Point Football Club was formed in 1934. Football had been played in the peninsula at village level for many years before this and a team representing Point played in the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup in 1933 but the following year was when the Club was officially constituted. It took part in the cup competitions from then on and entered the newly formed Lewis League for the first time in 1937, along with the other rural teams.
Since then the club has been the most successful in Lewis football: League champions on seventeen occasions; Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Winners on seventeen occasions; ABC Cup winners six times; Co-op Cup winners four times; Lewis Cup winners five times; Jock Stein Cup winners eight times and possibly the greatest achievement, the winners of the Highland Amateur Cup in 1994.
The club has had various homes, for a period playing home games at Goathill Park in Stornoway, but since the 1970s the Garrabost Park has been home to the Reds. ‘Garrabost Park’ is a bit of a misnomer since the park is actually in Knock and it was Knock and Swordale Grazings which kindly donated the land to the football club.
Present facilities were opened on 16th July, 2007, when the Rangers Under 19s were the visitors. Two former Rangers and Scotland players, the’ Greatest Ranger’ John Greig and adopted Rudhach Ronnie MacKinnon were there to open the park officially, along with local Rudhach stalwarts, Murdo Biodan Macleod and Alasdair Macdonald, who taught at Aird School for many years.
The clubhouse is named Ionad Stoodie after the club’s greatest player, John Murdo ‘Stoodie’ Mackay, who was widely recognised as the best player in Lewis in the 1940s and 1950s. The current senior team manager is John Murdo’s son, Angus, who was a very fine player in his own right.
The previously independent Point Boys’ Club and the Point Girls’ Club have since been amalgamated with the senior organisation so that now there are teams at all age levels using the facilities.
The club has always been part of the community and the social facilities are used by a wide range of local organisations.
Like all football teams, Point FC has had its good and bad times and, although the last few years have been relatively unremarkable, there is always optimism that the good times are about to return.
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