From the April edition of The Albion magazine, which went on sale today
Never has the cliché “football’s a funny old game” been truer than this season and amazingly we are still in with a chance of making the play-offs. If someone had said that at the beginning of February, I suspect they’d have been laughed at but 13 games later and just one defeat (to a cruelly deflected, last-minute, free-kick), a run of four wins might just deliver the impossible!
No-one has worked harder to bring about improvement than Greig McDonald and I’m delighted that this has been formally recognised by his being appointed the Irn-Bru SFL3 Manager of the Month for the second month in a row (and his third of the season). Whilst Greig himself would accept that his October award had “publicity stunt” written all over it, no-one can argue that his February and March awards have been anything other than fully merited. On behalf of Greig and the Exec Board, I’d like to acknowledge the contributions of Marc McCulloch, Stuart Phin, our Physio, and the entire playing squad in delivering a fantastic run of results.
Whatever the outcome come May 4th (or later!), planning for next season is well under way with five signed (Mark Ferry, Graham Weir, Brian Allison, Jamie Bishop and David McClune), three on two-year deals (Stephen Day, Ross McGeachie and Sandy Cunningham) and talks ongoing with a number of others. The official website will be the first to break the news of further signings.
With the SPL voting on reconstruction on April 15 and the SFL due to follow suit on the 19th, who knows, we might even find out, by the end of next week, what season 2013/14 holds for Scottish football. Despite the endless twists and turns from all quarters on this long-running saga, our stance has remained clear and consistent throughout – a new governance model (i.e. a merger of the SPL and SFL) and a revised financial distribution model are a must and to help achieve this we are content to live, at least at the outset, with whatever league structure is decided on.
Away from the excitement on the pitch and the ongoing drudgery of reconstruction, we continue at a pace with the appointment of our full-time Community Engagement Manager. Applications have closed and the selection interviews are taking place during w/c 22 April. All being well, I would expect the successful applicant to take up post no later than the end of May – keep an eye on the official website for further announcements.
Our new Macron kit for next season will be launched at our final home game of the season versus Elgin City. Expect to see Bradley Coyne (self-confessed male model!) and A N Other wearing the 2013/14 home kit and the 2013-15 away kit on the day. Again, keep an eye on the official website for news of when the kit will be available for purchase / pre-order.
I close with (yet another) thank you to our Supporters Club for their latest donation to Club funds. It goes without saying that their financial contributions are most welcome. However it is their support for the team, both home and away and through thick and thin, which is even more appreciated. The Executive Board, Management Team and players will be out in force at the end of season Awards Evening to thank everyone personally!
That’s all folks! See you in July! Unless… the impossible happens!
SAFC Operations Director