Programme notes from Saturday’s game against Clyde

I extend a warm welcome to everyone associated with Clyde FC, but most particularly to their loyal and vocal travelling support who I’ve no doubt have come along this afternoon in healthy numbers to create a great Scottish Cup match atmosphere in the East Stand.

Having steadied the ship with only one league defeat in our last eight matches, I’m not sure a break from league duty is ideal but nevertheless, given today’s opposition, I’ve no doubt the players will be up for it, as indeed will our supporters. I’m not one for predictions but I can confidently predict that the Finance Director of today’s winning Club will be a happy man, given the prize money at stake for getting to the 4th Round and the added bonus of the potential to be drawn against a ‘big gun’.

Before moving to off-field matters, a special mention for Blair Currie and his defence; only 3 league goals (including a penalty) conceded in 8 matches since the beginning of September. No doubt the statisticians out there will tell me different but surely this is a rare feat in the Club’s recent history, under fans’ ownership?

As previously advised, on Thursday 5 December, we are hosting nearly 50 care home residents for our Festive Friends Lunch in association with the SPFL Trust. I’m delighted to add to the news by confirming that the BBC have chosen to come along to Forthbank to do some filming of the event. We’re planning a great show for our guests, with the Manager, first team players, our Club Chaplain’s Band, a local primary school choir and Bino The Santa Bear all lined up to make an appearance! My thanks also to Active Stirling for their support in making this happen.

The BBC have also confirmed they will be staying on to broadcast Sportsound live from the Stadium and in addition to the usual panel, Kevin Rutkiewicz will be an invited guest.

Thanks for your support today and please feel free to join in with the young lads’ efforts to “drum up” an atmosphere!

C’mon the Binos!

Stuart Brown