It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our former chairman and owner, the much-loved Peter McKenzie.
Mr Stirling Albion, as he was known to many, joined the board in the mid-1980s and within a few years had become chairman. For more than two decades, Peter was the driving force behind the club and oversaw the move from our historic Annfield home to Forthbank in 1993.
Under his stewardship, the club enjoyed some great times on the pitch, not least the record-breaking 27-game unbeaten run in 1995/96 when Kevin Drinkell’s side stormed into the First Division.
The time, money and sheer hard work Peter put in was also rewarded during Allan Moore’s eight-year reign when we again reached the second tier of Scottish football. The pair enjoyed a great relationship and it was fitting their last season at the helm in 2009/10 ended with the Second Division title triumph at Glebe Park.
That summer, it was Peter’s generosity that allowed Stirling Albion to be bought by the Supporters Trust. He had other offers on the table but was determined the club remained in local ownership. It was the mark of a man who always put Stirling Albion first. He was awarded a testimonial in 2011 when Rangers visited Forthbank, and in 2013 the boardroom was named in his honour.
Peter was hugely respected throughout the Scottish game and is held in high regard by former players, managers and, of course, the SAFC supporters. Incredibly, he played in our very first match in August 1945 – as part of the Airdrieonians side beaten 3-1 in an Annfield friendly!
A true gentleman, he will be much missed but never forgotten. We will, of course, mark Peter’s passing at Saturday’s home game against Edinburgh City.
Stirling Albion chairman Stuart Brown said: “Peter was a great friend and the kindest, most generous person I’ve ever had the honour to be acquainted with. Our thoughts are with Tricia, Jimmy and Scott at this difficult time.”
Monday January 29 at 2.00pm – St Ninians Old Parish Church, Stirling. Please attend attired as you feel comfortable but Stirling Albion supporters are encouraged to show their true colours!