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Season 2020/21 MATCH DAY #08

PETERHEAD v AIRDRIEONIANS Saturday 20th March 2021


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by David Reid

After the two-month hiatus from competitive action, Airdrieonians visit Balmoor for the resumption of football. The Diamonds had been enduring a hot and cold period with results before play was called to a halt in January. Airdrieonians earned superb victories over Clyde & Falkirk however crashed out the Scottish Cup at the hands of Edinburgh City and had been on a run of 6 games without a win prior to the success in Falkirk on 20th December. You would have to go back to October 2020 for the last time both sides clashed against each other with a Dale Carrick penalty and Callum Fordyce header sealing the points for Airdrieonians on the opening day of the shortened season, a long time when you consider we

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are currently going through lockdown 2.0. A whole calendar year since Airdrieonians last visited Balmoor with Craig Thomson and an Andrew Ryan penalty the difference for Ian Murray’s side that day. Airdrieonians come into this game sitting in fourth position with a game in hand and hoping to mount a promotion challenge come May. Boss Ian Murray will be keen to address the form that descended upon his side before the latest shutdown. From a Peterhead perspective, Peterhead went to the Excelsior Stadium back in 2016 and came away with a 3-1 victory with Rory McAllister netting his 200th career goal during that success in the Central Belt. Airdrie, at present have been productive during the shutdown adding Kyle Turner on loan from


Dunfermline Athletic with Kyle MacDonald moving in the opposite direction. Turner featured for the Diamonds previously. With a wealth of experience that belies his young age, Kyle will be a valuable addition to the Diamonds squad as the second part of the season gets underway. Defender MacDonald joined the Pars in January with the aim of returning to Airdrie on loan when the League One season resumed but following discussions between the clubs MacDonald will now remain a Dunfermline player with Turner heading in the opposite direction. Manager Ian Murray was pleased to bring in the dynamic midfielder. “We’re really delighted to secure Kyle, after speaking

to him I feel his hunger will help to push us on.” Airdrieonians also brought in striker Jack McKay recently who was on the books at English Premiership side Leeds United and played for several other English clubs. With Airdrieonians having a recurring theme of consistent results over Peterhead recently, boss Jim McInally will be keen to rectify matters in this afternoons fixture. Most importantly though, it’s great to have football back with the lower echelons of Scottish Football the lifeblood of the game we all enjoy.

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FROM THE DUG OUT

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is delighted that football is back however he has concerns over the impact on his players when the quick restart date was announced. The Blue Toon squad have been training on their own for nearly two months and despite their work being tracked by fitness coach Stuart Hogg, McInally is aware that it will not be enough for a demanding two game a week end to the season. McInally said: “I am delighted that we are starting back and so are our players however we have to ensure that what we are asking them to do is possible. As part of the plans for coming out of the first lockdown for the start of this season the Scottish FA’s Chief Medical Consultant John MacLean said that it would take four to six weeks to get players match ready.” “I have concerns as we cannot even hold our first training session until next week as everyone needs to be tested and have had their results back. ” “That could potentially leave players having only five training sessions to be ready for the rest of the season. It would be great to get assurances from Dr MacLean that this is acceptable.” 7


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GARY TO RETIRE

Gary MacKenzie will not be part of the Peterhead squad that returns to action after informing Blue Toon manager Jim McInally that he is hanging up his boots.

The 35-year-old joined the Balmoor side from St Mirren last autumn after enjoying a career that started at Rangers and included stops at Dundee, MK Dons, Blackpool, Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers and St Mirren. MacKenzie made seven appearances for Peterhead however he had a six week spell out after suffering a concussion against Airdrie in October and having had a lengthy spell absent due to hamstring and knee problems during his spell in Paisley the big stopper has opted not to continue.

McInally has praised MacKenzie for making his decision as he explained: “Gary fought back from the injuries he had at St Mirren to be fit for us this season. He also came back after the severe concussion he suffered at Airdrie however not playing the past few weeks gave Gary the chance to reflect on a few things.” “He got in touch last week to say he would not be returning. I asked him to take a couple of days to make sure and he has done that now. I admire him for being so up front and honest, it would have been easy for him to coast along here and pick up wages without being fully up for playing.” “Gary has had a very good career and was a really good influence on the youngsters we have during the past few months. We all wish him well.” 9


#1 – BRIAN THIRD

Brian was born is his beloved Cairnbulg in 1945 and was football daft from a young age. He started playing for Inversaintcairn Amateurs at the age of 16. He then moved to Fraserburgh in 1963 when he was 18. From there he moved to Deveronvale, Elgin City then back to Vale before coming to Peterhead in the summer of 1967. He was signed by committee member George Ritchie while painting the church at Rathven. George always said that was a great example of ‘Divine Intervention’. Brian was then a left back and it was soon evident to his ability when he would make powerful 40 yard runs in the opposition half prompting some to think he could be play centre forward. He was then moved to the centre forward position against Fraserburgh in 1967-68 season and scored four times in a 7-3 victory. The rest, as they say, is history. For those fans at that time the Peterhead team was Thomson, R.McNeil, Thornton, C.Duncan, Anderson, Calderwood, Simpson, Christie, Third, Beaton, and Buchan. The other scorers that day Christie(2) and Duncan. Brian was transferred to Montrose for £2,000 in 1970 and then, in 1973, to St Mirren for £26,000. The ‘Buddies’ manager at the time was Alex Ferguson. When Brian was asked how he got on with his manager, he replied “he’s a hard taskmaster, and that’s as much as you’ll print”. While he was at Montrose, Brian scored all six of their goals in a fixture at Stranraer. The home club very kindly gave Brian the match ball to keep which he proudly retained as a memento. A fall out with Fergie saw him depart St Mirren and Brian returned to Peterhead in 1975. The club went on to win the Qualifying Cup that season beating Elgin 10 10

Brian Third in action

City 2-0 away and drawing 1-1 at home. This was to be the last two legged final and sadly the final season in Brian’s career with an old back injury finally taking it’s toll. The three games mentioned against Fraserburgh, Stranraer and Elgin City are Brian’s most fondly remembered matches. He did of course also secure the Sunday Mail Highland League ‘Player of the Year’ award in 1978-79. Brian said his favourite team-mates were both Johnny Anderson and Ally Christie and his most respected opponent was Dougal Grant of Elgin City.


