Fraserburgh legend Billy Gordon has urged the current crop of Broch players to savour every moment of the build-up to their clash with Rangers on Sunday.
The Buchan outfit welcome the Gers to Bellslea in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup this weekend.
Former goalie Gordon is the club’s record appearance holder having played 721 games between 1986 and 2010.
He says the interest in the game against the Gers will be like nothing the Broch players have ever experienced, but has urged them to enjoy it because it will pass in a flash.
He said: “You have to enjoy this as a player because they will never experience anything like this – so they do have to grasp it and enjoy it.
“I guarantee it will be over so quickly, and they’ll be thinking ‘where did it go?’
“This week will be some week for them with all the pre-match talk, that’s for sure.
“It can be lot to deal with for the players.
“It’s good, but at the end of the day they’ve still got a game to prepare for, so they need to keep themselves focused.
“I’m sure boss Mark Cowie will have them ready to go.”
Gordon has his own experience of big match build-up – but then missed out on a glamour cup tie with Celtic.
In the 1995/96 Scottish Cup, Fraserburgh faced Whitehill Welfare in the second round.
After drawing 2-2 away from home the draw for the third round was then made and the Broch were paired with the Celts.
As a result there were high hopes for the Bellslea replay with the Highland League side expected to win and set up a date with history.
Sadly, though, the Broch were beaten 2-1 and that is why Gordon is urging the current squad to enjoy everything around the tie with Rangers – because it may never happen again.
He added: “In 1995/96 we drew with Whitehill Welfare on the Saturday and then the draw was made in the evening. The winner of the tie was drawn against Celtic at home.
“That week will be similar to what the players will experience this week in terms of the anticipation.
“We were the home team, everyone assumed we would win and we had a lot of intrusion press-wise with the TV cameras and everything.
“It was assumed we would win but unfortunately it fell horrendously flat for us.
“Whitehill were the better team on the day and they went on to play Celtic at Easter Road.
“It was as close as I got to playing a team like that.
“You look back on it and at the time you thought there would be other years – but there never was.
“This game against Rangers has been the next opportunity since then.
“It shows you that this doesn’t happen every year.”
After such a long career it’s not surprising Gordon also has some fond Scottish Cup memories to look back on.
On December 13, 1997, the Broch stunned Clyde, who were then a full-time outfit, 1-0 at Bellslea in the first round.
Ian Murray was sent off for the hosts after only seven minutes for handling on the goal-line.
From the resultant penalty Brian Rice hit a post and Fraserburgh broke upfield two minutes later and scored through Paul Keith, before some fine saves from Gordon helped them hold on for victory.
Gordon said: “Clyde were a full-time outfit at that time and we beat them 1-0 at Bellslea.
“The crowd that day really got behind us and were the 12th man.
“I remember it being very noisy and hopefully they can do the same again and give the guys an extra bit of energy.
“They will need it because it’s going to be tough on Sunday.
“They’ll have to work hard and will need to stay in the game as long as they can – and then see where it takes them.”