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Saturday, 12 November 2016 18:17

Medal finds it's way home - 90 years later!

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We love a bit of history here at Cancans HQ.

This is an original North of Scotland Cup winners medal won by A. Baigrie in March 1927, rght in the middle of a quite remarkable period in the history of the club.

The medal, framed by Theresa Lyden has just been presented to the club by lifelong Cancans fan Mike Gowers. It was spotted by Paul Wilson and Mike secured a bid to buy it with a group of fellow supporters chipping in. The medal will take pride of place in the trophy cabinet at Mosset Park


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'

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Forres Mechanics have a long and proud history stretching back to 1884. During this time the club have won a number of trophies, the majority being cup success. Recent success has seen silverware at Mosset Park three seasons in a row culminating in being the 2011-12 Highland League Champions.

  • Highland League
    Highland League Champions 1985-86 and 2011-12
  • Highland League Cup
    1946-47,1954-55,1984-85,1998-99,2000-01 2001-02, 2009-2010
  • North of Scotland Cup
    1907-08,1926-27,1935-36,1957-58,1966-67,1986-87, 2004-05, 2010-11

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