Peterhead midfielder Gary Fraser has been handed an early Christmas present after it was confirmed that he will finally undergo his knee surgery on December 16 almost a year after he injured in a game at Balmoor against Montrose.
During the summer the club ran a crowdfunding page to help pay the cost of Gary’s operation as well as raise funds for Mental Health Charity Back Onside.
Blue Toon manager Jim McInally put his number four shirt from the second leg of Dundee United’s 1987 UEFA Cup Final against IFK Gothenburg up for auction, with player/coach Simon Ferry doing likewise with his English League Two winning top (number 8) with Swindon from 2012.
Their generosity was matched by Back Onside who donated a four ball at their Golf Day in St Andrews next May as well a Tyson Fury Boxing Glove.
Motherwell’s Tony Watt, Dundee’s Charlie Adam, Andrew Halliday from Hearts as well as Kevin Nisbet, who handed over the Scotland top he wore when he scored against the Netherlands, to help swell the funds with Peterhead General Manager Martin Johnston putting up a Paul Gascoigne painting and a Peterhead title winning jersey up for auction.
Gary’s former club Partick Thistle joined in by auctioning a picture of a famous goal he scored for the Jags and nearly £22,000 was raised which included a handsome donation from West Ham Chairman David Gold who had read on-line about his situation.
Gary talks about the fundraising as well as a host of other issues in a podcast produced by Back Onside last week and it was well worth listening to.
The podcast can be listened to here – https://open.spotify.com/show/5PzGheGnqA9Fvjk1jMnuBo