Brian Third relaxing on the golf course

Frank Krukowski

#2 – FRANK KRUKOWSKI Frank was born in Aberdeen in 1954; his surname derives from his Polish father who had come to Scotland during the last war. He played for Bridge of Don school team at both primary and secondary levels. Whilst still at school he was playing juvenile football with first Torry FP’s, aged 14, moving to Furneux FC at 16. During this period Frank was playing alongside Andy Gray of Dundee United and Tommy Burns of Celtic.He joined the junior ranks with Stonehaven, then quickly moved up to senior football for Peterhead in 1975. Frank stayed with us for nearly 10 years before moving to Huntly along with Willie Lawson. Frank won winners medals with Peterhead in the Qualifying and League Cups and on three occasions in

the Aberdeenshire Cup. His Peterhead career was littered with many great memories. Interviewed after his playing days were over Frank said his favourite played from his time was Willie Lawson and his most respected opponent was Billy Urquhart of Caledonian. He said he loved playing against Charlie Duncan when he was playing for Caledonian “the home support seemed to love it when Charlie and I were getting in at the Rec”. Continued on Page 36

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A story of football in Peterhead from 1946 and including other aspects of life enjoyed by children brought up during and immediately after the 39-49 war years. “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” was first serialised in the Buchan Observer in 2002 and we are delighted that Blue Toon Talk brings you the Late George Ritchie’s wonderful account of his memories to a whole new generation of Blue Toon fans.

PART 39 –

The Sunday Papers, “Good Kitchy” and Tuesd

Jings, crivens. Help meh Bob! The Sunday Post’s Oor Wullie, Fat Bob, Soapy Soutar and PC Murdoch. They, along with the “Broons” help’n those dull nothing to do Sundays. Ma, Pa and Grand-Pa Broon, Hen, Joe, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the twins and the “bairn.” All coming alive as I knelt on the fleer to read it whilst at the same time licking the scrapings from the Creamola custard pot. A typical daily denner time menu at 13 Port Henry Road: Mon; Second days broth, mince ‘n’ tatties, Tues; Potted heid ‘n’ tatties, Wed; Fish. Oh me! Nae ‘flukes’ again. Herrin or kippers in the summer time. Thurs; Fathers obligatory tripe in boiled milk wae tatties. Fri; Sausages-is-theboys, inginns and mashed tatties. Sat; A “Thirdie’s” bradie wae the mince poured on top (my favourite) Sundat; A three courser. Broth, Bile’n beef, tatties, carrots ‘n’ neeps. Then a plate eh’ custard wae a daud eh jam in the middle. A full cup of lemonade pored with the Sunday dinner and debating with myself whether to sip it slowly and make it last, or drink it down quickly 12

and feel the aerated flavours dancing on my taste buds. The latter always won the argument. I was fortunate then to share the dinner table with only my parents. Other much larger families were very likely to have had more than one dinner sitting. Sundays of course were always lye-in days, the sleep only interrupted by the radio western half hour with “Big” Bill Campbell and his Rocky Mountain Rhythm, followed by the Billy Cotton Band Show and then Two Way Family Favourites a record request programme between British services on the Rhine and their families at home.

A popular evening show was Variety Bandbox. For late night music lovers The American Forces Network show known as “AFN.” This programme consisted of American servicemen pledging dollars to hear a particular record. On one Sunday night I recall “Goodnight Irene” pledged and played four times. This programme was a few years before “Top Twenty” was introduced and after that Radio Luxemburg, popularly known as ‘208.


“Swap’n comics, a cheap way of seeing all the favourites. Desperate Dan, Lord Snooty, Barny Boko, Keyhole Kate, Septimius Spider, all wonderful childhood comic characters in the “Dandy” and “Beano.” We later progressed to the “all reading” comics the “Adventure,” “Hotspur,” “Rover,” and “Wizard” with footballer “Limp along Leslie Wilson,” and “Strong Arm the Axe Man” my favourites. I had what I believed to be an exclusive “swap” with Jessie Yule (Reid) Port Henry Road, when she would give me Film Fun, a comic of famous British film and radio stars and including Archie Andrews the ventriloquist’s dummy. Hard to believe we would be taken in by a wooden dummy talking in print. But at that young age “anything goes” in the comic world.

“Cheerie Planes,” “Waltzers” and “Rollin-the – penny” along with other stall games of chance. I did once win a cheap white lame teapot and proudly took it hame to mi ‘Ma.” Over fifty years later it still held an affectionate place in my home. Jist along fae the “Shows” the mysterious “Bogey Hole” near the “Baths” and infested with rats. Sometimes a deid “skurrdy” crawl’n wae maves (maggots). For some reason we boys regarded this sight as an interesting spectacle.

Another aspect of the town’s entertainment after the war was the periodic visits of the “shows.” A brightly painted assortment of roundabouts and stalls at Smiths embankment Charlotte Street near Love Lane. An entirely new experience for many may age. 13


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2020/21 SCOTTISH CUP TO RESUME IN MARCH

Following the announcement that SPFL League One and Two and Highland League clubs who remain in the competition are permitted to return to play immediately, the Scottish Cup is now set to recommence this month. The competition will resume on Tuesday, 23 March in order to complete the outstanding ties from the Second Round before the Third Round is played on the weekend of 3 April. The last two weekends in April will see the Fourth and Fifth Rounds of the competition completed prior to the Semi-Finals which will be held across the weekend of 8 May. The 2021 Scottish Cup Final will bring the curtain down on the season at Hampden Park on Saturday, 22 May. The competition will see the introduction of concussion substitutes on a trial basis, following approval by the Scottish FA Board and confirmation by the International Football Association Board [IFAB]. In the event of an actual or suspected concussion, clubs will be allowed to use a maximum of two concussions replacements, regardless of the number of substitutions already made. The opposition will be permitted to make another change at the time a concussion substitution is made. Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “The Scottish Cup is our flagship competition and we are pleased that the temporary suspension of the lower leagues has now been lifted to allow the matches to resume. “With the green shoots of hope emerging with the continuing successful rollout of the vaccination programme and the announcement of restrictions easing in the future, the news that the Scottish Cup Final will be played in May at Hampden Park will hopefully come as a further boost to Scottish football

fans this week. “The remaining rounds will be played in quick succession and with the fixtures coming thick and fast as the domestic season comes to a conclusion, the showpiece Scottish Cup Final will once again provide an exciting finale for the Scottish football season.”

