Saturday was arguably the biggest day in Stirling Albion’s relatively short history and undoubtedly the biggest since the Trust takeover in June 2010.I’ve been walking about like I’ve overdosed on Ready Brek since five o’clock on Saturday evening and I imagine most of our fans will be feeling something similar.
Sam Filler’s first half heroics (all 90 if the BBC Website commentary is to be believed), Mark Peat’s Sam Filler impersonation, Brian Allison’s wonder strike, Marc McCulloch’s clearance (who needs goal-line technology?) and Shaun Fagan’s animated antics at trackside are my personal “highlights” of the 90 minutes (plus what felt like an hour of added time).
I’m sure everyone will cherish their own memories of the afternoon but I’d like turn my attention to the Herculean efforts of a number of people whose contribution to the day didn’t start at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday but was spread over the past couple of months, with more to come as we set about “tidying up” all the loose ends that are inevitably attached to a fixture of such magnitude.
With apologies to anyone I’ve left out, my thanks to my Exec Board colleagues, Neil Mackay, Club Administrator, Jim Inglis and his many helpers who masterminded the biggest single Hospitality Event in the Club’s history with nearly 240 guests in attendance, Frank Gordon in the Club Shop, everyone at Active Stirling, particularly those directly employed at the Stadium, Inspector Adrian Wright and his colleagues at Central Scotland Police, Ricky Bannerman of Halco Solutions (our stewarding company), David Martin, Head of Security at Rangers FC, Clive Ramsay (our Hospitality Caterer) Clark and Drummond (our Stadium Caterers), the volunteer Magazine and 50/50 Sellers (which included a large number of our Youth Development players) and our Turnstile Operators.
It was a pleasure to handover a cheque to our former player Robert Dawson who won the 50/50 half time draw. He’s £850 better off and quipped that was more than he earned during his entire SAFC career!
Daly McSorley certainly took a corner that will live in all our memories but have we turned a corner? Time will tell but I won’t be the first (or the last) to say that only the same level of performance and intensity is acceptable against Montrose a week on Saturday and for every other fixture for the remainder of the season.
In the meantime, I’m proud of our Management Team, our playing squad, including those not involved on Saturday and Pauline our Physio and delighted that they have a memory that no one can take away from them not just for their career in football but for life.
My final special moment of the day was the smile on Greig’s face and the tear in both our eyes when I congratulated him at his wedding reception on Saturday evening. Without taking away from his assistants’ contribution on the day, let no one be in any doubt that it was Greig that masterminded the win against Rangers, a fact that Shaun and Marc were both quick to acknowledge, both publicly and privately, post-match.
On behalf of everyone associated with SAFC, I wish Jennifer and Greig, health and happiness for their lifetime together.
Stuart Brown – Operations Director
Picture courtesy of Rangers FC