Battle of Balmoor pits brother against brother

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The rapidly approaching Battle of Balmoor is laced with fiery subplots.

The match will see brothers Dean and Ryan Cowie clash on the pitch and, despite their brotherly bond, expect no love to be lost between the pair.

Fraserburgh's Ryan Cowie.

Fraserburgh's Ryan Cowie.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen, Peterhead’s midfield enforcer Dean Cowie said: “There’s rivalry between the two towns - there always has been.

“My brother will be there and I think and hope he might play.

“He got himself into the team at the end of last season and I know he’s been working really hard over the summer so he might get a shot.

“There’s a bit of rivalry between us and we have a joke but we know that we just want each other to do the best we can.”

Cowie, himself a former Brocher, added: “I know some of the boys are trying to wind us up - I know what they’re like.

“But it’s Sharpie’s big day so hopefully we can get the win for him.”

So while Saturday’s game is not being billed as a reunion for this footballing family, it will no doubt add something extra on what is set to be an emotional day.

Ryan Cowie recently spoke to the Fraserburgh Herald: “There’s a bit of rivalry in the house obviously with me and Dean so it will be good to play against him.

“I played Peterhead two years ago but I was just home from holiday.

“That didn’t go too well and fitness-wise I wasn’t up to scratch. It wasn’t the best experience.”

But what is more important than this brotherly battle and McBride’s mockery of the Blue Toon is the service Graeme Sharp has given his club.

Asked about his most enduring memories of his time at Balmoor, Sharp paused to reflect.

He said: “Playing Rangers and beating them at Ibrox will always be a fond memory, but winning the league last season is a moment I will never forget.”

Peterhead play Fraserburgh on Saturday, July 12 at Balmoor stadium. Kick off is 3pm.

For ticket details contact office@peterheadfc.co.uk.

There are also limited spaces remaining for pre-match hospitality and sponsorship.