• Fairmuir 2002s complete the 2014/15 season unbeaten.
• Interview with manager Graham Buchan
An unbeaten league season is quite an achievement for any team. A 100% win record is simply amazing. Add two further cup triumphs to this league success and you are talking about something truly outstanding. That is exactly what Fairmuir under-13s managed to pull off during the 2014/15 season.
Fairmuir cruised to victory in the J Clenaghan League, finishing top of the pile after winning every single one of their games. The team in second, Dryburgh Athletic, won every game bar two – their fixtures against Fairmuir. Fairmuir also followed up this league success with two cup wins in the space of eight days. Firstly, they sealed the Brown Cup after a dominant 5-0 win in the final, with Dryburgh on the receiving end once more. A week later they dispatched Montrose 2-0 in the Diamond Jubilee Cup Final.
"The team was simply flawless in what was their first competitive season," manager Graham Buchan said.
"Not only did we win the league but the boys did a fantastic job in securing the local treble, winning every game in the process. I really couldn’t have asked any more of them and any manager would be proud of their squad after such a successful season with a 100% win record locally."
When asked what games proved pivotal in their league success Buchan pinpointed four key games.
"Definitely the two fixtures against a very strong Dryburgh team which saw Fairmuir win both games. Other important fixtures that proved to be more of a mental challenge, for the boys, was against rivals Logie Harp but, again, the boys did not disappoint as they won both fixtures convincingly."
Despite local success Buchan concedes that there was some disappointment to be found in the way they exited the Scottish Cup losing 3-2 in extra time at the last-32 stage. There was some pride, however, to be taken in the fact that they were the last team standing from the Dundee area.
They can also be proud of the fact that, in the Easter holidays, they travelled to Holland to participate in a tournament there. Eventually, they finished runners-up after losing on penalties in the final. No doubt they represented Dundee, and Scotland, admirably, as they later did when their globe-trotting adventures take them to Barcelona in the summer.
Despite such a dominant display throughout the year, Fairmuir have continued to work hard to further improve their game.
"There was a real problem at the beginning of the season with the boys starting some games very slowly which could easily have cost us," said Buchan.
"This was worked on at the training ground which saw great improvements. The boys have learned that ability isn’t everything! Without hard work and 100% effort, ability counts for nothing. Hard work pays off."
Buchan is also keen to stress that Fairmuir’s accomplishments in no way rest with just one or two individuals in the squad, saying: "I’m not one for singling out individuals as no individual won any trophy by themselves. It was a great team effort from the beginning of the season to the end. Every one of my players deserves a special mention – Jamie Lockhart, Blair Henderson, Nathan Johnston, Mark McCrory, Evan Adam, Jack Todd, Jay Kidd, Curtis Smythe, Ethan Samson, Logan Bonella, Keir Murray, Josh Hamilton, Jimmy Wilson, Liam Clark, Jocky Stewart and Jay Coupar. Well done lads."