Peterhead FC: Broch derby fever reaches fever pitch

Fraserburgh's Russell McBride.
Fraserburgh's Russell McBride.

Shots have been fired from both camps as the Blue Toon and Fraserburgh prepare to do battle in Graeme Sharp’s testimonial match on Saturday.

As Peterhead get ready to honour the 30-year-old’s incredible 10 years of service, the Broch have made it clear they are travelling to Balmoor with a point to prove.

DIV 2   PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S LONGEST SERVING PLAYER GRAEME SHARP WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY

DIV 2 PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S LONGEST SERVING PLAYER GRAEME SHARP WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY

And now Blue Toon boss Jim McInally has responded to the jibes by making it clear his side are unquestionably ‘the bigger club.’

He said: “We have spoken about some of the comments that have been made and our players are well aware how important this game is.

“I think the stats prove we are the bigger club but you are only as good as your last game so we want to walk away with the bragging rights.”

McInally was responding to recent comments made by Fraserburgh’s merciless captain Russell McBride.

PETERHEAD V ABERDEEN (DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD BOSS JIM MCINALLY

PETERHEAD V ABERDEEN (DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD BOSS JIM MCINALLY

The defender, who himself was honoured by a testimonial match at Bellsea, told the Buchanie’s sister paper the Fraserburgh Herald: “The games in the past against Peterhead have always had controversy in them and, for me personally, being a Brocher through and through means I don’t really like Peterhead.

“There’s always been a love-hate relationship between us. By that I mean they love to hate me.

“Anybody who pulls on a Broch shirt against Peterhead gets abuse anyway but at the end of the day it’s jealousy because we are a bigger club than they are.”

But while the Bellsea enforcer and his teammates attempt to steal the limelight, the Balmoor faithful have not forgotten why the the game is being held.

Graeme Sharp joined Peterhead from Montrose more than ten years ago and the winger-come-wing back made his 300th appearance - coincidentally against his former side - last season.

A modest man, Sharp said: “I think it’s a shame for both clubs they’re not in the same league anymore and I think both towns and both sets of fans 
miss is.

“That was behind my thinking when choosing who to play for my testimonial - hopefully I can give something back to the fans as well.”