IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND……

AWAY GAME v HUNTLY FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
CHRISTIE PARK, HUNTLY  AB54 8JE
SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 3pm

Hopefully there will no early morning rain as this Saturday sees us heading towards Gordon country and hopefully come sundown we leave with all three points.

We played Huntly at Seafield Park on a not too bad Wednesday night weather wise in late November and although scoring first through Mike McKenzie, we conceded two goals before half time and another two in the second half. It was another game we started well but fell away sharply and Huntly deserved their win. Their results have been a bit topsy turvy since the turn of the year but Huntly currently sit in eighth place in the league with thirty-nine points so their season has been reasonably successful so far so the Jags will be in for very tough game again and we wish manager Rob and the boys all the best in their quest for points…..

LAST SATURDAY’S HOME GAME AGAINST INVERURIE LOCOS

There was a good crowd attendance for our home match against The Locos. On a reasonably fine February day we found ourselves two down at half-time losing goals in the seventeenth and forty-sixth minutes – the second was more or less the last kick before the break. I think most fans present would have agree that Locos deserved their lead.

The Jags go close

It was a different Jags in the second half and we strongly competed throughout the half and manufactured at least two very good chances but again we failed to find the back of the net – which seems to be the story every week. 

Although an improvement on our first meeting in Inverurie where we lost five-nil but that is really no compensation for taking no points over the two games.

NEXT GAME
At the time of writing our next game is scheduled for Victoria Park in Buckie – and as far as we know the game will take place next Saturday – 2 March – with a 3pm kick off. 
If you don’t know Buckie have had to play their home matches away from home since November – the last two have been in Lossiemouth – because there is drainage problems in one part of the pitch – a problem no-one seems to know what is causing it, but work has been going on in trying to fix and as I said they hope to be back home this week.

Please keep checking here and our FaceBook and Twitter/X feeds for up to date news.

LOTTERY
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LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
As intimated a couple of weeks ago after the current jackpot , which now stands at £4700, has been won it therefore comples that game so then there will be couple of changes – there will still be a weekly prize of £100 for a consolation winner if their entry matches four of the five numbers drawn, however instead of a weekly increase in the jackpot of £100, this will now be increased monthly. 

The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers, which are drawn at random, from 1-20. The 5 numbers chosen are to be marked by a cross (X).

  1. The Jackpot prize starts at £1,000 and the game continues until it is won and starts afresh. As applicable, the Jackpot increases by £100 immediately after the first draw in each calendar month, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Jackpot is then capped at £5,000 until it is won in a weekly draw. 
  2. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  3. Should no entry forecast all 5 winning numbers, then any player matching 4 numbers will be entered into a draw for a single Consolation Prize of £100
  4. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  5. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  6. All winners will be notified.

SEE YOU IN MY DRUMS

HOME GAME v INVERURIE LOCO WORKS FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
SEAFIELD PARK, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HY
SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 2pm

If the footballing gods behave and Seafield Park is spared more frost, snow and rain we should be able to welcome players, management and the wonderful raucous fans of Inverurie Loco Works this Saturday. If this is your first time here or want to refresh the mind of what’s available in Grantown click here – enjoy the game and safe journeys.

Inverurie’s Quiet Army…..

As Eddie Gardner* would say, the last time we played Locos earlier in the season they went nap! Hopefully that’ll not be the case on Saturday and manager Rob has the Jags primed and ready to cause a wee bit of an upset.
Inverurie have had a bit of a mixed season. They started very slowly, changed managers by appointing former player Dean Donaldson the head coach, and after a period of evolvement have put together a good run of form especially after the turn of the year and prising some points off them will be a challenge  – but we can but not be positive because as we always say ….you never know in football!!
Hopefully we’ll have a good contingent of Jags fans come along as this will be our last scheduled home game until the 9th March when we host Keith FC with the last of our 2pm Saturday kick offs.

*Eddie Gardner was the editor of our local paper in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and part of his remit was the local Welfare football reports.

OUR NEXT GAMES
Unless notification to the contrary our next two games are away from home – next Saturday 24th we are at Huntly and the following Saturday 3 March play Buckie Thistle – as they are currently playing their home games at Grant Park we await confirmation of the venue – we’ll let you know as soon as we are informed. 

