Brechin has appointed 31-year-old Donald Park as player-coach.
The Glebe Park club paid Hearts what player-manager Ian Fleming describes as “a substantial fee” to get Park, who has also played for Partick Thistle. A native of Fort William, Park has a wealth of experience, having spent a long career with Hearts and Partick. Brechin had been searching for a coach for some time. Last season they lost John Ritchie, who retired due to business commitments, and John Young, who became assistant to Jimmy Bone at Arbroath. Of his latest capture, Ian said: “Donald is a great enthusiast in the dressing-room and on the park. Like me, he does not like being beaten. He’s a fully qualified coach and he has a great attitude. He’s a battler and the players respect him.”
On July 2 in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Fiona Lubbock (Mrs Geoffrey Lubbock) was presented with the gold Duke of Edinburgh award by the Duke himself.
Mrs Lubbok is the only American girl who has won the gold award. The Duke was surprised to meet her, and asked how she won the award. She explained she started the course in the UK and finished in America. Her parents-in-law took her to Edinburgh, along with her baby Daughter Francesca, from Newton of Stracathro for the occasion.