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WATCH: Emotional final day of Shaun Wood’s football career as Buckie Thistle stalwart speaks about his testimonial against Elgin City and Jags manager Lewis Mackinnon praises his career

By Craig Christie

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Saturday was an emotional but memorable day for Buckie Thistle stalwart Shaun Wood after bringing down the curtain on his playing career.

Shaun Wood captained Buckie Thistle in his final match.
Shaun Wood captained Buckie Thistle in his final match.

The 32-year-old was given a Jags testimonial match against Elgin City as recognition for his 12 years service to the current Highland League champions.

Watch below: video interview with Shaun Wood.

Wood, who is retiring due to arthritis in his ankle, a by-product of a serious fracture and dislocation which resulted in a plate being fitted in his leg, bowed out with a 60-minute appearance in Buckie’s 2-0 defeat to their SPFL opponents.

He attracted a good crowd on a rainy Victoria Park day and said he felt a lump in his throat when he walked out with his stepson Grayson (3) to a guard of honour from both sets of players and his name was chanted by the home followers.

Buckie manager Lewis Mackinnon also paid tribute to his long-term team-mate, who he played alongside in Buckie’s defence throughout his 12-year stint.

Testimonial man Shaun Wood contests a high ball with Elgin's Ryan Sargent.
Testimonial man Shaun Wood contests a high ball with Elgin's Ryan Sargent.

“He’s been a great player for Buckie,” Mackinnon said. “I remember when he came on for his first game as a young sub for Gregg (former Jags boss Carrol) and I think he might even have scored that day.

“I played very closely beside him, from right centre back to right back so I had a very close working relationship with him over the years.

“Probably in his younger days, he would have hated me shouting and bawling at him. I was a bit harsh on him at times but he always took it well.

“He has a great attitude, a great engine and always a solid, steady player - and a really nice bloke.

“He deserved this big day and he played well today. He’s hardly played in a long time with the condition of his ankle but he slotted in well. He had a tough game against (Elgin forward Ryan) Sargent and he didn’t givbe him a sniff so I’m delighted for him.

“I’m delighted he got a good turnout considering the conditions.”

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