Fraserburgh Football Club will face off against another Edinburgh club in the Scottish Cup this season when they travel to the capital next month to play Edinburgh City.
Fraserburgh progressed to the second round of the competition this month when they brushed aside Civil Service Strollers 4-0 at the Bellslea, the returning Scott Barbour making up for his absence in the team with a hattrick.
Edinburgh City Football Club, who play in the Lowland League, are a semi-professional side, boasting a 16,000 seat stadium which was, originally, built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games. The game itself, however, will be played at Ainslie Park Stadium, home of Spartan Football Club.
Playing in black and white, much like the Burgh, they have enjoyed some success in recent years, having won the East of Scotland League Cup this year, and, in 2012, won the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup.
Before then, they were crowned the East of Scotland League Champions in 2006.
From their seven games in the Lowland League this term, however, they find themselves in 10th place (out of 12) with just seven points.
Commenting on his side’s preparation for yet another Edinburgh opponent, factoring in the change of venue, Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter commented: “We had them watched on Saturday, so we’ve got a report on them. Once we get Saturday’s game against Keith out of the way, then we’ll prepare for the Cup game against Edinburgh City.
“We’ll maybe have to try and get a session on, maybe Banks o’ Dee’s park before we go down, but we’ve got the one here at Fraserburgh, so we’ll see how we get on,” he added, commenting on the 4G surface of Ainslie Park.”
He continued: “It’s not ideal, but we’ll just have to get on with it.
“The players won’t have played on a park like that before, but, at least, it’ll be a good surface for us to get the ball down and play.”
The supporters club will be running a bus to the game which will leave from the harbour office on Saturday, October 5, at 8:30am.
Tickets for the bus can be purchased at the Crown Bar, off Broad Street, or from any committee member for £30 (adults) and £18 (seniors and juveniles).
Kick-off for Fraserburgh’s game against Keith, this Saturday at the Bellslea, is scheduled for 3pm. The Burgh find themselves in 11th place after six games this season in the Highland League.