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Eyes To The Ground: Forres Mechanics' Mosset Park to feature in new book


By Jonathan Clark

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FORRES Mechanics' Mosset Park is set to feature in a new book covering the Highland League.

Mechanics thrashed Huntly 6-1. Pre-match, the players observed a minute's silence for Remembrance Day.
Mechanics thrashed Huntly 6-1. Pre-match, the players observed a minute's silence for Remembrance Day.

Eyes To The Ground is a picture-book, put together by Huntly Football Club's photographer George Mackie, which covers the league's 17 grounds. It is set to be released in August.

George travelled with Huntly to all away matches, with the exception of Turriff United and Wick Academy who the Black and Golds never played in the league due to its early ending.

Each club, including Mechanics, have six pages dedicated to them, with the book due to be 98 pages long.

It isn’t just match action that has been photographed, with George also focusing on the grounds themselves and the characters that encapsulate the spirit of Highland League football.

He said: “A lot of people picked up on the Fort William documentary that the BBC did.

“But every Highland League club has a story and a background.

“They all have different settings and there are characters attached to every club. There are so many people that make a matchday happen and they are included in the book.

“I showed photos to a few friends and many folk weren’t too excited by match action and preferred pictures of stands or turnstile operators.

“Everybody is different but I think it makes for an interesting book when you don’t know what is going to be on the next page.

“I’m quite happy with it and think the majority of people will enjoy it.”

Mosset Park in Eyes To The Ground. Picture: George Mackie
Mosset Park in Eyes To The Ground. Picture: George Mackie

As well as the photos, the team lines from each game are in the book.

George thanked all of the league’s club for allowing him to photograph games when he asked for permission, and for giving him the right to use their badges.

You have a couple of days left to secure your copy of the book – which costs £30 on Crowdfunder, with £5 going to Huntly food bank and £5 for the cost of postage.

For more and to order your copy visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/eyes-to-the-ground.

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