Chairman’s Letter

Chairman’s Letter

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A word from the Chairman…

 

 

“As the season draws to a close I thought I would take the time to reflect on what has been undoubtedly the most challenging year in my 17 year tenure as PFC Chairman.

At the start of the 20/21 campaign the aim was survival – both on and off the pitch. With spectators not permitted into games and our corporate hospitality curtailed, we really did face a very bleak year with little income and large expenses to meet. It is then great credit to our manager Jim Mcinally and his backroom staff that with a reduced budget, they managed to field a youthful but spirited group of players that have been a match to any team in this league and who have beaten all of the full-time teams in our division. They may have been young in years but the team have produced some strong performances and deserve praise for meeting the challenge of securing our League One status for next season.

There is so much more to a football club than what a spectator sees on the park and therefore I would like to thank the people I have around me at Peterhead FC for keeping this show on the road and running a tight-knit but successful operation behind the scenes. Our General Manager Martin Johnston has had much to deal with over the past 12 months but has risen to the challenge of following all SPFL covid protocols and putting into place a testing regime to ensure that we could keep playing without interruption. Ably abetted by his assistant Sharon, the administration of PFC affairs have been well run and they can be credited with new initiatives to increase revenue in the virtual world that we have had to get accustomed to. Martin and his Blue Toon Talk co-editor Ken Morton have also produced on-line editions of the popular match-day programme that have been praised by fans of opposing clubs for the informative content that covers so much more than just PFC and is a great read for historical football articles and statistics.

Our accounts department also deserve gratitude for keeping abreast of an ever-changing economic landscape to ensure that PFC still managed to “balance the books” with a vastly reduced income. Praise also to Youth and Community Coach Nat Porter for working with the SPFL Trust to bring grant income into the club in order that we were able to continue our good work in the community with initiatives such as Festive Friends and the Reading Challenge.

Our new coffee shop has had somewhat of a stop/start initial year of business due to the Pandemic but Mary and her staff have rolled up their sleeves and adapted to the ever-changing restrictions to provide a warm and welcoming casual dining experience that is going from strength to strength.

I would also like to this opportunity to thank all of our many volunteers who have given up their time on match days to help with covid protocols and to ensure fans could still have somewhat of a “match day experience” from home via streaming and social media channels. Our automated live-streaming hasn’t always been perfect but I think we can agree that our match commentators from the Blue Toon Podcast have stepped in admirably to produce unbiased and informative content during the game, also praised by away fans. There are many, many people behind the scenes who do what they do for the love of the club and I am under no illusion that we wouldn’t be the well-run club that we are without them so thank you one and all.

A word also to our corporate sponsors who have renewed advertising boards and match day programmes in what was a reduced season as they knew that we were hit hard and wanted to help in any way they could. Also a special mention to our invaluable club patrons and our Home and Away shirt sponsors Score Group Ltd and A. M. Smith who stepped in to help when most needed – you are all essential to the endurance of this club and we are sincerely grateful.

 

Lastly, the fans. You have stood by us when we needed you – purchasing virtual lottery tickets, season tickets and streaming passes to help us meet our running costs and ensure our very survival. We hope that one day soon you will be able to join us again on a Saturday for a blether, a pie and a good game of football – we want you to know that next season  we will once again do our very best to put a team on the park that you can be proud of”

 

Our Sincerest gratitude for your continued support,

Rodger Morrison and the PFC Board of Directors – Vice Chairman Les Hill, Charles Watt and Michael Duncan.

Dumbarton v Peterhead – There are going to be some disappointed players

Dumbarton v Peterhead – There are going to be some disappointed players

Peterhead head to Dumbarton this afternoon looking to secure 3 points for the second Saturday running with manager Jim McInally admitting that he is going to have to disappoint some members of his squad for the first time this season.

The Blue Toon are missing the injured Alan Cook and Gary Fraser however everyone else in Jim’s squad is available with the Balmoor boss saying: “I am going to be telling some players not to get stripped for this game and that is the first time I will have done that this season. Scott Brown and Jason Brown have shaken off the hamstring problems that affected them in midweek, Hamish Ritchie is back in after being cup-tied, Simon Ferry is available after his ban, Derek Lyle is now up to full fitness and Steven Boyd is available after becoming a dad last week and getting some time off.”

“It is never nice telling someone that they are not even on the bench and it is something I have not had to do so far this season.”

As for the Sons McInally said: “They are coming into this game with the opposite set of results than us. They lost last Saturday in the league but won well in midweek in the Scottish Cup when they beat Huntly 4-0. We dug deep and played well to beat Airdrie however despite a lot of effort we never really got going against Stenhousemuir on Tuesday.”

“Dumbarton have added a couple of good players on loan from Morton in James Wallace and Rabin Omar. I know a bit about James from his time at Ross County and Rabin was a player I was keen to speak to in the summer as he impressed me when he was at Elgin however he wanted to try full-time football.”

“We will go there and look to win. Three points would be great as it would give us a cushion on Dumbarton and keep us in touch with the promotion chasing pack as well. This is a big game.”

Dumbarton Team News

Dumbarton add new signings Rabin Omar and James Wallace for the visit of Peterhead. Rico Quitongo and Daniel Church have been ruled out while Stefan McCluskey has left the club after undergoing a shoulder operation that has ruled him out for the rest of the season. 

Peterhead Team News

Peterhead miss the injured Alan Cook and Gary Fraser however Scott Brown, Jordon Brown and Derek Lyle are available after injuries. Simon Ferry is back after a two-game ban with Hamish Ritchie recalled after being cup-tied in midweek and Steven Boyd is also included after paternity leave. 

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Derek told not to mark 40th Birthday with retirement

Derek told not to mark 40th Birthday with retirement

Peterhead front-man Derek Lyle turned 40 yesterday and he was warned by Blue Toon boss Jim McInally not to mark the milestone by announcing his retirement from the game. 

Lyle who is best known for scoring 117 goals for Queen of the South during three stints at the club, started his career at Partick Thistle in 1999 and he found the net for the Jags as well as for East Stirling, Stirling Albion, Dundee, Hamilton Accies, Morton and Cowdenbeath before heading to Balmoor in 2018 

The goal-grabber mentioned recently that this season could be his last however McInally is determined that Lyle will be in his plans for a while longer as he explained: “Derek mentioned that turning 40 may well be the time to hang up his boots but I told him that I am not having it. He is his biggest critic and he feels that he has not contributed as much this season as he would have liked as he has not been fit enough but I blame the pandemic for that.” 

PETERHEAD FC DEREK LYLE

“Derek was a full-time player for 20 years and prided himself on his fitness. Even when he came here, he still trained with Queen of the South however he has not been able to do that this season due to covid-19 restrictions.” 

“When Derek mentioned stopping, I told him to take a step back and realise what he brings to Peterhead. He is a big part of the squad and has played in nearly every game this season. The players look up to him. And I use him for coaching our strikers as well as involving him in discussions over team selection. So, in short he is too valuable to Peterhead to leave any time soon.” 

“Hopefully he has recognised all that and be involved with us for a good while longer.”