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Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon's visitors East Fife to Balmoor Stadium for this afternoon's cinch League 1 clash. It's all change at East Fife within the last few weeks, Darren Young has left the club through mutual consent followed by a Scottish Cup defeat in Aberdeen at the hands of Banks o'Dee, crashing to a 2-1 defeat, which was a disappointing outcome. Stevie Crawford, has since been appointed as manager of East Fife and has been busy bringing in his backroom team as they aim to turn around the predicament of currently sitting bottom of League 1, five points adrift of Clyde at present. Stevie originally joined East Fife as a player in the summer of 2008 before being appointed player-manager in April 2009, guiding the side to seventh position in Division 2 during his first full season. He stood down as manager in October 2010 but remained at the club as a player until January 2011. Stevie made 87 appearances for the club as a player, scoring 15 goals. Chairman Jim Stevenson commented: “I am delighted that Stevie has accepted our offer to return to the club as our new manager. We received a number of applications from high profile candidates but after speaking to Stevie yesterday we are confident we have selected the right person to take the club forward.” “We are all aware that Stevie has a difficult task ahead of him to get us out of our current league position, but he has the full support of the board and I’m sure everyone connected to the club will get right behind him and the team. I would also like to put on record our thanks to Edinburgh City FC for their help in facilitating this appointment.” Paul Thomson and Greig McDonald have come in to help Crawford, the latter returning to the club as Assistant Manager after enjoying a hugely successful playing stint at Bayview. Joining towards the end of the 2002/03 promotion winning season, he went on to make 189 appearances in the black & gold, scoring 36 goals and picking up a Third Division winners medal with the club in 2007/08. Also joining Stevie’s coaching staff is Paul Thomson as First-Team Coach. Until recently, Paul was full time at Heart of Midlothian as Head of Youth and running the performance school at Balerno High School, having previously held the position of Junior Academy Manager at Tynecastle.

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JIM McINALLY Last Saturday’s match against Clyde was a strange one but I thought we played better in the second half than we did in the first. We had lots of good counter attacks in the first half but there was a lot that I wasn’t enjoying as I felt we should have made more of the opportunities we had. I felt we could have kept the ball better, however, in saying that we could have been three or four ahead. Clyde didn’t need any other help getting back into the game as I didn’t feel it was a penalty, I heard the referee initially gave a goal kick, but he must have changed his mind. The goal gave them a massive lift at half time and it changed the dynamics of the game. They equalised and we thought that’s them getting back into the game again but we kept at it, we pushed and pushed but didn’t finally have it in the end. That final pass was lacking and we were a bit careless in the end. Russell McLean’s one that hit the bar was unlucky but I was delighted that we managed to keep going with it, so I felt the second half was a lot better. I was delighted by the way Russell played and I think that’s the best I have seen him play and he was gutted that he’s not scored and when he gets into the middle of the park, he looks a great midfielder. The previous week down in Edinburgh, I was delighted as I was worried about the game as I had seen Strollers before and I knew they were a good team and a young team,same as us, well organised and before they went down to 10 men the game was tight and we were under a bit of pressure. The sending off changed the aspect of the game and makes it harder for them and helped us out a little bit. After half time Brett made a great save and the ball ends up in his arms and that was a big moment as we had missed a penalty in the first half. It was just a case of being professional, keeping the ball moving and despite the grass being a little long we managed to do that and get the result in the end.

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BALMOOR NEWS Jim McInally has reacted to his side drawing Lowland League East Kilbride at home in the next round of the Scottish Cup by saying: “They will view this as a winnable tie, and I can understand that, but they will also know that we see it as a winnable tie.” Jim added: “If you do not get a money-spinning tie against one of the big guns the next best thing is a home tie and we have that. It is even better if it is a home tie you have a decent chance of prospering in and on paper it looks like we have that as we are facing a team two leagues below.”

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“However East Kilbride are packed with experience and they have players who will want to come here and remind us of what they can do. Jamie Stevenson is the perfect example of that.”

Peterhead General Manager, Martin Johnston, met one of his hero’s last week. Martin was attending a dinner at The Town House in Aberdeen. Dennis Law was in great form recounting many stories from the past and his upbringing in the Granite City.

“Lee Miller and Steven Saunders have played for Scotland and I remember having Chris Millar as a player at Morton before he had such a distinguished time at St Johnstone. Chris Erskine is also there as is Greg Wylde, Joao Victoria and Ryan Blair as well as other boys with plenty of experience.”

Blue Toon Talk Editor Ken Morton btt@peterheadfc.co.uk BTT Contributors Duncan Brown, Sharon Brown, Charles Buchan, Issac Buchan, Jamie Currie, Martin Johnston, Glenn Moir, Peter Myers, Nat Porter, David Reid, The Late George Ritchie, Craig Stewart

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900 up for the blue toon Today’s match against East Fife, see’s Peterhead play their 900th match since professional ranks back in 2000.

