It would be inappropriate for me to start this month’s column anywhere else than by making reference to our game against Elgin City.
No one at the Club is defending anyone directly or indirectly involved in the afternoon’s on-field performance. It was quite simply unacceptable. The return journey home on the team bus was long and painful and conducted in virtual silence. The traditional stop-off at Aviemore for fish suppers was cancelled without a murmur of complaint.
As a lifelong supporter, I feel the pain every bit as much as those that were on the terracing and I apologise unreservedly to those that made the trip. With a likely minimum of around 10 hours away from home, not to mention the costs involved, it was not a good Saturday.
The above said, post mortems have now been held at all levels and no one is in any doubt as to where our ambition lies for this season, namely to gain promotion from SPFL2.
I recognise that some, perhaps many, will be looking for stronger words and more detail but the magazine is not the appropriate medium. As ever, I am willing to speak directly with anyone who wishes to discuss this or indeed any matter pertaining to SAFC that does not breach confidentiality. Please contact the Club in the first instance to make the necessary arrangements.
Moving on, this month we have three hugely important home games in a row, starting with our Scottish FA Cup 2nd Round tie. Add on our Stirlingshire Cup semi-final tie on Tuesday 8 October, we’ve actually got four home games in the space of 15 days – surely something of a record?
I extend a warm welcome to all the representatives of our visitors – Whitehill Welfare, East Stirlingshire, Albion Rovers and Montrose – and hope that they leave empty handed!
It’s particularly pleasing to welcome back an Albion legend, Mickey Lawson, the Whitehill Welfare Manager. Unbelievably, I’m (more than) old enough to remember Mickey’s playing days at Annfield. As well as his contribution of 92 goals in 169 appearances (blame Wiki if that’s wrong), I recall he was (completely inexplicably) the catalyst for a sharp increase in our female support. Welcome back, Mickey, minus, I suspect, the shoulder-length blond hair.
On the Community Engagement front, our double act of Andy and Sandy (Todd & Cunningham) are doing what is says on the tin in ever increasing quantities and my confidence that our ambitious plans for the programme will not only be met but surpassed is complete. Read more about it in Andy’s “Community Corner”.
In closing, I repeat my offer to speak directly with anyone about anything relating to SAFC – contact the Club and Neil will make the necessary arrangements, if I’m not about at the time.
SAFC Operations Director