Six points between first and eighth! What a crazy league SPFL2 is turning out to be.
I’ve supported Stirling Albion for over 50 years and I certainly can’t remember a league anywhere near as close as this approaching the turn of the year but, then again, I have trouble remembering anything these days! If things keep going the way they are, I’ll be tuning in to Radio Royal commentaries with Sandy and Mattie from my bed in the cardiac unit at Larbert Royal, for the home games next April.
Three home games to cover this month – we’re picking up the New Year fixture against the ’Shire in this edition – given the deadline difficulties caused by the festive season holidays.
A warm welcome is therefore extended to everyone associated with Elgin City (we owe you one!), Clyde (we owe you one as well!) and East Stirlingshire (you can have one anyway!). Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and all three fixtures will go ahead as scheduled.
I don’t believe in looking backwards on defeats but I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who attended the Scottish Cup tie against Alloa. It was a fantastic turnout and the Club does benefit financially with circa 40% of the takings coming our way. Whilst things didn’t go our way with regards to the result, there were lots of positives to take from our performance against an Alloa side, currently performing with real credit in the SPFL Championship.
Away from footballing matters, thanks also to everyone who came along to the Golden Lion Hotel for our Xmas Party Night. The evening was a great success and we plan to make it an annual event on the SAFC calendar. Speaking of calendars – don’t forget to purchase your copy of the official 2014 Stirling Albion Calendar, available from the Club Shop on matchdays and during office hours, as well as from the online shop. Tricia Chillas worked wonders in pulling such a professional and attractive product together in time for Christmas. My thanks to her and to Ifor Williams and McKenzie Trailers for their sponsorship.
The tireless efforts of our commercial team have ensured we’ve got over a 100 guests attending our special Xmas hospitality package (v Elgin City). I know I can say, without fear of contradiction, that we offer one of the best packages in the country (and that’s before independence!), so I’m confident that everyone will have a fantastic afternoon (and evening).
The new Club Shop in the home stand is still having the finishing touches applied but all the stock is now located there and it is open for business as detailed above. I’m delighted to be able to advise that we now have credit/debit card payment facilities available for shop, community programmes and hospitality packages. Indeed, I’m sure we’d even accept donations by card!
Finally, the biggest thank you of all to everyone associated with our Supporters Bar – both those who make it happen and those that imbibe in it – the Club is indebted to you for your continuing support.
Merry Christmas to everyone, see you in 2014.