Two decades of service honoured

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IN keeping with the tradition of his Carloway FC career, stalwart Gordon Craigie marked his testimonial with both a goal and a penalty save.

The goal-grabber turned shot-stopper has spent 21-years in the starting line up at Cnoc a’ Choilich where he set and smashed all kinds of club and island football records.

Craigie, now 36, made his debut in 1991 as a fresh-faced 15-year-old and he netted his first goal that same season in a 2-2 draw with Stornoway United.

Just two-years later and he had netted his first club hat-trick. But in 2000 the predatory frontman became only the SECOND player in recorded island football history to score ten times in the same match when he hit double figures in a Co-op Cup match against North End.

Thought-out his time as the club’s chief striker he has been the club’s top scorer nine times – including a run of eight successive campaigns. His club record stands at 152 goals in 413 appearances, although that number could be even higher with club records incomplete between 1993 and 1995.

In 2005 Craigie swapped his shooting boots for goalie gloves as he moved between the sticks where he has remained ever-since apart from the 2007 season when he returned to the front line and finished top scorer once again.

To mark his 21-years service Carloway rolled out the welcome mat to Uist and Barra league champions Iochdar Saints which the hosts won 5-0 with Craigie saving a first-half penalty and netting himself after the break.

After the match both teams attended a buffet and presentation in Doune Braes.