SCOTTISH Cup fever has kicked-off in Brechin - just over a week before Brechin City play in their historic first quarter-final tie in the competition.
And the news for locals who haven’t yet got their tickets is clear, get your hands on one before you miss out.
City chairman Ken Ferguson, told “The Brechiner” on Monday that St Johnstone had already sold a considerable allocation of their tickets from their original allocation of 1500 and had requested more briefs for the game.
“The response has been excellent so far,” said Ken. “St Johnstone have done very well to get rid of so many tickets so quickly and we are hearing from Jim (Weir) and Kevin (McGowne) that there is a lot of hype in Perth surrounding the fixture.
“While the uptake hasn’t been quite as dramatic here, we have only had until last night (Tuesday) one opportunity to sell tickets and that was at our game against Livingston last week.
“They will be on sale at our game against Stenhousemuir on Saturday and we have heard from a number of people who aren’t regular attenders at Glebe Park that they will come along on the day to get behind the team and enjoy the special Scottish Cup atmosphere.
“Our advice to everyone is get your tickets bought as soon as you possibly can. We want to have as many locals there on the day as possible to add to what should really be a gala occasion for the whole community.”
That community spirit and the backing of the entire town is something that the club is also hopeful will spread through the business community leading up to the game.
St Johnstone general anager, Grant Cullen said his club were equally delighted with the initial response.
“We have already made our way through more than half our initial 1500 allocation selling to season ticket holders and have contacted Brechin City requesting more tickets for the game if they can accommodate us.
“The tickets don’t actually go on general sale to the public until after our game against Aberdeen on Wednesday (tonight) and we expect a further increase in demand in what is obviously a huge game for both clubs.
“It’s always difficult to estimate the size of any support. However, I think we would be very disappointed if St Johnstone didn’t take a travelling support of between 1600 and 1700 to Brechin on March 12.”
Brechin City are offering two Scottish Cup quarter-final tickets to the winner of a best dressed window competition in the run up to March 12.
Local businesses are asked to get behind the team and decorate their premises in club colours to brighten up the town.
Decorated window displays will be judged by the club management committee during the week commencing Monday, March 7, with the best display winning two lucrative tickets for one of the biggest games in the club’s history.
Ken continued: “Most local hotels and hostelries are getting booked up with visiting fans wanting to make the most of the occasion.
“We would hope that the towns shops and businesses would consider brightening up the place by decorating their premises for the week before the game.
“Let’s face it, given the winter we have all had to face, we could do with something to brighten things up.”
The club will also announce a competition for schoolchildren later this week.
And children at Andover Primary School had the opportunity to get their hands on the trophy with the SFA’s “Trophy Tour” visiting the school on Monday.
Each class had their photograph taken with the Scottish Cup and their were also some wide-ranging score predictions ranging from one-nil to six-nil to Brechin!
“The Brechiner” will be playing their own part in the build up to the tie, with a special pull-out feature in next week’s edition. Don’t miss your copy at your local newsagents.