An advance look at the programme notes from Saturday’s final game of the season against Arbroath.
Last weekend, the final match to be played at Meadowbank Stadium prior to demolition, served up a truly forgettable performance by both teams, aside from a well-taken late winner by Derek Riordan that the game didn’t really deserve to be graced with.
A word, however, for our opponents, Edinburgh City; they have been a breath of fresh air to the SPFL ranks and I extend my personal congratulations to them on (comfortably) retaining their league 2 status.
The way things have turned out, the fixture scheduling has thrown another game our way that may involve congratulating our opponents as we welcome champions elect Arbroath to Forthbank for the concluding league match of the 2016/17 season.
Arbroath need to equal or better Forfar Athletic’s result to secure the title. In welcoming everyone associated with Arbroath to Forthbank, I am confident that Dave (Mackay) will have our players fired up to try and finish our season on a high and I’m sure Dick Campbell (and Gary Bollan!) would expect nothing less.
Planning for next season is underway, as Dave sets about retaining, releasing, and bringing in the new faces to ensure we ‘hit the ground running’. Updates will be posted on the website, as and when available, as the close season unfolds. Look out, also, for news of season ticket details and the new away shirt, both of which I plan to have available from early June.
Tickets are now on sale for our community spectacular ‘Binos Live’ being staged at Stirling Sports Village on Sunday 25 June, in association with Scribbler’s Picnic with the fantastic support of our major sponsor, Prudential. Check out www.binoslive.co.uk for full details!
Finally, my heartfelt thanks go to: all our sponsors, everyone at Active Stirling (but most especially Graeme Glen, the Head Groundsman for his outstanding work), my Executive Board colleagues for their unwavering support and assistance, Andy Todd, our tireless Community Engagement Manager (and his band of Community Coaches), everyone who has willingly volunteered their services to help (you know who you are!), our truly incredible Supporters’ Club and, indeed, every one of our fans for their unstinting support throughout a difficult and disappointing season.
Will things be better next season? The answer is nothing is certain in football but I give you my assurance, it won’t be for the lack of effort and energy from everyone associated with the club.
Finally, finally, on behalf of everyone at Stirling Albion, I extend my thanks and best wishes to our Club Administrator, Neil Mackay, who is leaving us, for pastures new, in a few weeks’ time. Over the past five years, not only has Neil’s expertise and input has been invaluable to the Club but I’m personally indebted to him for his friendship and support throughout his time at Forthbank.
I’m sure he will not be a stranger on match days but he will be greatly missed around the Club during the week. Plans are in place to replace the irreplaceable and an announcement will be made on the official website within the next week or so.