Tolsta FC

Tolsta Football Club

After 1988, the team continued to compete in the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup until 1998. The club did make a further welcome return to that same cup competition.



For most of the period between 1976 and 1988, the club played in white shirts with a horizontal red and blue stripe across the chest and blue shorts. Apart from a short time when they were sponsored by N D Macleod and wore that firm's colours, comprising yellow shirts and red shorts.

Tolsta FC yellow and red

Their record in Lewis and Harris Football Association (LHFA) competitions was very good for one of the 'smaller' clubs, especially in cup competitions: Lewis Cup Runners Cup in 1983, Acres Boys' Cup Winners Cup in 1983 and Runners Up in 1985, 1986 and 1988; Jock Stein Cup Winners Cup in 1979 and Runners Up in 1978 and 1982; Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Winners in 1981 and Runners Up in 1986. Their highest league position was third in 1982.

One of the leading lights of the club was the late Iain 'Patchy' Murray who gave a number of local players their first opportunity to play senior football and thereafter did much to keep a number of teams of varying age groups afloat. He also had the uncanny ability to find players at short notice to play for him, from throughout the Western Isles and further afield. As a result there are probably quite a number of people dotted throughout the globe who have played for Tolsta at one time or another! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tolsta FC circa 1979