GREEN GRASS AND HIGH TIDES

Away Match v Buckie Thistle FC – Victoria Park, Buckie (AB56 1BJ) 
Breedon Highland League – Saturday 2 April KO 3pm

Buckie Harbour where the majority of the RNLI boats are serviced and repaired.

We’re off to Buckie this Saturday for the second of our matches, in the space of three days, against the top two teams in the Breedon Highland League. After our meeting with Fraserburgh on Wednesday where the team although losing, put up a stalwart performance, we’re tasked with putting a stop to Buckie’s record breaking run of twenty two wins in a row – so we wish Charlie and the boys all the best against the green and white hoops.

Dylan scoring the first goal against Fraserburgh and Jake who scored our second.

Fraserburgh’s visit to Seafield Park on Wednesday 30 March was a very entertaining game under the floodlights, even though there were some snow showers to contend with.
We were very impressed with the big turnout of Fraserburgh fans for a midweek game some eighty miles from home, as a high proportion of the crowd were ‘Broch supporters obviously wanting to help them maintain their table topping position.
The Jags put in a very decent shift with goals from Dylan Lawrence and Jake Thompson, but a crazy spell ten minutes before and after half time saw us concede four goals.

Scoring two goals against a defence who have only lost one goal in their last seven games was a positive for us to take from the game.


Welcome to The Jags Jack….

THURSDAY 31 MARCH  : We are delighted to announce the permanent deal for Jack Gilliland.
We would like to thank Clachnacuddin FC for their cooperation throughout this process. 

Our Gaffer Charlie had this to say on his new addition.
“ We welcome Jack to Strathspey Thistle. Jack is another product of Clachs successful U20’s team. The lad joins us determined to take his development onto the next level and aims to put pressure on the current squad for a starting spot in the team.”


As ever the weekly Club Lottery can be played online and the jackpot now stands at £2800.00 and we thank you for your support. You can play here.. 

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ‘BROCH (WE SALUTE YOU)

Home Match v Fraserburgh FC – Seafield Park, Grantown
Wednesday 30 March – KO 8pm

With the Highland League on the front pages instead of the back, please, everyone attending the game, and everyone in the world not attending, please observe…


Breedon Highland League leaders Fraserburgh FC visit Seafield Park for an under the floodlights match, which should have taken place on February 5th. 
We welcome players, management and supporters of “The Broch” to Grantown for the first time since December 2019 knowing it will be a long trip, especially on a Wednesday evening – hopefully they’ll enjoy their visit…but not too much. There is a slight concern that there may be a hint of snow – so again we commend the travelling support and hope their journeys both to and from the Grantown are hassle free.
We haven’t beaten Fraserburgh since April 2010 – our first season in the Highland League. Charlie and the team will be expecting another very difficult game, but with our performances over the last few games and Saturday’s result against Rothes, there seems to be a new found confidence which hopefully bodes well for the next few games – although you can’t get any tougher than a match against the league leaders, followed on Saturday with a visit to Buckie Thistle, who lie in second place.
Hopefully the weather behaves and everything goes according to plan……..

Dylan, Jordan and Kris, our goalscorers at Rothes

Speaking of Rothes and the game at Mackessak Park last Saturday – it just shows you, you can never be absolutely certain of results of football matches.
Rothes lying sixth in the League were favourites for the three points – but The Jags played really, really well and with goals from Dylan Lawrence, Kris Duncan and Jordan Shaw, whose extra-time winner was his first goal for us – the first of many we hope – gave us a 3-2 victory which was a great result for everyone connected with the club. 


As it is a midweek fixture if anyone wants to give some of the committee members a help with pitch repairs on Thursday morning ( weather permitting ), we’d be delighted to see you about 9.30 am – a garden fork and a pair of boots and you’re set…

DOWN THE ROAD

Away Match v Rothes FC – Saturday 26 March  
Mackessack Park, Rothes AB38 7BU – KO 3pm

Action from the September 2019 Rothes game at Seafield Park

So it’s off down the A95 to Rothes to one of our closest away matches, geographically speaking that is. Rothes are at the moment sitting in fifth place and are having a very good season so we will need to be at our best to get something from the game.

Last week against Brechin City, we played well enough for most of the spectators to say that we were slightly unfortunate to lose all three points in what was a very entertaining game played on a very pleasant sunny spring afternoon although a tad windy.

Recent signing Ross Logan was the Jags scorer in a 3-1 defeat.

After the game Jags chairman Donly McLeod presented his counterpart at Brechin, Kevin Mackie, with a framed print of Seafield Park as a memento of our first meeting in the Highland League in Grantown.

Brechin City Chairman Kevin Mackie (left) accepts the framed photograph of Seafield Park from Donly McLeod

Two things to remember – our next one game is on Wednesday night ( 30 March) under the floodlights against current league leaders Fraserburgh FC and also the Club Lottery jackpot this week stands at £2700 and you can play online here – Thanks for your support. 

