Proud Scottish Cup moment in store for Cove and Formartine chiefs at North Lodge Park

Stalwarts from both Formartine United and Cove Rangers believe their Scottish Cup fourth round tie is one of the biggest games in the histories of their clubs.

The two Highland League sides meet at North Lodge Park tomorrow night with a place in the fifth round at stake.

Colin Grant is in his 30th year as president of Formartine and believes this is the biggest game in the Pitmedden side’s history. He said: “It’s got to be the biggest game.

“When we were in the Juniors we won four cups in a season which was a great achievement and so was winning the league in the Juniors.

“But this must be the biggest day for our club.

“It’s phenomenal for anybody in the Highland League to get so far in the Scottish Cup.

“The dream for whoever gets through is to go to Parkhead, Ibrox, Pittodrie, Tynecastle or Easter Road.

“One of my finest days with the club was last year away to Partick Thistle in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

“It was a great experience to go to Firhill and have that day. You are living the dream.”

Cove secretary Duncan Little has been involved with the club since they joined the Highland League in 1986.

On the possibility of reaching the fifth round, he said: “It would be absolutely brilliant for the club, just the prestige of being there in the fifth round. “It would be a fantastic achievement and it would be the best achievement since I’ve been at the club.

“We have been progressing further and further in recent years.

“But this would be the best achievement in the Scottish Cup since I’ve been with the club.”

When asked if tomorrow’s clash was the biggest in Cove’s history, Little added: “It probably is.

“We’ve had games to win championships and the play-off game a couple of years ago. “But Scottish Cup-wise this is definitely the biggest game in the club’s history and it’s one of the biggest for the club in any competition.”

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