Vics’ secretary recalls meeting with BUs

Eric Sellars in action for Arbroath.
Eric Sellars in action for Arbroath.

With junior side Bo’ness United defeating Elgin City to set up a fourth round Scottish Cup tie with Arbroath, Arbroath Vics’ secretary Neil Hardie has been recalling the time the Ogilvy Park men crossed swords with the BUs.

Vics faced Bo’nesss in the first round of the Scottish Junior Cup back in 1978.

“The first match was at Ogilvy Park and ended in a 3-3 draw on Saturday, November 4,” recalled Neil. “Vics led 3-0 at one point with goals from Stewart Mollison, Eric Sellars and Jimmy Brannan. Eric Sellars hit a post, which would have put Vics four ahead before Bo’ness grabbed three goals inside the last 25 minutes to force a replay.

“The replay took place the following week and Bo’ness won 3-2. From what I recall of the match, Bo’ness led 3-0 before Vics got back to 3-2 through a Ward own goal and an Eric Sellars penalty. Vics almost took the game to a second replay when John Clark hit the post in the final minute.”

Eric Sellars was a former Arbroath player who was the top scoring winger in the old First Division when they played regularly against Rangers and Celtic in the early 1970s. His son Barry also played for Arbroath and the Vics.

Arbroath will face Bo’ness on Saturday, November 29, at Newtown Park. They secured their place in the fourth round of the contest when they defeated Elgin 5-4 in a thrilling third round replay on Saturday.

There are a couple of ex-Lichties in their squad, Darren Gribben and Mark Peat, who will want to put one over their old team.