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    Brora Rangers history 

    Friday, July 24, 2015 4:54:56 PM
    Brora Rangers are a senior part-time professional football club from the village of Brora, Sutherland, in the far North of Scotland. They play in the Highland Football League, of which they are the current champions, having won their first title in 2013–14 and successfully defended it in the 2014–15 season. They have also won the North of Scotland Cup four times: in 1980–81, 1990–91, 2013–14 and 2014–15. 
    Brora Rangers play at Dudgeon Park, and hold a rivalry with neighbours Wick Academy, in the Northern Derby. 
    They were founded in 1879 and played at Inverbrora Park, which is now the site of the Hunters of Brora woollen mills. They moved to Dudgeon Park on 22 October 1932. 
    The following year they gained access to membership of the Scottish Football Association and entered the draw for the Scottish Qualifying Cup competition. They were accepted into membership of the Highland Football League in 1962. 
    They won the North of Scotland Qualifying Cup competition in their centenary year, 1979, when they defeated Peterhead 5–0 on 17 November after a replay at Grant Street Park, Inverness, the teams having played a goal-less draw the previous week. 
    The club won their first ever Highland Football League title in the 2013–14 season after a 3–0 win against Keith on 5 March at Kynoch Park. They are the most northernly club to win the League title to date. They set several postwar Highland League records over the season: most points (95), greatest margin of victory in the league (20 points), highest win rate (31 out of 34), fewest goals conceded (16) and highest positive goal difference (+107). They ended the season with a 19-game unbeaten run which subsequently carried on into the 2014–15 season. With a draw against Fraserburgh in their 38th and final match of the year (across two seasons), Brora achieved the distinction of being unbeaten in league matches for the whole of 2014. 
    For the 2014–15 season, they started in the 2nd round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup, and they played for the first time in the 2014-15 Scottish Challenge Cup but lost in the Second round to East Fife 3–2. 
    The club retained its Highland League title in the 2014–15 season, securing victory with a win over second-placed Turriff United at The Haughs on 28 March. Three days earlier, Brora scored their 125th league goal of the season against their northern rivals Wick Academy, beating Inverness Thistle's previous postwar record of 124 in the 1969–70 season. With a record of Won 30, Drew 4, Lost 0, they ended the season as unbeaten champions, only the second club to achieve this in the postwar era following Caledonian in 1982–83. 
    As Highland League champions, last season Brora entered the newly introduced promotion playoffs against Lowland League champions Edinburgh City. Brora won and played off against SPFL Division Two side Montrose , the bottom-placed club in Scottish League, for a place in League Two for the 2015–16 season. The prospect of promotion to the national league has proven controversial due to the distances that players and supporters would be expected to travel to many of the away games. Before the 2014-15 season began, it had been suggested that supporters would be allowed to vote on whether the club should join the Scottish Professional Football League were it to qualify for promotion. 
     However following Brora's successful defence of their Highland League title, chairman John Young said that the club had "looked at all options and there’s no way we can avoid competing. We meet SPFL criteria for entry level so we can’t opt out, we’ve got to go for it." However Montrose finally won the end of season Pyramid Play Off final over the two legs so the defence of their Highland League title will be uppermost going into the new season. Davie Kirkwood, had managed the side to two successive Highland League Title wins. He joined from his first management job with Wick Academy in 2012. As a player, his career included playing with East Fife, Rangers, Hearts, Airdrie & Raith Rovers, however he resigned recently to allow him to concentrate fully on launch of a new business venture. Richard Brittain, who had joined the club after huge experience playing for Livingston, Raith Rovers, St. Mirren and Ross County, he was the outstanding candidate and on 18th July, 2015 was appointed Player/manager due to his experience in top flight football, combined with his undisputed leadership qualities. Last Saturday Brora played their last pre season friendly prior to the start of their competitive games for 2015/16, when they faced Clyde at Dudgeon Park against Barry Ferguson’s Clyde side which included ex Wasps – John Gibson, Michael Bolochoweckyj & David Gormley, the game ended 0-0 but on the day the windy conditions did not help either side. On Wednesday 22nd July, 2015, Richard Brittain, took charge of his first competitive game since becoming player/manager against local rivals Wick Academy in the 1st Round of the North of Scotland Cup as reigning champions. The game ended 1-1, with Wick Academy winning on the evening on penalties. This will be the first time that Brora Rangers have faced Alloa Athletic in a competitive football match, officials for the Petrofac Cup 1st Round game at Dudgeon Park will be – referee Mat Northcroft, with assistants Douglas Ross & Graham Fraser.
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