Author: Nicola McBride

U16 Performance Squad – Success

Congratulations to Sophie Garrigan and Amy Taylor who have been selected to join the 2022 SFA East Region U16 Performance Squad.

Both Sophie (15) and Amy (14) have come through our pathway from U9s to playing 11, 13, 15s and 17s before making the step to 19s National Performance for season 2021.   

Sophie in her 10th year with the club, enjoyed being part of BGC Scotland squad in 2019 that traveled to take on their Welsh counterparts. Coach Ian McDiarmid said “Sophie is a dedicated hard working and talented player who deserves this opportunity with the East Region programme.  As a predominately right sided full back, Sophie can play anywhere in the back four.  Working with experienced coaching staff within the programme will ultimately take her game to the next level”. 

Amy who has been with the club from age 8 coming through our juniors, was recently selected for the East Region Scottish Schools Football squad and played an inter-association match last week v West of Scotland at Toryglen.  Amy has previously been a recipient of Player of the Year for her efforts on the pitch. Coach Scott Gibson was delighted to hear of her success “Having coached Amy from a young age, she has talent and great to see her progress to this level and be given the opportunity to be part of the U16s East Region squad”. 

The performance squad programme will begin in February 2022, as additional sessions to their club training and games, the programme offers the girls the chance to attend National training camps in turn then with the chance of selection for the Scottish National Youth squads. Something I’m sure the girls will dream about.

The girls were not alone at the trials, we had number of girls take part in the trails and would congratulate them for being identified by their coaches and although they may be disappointed we hope they enjoyed the opportunity, keep working hard and enjoying your game .

Club Statement – SWPL 1 Withdrawal, 2005-2021

“SWPL1 Withdrawal : Having exhausted all options in regards player recruitment we have been unsuccessful in securing a squad ahead of 2021/22 season. We approached the SWF towards the end of last week with our concerns and out of respect for the league, associated clubs and with a heavy heart, we formally requested our withdrawal from SWPL1 on Monday.

We’d like to thank all current & past players, staff & supporters for being part of our SWPL journey going back many years and wish all other clubs the best for the season ahead.

We will now refocus our time and energy into our ever growing youth pathway as we look ahead positively to the future.”

Forfar Farmington Committee

Cameron Soutar, great addition

We are delighted to welcome Cameron Soutar as Strength & Conditioning coach to Eddie Wolecki-Black’s SWPL1 squad.   Cambo is a BSc (Hons) graduate in S&C and runs his own business, Soutar Strength Performance.

He is also a coach on the Dundee Athlete Physical Preparation (DAPP) programme and has previous experience as lead S&C coach with St. Andrews University men’s 1st team and assisting Dundee Utd first team and u18 squads.

Club Chaiperson Nicola McBride said “It is great to have Cameron on board and working with the 1st team squad as we gear up for the new season starting in August”

Suzanne Mulvey joins Forfar

We are delighted to announce the addition of Suzanne Mulvey as both a player and coach to our SWPL1 squad.  Suzanne brings huge experience to the pitch and changing room and is excited to be working again with Eddie Wolecki-Black. 

The ex Scotland International striker with 37 caps has enjoyed success throughout her career particularly winning SWPL1 league titles at Glasgow City and an SWPL2 title with Motherwell in 2018.

She juggles her busy home life and football alongside being a director in Sentinel Sports Ltd, a US college recruitment and placing company helping young talented athletes in the scholarship process.

Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, “It was imperative that I recruited someone I could trust both in the dressing room and on the pitch, having worked with Suzanne at 3 different clubs she was my first choice to join the staff.  I much prefer positivity in and around the club and Suzanne naturally brings that.  Of course, her undoubted ability and experience will I believe prove to be invaluable to her team mates on the pitch and to the current staff off the park. I am personally delighted to get Suzanne on board as the past 2 weeks have seen several players depart from the club. Hopefully, we can announce further additions over the next few days as we begin our preparations for the season ahead.” 

Welcome Eddie

Pictured, Club President Colin Brown welcomes Eddie to the club 

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Eddie Wolecki Black as SWPL1 team manager. Eddie comes with a terrific pedigree in the women’s game enjoying a trophy laden spell with Glasgow City alongside spells at Celtic and Motherwell respectively.

Wolecki Black is looking forward to his stint with Forfar as the club gears up for another intense and competitive season in the SWPL1 in what is an exciting new venture for the club. 

Black spoke about the appointment by saying, “I am excited to be taking the Forfar Farmington job and have exciting plans for the project here at the club. 

“I want the club to be back in the top half of the table and also happy to be returning back to the Forfar area, I am looking forward to the season starting now and preparations are well underway.”

Everyone at Forfar Farmington Football Club is excited by the new appointment and wishes Eddie Wolecki Black every success in the new chapter for the football club who have held a long, respectful two decades in SWPL football.

