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Foul news for football fans as filming banned

There’s bitter disappointment this week for football fans as the founder of Thistle Channel TV, who also owns sister channel SHFLtv, has been prevented from filming two high profile games.

There will be no online broadcasts or highlights of tomorrow’s game between Wick Academy FC and Brora Rangers FC, or of the game between Forres Mechanics FC and Elgin City FC (taking place on Wednesday).

The football broadcasts, which have peaked interest on a global scale, are produced by Nairn based Ross J Maclean who has been running an online media business for the past decade. Ross, originally from the Isle of Skye has been leading the way in the use of new media in sport by filming the Scottish Highland Football League games (since 2012) and broadcasting them with global reach.

He’s also choosing to film the north of Scotland cup competitions, even though they are currently of no financial benefit to his business, because he recognises the quality of play and level of interest in the broadcasts, and he has longer term plans to include them.

Ross said: “I’m obviously disappointed that I’ve been instructed not to film in Wick or Forres this week, but most of all I’m gutted for the fans who look forward to the broadcasts. As well as local viewers we have fans who watch from Canada, the US, and several other ex-pat communities.

“We have been told by the secretary and former president of the North of Scotland Football Association, Rod Houston, who has been full of praise, gratitude and encouragement to Thistle Channel for the past two years, that office bearer/s have requested that we be prevented from filming. It is our understanding that this is due to a lack of shared vision over how business sponsorship operates. SHFLtv has two official sponsors (Direct Waste Management and Orca Telecom) who invest in return for brand exposure. SHFLtv and Thistle Channel are professional businesses.

“We are not, therefore, in a position to offer free advertising or indiscriminate broadcast coverage to any business that does not remunerate. It’s disappointing to see that as a result of this Thistle Channel has been prevented from filming these games, and giving football fans what they want.

“Football and media are my passion; I am open to further discussion on rectifying this situation. The fans, the standard of sport and their best interests must come first, but that does not mean my business boundaries can be stretched or violated.”

“I can only hope that this is a temporary measure because I know that anyone with their heart in the football industry will want their fans to have access to the games. We are also disappointed because Wick Academy FC had gone to the effort of bringing in a cherry picker especially to enable us to film the game from a bird’s eye view.”



SHFLtv League fixtures – Filming Schedule

2nd Aug 2014       Brora Rangers v Huntly

9th Aug 2014        Turriff Utd v Wick Academy

16th Aug  2014     Scottish Cup

23rd Aug 2014     Inverurie Locos v Brora Rangers

30th Aug 2014     Rothes v Buckie Thistle

6th Sep 2014        Cove Rangers v Wick Academy

13th Sep 2014      Scottish Cup

20th Sep 2014      Wick Academy v Buckie Thistle

27th Sep 2014      Fraserburgh v Fort William

4th Oct 2014         Scottish Cup

11th Oct 2014      Huntly v Turriff Utd

18th Oct 2014      Thistle Channel

25th Oct 2014      Fort William v Rothes

1st Nov 2014        Scottish Cup

8th Nov 2014       Deveronvale v Keith

15th Nov 2014     Keith v Lossiemouth

22nd Nov 2014    Forres Mechanics v Cove Rangers

29th Nov 2014     Scottish Cup

6th Dec 2014        Lossiemouth v Turriff Utd

13th Dec 2014      Formartine Utd v Brora Rangers

27th Dec 2014      Strathspey Thistle v Rothes

3rd Jan 2015         Thistle Channel

10th Jan 2015       Buckie Thistle v Wick Academy

17th Jan 2015       Nairn County v Turriff Utd

24th Jan 2015       Clachnacuddin v Forres Mechanics

Broadcast schedule subject to change in event of game cancellations and other circumstances beyond our control. Mid-week fixtures will be at the discretion of Thistle Channel.



27th February 2014

For the remainder of the season we are going to operate on a week by week basis to select the games to be filmed  and our intention is to film mid-week games too.   Teams still to feature on SHFLtv for home games are Formartine,  Strathspey Thistle and Wick.

Information about upcoming mid-week games will be made as soon as possible but more likely on the Wednesday morning of each week.

This week’s game to be filmed is Fort William v Wick at Claggan Park, 1st March 2014


31st December 2013

It’s the end of an exciting year at SHFLtv and the beginning of a new one.  SHFLtv would not be possible without the support of the main sponsor Direct Waste Management and individuals who have helped at the initial stages.

