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40 years ago

Hockey: Brechin, 5; Grove FP 3rd, 0.

Brechin recorded their second win of the season with a convincing 5-0 victory over Grove. The score could easily have been doubled but for shocking finishing in the Brechin forward line.

The result, however can only boost the confidence in the Brechin team with a very tough fixture coming up on Saturday against Madras FP at St Andrews.

Scorers for Brechin were Watt, Belford and L Milne with a very fine hat-trick.

30 years ago

Football: It was announced on Saturday that Dundee FC were releasing Ian Fleming to take up a position as player-manager with Brechin City.

On behalf of the Dundee club it was stated: “We are sorry to lose Ian especially after his recent first team form, but we had to take into consideration Ian’s long-term future and we wish him every success in his new job.”

Brechin will pay only a nominal fee. They are naturally delighted with Dundee’s generous gesture.

Ian Fleming, who had been one of many applicants for the post of manager, at 29 will be the youngest manager in Scotland. He went to Dundee in February, 1980. The club paid £45,000 to Sheffield Wednesday for his transfer. Ian played his first football for Ayrshire Boy’s Club. He became a senior with Kilmarnock and then went to Aberdeen in 1975 for a fee of £15,000. With Aberdeen he gained a League Cup winners medal. In 1979 he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday for £50,000.

20 years ago

SQUASH: This week saw the start of the Dundee and District Knockout Cups. As is their wont the first Men went out early falling 3-2 to Polysport from Division 1. Again only the barest details have surfaced but it appears that Frost and Turnbull had good wins at five and one. Hopefully another good run in the plate could be on the cards.

Much to their relief the Seconds had a first-round bye which allowed captain Leven to put his ailing crew through a strenuous matchplay/training season.

For the Ladies, the seconds were at full strength and in fine form winning 5-0. Kae, Anne, Lynda, Fiona and Val were much too strong for Tropsylops.

The first ladies also went through 5-0 away to Montrose. Maura Campbell and Maureen Smith had comfortable victories at one and two. But wins by June Henderson (3-1), Eileen Beveridge (3-1) and Clare Burnett (3-2) were hard won against opponents who played with great determination. It was good see Claire and Eileen back on court after their successful close season efforts.