The 90-year history of Carloway Football Club has been immortalised in a new book to be published next week in Lewis.
And the story is told by two of those closest to the club’s most recent story, as father and son Graeme ‘Windy’ Miller and his son Eachainn proudly stamp their names on the cover.
Ninety Years On: The Story of Carloway Football Club 1933 to 2023 is to be launched on the club’s anniversary weekend, with no less than four events next Friday and Saturday, 8 and 9 December.
All will celebrate Carloway FC’s unique and rich history, over nine decades of the ‘moderately successful’ island football club.
Graeme played for Carloway from 1999 to 2006, although he added one last game when, as manager, he had to scrape a team together for a trip to Eriskay in 2015.
He was assistant manager from 2011-13 and manager from 2014-18, returning for the 2022 and 2023 seasons to manage the club again. He now says he is ‘definitely retired.’
He can also be heard on Isles FM most Tuesday nights, talking footie trivia alongside Stornoway’s Malcolm Macdonald on their radio show ‘Off the Croft.’
Eachainn was on the pitch for Carloway for the first time aged 15 in 2013 and continued appearing for the club until he went away to university in 2019.
He joined Ross County’s academy programme in 2012 and played for Stirling University and later in the Highland League for Inverness Clachnacuddin, as well as for various junior teams in the west of Scotland.
He gained fame for his incredible commitment to training and matches, as he travelled four hours and more than 120 miles to play in home matches during his time with Clach and with the Staggies.
Between them, Eachainn and Graeme have put together a publication which sums up the passion they continue to hold for their home club. They say: “Carloway Football Club, nestled on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, has been on a journey not without its challenges, but one defined by unwavering passion, dedication, and occasional madness.
“Ninety Years On delves into the heart of this moderately successful football club, offering readers a glimpse into the tales of heartbreak and glory that have defined the club's legacy.”
Graeme and Eachainn hail from Garenin and embarked on the journey of documenting Carloway FC's history in 2018. Both have not only played for the club but become wholly absorbed in its story.
What they describe as ‘a labour of love’ has culminated in a book capturing the club's evolution, triumphs and tribulations.
One chapter is dedicated to the intriguing tale of the late Scottish football legend Ronnie Mackinnon, who found himself playing for Carloway FC both before and after his illustrious professional career with Rangers and Scotland.
The two-day launch extravaganza takes Graeme and a cohort of current and former committee members and players to Uig Community Shop from 2-4pm on Friday 8 December, and to the club’s 90th anniversary dinner dance at Breasclete Community Centre from 6.30pm that evening.
On Saturday you can get your copy at Carloway Community Centre from 1-4pm and at the Lewis and Harris Rangers Supporters Club in Stornoway from 5-7pm.
The authors say: “Join us in celebrating ninety years of Carloway Football Club history as we embark on a journey through time, reliving the moments that have shaped the club.”
Pictures show the cover and one of the chapter openings of the new book, and authors Eachainn and Graeme Miller at home in Garenin.