Broxburn Athletic boss Brian McNaughton's weekend to remember as he becomes grandfather and lands plum cup draw

New Albyn Park side can't wait for clash with St Mirren

Monday, 25th November 2019, 9:42 am
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 9:43 am
Broxburn Athletic will take on St Mirren in the Scottish Cup fourth round. Pic: TSPL

Broxburn Athletic drawing Premiership opposition away in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday night in St Mirren was the icing on the cake for the McNaughton family after an incredible weekend.

Friday brought Broxburn boss Brian McNaughton his first grandchild when baby Rudy was born to son Scott and partner Jordan.

Saturday’s treat was a stunning 1-0 Scottish Cup victory away to Highland League Inverurie Locos thanks to Zander Miller’s late goal, before McNaughton watched son Scott, assistant at Musselburgh Athletic, win the Alex Jack Cup on Sunday afternoon.

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“The weekend has been great, it’s been nuts,” said McNaughton. “Rudy came along on Friday; we won on Saturday then Scotty won the cup final on Sunday at Newtongrange – so it’s been a fantastic weekend, I couldn’t have asked for much more.

“Jordan is home with Rudy already. Everything went well. I was along on Friday night to see the baby and then Saturday I was away that early I just decided to drive up myself with the shirts and got the strips out on the pegs in the changing room before the players all came up.”

500 supporters made the 140-mile trip to see the Albyn Park men prolong their first Scottish Cup campaign, and McNaughton hopes even more of them can turn out in Paisley when January comes.

He continued: “It’s an SPL club. We were looking for a good tie in this one so to get an SPL club is brilliant. It’s fantastic. We will just see what happens. It is a few weeks away and we have a few big games to play before then.

“It’s a ridiculous tie for us. We will need to make sure we prepare properly and hopefully we don’t take a hammering. It’s closer than the last draw, so if Rangers aren’t playing on the same day we might take a good crowd through to Paisley.

“You get to the fourth round and the games are almost unwinnable – there is that much quality in it. We were looking for an attractive tie and we certainly got one.

“Here’s hoping we can do ourselves justice prior to that and when the game comes along we will be ready for it.”

Miller, who’d had an earlier effort cleared off the line, popped up after 82 minutes to unleash the ball high into the net and send a large visiting support in the 1,100 crowd absolutely barmy.

A late aerial bombardment was repelled without fuss and Broxburn can now look forward to an even bigger tie.