The fat lady has uttered her final chorus and our fate is confirmed. Our stay in the third flight of the SPFL was brief and next season we will ply our trade in League 2.
No one, least of all me, is hiding from the fact that this season has fallen way below expectation; however I’m not one for dwelling on the past, aside from learning from it and trying not to repeat the same mistakes. Two (of many!) things I have learned during my time on the Board are – one, never make promises about what you will achieve and two, there’s no such thing in football as “should” (e.g. we should be a Championship team). In football, over the piece, you get what you deserve and on this occasion it was relegation.
Our target for next season is promotion. Anything less will fall short of the Board’s, the manager’s, the coaching staff’s and, I’ve no doubt, the fans’ expectation. Everything possible will be (and is already being) done to ensure promotion is what we deserve.
We’ve still got three matches left to play this season and I extend a warm welcome to everyone associated with our remaining visitors – Greenock Morton and Stenhousemuir. Whilst our season may be over, it certainly isn’t for any of our three opponents (Ayr United away being our other game) and, rest assured, we will be giving everything to try and improve on our win column statistic.
Turning away from on-field matters, as the season draws to a close, I would wish to thank everyone who has played a part in everything we have achieved behind the scenes. There are too many to list by name but, without taking anything away from those I don’t personally mention, I would like to record an extra special thank you to the following…
Jim Inglis, for his tireless masterminding of our Match Day Hospitality. Whilst he (and his team) perform their Mein Host duties on Saturday afternoons impeccably, hospitality doesn’t just happen and Jim is a very regular visitor to the Club during the week, dropping off the alcohol supplies and generally ensuring everything is ship shape in advance of the day itself. Margaret McFarlane for ensuring our Boardroom Hospitality and Players’ / Officials’ refreshments are without question the best in the league. Stef Torrance, Jimmy and Lynne Watson for managing (and manning) the Supporters Bar – a particularly difficult task in a season where on-field performances have been so disappointing.
Finally, and more than worthy of his own paragraph, a very, very special thank you to our Club Chaplain, Duncan Strathdee. A number of people associated with the Club have faced personal tragedies or difficulties over the course of this season and, unseen and unheralded, Duncan has provided them with a listening ear, comfort and guidance that I know has been very much appreciated.
All the best
Stuart Brown – SAFC Chairman
From the April edition of The Albion magazine