Baigrie's 1926/27 team stand out as probably the most successful in the Cancans early history. In the same season as this NOS Cup victory they also won the Moray District Cup.
The story off the park however was not so good. The 1926/27 season saw debts mounting at the club. They were forced to return to amateur status and they also had to let go a number of quality players, Baigrie being one of those to leave.
Remarkably in the face of such adversity the follow season the club became only the second Highland league team to reach the final of the qualifying cup. They lost out to Beith in front of a crowd of 5,705 at Pittodrie Stadium. The Forres Gazette prior to the game published pen pics of the team with snippets of information such as good scorer, debut season, etc. One entry was particularly interesting however, it read:
"J. Sim (Outside Right) age 21, local lad, good if crowd behind him, otherwise a failure."
If it were not for a home defeat to Buckie in last game of the season they would also have won the clubs first ever Highland League title. An honour the club would have to wait another 60 long years to achieve.
In that same year the club courted controversy in the Scottish Cup. After beating Elgin in round one they were drawn at home to Heart of Midlothian. Not fancying the trip North the Edinburgh club offered a payment and share of the gate in return for giving away home advantage, an offer that was accepted by the Mechanics committee.
The decision would mean a return to the capital, the club having already played Civil Service Strollers in the Qualifying Cup. A trip that was only made possible for the cash strapped club thanks to the contributions of supporters.
The Mechanics fans were so outraged that a public meeting was held to try and overturn the decision. The committee were not for changing and the game was played at Tynecastle in front of 17, 000 with Hearts running out easy winners.
Who knows how different 1927/28 would have been if the likes of Beigrie, Asher and Dickie had remained, but for the club and the supporters it was certainly a dramatic and special few seasons. So it's especially nice to now have a reminder of those times displayed in the boardroom. Thanks to Mike and allthose who helped.
Historical info taken from Colin G Watson's 'Forres Mechanics: The First Hundred Years'