All hail Peterhead’s Wing King

Saturday’s Buchan Derby triumph over Fraserburgh in his testimonial tie was all he could have hoped for and more for Peterhead’s Graeme Sharp.

The flying fullback celebrated his ten years of service to the Blue Toon with a 2-0 win over the club’s greatest rivals.

PETERHEAD V FRASERBURGH'(DUNCAN BROWN)''GRAEME SHARP GETS A GUARD OF HONOUR TO MARK HIS TESTIMONIAL MATCH

PETERHEAD V FRASERBURGH'(DUNCAN BROWN)''GRAEME SHARP GETS A GUARD OF HONOUR TO MARK HIS TESTIMONIAL MATCH

The game also pulled in a huge crowd, eclipsing every game from the last campaign barring the trophy presentation. The 30-year-old held back his emotion as players from both sides lined up as a guard of honour to welcome him to the pitch and Sharp played a central role in the game.

After the former Montrose winger made his way off the pitch to raucous applause he said: “It was strange - normally when you’re playing football it’s all about the team but today there was a bit more focus on the individual.

“It was a strange sensation waiting before kick off to walk out on my own.

“It was really nice of everyone involved in the club, the players and the town and I really appreciate all the people the turned out.

“And we got the right result - that’s imporant.”

The day was also a celebration of all that is great in the Buchan Derby.

At half time spectators were treated to a seven-a-side match between Peterhead and Fraserburgh legends - or as Sharp described them, ‘oldies’ - including former Broch boss Charlie Duncan and Peterhead’s general manager Nat Porter.

In the lead up to the Sharp testimonial Blue Toon fans were asked about their favourite memories of the wing king.

Some fondly remembered his great solo goals against teams like Morton and Stirling Albion when he collected the ball from a Binos’ corner and ran the length of the pitch to score.

Others praised his commitment which has been unwavering during his Balmoor career.

Sharp himself said: “The obvious memories are winning the league - that’s one you can never forget.

“In the 10 seasons I’ve been here we’ve come close in the playoffs a couple of times but last year to not only win promotion but to actually win the league makes up for those disappointments.

“Other great memories include the big cup games like when Celtic came here, or when we won at Ibrox.

“Not many players can say they’ve done that so that’s one to treasure.”

As Sharp was mobbed by young autograph hunters, boss Jim McInally told the gathered press how impressed he has been with his full back over the years.

He added: “Today was a great day for Sharpie.

“He had a good day, there was a good crowd, it was a local derby and it was great to win the game.

Ever the professional however, McInally offered his opinion on the testimonial man’s performance.

“First half he was terrific - it was just like he was playing a regular competitive game.

“Then I said to him that if it hadn’t been his testimonial I would have subbed him at half time.”

Despite serving his club for so long, Sharp’s career is not winding down.

He said he is fired up for the coming campaign and, following the League Cup draw, can hope for another great cup clash as Peterhead prepare to visit Dundee later this month.