Dawn of a new day for island football with launch of new club

Guest speaker Alex O'Henley with the sub committee who worked on organising the launch night. SGD25758.

Guest speaker Alex O'Henley with the sub committee who worked on organising the launch night. SGD25758.

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The dawn of a new footballing day broke for island football this weekend when the Lewis and Harris Football Club were officially launched.

At a packed evening in Stornoway club officials rolled out the red carpet for all the sponsors who made the new club’s participation in the North Caledonian Cup possible.

Also in attendance were the first Lewis and Harris Football Club squad, local football chairmen and representatives, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar leader Angus Campbell and Todd Macdonald of the Lewis and Harris Sports Council.

MC for the night was BBC’s Derek Murray with guest speaker UEFA.com football writer Alex O’Henley regaling tales of the top end of European football, sharing stories from his days playing alongside Neil MacRury in the Stornoway United midfield, to catching the eye of a Rangers scout, and his current role interviewing the cream of the crop like Sir Alex Ferguson and Neil Lennon.

On the night, the club’s brand new football kit – supplied with generous sponsorship from Duncan Mackay and Sons – and also the commemorative match programme were unveiled.

Next up for the Lewis and Harris Football Club is a warm-up friendly against a West Side/Carloway select on Saturday, September 28, in Point before the main event seven days later.

Lewis and Harris FC will make their mainland cup debut in the North Caledonian Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, October 5, against Alness at Dalmore Park.

It is a history-making event and one from which the Stornoway Gazette will bring you every kick of the action with match report, match reaction and pictures.