Reproduced from last night’s match programme against Rangers
Once again, I extend a very warm welcome to everyone associated with Rangers FC and to all regular (and a healthy number of less regular!) Stirling Albion fans for this evening’s SFL3 rearranged match.
Whilst it would have been preferable to have fulfilled the fixture on the scheduled date, I have to admit I’m really looking forward to the unique atmosphere created by a floodlit game in a full stadium.
I write this after Tuesday evening’s win over Annan Athletic but in advance of our Saturday fixture against Clyde, so I hope I’m wrong in saying that the entire league separates us from tonight’s opponents! In any event, as the outcome last October proves, football clichés become such because football’s a funny old game and I would just love it…
Once again, behind the scenes, a huge amount of work has been undertaken to make this evening happen and I’d like to thank the following –
• Neil Mackay, the Club Administrator, who alongside the “day” job has masterminded the ticket sales from beginning to end. Trust me it’s extremely time consuming and nowhere near as simple as most would probably think
• John Hunter, Alan Christie, David & Margaret McFarlane and Jim Inglis (aka the Commercial Team) for their unstinting efforts in putting together tonight’s hospitality package for circa 170 guests (as well as working flat out to ensure our Annual Dinner on Friday 8th March will be a resounding success)
• Frank Gordon, who is generally only visible to fans for his work in the Club Shop on match days but is at the Club most weekdays and is always willing to lend a hand to whatever needs done
• Ian Dryden, Graham Douglas and Gordon Cooper for assisting with ticket sales on match days
There are numerous others that I am indebted to for assisting and to them I also express my thanks and apologies for not giving them a personal mention!
Away from tonight’s fixture, there’s much on the go at the Club. Aside from the Club Dinner that I’ve already mentioned, we are close to signing a new three-year kit deal, the Community Engagement (CE) Project is all but completed and the next step is to advertise and recruit the CE Manager’s post and our SFA Club License Audit is on the horizon. I expect to be in a position to make announcements on the kit deal and community engagement by the end of next week. Please keep an eye on the official website, where the news will break first.
Who knows what may happen next season with regards to league reconstruction? I certainly don’t, having had (to date of print) no official communication from the SFA, SPL or SFL since the SFL meeting on 31 January. Whatever the outcome, if that includes another fixture at Forthbank versus Rangers FC, I will be personally delighted and not just for financial reasons. They have been a breath of fresh air to the largely stagnant set-up in the SFL and, virtually without exception, their travelling fans have been a credit to their Club. Enjoy tonight’s game!