IT’S all go as far as the directors and management of Forfar Athletic Football Club are concerned.
While work continues at pace on the installation of the new artificial surface currently being installed at Station Park ahead of the first competitive fixture on Saturday, July 28, the first pre-season friendly took place at nearby Montrose on Tuesday evening (last night).
The players will be back on their travels on Saturday, when they head north to take on Cove Rangers at Allan Park, while providing the opposition on Tuesday of next week (July 17) will be Preston Athletic.
Meanwhile, manager Dick Campbell is continuing to put together a squad for the competitive challenges that lie ahead, with the latest addition being 21-year-old midfield player Danny Denholm.
Danny spent last season playing with the Stirling University side that surprised many by clinching the East of Scotland Premier League and with it a spot in the season’s Scottish Cup.
Off the field, the plans are also going well.
Season ticket sales have been encouraging and the briefs will again be available for purchase at the ground this Saturday, from 10 am to 11 am.
They will not be on sale on Saturday, July 21, as officials will be heading north to Huntly with the team that morning.
They will, however, be available for purchase on Monday, July 23 between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
Directors are delighted that, within three weeks of the fixtures being announced, they have had a one hundred per cent uptake on their match sponsorship and hospitality packages for the 19 competitive games currently scheduled at Station Park.
A waiting list has even been set up in the hope of a home game in the Scottish Cup third round in early November.
There are one or two games for which the club looking for a ball sponsor and anyone interested in further details of that particular package should, in the first instance, contact David McGregor on 01307 464924 or 07871 165689.
Of course, it would be helpful to all if this coming Friday, at long last, sees a decision on which league, if any, the Newco Rangers side will be participating in.
The SPL have yet to decide on who will replace the Gers in the top flight, having, last week, taken the decision not to allow them to compete at that level in season 2012-2013.
Dundee are hot favourites, but should the SPL plump for Dunfermline Athletic, will that mean the Newco Gers will be the first team to grace Station Park’s new artificial pitch for the opening round of the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday, July 28?
The feeling is that the Pars will remain in division one and, as such, will be the first visitors to Forfar for season 2012-2013.
But will there be any other major changes ahead of the new campaign?
The coming weekend should see the picture becoming much more clear, with the SFL clubs being asked to vote on whether to allow the new Rangers to enter the league.
Then, of course, a decision will have to be made on which of the leagues they play in - with the smart money on the first division.
Having received notice of the meeting/proposals for the much-publicised special general meeting to be held in Glasgow this Friday, the Forfar directors discussed them at a board meeting on Monday evening.
Directors will probably meet again ahead of Friday’s decision day, following receipt of further information likely to be provided on what is a very fluid situation by the footballing authorities.
“Only then will our representative at the meeting be instructed how to cast his vote on Friday,” explains a club spokesperson in a statement posted on the club website.
“This is proving to be a very stressful time for all involved in the game in Scotland and this is certainly the case for your own directors as they ponder what, in the first instance, is best for Forfar Athletic and the future of the game in Scotland as a whole.”