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It’s been more than 21 years since the first game in the SFL, and the Blue Toon have enjoyed success with two League 2 Championships, a League Challenge Cup final, as well as making the play-off final in 2006 to join the second tier of the Scottish game. Their first game was on the 5th of August 2000, a 2-0 home win against Montrose. The team still consisted of the players who were part of the Highland League days, like Ivor Pirie, Gary Clark and Mark Simpson as well as new signing Martin

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Johnston. Ian Wilson’s side were off and running in their new surroundings. Game 50 was just over a year later on the 25th of August 2001, when an Iain Stewart winner at East Fife was enough to give the Blue Toon 3 points that day. Stewart himself, would go on to play a huge part in the early days of Peterhead’s time in the SFL. Averaging 41 games per season in the first few campaigns, it didn’t take long before the 100th match was played, the 16th of November to be exact. Like the first game, the 100th was played at Balmoor, where despite an early Martin Johnston goal, opponents Gretna would leave with a point in a 1-1 draw.


Game 1st 50th 100th 200th 300th 400th 500th 600th 700th 800th

Opponents Montrose East Fife Gretna Gretna Berwick Rangers Brechin City Stranraer Airdrie Brechin City Berwick Rangers

It again would be Gretna who provided the opposition for Peterhead’s 200th game, however, the game away from home was a hugely disappointing day as the home side ran out 6-1 winners. Martin Bavidge with the solitary Toon goal. Gretna would go on to win the Division 3 title, but under Iain Stewart, Peterhead would secure second position and a place in Division 2. There would be a different manager at the helm for game 300 as former Aberdeen manager Steve Paterson had taken over from the departed Iain Stewart. It perhaps wasn’t the most memorable time to be a Peterhead fan under Paterson, but this was one of the most entertaining games in his reign as Peterhead won a 7-goal thriller against Berwick

Date 05/08/2000 25/08/2001 16/11/2002 19/03/2005 01/09/2007 12/02/2010 14/04/2012 18/10/2014 02/01/2017 19/01/2019

Score 2-0 1-0 1-1 1-6 4-3 0-3 3-0 1-1 1-0 2-0

Rangers on 1st September 2007. Graeme Sharp and a hattrick for Martin Bavidge won the game 4-3. It was another game to forget for the 400th. Brechin City were comfortable 3-0 winners against Neale Coopers side, with future Blue Toon skipper Rory McAllister scoring the 3rd. It would come as no surprise to know that current Blue Toon boss, Jim McInally has managed nearly half the 899 games so far, and it was McInally who was in charge for the 500th and subsequent milestones until now.

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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 49 –

Champion-ies – Champion-ies

The 1988/89 season was to see the league title return to Peterhead for the first time in 49 years (1950). One notable addition to the player pool was Brian Thomson, former Fraserburgh favourite, secured on loan from Motherwell. The team also won the Aberdeenshire Cup with a 3-0 victory over Keith after a first game 2-2 draw at Kynoch Park. The cup winning team for both games were: Tait; Walker Massie, Masson, Sievwright, Forman, Porter, Emslie, Smith, Lennox, Stephen. Subs.

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Fraser and Thomson. The goals in the first game were scored by Masson and Stephen and in the second trophy winning game Walker, Porter and Thomson. Andy Smith and Steve Lennox would later move on, their transfer fees bringing some relief to the club treasurer. Smith, a workaholic centre forward moved to Airdrie and then Raith Rovers. After spells spells at Dunfermline and Kilmarnock Steve Lennox moved to East Fife. He was very different in style to Andy with a silky touch and simply ghosted past opponents. John Sievwright once


Andy Smith (above) flanked by Steve Lennox (left) and Brian Thomson

described Steve’s play to me saying, “Steve made it easy for us, wejust played the ball from defence to him and he pulled the strings from there!” Steve suffered a broken leg at Methill and returned to Huntly where he then enjoyed great success as part of their record breaking five-in-arow championship wins. The following 1989/90 season started with more success, on this occasion the Highland League Cup was won against Forres Mechanics at Borough Briggs. The first ever time these two old clubs had ever contested a major north final.

The Peterhead team on duty was Tait; Walker, Massie, Masson, Sievwright, Forman, Stephen, Barclay, Thomson, Porter and Fraser. Subs. Colin Smith and Jim Guyan. Peterhead scorers were Stephen and Barclay. The rousing start to the season was not sustained and we had to settle for a third place in the championship. The team finished as runner-up to a young Dons XI in the Abrerdeenshire Cup Final, losing by a 3-0 score line.

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The Fourth Round draw of the Scottish Cup took place at Glebe Park after Brechin City's draw with Darvel.

it, you can go off at the end of the season and really enjoy your break."

