Club News

No regrets for former Blue Toon defender

Tue 07 Nov 2017

 

Seven years have passed since full-back Stuart Smith left Peterhead for Formartine.

But the 28 year old has no regrets over his decision to swap the SPFL for the Highland League.

Smith was back at Balmoor last weekend, helping his team win the Aberdeenshire Cup at the expense of Cove Rangers.

It was just a second honour for the Pitmedden-based club, now bossed by Paul Lawson, following their capture of the same trophy in 2013 under the stewardship of former Blue Toon manager Steve Paterson.

Smith said: “Saturday was the first time I have actually played at Balmoor since I left Peterhead.”

“I have got a lot of happy memories with the Blue Toon and some not so great memories as well.”

“But even though results were not the best, I did really enjoy my time with the club and I would not have picked another venue in this area to win the Aberdeenshire Cup.”

Smith continued: “To be honest, I thought I would have stayed at Peterhead a bit longer.”

“But I spoke with Steve Paterson at the time and I felt it was an exciting opportunity to go to Formartine.”

“I joined to try and win trophies because at Peterhead it is difficult to win silverware, although they did really well to win League 2 a few years ago.”

The manager in charge during Smith’s time at Peterhead was the now Cove boss John Sheran.

Smith was the one smiling at full time on Saturday, with Sheran left to mull over his side’s disappointing 1-0 defeat.

The defender added: “Thinking back, yeah it was John who was my manager and it is hard to believe it was seven years ago.”

“It is strange how things work out but these things happen and I don’t have regrets about my decision.”

“Of course, I would have liked to have won more trophies with Formartine but hopefully we can kick on from winning the Aberdeenshire Cup and get more in the bag in the not too distant future.”

 

By Glenn Moir