Responding to claims made by Fraserburgh captain Russell McBride that Peterhead were jealous over the Burgh being the bigger club, Toon manager McInally told our sister edition, the Buchan Observer: “We have spoken about some of the comments that have been made and our players are well aware how important this game is.
“I think the stats prove we are the bigger club but you are only as good as your last game so we want to walk away with the bragging rights.”
McInally, a former Scotland international and Scottish Cup winner, had come under praise from his counterpart at Fraserburgh in the build up to the game, Burgh manager Hunter saying that he deserved his success in winning promotion from the Scottish League Two.
He commented: “In my view, I think that they were by far the best team in the league. It was a very difficult league to get out of and he’s managed to do that. Fair play to Jim, he’s taken in players that have done the business for him.
“It’s great for a club in our area to be doing well, because if you’ve got a successful Scottish division team, then, to me, it bides well to all our other teams round about the area because it gives everybody a boost.
“They’re the senior club of this area, and rightly so. They’ve taken the opportunity to go into the Scottish divisions nine seasons ago and they’ve done okay - they’ve got promotion twice. This is their first piece of silverware and Jim’s done it. It’s a great achievement for him and well deserved.”
Hunter will come up against McInally when the two sides meet on Saturday, July 12, at the Balmoor for Graeme Sharp’s testimonial.
Kicking-off at 3pm, the day will be one to remember for Blue Tooners and Brochers alike, with the recent announcement of a Fraserburgh-Peterhead seven-a-side legends game featuring Natty Porter, John Seiverwright, and Charlie and Louis Duncan.
For more information on the game, and details on purchasing tickets ahead of the game on Saturday, please visit www.peterheadfc.co.uk.