Peterhead Football Club are ready to host Fraserburgh this Saturday, the Burgh the opposition of choice for Graeme Sharp’s testimonial for the Blue Toon.
Fraserburgh had been chosen by Sharp personally for the tie, the Peterhead man having attended games at Bellslea Park during his own father’s playing days.
These days, however, Sharp is plying his trade for the Burgh’s oldest, both clubs having played in the Highland League, and greatest rivals, Peterhead.
The game will be Fraserburgh’s first pre-season fixture, ahead of games against Fraserburgh United, Cruden Bay, Dundee United, and Dundee North End.
Peterhead, meanwhile, opened their account with a loss to Premiership side Aberdeen last weekend.
Cooling talk of a ‘war’ between the two clubs, Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter spoke to us at pre-season training this week. He said: “It’s always good to play them, and it’s always good to test yourself against them.”
He did, however, acknowledge that there was a difference in the way the two clubs have operated as teams: “Probably one of their players earns as much as my whole team. There’s a big financial gap between the two teams.
“We try and blood our youngsters into our team and they’ve got a lot of ex-pros and a wealth of experience throughout their ranks.”
He added, paying compliment to Sharp: “They’ve got home advantage, but it’s a testimonial and we’re grateful Graeme Sharp picked us as the opposition.
“It’s always great to play at the Balmoor because their surface is excellent and it’s a great facility. It’s one of the best facilities, to me, in Scottish football. It’s a good experience for some of my young players that haven’t been there and played on a surface like that.
“It’ll be a lot of hard work because, whether it’s a testimonial or not, there’s still the added spice of it’s a derby.”