Author: Finlay Noble

Goal Landmarks Achieved for Butch and Fig

On Saturday Sean Butcher scored his 50th (and 51st) goal for the Broch when he headed home in the 84th minute. Sean has scored 51 goals in only 89 appearances.

Also reaching a milestone was Scott Barbour who scored his 182nd goal for the Broch but his 250th goal in his Highland League career taking into consideration his 68 goals scored when with Formartine United.

Congratulations to both players on reaching these significant landmarks.

Ton up for Gary Harris

Congratulations to Gary Harris on his 100th Appearance for the Broch yesterday. He has scored 62 times along the way.

Gary has been extremely unlucky with injuries and was out at one point for 18 months with a serious knee injury.

Two New Debutants

Last night we had two of our young players making their debuts. Aidan Collin and Zane Laird came on as second half substitutes in our victory over Lossiemouth.

Both have been in great form for the U18 and U21’s this season and fully deserved their inclusion in the squad.

William Baxter Ritchie

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of William Baxter Ritchie, simply known as Baxter. Despite having his double vaccination, Baxter succumbed on Sunday to the awful virus that has been in our lives for the past 20 odd months. Baxter turned 72 last month.

Baxter played briefly for the Broch in the late 60’s / early 70’s and was on the Committee at the club many years including our title winning season of 2001/2002. He is pictured above with the League Championship Trophy. It is somewhat fitting that the Broch currently sit top of the league.

Baxter was best known for his time in Amateur Football in the town with Redburn AFC as well as a spell in Junior Football in Aberdeen with Parkvale JFC.

The funeral will be held on Friday at 2pm and after the service the hearse will be passing Bellslea Park around 2.30pm for those who want to pay their respects in that way.

 

Youth Sponsors

Fraserburgh FC would like to thank AM Campbell (UK) Ltd Electricians and JBS Group (Scotland) Ltd for their generous sponsorship of the U18’s Travel Tracksuits and Training Kit. Pictured presenting them to our U18’s captain, Luca D’Ambruoso are John Dudgeon, Director of JBS Group and Gavin Fraser, Director of AM Campbell.

Many thanks to both companies for their continued sponsorship.

 

Management Team Extend Contracts

We are delighted to announce that our Management Team have extended their contracts until the summer of 2026. The Board have been delighted with the progress made by the team and want to secure the immediate future with a new deal for Mark and James. Both were delighted to commit to the club for the next five years.

Mark Cowie
James Duthie

 

 

 

250 up for Scott Barbour

Today Scott Barbour made his 250th for his home town team scoring his 174th Goal in the process.

 

Congratulations Fig and look forward to at least 250 more !!

 

 

Sad Passing of Ian Smith

It is with deep sorrow that we learn of the sad passing of former Committee Member, Ian Smith.

Ian was a hugely popular member of the club until he had to step down due to ill health. He was never happier than when he was looking after everyone in the Hospitality Lounge. He took great pride in that role and has been sadly missed.

Not only was he popular at Bellslea Park but at all the other clubs in the League.

Ian was also the driver of the Team Bus for well over 20 years, another role he revelled in.

Our thoughts go out to his wife Eleanora, daughters Julie and Amanda as well as his brother Brian and sister Moira at this sad time.

Ian’s funeral procession will pass Bellslea Park after the funeral service which is being held at Alexander Buchan and Sons Funeral Parlour at 2pm

 

Happy Birthday Grandstand !

A Brief History of Time…… Our game against Huntly tonight, Friday 3rd September 2021, marks 100 years to the day of the Bellslea Stand being opened. Below are some clippings from the Fraserburgh Herald at the time.

At the cost of over £2,000, with changing rooms and members billiard room, the opening ceremony included a game against Dundee on 3rd September 1921. The stand we see now replaced the Pavilion, which stood for the previous 22 years (Built for the sum of £60 !)

It has stood through the passing of King George V, King George VI, a World War, Great Depression, Global Pandemic, 24 Prime Ministers and two fires !

The stand was wired up for a telephone, then fax machine, internet dial up, Wi-Fi and now boasts an Artificial Intelligence camera system to broadcast all our home games globally.

It has been used by the biggest teams in Scotland – the Dundee team that suffered defeat in the biggest Scottish Cup upset in history, the Lisbon Lions and more recently Glasgow Rangers, when it was fully fitted out to satellite for Sky TV (Twice !).

In 2014 it was renamed the Jim Adams Stand, in memory of our Honorary Chairman who served the club so well.

It has been an iconic part of the town over this time and has served the club very well over the years. If only those walls could talk….. Happy Birthday Grandstand !