An advance look at Stuart Brown’s programme notes, which will appear in the October edition of The Albion magazine.
Much has happened since my last article, including our Manager leaving, our Assistant stepping up to Caretaker and the process of appointing the new Manager falling short, literally by a few hours.
The argument as to whether the Club should have released this information or not has merit on both sides and this isn’t the medium for extending that debate. Oh, and we’ve also won our first away game since December 12.
Inevitably, there is a considerable amount of healthy “discussion” being generated, through various fora, by the current managerial situation. I welcome this 100% and respect it, whatever the viewpoint of the owner. Unfortunately, alongside this – and I suppose equally inevitably – there is a smattering of ill-informed, abusive comment which is 100% unhealthy, inappropriate and unwelcome.
All I can do is repeat my offer that has stood since day one of my tenure; I’m ready and willing to answer questions and/or concerns that are put to me in person and I can be contacted through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01786 450399. I promise to get back to you and, where practical, arrange to meet at the earliest opportunity.
The process of appointing a new Manager remains live but, in the short term, everyone at the Club is concentrating on the immediacy of winning Saturday’s league match against Berwick Rangers and I would ask every supporter of Stirling Albion to unite in supporting Martyn and the players in what we all want… three points, goals and a good performance (I’ll settle for the first for starters!). What I can guarantee is that it won’t be for the lack of effort, desire and motivation by everyone involved if we fall short.
Further down the line in October, we are on our travels, albeit both journeys are relatively short. First up we face Linlithgow Rose at Prestonfield in the second round of the Scottish Cup and the following week we head for Broadwood to face Clyde. A number of former Binos are likely to feature in both of these games but there will be no old pal’s acts on display as we seek to progress in the Cup and take another step in the right direction in the league.
Finally, and on a positive note, I am delighted to be able report that, in partnership with our major sponsor, Prudential, and with the full support of Active Stirling, we will be holding a spectacular Community Event in 2017. Early days, with the detail of exactly what and when still to be decided, and regular updates will be communicated as and when appropriate.
Mon the Binos!