Four-time winner Willie Miller conducted the draw alongside BBC's Amy Irons.

"I feel incredibly grateful to have lifted it four times, you can't ask for much more than that."

Reflecting on his Scottish Cup success, Miller said: "The Scottish Cup is a magical competition. It gives the smaller teams the chance to rub shoulders with the elite of Scottish football."

On the Fourth Round draw, he added: "It's got a special place in Scottish football, so I know every team involved will be eagerly excited about the fourth round. It just so happened to work out that I drew out Aberdeen at home as well, so I'm sure I'll be welcomed back home tonight with open arms."

"It's at the end of the season as well which means, as a player, you know league football is wrapped up, it's the showpiece event and if you're lucky enough to win Aberdeen v Edinburgh City Alloa Athletic v Celtic Arbroath v Brechin City or Darvel Auchinleck Talbot v Heart of Midlothian Ayr United v St Mirren Banks O’Dee v Raith Rovers Clydebank v Annan Athletic Dumbarton v Dundee Hibernian v Cove Rangers Kelty Hearts or Montrose v St Johnstone Kilmarnock v Dundee United Livingston v Ross County Motherwell v Greenock Morton Partick Thistle v Airdrieonians Peterhead v East Kilbride Rangers v Stirling Albion

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MATCH REPORT

saturday 20th november 2021 PETERHEAD

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Manager Jim McInally gave on-loan Dundee players Danny Strachan and Lyall Cameron starts with the Balmoor boss pushing Josh Mulligan into midfield with recent signing, striker Grant Savoury, dropping in beside the third on-loan Dens Parker. It was Savoury that had Peterhead’s first chance on 4 minutes when he capitalised on good pressure from Payne that resulted in Grant Gillespie losing the ball and worked his way into the visitors’ box however Calum Ferrie got down to save Savoury’s shot. Two minutes later a lightning break from Queen’s saw Simon Murray release Liam Brown clean through on goal however Brett Long rescued his side by blocking Brown’s shot. Long was however beaten on 10 minutes when Louis Longridge slipped a pass to Connell on the right-hand side of the Peterhead box and the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder drilled a shot low into the net. The woodwork then denied Connell on 33 minutes with his 20-yard dipping effort hitting the top of the bar before going behind. Queen’s threatened once more before the break when Tommy Robson had an opening however Long was able to see the ball flash wide of his goal. The visitors forced a corner within the first 30 seconds of the restart with Connell, yet again, going close with a volley after the flag-kick had been cleared to the edge of the box. With his side still very much in the game manager McInally opted to make a double change on 52 minutes with McLean and Lyle coming on for Cameron and Payne.

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just three minutes later. Strachan forced a corner on the right and when McLean looked to get onto Savoury’s out-swinging ball he was fouled by Lee Kilday. Captain Brown took responsibility from 12 yards and sent the ball into one corner as Ferrie dived into the other. A McDonald free-kick hit the wall and went out for a corner on 71 minutes and it looked like a second home goal was coming when David Wilson was free at the back post to turn in the resultant cross however from a couple of yards out the defender fired wide. The hosts however were not to be denied and edged themselves in front five minutes later with Mulligan’s 60 yard run the catalyst. This week’s Birthday Boy won a challenge 30 yards from his own goal and charged forward to ten yards outside the Queen’s 18-yard box where he sent a low shot towards Ferrie. The visiting goalkeeper could only push Mulligan’s effort out and McLean was on hand to turn the ball home. On 81 minutes Connell was fouled by Lyle on the left wing and Long calmed home nerves by coming and collecting the ball on the six-yard line. With 90 seconds left the visitors were awarded another free-kick in a dangerous position however Simon Murray whipped the ball over Long’s goal and Peterhead saw things out to grab a terrific win. Peterhead – Long, Wilson, Jason Brown, McDonald, Strachan, Mulligan, Scott Brown, Duffy, Cameron (McLean 52), Savoury (Jordon Brown 90+2), Payne (Lyle 51) Unused substitutes – Wilson (G/k)

McLean’s strength and Lyle’s enthusiasm soon paid dividends with an equaliser arriving via the penalty spot

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

PETERHEAD Jason BROWN Jordon BROWN Scott BROWN Lyall CAMERON Ryan CONROY Alan COOK Flynn DUFFY Ryan DUNCAN Simon FERRY Derek LYLE Brett LONG

Andy McCARTHY Andy McDONALD Russell McLEAN Josh MULLIGAN Niah PAYNE Hamish RITCHIE Grant SAVOURY Danny STRACHAN David WILSON Lenny WILSON

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SPFL1 RESULTS ● SPFL1 TABLE ● TODAY’S FIXTURES First Half of Season (Matches 1-14)

First Half of Season (Matches 15-27)

HOME \ AWAY ALL AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL MON PET QUE

