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Wick limited to 300 spectators and tickets must be bought in advance for new Highland League season


By Alan Hendry

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Wick Academy's Gordon MacNab and Buckie's Sam Robertson in action at Harmsworth Park in August 2019. The Jags will visit Wick on the opening day of the new Highland League season. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy's Gordon MacNab and Buckie's Sam Robertson in action at Harmsworth Park in August 2019. The Jags will visit Wick on the opening day of the new Highland League season. Picture: Mel Roger

Coronavirus regulations mean Wick Academy will have a maximum of 300 spectators when the Highland League season kicks off next weekend – and tickets will have to be bought in advance.

Clubs are having to implement a range of protocols to ensure the delayed 2020/21 campaign can begin in a Covid-secure way.

Academy will welcome Buckie Thistle to Harmsworth Park for their opening fixture on Saturday, November 28.

Everyone entering the ground will have to pass a temperature check, face masks must be worn and two-metre social distancing will have to be observed.

A statement on the club website said: "For the 2020/21 season, following guidelines issued by the Highland League, Wick Academy will only allow entry to games by the purchase of matchday tickets. Spectator numbers will be capped at a strict limit of 300 per game.

"Covid-19 regulations mean we have to have traceability of all who enter the ground so name and contact number must be printed on the matchday ticket. We are working with the league in finalising our policies and procedures and these will be published early next week."

The Breedon Highland League Championship will see 16 clubs play each other once. The Scorries have been given eight home matches and seven away.

They also have a home tie in the second preliminary round of the Scottish Cup against either Penicuik Athletic or Musselburgh Athletic on Saturday, December 12.

Tickets for the eight league home league games and the Scottish Cup match are on sale from the following outlets:

  • Caithness Print Solutions, Lower Dunbar Street, Wick.
  • Overloch Car Parts, Breadalbane Terrace, Wick.
  • Harper's Fly Fishing Services, 57 High Street, Thurso.
  • Harmsworth Park – Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am to 1pm.

Or contact Pat Miller, 07856270286; Tracey Miller, 07717488429; Stewart Gunn, 07745372103.

A season ticket (batch of eight) costs £60 at the full rate or £30 for concessions.

A single league ticket is £8 (full) and £4 (concession), while the Scottish Cup tie is £10 and £5.

The club is asking supporters to buy tickets early and complete the Covid-19 track-and-trace part of the ticket prior to attending games so that there are no unnecessary delays with queuing before kick-off.

There will be no boardroom hospitality or tea-hut provision for the time being.

Academy's eight home league fixtures are against Buckie, Clach, Huntly, Rothes, Fraserburgh, Lossiemouth, Nairn County and Deveronvale. Their away trips are to Brora, Keith, Strathspey Thistle, Formartine United, Turriff United, Inverurie Locos and Fort William.

Forres Mechanics have chosen to withdraw from the league for this season.

Breedon Highland League Championship fixtures:

Saturday, November 28:

Deveronvale v Brora Rangers

Fort William v Strathspey Thistle

Inverurie Locos v Keith

Lossiemouth v Fraserburgh

Nairn County v Clachnacuddin

Rothes v Huntly

Turriff United v Formartine United

Wick Academy v Buckie Thistle

Saturday, December 5:

Brora Rangers v Wick Academy

Buckie Thistle v Inverurie Locos

Clachnacuddin v Turriff United

Formartine United v Lossiemouth

Fraserburgh v Fort William

Huntly v Deveronvale

Keith v Nairn County

Strathspey Thistle v Rothes

Saturday, December 12:

Scottish Cup preliminary round two

Saturday, December 19:

Deveronvale v Keith

Fort William v Brora Rangers

Inverurie Locos v Formartine United

Lossiemouth v Huntly

Nairn County v Fraserburgh

Rothes v Buckie Thistle

Turriff United v Strathspey Thistle

Wick Academy v Clachnacuddin

Saturday, December 26:

Scottish Cup round one

Saturday, January 2:

