Eriskay football pitch recognised by FIFA

The pitch has been identified as one of the most remarkable places to play football. Picture: Contributed
The pitch has been identified as one of the most remarkable places to play football. Picture: Contributed
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A FOOTBALL pitch in the Western Isles has been recognised by FIFA as one of the most remarkable places in the world to play a match.

A match played on the field on the island of Eriskay has been recorded for screening at FIFA’s new museum in Switzerland, due to open next year.

“One time we had five corners, now we are down to four corners”

Martin Macaulay

The island, which has a population of fewer than 150, is known for the shipwreck that inspired Compton Mackenzie’s novel Whisky Galore! - the SS Politician ran aground off Eriskay in 1941 with a cargo of whisky.

Martin Macaulay, the manager of Eriskay FC, told BBC Alba that the playing surface was far from pristine.

“[It’s] well bumpy. It’s just all over the place.

“One time we had five corners, now we are down to four corners.”

Fans of the island football team have claimed that a rock once lay in part of the pitch, which the home side used to ‘play one-twos off’.

Mr Macaulay added: “It is unique with its views of Eriskay. It is a nice place.”

Eriskay FC compete in the Uist and Barra League, coming up against the likes of Benbecula FC; North Uist United; Iochdar Saints; Barra FC and Southend.