BRORA Rangers reached the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a historic win on Saturday.
They beat East Fife, away, 1-0 to progress to the last 16 in the competition.
A delighted William Powrie, chairman, has told the NT how he feels about the win – the first time Brora have reached this stage in the cup – and the great publicity it brings to Brora.
He said: “Our victory at East Fife had many unintended consequences, not least the fantastic media coverage which the club and Brora received. Pre-match I was asked to do a few radio interviews, as our trip to East Fife was seen as another mammoth trek, and typified the romance of the Scottish Cup.
“Post-match, we have been the centre of great attention, having numerous newspaper articles written about the club, TV cameras filming in the village and some great national coverage on the major sports television shows in which one of the commentators quoted Brora Rangers as now being everybody’s new favourite team.
“We cannot underestimate the value of this publicity, both for the club and the area of Brora and Sutherland in general.
“There have been one or two non-league teams which have reached the final 16 of the Scottish cup before, but none from such a remote outpost, and certainly the travelling which the team have to do to reach this stage in the competition is a Scottish Cup record.”
And he praised the fans for their support. He said: “Our travelling support on Saturday was absolutely magnificent, and it is difficult to put into words the gratitude which the club and the players owe to them. They played their pipes, banged their drums and sang throughout the 90 minutes, and we all saw on the television the scenes of delirious rapture when the referee blew the final whistle.
“This year, through our head of youth development, Dale Pryde-MacDonald supported by board member John Young, we are rolling out various youth initiatives throughout Sutherland, and the national profile that our cup win has given us can only help cement the community nature of this club.
“Our reward for our victory was a plum tie away at the 18,000 capacity stadium Rugby Park, the home of Kilmarnock FC, currently sixth in the Premiership. This will certainly be the biggest game which Brora Rangers will have played in their 139-year history, and we would like to think that as many people as possible will be able to make the journey down to cheer the team on.
“Brora has never needed putting on the map, but certainly the club’s victory has generated a huge amount of interest in the general area, and if the club in their own small way has helped generate future economic activity, then that too will be seen as a great success.”