From the February edition of The Albion match programme
Timeline: 11:45 p.m. Wednesday 31 January
I’m not long home from Forthbank on the evening we bid a fond farewell to Peter McKenzie. I’m sure Peter would have appreciated the minute’s applause in his memory but had he been at the match I’m sure he would have caustically (and justifiably) commented that it was pretty much the only cause for applause the entire evening!
However, a poor performance that gets three points must be better than a good performance with none and we’ll take the win and move on to February which sees us play three of our four scheduled fixtures at home; Elgin City, Annan Athletic and Clyde; and I extend the usual warm welcome to their respective directors, management, players and supporters.
With the transfer window now closed (it’s now 12:08am!) the Club Board is delighted with the business Dave (Mackay) has managed to get done; Kevin Moon has still to get fully up to match fitness but has looked the part in midfield in both starts. Danny Jardine played 90 minutes this evening having only met the rest of the squad for the first time 90 minutes before kick-off and following Darren Barr’s release from Greenock Morton, we’ve snapped him up this evening on an 18-month deal. Darren is eager to get started and will add experience to our central defence. With Andy Little getting close to match fitness we can justifiably argue we’ve got four new signings!
Dave had also hoped to have signed a goalkeeper during the transfer window but this has proved extremely difficult due to the current loan rules that don’t allow a player to return to his parent club and play for their first team until the beginning of the next window. There’s no immediate rush but Dave is looking to bring in an experienced free agent in the next couple of weeks.
No doubt most of you will have read about the well-publicised Colts Teams in SPFL2 Pilot Proposal and thereby there is no need for me to go into detail with regard to Stirling Albion’s position; The Supporters Trust, The Supporters Club and the Club Board are united in the view that the Pilot is not in the best interest of Stirling Albion Football Club.
As a member of the SPFL Competitions Working Group, I can assure everyone associated with Stirling Albion that this position has already been clearly communicated and will not be veered from under any circumstance. From a personal perspective, I am passionately supportive of developing young players both for Stirling Albion and Scottish football but not at the expense of the integrity of the pyramid structure in place.
Away from the playing side, the Commercial Team are busy planning for the Annual Dinner (Golden Lion Hotel, Friday 23 March) and discussions are underway re the Annual Stirling Albion AM-AM Golf Day; starting with how to follow an act that’s impossible to follow, with Tricia (Chillas) having stepped down as organiser extraordinaire after 19 incredible years at the helm.
As I left the stadium this evening, I stopped briefly in front of the wreaths and Peter’s framed photograph positioned adjacent to Turnstile 1. I smiled and I’m convinced he smiled back. Thanks Peter for everything. You may be gone but your memory will live with all of us for ever. RIP Mr Stirling Albion.