Fraserburgh‘s Steven Main last week decided to call time on a sparkling career at the club spanning almost 15 years.
Main made his last appearance for the Broch in the 3-1 home reversal to Cove Rangers just after New Year, saying it was the correct decision to hang up his boots.
“I’ve always felt that if I was contributing to the team I’d stay on, but I think over the last while I haven’t been. During the last game against Cove my legs wouldn’t do what I wanted them to so I realised it was the right time to stop.”
Since his debut in 2001, the 34-year-old winger went on to amass 455 appearances in the black and white jersey – making him eighth in the all-time table – with 42 goals added in for good measure.
Main was one of only two players remaining at the club from the championship winning season of 2001/2002; one which evokes happy memories: “The second last game of the season at home to Deveronvale was billed as the title decider with over 3,000 Fraserburgh fans packed into the Bellslea. They roared us to a 2-1 victory with a Gavin Wemyss header then we were on the road to Cove the following Wednesday.
“Myself and Billy Gordon were picked up by the bus at the halfway house and every second car passing us had a black & white scarf hanging out the window, it was amazing to see the queues of Broch fans in their thousands outside the ground.
“We knew a draw would have done us. The game was pretty dire but we got the victory and won the title for the first time in 64 years.”
Main celebrated a testimonial match against Championship outfit Falkirk in July 2012 as well as lifting both Aberdeenshire trophies as club captain in place of the injured Russell McBride that year, just two of six major honours during his time at Bellslea Park.
“Other highlights for me were representing the Scottish semi-pro team in 2003 which was also a fantastic experience. Playing Falkirk in my testimonial game and walking out with my boys is a moment I’ll never forget.”
With his departure imminent, he now turns his focus to family life and his two young sons, Max and Mason: “I’ll now get to spend my weekends with my wife Jemma and the boys doing things we never got the chance to do before as playing in this league was a big commitment. I’ll have more spare time now but I’ll be back to the Bellslea to say thanks and goodbye to everyone at the Clachnacuddin game.
“I would like to thank everyone at the club; it’s been an honour to represent them for 14 years and I wish the Broch many more successes in the future.”