Club chairperson Nicola McBride said “We are delighted to have Eddie on board and look forward to working with him, his wealth of knowledge and experience within the women’s game will be a huge asset for us as the league expands for 21/22 season”

Pre-season will resume tomorrow in time for the 2021-2022 season with a new impetus ahead of the action starting on the 8th August.

“Best days of your life”

Today marks a significant moment in the history of Forfar Farmington as two stalwarts of the club play their final games as they bid farewell to the SWPL team having amassed over 1,200 games between them over a near 29 year period, which must be a record in the women’s game!

We caught up with Club Captain Nicola Davidson and her long time team-mate & friend Alana Bruce as they took part in their final training sessions before their retirement today.

Keen to learn more about their journey with Farmington they shared the following memories and highlights :

Q – what was your earliest memory of playing football?

Nicola – playing with my big sister and brothers then first team memory playing for Dundee West Boys (what a team) then age of ten signing for Forfar Farmington in 1993

Alana – Playing at Martin Park in Kirrie with my cousins Gav and Dougie, before joining Forfar Farmington in 1992

Q- What have been your career highlights as individuals and as part of team?

Nicola –

  • I have many great highlights one at age of 12 being the only female player out of 16 international teams playing in the FIFA Fair Play Tournament in France – I got a nice gift and funny moment when one of the team managers approached my mum and asked to buy me!
  • U13’s for Forfar can I just say what a team, we had to play 3 games in the one day to win the league and to celebrate we done a Klinsmann through the biggest puddle.
  • Being part of the Farmington exchange twice and meeting some awesome people and on my second trip getting joint player of the trip with Avril. 
  • Another highlight has to be finishing second in the league and being in a Scottish cup final against Glasgow City where we just lost out 1-0
  • Being Captain for so many years is obviously an honour as well!

Alana – 

  • As an individual I’d have to say making the full National team. I was in the squads since I was15 so 1997 till 2003, 16’s, 18’s and A squad. 
  • With Farmington it would be the session we were second in the league and Scottish cup finalists running Glasgow City close

Q – Best player played with and against?

Nicola – Too many to name – I’ve had the privilege of playing with some very talented players. 

  • Against – again lots of very good players I’ve shared the pitch with but Suzanne Lappin, Leanne Crichton and Fara Williams.

Alana – Nicola Davidson  /     Fara Williams

Q – Sure we know the answer to this but what will you miss the most when you retire?

Nicola – I will miss playing for sure miss seeing everyone and especially the changing room banter

Alana – The banter with the girls! 

Q – What pieces of advice would you give to the young players at Farmington who look up to you?

Nicola – Train hard, play hard, learn & listen to your peers, be coachable but most importantly have the best time and cherish every moment!

Alana – Train hard, play hard and enjoy every minute of your Farmington days! They will be some of THE best days of your life!

Whilst Alana & Nicola are departing the 1st team scene we certainly hope to see them around the club as role models for the next generation of players coming through. The committee, coaches, team mates, parents and every other player at the club thanks them both immensely for their undying commitment to the club over the years and wish them all the very best for the future! 

They are pictured receiving momentos from Club President Colin Brown to mark their 600+ appearances and we will be having a further presentation at the Clubhouse on Tuesday evening this week.

Club Statement : Leontia McVarnock

We are disappointed to see Leontia leave Scotland to return home after a long 4 months for her, waiting on the green light which never came due to errors at SFA Registrations department.  It is very frustrating when clubs such as ours with voluntary staff all doing a very good job in making sure the correct paperwork is submitted on time to the relevant bodies however this was not followed up. 

Our request was made on the 10th December ahead of the transfer window but not processed even after many attempts to chase this up with Sandy Bryson Head of SFA Registrations department at the time, including resending relevant copies of documents.  A request was then made by SFA for special dispensation on the transfer given all clubs and associations were in support of this however with no success. 

We have since been informed of an oversight by SFA/SWF in that all SWPL clubs did not have access to the TMS (Transfer Matching System) to allow players to transfer freely from FIFA member Associations, in this case was IFA to SFA.

Leontia arrived after we had the green light to return to football in March having been told her case was being dealt with and just waiting on the confirmation.  At this point we could have been told it wasn’t going to happen as the window had closed but were led to believe as she was an amateur player then this window didn’t apply, however not the case as Leontia required International Clearance.  The club have progressed this matter personally with FIFA to see what needed to be done by SFA to progress her application through the system, having the support of SWF, and all 7 SWPL clubs, this support was much appreciated.

It seemed the only way to resolve the error made by SFA was to revert the status of the league to amateur, but this has not been agreed due to other factors involved.  We therefore say farewell to Leontia while we continue to follow up the appeal process taking this as far as we can for her.  We do hope we may see her return for the new season given we can perhaps have better success with the process for a second time, giving her the chance to gain the experience she is desperate to have within SWPL1.  

We wish her well as she returns to Ireland and to see her part of the squad in the future.