History of Forfar Athletic v Brechin City: How have the two best sides in Angus fared against each other since 2003?

In the past ten years Forfar Athletic and Brechin City have battled it out 21 times with 64 goals shared between them.

During Brechin’s Second Division championship winning season in 2004-2005, honours were shared over the 4 games, each side winning twice. It was Forfar who drew first blood in the opening game of the season, current youth coach Barry Sellars grabbing the only goal of the game.

City won the next two meetings in October and December, defeating the Loons 2-0 at Glebe Park whilst a Paul Tosh goal wasn’t enough as Brechin put three past Michael Brown in December. On the last game of the season the Loons spoilt the Glebe Park side’s title party, top scorer Paul Shields, Mathu King and David McClune netting without any reply from the home side.

The next season the two sides met was in 2006-2007, this season being rather forgettable for the Loons as they finished bottom of the Second Division. Brechin won two meetings yet again, with a six goal thriller at Glebe Park in August ending 4-2 to the home side before scoring the odd goal in three at Station Park in November despite a Gregory Tade consolation.

The New Year meeting at Brechin ended 2-2, Forfar doing well to draw despite having only 14 players available, Darren Gribben grabbing both Loons goals. Forfar notched their first win over Brechin in March, Gribben along with loanees Kevin Moon and Scott Gates making sure the Loons won with the odd goal in five.

It wasn’t until 2010 before the sides met competitively again and Forfar went unbeaten against Brechin in the 2010-2011 season with two wins and two draws. After a one all draw in August and a goalless stalemate in November, the Loons came back from a goal down in March to score twice through Chris Templeman and Ross Campbell in the dying minutes of the game whilst a Dale Hilson goal saw them off in April.

The next season was almost the same as the previous one, with two wins for the Loons again but there was only one draw as Brechin won the New Year fixture.

In 2011 Chris Templeman grabbed three points in September and there was another November goalless draw, the last time either side had a goalless draw in fact, before current Loon Paul McManus scored for Brechin to give them a 2-1 win in January. Nicky Low, Kevin Byers and two from Martyn Fotheringham saw Forfar get their biggest win over Brechin for a while with a 4-1 victory at Station Park.

2012-2013 was quite even again, both sides winning twice, Fotheringham scoring the only goal of the game in September to add even more pressure on struggling City manager Jim Weir. Brechin then won the next two contests by the same margin, four goals to one in November and January. In April, Forfar won the last game of the season between the two in a seven goal thriller, goals from Gavin Malin, Dale Hilson and Michael Bolochoweckyj being cancelled out before Gavin Swankie netted an 84th minute winner.

Earlier this season Brechin won 2-1, Craig Molloy and Alan Trouten putting the home side two goals up before the Loons were awarded a penalty in the last minute, Iain Campbell stepping up to slot home. They were awarded another penalty late into injury time but Campbell’s attempt was saved by Graeme Smith.

 

Overall league stats between the pair are as follows:

              Played            Forfar          Draws          Brechin           FAFC Goals           BCFC Goals

Home       70                  33                 15                   22                     137                         100

Away        72                   23                 19                   30                     106                         119

Overall    142                  56                 34                   52                     243                          219

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