Ready for the off!

ON TARGET: Forfar Athletic defender Stephen Tulloch heading home the opening goal in the three-nil away win at Montrose a wek past Tuesday.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.
ON TARGET: Forfar Athletic defender Stephen Tulloch heading home the opening goal in the three-nil away win at Montrose a wek past Tuesday.'Picture by Chris Coutts, Forfar.

NOW that it has been decided that Rangers will rebuild from the SFL third division with Dundee replacing them in the top tier of Scottish football (see front page) the hope is that clubs such as Forfar Athletic can now concentrate on preparing for the start of the 2012-2013 season proper.

The first competitive action of the new campaign will see the Loons - impressive winners over Montrose and Cove Rangers in their opening pre-season friendly fixtures (see page 31) - entertain Dunfermline Athletic in round one of the Ramsdens Cup a week on Saturday.

Away from the off-park mayhem, Loons manager Dick Campbell has been quietly beavering away at assembling a squad more than capable of holding their own in the Scottish second division in 2012-2013.

“The manager has, without doubt, strengthened his squad ahead of the campaign, with the backing of the board and further signings are still in the pipeline,” explains club secretary David McGregor.

The hope now is that the fans will get behind the club in even greater numbers than in past campaigns, especially with so much uncertainty about with regard to the amount of money that will filter down to clubs like Forfar as a result of the past week’s decisions.

With finance in mind Loons directors are continuing the push to sell season tickets ahead of the Ramsdens Cup match against the Pars.

The tickets will not be available at the ground this Saturday as club officials are heading north with the team for the Huntly friendly.

However, they will be on sale on Monday, July 23 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm and at the same time on Thursday, July 26, when the first team squad will have their first training session on the new pitch.

They will also be available on the morning of Saturday, July 28, from 10 am to 11 am.

It is emphasised, however, that they will not be available for purchase prior to kick-off at the fixture against Dunfermline that afternoon, as club officials will be busy with other duties, especially with a near four figure crowd anticipated.