LOTTERY
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £4600 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
A resumé of the changes that will come into effect after the jackpot for the current game has been won as we will go straight into a new game – with the jackpot starting as usual at £1000 – so we would be delighted if you continue playing along…… 

  1. The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers chosen by the player from numbers 1 – 20 and the numbers chosen are then marked by a cross on the paper ticket entry form – or if playing online into the squares provided onscreen. Each five-number entry line costs £1.
  2. The Jackpot prize restarts from £1000 and is increased by £100 monthly on the first Sunday of every month which usually combines with the first draw. When the Jackpot prize reaches £5000 it will be capped. The game will then continue weekly as normal until the £5000 jackpot is won.
  3. Should no entry forecast all five winning numbers, then any player matching four numbers will be entered into a random draw for a single weekly prize of £100. If no player picks four of the correct numbers there will be no consolation pay out that week. 
  4. A new paper ticket entry must be completed every week.
  5. All entries must be in by 7pm on the day of the draw – 6pm if you are playing online.
  6. All winners will be notified.
  7. If more than one player wins the Jackpot prize then the  winning total will be equally divided between them.
  8. The draw is normally made every Sunday at 7pm. 

And, as we always promote on the website every week, the fundraising lotto can also be played online – all details of how to play can be accessed clicking here LOTTO

TONIGHT’S GAME OFF

HOME GAME v WICK ACADEMY FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
SEAFIELD PARK, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HY
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 8pm

Again it is my sad duty to inform you all that tonight’s match against Wick Academy has been postponed as the pitch is still frozen – so hopefully we will get a thaw over the next couple of days so that pitch will be in a playable condition for Saturday’s match against Inverurie Locos.

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE

HOME GAME v WICK ACADEMY FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
SEAFIELD PARK, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HY
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 8pm

A Valentine candlelight dinner for two or ninety minutes of floodlight football action at Seafield Park….the choice, as they say, is yours…..

This is the third time that we have been waiting to welcome the players, committee and fans of Wick Academy FC this season and we appreciate the efforts they have all made to be here – so we’re hoping it’s third time lucky and if any of the Wick fans need a reminder of what’s available here in Grantown click here for a resumé.
The first attempt was a Saturday way back in September when traffic problems prevented the Wick bus making the journey to Strathspey. That was then followed by a postponement at the start of December when snow and ice prohibited play on a very cold Wednesday night!

So fingers crossed for this Wednesday.

Having said that we are no strangers to Wick, as we visited them a week past Saturday, and unfortunately we were on the wrong side of a five goal fiesta. Weather seems to have played a major part in both our fortunes this year as unfortunately, exceptionally high winds governed the whole game.

Hopefully Rob and the boys will be able to reverse the score and we can add a very much needed three points to our league tally.

SATURDAY’S MATCH AT LOSSIEMOUTH

All square at half-time indicated that it was a tight match and it took sixty-six minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Unfortunately it was Lossie  who scored …but it took us only four minutes to equalise, our goal scored by Owen Loveland. Again we seem to fall foul to the ref’s whistle and we conceded another penalty, ( the fourth in two games!!!) through which Lossie gained the lead again and even though being reduced to ten men after seventy-seven minutes they held out for all three points. 

Jags goalscorer Owen Loveland

The Jags contingent at the match were suitably gutted at the final whistle as the boys had put in a good shift and thought a draw would have been a reasonable result, however there was no real complaints about the penalty award.

Onwards and upwards …..lets hope for a better outcome on Wednesday night.

NEXT HOME MATCH 

Three days later on Saturday 17 February we host Inverurie Locos at Seafield Park – KO 2pm as usual this season.
So with this in mind we would greatly appreciate any help in repairing (Thurs morning 10am) or preparing the pitch for Saturday – and if anyone would like to help us out on Saturday afternoon you would be very welcome. 

DOWN BY THE SEA

AWAY GAME v LOSSIEMOUTH FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
GRANT PARK, LOSSIEMOUTH IV31 6JG
SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 3pm

So, this Saturday, we’re off to one of my favourite places – Lossiemouth. 

Birthplace of Ramsay MacDonald, home of the Jets, two superb golf courses, a beautiful sandy beach and loads of ice cream….what more could you want…..that plethora of goodies deserves to be dented by The Jags taking all three points from Grant Park on Saturday.
Earlier this season Lossiemouth was a happy hunting ground for ourselves, as we won 1-0 last August in the League Cup which promoted a feeling of confidence of what was to come for the season ahead but things never really go to plan …….

