A warm welcome to Forthbank Stadium as we kick off our home programme in League 1 against Ayr United.
This edition of “The Albion” also covers our Petrofac Training Cup second-round tie versus Alloa Athletic, as we seek revenge for our narrow defeat in the first round of the League Cup.
The way the fixtures fall, we aren’t due to be at home again until mid-September, with the next three weeks providing two away league fixtures and a “free week” – unless we can see off Alloa Athletic and secure a home tie in the next round of the Petrofac Training Cup.
There was good news, not so good news, and bad news at Peterhead last weekend – the good news was that we played well for the most part, the not so good was Rory McAllister’s late equaliser and the bad news was the rugby tackle on Steven Doris. We are still waiting for confirmation as to the full extent of his injury but at best I expect him to be on the sidelines for a good number of weeks.
Turning to this season’s pricing for league and cup matches at Forthbank, I fully appreciate that, for many of our fans, cost is a determining factor in deciding whether to come along and we have tried hard to balance this against the need to generate revenue to ensure we can provide Greig with a playing budget that will allow us to be competitive in the higher league.
Our season ticket and pay at the turnstile pricing compares favourably across the division and our “Under 12s Go Free” initiative is a first, but significant, step towards ensuring families can attend Forthbank without “breaking the bank”. With regards to away cup matches, whilst we should be consulted, the reality is we have limited input or control, providing the opposition are adhering to SFA/SPFL guidelines.
Aside from the revenue derived through the turnstiles, our commercial activities continue to go from strength to strength – my thanks to everyone who has already taken out player sponsorship, magazine and ground advertising – and there’s still plenty of opportunity left in these areas, as well as match day hospitality packages throughout the season. Please contact the Club in the first instance.
The question I’m most asked is what is your target /expectation for the season. The honest answer is I don’t have a personal expectation with regards to our league position. I will be more than content if we are competitive week in, week out and, if Greig, Marc and the players deliver on that, I’m confident our league position will take care of itself.
In the first instance, our target has to be to remain in the division and only time will tell whether we should be revising that target upwards! Talk of the play-offs (at either end of the league!) simply isn’t on the agenda at this early stage.
Finally, as has always been the case, if anyone wants to ask a question or provide (constructive) feedback, I’m more than willing to listen and, wherever possible and appropriate, provide an answer – I can be contacted through the usual Club channels at any time.
Stuart Brown, Chairman