Berwick fans praised for superb response
Berwick Rangers garnered countrywide attention after making more money from a virtual Scottish Cup match then they did from a regular game.
The principle is that, during the suspension of Scottish football during lockdown, fans can donate the money they would have spent on an ordinary ticket, had the match gone ahead as normal.
Second round ‘ties’ were decided by the number of £5 tickets sold over a 72-hour period – and Berwick made around £1800 from their 358-290 win over Stenhousemuir – apparently more than double what they might have realised from a typical home game in the Lowland League.
Their progress is continuing too after a 127-23 win over Brora Rangers in the second round.
Co-director Dave Buglass said: “We were totally blown away by the response of the supporters. It’s been brilliant for us.”
Mr Buglass said, since the COVID-19 lockdown, efforts had been made to change the brand and the perception of the club, while backing the virtual scheme was a measure of people’s enthusiasm for so much of the work Berwick had been doing in the community.
“The fans have bought in to what we’re trying to do,” he added.
Three players – Lewis Barr, Daniel Purves and Kevin Waugh – shared the main accolades at the Player of the Year ceremony, which was presented on video. Three more – Jo Purves (twin brother of Daniel), Liall Smith and Dougie Horne – have signed pre-contract agreements.