Fans present Toon with SPFL winners flag

Two lucky fans presented the SPFL League Two Champions flag to Peterhead Football Club recently ahead of their first league game of the new season.

The club’s biggest fans, Jake Ritchie (11) and Lewis Wright (6) were chosen after winning a competition on the SPFL’s Facebook page.

Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally receives the SPFL flag from young fans Lewis Wright and Jake Ritchie

Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally receives the SPFL flag from young fans Lewis Wright and Jake Ritchie

The SPFL visited Balmoor to deliver the memento of Peterhead’s League Two triumph last season on Tuesday, August 5.

Jake and Lewis presented the flag to club manager Jim McInally.

Speaking after the presentation, Jim said: “It was a really nice touch and hopefully they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed getting it from them.

“Whether it be the trophy or the league flag, it’s always nice to get honours like that and it’s good that the kids could participate with it.”

Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally receives the SPFL flag from young fans Lewis Wright and Jake Ritchie

Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally receives the SPFL flag from young fans Lewis Wright and Jake Ritchie

On getting more local youngsters involved with the club, Jim said: “Through the holiday coaching camps that we had, it’s amazing how many kids you get to know and how many you actually see come to the games now.

“It’s nice, the community is important to the football club and hopefully we can get more involved.”

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “The annual presentation of champions flags to winners of all four SPFL divisions is something which is unique to the Scottish game.

“Ahead of each clubs’ opening home game of the new season, we’re delighted to share the special moment that is delivery and presentation of the flags with young fans who represent the lifeblood and future of the sport in Scotland.”

As well as presenting Jim and the club with the flag, Jake and Lewis each received a pair of tickets for Peterhead’s opening game of the new SPFL League One season against Stirling Albion.