What a difference a week makes! Two wins, six points, no sending offs and no bookings! Whilst clearly we are still well adrift of where we had hoped to be, the cushion between ourselves and position 42 is now substantial.
I extend my usual warm welcome to the Directors, guests, management, players and supporters of today’s visitors, Annan Athletic. No question they are having a fantastic season with a play-off spot all but guaranteed. Our task this afternoon is to push back the date of that becoming an arithmetical certainty by another week! If we play to the level of performance achieved for our last two matches and indeed the level we played to on the occasion of our visit to Galabank at the end of January, there’s no reason that it can’t be a case of “mission accomplished”. To use Darren’s own words from his post-match interview at Station Park, everyone is buzzing just now and there’s a determination, backed by justified confidence, to add to our points tally and see where it takes us.
Irrespective of the final outcome to this season, plans are well underway for next season with Darren having been given an indicative playing budget to allow him to start the process of addressing the retention and recruitment of players.
As you may already be aware, we have also announced a change of supplier for our kit for the next three seasons. I extend my thanks to Ray Pennock and his team at Macron Store Neath for the excellent service provided to us since season 2013/14 and I very much look forward to working with Steve Dow and his team at FN Teamwear, as we move from Macron to Joma Sport as our kit manufacturer of choice. The outcome of the Trust Membership’s vote for the home kit for next season will be known very soon, if not, indeed, before this article goes public!
Following on from the lively “Meet the Fans” session the week before last, I am very conscious that the time for questions was shorter than hoped for and also that a number of fans had been in touch to express their disappointment that they were unable to attend. I’ve spoken to everyone that got in touch and have either addressed their questions by phone, email and for a couple, face-to-face. I extend that same offer to anyone who attended the MTF’s evening, who has unanswered questions they wish addressed. As ever that same offer is, of course, open to every supporter of Stirling Albion, at any time.
Fingers-crossed your unwavering support will be rewarded with a continuation of the recent positive results as we head into a period of three home matches in eight days!
C’mon the Binos!