Eriskay football pitch recognised by FIFA

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.

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

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.

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.

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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.