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Woodside Win Premier Division

Report by Andy McLaren

Woodside manager Joe McGunnigle Jnr believes the advantage of having a strong squad of 23 players helped Woodside lift the Premier Division trophy for the first time in the clubs history.

The champions defeated rivals Westdyke 5 – 0 in their last match to clinch the prestigious Premier Division by one point from neighbours University.

McGunnigle Jnr joined the club as a player over 20 years ago before taking over the reins from his dad, Joe McGunnigle Snr.

The Woodside manager said the current squad is the “strongest” he has ever coached.
McGunnigle said: “Losing to Cove Thistle in the final of the North of Scotland Amateur Cup was the lowest point in my career.

“Every team has its sticky patch’s and having strength in depth ensured we were strong enough to clinch the Premier Division.

“To win the Aberdeen F.C trophy for the second season in a row was a dream come true.

“James Simpson was our player of the year but this season has been a great team effort.

“To see the delight on my dad’s face when we won the league was the icing on the cake to a superb season.”

McGunnigle’s Co Manager, Douglas Gibb, who joined the club 7 years ago, said his side deserve “massive praise” for such a successful season.

Gibb added: “To be top of the league since the first day of the season is unbelievable.

“We have re-signed almost every player for next season so there is no reason why we can’t emulate the heroics of this year.”

Woodside’s Premier Division win is their second league title in three years after they clinched the Division One (East) crown in 2010.