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Nicolls Stalwarts Aiming For Success

Report by Andy McLaren

Nicolls AFC brothers Raymond and Jim Morrison will have a family Christmas to remember after marking over 36 years together at their boyhood team.

The pair have been involved with the club which the late George Stephen helped form,
achieving three successive promotions in Nicolls’ first six years of existence. Younger brother Raymond joined the Bridge of Don side in 1976 which had originally been a
team made up of workers from the fish trade.

Since then, Raymond has been involved with Nicolls as a player, coach, manager and, most
recently as chairman. The Nicolls stalwart has already had a memorable year, having recently celebrated his club’s 60th anniversary one month after his 60th birthday.

Raymond, who is also Vice President of the Aberdeenshire Amateur FA, admits he is determined to continue the happy memories at the club he loves. He said: “George Stephen, who sadly passed away six years ago was like a father to both Jim and I. He was a great inspiration.

“The way the club was run when I played was fantastic and I couldn’t allow the standards to slip which is why I have been at Nicolls for so long. We have had countless sponsorship offers to change the name of Nicolls but we have rejected each one because we want the tradition to continue. “I have seen the highs and lows, from being relegated to the lowest tier to battling in the Premier Division.

“Before signing for Nicolls, I won the Welfare League and cup double with Ross Rangers but that was nothing compared to playing for the club I cherish. My brother and I would never take a holiday if it meant missing a match and we would still show the same commitment if we played now.”

Jim, 66, signed for Nicolls in 1966 as a teenager, spending more than 20 years at the club before taking over the reins at former Amateur side Raeden Thistle ahead of returning to the club as a committee member. Nicolls are one of the oldest teams in Amateur football and have won a variety of trophies including the Division 2 Title in 2001, Division One (North) title in 2007 and the Stephen Shield in 2006 and 2011 and were Runners Up in the North of Scotland Cup in 2011.

Co-managers Paul Robertson and Harry McKenzie now hope to continue the clubs recent successful record in Amateur football as they approach their fourth season at the helm. And Jim believes everything is in place for Nicolls to climb the ranks again. “Things are looking up at the club following our relegation to Division One a few years ago and. “Hopefully now that we play out of Denmore Park our co-managers can be at the club on a long-term basis and I’m sure the success will come as they progress.”