Tolsta football through the ages
Tolsta Football Club in 2004
Eilean an Fhraoich Cup - Tolsta youngsters show some promise
It was with some trepidation that Tolsta entered the 2004 competition having fared poorly against Highland Amateur Cup holders Lochs the year beforfe, but this was a much improved performance by Tolsta, despite eventually going out to Carloway over two legs.
Tolsta Welfare Club finally picked up some silverware this year. After 6 years of league competition; some initial hefty defeats; less than consistent performances and a plethora of exotic injuries; Tolsta were at last hailed Welfare League champions in convincing and emphatic style.
Tolsta FC in the Eighties
It was a decade that had started promisingly with an Eilean an Fhraoich Cup victory in 1981, however, by season 1989, the team had folded and was never to return to the league, although continuing to compete in the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup until 1998.
In 1982, Tolsta progressed to their third Jock Stein Cup Final in their short history having beaten Ness and Rovers by 3-1 scorelines. They met Athletic in the final and after a 2-2 draw, the game went to a replay which also ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of normal time. However, the Aths pulled away from a flagging Tolsta in extra time to score three more goals, with a late consolation from 'Soggo' MacDonald making it 4-2 to the Aths.
Tolsta FC's finest hour and a half
The Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Final Replay of 26 September 1981 was undoubtedly Tolsta Football Club's finest sporting hour (and a half). Although not given much hope against a much feted Ness team who were on the verge of great things, Tolsta's team excelled itself on the day and defeated Ness 6-4, more comfortably than the margin suggests.
It was not just 11 a side that Tolsta's footballers displaying sporting prowess...they also excelled in the fast paced world of five-a-side football.
Great football years - the 1970s
Having supplied players of a very high calibre to Back FC in the sixties and seventies in particular, it was perhaps no surprise when people involved in football felt that there was sufficient interest and playing potential in Tolsta to form a club.
A committee was eventually elected in 1976 and the office bearers were as follows: Chairperson: Alex. A . Smith; Vice Chairperson: John Murray; Secretary: Donald John Graham; Treasurer: Angus M. Mackenzie. The team was managed by Tommy Dodds of the Crown Hotel.
Welcome return to EF Cup action
Tolsta FC made a welcome if unsuccessful return to the Eilean an Fhraoich competition after an absence of five years, but were unlucky to draw Lochs, then the form team in the Western Isles, in the first round.