Welcome to the November edition of The Albion. Technically we’ve only one home game this month but with the re-arranged date for our match against Berwick Rangers just having been announced, it makes sense to stretch the month by three days to pick up this fixture as well.
With that in mind – a warm welcome to Forthbank to everyone associated with Queen’s Park and Berwick Rangers!
Since last going to print, we’ve advanced two rounds in the Scottish Cup and picked up seven points out of 12 in the league. Whilst the sole defeat against Clyde was a sore one to take, overall we’ve got to be relatively pleased with that return. Indeed, if Jordan hadn’t scored a hat-trick against East Stirlingshire we’d have been even better off!
Everyone at the Club is buzzing about our Scottish Cup draw against Alloa and I hope the generous offer made by John Hunter to provide free transport to and from the game will ensure a bumper away support will be in attendance. There are two plusses to that – the vocal support for the team and the shared gate income from a cup tie! If you haven’t already booked your seat, please contact the Club to make the necessary arrangements.
Moving away from the playing side, those of you coming through turnstiles 1 or 2 cannot fail to have seen the new location for the Club Shop. At the time of writing, it’s not certain it will be fully operational for the Queen’s Park fixture but there will definitely be enough in place for you to get a real feel for what we believe is a big positive step with regards to visibility and accessibility on match days.
A big thank you to Alan Christie, our Finance Director and an architect in a previous life for the design, and to Active Stirling for their electrical (lighting and heating) input. Also, a free “plug” for J & I Brodie’s Joiners for the build! The new onsite shop, combined with our ever improving online shop, masterminded by Neil Mackay, the Club Administrator (see the official website for the link) augurs well for our retail sales.
With Andy Todd having his own piece elsewhere in the magazine, there’s no need for me to cover Community Engagement in any depth. Suffice to say, SAFC’s presence in the community is spreading! The feedback from all quarters is excellent and on behalf of the Board I extend my appreciation to Andy, Sandy Cunningham, our Modern Apprentice, and all the volunteer coaches who have contributed to taking our Community Engagement Programme from zero to where it is now, in an incredibly short time.
I have no doubt, it will continue to go from strength to strength in the months (years!) ahead and the mutual benefits to SAFC and the Stirling community at large will become more and more visible. Please note that our community programmes can also be booked (and paid for) through the online shop.
Finally, there’s still time to get tickets for our Christmas Party Night on Friday 29 November at the Golden Lion Hotel. What a great way to prepare for the Scottish Cup game the next day! Contact the Club for more information and to purchase tickets.
J Stuart Brown