Where is Buckie anyway?

In August 1979 the Fuller family set off for a holiday in Scotland.  As a nine year old I was heading north of the border for the first time, my mind full of images kilted men tossing haggis all over the place – well that is what my brother had led me to believe.  Quite how my Dad had managed to get this under the radar of my Mum I don’t know but amazingly during the time we were in Scotland West Ham were also due to play a couple of pre-season friendlies.  What a co-incidence.

She smelt a rat when we arrived in our hotel just outside Buckie, a small town on the Moray Firth not far from Elgin (aka a bloody long way north) to see billboard posters announcing the return of local lad Goergie Cowie and his West Ham team mates.  Oops.  To be a fly on the wall of their room that night as he explained that one away.  But we were not the only West Ham fans in the crowd of 2,500 a few days later when the Hammers beat Highland League side 3-1, nor were we a few days later when West Ham put 8 past Ross County. Continue reading