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Sunny Days Ahead For Granite City After Cup Win

Report by Andy McLaren

Granite City manager Stuart Wilson admits he raced to the telephone when he heard his side were locked in a penalty shoot-out during their recent Chattan Rovers Cup Final match.

Stuart, nicknamed “Bob”, was on holiday in Tenerife when his side won on penalties against former welfare side Torry Select to lift their first piece of silverware in amateur football.

And City’s boss is confident the Aberdeen side, who have scored 104 goals in all competitions, will have more sunny days ahead of them.

He said: “Unfortunately the final was originally postponed which meant I was on holiday for the rearranged date.

“I was so nervous I phoned Ronnie, who is on our committee, every ten minutes to find out what the score was.

“Ronnie also gave me a running commentary during the penalty shoot-out so I will be horrified when I see my phone bill at the end of the month.

“The idea behind forming Granite City was to give guys the chance to play with their friends instead of being scattered around the city playing for other clubs.

“Winning a cup in our first ever season was totally unexpected but it’s an amazing feeling.”

Stuart was part of the Wilsons XI squad who moved to junior football before he joined Dyce in the amateur ranks.

City, who have won all 13 league games in Division Three this season, are made up of ex-players from Bon Accord City, Dyce Hydraulics and Echt .

And Stuart believes winning the Chattan Rovers Cup in City’s first season is his biggest achievement in amateur football.

“It was great to win the North of Scotland Cup and to get to the Premier Division as a player but to win a cup in my first season as manager is the best,” he said.

“Our aim for this season was to get promoted and hopefully we can get as close to the Premier Division as possible.

“Our strikers, Daniel McMullan and Michael Watt have scored 69 goals between them and I can’t praise them enough for their remarkable season.

“It’s going to be hard to win the league as Bankhead, Summerhill and Torry Select all have a chance.

“If we can remain consistent then there is no reason why we can’t pull through and do it.”

Granite City goalkeeper Craig Hill saved two penalties to ensure his side lifted the Chattan Rovers Cup.

After the game, City’s stopper discovered he had broken his arm in the 80th minute of his side’s cup final.

But Craig admits he will fight tooth and nail to win Division Three and has no plans to stand on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

Craig has had spells with amateur sides including Bon Accord City, Blackburn and Dyce but admits dropping down the leagues to play for Granite City was an easy decision

He said: “I also have a small fracture and a torn muscle but nothing will stop me from playing.

“This season has been brilliant so far and it’s great to be able to play with a good group of lads.

“I have never been beaten in a penalty shoot-out during my time in amateur football.

“Dyce weren’t training the way I like to train so I found it hard to turn down Bob’s offer to play for City.

“Most of the players at Granite City should be playing in the Premier Division but we all wanted a new start and it seems to be working so far.

“Bob and the rest of the management staff are willing to invest in good training facilities and we are going to concentrate on winning the league now.

“Daniel McMullan and Michael Watt are definitely the best players I have ever played with and it’s an honour to be in the same team as them.”