Stirling Albion can confirm that defender Ross Forsyth is leaving the club – almost 12 years after he made his debut against Ayr United in a Challenge Cup tie.
The 34-year-old was signed for the Binos from St Johnstone by Allan Moore in summer 2005 and was part of the squad that memorably clinched promotion to the First Division by beating Airdrie in the play-off final in 2006/07. He was then a Second Division title winner when we pipped Alloa in 2009/10 after an incredible last few weeks of the season.
After spells at Morton and Dumbarton, Ross returned to Forthbank in 2013, during Greig McDonald’s time in charge, and helped us win promotion via the play-offs thanks to that dramatic victory at East Fife.
He helped coach the U20 side to the 2015/16 Development League East title and last season was player/assistant manager to Dave Mackay.
Ross has now decided to move on and goes with our very best wishes and thanks for the fantastic service he has given Stirling Albion during his many years with the club – we are pleased to announce that he has been granted a testimonial.
Ross said: “After 10 years at Stirling Albion I have decided that the time is right for me to move on and explore new challenges. This decision has been a very difficult one to make, however I believe it is the right one for me.
“Through my time at the club I have fulfilled a number of roles – from player, to captain, to U20 coach and finally to assistant manager.
“There are some great memories that I will hold on to; from the promotions, winning the league, scoring against Rangers, to winning the U20s league as coach are among just a few of my favourites.
“I would like to personally thank the fans, the chairman and the club board for their support through my highs and lows over my time at the club – they have always been brilliant with me and I have always felt at home with Stirling Albion. I would like to wish the club every success for the future and will be keeping a close eye on future results.”
SAFC Chairman Stuart Brown said: “Ross has been a fantastic servant and ambassador throughout his long association with Stirling Albion and on behalf of everyone at the club, and I’m sure every supporter, I wish Ross (and his family; Louise and Murray) all the best with whatever the future holds for him (them). No one, in my time at the club, has put more into whatever role was asked of them and in Ross’s case that covers player, club captain, coach and assistant manager.
“They say all good things come to an end but on this occasion, this isn’t quite the end; the club board have agreed to acknowledge Ross’s contribution to SAFC by awarding him a testimonial and I will be working with him over the coming months to ensure this is something special, both for him and our supporters.”