Second Round Fixtures Arbroath v Falkirk Buckie Thistle v Inverness Caledonian Thistle Brora Rangers v. Heart of Midlothian Dumbarton v Huntly Elgin City v Ayr United Formartine United v Annan Athletic Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic Keith v Clyde Nairn County v Montrose Partick Thistle v Cowdenbeath Peterhead v Stenhousemuir Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers 15


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MATCH REPORT PETERHEAD 1-1 MONTROSE Saturday 22nd December 2020 • SPFL1 Peterhead manager Jim McInally spent the day handing out Christmas Hampers to the local community of the Peterhead area in conjunction with the SPFL Trust and the Balmoor boss also found time to make two changes from Saturday’s win at Partick Thistle. Ryan Conroy was missing out through injury with Alan Cook coming in to replace him and Isaac Layne dropping to the bench with Lyall Cameron starting after being a substitute at Firhill. The Blue Toon nearly got off to a flying start when Scott Brown found Cameron on the left and with the Peterhead skipper darting forward to meet Cameron’s cross with his head however his effort easily cleared that bar. Peterhead’s injury jinx struck again after only 8 minutes when Gary Fraser fell to the ground after landing awkwardly and his immediate discomfort was recognised by the Montrose players who ushered the ball off the pitch. Layne came on to replace Fraser, who appeared to suffer a knee injury, with Cook dropping back to a midfield role to allow the substitute to play up-front. Former Peterhead striker Russell McLean had the ball into the net on 16 minutes however an offside flag was raised and as play raced to the other end Cameron’s trickery saw him send a ball across the face of the Montrose goal however there were no takers. On 21 minutes Layne made an impact as he darted away from Kerr Waddell and charged into the Montrose penalty box with Kerr impeding his progress at the expense of a penalty that Layne lashed high past Allan Fleming. Five minutes later Layne was all set to convert a Cameron pass and make it 2-0 until Andrew Steeves produced a last gasp tackle. Montrose began to edge into the game and Kyle Bailey almost gave them a helping hand with a short headed pass-back however Joshua Rae came to his rescue.

Graham Webster got free on the left hand side of the hone box on 35 minutes however he sent his shot high over Rae’s bar. Just before half-time Peterhead had claims for a second penalty turned down when Steven Boyd went down under a challenge from Sean Dillon as he waited for a cross. Half time Peterhead 1 Montrose 0 Montrose had Peterhead pinned back in the opening stages of the second half and manager McInally responded by bringing on Derek Lyle for Layne in a bid to keep the visitors occupied in their own half. Simon Ferry robbed Lewis Milne of the chance of an equaliser on the hour mark with a superb sliding tackle with Craig Johnston scooping the loose ball into the arms of Rae. A leveller did arrive on 68 minutes and it too came from the penalty spot with Webster slotting in from 12 yards after Jason Brown had tangled with McLean. A further enforced substitution came on 73 minutes when Gary MacKenzie was replaced by Derryn Kesson in what could never be called a like for like move with another reshuffle of positions by the Peterhead coaching team seeing Ferry drop into centre half with Kesson playing further forward. A minute later a superbly timed sliding tackle from Kieran Freeman denied Webster the chance to run at Rae’s goal with the Montrose man denied late on when Ferry kicked his header away from the Peterhead goal. The hosts had looked to hit on the break however Cook thumped their best effort high over however there was to be no further scoring. Peterhead – Rae, Bailey, MacKenzie (Kesson 73), J.Brown, Freeman, Ferry, S.Brown, Fraser ((Layne 9) Lyle 59), Cameron, Boyd, Cook 17


TODAY’S REFEREE: ASST. REFEREE 1: ASST. REFEREE 2:

PETERHEAD Ben ARMOUR Kyle BAILEY Steven BOYD Jason BROWN Jordon BROWN Scott BROWN Ryan CONROY Alan COOK Simon FERRY Gary FRASER Kieran FREEMAN

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Derryn KESSON Isaac LAYNE Derek LYLE Andy McCARTHY Andy McDONALD Kieran McGRATH Niah PAYNE Joshua RAE Hamish RITCHIE Danny STRACHAN Lenny WILSON


SQUADS Steven KIRKLAND Graham McNEILLIE Scott ANDERSON

AIRDRIEONIANS Joshua BURKE Dale CARRICK Kyle CONNELL Sean CRIGHTON Max CURRIE Callum FORDYCE Calum GALLAGHER James HUGHES Josh KERR Harlain MBAYO Leon McCANN Jack McKAY

Paul McKAY Joseph MOORE Reece MURDOCH Euan O’REILLY Patrick PYOTT Dean RITCHIE Thomas ROBERT Ally ROY Griffin SABATINI Eoghan STOKES Craig THOMSON Scott WALKER

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SPFL1 RESULTS ● SPFL1 TABLE ● TODAY’S FIXTURES First Stage of Season (Matches 1-18)

Second Stage of Season (Matches 19-22) TOP 5

HOME \ AWAY AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL FOR MON PAR PET

HOME \ AWAY

Airdrieonians

- 5:0 1:1 0:2

0:1

Clyde 2:4 -

0:3

2:3 -

Cove Rangers

3:1

1:0 -

Dumbarton East Fife 2:0 Falkirk 0:1

3:2 1:0 0:2

2

3:0 1:2 1:0 1:0

3 4

2:1 - 2:1 2:0 2:2

5

2:0 - 1:1

0:1 0:0 4:0

Montrose Partick Thistle 2:1

0:2 1:0 2:1

Peterhead

3

4

5

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0:0 2:1 Second Stage of Season (Matches 19-22) BOTTOM 5

- 2:3 0:2 1:3 0:0 - 0:1 3:2

0:0 2:0 2:2

2

1 -

0:3

1:0

Forfar Athletic 1:3

2:0

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HOME \ AWAY

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SPFL1

POS. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Falkirk Cove Rangers Montrose Airdrieonians Partick Thistle East Fife Peterhead Dumbarton Clyde Forfar Athletic

P 11 11 11 10 10 9 11 9 8 10

HOME W D 3 2 4 0 2 1 2 1 2 2 4 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 0 1

