Inside the Box – September. An advance look at Chairman Stuart Brown’s programme notes…
Heading into September we have a 100% League record, SPFL2’s top scorer and joint-top SPFL scorer, the SPFL2 Ladbrokes Manager of the Month for August and the SPFL2 Ladbrokes Player of the Month for August. Not a bad start!
However, this isn’t just about Dave Mackay and Darren Smith, great as their personal achievements may be! The start to the season is a consequence of a fantastic team effort from top to bottom within the Club and the “buzz” at Forthbank has never been stronger and more tangible in the seven years I’ve been involved.
This month brings three visitors to Forthbank on league business – Clyde, Annan Athletic and Elgin City – and on behalf of everyone at SAFC, I extend the usual warm welcome to their directors, management, players and supporters. Time will tell whether we can equal or better the five wins in a row at the start of 2004/05!
August also saw the arrival of individual heart monitors and supporting IT, thanks in part to a sizable donation from a long-standing supporter. I’m no expert in such matters but Dave Mackay, Frazer Wright and Kenny Crichton (Head Physio), presented a persuasive argument to the Club Board, at the start of the season, as to the added value the monitors would provide. Every first-team squad member has had their details added to the system and key information is being gathered and analysed which will ensure, in layman’s terms, players are working to optimum levels. I’ve also added the equipment to our insurance policy as named items!
Turning to our Under 20s squad, many of you will be aware, that 10 have gone out on loan to Junior clubs, to gain vital experience and game time at that level. This number may well have been greater but unfortunately, due to a change in rules for this season, players going out on development loans are not eligible for selection for their parent club’s first team. I remain to be convinced that this change is for the better in assisting the development of our young players but clearly we have no option but to comply.
Finally, a mention for our supporters; the travelling contingents to Stenhousemuir and Peterhead were truly remarkable and hugely appreciated by the management and players. Hopefully, on the back of our great start to the league campaign, we will also see an increase in numbers at Forthbank. The atmosphere generated by supporters undoubtedly transmits positive messages to the players on the pitch and the additional revenue will help pay for the win bonuses!
C’mon the Binos!