Expectation v Reality
Expectation levels will no doubt be high as we commence the 2014/15 League campaign in this Centenary season. Looking at the formidable fixtures we have to confront during the month of August, the reality of achieving a good start will rest to some degree with Lady Luck given every encounter is against last season's table toppers, without any respite.
At this juncture I have to confess that having mid-week fixtures thrust upon us so early in the season, and with two long haul away back-to-back fixtures against Inverurie Loco's and Wick, certainly does not help the Club's finances insofar as both these "home" ties are high earners when played on a Saturday. Being the first year the League have decided to arrange such a programme of mid-week fixtures, I am sure there will be a long hard debate on the subject in the ensuing months.
Regarding the Team, Les and the Directors of Football are pleased to report that the heart of the Team remains strong and in good spirits. As in every team, the introduction of new talent and skill base is both progressive and essential to maintain momentum and thus avoids complacency. Les will advise separately. A matter, which gives me immense pleasure, is to report that six youth from our U17s have now signed for the First Team. This is refreshing injection of young blood into the Team and in time I am sure we will see some of them feature in future League and Cup competitions.
At the heart of our Club is Station Park, which yet again over the closed season has witnessed a further series of ground improvements, not least of all the complete internal refurbishment and upgrade to the Main Stand. This major contract undertaken by County Building Services was completed with the tight window of opportunity afforded the Club through the short eight week period of the closed season. This contract was only achievable through grants being received from the Scottish Football Partnership, the Highland Council's Nairn Discretionary Fund, and not least from a private benefactor, to all of whom the Club remains indebted.
In concluding my August message, I ask the supporters both at home and abroad to be patient when looking for a win at every game. The League this season, I predict, will prove extremely tough and competitive, and I ask everyone to balance their respective "expectation level" accordingly and that the best way to help the Team on every occasion is to be their "twelfth man" which is critical if not essential to the Team and their ultimate overall performance. So be positive and pre-active!
"County til I die"