Fraserburgh Football Club can confirm that Michael Rae will also call time on his playing career at the end of the current season.
Manager, Mark Cowie has tried to persuade the Broch midfield dynamo to continue beyond the current campaign but has now admitted defeat and will plan for the future without the experienced midfielder. Mark said “Michael Rae has been like a diamond in the rough for me. He was one of my first signings when I took over from Kris as manager and 4 years on it can be argued that he has been one of my best. The best thing I can say about Michael is that he is the sort of player that sometimes goes unnoticed because he does a lot of the dirty work in a game, but boy do you notice when he is not there. Of late, we as a team play better when Michael is on the park. It appears that his presence alone lifts his team mates and gives them an added belief that we can do well”.
“His career was mainly spent in the juniors at Maud FC but I think he is an excellent example of how it is never too late to make a step up. He was mid to late twenties when he came to FFC and since then he has been one of my main players in the squad. The fact that he scooped all of the end of season awards after his first year shows how much his team mates think of him. He is a huge character in our dressing room and one which we will undoubtedly miss. Michael I wish you all the very best for the future with Nadine and your son/daughter upon their arrival in August. Take care”.
Michael Rae actually made his debut for the club back in April 2006 against Forres Mechanics. He spent two and a half seasons on loan at Maud Juniors before making the transfer permanent at the start of the 2008/9 season. In all Mikey made 300 plus appearances for Maud wining the Grill League Cup in 2011 which was the club’s first trophy. He was also made club captain by then manager and current Broch assistant James Duthie. He returned to the Broch in November 2015 scoring on his second debut against Rothes and has gone on to make 124 appearances scoring 6 times and whilst his efforts at goal were more likely to end up over the shed behind the town end his all round contribution cannot be understated. As well as his Aberdeenshire Shield winners medal he was also named Players Player of the Year and Mark Dewar Memorial Trophy winner in 2016-17 and has picked up the Supporters Club Goal of the Season award for the past two seasons (pick those ones out!!).
Michael said his highlights of his time at the Broch were “winning the Aberdeenshire Shield against Cove Rangers at Harlaw Park and playing in the Scottish Cup match against Rangers at Bellslea Park. Whilst I was disappointed not to start the game, to come on and play a part in it as well as being involved in the whole build up is something I’ll never forget. I have loved every minute since I’ve come back to the club and my only regret is that I only managed to play 4/5 seasons”.
Fraserburgh FC Chairman Finlay Noble was present when Michael re-signed for the club in 2015 and said “when Mark Cowie and I met with him to get all the paperwork done I asked Michael privately if Mark had explained the wages to him? His response was that he would be happy to play for the Broch for nothing and was delighted just to get the chance. That sums up Michael and we will be losing a great person not just a footballer. Whilst Michael hasn’t been at the club for as long as some of the others his overall contribution both on and off the pitch cannot be underestimated. As with Graham & Marc it will be sad to see him go but he and his family will always be welcome back at Bellslea Park.” “We wish him all the very best for the future.”
“I’m sure that as many Broch supporters as possible will want to turn up for the Inverurie Locos game on Saturday to pay their own tribute to Michael.”
Updated 15:34 - 28 Mar 2019 by Mark Simpson