Staffin will pull on famous blue and white stripes again

STAFFIN footballers will be back in action this Saturday – two years after the club pulled out of the Skye and Lochalsh Bagshaw League.

Several players will be pulling on the legendary sky blue and white tops to compete in an inaugural football tournament. Danny Steele and team mates at Portree Juniors FC have organised the June McCaherty 7s at Portree High School’s astroturf pitch.

June sadly passed away last year. Her husband, Phil McCaherty, manages the Juniors and June was a keen supporter and much loved figure at the club, regularly taking the players to matches.

The tournament starts at 11.30am with action up until 4pm. There will be eight teams from the Bagshaw, including Gairloch, plus a team of over-40s and under-18s. There will be a raffle, with two Skye Live tickets among the prizes, plus teas, coffees, snacks and home baking. All the players will each pay an appearance fee and all money raised will go towards Skye Cancer Care and the forthcoming Ally K Skye-Maggies run. If you are in Portree on Saturday please go along to lend your support to the Staffin boys and the tournament.

Staffin player manager Colin Wilson is going to use the occasion to blood several of the talented young Staffin players in the district, peppered with a couple of veterans for that mix of experience. He declined to say whether he would be taking up residence between the sticks or if he was borrowing Rangers’ boss Mark Warburton’s Magic Hat for the day…

Staffin AFC unfortunately withdraw from the Skye and Lochalsh Bagshaw Amateur League before the start of the 2014 season because of doubts a team could be raised each week. It came on the back of a couple of challenging seasons at the lower end of the table.

However, regular five-a-side football is still held at the Columba astroturf pitch on Saturdays at 5pm during the winter and on Friday nights. If everybody is interested in playing please feel free to come along.