BRECHIN THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE)

Home match v Brechin City FC – Seafield Park, Grantown
Saturday 19 March – KO 3pm

This is quite a historical weekend as we welcome our friends from Brechin through the doors of Seafield Park for their first ever visit to Grantown and a Breedon Highland League match.
We visited Glebe Park last October and started the game extremely well but on the other side of half time, unfortunately for us, the experience of the home team took hold and we lost the match 7-3 – but not many teams recently have managed to score three goals at Brechin.
At the moment Brechin City sit in third place in the league, fourteen places above us, so we will be delighted to capture any points this weekend, but, if not it won’t be for the lack of trying.  This starts a sequence of games where we play four out of the top five teams in the league……..
At least the weather forecast looks as though we will be basking in sunshine – so if you can – please come along and enjoy the fitba’!


Players and Officials showing their solidarity behind Ukraine

Unfortunately we were unable to continue our winning way and add to the three points from last Saturday losing 4-2 to Clachnacuddin at Seafield Park on Wednesday night. The photo taken on the night shows both teams solidarity with the Ukraine.  


New dates for your diary – maybe some have been amended from last week – please check : these are The Jags fixtures until the end of the season – at the moment this is the current list:

26/03 Rothes (A) – 30/03 Fraserburgh (H) – 2/04 Buckie Thistle (A) – 6/04 Forres Mechanics (H) – 9/04 Lossiemouth (A) – 13/04 Fort William “(H)” – 16/04 Inverurie Loco Works (H)


As we have said before due to the Highland weather and game postponements this time of year is usually very busy with, for example, three games over the past week all at home – The Club would really appreciate if you have two or three hours to spare of a morning to come and give us a helping hand repairing the pitch – all you need is a garden fork, a good pair of boots and an enjoyment of banter and the craic!   


As ever, our online Club Lottery is ongoing and for the chance to win this weeks jackpot of £2600.00 play here. If you already have a ticket, either paper or online – thank you very much for supporting the Club.

MATCH ON 19 MARCH 2022 STRATHSPEY THISTLE FC V BRECHIN CITY FC

Official Souvenir Programme

Our Club historian Rob A Clark has produced a programme commemorating the first ever visit to Seafield Park by Brechin City FC for a Breedon Highland League match on Saturday. 

The programme will be available to fans and collectors online – for purchasing details please go to stfcprogramme@gmail.com 

Spectators attending the match will be able to purchase their copy at the entrance gate ticket-area on the day. No doubt it will be an informative and enjoyable read – and a collectors item in the years to come!

CLACH OF THE TITANS

Home Match v Clachnacuddin FC – Breedon Highland League
Seafield Park  Wednesday 16 March – KO 8pm

OK – so maybe it’s not a clash of the titans of the Highland League, but it should be a monumental encounter on Wednesday. So far this season we’ve played Clach three times – they won their home league game at Grant Park and a cup tie here and we won a cup tie at Grant Park – so it’s everything to play for. There has been much toing and froing between the players of both Clubs this season so it has the makings of a great night under the lights of Seafield Park .
Hopefully with the win against Turriff on Saturday the Jags will go into the game with a good deal of confidence, so perhaps the three points may stay in Grantown.

Action in the Turriff goalmouth from Saturday’s game.

Speaking of the Turriff game, the boys played really well and got off to a great start with Craig Mackenzie netting within five minutes and Dylan Lawrence making it two just before the interval. Turriff replied with what can only be described as an unstoppable screamer to make it 2-1 but The Jags kept on piercing the Turriff defence and in the later stages of the second half could have had at least one more. Manager Charlie Brown was obviously delighted and the whole squad are now looking forward to the Clach game.  

A TURRIFFIC GAME IN PROSPECT

Home Match v Turriff United FC – Saturday 12 March, Seafield Park KO 3pm.

This Saturday we start a week of three home games with first, the visit of our league “neighbours” Turriff United FC – who are one place higher in the league and four points ahead of us. 

This will be the first time since December 2019 that we welcome management, players and fans from Turriff to Seafield Park, and we hope that they will all enjoy a good but probably hard fought game of fitba – a real six-pointer as all the pundits would say – but from a personal perspective I’d be happy if they head back to The Haughs leaving the three points with The Jags…


This week’s Highland Football Weekly podcast features the gaffer Charlie Brown click here to listen..

MATCH ON 19 MARCH 2022 – STRATHSPEY THISTLE FC V BRECHIN CITY FC – OFFICIAL SOUVENIR PROGRAMME

Our Club historian Rob A Clark has produced a programme commemorating the first ever visit to Seafield Park by Brechin City FC for a Breedon Highland League match a week on Saturday, the 19th of March. 