Our last visit to Lossie in August 2023


In our last league meeting in October at Seafield Park, The Coasters won 3-0 – another of our games in which we made an exceptionally bad start and found ourselves three down within thirteen minutes……and although we battled for the rest of the game, disappointing was the general feeling throughout the Jags contingent.

Manager Rob was quoted in the local press this week that he will be taking a full squad to Lossiemouth so we wish he and the boys all the best as we now need points and many of them!

LAST WEDNESDAY’S GAME
The game versus Brora Rangers scheduled for last Wednesday had to be postponed because of inclement weather.

OUR NEXT GAME IS NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT (FEB 14 ) AT SEAFIELD PARK WHEN WE ENTERTAIN WICK ACADEMY FC : KICK OFF 8PM

LOTTERY
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £4500 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
Now, we said that there will be a couple of changes after the jackpot for the current game has been won as we will go straight into a new game – with jackpot starting as usual at £1000 – so we would be delighted if you continue playing along…… 

  1. The game is to forecast 5 winning numbers chosen by the player from numbers 1 – 20 and the numbers chosen are then marked by a cross on the paper ticket entry form – or if playing online into the squares provided onscreen. Each five-number entry line costs £1.
  2. The Jackpot prize always restarts from £1000 and is increased by £100 monthly on the first Sunday of every month which usually combines with the first draw. When the Jackpot prize reaches £5000 it will be capped. The game will then continue weekly as normal until the £5000 jackpot is won.
  3. Should no entry forecast all five winning numbers, then any player matching four numbers will be entered into a random draw for a single weekly prize of £100. If no player picks four of the correct numbers there will be no consolation pay out that week. 
  4. A new paper ticket entry must be completed every week.
  5. All entries must be in by 7pm on the day of the draw.
  6. All winners will be notified.
  7. If more than one player wins the Jackpot prize then the  winning total will be equally divided between them.
  8. The draw is normally made every Sunday at 7pm. 

And as we always promote every week games can also be played online – all details of how to play can be accessed clicking on the lottery logo (right)….

MATCH OFF

TONIGHTS BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE MATCH v BRORA RANGERS HAS BEEN POSTPONED – SNOW COVERED PITCH AND BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES

Seafield Park 1pm Wednesday 7 Feb 2024

We will eventually get this game played – apologies to all who were planning the game tonight but weather is the one major thing we can’t control.

Hopefully it’ll be sunny and warm in Lossiemouth on Saturday!

NIGHT GAMES

HOME GAME v BRORA RANGERS FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
SEAFIELD PARK, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HY
WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 8pm

We welcome to Grantown, players, committee and supporters of Brora Rangers on what we hope will be a calm evening under the floodlights at Seafield Park. 
Brora who are sitting in 9th place in the league but have only played fifteen games which is five games in hand on the leaders Brechin City – which has been all due to weather postponements and cup duties. 
Brora would consider themselves very much title contenders and they will come to Seafield Park intent on getting the win, but as we always say …you never know in football even although their last outing was a good 3-0 win against Deveronvale in Banff.  
The last time we played Brora, back in August at Dudgeon Park, we played very well. Two down at half time, we pulled a goal back through Jack Davison but finally losing a very late goal making the score 3-1 to the home side…but for most parts of the game we matched or bettered The Cattachs.

Recent results have not been very kind to the Jags, although generally the performance level has been good, but, we will be anxious to get something out of the game.

We hope that the weather gods are with us too as there will be a pitch inspection at lunchtime Wednesday.

Top marksman Jack Davison, who has scored five goals in our last three games

MATCH ON SATURDAY v WICK ACADEMY
As Brora Rangers head down the A9 for their match here in Grantown on Wednesday night, last Saturday we travelled in the opposite direction through Brora and on to Wick for our match against Wick Academy.

Sunshine greeted us but it was cold and there was a very strong wind which Wick took advantage of and were three up by half time and thoughts of our most recent game against Rothes crossed our minds, but the proverbial fitba saying of a game of two halves came true yet again….compulsive scorer Jack Davison scored twice and we very nearly equalised in what was a far more competitive half from our point of view…the strong winds definitely played a major role in the outcome but a good game should be in the offing next Wednesday (14 Feb) when The Scorries arrive at Seafield Park in what might not be described as a Valentine mood….final score at Harmsworth Park was 3-2 to the home team. After their visit, the Jags officials were very complementary to Wick for their hospitality …as always!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU
As I have said before Wednesday night football is more difficult for supporters to attend and we thank all of them very much for making the effort to do so, especially those making the long journeys from Brora and Wick – if you require any information regarding your visit please click here for more information.

