Programme notes from today’s game against Stenhousemuir
There’s a real temptation to load this piece with any number of footballing clichés following our humiliating defeat in the Scottish Cup and last Saturday’s bounce-back win in the league against Cowdenbeath but I’ll resist it! In any event, I’m sure they’ve already been captured, in full, by Binos fans across various social media fora.
With regard to our league position, at the conclusion of the first quarter of the season, I doubt even our most optimistic supporter would have asked for (or expected) anything more than what we’ve achieved, albeit the only points we’ve dropped have been in games in which we’ve been ahead. A five-point cushion over second-placed Montrose and a dramatically superior goal difference is a wonderful platform to build from but there’s no room for complacency; no better demonstrated than by the aforementioned Scottish Cup match.
Our visitors for today’s league encounter are Stenhousemuir and I extend the usual warm welcome to their officials, management, players and supporters. The first encounter, on the opening day of the season, saw us trail twice before Callumn Morrison equalised and Ross Kavanagh fired home an 82nd-minute winner. A slightly less nerve-racking 90 minutes – with the same three points outcome – will do just fine!
Moving away from on-field matters, I’m delighted to update you on the latest volunteer recruits to the Club. Matthew Folland, a Northern Irish student at Stirling University, has joined us as Kit Manager and Connor French, a sixth-year pupil at Braes High School in Falkirk has been snapped up as Official Club Photographer. Look out for Matthew in the dug-out and Connor pitch-side on match days! Website and magazine features will also follow in due course.
On a less positive note, I’m disappointed to have to report that the Club has received a number of enquiries over the past few weeks with regards to the use of foul and abusive language within Forthbank Stadium. Unsurprisingly – but no excuse – these enquiries have been received on the back of all three matches that we’ve lost or drawn. I have covered this issue in more depth in an official website article, so I will limit myself to repeating what I’m sure is the common objective for 99.9% of those attending Forthbank – to achieve and maintain a family-friendly environment.