Peterhead and Fraserburgh put rivalry aside to spread Christmas goodwill

Peterhead have teamed up with their traditional Buchan rivals Fraserburgh to spread a little Christmas cheer over the festive season.

Sunday, 13th December 2020, 12:00 pm
Fraserburgh chairman Finlay Noble and Peterhead general manager Martin Johnston show off the clubs' Christmas cards

The two clubs have joined forces and produced joint Christmas cards to send their supporters, and the wider community, a message of goodwill at the end of such a difficult year for all.

The clubs have been rivals for over a century, and whilst they have competed in different leagues for the last 20 years, they remain as competitive as ever which is usually evident when the sides meet annually as part of their pre-season preparations.

Nevertheless the clubs also have a great working relationship off the pitch and it was agreed that they would be the perfect fit for asking people to “Love Thy Neighbour”.

In addition to carrying a message of goodwill, the cards also have a tongue in cheek poke at their opposite numbers - and just to make sure no one is offended, the roles of the snowmen are reversed for each respective club.

Peterhead general manager Martin Johnston said: “This year has been difficult for everyone, and not everyone is as resilient as each other.

“We have all had to cope with the restrictions and protocols in our own way. We should all remember this when out and about in our respective communities.

“We should be less judgmental of others, especially those who are providing a service and who are trying their level best to do their jobs in difficult circumstances.”

“If two age old rivals can set aside their differences to get a message out there, so can everyone else.”

His views were echoed by Fraserburgh chairman Finlay Noble.

He said: “The year 2020, as all other global events have, will be forever written in history, but this year, due to modern communication methods, the major issues have been at the forefront of everyone’s conversation.”

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