Chairman's Report

CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE - JULY, 2015

SUMMER MADNESS

Well, what an action packed closed and pre-season the Club has experienced with the final element of the turnstiles upgrade and demolition of the Cowshed by Volunteers in preparation for the new Spectator Enclosure shortly to commence construction. To compliment all these time consuming works, we had in addition to entertain three Scottish Premier Division visitors of Ross County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen for Bobo’s testimonial and not forgetting, of course, Airdrie F.C. who requested a return visit to Station Park because of the high standard of our facilities both on and off the Park.

Suffice to say, myself and all the Volunteers who made this happen are now looking forward to the real competition of the League and of course the Scottish, Highland and North Cup Competitions which we can savour over the next 40 weeks of the season.

New signings:- As you would expect, Les in conjunction with Narden our Main Sponsors have been busy strengthening the First Team Squad for what I predict is going to be a highly contested League this year. In my view, we have attained a balance of both experience and new upcoming talent to allow both the Club and Supporters to anticipate many tasty encounters.

Let me introduce our new players along with their squad numbers as follows:- 99 Tony Wallace, 14 Andrew Hardwick, 15 Andrew Skinner, 17 Callum Maclean and 22 Kenny McKenzie. In addition and in the interest of building a sound foundation for the future, four of our U17s have been invited to join the Squad, namely 30 Jack Dickson, 31 Mathew MacLeod, 32 Josh Millard and 33 Craig Munro, to whom we wish every success.

The SHFL proposed Two Division Option Contingency Plan:- This subject has given rise to heated and contentious debate both within the League Management Committee and the Executive of the Club since first raised formally in January 2014. The Executive of the Club have debated the various proposals at length and at every opportunity have represented our view consistently - which we believe represents that of our Sponsors, Supporters and Fans alike.

Unlike many solicited and unwelcome pronouncements in the press and media on the subject, our Club have observed the “Code of Total Confidentiality” placed upon it by the SHFL which many have translated as our passive acquiescence. Nothing could be further from the truth and it is our belief that the 18 Highland Clubs, their Sponsors, Supporters and Fans should have the final say on the matter given the Community and financial implications involved for them - as without their commitment at home and away matches, the Clubs we know today will simply cease to exist.

In the belief that common sense will eventually prevail, I remain as ever the optimist.

“County till I die”.

Peter Mackintosh

Chairman