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50 years ago

Football: Only 300 spectators turned up at Glebe Park on Saturday when lowly Berwick Rangers were the visitors, and no one could blame the fans for staying away from the display the few “loyal” spectators were treated to. Both teams have one consolation, they can’t get worse they must improve!

Brechin were without ‘keeper McVittie, which might have caused the panic in the City defence, where only McNiven played to form. Warrender and Scott tried hard up front but had no support from their fellow forwards.

The visitors were every bit as bad, and had City taken their chances in the first half they could have been well ahead. However, the teams went in at the interval with blank score sheets.

In the 56th minute the homesters opened their account when Warrender was brought down in the penalty box. Carmichael made no mistake from the spot.

Their lead was short lived however, with Nicoll bringing down Blues inside the 18-yard line and Smith equalised for Berwick from the spot.

It wasn’t the pivot’s day on Saturday. In the 80th minute he headed a cross from Donlevy past his own ‘keeper to give the visitors both points.

40 years ago

Squash: Last week in London a junior (under 19) international tournament was played between teams from England, Scotland, Sweden and Wales. The Scottish team of five players included two from the Brechin area - Kenneth Troop and Douglas Reekie. Alas, Scotland finished bottom of the league and only managed to win three of their individual matches.

Troop and Reekie, however, both had a win to their credit.

Football: Osborne, 4; Brechin Vics, 1.

Hill put Vics ahead from 20 yards but immediately Osborne equalised through Riley and rather against the run of play Dandie made it two for the homesters.

In the second half Osborne were well on top with goals by Dandie and Selway.

30 years ago

Football: Brechin Harp, 6; Brechin Renton, 3.

Brechin Harp, who are unbeaten this season, have now won the League championship for the second year running, but had the Renton been able to field a full team it might have been different, as it was they only had ten players.

Scorers for Harp - Gary Beattie, 1; A. Hall, 3; N. Reid, 1; Ferris, 1.

Scorers for Renton - Brown, 2; Sangster, 1.

Best for Harp were Drew Hall, Mark Gray, Clark and Moir. Best for Renton were Brown, Douglas, Robb and Barclay.