Fraserburgh Football Club’s players and staff talked of last season’s highlights on their return to training last Monday night.
The Burgh squad had ended the season on a high with a convincing 6-2 win over Strathspey Thistle at the Bellslea, finishing the season in fifth place and overtaking the season prior’s points tally.
Their season up to that point had been one to remember, a fantastic run in the Scottish Cup taking them to the heights of a fourth round away fixture to Stenhousemuir, one that the players and coaching staff took time to reflect on before returning to pre-season training.
“The highlight of last season was the Scottish Cup run against Montrose, the win here at home. The crowd and everything was absolutely buzzing,” said commanding goalkeeper Paul Leask.
For next season, Leask was optimistic on the Burgh’s chances of providing a challenge to other Highland League hopefuls, adding: “I’m just looking forward to challenging for the League, hopefully.”
His captain, Russell McBride, agreed that the Scottish Cup was the main highlight of the last campaign.
McBride told us: “The best bit about last season was the run in the Scottish Cup: great for the club, financially, great for the experience, and great for the fans.”
Similarly, too, McBride, who had played his testimonial game for Fraserburgh Football Club at the start of last season, was looking forward to bettering their Highland League performance.
He added: “This season, I’m looking forward to, hopefully, everybody being fit and giving the League a good run and, hopefully, do better than we did last season.”
“We’ve improved in our league position from last season, which was very pleasing, above a lot of teams that, financially, are stronger than us,” manager Kris Hunter, meanwhile, explained to us.
“We finished really strongly and, hopefully, we get one or two players back at the start of this campaign,” he added.
On the coming season, Hunter added: “What we’re trying to achieve this year is the same again, and possibly, hopefully, get a trophy through the season and try and be as competitive as we can with the League champions.”
Fraserburgh start their Highland League campaign on Saturday, August 2, with an away trip to Forres Mechanics. Forres had finished the season in ninth place.