Inverurie Loco Works F.C.

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Inverurie Loco Works
A red shield with text and border in white. At the top 'Inverurie Loco Works FC' is written and at the bottom '1903'. In the centre is a black and white Soccer ball.
Full nameInverurie Loco Works Football Club
Nickname(s)The Locos, The Railwaymen
GroundHarlaw Park, Inverurie
Capacity2,500 (175 seated)
ChairmanMike Macaulay
ManagerDean Donaldson
LeagueHighland League
2022–23Highland League, 6th of 18

Inverurie Loco Works Football Club are a senior semi-professional football club from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who currently play in the Scottish Highland Football League (SHFL).

The club was founded in 1902 by workmen from the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) who had their Locomotive, and Carriage and Wagon Workshops in Inverurie, from where the football club got its name. On National Railway Company 'Grouping' in 1923, the GNSR became part of the London & North Eastern Railway, one of the UK's big four railway companies at that time, and the football club lived on. The Locomotive Workshops themselves were formally closed in 1970 on the forming of British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Railways Board at that time.

Despite the closure, Inverurie Loco Works F.C. continued to play. Having competed in the Aberdeenshire and North East Junior Leagues for many years, they became a senior club in 2001 when their application to join the SHFL was successful.


Rising up from successful years in junior football, in 2001 the Locos applied for membership of the Highland League and were successful. In the 2003–04 season, the Locos came second in the league, two further consecutive 2nd place finishes followed in the seasons to come. In 2005, they first got their hands on silverware by winning the Scottish Qualifying Cup, then repeated the feat the next year. They also won the Aberdeenshire Shield after being runners up three times before winning the trophy. Then they won the Fosters Cup (League Cup) twice in two years, in 2007–08 and 2008–09. They also won the SFA North Region Challenge Cup in 2008–09.

In the 2008–09 Scottish Cup, the club were paired with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell at home. They reached the fourth round of the competition that season. After four postponements, the match was finally played at the fifth time of asking. Despite a capacity crowd watching, the Highland League outfit could not prevent a 3–0 loss to their top-flight opponents.

Harlaw Park[edit]

[1] Inverurie Loco Works play at Harlaw Park.

It currently has an overall capacity of 2,500; 175 seated and the rest standing.

Inverurie Loco Works have played at Harlaw Park for their entire history. Originally, it was an open field, but now it is a fully-enclosed football ground with a seated grandstand and a standing shelter.

In March 1931, a pavilion and a grandstand was opened and in 1950 the installation of new dressing rooms was completed. Harlaw Park got new turnstiles in 1962.

In 1981, the Banchory Golf Club clubhouse was re-located to Harlaw Park as the Social Club.

Floodlights which were surplus to requirements at Aberdeen Airport, and new dugouts were installed in August 1983. New changing rooms were built in 1992.

In preparation for Inverurie Locos first Highland League season (2001/02) £75,000 was spent on upgrading Harlaw Park and a new enclosure was opened for the 2002/03 season.

The 2012/13 season saw the current grandstand erected, replacing the old one.

Harlaw Park hosted UEFA Women's U17 Championship matches at the start of the 2013/14 season.


Current squad[edit]

As of 21 November 2023[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK Scotland SCO Zack Ellis
GK Scotland SCO Andy Reid
DF Scotland SCO Josh Buchan
DF Poland POL Milosz Ochmanski (on loan from Cove Rangers)
DF Scotland SCO Logan Johnstone
DF Scotland SCO Taylor Mason
DF Scotland SCO Greg Mitchell
DF Scotland SCO Liam Morrison
DF Scotland SCO Thomas Reid
DF Scotland SCO Mark Souter
MF Scotland SCO Cole Anderson
MF Scotland SCO Sam Burnett
Pos. Nation Player
MF Scotland SCO Paul Coutts
MF Scotland SCO Calum Dingwall
MF Scotland SCO Callum Duncan
MF Scotland SCO Jamie Michie
MF Scotland SCO Lloyd Robertson
MF Scotland SCO Blair Smith
MF Scotland SCO Dem Yunus
FW Scotland SCO Jay Halliday
FW Scotland SCO Nathan Meres
FW Scotland SCO Sam Robertson
FW Scotland SCO Gregor Zimmerman
FW Scotland SCO Myles Gaffney (on loan from Cove Rangers)

Out on loan[edit]

As of 04 November 2023[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK Scotland SCO Louis Amann (at Stoneywood Parkvale)
MF Scotland SCO Anton Chauvin (at Colony Park)
FW Scotland SCO Jamie Thompson (at Rothie Rovers)

Coaching Staff[edit]

As of 04 November 2023[4]
  • Head Coach: Dean Donaldson
  • Assistant Coach: Jamie Lennox
  • Assistant Coach: Greg Moir
  • Assistant Coach: Kenny Clubb
  • Goalkeeping Coach: John Farquhar

Inverurie Loco Works Ladies[edit]

On the 8th of July 2022, Inverurie Loco Works announced the formation of a Ladies team.

They play in the SWFL North. The 2023 season was their first and they finished in 2nd.

Youth Teams[edit]

Inverurie Locos have a Men's U18s team who play in the SHFL U18 League East, and a Men's U21s team who play in the Aberdeenshire League.


As of 13 August 2023[5]
  • Chairman: Mike Macaulay
  • Vice Chairman: Graeme Hay
  • Treasurer: Jim Porter
  • Secretary: Billy Thomson
  • Football Operations: Scott Buchan
  • Youth Academy: Gary Jamieson




  • North East Junior League
    • Winners (3): 1992–93, 1995–96, 1997–98[6]
  • Aberdeen & District League[7]
    • Winners (16): 1924–25, 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1942–43, 1945–46, 1954–55, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62
  • North East Regional Cup
    • Winners (2): 1995–96, 2000–01
  • Aberdeen & District League Cup
    • Winners (5): 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1945–46
  • North East League Cup
    • Winners (3): 1986–87, 1988–89, 1991–92
  • McLeman Cup
    • Winners (3): 1928–29, 1951–52, 1968–69
  • Archibald Cup
    • Winners (11): 1928–29, 1932–33, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1954–55, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1968–69, 1980–81, 1999–2000
  • North Drybrough Cup
    • Winners (1): 1968–69
  • Duthie Cup
    • Winners (6): 1928–29, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1935–36, 1939–40, 1960–61
  • Aberdeen County Trophy
    • Winners (10): 1912–13, 1913–14, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1939–40, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1954–55, 1960–61, 1961–62
  • Jimmy Gibb Memorial Trophy
    • Winners (2): 1995–96, 1997–98


Inverurie Locos hold the Scottish record for most goals per game in a season, 6.64 goals per game (146 goals in 22 games), 1945–46 Aberdeen & District Junior League.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Inverurie Loco Works FC History". Inverurie Locos. Inverurie Loco Works FC. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Players". Inverurie Loco Works F.C. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Players". Inverurie Loco Works F.C. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Staff". Inverurie Locos. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  5. ^ "The Committee". Inverurie Locos. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  6. ^ Highland League: Inverurie Loco Works FC, Non-League Scotland (archived version, 2007)
  7. ^ Aberdeen & District Junior Football League 1901–1968, Scottish Football Historical Archive (archived version, 2014)

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