Blue Toon clash will see brother face brother

Ryan Cowie at pre-season training with Fraserburgh Football Club.
Ryan Cowie at pre-season training with Fraserburgh Football Club.

This month’s clash between Fraserburgh and Peterhead for Graeme Sharp’s testimonial is set to be extra special for the Cowie family.

In 2012, Ryan had looked to be linking up with older brothers Mark and Dean at Fraserburgh Football Club, manager Kris Hunter ringing the changes in the early days of his Burgh career.

However, with Mark taking time out from the game midway through last season, and Dean having moved to Peterhead in the same summer as his younger brother arrived at Fraserburgh, Ryan has been alone to carve out a name for himself in the Highland League.

The 22-year-old, who is often deployed down the left wing for Fraserburgh appears to have done just that, with assistant manager Mike Cormack praising the youngest Cowie’s resolve in breaking into and securing a first-team place.

“Last season, Ryan Cowie, I thought, established himself as a real Highland League player.

“He’s now got himself in to a position at left-back and I think he’s made it his own here,” Cormack told us.

Ryan himself said: “At the start of the season I wasn’t really in the frame. Towards the end of the season I got more games and broke in about November time.

“Heading into next season, I’m just hoping to play more games.”

However, while July 12’s game is not being billed as a reunion for this footballing family, it will no doubt add something extra on what is set to be an emotional day.

He added: “There’s a bit of rivalry in the house, obviously, with Mark and Dean and me, so it’ll be good to play against him.

“I played Peterhead two years ago, but I was just home from holiday. That didn’t go too well. Fitness-wise, I wasn’t up to scratch. It wasn’t the best experience, so I’m hoping this time it’ll be a bit better.”

Peterhead host Fraserburgh on Saturday, July 12, at the Balmoor Stadium. Ticket information is available by visiting www.peterheadfc.com.