Toon’s Sharp eager for testimonial

Fraserburgh are set for a trip to Peterhead.
Fraserburgh are set for a trip to Peterhead.

Stalwart Blue Toon defender Graeme Sharp is set to celebrate his 10 years of service to Peterhead Football Club with a crunch match against Fraserburgh next month.

The 30-year-old, who is Peterhead Football Club’s longest serving player, was given the opportunity to choose the opposition for his testimonial tie and had no hesitation in picking Peterhead’s most ferocious rivals.

Flying fullback Sharp, who made his 300th appearance for the club earlier this season, said: “The friendlies against Fraserburgh are never friendly, they’re

competitive games.

“I remember one year when I got clattered twice in the first 10 minutes and had to go off.

“Then before half time Bavidge and Gunn were forced off and Neale Cooper, who was the manager back then, was going ballistic.

“Of course that’s not all Fraserburgh are about but it shows that it is a more meaningful friendly, shall we say.”

Despite the celebratory atmosphere there will likely be little love lost between the teams or supporters.

Burgh manager Kris Hunter spoke to us last week about the history of the Fraserburgh-Peterhead fixture, explaining: “In the Highland League, before they moved up to the Third Division, they were always challenging for trophies, but so were we.

“I think we had the advantage over them on the trophy side of it. They won the League, but, apart from that, I think we were better in the cup final side of it.

“It’s probably something both clubs miss now, with Peterhead moving up.”

He added, on Sharp himself: “Graeme has been an outstanding player for them over the years,” said Hunter, explaining that Sharp’s father had previously played for Fraserburgh Football Club.

“It was a great testament to him that he wants Fraserburgh as his opposition. We’re more than delighted to accept the invitation,” he added.

Tickets for the testimonial game are now available for purchase in advance by contacting sharp.testimonial@outlook.com or calling 07801 568 230 for sponsorship and hospitality packages.