Peterhead v Queens Park match preview

Peterhead v Queens Park match preview

Stand in coach Davie Nicholls takes charge for the second game whilst a new manager is found. Queen’s Park are the visitors on Scottish Cup duty, the Glasgow side who were promoted last season to the Championship, make a welcome return to Balmoor. Asked about the threat Queen’s provide, he said “they have improved a lot and look like a side that are preparing for promotion. This will be a stern test for our boys but we will be aiming to win the match. They have a very professional set up now and I know Owen Coyle well having played with him before. We will treat them with respect but in the same manner we are gunning for a win.” Queen’s Park had a stunning 5-2 win away from home last weekend against Raith Rovers. The influential Simon Murray netting a brace who will be a danger as he has been in our meetings last season.
 
Team News: Injuries this week to Ryan Strachan (damaged eye socket) may rule him out for a number of weeks, Ryan Dow has a hamstring issue and will be out and Russell McLean, although back running, is still short on match fitness. On the plus side, Julien Carre who had a slight calf problem, should be ok to play and Ugandan international Enock Walusimbi trained on Tuesday night so may also make the starting line up. Finally, Andy McDonald who has been carrying an Achilles injury had an injection on Tuesday and has been told to rest up a little. A decision on whether he will play will be left to the last minute to see if there has been any reaction.

Attending the game: all ticketing information can be found here.

The stadium catering van is cash only.

Parking is free within the stadium car park.

The social club situated at Balmoor will be open for pre-match refreshments and the on-site Cafe sells hot or cold food to dine in or take away.

Festive Friends 2022

Festive Friends 2022

Last year the SPFL Trust launched a new-look Christmas initiative designed to support those who need it most at this time of year. Festive Friends – At Home which was supported by Peterhead FC delivered a total of 129 Christmas hampers.

It’s been another tough year for everyone due to the cost of living crisis, but of course, it has been especially difficult for the elderly who are at higher risk of social isolation.

We are delighted to announce that this year we can now host a Christmas lunch in the Bloo Toon Lounge for 40-50 people and also deliver up to 100 hampers for those in need in our local community.

“Festive Friends is about more than just hosting a lunch and sending out Christmas hampers; it is about delivering compassion, patience and kindness at the end of a year when it never meant more.

Peterhead FC Community Liaison Officer Nat Porter said “We were delighted when the SPFL Trust decided to continue the Festive Friends initiative. It has always been very popular and well received in the community. The fact that they are supporting both the meal and the hampers is great news”

The hampers will be delivered on Tuesday 13th December between 10am and 3pm and the lunch will be on Thursday 15th December (time to be confirmed). We are also delighted to confirm that Buchanhaven School Choir will sing Christmas carols before the meal which has always been a highlight.

We are working with partners including the local fire station, local councillor Dianne Beagrie, Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Strachans and Peterhead Boys Club to deliver the initiative.

If you wish to put forward any names for either the meal or a hamper please get in touch with the Club on 01779 478256 or e.mail office@peterheadfc.co.uk or nat.porter@peterheadfc.co.uk.

Let’s bring a little cheer this Christmas.

Danny’s new community role

Danny’s new community role

Danny Strachan is relishing his new role representing PFC in the community as a well-being coach delivering training sessions in local schools. Although only a few weeks in, Danny is loving the new challenge “when the club did the community camps in the Summer I really enjoyed helping Natty Porter out and with his encouragement, the role went from there. It’s great to be able to combine playing football with helping local kids. The children I am working with are also showing a keen interest in how the club are doing so it works well with ties within the community”.
Piper plays the Blue Toon tune

Piper plays the Blue Toon tune

Peterhead meets Tennessee

In late summer 2022 a budding young footballer Piper Luhn visited the Blue Toon with her dad David. Piper and her dad were thrilled to get a tour of Balmoor Stadium organised by our Community Liaison Officer Natty Porter. Both enjoyed the tour and was impressed with the Hall of Fame for season ticket holders. Piper was then invited to train with Kevin O`Brien and James Campbell`s Buchan Braves under 12s, She said “the coaches and the players were extremely welcoming and the level of play was fantastic.  It made us want to extend our stay.” Coach Kevin also commented “We remember Piper coming to train with us and it was a pleasure to coach her, she was very enthusiastic and we wish her well.”

