Feb 7 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
SATURDAY’S fixtures were completelY WIPED OUT.
This was no great surprise as the warning signs were already there as pitches were pretty much frost bound and with no great change in the weather there was little chance of the games getting the green light and none of them did, so it was very disappointing all round.
There was a glimmer of hope that the Kinnoull game with KirkcaldyYM would get the go ahead. Kinnoull had called in the match referee to inspect the Tulloch Park pitch and he decided he wanted to delay his decision for a spell but on his second visit not unexpectedly he decided the game couldn’t take place.
Kinnoull boss Gavin Price with a Scottish Cup fifth round tie less than a couple of weeks away iS desperate that his players should get games to keep them match fit.
Last week he arranged a midweek friendly and he has done the same again this week with a very attractive game against West of Scotland side Cumbernauld under the Tulloch Park lights tonight (Tuesday) at 7.30pm.
Kinnoull have been fortunate in getting a home draw in round five of the Scottish Cup, they have attractive opponents in West of Scotland side Shotts Bon Accord.
Kinnoull chairman Chris Jones said “We are obviously delighted at getting a home draw and are very much looking forward to the tie.
“We will not only be striving to make it through to the last eight of the cup it also gives us the opportunity to make a piece of club history if we can reach the quarter finals.”
Billy Mackay has been 25 years with Blairgowrie.
He was their team manager – a post he relinquished a couple of seasons ago.
But he continues his association with the club as its Chairman.
It has been decided to mark Billy’s long service with a celebratory game and they have invited Glasgow Rangers to do the honours and they have agreed to do so.
There has been no date for the game finalised as yet.
Blair committee man Martin Mackay said: “We are delighted Rangers accepted our invitation and the game is expected to take place at Davie Park just prior to the season kicking off, probably towards the end of July.“
Billy Mackay was a Rangers player for seven years.
He joined them when he was 16 and made his first team debut against Aberdeen before he had turned 17.
Billy also played in a European Cup game for the Gers but unfortunately a serious leg break brought his Rangers career to an end.
He was given a testimonial by the Ibrox club.
Martin Mackay went on to relate his dad’s appointment.
Billy’s father-in-law the late Dave Scott, who was the Blair chairman for many years, was a man that never missed a trick that would benefit his beloved Blairgowrie.
They were on the lookout for a team manager and invited Billy to take it on until he filled the post to which Billy agreed and it must be the longest ever temporary appointment as he was still there 23 years later.
This will be the second time Blair have met Rangers, they did so when they were seniors in the old North Perthshire Senior League, that was in 1934. They were drawn against the Gers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup and lost by 14–2. “Maybe we will get our revenge in this game,” cracked Martin.
Coupar Angus have appointed Danny Duncan as their manager. He takes over from Alan Robson who resigned last week. Danny is on the Coupar playing staff and had been assisting Alan Robson, he was looking forward to his first game in charge on Saturday and no doubt was disappointed when it was called off.
THE full Scottish Cup fifth round draw: Kinnoull v Shotts Bon Accord; Ashfield v Bonnyrigg Rose; Armadale v Bo’ness; Auchinleck Talbot v St Rochs; Kilwinning Rangers v Larkhall or Bellshill; Cumnock or St Andrews v Kilbirnie or Troon; Lochee United or Pollok v Irvine Meadow; Largs or Arniston Rangers v Kelty Hearts.
This weeks fixtures are the same as last week:
East of Scotland Cup second round – Hill o’ Beath v Blairgowrie.
Central League – Kinnoull v Kirkcaldy YM; Bankfoot Athletic v Rosyth; Newburgh v Luncarty; Lochgelly Albert v Jeanfield Swifts.
North League – Arbroath Vics v Coupar Angus. All kick offs – 2pm.