Peterhead FC: Champions!

DIV 2   PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)''JIM MCINALLY AND CAPTAIN STEVEN NOBLE WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY
DIV 2 PETERHEAD V STIRLING ALBION'(DUNCAN BROWN)''JIM MCINALLY AND CAPTAIN STEVEN NOBLE WITH THE LEAGUE TROPHY

History was made on Saturday as Jim McInally and his team lifted the club’s first ever senior trophy.

Hundreds of local people flocked to see the Blue Toon’s final home game and joined the festivities on a sun-soaked Balmoor pitch.

Peterhead won the league earlier this month with a 2-0 victory away to Clyde but had to wait until this weekend to be presented the trophy, amidst a sea of confetti.The surprise 4-0 capitulation to play off-chasing Stirling Albion did little to spoil the celebrations.

After Steven Noble became the first Blue Toon captain to lift a trophy since the club joined the senior leagues in 2000, he said: “It’s a great feeling. I’ve been looking forward to the moment I would lift the trophy since we won the league at Clyde.

“I only got three hours sleep last night and that was down to excitement.

“It’s my career highlight and being the captain makes it that extra bit special because I got to lift the trophy.”

Manager Jim McInally echoed his captain’s thoughts that this is a career highlight.

He added: “It has been a great season and that’s why I said to the team they should just enjoy the celebrations.

“This has never happened here before and life is too short to dwell on the result.”

As soon as the confetti had settled McInally led his charges over to the supports behind the north goal.

“Those guys have been here through thick and thin.

“It was important for me that certain people got their hands on the cup and got their pictures taken with us.”

Few of the young squad have ever had their hands silverware, including local lad and midfield enforcer Dean Cowie.

He said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“It’s disappointing to lose our unbeaten run - particularly in the manner we did - but at the end of the day we’ve won the league and we’re going up.

“Now it’s time to enjoy the celebrations.”

Peterhead’s vice-chairman Ian Grant added: “This has been a fantastic day for the whole club.

“It’s not about the result today, this is about what the team have achieved over the whole season.

“It’s fantastic to see the local people turn up in numbers to see the team.

“Hopefully they’ll be back to see us in League One.”

Peterhead will kick off their campaign on Saturday, August 9 after cup games in late July and early August,.