Big testimonial night for Forres favourite
IT says a lot for Forres Mechanics when so many of their players spend long parts of their careers there.
That's the view of local hero Scott Moore, the latest in a long line of Cans to get a club testimonial.
Fans will pay tribute to the loyal Cans stalwart tonight when Forres take on their Moray rivals Elgin City in Moore's benefit match.
But it's not just Forres boys like Moore who keep coming back to play at Mosset Park year after year.
Graeme Grant, Simon Allan and Stuart Knight were all honoured by the Cans in the past year and Ross MacPherson will follow on from Moore next year. In the recent past, Neil Whyte and Ryan Green are two Cans favourites to have been awarded a benefit year.
All were part of Mechanics' league-winning season of 2011-12, Moore's greatest achievement in a Forres shirt.
Moore said: "It shows what a great club Forres are to be at, where the likes of some of these players who are not even from Forres are happy and willing to stay and play their football here for so many years.
"That was one of the main reasons why we had the success we did over that spell a few years ago.
"Everyone was so close and would work extra hard for each other.
"It's a great honour to receive a testimonial for Forres."
Moore (34) was 15 years old when Fraser Kellas signed him for the Mosset Park club.
The midfielder is relishing his big night against Elgin, and will welcome back former Forres heroes like Green, Kyle Scott and Charlie Brown as guests in his team.
Forres Thistle's Matty Fraser, who like Moore was on the scoresheet in Forres' Highland League Cup final triumph of 2010, plays as well.
Moore said: "I've played under some great managers, Fraser Kellas, Gogs Connelly, the late Alan Scott, Pele Paterson, Gordon Winton, and we've had our best few years under Charlie Rowley.
"There have been a lot of good people in the committee who have come and gone and some who are still there from when I signed my first contract. They're all great servants to the club and deserve recognition for their efforts. Willie McLean has looked after me and my boots for a long time and I appreciate all he has done for me."
Moore will walk out on his big night next Tuesday (7.30pm) with his daughter Ivy, cheered on by fiancé Bethan.