Cup fever hits Fraserburgh ahead of clash

Businesses in a North-east town are helping turn it black and white as Scottish Cup fever sweeps the streets.

Fans are expected to pack into Bellslea Park to watch Highland League side Fraserburgh take on Old Firm giants Rangers on Sunday.

In preparation for the “fairytale” match, shopkeepers in the town have been decorating the Broch in the team’s colours.

Malcolm Watson and Lynne Gillan, of Nooks and Crannies tearoom, with their shortbread.

The game is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports – a first for a Highland League team – and TV crews from around the country are set to descend on the coastal town.

Duncan Leel, owner of Dicks Sports, said the big sporting occasion was great for the whole town.

Fans queued up outside his store to get their hands on a special Scottish Cup scarf that’s half Rangers and half Fraserburgh. The popular item sold out in just 35 minutes after going on sale on Tuesday.

Duncan Leel said the match was great for the town

Duncan said: “It has been a great lift for the whole town having Rangers visit.

“All the shops are getting behind the team and have been decorating their windows. I’ve got a half Rangers and half Fraserburgh window as I’m actually a Rangers fan, but I’ll be supporting Fraserburgh on the day.

“I had come in early on Tuesday and there was people already waiting outside to get their hands on the scarves.

“This game is like a fairytale match, it is something that everyone who has ever played will have dreamed of.

“I’m quite jealous of the Broch as it makes me wish I stuck in at my football and it could have been me playing on Sunday.

“It is great for the town that it is being played at Bellslea. It is massive that it will be at the ground with the addition of Sky Sports coming to town.”

Duncan’s isn’t the only store feeling Scottish Cup fever.

Homestyle on Cross Street is proudly displaying Broch captain Ryan Christie’s top in its window.

Brian Bruce, manager at the furniture store, even managed to get his hands on the Scottish Cup when the player came to visit with television crews earlier this week.

Brian said: “It started at Christmas where I put some black and white tinsel in the window to try to promote a bit of business at the time.

“There was then the call for shops to decorate their windows and we got involved and Ryan Christie’s mum managed to give us a top for the window.

“A lot of players, wives, girlfriends and families use the store and Ryan was even in the other day with the Scottish Cup so I was able to get a picture with the cup.”

Malcolm Watson, who runs the tearoom Nooks and Crannies with his partner Lynne Gillan, was also backing the Fraserburgh team to do them proud.

The pair have baked special football shortbreads for their window and are displaying a banner wishing the team luck.

Malcolm said: “There is just a buzz around the game just now. I have never been a part of anything like it.

“Everyone is talking about it and when the Rangers fans come to visit they will just see black and white everywhere.

“I think everyone is trying to make the most of it and the footfall that can come from this.”

R&S Dyga, based in the town’s Broad Street, has gone one step further with its decorations and mocked up a Star Wars Stormtrooper which sports Fraserburgh colours.

Ian Dyga, who runs the newsagent, said: “Everyone is speaking about the game and really looking forward to it.

“All eyes will be on Fraserburgh on the day and I think the town has already won in that respect.

“I picked a Stormtrooper because it was black and white like the Broch colours, however I hope their shooting is a lot better than the Stormtroopers.”