Inside the Box – An advance look at Stirling Albion chairman Stuart Brown’s programme notes for our August home games…
Following on from a successful Betfred Cup campaign, finishing third in a group we were seeded to come last in, we kicked off our SPFL2 programme with a thoroughly deserved win against local rivals Stenhousemuir – it is perhaps fair to say there’s more than one swallow on view this summer.
The second-half performance in our opening league encounter was particularly encouraging, as we bounced back from a very uninspiring first half – Darren Smith’s goal and follow-up celebration aside – and we really should have stretched the one-goal margin of victory to more.
The result aside, the best bit about Ochilview was the remarkable turnout from Bino Fans; I don’t have an official headcount but from visual inspection, and considering we had a good number in the stand as well as on the terracing, I’d guesstimate we outnumbered the opposition. Great to see the interaction between the players and fans at full-time but as has been commented on social media, I’ll never understand why, a small minority, chose to boo the team off at half-time. Let’s all get behind Dave and the boys from start to finish; I’m sure they’ll respond positively!
Three home games in eight days coming up! The two SPFL2 Saturdays see the visit of Berwick Rangers and Edinburgh City and sandwiched in between, Montrose travel to Forthbank for a first round IRN-BRU Cup match. I extend the usual warm welcome to the directors, management, players and supporters of all three.
Moving away from football, the advert for our General Manager position attracted more than 30 applications and these are currently being sifted down to a manageable number for interview. All things being equal, I would anticipate being able to announce the successful candidate no later than the end of August. This full-time appointment is an exciting and vital step forward for the club, as we seek to continue effectively manage our “office affairs” and combine this with expanding our commercial business and community engagement.
On the community front, Andy Todd, his modern apprentices and his community coaches have been very busy running holiday classes for two age groups and having spent some time observing them “at work”, I take my hat off to them all for a job well done. The experienced coaches are brilliant with the kids and our two new apprentices have taken to their roles likes ducks to water!
Finally, following on from, yet another, hugely successful SAFC Golf Day in July, a huge thank you to the new sponsor, Brian Kerr of De Beul Kerr and of course, Tricia Chillas and her volunteer helpers!
C’mon the Binos!