On behalf of everyone at Stirling Albion, I extend a very warm welcome and a Happy New Year to our January visitors to Forthbank. We face the two Athletics in the league – Dunfermline and Forfar – and both will provide stern opposition as we seek to build on our good start to 2015 following on from our away victory at Stenhousemuir in the New Year derby.
Not for the first time this season, the Stenhousemuir fixture saw football put into perspective, with the tragic news of the untimely passing of their under 20 player, Kyle Doherty. The thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with Stirling Albion are extended to Kyle’s family and friends.
The Stenhousemuir fixture also saw the all too brief debut start of our loan player, Lewis Small who lasted less than five minutes before suffering a recurrence of his shoulder injury. Lewis has returned to his parent club, Falkirk, for treatment and rehabilitation and he goes with our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
We’re just past the halfway point in the season and, whilst currently we are looking up at the nine other teams in the league, the board, management and players remain hugely positive about our prospects of retaining our SPFL1 status and I can give my personal assurance that no stone will be left unturned by the aforementioned in setting about delivering on this positivity.
Away from the football, the success of our-much vaunted hospitality packages continues to go from strength to strength – we had 126 at the Morton game at the end of December and nearly 100 will be in attendance for the Dunfermline game. There are still spaces available for Forfar Athletic on the 24th – why not treat yourself and your friends /colleagues? The hospitality team, led by Jim Inglis, will guarantee you a great afternoon!
In my first “Inside the Box” since the incidents that took place at the Peterhead game at the beginning of December, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone attending Forthbank Stadium of my determination to provide a family friendly and safe environment for fans of all ages.
In doing so I would draw your attention to the Supporters Code of Conduct that is available to view on the official website, with particular reference to guidance regarding the inappropriate and totally unacceptable use of foul and abusive language. I also wish to stress that SAFC will take appropriate action against any supporter found guilty of bringing the Club’s name into disrepute whilst travelling to and/or attending an away fixture.