L 1 2 2 2 1 0 2 1 3 4

F 6 11 8 8 6 10 4 2 6 3

A 3 6 6 4 4 4 5 3 11 9

AWAY W D 3 1 2 1 3 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 1 0 1 2

TODAY'S FIXTURES PREMIERSHIP

CHAMPIONSHIP

LEAGUE 1

LEAGUE 2

Dundee Utd v A berdeen

A rbroath v Hearts

Clyde v East Fife

A nnan v Co wdenbeath

Hamilto n v St M irren

A yr Utd v Raith Ro vers

Dumbarto n v Fo rfar A th

Elgin City v Edinburgh City

Kilmarno ck v M o therwell

Dunfermline A th v ICT

Falkirk v M o ntrose

Queen's P ark v Stranraer

Livingsto n v Hibernian

M o rto n v Queen o f Sth

P artick Th v Co ve Ran

Stenho usemuir v A lbion R

P eterhead v A irdrieo nians

Stirling A lb v B rechin City

St Jo hnsto ne v Ro ss Co

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L 1 2 1 2 2 4 4 3 2 2

F 12 4 11 9 3 2 6 3 3 2

A 5 3 9 7 2 9 8 7 8 6

GD 10 6 4 6 3 -1 -3 -5 -10 -10

PTS 21 19 18 16 15 13 13 11 9 6


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McInnes departs Aberdeen, what, …or rather, who is next for The Dons? By Isaac Buchan After 8 seasons in which he collected a Scottish League Cup, a PFA Scotland Manager of the Year, 4 second place finishes and 4 cup finals, Derek McInnes finally stepped down from his role as Aberdeen boss by mutual consent. This had mixed opinions with the Don’s fans as this season saw a recent run of one goal from nine matches

which left Aberdeen six points from 3rd place in a season in which any team could’ve grabbed 3rd place. However, football will go on without McInnes at the Dons and attention turns to who might be David Cormack’s next appointment. Let’s take a look at who the bookies have down for the next head coach.

Stephen Glass Atlanta United 2 Manager Odds – 1/2 The former Aberdeen winger and midfielder who made 112 appearances for the reds is the current front runner for the job. He is currently the manager of Atlanta United’s second side and was interim boss for a period of time, who in turn, has invested £2 million into the club and has a seat on the Aberdeen board. This could make it very easy for Glass to return back to Pittodrie. However, putting nostalgia aside, his managerial credentials aren’t too impressive. He was Assistant Manager at Shamrock Rovers where he served under his previous Dunfermline manager Stephen Kenny, however this only lasted 6 months before Kenny was sacked. Glass then moved state side where he became academy coach at Atlanta United before stepping up to the second team job. 26

However, he came 14th in the Eastern Division out of 18 teams in his only full season and during his time as Interim First Team Manager, he only saw 4 wins in 19 games.

Despite these poor credentials, he does seem the most likely candidate due to his playing career for Aberdeen and the clubs ties with the American side. Rumours have also circulated of him bringing in Scott Brown as his number two which would be an interesting choice with the Celtic captain’s career slowly winding down. His experience and knowledge of the Scottish game could bring a lot to the club and Glass could flourish with an experienced leader by his side.

Likelihood – 8/10


Stephen Robinson Former Motherwell Manager, currentlyunemployed Odds – 6/1 One of the most well respected coaches in the recent Scottish game. His fantastic time at Motherwell came to an end this season after a poor start which saw them third bottom of the league.

Another strong point of the Northern Irishman is his ability to build up younger players from the academy set ups, such as David Turnbull who has now moved on, and his replacement Allan Campbell.

Despite his poor season this year, in his previous three years at the Steelmen he took them to two cup finals in one season, the first time since 1951, and grabbed a third place finish in 2019-20. Robinson also changed the ‘thump it up the park’ style of old, into a fluid attacking possession-based style which saw them move from a lower half of the table side up to the European places.

The two central midfielders have both flourished under Robinson and this just goes to show the possibilities of what he could do with Aberdeen’s younger players such as Lewis Ferguson and Connor McLennan.

This with the third lowest budget in the league. Robinson’s style of attacking football also differed with not having a big number nine up top such as Emmanuel Thomas, instead opting for Devante Cole who drops into attacking midfield while the ball is transitioning from defence to attack.

Overall, this would be a solid appointment to the Aberdeen role and would be interesting to see what he could do with a bigger budget and a more developed youth system, especially with him saying recently that he was ready for a return to management.

Likelihood – 6.5/10

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Enzo Maresca Manchester City Development Squad Manager Odds – 14/1 Another name linked with the role is a coach who as a player won 2 UEFA Cups, 1 Serie A, 1 Supercoppa Italiana and a Copa Del Rey. As a coach has worked under the likes of Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini, yet his name isn’t as recognisable as the others on this list. Maresca’s CV is very impressive and might be the breath of fresh air that Aberdeen need as the past managers have been domestically based who know the club. He has built up a reputation across Europe as a “highly-respected, analytical young coach who is an astute tactician” when working under Pellegrini at West Ham United. He often took over the tactical side of things with him using his style of play to see out a win against Chelsea. 30

The Italian sets up a similar style of play to Robinson with an attacking, progressive and possession-based football which would be another positive sign to see in the Scottish game. He has also played a large part in the development of some of City’s youth talents this season such as Liam Delap and Tommy Doyle who have both been used by Pep in the first team this campaign. The only downside to this appointment is the lack of experience as a manage with it being tough to fully analyse someone’s accomplishments before they step into a first team role. If the young coach is appointed it would be a risky move but one that could see a manager with a lot of potential bring exciting football back to Pittodrie. However, it does seem Dave Cormack would seem to prefer a more closer-to-home coach, someone to steady the ship rather than take a gamble on a young up-and-comer.

Likelihood – 4/10


Neil Lennon Former Celtic Manager, currently unemployed Odds – 10/1 I’ll make this one quick as I personally really don’t see it happening but the former Parkhead boss’s name has cropped up for the role and, disregarding this season, would be a strong appointment for the Reds. However, this season at Celtic cant be ignored, in which he saw a terrible European performance alongside being out of the League Cup at the first hurdle and domestically not challenging for the League

Overall, I believe that Stephen Glass is the most likely to get the job, due to previous club ties and Aberdeen having a strong partnership with Atlanta United. With a strong backroom staff Glass could possibly steady the ship and get a good run of results with Aberdeen, however with what he has done in management, I just don’t think he is what Aberdeen need at the minute. Every time a club goes through a period of having one manager at the helm for a long time, this usually results in an overhaul of the system (e.g. Pochetino to Mourinho at Spurs) and for Aberdeen to complete this rehaul they need to hire a more attacking minded coach.

I also don’t see him taking a job for a while, never mind one in Scotland.

Aberdeen fans have wanted to get rid of the previous counter-attacking defensive systems and Lennon just doesn’t suit the bill of an attacking minded manager with not really having convincing victory’s over tough league opponents and always scraping a 1-0 or a 2-1 win. Therefore, I feel this is a longshot for the hot seat at Pittodrie.

