Two games to pick up on in this edition of The Albion – the first the rearranged fixture against Elgin City brought about by the late postponement of the mid-December match due to a waterlogged pitch – and the second our scheduled fixture versus Montrose.
At the time of writing, we have still to play East Stirlingshire at Ochilview but hopefully we will have consolidated our position in a play-off slot and will go into the Elgin game looking to take full advantage of our game in hand.
Everyone will be aware of the Club’s decision to dedicate the Elgin fixture to the John Hartson Foundation and to ask those attending to make a donation to the charity instead of charging admission at the normal rates.
I appreciate that the long journey on a working day of the week will make it difficult for most Elgin City supporters to make the trip but I hope the initiative will encourage a healthy number of “non-regulars” to make the effort to take in the game as well as contributing what they can afford to the Foundation.
My thanks to our season ticket holders and those with admission vouchers from the postponed game, in anticipation of their understanding and acceptance of the reasoning behind our decision to allow “free” entry.
John Hartson’s personal and near fatal brush with testicular cancer is both poignant and inspirational and everyone at the Club takes great pride in being able to play a part in raising awareness of, and money for, his Foundation.
Please take the time to read more about testicular cancer and John’s personal experience by visiting his website www.johnhartsonfoundation.co.uk – it could save a life.
Extensive media coverage will have ensured that few, if any, will be unaware of the unsavoury and entirely unacceptable incident that took place during the recent Peterhead versus East Stirlingshire game.
Whilst it is extremely heartening that this culminated in the swift and successful prosecution of a man on charges of making a racial comment capable of inciting public disorder it nevertheless serves as a reminder that there is never room for complacency in respect of the battle against discrimination of any kind.
The following extract from our Anti-Discrimination Policy applies to everyone, without exception – SAFC will not tolerate racist, sectarian, sexual or bigoted harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal or manifested in other ways, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.
To close on a more upbeat note, a final reminder that our Annual Dinner takes place at the end of this month (Friday 28th) at the Golden Lion Hotel. Tickets, at £60 including VAT, are selling well but there are still a few spaces left. Please contact the Club, without delay, to secure your place!
SAFC Operations Director