COVE RANGERS AND CLUB LEGEND ALAN McRAE HONOURED AT LATEST ABERDEENS SPORTS AWARDS
PRIZE GUYS: From left, Cove Rangers football director John Sheran, honourary president Alan McRae and chairman Keith Moorhouse at the Aberdeens Sports Awards.
THERE was double joy for Cove Rangers at this year’s Aberdeens Sports Awards.
Our history making side, who became the first Highland League side to earn promotion into the SPFL via the play-offs as well as completing a trophy treble last term, were voted team of the year.
And honorary Cove Rangers president and former SFA president Alan McRae was presented with a lifetime achievement award at a gala ceremony held at Aberdeen’s PJ Arena.
John Sheran, manager of the side that won last season’s Highland League title, Highland League Cup and the Aberdeenshire Cup as well as secured promotion, picked up the team award.
John, who is now the director of football at Balmoral Stadium, dedicated it to everyone who was involved during season 2108-19, the most successful in the club’s history.
“Winning this award is a fantastic way for us to round off 2019,” said John, who received the award from former Aberdeen defender Michael Hart, while accompanied by Cove Rangers chairman Keith Moorhouse.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was connected to Cove Rangers during that time.
“There are far too many for me to name, some are still with us while others have since moved on, but they all contributed to the best year ever for Cove.
“Whether it was coaches, players, guys cleaning boots, I really do appreciate all that they did for me and for the club.
“I would like to thank the Cove Rangers fans as well.
“They followed us here, there and everywhere for more than three years so it was great to finally give them a season to remember.
“We had given them a couple of false starts as far as promotion is concerned, to finally do it this time around was tremendous.
“This trophy is a reward for them as much as it is for anyone else.”
Alan has been recognised for more than half a century of service to Scottish football, including his contribution to the development and success of Cove Rangers and his time as one of the leading administrators at the SFA.
Alan, who received his trophy from Aberdeen legend Joe Harper, dedicated his award to his family as well as to Cove Rangers.
“It’s nice to be recognised but it’s not just about me,” said Alan.
“I’ve been fortunate to have so many good people round about me offering assistance.
“I think of my family first and all of the sacrifices they made to support me in all that I’ve done.
“Then there’s all the football coaches, players and administrators I had the pleasure of working with, firstly with Cove Rangers and latterly at the SFA.
“It’s an honour to pick up an award like this on their behalf.”
Cove Rangers would like pass on our congratulations to all of those who were nominated for and won awards on what was a very memorable evening.