In mid-May the playing surface will be lifted in its entirety and re-seeded. This decision has been taken by our partners Active Stirling in full consultation with, and complete agreement of, the club.
Whilst this decision may come as a surprise to some, given the magnificent condition Graeme Glen, the groundsman, has presented it in during the wettest winter on record, it is undoubtedly the correct one given the surface is broadly the same one that was laid at the time of the opening of the stadium in 1993. In addition, there are some issues with regards to drainage, in parts of the pitch, that can only be effectively addressed by getting to the bottom of them!
SAFC Chairman Stuart Brown said: “Based on expert advice, and in the knowledge that in Graeme we couldn’t wish to have a better man at the helm of pitch maintenance, I am confident this is the best way forward both short and, most particularly, long term for Forthbank.
“I am excited about the prospect of having a playing surface that will, I’m sure, be the envy of many, if not most, across all levels of Scottish football. Whilst I have every confidence that the timescale between re-seeding and the start of next season’s revamped League Cup will be sufficient, I have taken the precaution of approaching the SPFL to request that consideration be given to our opening couple of fixtures being scheduled away from home.”
Kairn Campbell, Estates Manager for Active Stirling, added: “The work is being carried out by Campey Turf Care Systems as part of a demonstration tour and has attracted a considerable number of interested parties from abroad as well as across the UK.
“In Graeme Glen, we are very fortunate to have someone who is extremely well qualified, passionate about his work and is relishing this opportunity to work towards providing one of the best playing surfaces in Scotland.”
Stirling Albion are looking at the potential to auction certain areas of the pitch (e.g. the ‘Hurlford penalty spot’) and anyone who would like more information should contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01786 450399, in the first instance, to register their interest.