A Question Of Fort

Life in the Highland League could hardly be described as glamorous. The majority of the better known names are now playing in the Scottish Football League and, while there are still agitants requesting automatic promotion and relegation between the lower leagues and the Scottish League, the door remains firmly shut for the time being, unless (as happened at the end of last season with Gretna) someone drops out. Even within this earthy environment, some of the fish are bigger than others, and they don’t come much smaller than Fort William FC. The name Fort William may conjur up certain mental images, and it’s true to say that they lead a rustic existence, but the reality of life at the foot of the Highland League is a rough one. The club plays its home matches at Claggan Park, at the foot of Ben Nevis. They were founded in 1984, and joined the Highland League two years later. Since then, however, they have never finished in the top half of the table, and last season they contrived to lose twenty-seven of their twenty-eight league matches and finished the season with a goal difference of minus one hundred and forty-two. Highlights included a 13-0 home defeat at the hands of Inverurie Loco Works and an 11-0 loss at Deveronvale. Their only win of the season came against Rothes, who beat them 7-0...

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