Likelihood – 2/10

Robinson or Maresca are the perfect candidates for this and while I do feel gambling on Maresca could be a successful option for the Dons, Stephen Robinson seems the best choice for the job. An attacking minded coach who knows the league well, has delivered some good success at Motherwell and has developed young talent through the system. However, the only issue I see with this is that his Motherwell side have failed to take points from the top two during his tenure. Robinson will need to have less fear coming up against the Old Firm if he is to land the job and succeed. Despite this, he seems a perfect suit for the role. 31 31


HEAD

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH

WHO WILL WIN?

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DRAW

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5/1

NB: All Odds subject to change

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AIRDRIEONIANS

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Cove Rangers Peterhead

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LOST

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Airdrieonians Edinburgh City

0 1

LOST

22 DEC 20 SPFL1

Peterhead Montrose

1 1

DRAW

26 DEC 20 SPFL1

Clyde Airdrieonians

2 4

WON

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Partick Thistle Peterhead

0 1

WON

20 DEC 20 SPFL2

Falkirk Airdrieonians

0 1

WON

12 DEC 20 SPFL1

Peterhead East Fife

2 1

WON

12 DEC 20 SPFL2

Airdrieonians Montrose

0 1

LOST

PREVIOUS MEETINGS AT BALMOOR 22 FEB 20 Peterhead 0 AWAY SPFL1 Airdrieonians 2 WIN

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05 OCT 19 SPFL1

Peterhead Airdrieonians

1 2

AWAY WIN

01 APR 17 SPFL1

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COVE RANGERS 1-0 PETERHEAD Saturday 2nd January 2021 • SPFL1 Peterhead could have had a day to forget at Cove Rangers as they lost a goal to a former favourite with less than two minutes played and then had twto players dismissed before an hour had been played. However the remaining players rallied and despite losing 1-0 they stuck to their task well and almost came up with a goal to rescue something from the game. Jordon Brown made a quick-fire starting debut for Peterhead against hosts Cove Rangers with Ryan Conroy and Andrew McCarthy returning to action with Kyle Bailey and Gary Fraser dropping out of the matchday squad and Gary MacKenzie moving to the bench. The game got off to a terrible start for the Blue Toon with a very familiar face being the worst kind of first-footer after just two minutes. With little more than 90 seconds played McCarthy was penalised for a foul on Mitch Megginson which Fraser Fyvie whipped into the area and Rory McAllister was there to head home.

The former Peterhead hero almost grabbed his second of the afternoon when he was through on goal on 10 minutes however Joshua Rae was able to block. Peterhead’s hopes of getting back into the game quickly took a hit midway through the first half when Simon Ferry was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Megginson which despite Jason Brown being close in attendance was deemed to be denying a goal-scoring opportunity.

Rae helped his side out again on 36 minutes when he was able to push away a well-hit effort from Jamie Masson with the former Aberdeen midfielder heading over on 41 minutes. As Cove continued to press another ex-Blue Toon player Leighton McIntosh sent an effort just wide however Steven Boyd gave the hosts something to think about three minutes from the break with a quick turn and shot that just cleared the bar. Peterhead’s start to the second half was also damaging as Boyd picked up the second red card of the afternoon on 52 minutes after dissent towards referee Peter Stuart. With 20 minutes left another familiar face Scott Ross had a chance against the nine men however his effort was scooped up by Rae. Despite how the game had gone Peterhead kept on battling and remarkably they came close to an equaliser when the ball was worked to Alan Cook at the edge of his box and his low drive was pushed past for a corner by Cove goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie. Ryan Conroy also hit a shot goalward from a freekick in the hope of a leveller however McKenzie saved again. Peterhead – Rae, Freeman, Ferry, Jason Brown, Conroy, McCarthy, Scott Brown, Jordon Brown, Cameron, Cook, Boyd Unused substitutes – MacKenzie, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson (G/k) 35


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In the thick of things in the epic Scottish Cup tussle with Raith Rovers in 1987.

#3 – JIM BAIN

Jim who is affectionately nicknamed ‘Baino’ was born on the 20th June 1957. A long time worker for over 25 years at former club sponsor ASCO, Jim started playing for his local Academy and at this time or Catto Rangers in the summer juvenile league. At 16 he was playing in the Welfare League for the Academy FP’s, then soon stepped up to the junior grade with Buchanhaven Hearts. Jim’s form with the Hearties soon had Peterhead interest and Joe Harper signed him for the start of season 1981-82. Respected all over the North for his rumbustious centre forward style, Jim was a fan’s favourite for his never-say-die spirit always giving 100%. He left Peterhead in 1984 for a brief spell with Keith, returning ‘home’ to start the 1985-86 season at the ‘Rec’. Jim was reinstated to the junior ranks with Longside during the 1988-89 season although he did return briefly to George Adam’s Peterhead team in season 1990-91 before quitting the senior game for good. Jim’s most memorable game is the tie against Raith Rovers in the 1986-87 Scottish Cup 4th Round match, first replay at Recreation Park on the 25th February 1987. An occasion when Jim scored the third and equalising goal in a 3-3 draw, after extra time. Jim’s assessment of scoring in front of 8,000 fans that night is, in his own words, “unforgettable, the adrenaline flow n the while team as tremendous.”

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“Baino” celebrating yet another goal with the Blue Toon fans. 37 37


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MAKE MINE A DOUBLE! By John O'Brien

Jimmy Bone’s Airdrieonians squad had been brushing away the disappointment of missing out on promotion to the Premier Division having been involved in a two way battle with Alex Totten’s St Johnstone. This was thorough the previous season right up to the final month of the campaign, until the Perth side bagged the only place available courtesy of winning the First Division title in 1990.

Peterhead’s listed squad for the weekend was Tait, Emslie, Walker, Tosh, Donaldson, Massie Forman, Sievwright, Burke, Masson, Porter, Barclay, C.Smith, Guyan, Thomson, A.Smith, Fraser. The winning Airdrieonians side was Martin, Boyle, Auld, Grant, McPhee, Gray, Balfour, Irvine, MacDonald, Lawrence, Coyle with Harvey and Stewart coming on as substitutes.

Prior to the start of a fantastic season 1990/91 was an invitation to participate in the Buchan Cup to be played over the final weekend of July 1990.

While Airdrie booked their place in the final with a 3-1 victory, thanks goals from Lawrence, Coyle and Harvey, the biggest prize they took that day was the signing of Andy Smith from Peterhead, a bargain at a measly £15,000. In the final, Ayr United went down to a solitary Owen Coyle strike to allow the decent travelling support to indulge in a celebratory weekend. Skipper Ian McPhee triumphantly lifted the trophy for Airdrieonians.