Praise indeed for a young girl who plays centre back/centre forward for FC Alliance 2010 ECNL.  They are the No 1 team in Tennessee and won state championship last year. They are currently ranked 22 in the USA.  Piper also participates in the Olympic Development Program on the Tennessee team and leading scorer for her school team that won the area championship a couple of months ago.

All at Peterhead FC are delighted we made David and Piper`s stay enjoyable and wish Piper all the best for the future. A big thank you also to Kevin and the girls who are `flying just now`  Keep up the good work girls.

Peterhead 0 Dunfermline Athletic 2

Peterhead 0 Dunfermline Athletic 2


Davie Nicholls took charge of the team against Dunfermline Athletic following the resignation of Jim McInally during the week with the stand in coach fielding an unchanged starting XI from the previous weeks’ point at Airdrie. Dunfermline Athletic travelled to Balmoor in fine form leading the league and eager to keep their good run of results intact. Despite the high volume of rain and wind in the days before the match, the pitch was in immaculate condition which is testament to the ground staff.  Both sides played three at the back, five in the middle and with two up top meaning that they were looking to create a lot of width within the game. 
Peterhead kicked off playing with the wind at their back and immediately tried to force an opening in the visitor’s defence. Julien Carre with an in-swinging corner guided the ball towards the back post where Jack Wilkie just failed to connect with the ball in front of goal. However, the promising start to the game was undone in the ninth minute when a free kick, conceded wide right, was cut across to Matthew Todd whose long range 30 yard effort seemed to hit Ryan Strachan’s foot. Strachan’s touch, aided by the wind, changed the direction of Todd’s shot and sent a looping ball over and behind Tom Ritchie into the goal for the Fifers to take the lead.h
An applause was held on the eleventh minute to mark Jim McInally’s 11 years’ service to Peterhead which was warmly received.
Jason Brown hit the bar shortly after but his positioning was judged offside by the East Stand lineman. Then on 18 minutes, Dunfermline doubled their lead. The ball was fed out to Chris Mochrie following a strong run by Sam Fisher. Mochrie took a touch, evaded Danny Strachan and hit a left footed strike from the edge of the box beyond Tom Ritchie. 
Three minutes later good intricate passing from Hewitt, McCarthy, Jack Brown and Wilkie created a magnificent chance to pull one back when Ryan Dow’s effort forced a great save from Deniz Mehmet in the top right corner of his goal. Mochrie thought he had scored his second just after the half hour mark but saw his shot creep narrowly passed the upright as Dunfermline pushed to kill the game off.
After the interval clear chances were few and far between. Todorov could have made the result safe for the visitors but saw his shot glide over the crossbar. At the other end McCarthy had an effort well covered by Mehmet following good work down the wing by Ryan Dow. With four minutes to go Jason Brown had a great chance from an Andy McCarthy cross. Standing almost on the penalty spot, Brown’s header was on target but saved easily by Mehmet in the Dunfermline Athletic goal

Peterhead FC
1. Tom Ritchie
5. Jason Brown Y90+1
6. Ryan Strachan ©
4. Andrew McDonald
15. Danny Strachan
19. Julien Carre
8. Andrew McCarthy
26. Michael Hewitt Y57
22. Jack Wilkie Y79
12. Jack Brown replaced by Max Gillies 61
10. Ryan Dow replaced by Jordon Brown 74
Subs
27. Sandy Wood GK
21. Euan Murray
16. David Wilson
2. Max Gillies replaced Jack Brown 61
17. Robbie McGale
7. Prince Asare
14. Robbie Scullion
18. Jordon Brown replaced Ryan Down 74

Dunfermline Athletic FC
1. Deniz Mehmet
15. Sam Fisher Y2
4. Kyle Benedictus © Y57
12. Rhys Brown
2. Aron Comrie
11. Chris Mochrie
8. Joe Chalmers
26. Matthew Todd replaced by Chris Hamilton
3. Josh Edwards
9. Craig Wighton Y44 replaced by Kane Ritchie-Hosler
10. Nikolay Todorov
Subs
20. Max Little GK
6. Kyle MacDonald
27. Sam Young
21. Kane Ritchie-Holser replaced Craig Wighton
28. Andrew Todd
5. Chris Hamilton replaced Matthew Todd
29. Taylor Sutherland
 
Referee – Stewart Luke; AR1 – Alastair Mather; AR2 – Gordon McCabe.