After the Morton match I felt a huge sigh of relief from all quarters of Starks Park. After 10 league games without a win the team managed to grind out a deserved victory against stubborn opposition. That was the most important game of our season and it was great to get the monkey off our backs.

In this highly competitive league all the games between now and the end of the season are important. We need to avoid the relegation play-off spot and we need to get back into contention for the fourth place promotion play-off spot. There will be significant financial rewards for achieving a good league position.

Income levels this season are higher than forecast because of good cup runs and TV money, and this has allowed the Board to settle some short term loans needed to tide the club over through leaner times and to carry out some necessary improvements to the stadium. Meanwhile negotiations on the lease of Starks Park and related matters are continuing.

Even before our slump in league form, crowd numbers were disappointingly low. The Board has invited Ali More ( a predecessor of mine ) to lead a project seeking to improve match attendance levels. Assisted by people from supporter groups and others, Ali’s project team will be developing several initiatives in time for the start of next season.

Tom Phillips has been successful in securing a grant from the SPFL to fund a part-time community officer. Tom is now putting together the paperwork to create a charitable trust to operate at arms length from the club and for the benefit of the community – though, of course , there will be indirect benefits for the club. I would encourage any supporters who feel that they have the skills, the time and the determination to help get this trust off the ground to volunteer to be trustees by contacting me or Tom. The plan is for the trust to be in operation for around the start of next season.

Lastly, the Supporters Club are organising the Player of The Year Awards on Saturday 26 April at the Victoria Hotel. Get the date in the diary and contact the Supporters Club to book a table.

Onwards and upwards!

Dave Wann

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