A near capacity crowd is allowed into Balmoor this afternoon when the Blue Toon take on visitors Airdrieonians and manager Jim McInally is looking forward to seeing and hearing from people he has missed since the 1-1 draw with Forfar back in February 2020.
Jim said: “It will be great to see fans back in all areas of the ground. Hopefully I will see faces at the spots they have occupied during my near ten years at the club. Whilst it was good that we could continue playing not having fans at games made football a very different sport.”
“We will do all that we can to mark the return with a win.”
As for the game against the Diamonds Jim said: “We are going into the game after a flat performance at Montrose. We had started the season reasonably well but slipped back last weekend. I have put it down as a blip and I am expecting better in this game.”
“In our last home game against Alloa we were full of attacking intent and a bit of devilment in our play. That was absent at Links Park but with the backing of the fans I am sure that we will see it return at Balmoor.”
“Airdrie are a big club in this league and they will be disappointed with the points tally that they have so far. They were winning by two goals at Dumbarton and were pegged back before losing to Falkirk last weekend. That one would have hurt as the two clubs will be looking for promotion and it will have felt worse as Falkirk had a man sent off.”
“I would imagine Ian Murray and his players have been brooding since last weekend and they will be out to get their season up and running against us. We beat them on their last visit after they had a player sent off early on however both teams will have different personnel on display this time.”
Jim added: “My last words to the players will be to go out and try and make this game memorable for the fans as we have missed them and they have missed us.”
On-loan Dundee attacker Lyall Cameron is available for duty after a knock and player/ coach Simon Ferry could return after his ankle injury improved thanks to the help of former skipper turned physio Steven Noble.
Unfortunately Andy McCarthy will miss out as he has not recovered fully from the illness that struck him in the Montrose game and Russell McLean is a doubt after picking up a knock in training.
Long term absentees Alan Cook and Gary Fraser remain out.
Season Tickets are now back on sale.
Stand Adult £225
Ground Adult £175
On the day
Home tickets can be purchased on the day from the ticket office.
Stand Adult £16
Ground Adult £14
Child with accompanying adult FREE
Airdrieonians fans please get in touch with Airdrieonians FC direct as there will be no away tickets on sale at Balmoor. Prices as above.
Watching the game at home
The game will also be streamed live, to purchase the match click here https://www.peterheadfc.org/video/