Brora Rangers FC

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The club won their first ever Highland Football League title in the 2013–14 season after a 3–0 win against Keith on 5 March at Kynoch Park. They are the most northernly club to win the League title to date. They set several postwar Highland League records over the season: most points (95), greatest margin of victory in the league (20 points), highest win rate (31 out of 34), fewest goals conceded (16) and highest positive goal difference (+107). They ended the season with a 19-game unbeaten run which subsequently carried on into the 2014–15 season. With a draw against Fraserburgh in their 38th and final match of the year (across two seasons), Brora achieved the distinction of being unbeaten in league matches for the whole of 2014. Their unbeaten run in the Highland league eventually extended to 57 matches across three seasons, ending with a 3–0 defeat by Cove Rangers on 22 August 2015.

For the 2014–15 season, they started in the second round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup, and they played for the first time in the 2014–15 Scottish Challenge Cup but lost in the second round to East Fife 3–2.

The club retained its Highland League title in the 2014–15 season, securing victory with a win over second-placed Turriff United at The Haughs on 28 March. Three days earlier, Brora scored their 125th league goal of the season against their northern rivals Wick Academy, beating Inverness Thistle’s previous postwar record of 124 in the 1969–70 season. With a record of Won 30, Drew 4, Lost 0, they ended the season as unbeaten champions, only the second club to achieve this in the postwar era following Caledonian in 1982–83.

As Highland League champions, Brora entered the newly introduced promotion playoffs against Lowland League champions Edinburgh City. They won 4–2 in a penalty shootout after a 2–2 aggregate draw, with Stuart Kettlewell scoring the winner on 2 May.[2] Brora played off against Montrose, the bottom-placed club in Scottish League Two, for a place in League Two for the 2015–16 season. After winning their home leg 1–0, Brora suffered a 3–1 defeat in the away game, thereby losing 3–2 on aggregate to remain in the Highland League.

The prospect of a future promotion to the national leagues has proven controversial due to the distances that players and supporters would be expected to travel to many of the away games.[4] Before the 2014–15 season began, it had been suggested that supporters would be allowed to vote on whether the club should join the Scottish Professional Football League were it to qualify for promotion.[5] However following Brora’s successful defence of their Highland League title, chairman John Young said that the club had “looked at all options and there’s no way we can avoid competing. We meet SPFL criteria for entry level so we can’t opt out, we’ve got to go for it.” [6] Besides the impact on the club, it has been suggested that Brora itself would benefit economically from players and supporters of Southern clubs visiting the town.

Competitions
Press & Journal Highland League
Seasons
2016, 2017, 2018
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Fixtures

3:00 pm
Press & Journal Highland League
2017
Grant Street park

Clachnacuddin FC vs Brora Rangers FC

Results

2 - 1
Press & Journal Highland League
2017
Dudgeon Park

Brora Rangers FC vs Clachnacuddin FC

2 - 0
North of Scotland Cup
2017
Dudgeon Park

Brora Rangers FC vs Clachnacuddin FC

0 - 5
Press & Journal Highland League
2017
Grant Street park

Clachnacuddin FC vs Brora Rangers FC

6 - 0
Press & Journal Highland League
2016
Dudgeon Park

Brora Rangers FC vs Clachnacuddin FC