McBride stokes Burgh-Blue Toon rivalry

Fraserburgh Football Club’s captain, Russell McBride, was eager to stoke the rivalry between the Burgh and this July’s opponent’s, Peterhead.

The two clubs are due to play each other in a high-profile fixture for the Blue Toon’s long serving fullback Graeme Sharp, who had personally chosen Peterhead’s oldest rivals to be part of his testimonial.

Russell McBride, Fraserburgh FC captain.

Russell McBride, Fraserburgh FC captain.

McBride, who had played in his own testimonial last season, said that Sharp’s dedication was something to be admired in the modern game, but was ready for a hostile reception from the Blue Toon’s fans.

“I had my testimonial last season and it’s a great day.

“You’re recognised by your club for the time and effort, everything that you’ve put in at the club, and 10 years is a long time at a club as well.

“There’s not much loyalty in the game nowadays, so the man’s done well for what he’s done at the club and he deserves everything he gets on the day.”

He added, in good spirit: “The games in the past against Peterhead have always had controversy in them, and, me personally, being a Brocher through and through, I don’t really like Peterhead.

“There’s always been a love-hate between us. I mean, they love to hate me.

“I’ll be enjoying it, personally, going back and playing them through there. I’m sure I’ll get some abuse.

“Anybody that puts on a Broch shirt against Peterhead gets abuse anyway, but, I think, at the end of the day, it’s jealousy because we’re a bigger club than they are.”

Peterhead are scheduled to host Fraserburgh on July 12 at the Balmoor Stadium. A supporters bus, organised by Fraserburgh Football Club Supporters Club, is set to leave from the Elizabethan at 1:30pm.