Brora Rangers F.C.

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Brora Rangers
Brora Rangers FC logo.png
Full name Brora Rangers Football Club
Nickname(s) The Cattachs
Founded 1879; 137 years ago (1879)
Ground Dudgeon Park, Brora
Ground Capacity 4,000 (200 seated)
Manager Grant Munro
League Highland League
2015–16 Highland League, 3rd

Brora Rangers Football Club 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 have twice been 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. The Highland League Cup was won by The Cattachs for the first time in 2015–16.

Brora Rangers play at Dudgeon Park, Brora, and hold a rivalry with neighbours Wick Academy, in the Northern Derby.


Early history[edit]

Brora Rangers were founded in 1879. In 1933 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.

Recent history[edit]

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. Their unbeaten run in the Highland league eventually extended to 57 matches across three seasons, ending with a 3–0 defeat by Cove Rangers on 22 August 2015.

For the 2014–15 season, they started in the second 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.[1]

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, Brora entered the newly introduced promotion playoffs against Lowland League champions Edinburgh City. They won 4–2 in a penalty shootout after a 2–2 aggregate draw, with Stuart Kettlewell scoring the winner on 2 May.[2] Brora played off against Montrose, the bottom-placed club in Scottish League Two, for a place in League Two for the 2015–16 season. After winning their home leg 1–0, Brora suffered a 3–1 defeat in the away game, thereby losing 3–2 on aggregate to remain in the Highland League.[3]

The prospect of a future promotion to the national leagues has proven controversial due to the distances that players and supporters would be expected to travel to many of the away games.[4] 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.[5] 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." [6] Besides the impact on the club, it has been suggested that Brora itself would benefit economically from players and supporters of Southern clubs visiting the town.[7]


Dudgeon Park
Dudgeon park.jpg
Dudgeon Park is located in Highland
Dudgeon Park
Dudgeon Park
Location in Highland
Location Brora, Sutherland, Scotland
Coordinates 58°00′29.84″N 3°51′27.50″W / 58.0082889°N 3.8576389°W / 58.0082889; -3.8576389
2,000 (200 seated)
Surface Grass
Brora Rangers F.C.

Brora originally played at Inverbrora Park, which is now the site of the Hunters of Brora woollen mills, before moving to Dudgeon Park in 1932. The ground's capacity is 2,000, including 200 seats. It is located in Sutherland.[8] The record attendance was set in 2013 when over 2,000 people watched Brora play Glasgow Rangers in a pre season friendly, the visitors won 2-0.

Management team[edit]

Corporate Staff[edit]

Position Name
Chairman William Powrie
Director John Young
Director Ben MacKay
Director Deirdre MacKay
Director David Dowling
Director Kevin MacKay


Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Player/Manager Grant Munro
Assistant Manager Steven MacDonald
Coach Alan Duff
Coach Ally Macleod
Physio Ashley Ross

[10] [11]

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 January 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Joe Malin
Scotland GK James Ross
Scotland DF John Pickles
Scotland DF Ally MacDonald
Scotland DF Colin Williamson
Scotland DF Grant Munro
Scotland DF Scott Houston
Scotland DF Lewis Grant
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Dale Gellespie
Scotland MF Gavin Morrison
Scotland MF Martin MacLean
Scotland MF Andrew Greig
Scotland FW Zander Sutherland
Scotland FW Paul Brindle
Scotland FW Steven MacKay


Brora playing Nairn County in the 2013–14 North of Scotland Cup final

Highland Football League

Highland League Cup

  • 2015–16

North of Scotland Cup

Inverness Cup

  • 1995–96

Scottish Qualifying Cup

  • 1978–79


  1. ^ "BBC Sport – Brora Rangers 2–3 East Fife". Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Brora Rangers 1–1 Edinburgh City (agg 2–2, 4–2 pens)". BBC Sport. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Montrose 3–1 Brora". BBC Sport. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Scottish football: Promotion an option for Highland and Lowland League sides this season | Football News". 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Brora Rangers to let fans decide over potential SPFL participation | League 2". 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Brora Rangers chairman John Young on SPFL play-off despite finance fears | League 2". 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Brora go marching on | Northern Times | Sport | Football". 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Brora Rangers FC". VIsit Scotland. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "NEW BOARD". 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  10. ^ "NEW MANAGER". 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Homepage | Brora Rangers FC". 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 

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