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Jim McInally and his Blue Toon players wrote themselves into the history book on Saturday as they claimed the North East club’s first ever senior trophy.

With rivals Annan Athletic capitulating 2-1 to East Stirlingshire, a 2-0 victory away to Clyde was enough for Peterhead to clinch the Scottish League Two title with three games left to play.

As his team celebrated as only footballers know how at Broadwood, the Blue Toon’s longstanding chairman Rodger Morrison said: “It’s got to be the biggest moment in Peterhead’s history.”

Though the Balmoor-club have previously picked up honours in the Highland League, this is their first since entering the professional divisions in 2000.

Morrison continued: “We won in the Highland League but this is serious.

“This is the first silverware since we came into the football league so it is the best day ever for us.

“It’s great for the town of Peterhead as well - it puts us on the map.”

Though the performance was less than glamorous for long periods, goals from Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister - and a last-minute penalty save from Graeme Smith - helped the champions elect fufill their side of the bargain.

And when an almighty cheer went up from the visiting support in the 90th minute, McInally and his charges knewtheir title rivals Annan had capitulated at Ochiview.

McInally said: “Peterhead’s never won anything before and these players have written themselves into the history books so that is special for them.

“I’m sure when we return to Balmoor on Saturday it will be a good day.

“This is brilliant for the Toon - it’s been brilliant for the past year to be honest becayse we’ve won a hell of a lot of football matches.”

The 50-year-old Blue Toon boss, who managed Greenock Morton to the old Second Division title in 2007 and played in a European Cup final with Dundee United, described this success as the biggest achievement in his managerial career to date.

Star striker McAllister said: “It’s brilliant for the club and for the town so all the boys are buzzing.

“The manager’s done a lot in his career - he’s played at a higher level than any of us so for him to say that is brilliant.”

Tributes have begun to pour in for the team.

Local councillor Stuart Pratt said: “Congratulations to Peterhead players and staff on winning their first ever senior trophy with three games to spare.

“The club has had two fantastic seasons and the toon is very proud of their achievements”

The trophy will be officially presented at the last home game of the season against Stirling Albion on Saturday, April 24.

 

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