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Title triumph my best day as manager, admits Balmoor boss

Thu 19 Oct 2017

There were celebratory scenes the last time Peterhead travelled to Broadwood There were celebratory scenes the last time Peterhead travelled to Broadwood

 

Jim McInally hopes revisiting the scene of Peterhead’s best achievement can inspire his team to victory this weekend.

The Blue Toon are back at Broadwood to face Clyde for the first time since clinching the League 2 title in April 2014.

McInally’s men won 2-0 against the Bully Wee, a victory which secured their first SPFL honour after nearest challengers Annan were beaten by East Stirling.

Goals from Andy Rodgers and Rory McAllister proved enough, although Graeme Smith saved a second half penalty to settle any nerves.

Three and a half years on, the squad has been almost completely overhauled but, nevertheless, McInally is looking forward to returning to Cumbernauld.

McInally said: “It is certainly a nice memory and we have not been back there since.”

“It was a special day and hopefully the memories can spur us on to get a result on Saturday.”

“It will be the last game of the quarter and it would be good to finish it off with a win, which would give us a decent total after nine games.”

The Peterhead boss was involved in some memorable matches as a player, most notably helping Dundee Utd to the UEFA Cup Final in 1987.

The Arabs suffered an agonising 2-1 aggregate defeat to Swedish side IFK Gothenburg, after taking the famous quarter final scalp of Barcelona by winning both legs.

However, during his managerial career, McInally has confessed that nothing betters the Blue Toon’s title triumph at Broadwood.

McInally said: “As a manager, that was my best day.”

“I know we had a special occasion at Hampden in the Challenge Cup final, but to win the league that day was a bit unexpected the way it happened.”

“Everything that went on afterwards was impulsive and off the cuff and it was really nice.”

“It is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life so I look back on that time with really fond memories.”

 

By Glenn Moir