An unbelievable season has been capped for Inverurie Locos diminutive goal grabber Neil Gauld whose 43 goals in 2013/14 has made him the Highland League’s overall top scorer.
And to cap it all and he has also picked up the Locos Supporters Player of the Season accolade.
While not there in person to celebrate with his loyal following the No 9 was nevertheless delighted to return from a well earned short break and collect the memento.
Neil said, “It was a real shame the Supporters Night clashed with our end of season away trip to Dublin, almost all the squad was present with only a few exceptions and it was great to finish off the season by reflecting on what we have achieved in terms of League position, Aberdeenshire Shield success and an Aberdeenshire Cup Final appearance.
“The Supporters Night was one I wanted to go to in person but my Mum and Dad were there to collect it and share the joy.
“43 goals is far more than I could have dreamt of at the start of the season. In 2012/13 I scored 30 which was a total I was very happy with, so I went out to try and match that and maybe just get a few more if possible.”
The local plumber has no doubts as to the reasons for the team doing so well in this campaign and, but for an exceptionally consistent league showing by Brora Rangers from start to finish, the elusive first league title would have come to Harlaw Park.
“All the new signings clicked right away, credit to the co managers for bringing in the right mix of experience and youth. It has been such a good squad that whoever comes into the team has never looked out of place.
“Martin Bavidge has been a big help to me, he has experience of playing at a higher level and it’s showed. It is a long time since we’ve had a big target man of his type, it has been a great season for him too.
“Andy Hunter has also come into the squad and he along with David Ross, Dean Donaldson and Jordan Leyden have chipped in with a lot of goals of their own as well as providing me with assists.
“Next season, who knows? 43 will be the toughest to beat but if I’m free of injuries, it’s do-able. What has not been documented too much in the press has been that we’ve scored in every single League game, that is a massive achievement through teamwork.
“Goals have come from all over the park, not just from me. Next season the younger players will be a year older and I have no doubts we can do even better.”