HAPPY FORKERS

If it’s a Tuesday morning this is the place to be…….committee members Graeme Stuart, Donly McLeod, Charlie Sinclair and Alan Mackenzie are joined by superfan Jim Beveridge, in the black and red anorak, for a few hours of pitch repairs. The general consensus was that the pitch was in pretty good shape considering the time of year and the weather we have had in Grantown over the past few weeks. There will be a pitch inspection on Wednesday at midday as there is a chance of some inclement weather as Brora have a bit of travelling to do.

JANUARY’S CLUB NEWSLETTER 
The Jags monthly newsletter edited by Rob Clark is now available to download – click on the following for more info –   wolstc@aol.com

LET’S WICK TOGETHER

AWAY GAME vWICK ACADEMY FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
HARMSWORTH PARK, WICK, KW1 5NH
SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2024 – KO 3pm

After a devastating night in Rothes on Wednesday the boys, management and committee have to pick themselves up, jump on the bus and head all the way up the A9 to Harmsworth Park in Wick in our first meeting of the 23/24 season against Wick Academy.

The Scorries sit in fifteenth place in the league on thirteen points in what has been an up and down season for them with their last point won in their home encounter with Rothes at the start of the year, so both teams on Saturday will be on the hunt for points.

Manager Robert said this week in The Strathy that we were entering a crucial part of the season and we will have to take points from our games over the next month or so, when we will be playing teams who are positioned around us in the league so for our future prospects and aspirations we have to win games, plain and simple!

As ever we wish the team and Robert and his management amigos all the best in their quest for three points.

MATCH v ROTHES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT

It’s funny how we all see the game differently…..a game of two halves x 100! 

Proposed team for Wednesday night

I was unable to visit Rothes on Wednesday so was reliant on our excellent WhatsApp communications team ….

Jack Davison, who is becoming most prolific in front of goal this season, scored the first of his two goals for the Jags after ten minutes, but we conceded our first penalty on twenty-five. Four minutes later we were 2-1 up, a nice wee glancing header by Jack for his second.All was well until right on half time when Rothes equalised. 

Then armageddon…….from a “superb through ball” as reported in one of the papers ex-Jags man Jake Thompson, who had a very good game, ran on to the pass and scored…however most of the spectators viewing from the stand were absolutely convinced the offside flag would be raised but no…the goal stood. That was then followed by Rothes being awarded two penalties in the space of two minutes. So suddenly we were 5-2 down and with a further three goals scored in the last five minutes, not a good night was had by the Jags contingent – we had also five players booked and manager Rob was sent to the stand.

Perhaps the ref wanted to send Rob a card in celebration of his first full year in charge.

So …….it’s off to Wick we go, hi-ho.

SPUD THE PIPER

The legendary Spud the Piper

We spent some time at Seafield Park today with the legendary internationally known local lad Spud the Piper. We were doing pics for some future promotional ideas.

LOTTERY

As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £4400 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…and as I said a few weeks ago when this game is completed and the jackpot won, we are going to have a couple of changes but we will let everyone know asap.  

DOWN BY THE RIVER

AWAY GAME v ROTHES FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
MACKESSACK PARK, ROTHES
WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2024 – KO-8pm

It’s a midweek Speysiders clash under the floodlights at Mackessack Park as we mosey on down the river to our annual away match against Rothes FC. The match was scheduled for 20 January but the inclement weather that week meant that the match was postponed – which at that time was expected. There has been a bit of frost about this week so lets hope that it lifts and the match can go ahead.

Both Rothes and ourselves failed to win on Saturday so it promises to be a cracker – and there will be some well ‘kent faces on both sides so I would imagine there will be no love lost on the pitch.

We wish Rob and boys all the best as we enter a crucial month for the Jags.

