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40 years ago

Brechin 1st XI v Forthill

After two league wins Brechin were very disappointing in this their third match, being soundly beaten by seven wickets.

Batting first, the home team were soon in trouble.

Gordon Smith went very unluckily, given out caught behind, and then the prof was out first ball.

From then on Brechin were struggling except for a good partnership for the sixth wicket between Christie and Morton.

One these two had gone the innings soon folded up.

With Forthill requiring only 85 for victory, Brechin had to get quick wickets and bowl tightly. They achieved neither, however, and the game proceeded to go very much Forthill’s way.

The weather was gradually deteriorating and it was a question of whether it or Forthill would win.

By the time the winning run was scored the weather was pretty grim but full credit must go to Forthill for their deserved victory.

30 years ago

Brechin City, 0; Arbroath, 2

Saturday’s Glebe Park derby was yet another disappointment for manager Doug Houston.

Ian Stewart who went to Arbroath from Brechin could congratulate his present team on a well-deserved victory which meant they were still in the running for promotion.

At Brechin City’s dinner dance on Saturday Mr Houston said it was the old story of the team not rising to the big occasion.

Their aim for 1982/83 would still be promotion but there would have to be new players of a change of attitude.

Brechin Vics, 0; Jeanfield Swifts, 2

Cream of the Barley Cup, second round.

Vics lost too many chances in the cup-tie at Nursery Park on Saturday.

G Wilson got Swifts’ goals, one in each half.

20 years ago

Two days after announcing his retirement from sidecar racing, Scottish Sidecar racing champion Alan Budge was contacted by Mr Sam Hamilton of Express Tyres, Lockerbie.

Mr Hamilton offered Alan the chance to compete at a higher level in the British Championship, in a side car provided and fully maintained by Express Tyres. Mr Hamilton’s son George will be Alan’s passenger.

So far this season three meetings have been attended by the new team, two at Knockhill and one at Donnington Park. The fourth round of the Scottish Championship will be held on Sunday, May 17.

Alan and George will compete at this meeting, already lying in second place in the championship, having missed one round which clashed with a British Championship round at Donnington.