More Peculiarly Named Scottish Football Teams

Further to my post on the weirdnesses of nomenclature within Scottish football my friend Neil pointed out in the comments that playing in the less well known leagues in Scotland there are also not a few non geographically specific names of football teams.

These examples are from the Highland League.

Non-geographical:-
Cove Rangers (Cove Bay, Aberdeen)
Formartine United (Pitmedden)

Vaguely appropriate:-
Deveronvale (the team is located in Banff, on the river Deveron)
Strathspey Thistle (Grantown-On-Spey)

Note, here, that the geographically informative but still strangely named Inverurie Locos, are unfortunately not called this because they (or their fans) are mad, but as a shortening of locomotive works.

However, in this league the belter of a name is undoubtedly Clachnacuddin (meaning the stone of the tub – a landmark in Inverness apparently.)

Remarkably (since I have not seen Dumbarton play north of Brechin/Montrose) I have actually attended a game at their ground, Grant Street Park. I was in Inverness one summer and caught a pre-season encounter with East Fife.

The Guardian newspaper a few years later reported the result of a friendly game between a Scottish League team and Clach (as they are known) but printed their name as Inverness Clerk McCudden.

See here for pictures of the respective home grounds of the above, and other, clubs.

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  1. bigrab

    I’m still nostalgic for Glenbuck Cherrypickers!

  2. jackdeighton

    That name was coming up, Rab.

  3. Colin G

    Formartine United play just outside Pitmedden ( Which is centrally located within Formartine ) therefore they do have a geographical relevant name – Formartine being the Aberdeenshire district incorporating the towns of Ellon & Oldmeldrum and numerous villages – Pitmedden, Tarves, Methlick, Newburgh to name a few.

  4. jackdeighton

    Thanks, Colin G.
    I wasn’t aware of that.
    I don’t get up to Aberdeenshire much.

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