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Alloa Athletic -

2:1

Alloa Athletic -

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

Airdrieonians Clyde 2:1 Cove Rangers

1:3 1:2 3:1 2:0 2:2 2:4 1:1 - 2:1 0:3 3:1 1:3 0:5 2:2 2:2

Clyde

1:0 3:0 - 2:0 5:2 1:1 1:1 3:0 3:3

Cove Rangers

Dumbarton 1:1 2:2 1:1 1:3 -

5:0 0:3

0:3

Dumbarton

0:2 3:0 1:1

East Fife

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

Falkirk

East Fife 1:1 0:1 0:2 4:2 2:1 Falkirk 1:1 0:3 3:0

Montrose 0:2 2:1 2:2 0:0 1:2 4:1 2:2 Peterhead 2:0 2:3 3:2 0:1 5:0

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Airdrieonians

1:0

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Montrose

0:0 0:0 - 2:1

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Peterhead

Queen's Park 3:4 0:0 0:0 2:0 3:0 1:1 6:0 1:1 3:2 -

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Queen's Park

SPFL1

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

Cove Rangers Montrose Queen's Park Airdrieonians Falkirk Alloa Athletic Peterhead Dumbarton Clyde East Fife

P 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

HOME W D 5 3 3 3 4 4 5 0 3 1 3 2 4 2 1 3 3 2 3 2

L 0 2 1 3 4 3 2 3 3 3

F 19 12 19 14 9 14 14 10 12 11

A 7 10 8 12 10 14 7 13 18 10

AWAY W D 4 1 4 4 2 4 3 2 3 3 2 3 1 1 4 0 1 3 0 1

L 3 0 1 3 2 3 6 5 4 7

F 12 15 12 11 11 11 10 12 8 7

A 10 4 9 9 13 12 19 18 14 26

GD 14 13 14 4 -3 -1 -2 -9 -12 -18

PTS 31 28 26 26 22 20 18 18 17 12

TODAY'S FIXTURES PREMIERSHIP

CHAMPIONSHIP

LEAGUE 1

LEAGUE 2

SHFL

SLFL

Dundee Utd v Livingsto n

Dunfermline v Queen o f S

A irdrie v Queen's P ark

A nnan v Elgin City

B uckie Th v Turriff Utd

B erwick R v B ro o mhill

Ro ss Co unty v Dundee

M o rto n v Inverness CT

A llo a v Clyde

Fo rfar v Stirling A lbio n

Devero nvale v Nairn Co

B o 'ness v V o f Leithen

St Jo hnsto ne v A berdeen

P artick Th v A rbro ath

Dumbarto n v M o ntro se

Kelty Hearts v A lbio n R

Fo rres M v Fo rmartine Utd Caley B raves v Gala F

St M irren v Hibernian

Raith Ro vers v Kilmarno ck Falkirk v Co ve Rangers P eterhead v East Fife

Stenho usemuir v Edin City Fraserburgh v Ft William

Cumb Co lts v Civil SS

Stranraer v Co wdenbeath

Huntly v Clach

E Kilbride v Rangers B

Inverurie LW v Lo ssie

Edin Uni v Gretna

Keith v B rechin City

Spartans v Dalbeattie Star

Ro thes v B ro ra Rangers

Uni o f Stirling v B o nnyrigg

Wick A v Strathspey Th

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130 YEARS AND COUNTING Peterhead Football Club is 130 years old this year.

A new handbook charting the 130 year history of the Club has now been published. Former player and manager Colin Grant has put together a 250 page chronicle of the club from its origins in 1891 to the present Covid hit match days of 2021. The illustrated handbook includes details of the Club’s beginnings, moving into Recreation Park, joining the Highland League, relocating to Balmoor and then joining the Scottish League in season 2000/2001. Memorable games in the Scottish Cup, Highland League title victories, Qualifying Cup, League Cup and Aberdeenshire Cup triumphs are recalled also. Stalwarts of the Club, Managers and former players are featured and the 8 players who have been given Testimonial matches give their memories of their time at Recreation Park or Balmoor. “Any profits from the sale of the book” says Colin “will go to Alzheimer Scotland and the Doddie Weir Foundation”. Copies are now available from the club shop within the main entrance and in the supporters club shop located beside the pie hut.

