Wednesday March 4: Up early to get this month’s Inside The Box written in time to meet the publishing deadline and never has it been harder to get the right words to express how I, and I’m sure many others, are feeling.
Jim Duffy (Morton’s manager) best summarised last night’s game in his post-match comments – “It was a travesty that Stirling went in at half-time one down. If it wasn’t for our goalkeeper and one breakaway chance we could easily have gone in three or four down.”
Ultimately, however, the full-time score tells a different story and, combined with the news from Ochilview, no-one at Forthbank is in any doubt that the magnitude of our quest to avoid relegation has grown to monumental proportions. That said, there’s 27 points to play for and whilst the fat lady may be gargling, arithmetically she’s got a fair bit to go before hitting her first note.
I can assure our supporters that everyone at the Club remains focused and will be working tirelessly to turn things around. No-one is hurting more than Stuart (McLaren) and Marty (Corrigan) and the suggestion proffered by a small (ill-informed) minority that the players don’t care is frankly preposterous.
No one is happy about the way things are at present and, whilst I fully understand and indeed share the frustration fans are feeling, I would ask that everyone with Stirling Albion at heart gets behind the Management and players for the remainder of the season – and beyond.
As Stuart (McLaren) has mentioned in his notes, the Board and the Management Team share a common vision of where the Club should be and the culture we should operate within and work is ongoing and tireless to ensure we give it our very best shot in getting there.
In closing, I offer up a quote I received in a text from our Club Chaplain, Duncan Strathdee, last Saturday evening, following our game at Airdrie:
“Tough times never last but tough people do” – Robert H Schuller.
As well as providing personal encouragement, it served to remind me that there are a lot of tough people behind the scenes at the Club and each and every one of them is fully committed to the SAFC cause. Thanks, Duncan!
From the March edition of The Albion magazine