Fort footballer nets player of the year award

Martin MacKinnon receives his award from Clachnacuddin Chairman, Alex Chisholm. Photograph supplied.

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A young footballer from Fort William has been named Clachnacuddin FC Young Footballer of the Year, writes Iain Ferguson.

A spectacular save from Martin MacKinnon during a spell at Fort Wiilam Football Club in 2019. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, the Write Image.

Martin MacKinnon, aged 21, began his footballing career with Fort William FC Juniors before signing for Caley Thistle Under-11s and working his way through the youth squads to their first team.

He had spells on loan to Buckie and Fort William FC but didn’t take up the offer of  a new deal with Caley Thistle. Instead he joined Highland League side Clachnacuddin last summer.

He said: ‘I turned down the Caley deal so I could play senior football and really enjoy the experience. It’s been a season of ups and downs but by far the most enjoyable one for me. I am delighted to get the Young Player of the Year award and the boys have been fantastic all season. I am looking forward to the next now.’

On a social media message, the club posted: ‘In a squad where the majority of players are aged 21 or under, there were certainly plenty deserving candidates.

‘The Clachnacuddin Young Player of the Year is our goalkeeper Martin Mackinnon. Congratulations Martin.’

Main photograph: Martin MacKinnon receives his award from Clachnacuddin chairman Alex Chisholm. Photograph supplied. NO_F17_Martin MacKinnon POY-award

Photo 2: A spectacular save from Martin MacKinnon during a spell at Fort Wiilam FC in 2019. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Image. NO_F17_Martin MacKinnon POY_action