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Veterans return to action to mark Thurso 20th anniversary


By John MacLeod


THURSO FC rolled back the years by staging a challenge match against a Vikings Veterans side to mark the club's 20th anniversary at the Dammies on Saturday.

Former club legends, including Nigel Mackenzie, Willie Inrig, Ross Sutherland and Michael Gray, lined up against the present crop of players, and although they lost 4-1 there was plenty of skill and endeavour on display from the veterans..

Stevie Reid, the club's present manager, also turned out for the veteran team.

He said: “It was a great way to celebrate the anniversary, good crack. I even managed to play for about 70 minutes. I thought it was pretty even until our legs started to cave in.”

In a dig at his assistant manager, he added, tongue-in-cheek: “There was some dodgy goalkeeping from Michael Gray. He even tried to blame me for Sean Munro's goal. Everyone heard him shouting for the cross, so I just stood where I was.”

Sean Munro watches his header hit the net as Conor Trueman, Stevie Sinclair and Michael Gray look on. Picture: James Gunn
Sean Munro watches his header hit the net as Conor Trueman, Stevie Sinclair and Michael Gray look on. Picture: James Gunn

Conor Cormack, Michael Petrie and Innes Mackintosh scored Thurso's other goals, while Nigel Mackenzie netted for the veterans from the penalty spot.

Reid, in his second spell as Thurso manager, has been involved with the club from its inception. Apart from short spells at Golspie Sutherland, Bunillidh Thistle and Bonar Bridge, he returned to the Vikings as a player before leading the club to two of their four North Caledonian League titles in 2009/10 and 2012/13.

He would love nothing better than to steer the club to another title as Thurso look forward to the next 20 years.



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