AT long last, after a hectic and at times pretty stressful period for all Scottish Football League clubs, the picture with regard to the future of senior football in the country is becoming a little more clear.
Hard on the heels of last Friday’s decision by the SFL clubs to allow Newco Rangers into the league, albeit in the third division, came news from the SPL that Dundee had been invited to take the step up to the top flight.
What does it all mean for Forfar Athletic?
In terms of who they will kick-off the season against, and who they will play in the Scottish second division, not a great deal has changed, apart from the fact that the Loons will face two long and expensive journeys to Stranraer, as opposed to less costly sojourns to Airdrie United, who take the step up to division one in place of Dundee.
But, as club secretary David McGregor points out, there could be a major impact in terms of the amount of money that comes into the coffers.
“At least we now know that they will kick off the competitive season with a visit from Dunfermline Athletic in the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday week, a mouth watering prospect,” says Mr McGregor.
“The new 3G surface is set to be handed over to the club, hopefully by the end of this week, and certainly its condition has impressed all who have popped into Station Park to have a look at it.
“Like all SFL clubs, the Loons now enter the season with a financial cloud hanging over them following the crisis at Ibrox and the eventual decision by a vast majority to place Rangers in the fourth tier of Scottish football. “There is little doubt that this will have an affect on the monies which will filter through for distribution to lower league clubs.”
That’s where the loyal fans can come in, and help mitigate any impact the past week’s momentous decisions may have in the months ahead.
“The Station Park directors are urging the local public, to an even greater degree, to come out and support the side either by buying a season ticket or by popping along to some of the early season games and sampling the fare on offer,” adds Mr McGregor.
“Even the slightest increase in attendance would be a great boost to all at the club and there is no doubt that the intention of Dick and his back-room staff is to play entertaining football, as has already been evidenced by the quite substantial number of fans who made the journey to either Montrose or Cove last week.”
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