Peterhead were hosting the 1990 tournament at Recreation Park, with Ayr United and Fraserburgh completing the four-team line up. The semi-final draw saw Peterhead and Airdrieonians come face to face with each other, and Ayr United and Fraserburgh play each other in the other semi-final. Fraserburgh were beaten 3-1 by Ayr United while Jimmy Bone’s side went on to face the Somerset Park club by beating Peterhead. 40

Almost exactly a year later, at Bellslea Park, the same four sides returned for their Buchan Cup weekend. When it came down to the semi-final draw, they were paired the same way as the previous year.


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Ayr United beating hosts Fraserburgh but losing out in the final to the Diamonds on penalties by 4-2, after a goalless draw. Peterhead were beaten 3-1 in their semi-final with a Coyle double and a Lawrence goal taking the Broomfield Park side into the final. Peterhead’s listed squad for the weekend was Tait, Moreland, Forman, Sievwright, Burke, McIntosh, Brebner, McKenzie, Fraser, Tosh, C.Watson, M.Watson, Cheyne, Loch. Victory in the Buchan Cup inspired an even better season for Airdrieonians than the previous one by excelling in the Premier League, reaching the Scottish Cup Final and reaching the League Cup semi-final only to be felt robbed by Dunfermline, courtesy of a controversial refereeing decision. Airdrieonians were not to return to Buchan for a bid for three in a row as they were busy preparing for their first ever venture into European competition.

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MATCH STATS ● APPEARANCES ● GOAL SCORERS n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

10-Oct 13-Oct 17-Oct 24-Oct 31-Oct 07-Nov 10-Nov 14-Nov 21-Nov 28-Nov 05-Dec 12-Dec 19-Dec 26-Dec 02-Jan 20-Mar 23-Mar 27-Mar 30-Mar 06-Apr 10-Apr 17-Apr 20-Apr 24-Apr 27-Apr 29-Apr 01-May 04-May

Opponents Dundee United Brechin City Airdrieonians Cove Rangers Clyde Montrose Kelty Hearts St Johnstone Dumbarton Forfar Athletic Falkirk East Fife Partick Thistle Montrose Cove Rangers Airdrieonians Stenhousemuir Dumbarton Clyde Forfar Athletic Partick Thistle East Fife Falkirk Split 1 Split 2 Split 3 Split 4 Split 5

Away Home Away Home Away Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Home

F 1 3 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 1 0

A 0 1 2 2 0 3 1 3 0 1 2 1 0 1 1

1 Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Wilson Wilson Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae Rae

2 3 4 Mulligan Conroy J. Brown Bailey Conroy J. Brown Freeman Conroy J. Brown Freeman Conroy J. Brown Freeman Conroy J. Brown Freeman Conroy J. Brown Freeman Conroy J. Brown Bailey Freeman J. Brown Bailey Freeman Ferry Bailey J. Brown Freeman Bailey MacKenzie J. Brown Bailey MacKenzie J. Brown Bailey MacKenzie J. Brown Freeman J. Brown Mackenzie Freeman Conroy J. Brown

5 Bailey MacKenzie MacKenzie Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey Conroy Conroy Conroy Freeman Freeman Freeman Bailey Ferry

6 Ferry Ferry Ferry S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown Fraser Cameron Conroy Fraser Fraser Ferry S. Brown

7 McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy Cook Cook Cook Cook Ferry McCarthy S. Brown Fraser McCarthy Ferry Cook Cook

8 S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy McCarthy S. Brown Fraser S. Brown S. Brown S. Brown Fraser McCarthy

9 Layne Layne 2 Layne Cameron Fraser Fraser Fraser Fraser Boyd McCarthy McCarthy Conroy Conroy Cameron Cameron

10 Boyd Boyd Boyd Boyd Cameron Cameron Cameron Boyd Armour Boyd Boyd Cameron Boyd S. Brown Boyd

11 Armour Armour Bailey Lyle Boyd Armour 2 Armour Armour Cook Armour Cook Boyd Layne Boyd J.A. Brown

Substitutes Wilson, McKenzie, Lyle, Fraser, Cook, Kesson, Cameron Wilson, Cook, Freeman, Lyle, Cameron, Kesson Wilson, Cook, Freeman, Lyle, Cameron, Kesson Layne, Kesson, Wilson Armour,Kesson,Bakar (T), Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Boyd, Kesson, Bakar (T), Trialist, Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Boyd, Kesson, Bakar, Lyle Cook, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Lyle Layne, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Trialist, Wilson, Lyle MacKenzie, Cook, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Layne, Cook, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Cook, McCarthy, Kesson, Cameron, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle Layne, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson, Lyle MacKenzie, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson

KEY - n SPFL n Betfred League Cup n Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup n Scottish Cup BOLD NAME = Goalscorer ITALIC NAME = Penalty SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

1

Montrose

19

1

Clyde

19

2

Falkirk

18

2=

Forfar Athletic

15

3

Airdrieonians

17

2=

Montrose

15

4

Cove Rangers

15

4=

East Fife

13

5

East Fife

12

4=

Peterhead

13

6

Peterhead

10

6

Airdrieonians

11

7=

Clyde

9

7

Dumbarton

10

7=

Partick Thistle

9

8

Cove Rangers

9

9=

Dumbarton

5

9

Falkirk

8

9=

Forfar Athletic

5

10

Partick Thistle

6

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

1=

Cove Rangers

5

1

Falkirk

138

1=

Dumbarton

5

2

Cove Rangers

130

1=

Falkirk

5

3

Montrose

120

1=

Partick Thistle

5

4

Partick Thistle

106

5=

Airdrieonians

3

5

Airdrieonians

105

5=

Forfar Athletic

3

6

Peterhead

85

5=

Montrose

3

7

East Fife

84

5=

Peterhead

3

8

Dumbarton

64

East Fife

2

9

Forfar Athletic

58

Clyde

1

10

Clyde

51

9 10

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

1

Falkirk

68

1

Falkirk

145

2

Cove Rangers

55

2

Peterhead

144

3

Montrose

49

3

Montrose

127

4

Partick Thistle

40

4

Cove Rangers

122

5

Airdrieonians

38

5=

Airdrieonians

120

6

Peterhead

31

5=

East Fife

120

7

East Fife

26

7

Dumbarton

112

8=

Clyde

25

8

Forfar Athletic

111

8=

Dumbarton

25

9

Partick Thistle

90

10

Forfar Athletic

23

10

Clyde

83

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS

Peterhead

25

1

Peterhead

2=

Forfar Athletic

21

2

East Fife

2=

Montrose

21

3=

Falkirk

Falkirk

17

3=

Montrose

5=

Airdrieonians

16

3=

Partick Thistle

5=

Cove Rangers

16

6=

Airdrieonians

5=

East Fife

16

6=

Clyde

8=

Dumbarton

14

6=

Cove Rangers

8=

Partick Thistle

14

6=

Dumbarton

10

Clyde

10

6=

Forfar Athletic

1

4

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SCOTTISH FA LAUNCH MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY PANEL

