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Peterhead FC: Sharp eager to rekindle Broch rivalry

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Stalwart Blue Toon defender Graeme Sharp is set to celebrate his 10 years of service to the club with a crunch match against Fraserburgh.

The 30-year-old was given the opportunity to choose the opposition for his testimonial tie and had no hesitation in picking Peterhead’s most ferocious rivals.

Flying fullback Sharp, who made his 300th appearance for the club earlier this season, said: “The friendlies against Fraserburgh are never friendly, they’re 
competitive games.

“I remember one year when I got clattered twice in the first 10 minutes and had to go off.

“Then before half time Bavidge and Gunn were forced off and Neale Cooper, who was the manager back then, 
was going ballistic.

“Of course that’s not all Fraserburgh are about but it shows that it is a more meaningful friendly, shall we say.”

Despite the celebratory atmosphere there will likely be little love lost between the teams or supporters.

Since Peterhead were promoted to the senior leagues at the end of the 1999 season, clashes between the Blue Toon and the Broch have been limited to these marquee friendlies.

Broch boss Kris Hunter said the club were delighted to accept the invitation and was quick to stoke up the tensions.

Hunter said: “In the Highland League, before they moved up to the Third Division, they were always challenging for trophies but so 
were we.

“I think we had the advantage over them on the trophy side of it.

“I think there’s a bit of a difference in how the two teams have worked over the years.

“At Fraserburgh it’s been more young, local lads that have gotten their chance whereas Peterhead has been trying to get top, experienced players from Aberdeen and outwith there.”

Sharp said that the game also has a personal touch for his family as both his mum and dad grew up in Fraserburgh, and his father played for the Broch.

Sharp said: “My dad comes to all our games but he’s still a bit uncertain about supporting Peterhead because of his Fraserburgh background.

“So from a family point of view it should be a great occasion and that’s why I thought it would be good to choose them.

“I hope it’s good for the town of Peterhead too - it should be an interesting derby game.”

Milestone man Sharp joined the Blue Toon from Montrose back in 2005 and made his 300th appearance for the club in September.

For the game - fittingly against his old side - Sharp was given the captaincy.

 

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