The Can Cans

Find out about the history and the people making up the Norths oldest football team.

Why Mechanics?

There has been much debate over the years and many interesting theories as to why the club has a unique title. Some suggest the name is linked to the Mechanics Institute (now the Town Hall). Others suggest the name came from the many men who came from the South to work on the new railway line being constructed. To find the best authority on the origins of the name we need to look at the writings of Colin G. Watson (Many will know him as 'Yankee'). In 1984 Colin published a very insightful and well researched book, 'FORRES MECHANICS The First Hundred Years'.

In the book Colin suggests the following:

Despite being the oldest Association Football Club in the North of Scotland, Forres Mechanics were not at the time of their formation the oldest club in the town of Forres, there having been in existence for fully two years the St. Lawrence Club.

Colin goes on to explain that some members of this club appeared to be out of favour and failed to feature in games against local rivals.

It would seem this fact so outraged the members it prompted them to break away and set up their own club. So in October 1884 a meeting was convened and those present duly decided to set up a new club. Having taken the decision thoughts turned to a name for the club. Colin continues:

The only common factor between those present (at the meeting) was that they were all "Mechanics". This did not mean that they all tinkered with the latest Ford or Rover model off the assembly line as these were still far in the future. They were simply , as defined in the Oxford English Dictionary "people who are employed in manual occupation; and craftsmen".

And so in October 1884 Forres Mechanics were established.

Results and Fixtures

Check out the latest match reports results and fixtures.

Results and Fixtures

Early Days

Find out more about the history of the club, how it came to be and some of the stories from previous generations.

Club History

Getting Involved

There are lots of ways of helping the club out, with various sponsorship packages available, find out more.

Support the Cans