The Scottish FA has launched the Mental Health Advisory Panel as part of the association’s ongoing commitment to mental health and wellbeing. The panel will work to undertake the objectives within the Mental Health Action Plan which forms a key part of the Scottish FA’s Football Unites Equality Framework. The Scottish FA are joined on the panel by the SPFL Trust, Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) Breathing Space, Samaritans Scotland, Hampden Sports Clinic, Sports Chaplaincy UK, The Kibble, Time to Tackle, The Chris Mitchell Foundation, Bonnyrigg Rose and the Scottish Mental Health and Wellbeing Football League in developing the objectives of the action plan. The group met for the first time on Tuesday, 9 March. The Scottish FA created the action plan to lead from the front and promote positive mental health across the game. It will provide appropriate education and sign-posting for all involved in Scottish football, from players and coaches to fans and their families. Governance, education, awareness and sign-posting are the four key pillars of the action plan, which will

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run for four years and work in conjunction with the Football Unites framework. David McArdle Scottish FA Diversity and Inclusion Manager “The creation of the Mental Health Advisory Panel is a huge leap forward for mental health provision within Scottish football. "For the first time opinions and thoughts from the leading organisations within this vital area will come together to discuss the improvements and programmes required to ensure that a mentally healthy culture is part of the fabric of Scottish football. “I would like to thank all the organisations and individuals who have agreed to be part of this journey with the Scottish FA and make a difference within our national game. “We know 10% of teenagers and 25% of adults will be living with a mental health condition each year and at the moment one in three GP appointments is related to mental health. In 2019, 833 people took their own lives in Scotland. “It’s a societal problem but one football can undoubtedly have a positive impact on.”


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The Scottish football world was saddened by the recent passing of Ian St John, aged 82. The former forward scored nine goals for Scotland in 21 appearances, earning his first cap at the age of just 20 in a 3-2 win over West Germany at Hampden Park in 1959. St John’s career began with hometown team Motherwell, making 113 league appearances in claret and amber, scoring 80 goals. His spell with the Steelmen came to an end when Liverpool paid a then-record transfer fee for the Scotsman. He went on to enjoy a remarkable career in the red of Liverpool, scoring one of the clubs most famous goals in extra-time as 48

Liverpool defeated Leeds to lift their first ever FA Cup.

His managerial career saw him return to former club Motherwell in 1973, before managing another of his former clubs, Portsmouth, from 1974-77. St John’s influence stretched beyond the pitch, with the Scottish Football Hall of Fame member also enjoying a successful TV career, teaming up with former England striker Jimmy Greaves to front the 'Saint and Greavsie' show, which was hugely popular and ran until 1992. The thoughts of everyone at the Scottish FA are with the family and friends of Ian St John.


REF WATCH ( Average all SPFL1 Matches )

FOULS

YELLOW

RED

Gavin Ross

29

5

2

Colin Steven

30

5

0

Peter Stuart

28

4

1

Alan Newlands

30

4

0

Calum Scott

26

5

0

Craig Napier

26

3

1

Graham Grainger

25

5

0

Matthew McDermid

23

5

1

Barry Cook

26

4

0

Duncan Williams

25

4

0

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Jack Hamilton - East Fife

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7

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Dale Carrick - Airdrieonians

10

7

4

Russell McLean - Montrose

9

6

5

David Goodwillie - Clyde

8

5

6=

Brian Graham - Partick Thistle

8

4

6=

Callumn Morrison - Falkirk

11

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Gordon made a scoring debut against Nairn County; his goal scoring thereon made him a favourite with the fans. He is well remembered for scoring four goals in a 5-2 win against Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park in the 197677 season. Afterwards Gordon said he had vivid memories of that game, recalling Chairman Robbie Warrender supplying a car to take him rom his job in South Wales to the game at the ‘Rec’. Then allowing Gordon to take the car back to Wales, enabling him to drive back for the return game. A welcome and highly worthwhile gesture from Robbie.

Gordon signed for Peterhead just after the start of the 1976-77 season and, with Raymond O’Hara, formed one of the deadliest scoring duos in North football. As a pair they first met together playing for Summerhill Primary Select.

Gordon chooses as his outstanding memory the 1977-78 Qualifying Cup win against Caledonian, the first of two back to back cup wins at Buckie. Gordon scored the winning goal that day after Jim Hamilton had equalised a John Docherty penalty for Caley. Gordon suffered the first of two leg breaks against Nairn County in 1980 and again at Keith shortly after returning. He decided then, the prospect of a recurrence was much too likely to risk another comeback.

They continued with Summerhill Academy Senior XI and further with Deeside under 18s. They then parted when stepping up to the junior grade, Raymond with Banks o’ Dee and Gordon to Sunnybank. When the 6ft 4in centre forward joined Peterhead he was continuing his fathers connections with the club. His dad, Jim, having been loaned from Aberdeen in the 1949-50 season.

Gordon, as you would expect, was great in the air; he was however also very effective on the ground; his great close control enabling him to make penetrating runs to the heart of any defence. He was once described by former Elgin City manager Innes McDonald as being a “one man battle zone”. Many Peterhead fans would echo those sentiments.

#4 – GORDON McINTYRE

Fans favourite, Gordon McIntyre

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Best local loon?

#5 – BILLY WEIR Arguably the best local player to play for Peterhead. Billy first represented the club in 1951, when only aged 15, although his first full season was 1954-55. His first taste of organised football was with the North School FP’s when he was only 14 and playing in the summer juvenile league in 1949-50. He continued in his grade with the then newly formed Youth Club.

The team with a group of youngsters took the Summer League by storm and replaced the North and Buchanhaven Hearts as the dominant team. Billy combined his summer football with playing during the winter in the Aberdeen Amateur League with the now defunct Caley Rovers. Other Peterhead youngsters, Joe Buchan, Ernie Blow and Joe Ritchie joined him there. The later two joined Peterhead with Billy in 1954 along with Jimmy Wedderburn, father-inlaw of the ‘Broch’s’ Jimmy Young.

