Fears over league future
THE LOCHABER welfare league could be set to end after 60 years.
The once-popular football league, which used to have two divisions, has dwindled this season with six teams starting but only four finishing.
Fort William Under-17s and champions Caol United pulled out during the season leaving Mallaig, Ballachulish, Nevis Range and Tekkerslovakia to finish the depleted season.
Ronald Wegner, league organiser, said: ‘Despite teams only playing once a week from April to August and the league subsidising the cost of playing parks, there seems a lack of interest and commitment from players wanting to play 11-a-side football .
‘The chances of Lochaber producing any more top class players seem remote and it is feared this year could be the last welfare league. It has always been popular in the past.’
This year’s worthy league winners were Mallaig FC, who won the 2016 welfare league after suffering only one defeat all season.
The club were also crowned champions of the John Baird, Uisdean MacDonald and Adrian Duthie cups.
Mallaig’s Andy Cunningham was the league’s player of the year and Ross Douglas top scorer.
Ronald Wegner and Angus MacKay, process planning manager for Marine Harvest, present Mallaig captain Neil Cameron with the trophy.