End of an era as Sharp exits Balmoor

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

It was the end of an era on Saturday as Blue Toon stalwart Graeme Sharp played his last game for Peterhead.

Due to work commitments, Graeme decided to take the opportunity of a lifetime and move to Greece.

Sharp has enjoyed plenty of highlights during his time at Balmoor but reckons nothing will beat his side’s Scottish League 2 title triumph last season.

Sharp joined Peterhead from Montrose in 2005 and said: “There have been a few highlights. Playing Rangers at Ibrox 10 years ago in the Scottish Cup was a standout moment and then beating them last year at Ibrox was also very special.

“You never think you are going to win a game at Ibrox in your career so to do that against any Rangers team was good.

“We had been close in the play-offs the season before so to go and win the league last season is always going to be the standout.

“The other games against Rangers will be fond memories, but winning the league last season was the one I will never forget.”

Having notched up almost 300 appearances for the Blue Toon, Sharpe was treated to a testimonial match against arch rivals Fraserburgh during the spre-season, with the Blue Toon winning 2-0 and Sharp himself setting up both goals from his right back berth.

The game pulled in a huge crowd, testament to Sharp’s popularity with the fans, and he was welcomed onto the pitch by a guard of honour.

Commenting at the time, he said: “It was a strange sensation waiting before kick-off to walk out on my own.

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

Saturday’s game proved to be a fitting farewell for Sharp, with Peterhead taking all three points.

Manager, Jim McInally said: “He finished his time here brilliantly and showed us what we will miss.

“He deserved the standing ovation that he got at the end of the game. Sharpy will be a massive loss to the team and will be a hard man to replace.

“He has been a great servant to the club and he goes out on a high on his testimonial year, not to mention his league winner’s medal which he is so proud of.”

Sharp added: “I joked with the manager earlier this week that I’m back for two of the games at Christmas so if we have injuries and suspensions then he may well be texting me!”