SATURDAY’S MATCH AGAINST BRECHIN CITY

Firstly on behalf of the Jags we would thank the tremendous support who accompanied Brechin on Saturday and we hope they enjoyed their visit. As their team won six-one I would imagine they did, but as ever a result can sometimes colour the perception of how the game went. 
We went into the game having not played competitively for over a month and we were facing the team which sits on top of the league.
Having lost two goals within the first fifteen minutes we settled into our game very well and Jack Davison pulled a goal back  before half time so we went into the break at 2-1 down. 

Jack Davison

However soon after the break and with our players beginning to feel the pace, Brechin were able to bring on three subs one of which is possibly one of the league’s top players and with their pace and mobility we ran out of steam and conceded four goals over the last half hour.

New keeper Ethan Rae thwarts Brechin again

 Our new signings striker John MacLeod played for the last twenty minutes showing some deft touches, on what was his first time on a pitch for ages after returning from injury, and our new goalkeeper seventeen year-old Ethan Rae, who has signed on loan from Ross County until the end of the season, made a very impressive debut and was lauded by all Jags club officials and fans despite the six goals. It’ll be interesting to see how both will enhance the team once they are settled in.

WELCOME THE NEW BOYS

We welcome to the Club until the end of the season, at least, striker John MacLeod on loan from Buckie Thistle, and two goalkeepers Ethan Rae on loan from Ross County and Zef Ubych.

John MacLeod
Ethan Rae
Zef Ubych

NEXT SATURDAY

We’re off to Wick – post scheduled for Friday….till then sports fans….

BRECHIN’ THE ICE

HOME GAME v BRECHIN CITY FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
SEAFIELD PARK, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HY
SATURDAY 27 JANUARY 2024 – KO 2pm

This Saturday the league leaders come to town. 

Yes, we welcome players, committee and supporters of Brechin City FC to Seafield Park. They are sitting on top of the Breedon Highland League so it’s not going to be an easy return to action for the Jags after having not played since the 16th December.
Manager Robert MacCormack said exactly that to the local paper “The Strathy” this week, but, he has a full squad to pick from and he and the rest of the boys are really looking forward to the challenge. The Jags this season have played reasonably well against the teams nearer the top of the division…and as we always say in football….you never know…..

Brechin, who have been going great guns, play their second away game of the week after their three nil victory in Lossiemouth on Wednesday night. They have only lost two games this season, the last one being a four-three defeat at third placed Formartine in the middle of December and currently lead the league by one point from Banks O’Dee, who have played two games more. Strangely enough our last game was a home game against Formartine and we lost narrowly by one goal to nil. 

So a very tough match is in prospect for the Jags and if we manage to take anything from the game it will be very much a bonus.

Since Brechin joined the Highland League they have always taken a good support with them and we thank them for making the journey and would hope that this Saturday will be no exception. If any of the Brechin fans want to find out a wee bit about Grantown  click here for more information.

NEW SIGNING

On Friday manager Robert MacCormack announced that he had signed forward John MacLeod on loan until the end of the season from very much in the news Buckie Thistle. 

Rob says “ I know John well and I am delighted to bring a player of his quality to the Club. He is a proven goal scorer at the very top end of the Highland League. He’s now fully fit after a long period out and I’m confident he will be a fantastic addition to the group”.

LAST WEDNESDAY BRORA POSTPONEMENT

As said before we have not kicked a ball in the league or cup since December 16 as our game scheduled for last Wednesday night again fell foul of the winter conditions which we have suffered over the past few weeks here in Grantown, and although it was a close decision the game against Brora Rangers had to be postponed – but on a brighter note there are very high hopes that the pitch will be playable on Saturday – fingers crossed for a couple of days of lenient weather.

The fixture has been rearranged for Wednesday 7 February with an 8pm kick off.

FUTURE GAMES

Assuming that the weather does not play havoc over the next few weeks the Jags will have a very busy February with a mostly Saturday /Wednesday schedule.  They are as follows:

HOME GAMES 
Wed 7 Feb v Brora Rangers – Wed 14 Feb v Wick Academy – Saturday 17 Feb v Inverurie Locos

AWAY GAMES
Sat 3 Feb v Wick Academy – Sat 10 Feb v Lossiemouth – Sat 24 Feb Huntly and Sat 2 March v Buckie Thistle

So, hopefully, we’ll see everyone a week on Wednesday for the aforementioned Brora Rangers visit.
As ever please check with our social media and the Highland League fixtures page as these dates were correct on 25 January. 

LOTTERY
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £4300 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…