New faces take the helm at Claggan Park club

Fort William FC's Claggan Park ground. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos IF F16 Fort FC 01
Fort William FC's Claggan Park ground. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos IF F16 Fort FC 01

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Hopes are high Claggan Park will once again see Highland League football action after a huge amount of work has been done to improve the pitch.

That was the message from Fort William Football Club’s recent annual general meeting, which saw a good turnout. The existing board stood down and new office-bearers were elected.

The new chairman is Oliver Stephen, with vice chairman John Trew, secretary Marie McMillan and treasurer Andy Elder, plus several other notable members joining the committee.

Mr Stephen told the Lochaber Times: ‘It was brilliant to see so many willing people there who all have the same desire to see the only football club in the town succeed.’

Mr Stephen commented the club had one distinct hurdle in its way at the moment, the pitch, which had been highlighted as such a cause for concern that the Highland League management committee recently voted to have Fort William play all of their games in the 2021-22 season away from Claggan Park.

Mr Stephen added: ‘Thankfully, after an outpouring on social media and a call to arms, a massive amount of work has been carried out by members of the committee and the professional services of Gavin Irons – grass pitch specialist – were instructed.

‘The park has never looked so good and we are really looking forward to working with all of the other clubs in the Highland League to help reverse the decision that was made.

‘It means the world to Fort William and its locals to see games back at the foot of Ben Nevis, quite possibly one of the most iconic footballing locations in the world.’

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Fort William FC’s Claggan Park ground. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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