It’s so much easier to “pen” Inside the Box after a great result and our trip to Galabank certainly provided me with that opportunity.
However, without wishing to instantly turn a negative into a positive, in some ways it makes the results from earlier in March all the more frustrating. While I’m on the topic of frustration, another thing that sits in that category is that we haven’t had a penalty award in 31 League games balanced against three awarded against us in March alone. Whatever happened to the law of averages?
Hey ho, onwards and upwards (hopefully!). The first fixture in April takes on monumental proportions with Berwick Rangers remaining two points behind following their comfortable home win against Albion Rovers.
I believe the correct, albeit somewhat inappropriate, term for what lies ahead over the next five weeks is “Squeaky Bum Time”! The squeaking can be slightly toned down if we can start the month with a win. The arithmetic is simple – a win and we’ll be five points ahead with fpur games left, although East Stirlingshire can stay within four if they can overcome Annan Athletic at Ochilview.
As well as Berwick, we also entertain Elgin City and Clyde (May 3) and both games are included in this edition of The Albion. As ever, I extend a warm welcome to fans, officials and players of all three.
Those of you, who are regular attendees both home and away, will be aware that a small but vociferous number of youngsters have started to come along. Their enthusiasm, energy and banter are much appreciated but without wishing to come across as a killjoy, there is also a darker side to this development that comes in the guise of reported criminal activity.
Whilst I appreciate that this unsavoury side comes from a very small minority, it has the potential to spoil things for everyone, and I make no apology for pointing out that SAFC will not tolerate any such behaviour, home or away, that is indisputably identified as being carried out by any individual or individuals purporting to be a Stirling Albion fan. Action will be taken as appropriate, up to and including a report to Police Scotland and a life ban from attending Forthbank Stadium.
On a more positive note, our Annual Dinner, held last week at the Golden Lion Hotel was a resounding success on all fronts. A huge thanks to the commercial team and indeed to everyone that contributed to putting together such an enjoyable evening and a special thank you to Colin Rowley of Dron & Dickson for their generous sponsorship of the event.
Finally, please check out Andy Todd’s Community Corner for the latest news as our community engagement continues to go from strength to strength. Here’s hoping this won’t be the last Inside the Box of this season!
Stuart Brown, SAFC Operations Director