medal from Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne.

New Signing | Natalie Cromar

New signing Natalie Cromar is delighted to get going with Forfar Farmington after taking time away from the game earlier this year.

The 22 year old attacker has joined Stevie Baxter’s squad as she steps up to top flight football for the first time.

After signing, the former Tayside and Dundee United player expressed her joy at getting back into the game with Farmington.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Forfar and I am looking forward to getting back to football, putting in the work and winning games.”

Cromar won the SWFL1 North with United last season but despite the excitement of winning the league, she felt she had to step away from football for a few months before returning with Farmington.

“I left Dundee United at the end of last season and after promotion it was amazing but I felt that my head wasn’t in it at the club so I took several months away to figure out where I needed to be and I found Forfar.”

There are a few faces around the club that the striker is familiar with which she feels will help her link with the squad on the pitch and hopes her pace can cause problems for opposition defences.

“I feel I can bring a positive and enthusiastic mindset to the team. I think I have a lot of pace so going forward that will help us out. I have played with several of the girls before so I think it will help coming into the team.”

Farmington’s final game before the summer break saw them defeated by Glasgow City, however Cromar got on the scoresheet as a trialist which she will look to continue in the second half of the season.

“I think the game against Glasgow City was a tough one but to get a goal definitely helped. I hope to get a lot more goals going into the second half of the season and help the team secure some wins.”

The history graduate believes coming in during the summer break may be a blessing in disguise as she looks to gel with her teammates ahead of a tough second half of the season.

“I think the summer break is a good thing, it allows me time to get to know my teammates better and allow us all to reconnect on and off the pitch which will definitely help us going forward.”