Veteran Huntly Midfielder Russell Guild confirmed today that he is hanging up his boots after a long and distinguished career wearing the black and gold of Huntly.

 

The 33 year old originally made his debut as a schoolboy back in December 1998 against Clachnacuddin before going on to win a Qualifying Cup (1999/2000), the inaugural SFA Challenge Cup (North) in 2007/08 as well as captaining the Club to its seventh Highland League title in Season 2004/05. In July 2013 his long service to the club was recognised with a bumper testimonial match against star-studded Aberdeen side.

 

In late August last year he completed the magnificent milestone of 500 squad appearances for the club away to Forres Mechanics albeit the occasion ended on a sour note when he went off injured. A special presentation to mark the landmark from Scotland Manager, Gordon Strachan followed a month later at Huntly’s annual sportsman’s lunch.

In his fifteen years at Christie Park he also helped the Strathbogie side secure some impressive landmarks scoring their 100th Scottish Cup goal in 2012/13 and in the same season he scored their 5000th Highland League goal in a seven-nil win over Rothes in February 2013.

Guild who has made 511 squad appearances scoring 119 times admitted that a number of injuries over recent years have played a part in his decision to hang up his boots.

 

He said: “I have really enjoyed my career playing in the Highland League and it has been a great honour to play for my hometown team during that whole time. However I am now 33 and the effects of training and playing over so many years have finally started to catch up with me and the injuries have just become more regular and harder to get over and I really felt that now was the right time to call it a day. I am also conscious that the Club has gone through a number of changes and there are a lot of very promising young players at the Club now and that my continued presence would only hold up a place for someone to break through and get a chance as I did in my younger days and it is more important that the Club looks to the future than the past.

 

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the club and the various Managers that I have worked with and all my team mates that I have played with and all the supporters for the support over the time I have been here and rest assured I will continue to support the Club going forward”.

Huntly Manager, Gregg Carrol paid tribute to the player. “Russell has been a fantastic servant to Huntly over many years and has been a very well respected and highly regarded player right throughout the Highland League. I am sorry that I have only had a chance to work with Russell towards the end of his career and it would have been great to have had a Russell Guild of 10 years ago available to me to help rebuild the squad but I perfectly understand that eventually time catches up with everyone”.

 

Huntly Chairman, George Clark was also very full of praise. “It is a sad day when the club and the town lose one of its own and I suppose it is inevitable at some point in every player’s career. Since I have come into the club, Russell has been the consummate professional and has contributed to the Club on many levels. It is certainly my ambition to keep someone with Russell’s knowledge, ability and reputation involved in the Club in some shape or form going forward and I will sit down and discuss this with him in the coming weeks”.


 

Russell Guild Huntly Career Record

Signed: 26th July 1999
Debut:
12th December 1998 v Clachnacuddin (h), won 4-3
First Goal: 12th August 2000 v Wick Academy (h), won 2-1
Squad Appearances: 511 Goals Scored: 119
Huntly Honours
Highland League Championship:
2004/05
Qualifying Cup (North) Winner: 1999/00
SFA Challenge Cup (North) Winner: 2007/08
Aberdeenshire Cup Runner-Up: 2008/09
Inter-League Cup Runner-Up: 2001/02 

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