Saturday’s match against Buckie Thistle saw Willie West rack up his 600th competitive appearance for the club. Willie made his debut a couple of weeks short of his 16th birthday against Fort William in November 2003. He scored his first goal for the Broch away to Buckie Thistle on 21st January 2006 and has amassed 161 goals in total which places him 6th in the club’s all time top scorers table. Willie has twice scored 4 goals in a match for the Broch both against Deveronvale at the Bellslea, firstly in October 2017 in a 7-3 romp and then again in August 2018 in a 5-1 win. He has also notched 4 other hat-tricks twice away to Fort William and one each against Keith and Turriff United.
Willie sits behind Billy Gordon (721) and Jimmy Young (680) in overall appearance for the club. He is one of the most decorated players in the Broch’s history winning the Highland League once, lifting the trophy as club captain last season, the Highland League Cup once against Cove Rangers in May 2006 when he scored one of the goals in a 4-1 win. He was also part of the team that won the last ever Qualifying Cup Final against Keith at Banff six months later. Add to that 5 Aberdeenshire Cup winners medals, including scoring both goals against Formartine United in the 2019/20 final and 3 Aberdeenshire Shield winners medals that’s quite an impressive haul.
Hopefully there will be a few more finals and winners medals before the veteran, who has turned out in almost every position in a Black and White shirt, hangs up his boots.
Congratulations Willie from all at Fraserburgh FC on your achievements so far.