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2019/2020

Elgin City

In


Andy McDonald (Defender, Stranraer), Euan Spark (Defender, Brechin City), Connor O’Keefe (Midfielder, Stranraer), Rory MacEwan (Midfielder, University of Stirling), Ross Dingwall (Attacker, Ross County), Shane Sutherland (Attacker, Peterhead)

Out


Errol Watson (Goalkeeper, Deveronvale, Loan ended), Kyle Gourlay (r) (Goalkeeper, Dundee, Loan ended), Jordan Lowdon (r) (Defender, Stirling Albion), Callum Wilson (sp) (Midfielder, Partick Thistle, Loan ended), Ross MacIver (r) (Midfielder, Ross County, Loan ended), Chris McLeish (sp) (Attacker, Jeanfield Swifts), Greg Morrison (sp) (Attacker, Ross County, Loan ended), Scott Roberts (sp) (Attacker, Albion Rovers)

It was another season of underachievement for Elgin City, who went backwards under manager Gavin Price. The Highlanders have been perennial underachievers since joining the Football League in 2000. There aren’t many positive signs of a concerted challenge for promotion in their 20th season in the fourth tier of Scottish Football. Price’s biggest problem is a defence which leaks like a sieve and there are already problems looming with long-serving defender Darryl McHardy set for a spell on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder. McHardy is part of the spine of the team; alongside midfield playmaker Brian Cameron and striker Shane Sutherland. Cameron will also miss the start of the new season with a knee injury but there is a much-needed boost in the return of Sutherland, having left to spend the second half of last season with Champions Peterhead. Price appears to have a tricky relationship with Sutherland, who has yet to rediscover his goalscoring touch following a year-long absence with a new injury. He will look to form a partnership with striker Ross Dingwall, who has returned on a permanent deal from neighbours Ross County this summer. Euan Spark looks like a capable replacement following the loss of Jordan Lowdon at left-back but Price still needs to strengthen his defence, whilst also bringing in a goalkeeper to challenge youngster Tom McHale.

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Mid-table. It is difficult to see what is going to change at Borough Briggs whilst Weir remains in charge.

Season Review
2018/2019

№8: Elgin City

Elgin City endured one of their most disappointing seasons in years as they finished in a lowly 8th place in the table under manager Gavin Price. The Highlanders were always challenging for the play-offs under Price’s predecessor, Jim Weir, and despite remaining on the cusp of the top five until Easter, a second half slump saw them win just two of their last dozen league games and record their worst finish since 2014. Striker Shane Sutherland’s return from a long-term knee injury failed to galvanise the side, and his departure for Peterhead in January came as no surprise. Replacing such a prolific marksman was always going to be a challenge and he finished as leading scorer with 11 goals. His nearest challengers were defender Darryl McHardy and midfielder Brian Cameron, who both finished with nine goals. It was another story of woe at the other end with 67 league goals conceded, despite the best efforts of loan goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay. Despite seemingly going backwards under Price’s tenure, there appears to no moves to replace him, and he is set to continue in the job for next season. Whilst McHardy and Cameron are committed to the club for next season, Price will need to find a replacement for Captain Jon-Paul McGovern, who emigrated to Spain; stopper Gourlay, who has returned to parent club Dundee; and full-back Jordan Lowdon, who will join Stirling Albion this summer.


Player of the Season: Brian Cameron

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