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HAND OVER MOUTH

Neymar and Lionel Messi were the first footballers I saw putting their hands up to their mouths to cover what they were saying. One lazy Sunday, I happened to catch a re-run of a Barcelona game. I knew it was a re-run because Neymar was playing and, by that stage, the world and it’s dog knew the Brazilian superstar had become the most expensive footballer in history, having completed his record move to PSG for 222 million euros (roughly £198 million). Messi and Neymar continued their confab with covered mouths as they chatted about something they didn’t want us to know. To most, this would be a trivial and significant action – they were sharing a secret. To me they were being bad mannered. They were excluding me. I wasn’t party to their every thought or deed. They’d decided their conversation was private. How dare they? Look at the two of them. The two best players in thew world covering their mouths so we’re not able to make out what they’re saying? Why? Why? Messi and Neymar are two modern kings of the social networking era. Theirs is a world of vast wealth and enormity; they are CEO’s of a strange and wonderful business, which involves kicking a ball around a grassy field on one hand and, on the other, posting about their off-field lives on Twitter and Instagram (or having their minions do it for them). Both hold significant sway with hundreds of millions of impressionable fans. Companies love them because they are ripe for advertising but they have also learned that nothing they say to one another while playing goes unnoticed.

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When the Brazilian national side was preparing for the 2014 World Cup, film crews were pitch side for every game and training session. The most watched Brazilian TV show on a Sunday night, Fantastico, then went on a bizarre, if quite cunning, length of bringing in deaf teenagers to help them lip-read anything coaches and players were saying. This led to the Brazilian national team, including Neymar, starting to cover their mouths with their hands to stop the TV crews from catching any of their discussions on strategies, tactics and the stunning model in the main stand. The players were unhappy with the intrusion. However, in Neymar’s case, when speaking to opponents, his eyes don’t lie. He isn’t discussing the weather or the death of a novel when he’s seething and clearly saying something offensive. I understand Messi and Neymar must get annoyed with cameras on them constantly but I also think their frustration is more about losing control of the narrative. They love the camera when they are selling themselves (or being paid to sell something else).

We know that in professional sport, especially football, it can come down to fine margins in terms of gaining advantage but this takes the Wagon Wheel. These days, even managers and coaches are at it, too. This is understandable, I suppose, at the very highest level, but it gets ridiculous when you see it happen at games against Cowdenbeath and Stenhousemuir. When you get six-year old kids doing it in class, you know the hand over mouth has reached critical mass. Is what they have to say really that important and secretive?

Taken from the 2019 book ‘A History of Scottish Football in 100 Objects by Andy Bollen, published by Arena Sport.


75th ANIVERSARY

1946/47

2021/22

HIGHLAND LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

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PETERHEAD 1946-47 It was only the first full season after WWII and it will go down in the history of Peterhead FC as the most successful season to date. The club captured the Aberdeenshire Cup, the Scottish Qualifying Cup and, for the very first time, the Highland League title. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this great season the BLUE TOON TALK will take you on a journey detailing the highs and lows of this memorable season.

Whilst researching this championship wining season I have been extremely lucky in obtaining not just all the scores, but the line ups too. The Press and Journal and Aberdeen Evening Express are great for listing all the scores and occasionally the league tables. For the line ups and individual match reports, the Buchan Observer has also been extremely valuable. However, there have been four matches that I have not been able to obtain anything other the final score. Two of which are displayed in this issue, away to Rothes on 7th December 1946 and away to Buckie Thistle on the 21st December 1946. This could be for a number of reasons, and from sifting through the papers it has become clear that many games were not covered by reporters and in particular those that were played in the West. I can only guess that this was too far and expensive for the Aberdeenshire press to travel. If anyone has any details or can find the line ups and scorers for this game against Rothes and against Buckie Thistle then I would be delighted to hear from them. Contact Ken Morton at the club.

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PETERHEAD 1946-47 Peterhead’s upward crawl to the top creeps steadily on, with three games fewer played they are relatively the same position as Caledonian and Clachnacuddin, although still top of the table having played most games. In the closing stages of 1946 Peterhead were playing some fine outfield football but have had to be content with narrow victories due to the inability of the forwards to get goals in proportion to the general superiority of the team. This evil spell was broken against table toppers Huntly at Recreation Park who were put through the mill and are beginning to slip badly. The lack of balance between their defence and attack is beginning to find them out. It was Anderson’s day out as the centre forward found the net four times and, having recovered his scoring knack, he may be expected to make the net bulge freely for the remainder of the season. A 6-2 win over Huntly is a very encouraging gesture for the cup and other business that lies ahead. The home side raced ahead and went two up with an Anderson brace only for Huntly to reply with two in a pulsating first half.

Peterhead were the superior side in the second half but were slow to register their advantage in goals. Indeed skipper ‘Dodie’ Buchan had to give his attack a gentle hint before they got properly going. Twenty minutes from the end he came up for a corner kick , the ball landed at his foot and he whipped a grounder into the net. Davidson scored and Anderson added two more beauties to bring his own tally to four. Huntly’s defence was a spent force and had the game lasted longer more goals would have accrued to the home team. Common advertisement on the front page of the Buchan Observer

