Peterhead manager Jim McInally’s decision to sell his prized Dundee United jersey from the 1987 UEFA Cup Final has paid off as Blue Toon midfielder Gary Fraser is set to play the second half of the new season.
Former Tannadice midfielder McInally donated his match worn shirt from United’s contest with Gothenburg, and it reached £6,6000 in the auction to raise money for the injured Fraser.
The former Hamilton and Partick Thistle man suffered a serious knee injury just three days before Christmas in Peterhead’s draw with Montrose but has now seen a specialist and will now have a private operation that involves two procedures.
The surgery is set to fix the problem in his knee and, all being well, Gary has been told that he should be able to play again by the end of this year.
McInally’s kind donation was one of many as the football fraternity rallied round – including teammate Si Ferry’s promotion winning Swindon shirt, as well as Hibs star Kevin Nisbet’s shirt that he scored his first Scotland goal in.
McInally said: “The news is a huge boost to Gary and to everyone at Peterhead. “
“I would like to thank the person who bought my jersey and everyone who either bid for an auction item or donated to the fundraiser.
“Everyone’s generosity has not only helped us get Gary’s operation but has also helped us raise £15,000 for a really important cause in Back Onside.”