Stephen King shines a light on Scots football club

Highland League side Buckie Thistle surprised and delighted by new-found global recognition.

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A Highland League football club has been stunned and delighted to feature in the latest work by best-selling author Stephen King.

The US horror fiction writer also mentioned the club in an online forum in which he read from a chapter of the book.

The author of multi-million sellers The Shawshank Redemption and The Shining has just published his latest work, a collection of four new novellas entitled If It Bleeds.

But mystery surrounds his interest in the Moray Firth coast football club.

A delighted Buckie Thistle FC director Graeme Tallis told STV News there was an open invitation for the author to come and visit the club at any time.

He has tweeted the writer and hopes for a reply.

He said: “There’s a bit in his book about kids at a school in Edinburgh and the kids liked Buckie Thistle for winning the league championship.

“We think it’s something to do with that but we’re not 100 per cent sure. We’ve tried to contact his press guy to find out more.

“It’s a big thing. I was very surprised. It’s good for Buckie Thistle Football Club and it’s good for the Highland League as a whole because there’s been so much doom and gloom in the past month or two over Coronavirus. This is a little bit of excitement, if you like.

“We’re trying to find out more about the connection but we’re pleasantly surprised.”

He added: “We can’t have meetings at the minute, obviously. We’re down to having phone calls between board members.”

The club was riding high in the 2019-20 league table prior to the football season being interrupted by the pandemic.

Mr Tallis said the club had ambitions of finishing runners-up at the end of the season.

“We’d have been there or thereabouts for second place,” he said. “Brora Rangers would have won the league, that’s for sure. But we’d have been second or third, I’d have thought.”

STV News has contacted Stephen King for a comment,

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