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Turriff Thistle ready to face club legends team

By Kyle Ritchie

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Turriff Thistle are set to take on The Legends at the weekend which will be a different challenge to face before preparations commence for next season.

The Legends are back to defend the CMB Cup which they won last year, for the first time in 10 years, by a narrow 2-1 victory.

This year’s contest will take place at The Haughs on Saturday with a 2pm kick-off and both teams are hoping that a huge crowd turns out to cheer on their favourites.

The Legends will again be led by player/manager Graham Buxton, former Jags manager and captain of the Turriff Thistle 1997 Scottish Miners Welfare Cup Final team.

The 2022/2023 Turriff Thistle squad will be coached by current manager Matthew Sim and assistant manager Patryk Basta.

As always, The Legends have gathered together an impressive squad which will include Allan Shand, Graham Buxton, Gavin Cumming, Martin Simpson, Stevie Raffan, Gary Duncan, Phil Strachan, Brian Killoh, Tony Fulwood, Iain Massie, Clarke Morrison, Mark Robertson, Phil Burnett, Martin McLeod, Sean Smith, Jim Parker and Wee Sharpie.

In addition, several of the current Jags squad have jumped ship and thrown their allegiances in with The Legends which include Colin Bain, Paul Williamson, Neil Chapman, Steven Wight and Andy Carder.

Even with only days to go there could be other names added to The Legends squad such as John Anderson, Joe Millican, Tom Millican, Steve Anderson, Scotty Thompson and Scotty Alexander.

The current Turriff Thistle team who retained their First Division status by finishing a creditable fourth last season will feature Mitchell Allan, Kian Beaton, Joe Bisset, Daniel Bruce, Ryan Catto, Kyle Chalmers, Shane Cogan, Regan Fowlie, Bruce Mair, Mike McCombie, Greg Miazek, Ryan Morrison, Jordan Ogg, Joe Stephen, Lee Stuart and Michael Harris.

Also last Saturday’s open training session was attended by several impressive new signing prospects for next season who may be introduced this weekend as Sim, Basta and the players are more than desperate to win back the silverware.

Local referee Brian Fowlie has agreed to officiate the match for the second year in a row.

The CMB Trophy will be presented at full-time on the pitch before both teams proceed to The Kastille where a man of the match for each team will be selected by the opposite manager and awards presented to the winners.

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