Jackie Horne, Brenda Horne, Ricky Horne of Direct Waste Management, Neil Didsbury & Iain Auld who commentate on the games, Grant Turner for team shirt graphics, Anna MacLean reviewer and all the individuals who have helped with interviewing the Managers & players after the game:- Grant Turner, David Smith, Dale Prye-MacDonald, Dennis Bridgeford, Bob McLardy, Bob Manson, Alex Dan Campbell, Donald L Matheson, Sean Mcangus, Charlie Simpson & George Alexander.

Wishing all fans of the Scottish Highland Football League a Happy New Year and see you in 2014.

Next game is the local derby Wick v Brora on the 4th January, what is sure to be a cracking game !



20th December 2013


Scheduled games to be filmed:-

04/01/14              Wick Academy v Brora Rangers

11/01/14              Huntly v Inverurie Loco Works

18/01/14              Fort William v Buckie Thistle

25/01/14              Formartine United v Turriff United

01/02/14              Forres Mechanics v Cove Rangers

08/02/13              Fraserburgh v Inverurie Loco Works

15/02/14              Deveronvale v Buckie Thistle



4th December 2013

Waste firm pitches in to new sporting venture

A Nairn based company that’s broadcasting the Scottish Highland Football League to the rest of the world is thrilled to announce its first major sponsor.

Ross J Maclean of SHFLtv has been running an online media business for the past decade. At the turn of last year he piloted a league game online. Including the website launch it received almost a quarter of a million hits with no preview advertising.

Having secured exclusive rights to the broadcast 37 year old Ross (dad of 3), who’s originally from the Inner Hebrides, has set about negotiating sponsorship to help raise boost popularity, the company profile, and share the success.

Peterhead company Direct Waste Management Ltd is the first to sign up. The firm is a leading player in the specialist field of managing liquid waste and sludge in the North East of Scotland. Through the provision of innovative waste management solutions it is committed to sourcing environmental uses for the waste and reducing negative impact on our communities (


DWM lorry 1

Jackie Horne & Ricky Horne – Direct Waste Management Ltd
Ross J MacLean – SHFLtv

HSEQ Adviser Jackie Horne said: “We are a family business and we are all big football fans which has been known to cause the occasional heated debated in our household! My brother Ricky has played in the Highland League for four seasons and we routinely go to the games on a Saturday. We think the Highland League has a very high standard of play and it’s great that their talent is recognised both locally and globally thanks to Ross’s expansive thinking. When we found out that the league games were being filmed we knew it was a venture we wanted to be a part of on a personal and professional level.

“We serve a lot of businesses in the region and we anticipate this channel will soar in popularity and so it’s a fabulous way for us to advertise and support a new initiative we strongly believe in. People love to support football and be part of this community; it also provides us with the perfect platform to introduce some of that love to the environment and waste solutions. It’s a superb way to share an important message in an accessible and enjoyable way.”

Since its launch SHFLtv has continued to build a loyal fan base with repeat viewers spreading the word through social media. As it gathers pace Ross will develop football manager and player profiles, and cup final previews; all of which will now feature DWM’s logo. In addition to the onscreen logo and a featured position at each game, sponsors feature on the website, email signature, social media, and are presented with a branded media jacket for use at the games (sponsors who sign up now will qualify for these incentives).

Ross says DWM didn’t waste a minute in recognising the advantages: “This is an incredibly exciting time for SHFLtv, and to have already gained such a high profile sponsor at this stage shows the impact that the league games are having. We’re delighted to be associated with such a forward-thinking business. We are open to discussing sponsorship opportunities with any interested parties who are ready to up-level and expose their brand to a new audience who are, of course, their potential customers.

DWM lorry 2

Direct Waste Management Ltd

“Online media has revolutionised the way that business operates and we are delighted that DWM is embracing our use of technology to bring these games to the homes of fans worldwide.”

Extended highlights of the SHFL games are available online on a Monday evening. Ross is keen to provide a broadcast with a difference: “Our fans have direct input regarding the content they want. I’m already influenced by how best to develop the extended highlights program. This is communication at its core because it’s immediate, and I know we can deliver what they want. We already have viewers in Canada, Australia and South Africa.”

