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DARREN SMITH BATTLES WITH STEVEN BOYACK (THE JOURNAL)Paul Smith reckons a draw was probably a better result than a win with a money spinning replay on the cards.
"A replay up there isn't a bad thing". I'm delighted for the chairman because he comes in for a lot of stick - mainly from me - and this result has guaranteed us another good pay day.

"On the other hand I was desperate to win and pull another SPL side out of the hat. We could have gone in at the interval in front and we had enough chances.

"You have to remember that they had six or seven full internationals but we went out to work hard and close them down and that's exactly what my players managed to do."

"I'd rather have been in their position than ours. We were playing three days after a gruelling game at Cowdenbeath and my players were up at 8am for work the day after the replay. We were still training at 10pm on Thursday night and then everyone was at work again on Friday. I'd take the holiday in Portugal any day!"

Berwick have drawn Dundee or Falkirk at home in the forth round of the Scottish Cup, provided we can beat Hearts in the replay next Wednesday night. The match would be played at Shielfield Park on Saturday, February 17.

Full draw:

Berwick or Hearts v Dundee or Falkirk
Motherwell v Dundee Utd
Queen of the South or Airdrie v Peterhead
St Johnstone or Dunfermline v Celtic
Stirling Albion v Hibernian
Inverness CT v Kilmarnock
Ross County v Rangers
Livingston v Aberdeen

Ties to be played 17/18 February

GROUNDSMAN ROSS AITCHISON MARKS THE LINES FOR THE BIG GAMEShielfield Park was a hive of activity this lunchtime as BRFC prepare to host the biggest game at Shielfield in years. Less than one hundred tickets are left for the big game, and the club anticipate a capacity crowd. This afternoon is probably your last chance to get a ticket, so if you haven't already bought your ticket, do so as soon as possible or you could be left disappointed. Season ticket holders have already got their tickets reserved and it's just a case of picking them up at the club offices before midday tomorrow.

CUP CASH GOES DOWN THE PAN (Daily Record)- 26/1/01
BERWICK RANGERS' relief at securing a Scottish Cup tie against Hearts is obvious - they will enjoy a pounds 20,000 pay day and spend some of the cash on building a new toilet block.

Paul Smith's side will be flushed with cash after finally overcoming Cowdenbeath in the second round.

The gate proceeds - about 10 per cent of the Second Division club's annual income - will be welcomed at a club which has hosted only one league game since 25 November.

Chairman Jamie Curle said: "We have had to carry 11 weeks wages from one home fixture and getting this tie is quite a pleasure. We can also go and make one or two improvements, such as adding a new toilet block at the stadium."

Berwick opted to play the game at their 4131-capacity Shielfield Park and Hearts have been given 3000 tickets. Curle added: "We only get 400-500 fans here so the majority have been given to Hearts.

"But our tickets have been selling like hot cakes and the phone hasn't stopped. It has never been so busy here. We drew Celtic in the cup in 1997 but we played that game at Tynecastle and the interest in this one is much higher.

"This has been intensified because there are only a couple of days between getting through the second round and this match. We could have got more money by switching the game to Edinburgh or Livingston but we wanted to bring people into Berwick."

The bookies don't rate our chances tomorrow. Ladbrokes offer a Berwick win at 8/1, Hearts are 2/7 on. The draw is quoted at 5/1.

Blue Sq: Berwick 11/2 Draw 4/1 Hearts 2/7
Ladbrokes: Berwick 8/1, Draw 5/1, Hearts 2/7

Saturday's cup game looks certain to be a sell-out with over half of the 900 Berwick allocation sold in just a couple of hours. Tickets for the Cup tie have been going like hot cakes with the club selling nearly 500 and McNab Sports selling over one hundred. If you haven't already bought your ticket, do so as soon as possible or you could be left disappointed. Season ticket holders have already got their tickets reserved and it's just a case of picking them up at the club offices before midday on Saturday.

Paul Smith has admitted that the thought of playing Hearts at Shielfield is something he is looking forward to. "It is a big match for us and will be a great test. It is good for our supporters that the game is going ahead at Shielfield"

Smith was a player at Tynecastle five years ago, and he says his he and his family have always been Hearts' fans. "My family will be at the game on Saturday. Most of them have supported Hearts all of their lives, so that should add some spice to the occasion. It should be a great day for the club".

Since The Dream Team Online went offline there have been a number of news items. You'll no doubt be aware of what has been happening at the club by logging onto other sites, but here's a re-cap.

We started the month with a dismal 2-1 defeat at the hands of Clydebank. A healthy crowd came along to Shielfield to us go 1-0 up in the first minute and then blow it. Four days later we entertained Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup- and again we blew it- after being 2-0 up and 3-1 up, Cowden forced a replay.

In Edinburgh, Paul Smith received his manager of the month award for December. A 4-1 cup win at Stenny, 2-0 win at Hampden and a 1-1 draw at Partick all contributing to the award.

On Sunday, January 7 the draw for the next round of the cup was made- we drew Hearts at home- provided we beat Cowden in the replay.

Our game with QOS on Saturday, January 13 was postponed and our replay with Cowden was penciled in for that date. Unfortunately heavy snow on Friday night meant the game was postponed. The rescheduled game the following Monday was also called off, as was the Wednesday night game.

The following Friday Neil Oliver left Berwick to join Hamilton Accies on a free. He was sick of warming the bench (or the stand side seats!) and decided to leave for first team football.

We were then due to play Stenhousemuir last Saturday (20th), but again the big freeze meant that game was postponed, to add to the back log of fixtures which also includes Stranraer and QOS.

If you're thinking that the 'new' look website looks quite familiar, you'd be right. This was the look of the site for most of last year. Many people have said they liked it better than any of the previous designs, so we've reverted back to this design. A few other suggestions have been taken into consideration, including a new look forum and quiz.



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