The events during, and the outcome of, the Peterhead game left me wondering if the footballing gods are truly conspiring against us. Overall it was a much-improved performance against the league leaders but with nothing to show for it, aside from a lengthy list of injuries. To add insult to injuries, Danny Ashe’s “bloomer” probably fell to the feet of one of the few players in our league who would have turned it into a goal.
At the time of writing, we await an update on Saturday’s casualties – Jamie Bishop (suspected concussion and a head wound), Dale Fulton (hamstring) and Phil Johnston (quad). Added to our existing injury list, we really need the “magic sponge” to do its work during the course of the week.
With regards to home fixtures for this edition, with the agreement of Elgin City, we have been successful in our request to the SPFL to rearrange the rescheduled date for this match, postponed in mid-December due to a waterlogged pitch. Both Clubs did not consider it appropriate to face each other twice within the space of three days and the game will now take place on Tuesday 11 March with a 7.45pm kick-off.
This leaves us with two home games for this edition and as ever, I extend a warm welcome to everyone associated with Albion Rovers and Queen’s Park. In addition, I’d like to pass on SAFC’s congratulations to Albion Rovers in reaching the last eight of the Scottish Cup. Unfortunately, the quarter final draw saw them miss out on a tie against one of the SPFL Premiership big guns, having to settle instead for an away tie against the current SPFL League 1 leaders.
Moving on to other matters, I’m delighted to be able to report that our bid for £11,000 from the Scottish Communities League Cup Fund has been successful. Our bid centred on designing and developing a structured programme suitable for children of pre-school age and with the funding approved Andy Todd, our Community Engagement Manager, is preparing to set about the task of engaging with a number of local nurseries to take this fantastic initiative forward. Look out for regular updates on this in Andy’s Community Corner.
With regards to our Works In Kind agreement with Stirling Council to address SAFC’s debt, we have recently had a further meeting with the Council’s lead representative and I’m extremely confident that, subject to a few t’s being stroked and i’s dotted, final sign off of the agreement is imminent.
In addition to assisting us to deliver on our promise to deliver on our financial responsibilities to the Council, it will also provide added structure to the continuing expansion of our engagement across the Stirling community, through an increasing number of initiatives, including, for example, that mentioned above with local nurseries.
On the social front, a reminder of a couple of up-and-coming events – firstly, our Annual Dinner at the Golden Lion Hotel on Friday 28th March. John Morgan is the Compere for the evening and former Scotland and Rangers legend “Wee” Willie Henderson and former Coldstream FC legend (who scored against Albion Rovers in the 2nd Round of the 1989 Scottish Cup) Eric Davidson are the speakers. All three have long and proven track records as first-class raconteurs! Tickets are available at £60 including VAT by contacting the Club direct.
Secondly, our Supporters’ Club are holding a Race Night at Forthbank, on Saturday 5 April, immediately following the Berwick Rangers game. Why not come along to the game and stay on for a punt and a few beers? Please contact Stef Torrance for more details and tickets.
SAFC Operations Director