Christie dreaming of cup shock to top 1959 defeat of Dundee

Broch's Ryan Christie

Fraserburgh captain Ryan Christie can’t wait to lead out his side against Rangers in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup in January.

The Broch already lay claim to one of the biggest Scottish Cup shocks on January 31, 1959, when they defeated Dundee 1-0 at Bellslea Park.

Dundee were one of the top teams in the country at the time and boasted a team full of current and future Scotland internationals, including goalkeeper Bill Brown, who went on to play for Spurs, and defender Ian Ure, who later enjoyed spells with Arsenal and Manchester United.

But a Jonny Strachan goal was enough to give the Broch a famous victory.

Christie, 32, would love to replicate that success when the Ibrox side travels north in January.

He said: “It’s a tremendous thrill for us to have been drawn at home to Rangers. We wanted Celtic or Rangers away from home but to get Rangers at home is unbelievable.

“It’s great for the club, the town and our supporters, but even more so for the likes of our chairman Finlay Noble and Bobby Cowe, one of our directors.

“They have put the hard work in over many years.

“If I’m fit and selected to play it would be amazing to lead the team out in front of our own fans at Bellslea, that would be a great honour.”

Christie also hopes the game is selected as one of three fourth round ties to be televised.

He added: “We are hoping that the game is at Bellslea and that it will be on television.

“If that were to happen the kick-off may have to be moved to 12.30pm on the Saturday, or even lunchtime or 4pm on the Sunday.

“But whenever it takes place, we will be ready.”

Chairman Noble said preparations are already well under way for the match.

He said: “It’s certainly our intention to play the game at the Bellslea.

“We average 300 people at every home game and we want those 300 to see us play Rangers at the same ground as they normally watch us.

“It would be great to have a bigger capacity than we have at Bellslea and we’re already in discussion with the police and the council about that.

“We have had big crowds at the ground before but with the new health and safety criteria the capa- city is greatly reduced from what it used to be.

“Currently, it is just less than 1,200 – we could easily fit in 5,000 but the problem is the grassy banks around the ground.

“If it’s raining and someone slips and hurts themselves, it would be the last thing we would want.

“Things like temporary grandstands can be looked at and there will be a lot of meetings.

“If the game was selected to be televised we might also have to look at installing additional floodlighting.”

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