Programme notes from today’s game against Albion Rovers…
After a three-game losing streak, we got things back on track last Saturday with a gritty performance against Cowdenbeath at Central Park. It’s hands up from me with regards to Darren Smith’s sending off – watching it live I was convinced the referee had got it wrong but (Ben McAdam’s superb) SAFC TV highlights changed my mind. Perhaps there’s a cunning tactic being deployed here? For the second time this season when we’ve been reduced to 10 men, Dylan Mackin has set Peter MacDonald up to score the winning goal in a 2-1 victory; the first being versus Annan Athletic at Forthbank.
Whilst fourth spot may seem a long way off, I’ve no doubt Kevin and the players will be bursting a gut to pick up as many points as they can in the 9 games remaining – starting with today’s match versus Albion Rovers – and we’ll see where that takes us.
I extend the usual warm welcome to everyone representing Albion Rovers FC. It’s been a tough season for the Coatbridge men but with apologies for the footballing cliché, they’re nowhere as poor as their points tally would suggest, as witnessed by their growing number of narrow defeats, not to mention the victims of their sole league victory to date!
I’d like to make mention of the growing feeling of togetherness within the Stirling Albion Family. From the Junior Academy (including the Young Reds), Youth Development, Reserves to the First Team, linking through to the Supporters’ Trust and Club Boards and of course our diehard and faithful supporters, relationships are at an all time high since I got involved in 2010. That said, there remains a very small minority who appear hell bent on “rocking the boat”. As the saying goes “empty vessels make most noise” and myself and my fellow Board colleagues are totally committed to steering the ship to calm waters and with the help of everyone listed above maintaining a course for continuing improvement and growth both on and off the pitch.
If everything has gone to plan, those in attendance at today’s match should be able to witness the completed work in connection with the disabled adaptations to allow wheelchair users to sit in the front row of both the West and East Stands. A tangible sign of our commitment to improving disabled access and facilities. I extend the Club’s thanks and gratitude to Stirling Council for their input, most particularly in respect of funding the project, which displays their own personal commitment to improving facilities, within their estate, for the disabled.
I close with what I believe is an appropriate time to repeat my long-standing invitation to contact the Club should you wish to discuss any pertinent matter. With the caveat that your intentions are honourable, I (indeed any member of the Club Board) will be happy to respond, be that by telephone, e-mail, letter or face-to-face.
If you got this far, thanks for taking the time to read!