AWAY MATCH v GALAFAIRYDEAN ROVERS
SCOTTISH GAS SCOTTISH CUP ROUND 1
NETHERDALE, GALASHIELS, TD1 3HE
SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2023 – KO 3pm
We started last week’s post with the statement that Brechin was one of our longest trips of the season – but that pales into insignificance – this week is a whopping 350 mile round trip to Galashiels and a meeting in the Scottish Cup at Netherdale against Gala Fairydean Rovers.
As the above photograph of Sir Walter Scott’s View, the Scottish Borders is a beautiful part of Scotland and Galashiels is possibly more famous as a rugby town. It is the birthplace of current Scotland Rugby coach Gregor Townsend but is also the birthplace of John Collins the former Hibs manager, who as well being capped for Scotland at football over fifty times, and played for teams such as Hibs, Celtic, AS Monaco and Everton.
Gala Fairydean FC, are a team that had an illustrious history winning many trophies since their foundation in 1894, and merged with Gala Rovers in 2013 gaining admittance to the newly formed Lowland Football League as Gala Faiydean Rovers.
The stand at Netherdale was designed by the renowned architect Peter Wormersley built in the “Brutalist Style” It is a Category A listed building and was opened in 1965.
Robert and the team are very much looking forward to the day and revelling in the excitement that is the Scottish Cup. We wish them all the best in what is a step into the unknown, hopefully not “brutal” but a right good enjoyable game of football – and there will be no replay – extra time and penalties will decide the outcome – and as we always say you never know what is going to happen in a football match….hopefully a home tie in the second round.
A couple of days before the Brechin game we re-signed local lad Kane Davies from Forres Mechanics
Manager Robert had this to say about our latest acquisition.
“I’m delighted to manage to bring Kane back to the club after a lot of interest in him. Another local player that will come in and make the squad stronger which is exactly what we are looking to do. We want the best local players here and he is certainly one of them”
“He’s an experienced Highland League player and will bring that much needed experience to the squad. I’m looking forward to working with Kane and I’m confident he will be a great signing for us.”
BRECHIN LAST WEEK
Unfortunately it was a tough afternoon in the Brechin sunshine last Saturday. We were missing through injury, captain James McShane, Ross Logan and Liam Grant plus one or two others who were unable to make it to Brechin – hopefully there will be a larger squad available to manager Rob in Galashiels.
We were four down to the current league title holders by the interval but a great response in the second half saw us back in the game which finished 5-0.
We have now played six of the top eleven teams – five away from home and we commence a home “heavy’ list of fixtures over the next few weeks.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Our home games commence on the 30 Sept with a visit from Wick Academy followed four days later (Oct 4) by Lossiemouth – we then travel to Inverurie on the Saturday followed by a visit from Rothes (Wed 11 Oct) – there is no game on Saturday 12 Oct – and we are back in action with another home game against Buckie Thistle on Sat 21 Oct.
………AND DON’T FORGET OUR FUNDRAISING DANCE
A week Saturday, (30 Sept), K and the Pupils plus guests will be rockin’ the Legion’s foundations in Grantown. Music starts about 9pm and tickets are selling like hot cakes so contact The Legion in Grantown to get yours – cost is £10 each – The Legion are operating a cash only ticket sale.
We look forward to seeing you there – hopefully after our first home win of the season and three points bagged in the league……
As is the usual custom we end with offering you a winning jackpot of £2500 from our online fundraising lottery – play here for a chance to win….thanks very much….
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK WHEN IT’S BACK TO LEAGUE BUSINESS AND WE’RE AT HOME TO WICK ACADEMY FC