Ross has experience in broadcast and corporate productions in the UK ranging from news, lifestyle, factual, adventure sports, music videos, and aerial filming. His enthusiasm and high quality work has been featured locally as well as on SkyTV, BBC, and online and independent broadcast companies.

The Scottish Highland Football League has 18 teams covering a significant geographical area that takes in Caithness, Fort William, Inverness, Speyside, Morayshire and Aberdeenshire.

Ross concludes: “As we gain momentum we will increase the match exposure to showcase the league, and promote local communities on a global scale. For the right companies we can offer a superb way to pitch their services including website advertising, social media plugs, and online branding of programmes with post match interviews. The opportunities are endless.”

Check out and email Ross at for further information about how your company can support and benefit from this exciting sporting success.



 25th September 2013


An update to fans of the Scottish Highland Football League.

You, the fans, have sent in some suggestions for the website and ideas for filming.
Here is a quick list so far:-

1. Filming friendly games suggested by Craig Nicolson – some pre-season games were filmed along with two testimonials.

2. Website, index teams to easily view footage – suggested by Derek Lowe. Just today my web-designer has added this great feature and it works really well. Go to “categories” near the top-right of the website and choose which team you wish to view and all games filmed will be shown!

3. Add commentary, suggested by Gordon Henderson. Iain Auld & Neil Didsbury have been added to the SHFLtv team and you have to agree they are simply superb !

4. Slow-mo replays after goals – Kenny MacLeod
Other ideas that have come in that are great but at the moment I don’t have the time but hopefully this will happen soon:-

5. Live streaming, Live games suggested by Robert from Ft William and Bradley Neish

6. Player transfers, new players in/out – suggested by Marty Strathspey Thistle

7. Fan reactions, promo pieces for team towns – suggested by Jamie King.

8. Craig Munro & his uncle dancing in the terraces – Suggested by some twitter users!
See Cove Rangers v Huntly (4mins to 4mins 10secs !)

Keep sending in your ideas, all are taken on-board and as the program develops you the fans will get what you are looking for!

email ideas to




7th August 2013


The list of games to be filmed up to December 2013:-

03/08/13              Cove Rangers v Huntly

10/08/13              Buckie Thistle v Fraserburgh

17/08/13              Brora Rangers v Buckie Thistle

24/08/13              Clachnacuddin v Forres Mechanics

31/08 13               Deveronvale v Rothes

07/09/13              Formartine United v Deveronvale

14/09/13              Scottish Cup

21/09/13              Forres Mechanics v Brora Rangers

28/09/13              Fraserburgh v Keith

05/10/13              Scottish Cup

12/10/13              Huntly v Formartine United

19/10/13              Fort William v Forres Mechanics

26/10/13              Lossiemouth v Inverurie Loco Works

02/11/13              Scottish Cup

09/11/13              Nairn County v Clachnacuddin

16/11/13              Inverurie Loco Works v Keith

23/11/13              Keith v Strathspey Thistle

30/11/13              Scottish Cup

07/12/13              Wick Academy v Strathspey Thistle

14/12/13              Rothes v Keith

21/12/13              Strathspey Thistle v Turriff United

28/12/13              Turriff United v Deveronvale

Above games may be subject to change, ie weather, cancellations etc


2nd August 2013


So here we are, one day to go before the Scottish Highland Football League kicks off tomorrow on the 3rd August 2013.  I would just like to thank the following people for providing their time in assisting and interviewing Managers during the pre-season games that we filmed.

David Pryde-MacDonald  (Brora FC v Ross County)

Alex Dan Campbell (Buckie Thistle v Elgin City)

Grant Turner (Huntly v Aberdeen, Russell Guild testimonial)

Andy Skinner (Huntly v Aberdeen, Russell Guild testimonial)

Finlay Noble (Fraserburgh v Falkirk)

Donald L Matheson (Nairn County v Ross County) & photography

Des Scholes – photography

Dennis Bridgeford (Clachnacuddin v Caley Thistle)

David MacDonald (Ryan Green testimonial)

Steven Rattray (Ryan Green testimonial)

Rod Houston (North of Scotland Cup Draw)

First game to be filmed is the Cove Rangers v Huntly game, looking forward to filming the action and hopefully plenty of goals !

Let’s hear it for the Highland league, support your local team !