John Skinner reaches 100 game milestone

St. Duthus football club's talismanic defender John Skinner hit a big milestone on Saturday, as he marked his 100th competitive appearance for the club.

The centre half had already chalked up a 24 year career in the North Caledonian League having played with Balintore, Fearn Thistle and Muir of Ord Rovers over the years, before taking a two year break from winter football.

He joined Saints at age 42 in September 2016 and made his debut in the club's revival match against Invergordon, featuring in a 3-3 draw at the Recreation Grounds. John went on to captain the side in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and added the North Caledonian Cup (2018) and Football Times Cup (2020) to his medals list.

Now, six seasons on from his debut, he becomes the first post-revival player to hit 100 competitive appearances for the club. 

His achievement was recognised post-match at the Royal Hotel, where club chairman Niall Harkiss and coach Robert Ross presented him with a bottle of Glenmorangie.

Team manager Alan Geegan said: "John is to be congratulated on a fantastic achievement. Hitting 100 games is a great milestone in itself, but to do so when you played your first game after you've passed the forty mark is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the commitment he gives to the cause.

"He is a great role model and has been a pleasure to play with and now manage."

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