Scunnered but much encouraged would pretty much sum up my feelings after our Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Raith Rovers.
If we’d taken even half of our good chances we would have been looking forward to an appearance in the last 16. However, it wasn’t to be and the encouragement that I take is that it was indisputably our best performance of the season and if we can take the improvement forward into our league matches, I’m confident it will be translated into positive results.
It’s hard to believe that December is upon us already – despite the fact that we’ve been getting bombarded with Christmas TV adverts for weeks! – but that is indeed where we are at and we kick off the month with a home game versus Peterhead and conclude it with another against Morton. Sandwiched in between we face trips to Forfar and Ayr.
I extend the usual (and festive) warm welcome to the officials, management, players and fans of our visitors. I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome young Angus Beith to Forthbank – Angus has joined us on loan from Hearts until 5 January with the possibility of extension, subject to the agreement of both clubs. Those present at the Raith Rovers game will, I’m sure, agree that he is an extremely bright prospect. All the best, Angus, for your time at Forthbank and for what I’m sure will be a very successful career that lies ahead.
The Peterhead match heralds the celebration of the 30th anniversary of our memorable 20-0 Scottish Cup win over Selkirk and the players from that historic day are turning out in force! In addition to partaking in our matchday hospitality, they will be making themselves available to sign autographs pre-match and also a half-time appearance on the pitch.
As ever, the Commercial Team is keeping extremely busy – tickets are still available for our Xmas Party Nite on Friday the 12th at the Golden Lion Hotel and also for our Festive Prize Draw. Please contact the Club through the usual channels to purchase tickets for either (or both!).
I close this Inside the Box and the calendar year with some well-earned thanks – to my Exec Board colleagues for their hard work that has contributed hugely to see us consolidate and indeed flourish as a business, to Margaret McFarlane and Jim Inglis for their tireless work in the lead up to, and on, match days and to their growing band of helpers, too many to mention by name. Thanks also to Lynne, Jimmy and Stef for their work that has established the SAFC Supporters Bar as a popular and extremely successful venture.
And finally… heartfelt thanks to my (very) long-suffering wife, Aileen. She has become a “permanent fixture” around the Club, not just on match days but during the week. Without her practical assistance and moral support, my life would be considerably the poorer and the kit a lot dirtier! Such is her input, it’s beyond belief that her only complaint is that we don’t opt for white shorts again whilst she is in charge of Kit Technician duties!