Buckie is a small town situated in the north east of Scotland. Bonny place with a lively community and its own football club Buckie Thistle. The football club falls under the jurisdiction of the Highland League.
For two years 15 year old schoolboy David Smith has stoically filmed his beloved Buckie and posted the footage on YouTube for the enjoyment of the elderly, housebound and loyal fans off-shore and abroad. The ten minute clips, complete with team credits, have gained a cult following on the internet but the Highland League has now threatened the schoolboy with a £5,000 fine for breach of copyright.
"I was just setting up at the back of the stand for recording the match. John Grant (the league's secretary) came up and immediately said he was fining me £5,000, saying it was illegal. It was quite alarming. He asked me for my contact details and I'm still waiting to hear if I've definitely been fined. I've done it for two years and I've never been contacted by the league or the SFA. I was stunned," said David.
The president of Buckie FC, Mark Duncan, condemned the treatment of the young fan and insisted he had the club's full support.
This is total nonsense. The young lad faithfully records each match, spends time editing it then posting it to YouTube and some 'jobsworth' comes along and threatens him with a massive fine.
Show your support for David by signing the petition here, it will only take a few seconds. The Highland League does not have a contact email address on its site but there is a list of sponsors you may wish to contact. The more people know about the appalling behaviour of John Grant and the Highland League the better.