MIGHTY RE-ARRANGER

HOME GAME v BRORA RANGERS FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
SEAFIELD PARK, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, PH26 3HY
WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2024 – KO 8pm

I think that this will be third time that this game has been scheduled – and so far the weather forecast looks good and hopefully all things weather and fate will align so that the game can eventually go ahead.

This match is the first of three home games in a row for the Jags so 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 currently sitting in 9th place in the league but have only played twenty-one games which is five games in hand on the co- leaders Bank’s O’ Dee and three games with Brechin City. I think Brora would have been considering themselves very much title contenders but recent results- two draws and a loss, mean that may not be the case this season but even so, they will come to Seafield Park intent on getting the win.

The last time we played Brora, back in August at Dudgeon Park, we played very well. Although being two down at half time, we pulled a goal back through Jack Davison but, we lost a very late goal to make the final score 3-1 to the home side…but for a lot of the game we matched or bettered The Cattachs. 

Another effort like that from the boys on Wednesday night and, with a different and more positive result, would give the Jags a fair boost for the remainder of the season. Recent results have not been very kind to us and it would be great to get something out of the game.

If any of the Brora supporters returning to Grantown need any reminder of what’s here or maybe it’s your first visit, click here for more information.

LAST SATURDAY’S GAME v BUCKIE THISTLE.
Unfortunately like many this season we had another postponed game – after a late morning pitch inspection the decision was made that the ground was waterlogged – a scenario that has been quite common this season unfortunately at Victoria Park, as there seems to be an underground  burst pipe or similar – no-one seems to quite know where the water is coming from and with that problem along with heavy overnight rain there could be no other outcome other than postponement. Buckie have been playing some home games at Lossiemouth but had managed to host Clachnacuddin the previous week.

PITCH FIXING
As already mentioned this is the first of three home games in a row, so that means on the following mornings The Merry Forkers will be down at Seafield Park on Thursday 7, Tuesday 12  and Thursday 14 March at about 10am preparing the pitch for the next game – all you need is a fork and a pair of wellies…..if it’s wet…. and a couple of hours of your time – it would be very much appreciated.

GAME OFF

MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH

It is my sad duty to inform you that today’s match against Buckie Thistle has been postponed as Victoria Park is waterlogged after some heavy rain overnight and this morning.

VICTORIA

AWAY GAME v BUCKIE THISTLE FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
VICTORIA PARK, BUCKIE AB56 1BJ
SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2024 – KO 3pm

ROBERT MACCORMACK
Making the headlines on the back pages this week was manager Robert MacCormack’s decision to step down as manager next season. He stated in an interview in Wednesday’s Press & Journal saying that primarily the task ahead of building a new squad for next season over the summer was something that he was unable to dedicate one hundred per cent of his time to as he wanted to spend more time with his family, something he has had to sacrifice this year and now had even more admiration for Highland League managers for all the time and effort they give their clubs.
He was very appreciative to the Jags for giving him the opportunity of managing a Highland League club, and we as a club have appreciated the amount of dedication Rob has put in since his appointment from Alness United just over a year ago, and although we are disappointed the committee fully understand his decision. He also intimated that if a new manager is appointed before the end of the season he is quite willing to step aside.

Robert MacCormack

We wish him all the best for the future and he will always be welcome at Seafield Park especially after his comments in his interview with Niall Harkiss in the local paper – The Strathyclick here

It is plain for all to see that in our current league position the great amount of work Rob would have had to do behind the scenes to put together a different squad for next year, as many of the current player’s contracts finish at the end of this season. 
There is also a possibility we may not be in the Highland League. 
Currently the only club with the correct credentials are Lochee Utd from Dundee,who sit second in the Scottish Midland League but their chances of winning it took a backward step on Wednesday night when current league leaders Broughty Athletic beat them 3-0. As a result of this win Broughty went fourteen points ahead with nine games to go – albeit Lochee have three games in hand but have to play Broughty away, so The Jags are keeping a close watch on the proceedings in the Dundee area…..

Also on the subject of the future of Strathspey Thistle there have  seemingly been rumours going about about our future demise – at our monthly meeting the other night nothing could be further from the truth, and although disappointed with Rob’s decision we must carry on….and I would say that off the field we are as strong as we have been for a long time ….so as Mark Twain said “ reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” …..

BUCKIE THISTLE – 2 MARCH 2024

So this week we face the onerous task of heading to Victoria Park for our first encounter with Buckie Thistle this season. We were to meet in Grantown in October but advice from the Scottish Government regarding inclement weather postponed that fixture.

Buckie have had a marvellous season so far- apart from last Saturday’s defeat at home to Clach – and are currently sitting in third place in the league on fifty-two points trailing the leaders Brechin City by seven points but with three games in hand they are very much in contention of winning the league. 

Scottish Cup fever hit Buckie last month

So it will be a very tough afternoon on Saturday – hopefully Buckie will be feeling the effects of playing so many games over the past few weeks……which included their trip to Parkhead where they played Celtic live on television in a Scottish Cup tie and did the Highland League proud.  In their ranks are two regulars from the Strathspey area, defender Sam Morrison and goal scorer supreme Josh Peters who will both no doubt do us no favours whatsoever…and rightly so!
Currently we will arrive at Victoria Park with a depleted squad mainly due to injuries…..but as we always say in the words of the great Greavsie….”It’s a funny old game, Saint”……you never know…..

LAST SATURDAY IN HUNTLY
The least said about our first half’s performance the better as we went in to the half-time break trailing by six goals to nil. There was a slight resurgence in the second half only conceding one more goal and finishing the game with a seven nil defeat.
A major concern to us all was losing Ross Logan early in the first half with a head injury and after going to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin he was sent to Aberdeen for surgery to an eye injury – all our best wishes go to him in recovering from what must be a very uncomfortable injury. 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Confirmed dates from the Highland League are the following rearranged fixtures with three home games as follows.

Wednesday March 6 v Brora Rangers KO 20.00hrs

Wednesday March 13 v Wick Academy KO 20.00hrs

Saturday March 30 v Nairn County KO 3pm


PITCH SIDE ADVERTISING

Montage of the current crop of pitch side advertising boards

We have created a page on the website thanking the companies who have this year taken the opportunity of pitch side advertising boards – to view the page click here


LOTTERY
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £4800 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

LOTTERY CH-CH-CHANGES
As intimated a couple of weeks ago after the current jackpot, has been won therefore completing that game 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).

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. 

  1. If more than one player has 5 winning numbers, the Jackpot will be divided equally among the winning players. 
  2. 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
  3. THE DRAW will take place every SUNDAY at 7pm unless otherwise advised.
  4. The entrant named on the ticket must be at least 16 years of age.
  5. All winners will be notified.

So, that’s all sports fans hopefully we will see you at Seafield Park on Wednesday night for the Brora game or the Saturday after (9 March)when we host Keith FC.

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
As ever we conclude this week’s meanderings offering you a jackpot win of £4700 on our online fundraising lottery – click here if you want to play…

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