The programme will be available to fans and collectors online – for purchasing details please go to :
stfcprogramme@gmail.com

 Spectators attending the match will be able to purchase their copy at the entrance gate ticket-area on the day.
No doubt it will be an informative and enjoyable read – and a collectors item in the years to come!

DOWN BY THE SEASIDE

Match v Nairn County FC, Station Park, Nairn 
Saturday 5 March KO 3pm

This Saturday it’s down the A939 to Nairn and a Breedon Highland League match against Nairn County FC at Station Park in Nairn (IV12 5NQ).
The last league encounter between us was last October when Nairn won all three points in a very closely contested encounter so hopefully this Saturday’s game will be of the same intensity but with the three points coming our way.  Nairn currently sit ninth in the league so it will not be easy. We wish the boys all the best.

Kris Duncan’s goal last October was deemed offside.

After the League Cup games this week the Highland League was able to publish the next run of games, so, the dates for your diary after the visit this week to Nairn is a run of three home games :
Saturday 12 March v Turriff United 3pm (h)
Wednesday 16 March v Clachnacuddin 8pm (h)
Saturday 19 March v Brechin City 3pm (h)

We would love to see you at Seafield Park cheering on the Strathy Jags. 


As ever the Club Lottery will be drawn on Sunday and the jackpot this week is £2400 – to play online click here.

CLIVE’S NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2022

February 2: Halfway through the week and both day-time and night-time temperatures are good. The pitch is in a good state so we are hopeful that Saturday’s game with Fraserburgh will go ahead.

February 4: Never count your chickens where the Grantown weather is concerned. Snow from early morning gave us a 10 cm covering and with a frost due tonight we have decided on a 10.00 pitch inspection.

February 5: Game day with no game as we have to postpone due to snow and ice and a poor forecast for the day ahead. Today was our first chance post-Covid restrictions to offer hospitality and  it was much appreciated that our guests decided to stay and watch the Rugby between Scotland and England instead.

February 11: Midfielder Stephen Rennie has joined Inverness Athletic of the North Caledonian League until April 30.

February 12: A last a long bus trip, from Inverness via Forres to Formartine United who play at North Lodge Park, Pitmedden in Aberdeenshire, a relatively new ground situated in open farming country. A warm welcome awaited us with some sunshine and decent playing conditions. A goal down in seven minutes wasn’t the start we hoped for although but for a superb save from United keeper Ewen Macdonald the Jags would have gone in a square at half time. Formartine continued to press and went two up on 60 minutes. The loss of Andrew Skinner to a second bookable offence just made our day as we then conceded two late goals to go down 4-0. Another long journey home.

February 13: Attention now focused on the game at Seafield Park on Saturday when we play Fort William. This is their home game but because of problems with the pitch at Claggan Park it has been switched to Seafield Park. Fort William will play all their home games on the road this season. 
For both clubs it is the game of the season especially as this season relegation/promotion has been introduced to and from the Breedon Highland League.

February 15: There is a lot of interest in the game with the BBC asking permission to attend and film as they are making a documentary about the Fort William club which is a follow up to one they did a few years back. 

February 16: 20 year old midfielder Ross Logan has joined us from Clachnacuddin on a  temporary transfer until 30 April. 

February 17: The transfer was completed of midfielder Kieran Chalmers to Clachnacuddin. He started 15 games and made one substitute appearance and chipped in with four goals. We wish him well at his new club.

February 18: Up to today another good week weather wise with the pitch in good condition but the snow started in the early hours and has persisted all today to a depth of 10/12 centimetres. Pitch inspected at 1700 and with the updated weather forecast being frost overnight it was decided to call the game off. Fixture congestion is now becoming a problem. The next set of re-arranged fixtures should be published in the next few days. 

February 21: Only two Breedon SHFL games survived the visits of Dudley and Eunice but those games involved two sides chasing the league title, Fraserburgh and Brora. The Broch defeated Lossiemouth to go three points clear of Buckie Thistle while Brora were held 2-2 in their local derby with Wick Academy. The Rangers equalised in the the fifth minute of injury time depriving the Scorries of their first derby victory for many years.

February 25: The Jags said farewell to Cameron Lisle who has moved to Nairn County. This season he has made 21 appearances with three as substitute. First part of the week weather wise was okay but Wednesday and Thursday gave us some heavy snow. A thaw has now set in so keeping fingers crossed with Saturday’s forecast much brighter.

February 26: Game day and the current Highland League Champions are at Seafield Park. The pitch is in good condition but there is a very strong wind forecast. The Jags were a goal down in two minutes which was wind assisted and the same on twenty minutes. Half time it was two nil to Brora and although the team worked hard it was a struggle against a very good team and they went down 5-1. Jake Thomson scored the Jags goal on 85 minutes from the penalty spot. Attention is now drawn to the visit of Huntly on Wednesday night in a rearranged fixture. The club also enjoyed a visit from John Campbell, the new Highland League Secretary designate who takes over from Rod Houston in the Summer.