Balmoor Bulletin #3

Feb 3, 2023

Community News

  •  Our easter Coaching went on sale and sold out in record time so we’re looking forward to seeing all our youngsters back for some fun football across at the astros with Natty, Steven and co.
  • Our Mens and Ladies FFIT classes are continuing weekly, we’ve had a good turnout and everyone is full of enthusiasm so we’re looking forward to seeing positive results.

General News

  • We’ve carried out an assessment of the ground to look at various options for adding a section for our ever-growing young band of Balmoor bairns to support the team. We appreciate that there are fans who would like to see segregation for all matches however we would rather not go down this route as it does mean an extra catering van and less access to facilities for visiting fans so we would prefer to come up with a solution that suits all, building our young fans their own area may be the way forward.
  • CCTV has been installed to cover the perimeter of the stadium; this will hopefully deter any intruders who will now know that they will be caught on camera if they decide to attempt another break-in.
  • We welcomed a new addition to our media team. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we haven’t always been able to produce a match report since the November departure of our previous media man, Craig Stewart. We have all tried to cover the matches including our football administrator Ken as well as our match commentator volunteer Curtis Stephen but with other commitments such as work, studying etc, it’s not been easy to have someone dedicated to this for every game. This problem should now be solved as sports writer David has joined our tight-knit media group which should bring more consistency to our match reporting.
  • At the beginning of each season our Chairman Rodger sets about the task of selling our Match and Ball sponsorships for every game throughout the year. Ably assisted by Sharon, they both ensure that every home game has at least one sponsor. Although our match day hospitality is renowned throught the football leagues, this is not always an easy sell due to corporate group availability – particularly for the early cup games which coincides with Summer holiday time for most. They have however done another stellar job again this season (both equally adept at grinding folk down to comply wink ) but we do have a couple of Match Ball sponsorship packages remaining, one of which is on the 8th April against FC Edinburgh. If you want to get a group together to come enjoy a great day out with good food, football and drinks please do give us a call on 01779 478256 to make an enquiry.

 

Team News

  •  We were disappointed to lose Tom Ritchie on his recall to Aberdeen FC as he had shown great attitude and application when on loan at PFC so it was very pleasing  to welcome goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie to the squad as he penned a deal until 2025 and brings with him a wealth of experience after 13 years spent at Cove Rangers.
  • Attacking Midfielder Jack MacIver was handed a loan deal until the end of the season. MacIver was at Aberdeen and had a loan side with Highland League side Huntly last season. He was let go by the Dons in the summer and joined Formartine on a free transfer.
  • John Allan signed up as a free agent, the 26-year old’s last club being Scalloway FC in Shetland. Allan was the 2022 Shetland player of the year and the top goal scorer in the amateur leagues
  • Andy McDonald departed after two years spent at PFC as part of our defence, he too goes with best wishes from everyone here.
  • Robbie Scullion joined Beith FC on loan until the end of the season.
  • We had a closed door game during the week which was successful for a lot of players who have not been featuring recently as they got full games and also gave the coaching team the opportunity to try a few players in different positions which they feel they have the attributes to do.
  • An extra Monday evening training session will be added to the weekly coaching schedule for those players who have the availability to attend to help with match fitness.
  • From an interview with Jamie Durent, Davie Robertson gave his thoughts on the past week:

“We’re hoping Jack can bring a bit of creativity and link up between the midfield and strikers. Maybe previously, our midfield was a bit lacking – Andy McCarthy is good on the ball, but we probably need someone else with similar attributes. We’re hoping Jack is the guy. We played a bounce game during the week, and he showed up well in that. We hope it shows up well when he’s in the team.”

“John was in the area a couple of weeks ago and we got him into train. There was interest from Highland League teams and he’s moving into the area, so we got him in for a couple of sessions. We liked what we saw, and he’ll join us next week. We’ve signed him on a longer-term contract because he’s going to be in the area permanently. The important thing for us is having players who want to test themselves at a higher level. Jack wants to test himself again and we want guys with that hunger to step up.

”We’re pleased with the squad we’ve got, we’ve moved some players on and we’re pleased with the freshness we’ve got. The more they play together, the better they’ll get. We just need to turn that into results and picking up points. A lot of the new arrivals have not played much football of late, which has its pros and cons. It may give a clear idea of who could be available but if they come in, they are likely to be lacking match-fitness. The January window is always difficult, you’ve got players that maybe clubs don’t want, or players that haven’t played for four or five months. Sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut feeling and just have a go, you can’t overthink these things. It’s seven weeks we’ve been in now and it’s almost a totally different squad. The attitude is different too; you can have the best players in the world but if the attitude isn’t right, you’re not going to get anywhere.”