From the match programme for Falkirk and Elgin City
Football is back! In truth, behind the scenes, it never goes away, with preparations for the new season starting even before the door is closed on the old one.
Stuart McLaren and Martyn Corrigan have been very active in the recruitment department and, whilst I’ve never been one for bold predictions, having watched the squad being put through their paces over the course of the last month, I’m excited about the way things are shaping up.
On behalf of everyone at Forthbank, I extend a warm welcome to our new players and those returning to the fold. I would also wish to thank those that have moved on for their efforts and wish them all the best in the future.
An equally warm welcome to Forthbank to everyone associated with Falkirk and Elgin City. I anticipate a healthy turnout for the visit of our near neighbours but in all likelihood (and with no disrespect) I will be able to introduce myself personally to the Elgin City supporters who find themselves with away midweek fixtures for both of their Group B games!
Pre-season has been a mixture of intense training (including double sessions on Saturdays), bounce games and culminated in a friendly against Cumbernauld Colts at Ice Station Broadwood – yes, it’s the middle of summer but those who came along can testify the wind-chill factor made it more like winter! No one in their right mind reads anything into pre-season games in respect of what lies ahead but aside from injuries (hopefully relatively minor) to a couple of players before we’ve even kicked a ball in anger, I am much encouraged by what I’ve seen both off and on the pitch.
Talking about the pitch… the progress made by Graeme Glen, our groundsman, since the first seed was sown just over a couple of months ago, is remarkable. Whilst ideally we would have had another week before playing our first fixture, I’m confident that we will have one of the best, if not the best surface in Scotland to play on as we move forward. Great job, Graeme!
In closing, I would like to remind everyone attending Forthbank Stadium that inappropriate behaviour that breaches our Supporters’ Code of Conduct will not be tolerated and action will be taken against anyone found to be responsible. By way of evidence, following an incident last season, one “fan” is now subject to a Football Banning Order. Please help me make our stadium a place where everyone can feel safe, and be safe. Thank you!
Enjoy the game!
SAFC Chairman & Operations Director