Brora Rangers v Rothes

Buckie Thistle v Deveronvale

Clachnacuddin v Inverurie Locos

Formartine United v Nairn County

Fraserburgh v Turriff United

Huntly v Fort William

Keith v Wick Academy

Strathspey Thistle v Lossiemouth

Saturday, January 9:

Deveronvale v Strathspey Thistle

Fort William v Formartine United

Inverurie Locos v Brora Rangers

Lossiemouth v Clachnacuddin

Nairn County v Buckie Thistle

Rothes v Fraserburgh

Turriff United v Keith

Wick Academy v Huntly

Saturday, January 16:

Brora Rangers v Nairn County

Buckie Thistle v Turriff United

Clachnacuddin v Fort William

Formartine United v Rothes

Fraserburgh v Deveronvale

Huntly v Inverurie Locos

Keith v Lossiemouth

Strathspey Thistle v Wick Academy

Saturday, January 23:

Clachnacuddin v Buckie Thistle

Deveronvale v Fort William

Huntly v Fraserburgh

Keith v Brora Rangers

Lossiemouth v Nairn County

Strathspey Thistle v Formartine United

Turriff United v Inverurie Locos

Wick Academy v Rothes

Saturday, January 30:

Deveronvale v Formartine United

Fort William v Keith

Inverurie Locos v Strathspey Thistle

Lossiemouth v Buckie Thistle

Nairn County v Huntly

Rothes v Clachnacuddin

Turriff United v Brora Rangers

Wick Academy v Fraserburgh

Saturday, February 6:

Brora Rangers v Lossiemouth

Buckie Thistle v Fort William

Clachnacuddin v Deveronvale

Formartine United v Wick Academy

Fraserburgh v Inverurie Locos

Huntly v Turriff United

Keith v Rothes

Strathspey Thistle v Nairn County

Saturday, February 13:

Deveronvale v Turriff United

Formartine United v Brora Rangers

Fort William v Inverurie Locos

Fraserburgh v Buckie Thistle

Huntly v Clachnacuddin

Rothes v Nairn County

Strathspey Thistle v Keith

Wick Academy v Lossiemouth

Saturday, February 20:

Highland League Cup round one

Wednesday, February 24:

Start of period for any midweek rearranged fixtures

Saturday, February 27:

Brora Rangers v Fraserburgh

Buckie Thistle v Strathspey Thistle

Clachnacuddin v Formartine United

Inverurie Locos v Rothes

Keith v Huntly

Lossiemouth v Fort William

Nairn County v Deveronvale

Turriff United v Wick Academy

Saturday, March 6:

Rearranged fixtures

Saturday, March 13:

Highland League Cup round two

Saturday, March 20:

Deveronvale v Inverurie Locos

Formartine United v Keith

Fort William v Turriff United

Fraserburgh v Clachnacuddin

Huntly v Buckie Thistle

Rothes v Lossiemouth

Strathspey Thistle v Brora Rangers

Wick Academy v Nairn County

Saturday, March 27:

Highland League Cup semi-finals and rearranged fixtures

Saturday, April 3:

Brora Rangers v Huntly

Buckie Thistle v Formartine United

Clachnacuddin v Strathspey Thistle

Inverurie Locos v Wick Academy

Keith v Fraserburgh

Lossiemouth v Deveronvale

Nairn County v Fort William

Turriff United v Rothes

Saturday, April 10:

Highland League Cup final and rearranged fixtures

Saturday, April 17:

Buckie Thistle v Brora Rangers

Clachnacuddin v Keith

Fraserburgh v Formartine United

Huntly v Strathspey Thistle

Lossiemouth v Turriff United

Nairn County v Inverurie Locos

Rothes v Fort William

Wick Academy v Deveronvale

Saturday, April 24:

Brora Rangers v Clachnacuddin

Deveronvale v Rothes

Formartine United v Huntly

Fort William v Wick Academy

Inverurie Locos v Lossiemouth

Keith v Buckie Thistle

Strathspey Thistle v Fraserburgh

Turriff United v Nairn County

Saturday, May 1:

SHFL/SLFL play-off first leg

Saturday, May 8:

SHFL/SLFL play-off second leg



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