Billy’s scoring for Peterhead was quite phenomenal. Although in season 1948-49 Jimmy Paterson scored a club record of 42 goals. Billy, unlike Jimmy, never had the luxury of playing in a title winning team. He does however have the quite unique distinction of twice scoring a cup final hat trick. The first of these against Keith in 1958-59 , when he scored three in a 5-1 win in a replayed Aberdeenshire Cup Final at the Rec, other scorers were Jock Campbell and Bobby Rose. His other threesome was in his most memorable game.

The 1962-63 League Cup Final against Huntly at Banff. Billy’s goals were added to by two from Gibby Sherriffs and one from Billy McKenzie. A blistering display saw Peterhead win by a record League Cup Final 6-0 margin. Billy was forever a one man club in the Highland League although he did have the opportunity to join Bury in the then English Division 2. At the time he and his wife Rita were just starting a family and they felt with the upheaval of moving, it was not the right time. 55


Ex-Peterhead goal ace shone with the Diamonds

When Peterhead won the Highland League title in 1988-89 their attack was spearheaded by Brian Thomson and Andy Smith. Almost three years later the two goal aces lined up opposite one another in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Christie Park with Thomson now playing for Huntly while Smith was with Airdrieonians.

Diamonds manager Jimmy Bone was happy he had got his man and told the press: “What I saw of him over this weekend in the two matches he played for Peterhead against us and in the game against Fraserburgh underlined my opinion that the lad can do well with Airdrie.” He added that full-time training would help bring Smith up to the required fitness.

Smith, a 21-year-old Aberdonian, had impressed the Lanarkshire side, as well as other clubs, and was invited for a week’s trial at Broomfield in May 1990. It wasn’t until two months later that Smith was signed by Airdrie for a fee of £15,000 after he distinguished himself in the pre-season Buchan Cup tournament which was contested by Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Airdrieonians and Ayr United.

Smith netted his last goal for the Blue Toon which was against Fraserburgh for third place in the Buchan Cup.

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The teams were level after 90min but Peterhead won 65 in a penalty shoot-out. Airdrie won the cup with a goal from Owen Coyle, who cost the Diamonds £175,000 from Clydebank, against a lacklustre Ayr side who included Gothenburg Great Peter Weir.


Smith, who was nicknamed Runrig by his team-mates because of his Highland League origins, helped his new club win promotion to the Premier Division when they finished runners-up to Falkirk. Former Rangers star Alex MacDonald succeeded Bone as Airdrie boss and his side did well to finish mid-table in the top flight, but seemed to reserve their best performances for the Scottish Cup. The Diamonds eliminated Stranraer in the third round after goals from substitute Andy Smith and Jimmy Boyle sealed a 2-1 win. There was great excitement in Huntly when the Black and Golds were drawn at home against Airdrieonians in the fourth round on February 15. The cup-tie would pitch former Peterhead forwards Brian Thomson and Andy Smith against one another, Thomson having joined Huntly from Arbroath. Smith’s Airdrie team-mate Owen Coyle had previously played at Christie Park with Dumbarton GP Dr David Connell attended the cup-tie with his father, Norman, who had written a nostalgic article for the match programme about the celebrated Scottish Cup clash between Huntly and Motherwell at a windy Christie Park on January 21, 1928 which he had attended as a schoolboy. The gallant home side had lost 3-0 on that occasion but there were high hopes the Black and Golds might cause a major upset this time. David said the rival fans in the crowd of 3,300 were segregated and the presence of police dogs made sure there wouldn’t be any trouble. The home side were more than a match for the Lanarkshire side, but it was Andy Smith who opened the scoring for Airdrie when he nodded into the net a cross from Alan Lawrence. Huntly equalised through Alan Dunsire after he fired home a cross from substitute Charlie Barbour. David said the home fans were ecstatic, adding: “I remember the tumult – and I think I still have the scars!” Their joy was short-lived as Smith restored Airdrie’s lead after which “the dream quickly faded”. Smith rubbed salt in the wound when he completed his hat-trick in the final minute.

That fighting spirit helped Airdrieonians overcome Hibernian in a remarkable 2-0 victory at Easter Road. Their hero in the Cup’s quarter-final was long-serving goalkeeper John Martin who made a brilliant save from a penalty. Just 6 minutes from the end, substitute Owen Coyle put the Diamonds ahead and then set up Sammy Conn to score a second goal in stoppage time. In the semi-final at Hampden, Hearts were favourites to beat the Lanarkshire side, but a dour contest ended goalless. The replay took place on a windy, rain-swept evening during which Airdrie took a first half lead through Kenny Black, but just 90sec from the final whistle Alan McLaren levelled for Hearts. Extra-time failed to break the deadlock and the teams prepared for a penalty shoot-out. Hearts skipper Dave McPherson’s effort was saved by Martin while Scott Crabbe’s shot struck the crossbar. This left Chris Honor to score the winning goal from the spot. Rangers appeared to be coasting in the final when they were up 2-0 at the interval but Airdrieonians still had plenty of fight in them and they pulled a goal back with less than 10min before the final whistle. Airdrie’s Davie Kirkwood had a shot blocked and the ball came to substitute Andy Smith who blasted the ball past Rangers keeper Andy Goram from 18yd. Wes Reid, Airdrie’s other substitute, almost grabbed a sensational equaliser in 86min when he skipped past a defender and drove an 18yd thunderbolt which scraped the Rangers’ crossbar with Goram stranded. The Light Blues’ 2-1 victory was the first time they had won the Scottish Cup since 1981. Andy Smith was back at Hampden three years later when Airdrieonians, now playing in the First Division, defied the odds yet again to reach the Scottish Cup Final only to lose 1-0 to Celtic. Smith moved to Dunfermline and once more played in the Premier Division after the Fifers were promoted in 1995-96. He then had spells with Kilmarnock, Ross County, Raith Rovers, Clyde and Gretna. Smith’s memorable time with Airdrieonians has deservedly earned him a place in the club’s Hall of Fame.

Smith relished the part he played in his team’s victory: “I knew exactly what to expect, but what a thrill it was to score my first ever hat-trick in senior football. Even when Huntly equalised I knew gaps would open up and I was ready to take advantage. I’ve always wanted a career in football and now things are starting to happen for me.” He added: “There is a tremendous spirit and self-belief in this Airdrie team. I am just happy to be part of the setup.” 57 57


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