31 August 2012

SFL3 Preview: Elgin City


by Peter Ewart | CRO contributor | @Seasider06 |

Elgin, East of Inverness, Northwest of Aberdeen, and close to the Moray Firth, is an ancient town dating back to the 11th century. It is a seat of early Scottish Kings and close to the site of the death of King Duncan - the historical basis for Shakespeare's Scottish play.

These days Elgin is a relatively affluent town with close links to the Armed Forces given its close proximity to RAF Lossiemouth and former RAF base at Kinloss now to be used by the army.

THE CLUB

The Black and Whites are a pretty ancient club having been formed in 1893 from the amalgamation of Elgin Rovers and Vale of Lossie.

The club were long time members of the Highland League before being admitted to the Scottish football league in the year 2000 along with Peterhead.

They have never made it out of SFL3 but did come 4th last season (despite an 8-1 away defeat to league winners Alloa) their highest ever SFL finish earning them a playoff place. They took a first leg playoff lead courtesy of a one-nil home win to Albion Rovers, but lost out 2-0 in the away leg at Cliftonhill.

ELGIN PUB TRIVIA

Davy Robertson managed the club between 2003 and 2005 and Andy Goram made five appearances during this time for the club, two facts I suspect that are not unrelated.

All 478 seats in the main stand at Borough Briggs come from Newcastle’s St James' Park. When Elgin City were elected to the Scottish Football League in 2000 they obtained them when NUFC was revamping the seated areas in its Milburn Stand.

THE GROUND

Central to the town (not far from the Wetherspoons) and close to the River Lossie, Borough Briggs follows a familiar pattern for the lower league SFL clubs. A small main stand with social club flanked by terracing and surrounded by undeveloped areas behind the goals, one raised with banking, with some covered terracing to the far touchline.  The capacity of 4927 makes it one of the less small grounds we’ll be visiting.

Away ticket chances (8 out of 10)

This one is looking slightly more hopeful with the ground holding practically 5000 we should be looking at an allocation of around 4000. We don't travel to Elgin until the end of November and it’s a fair bet quite a few Bears will make a weekend of it, otherwise it’ll be a bloody long day on the bus.

VIEWS ON THE RANGERS SAGA

From 12 July: "The Directors of Elgin City Football Club have continued to discuss the present crisis facing Scottish Football and have carefully weighed up all the possible scenarios and their outcomes both for Scottish Football and Elgin City FC as a viable club.
"The club have reached the decision that it cannot support the proposal for Rangers Newco to be directly admitted to Division 1 but will support entry to SFL Division 3 in season 2012 / 2013. The Board thanks the supporters and other interested parties who took time to express their views to the Club during this testing time for the future of our game."

Elgin will come to Ibrox on Sunday having started the weekend as SFL3 league leaders and will deserve our full attention and application. And if 4.30pm on a Sunday seems bad to us, you have to feel for the Elgin fans making the 400 mile round trip.

On Twitter: @ElginCityFC 

Club website: www.elgincity.com