Two football fans are having a field day with a public display of support for their team.
Fraserburgh residents Mike Reid and Julie Nicol put their creative forces together to create a hay bale Fraserburgh Football Club mascot ahead of Fraserburgh FC’s clash with Rangers on Wednesday.
Julie came up with the idea after the Broch’s Scottish Cup tie with Rangers on January 21 was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
She said: “It was last week after the match was cancelled that got me thinking what we could do to show support. I looked up some pictures online for ideas and got in touch with local farmer Mike Reid to put together some hay bales.
“My brother is one of the directors of Fraserburgh Football Club and helped us get in touch with local refrigerator trailer manufacturer Gray and Adams who helped put together the graphics – they were absolutely brilliant.
“I sent them the pictures of my ideas and they made it come to life.”
The hay bale figure has been affectionately named Bryan Bale by locals – a combination of the names of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Broch defender Bryan Hay.
Julie and Mike wanted to find a location where their creation would be guaranteed to be seen and chose the A90 by the Boothby Road roundabout at the south entrance to the town.
Julie said: “After a few phone calls we found out whose land it is. The owner, Ronald Anderson, gave us a yes and to go ahead and we started putting it up.
“When we were setting it up on Saturday, people were driving, tooting and waving – they were very supportive. My daughter, Jade, came out to help and she spray painted the face.”
Julie said that the response on social media has been overwhelming.
She added: “We saw it on the Fraserburgh Football Club Facebook page and saw it had over 500 likes.
“It was just a nice community effort.”
Mike, a milk and dairy farmer who contributed the hay bales, said: “We made it at the beginning of the week and we just wanted to support the team.
“Gray and Adams were also really brilliant and helped us put together the entire thing.”
Mike said when he failed to get tickets for the game he wanted to show support in his own way.