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PETERHEAD 1946-47 SCOTTISH CUP DRAW PETERHEAD IN LUCK AYR UNITED COMING NORTH Aberdeen, Peterhead and Clachnacuddin are the North representatives in the Scottish Cup, reports The Buchan Observer, and all have been favoured with home draws. Although Peterhead have not secured one of the major ‘plums’ of the draw, they have nevertheless got a very attractive fixture. Ayr United are a famous combination, although since the war they have fallen on relatively evil times. Formerly they maintained a creditable place in the Scottish League. Now they occupy a lowly place in the ‘B’ Division and their ‘away’ record is particularly uninspiring. The first round will be played on the 25th January, and straight away those date spotters will note that this is Burns Day and Aye is the home of our national poet. Is that a good omen for United? We trow not! Patriotic fervour will not bring them an extra goal, nor will it compensate for the long journey they will have to undertake. Apart from the importance of the result of the two clubs involved the meeting of Peterhead and Ayr United will give a clue to the comparative standards of the Highland League and ‘B’ Division football. Evidence on that point may have an important bearing on the attitude of the SFA and the Scottish League towards the future development of football north of Aberdeen.

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Civil Service Stroll Peterhead

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Cove Rangers Peterhead

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Peterhead East Fife

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Peterhead secured their place in the draw for the Fourth Round Draw of the Scottish Cup with a 3-0 win at Christie Gillies Park in Edinburgh over Lowland League Civil Service Strollers. The Balmoor side had to be patient to get their noses in front against a host side who were reduced to ten men in the first half. After the break Russell McLean netted from the spot, Scott Brown, who missed a penalty in the opening 45 minutes, grabbed a second and substitute Lyall Cameron completed the scoring with a late third. Blue Toon Manager Jim McInally was denied the services of Josh Mulligan due to illness with Andrew McCarthy returning in his absence after a ban with Hamish Ritchie starting after injury in place of Danny Strachan who was on the bench.

Civil Service started strongly as manager McInally predicted and forced a corner after four minutes. In the following minute they also had the game’s first chance when Scott Clapperton was given a glimpse of goal however his effort was blocked. On 12 minutes McLean had Peterhead’s first attempt with a long-distance effort that rose and cleared the goal. Ahead of the 20minute mark the hosts Joao Balde tested Long with a couple of shots in quick succession with the Peterhead shot-stopper equal to the Portuguese winger’s efforts. Long was also equal to a header from Alieau Faye following a corner midway through the opening half with visiting skipper Scott Brown going close with a drive shortly afterwards. Balde was involved again on 28 minutes however this time it was not positive as he crunched into a challenge on Flynn Duffy and referee Chris Graham brandished a red card. Peterhead looked to make the extra man count quickly with Scott Brown, Ritchie and Payne

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peppering the Strollers’ goal with shots. Two minutes from the break it looked like the visitors would make their breakthrough from the penalty spot when Lewis Duffy fouled McLean. The usually reliable Scott Brown took responsibility for the kick however his effort was saved by Mac Whyte down to his right. Peterhead were given a reminder four minutes into the second half that the tie was not won as Robbie Cole rattled a post with a shot with the ball rebounding straight into Long’s arms. That scare was soon forgotten as the opening goal for the Blue Toon arrived on 54 minutes after they were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon. McLean was fouled by Whyte and the striker took responsibility from 12 yards and sent the ball to the left of the shotstopper who had dived the other way. Four minutes later and Peterhead had more than one foot in the next round with captain Brown making up for his penalty kick miss by drilling into the net from the edge of the box. Ritchie came close to adding a quick fire third before Grant Savoury had a shot charged down with 20 minutes left. Substitute Cameron fired over on 79 minutes however the on-loan Dundee youngster wrapped up the scoring in injury time from close range with McLean having a hand in creating the goal. Peterhead – Long, Wilson, Jason Brown, McDonald, Ritchie (Lyle 63), McCarthy, S Brown, Duffy, McLean, Savoury (Jordon Brown 88), Payne (Cameron 75) Unused substitutes – Strachan, Wilson (G/k)


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DAVID WILSON

Peterhead were involved in an incredible 2-2 draw last weekend against Clyde at Broadwood. Jim McInally's men went two ahead with goals from Russell McLean and Grant Savoury. However, the Blue Toon found themselves frustrated as David Goodwillie's double consigned them to one point instead of three. Goalkeeper Brett Long was the man Goodwillie fired his brace past and he felt frustrated at the end result, especially as his side had an early two-goal advantage. He said: "Yeah it's disappointing to give away any lead in a game but especially when you're 2-0 up and seconds away from half-time, then they score it’s not so good and it gives the other team a massive lift going into the second half and it certainly showed as they came out all guns blazing but we will learn from it and pick ourselves up and make sure we’re ready for Saturday." Long has made 20 appearances in all competitions so far becoming the undisputed number one. He is enjoying his season so far and he feels the season is going well so far. Long explained: " I think the season has gone ok so far. We’ve had a few poor results but also a few big wins – this league is very tough and getting tougher each year. This is my fourth year in this league and I think this is the

