Programme notes from today’s game against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Following the frustration of a blank weekend (and ultimate despair, from Scotland’s perspective) thanks to the international break, we return to action with a Scottish Cup 2nd Round tie versus East of Scotland side Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.
In welcoming everyone associated with LTHV – officials, management, players and supporters – to Forthbank Stadium, it is inevitable the usual footballing clichés when playing a non-SPFL side will rise to the surface and no one at Stirling Albion will be underestimating the pedigree of a team that reached the fourth round in 2015/16, only to fall short against East Kilbride and miss out on the ‘£100,000 match’ versus Celtic.
In this season’s Scottish Cup, they have already played (and obviously won!) three matches: Kelty Hearts and Coldstream in the preliminary rounds and a very impressive win against Highland League side Inverurie Locos, in round one. Their East of Scotland League record this season also makes impressive reading – played 4, won 4, goals for 29, goals against 3!
Moving to off-field matters, last week saw the launch of Stirling Monopoly and Stirling Albion sit proudly on the square that was Whitehall when I first played the game in the late 1950s! One worrying note is the thought that our home could be bought and developed into houses and hotels! For those interested in purchasing a set, we have a limited number for sale in the Club Shop – don’t delay, buy today!
Elsewhere, we continue to work in partnership with Stirling Council to assist with the promotion of the Stirling: Alive with Scotland branding and all our staff and community coaches now proudly display the logo on their jackets and track tops. A number of other advertising initiatives are also underway and Andy Todd is in ongoing contact with Stirling Council marketing representatives to see how else we can contribute practically, through our vibrant community engagement activity.
Finally, as many of you will be aware, SAFC has recently taken the bold step of appointing a full-time General Manager in the person of Andy Kennedy, a former player and for many years the Stirling Town/City Centre Initiative Manager. Andy brings with him a wealth of relevant experience and, in addition to assuming responsibility for traditional office management duties, he will work alongside our Commercial Director John Hunter and our Community Engagement Manager Andy Todd to assist the Club in further expanding our commercial business and community activity. Andy takes up post at the beginning of November and I extend a very warm welcome to him on behalf of everyone at Stirling Albion.
Mon the Binos!