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Highland Council congratulates Brora Rangers on historic win after local councillor makes statement at start of meeting

By Caroline McMorran

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Highland councillors joined together to congratulate Brora Rangers on their historic win against Hearts.

Spontaneous applause broke out after East Sutherland and Edderton ward councillor Deirdre Mackay, a Brora resident, made a statement at the start of Thursday’s full Highland Council meeting.

Councillor Deirdre Mackay.
Councillor Deirdre Mackay.

She said: “On Tuesday evening Brora Rangers pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Scottish Cup by beating Hearts 2:1 at Dudgeon Park.

“I have it on very good authority that the last time Hearts lost to a non-league club, Queen Victoria was still on the throne.

“We can’t underestimate the magnitude of the result against a professional team from the city, eight times cup winners with the fourth largest budget in Scotland against the backdrop of part-time Brora with only one game and five training sessions under the belt this year.

“Indeed, Jimmy Grey has dubbed it the greatest victory in the history of the Highlands and I could not agree more.

“There is no question that the boys had to call on all their reserves and all their energies, but their extraordinary spirit, attitude, tenacity and work ethic – solid Highland qualities – saw them through.

“By 10pm Brora was trending on twitter and generating headlines across the globe. In the morning camera crews and journalists descended on droves on one very proud and buzzing village and I am sure you all saw the footage on yesterday’s (Wednesday) news.

“Given the dark days of Covid it is fantastic and so uplifting to have something good to celebrate, for Brora, for Sutherland and also for the Highlands.

“I would like to ask the council to join with me in congratulating Brora on their extraordinary performance and wishing them every success in the next round of the cup.”

Highland Council convener Bill Lobban said: “Well done Brora” and members began clapping.

Mr Lobban added: “I am sure there are many Jambos crying in their beer today and will be for some substantial time.”

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