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strongest it’s been yet, we’re a young team but very eager to do well and prove people wrong who write us off." He added:" On a personal level, I’ve had a decent start to the season and enjoying my time at Peterhead, currently leading the most saves in the league. Sometimes if the manager looked at that he wouldn’t be happy, but from a selfish point of view, it’s good for me." Christmas and the winter fixtures are a period that most players enjoy and the 24-year-old is no different. "The Christmas period is a good time of year and one we all enjoy so it would be good to finish the year on a high and try and put a few wins together and climb the table." Bottom side East Fife visit Balmoor today and Long is looking for his side to collect the three points that are on offer, however, he is well aware that East Fife could benefit from the 'new manager bounce.' "East Fife in our next game will be a tough game as you don’t get any easy ones in this league but one we are all looking forward to. They've got a new manager in and I’m sure he’ll be wanting to get off to a good start but we’ll be looking to continue our good home form and aiming for the 3 points."

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Jim McInally’s side started brightly and an early foul on Savoury gave Andy McDonald the chance to cross in a ball however there were no takers. Ally Love sent in a low drive from 20 yards on seven minutes which Brett Long had to stretch to push around for a corner with the visitors’ first chance coming four minutes later. Home goalkeeper Neil Parry could only parry a corner to the edge of the box where Andy McCarthy replied with a shot that was only inches out. Clyde had a good chance when Scott Brown was penalised for a foul on Morgaro Gomis 19 yards from goal however Love sent the ball over. The game was held up for a few minutes when the hosts’ Ross Cunningham fell awkwardly in a challenge with McCarthy and had to be stretchered off with Euan Deveney coming on in his place. The opener came on 20 minutes after McCarthy and McLean caused panic in the Bully Wee defence who could only clear to Scott Brown and the Peterhead skipper picked out McLean who crashed the ball into the net via the bar from six yards. Home striker Robert Jones was booked for simulation after he tried to win a penalty a minute later with Peterhead doubling their lead five minutes later. McLean raced away from his marker on the left wing and the towering forward picked out Savoury with a rolled pass and the former Celtic midfielder sidefooted home his first goal in senior football. With confidence flowing in the blue shirted visitors a surging run and cross from Mulligan created a chance for McLean however his effort was deflected past

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Savoury then fired over the bar after some great build up play which included a couple of one-twos however Peterhead were given a reminder that Clyde were still in the game on the 45-minute mark when Jones met a free-kick and only a fine stop from Long prevented his header crossing the line. Deep into injury time Peterhead gave away possession and that allowed Goodwillie to be played through on goal where he was met by the out-rushing Long. Referee Stuart decided that the former Scotland striker was fouled by the shot-stopper as they came together with Goodwillie rolling in the resultant penalty. That goal brought Clyde alive and seven minutes into the restart a lightning break saw Goodwillie level the score when he darted past Flynn Duffy on the right and curled a shot into the far corner. The game almost turned around totally on the hour mark when Goodwillie let fly from 20 yards and Long had to dive low to push the ball out for a corner. Peterhead settled after that scare and McCarthy and Scott Brown had shots blocked before McLean was inches out from a wonder goal after he worked his way past two defenders and cracked in a shot from 20 yards only to see it crash against the bar. Mulligan’s strong attacking runs created two late chances to win the three points for the visitors however he lofted his first shot wide and then drilled his second across the face of the Clyde goal and out of play.


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NORTHERN SLANT by Peter Myers

East Fife goal ace dumped the Dons

Banks O’ Dee pulled off one of the shock results in this season’s Scottish Cup’s third round last month when they knocked out East Fife 2-1. It was another impressive scalp for the Junior side as several Highland League teams already know to their cost. Fifty-six years ago, it was East Fife who caused the Scottish Cup’s biggest upset when they eliminated Aberdeen. A header from George Dewar, the Fifers’ leading goal ace, at Bayview on February 10, 1965 dashed the Dons’ hopes of achieving Cup glory. The shock exit at the hands of a team occupying mid-table in Division Two was a catastrophe for the Dons. It was their third defeat in the competition to rank outsiders in successive years. Dewar had been signed from St Andrews United in November 1960 by East Fife manager Charlie McCaig, who was well known in North-east football circles and had been Aberdeen’s trainer between 1955 and 1958. McCaig handed the 23-year-old Dewar his first-team debut in a home match against Stirling Albion. Two weeks later Dewar netted a brace against Forfar Athletic and gave the Bayview faithful the promise of better things to come. It was in the following season that Dewar showed his mettle for scoring goals. East Fife won all six of their League Cup group matches with Dewar scoring twice in an 8-2 demolition of Brechin City. He followed this with a hattrick against Arbroath. The Fifers overcame Albion Rovers in the two-leg supplementary round before earning a

