Peterhead go bottom with dour display amidst Livingston’s title party

The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Buchan Observer on Monday 1 May 2017. Peterhead slipped to the bottom of League One and will face a final-day fight to avoid automatic relegation, after a 4-1 defeat at the Toni Macaroni Arena. It came against a relentless Livingston that haven’t taken their … More Peterhead go bottom with dour display amidst Livingston’s title party

Brechin lose ground in play-off race with defeat to Airdrie

The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Brechin Advertiser on Tuesday 11 April 2017. Brechin City were leapfrogged by a superior Airdrieonians side after a 3-1 defeat at the Excelsior Stadium. Darren Dods’s men fell behind to two quick goals midway through the first half but an own goal by Jack … More Brechin lose ground in play-off race with defeat to Airdrie

Clyde one point off the bottom after defeat to Cowdenbeath

The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Cumbernauld News on Tuesday 4 April 2017. Clyde now sit precariously close to the basement of League Two after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against their bottom-placed opponents at Central Park. Dale Carrick’s goal shortly after half-time was enough to pull Cowdenbeath to within … More Clyde one point off the bottom after defeat to Cowdenbeath

Toon’s winless run continues with goalless draw

The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Buchan Observer on Monday 20 March 2017. Peterhead extended their winless run to seven matches with a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Albion Rovers. The away side will feel hard done by, however, after finding themselves on the wrong side of a couple of contentious … More Toon’s winless run continues with goalless draw

Normal service resumed as St Abbs welcomes its new lifeboat

This story appeared in The National on Saturday 30 July 2016. TEN months after their previous vessel was removed by the RNLI, St Abbs has received a replacement lifeboat. Thanks to £300,000 in donations from the local community and teacake firm Tunnock’s, the village was able to welcome the arrival of “Thomas Tunnock” on Thursday … More Normal service resumed as St Abbs welcomes its new lifeboat

Buskers to take to the Boaty MacBoatface stage at Belladrum Festival

This story appeared in The National on Saturday 30 July 2016. ONE of the stages at next week’s Belladrum Tartan Heart music festival will be named Boaty MacBoatface, inspired by the viral phenomenon. The title was the overwhelming favourite in a public online poll to name a new UK polar research ship earlier in the … More Buskers to take to the Boaty MacBoatface stage at Belladrum Festival

Craig Cairns searches in vain for an ostrich in Ayrshire

This story appeared in The National on Friday 29 July 2016. AFTER only a short time in journalism, I am still not 100 per cent sure what to expect. Shortly after arriving for work yesterday, I began flicking through the morning papers and checking the wires in preparation for conference. Conference never came. Instead, I … More Craig Cairns searches in vain for an ostrich in Ayrshire

Sheriff refuses to stand down in trial over Labour event

This article appeared in The National on Wednesday 27 July 2016. A GLASGOW sheriff refused to be recused from a trial after being asked to stand down because his brother is a Labour MSP. Defence lawyer John Flanagan put forward a motion that Sheriff Tom Kelly should step down from yesterday’s proceedings. His client Sean … More Sheriff refuses to stand down in trial over Labour event