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George Dewar is presented with the match ball after scoring six goals in an 8-0 win over Alloa Athletic in November 1963. Manager Jimmy Bonthrone, right, looks on

quarter-final clash against Rangers in which they lost both legs 3-1. The Fifers’ cup form wasn’t replicated in their league campaign, and they finished 10th in Division Two, but there was consolation for Dewar, who finished the season as the club’s top scorer with 31 goals. The goals kept coming for Dewar in season 1962-63 which totalled 24. They included four against Edinburgh University in a Scottish Cup-tie played on a snow-covered pitch during one of the harshest winters on record. The lack of league success led to McCaig quitting East Fife and he was succeeded by Jimmy Bonthrone, who made an immediate impact. The Fifers reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup when they took on Rangers again. Dewar scored the equaliser in a one-all draw watched by 14,000 fans at Bayview. The Fifers lost the return leg 2-0 but their performances heralded an improvement in their league showing and they finished the season in fourth place. Dewar was an ever-present in the team while netting 34 goals. East Fife met Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the Scottish Cup’s first round on Saturday, February 6, 1965. There was nothing original about their tactics which were to play defensively and force a second game at Bayview. Centrehalf Jake Young wore the no. 9 shirt but joined Jim Walker as an extra pivot and together “they did a first-class job at pulling a zip-fastener across the middle”, according to Norman Macdonald, the Press and Journal’s chief sportswriter.

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Macdonald could be excoriating about some of Aberdeen’s lacklustre performances. The fact that the visitors’ “plan succeeded was of more a compliment to the courage and tenacity of the fighting Fifers and an indictment of the Dons’ uninspired play in attack”. He lambasted the Aberdeen forwards “who showed a shocking lack of imagination in their attempt to find an answer to the Methil defence-in-depth scheme”. The Dons did come close in breaking the deadlock on at least two occasions. Tony Fraser missed a golden opportunity when he put the ball over the bar while East Fife keeper Ian Hamilton had to dive across his goal to stop a net-bound shot from Don Kerrigan. The match finished goalless, and the Dons headed to Bayview for the replay on Wednesday, February 10. East Fife’s 1-0 victory was what the Pittodrie faithful had dreaded. The P&J’s headline on the back page said it all: “Dons down – and out” with the subheading: “Pearson’s latest gamble meets with disaster”. Aberdeen boss Tommy Pearson’s second successive Scottish Cup embarrassment at the hands of a Division Two side could mean only one thing and he quit Pittodrie two days later. George Dewar was the Fifers’ goalscoring hero, but Norman Macdonald argued that his strike could have been prevented: “Why was Dewar allowed to pick his spot in the net? John Ogston and Doug Coutts must jointly share the blame for the loss of the allimportant goal. One or the other should have taken

command of the situation.” Dewar was unmarked when he headed home a cross from Jim Rodger who had broken through on the left. The inside-right might have had another goal when he headed a Ross cross into the net, but it was ruled offside. Another occasion to double their score came when Dewar was brought down by McCormick, but the referee waved away the Fifers’ claim for a penalty East Fife were drawn against Kilmarnock in the second round and held them to a 0-0 draw at Bayview. Killie were too strong for the Fifers in the replay as they ran out 3-0 winners. Dewar sat out most of 1966-67 because of a knee injury but manager Bonthrone continued to strengthen his team with an infusion of promising, young players. Dewar returned to the side and in his last season he helped his team knock out Raith Rovers and Morton in the Scottish Cup before losing 1-0 to Dundee in the quarter-finals. His last game was against Brechin City in April 1970. When he retired Dewar had made 337 appearances and scored a remarkable 193 goals. When he died in December 2019, aged 82, his former team-mates, Bertie Miller and Peter McQuade, paid tribute to him: “He was one of the senior players but always took the time to advise us about what was required to make it as a professional footballer. He led by example.”

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Opponents HOME Hearts AWAY Inverness CT Cove Rangers HOME Stirling Albion AWAY Alloa Athletic HOME Falkirk AWAY Dundee 'B' AWAY Montrose AWAY Airdrieonians HOME East Fife AWAY East Fife HOME Clyde HOME Cove Rangers HOME Queen's Park AWAY Dumbarton HOME Alloa Athletic AWAY Falkirk HOME Montrose HOME Airdrieonians AWAY Cove Rangers AWAY Queen's Park HOME Civil Service Strollers AWAY Clyde AWAY East Fife HOME Dumbarton AWAY Montrose AWAY Cove Rangers HOME Queen's Park AWAY Clyde HOME East Kilbride HOME East Fife AWAY Alloa Athletic HOME Falkirk AWAY Airdrieonians HOME Dumbarton HOME Cove Rangers AWAY Montrose HOME Alloa Athletic AWAY Falkirk HOME Clyde AWAY Dumbarton HOME Queen's Park HOME Airdrieonians AWAY

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