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Thank you – R.S. Joinery Ltd – Arbroath

We would like to continue to thank the local business and volunteers who have spent their time and resources helping us improve and upgrade Gayfield and our facilities.

This time we would like to thank Bob Stewart and all of his team at R.S. Joinery, Ltd in Arbroath.

Bob and his team helped us replace all the advertising boards around the Gayfield Pitch. The work started during last season when the boarding along the stand closest to the sea was taken down. After seasons of being exposed to the weather conditions and the effects of being so close to the sea the wood was all rotting away.

However this was all removed and replaced with new wood backing which was attached before the advertising boards were returned.

This work continued over the summer as both the Harbour and Pleasureland end boarding was taken down and replaced.

Their installation of the new wooden backing boards along with the advertising boards looks makes Gayfield look fantastic.

Thank you again to Bob and everyone at R.S. Joinery Limited. If you need any joinery work done why not get in touch with them!

Phone: 01241-873463

24 hour mobile: 07710-366328

Email: info@rsjoinery.co.uk

Website: http://rsjoinery.co.uk/

Address:
R.S. Joinery Ltd,
27 Lindsay St,
Arbroath,
Angus,
DD11 1RP

Alloa Athletic vs Arbroath – 36nilTV Match Highlights

36nilTV was at the Indodrill Stadium last night in Alloa to film our match against Alloa Athletic in the Betfred Cup.

Please remember to follow 36NilTV on Twitter @36NilTV and Instagram @36nilTV and subscribe to the 36NilTV YouTube Channel for first notification of match highlights and match interviews.

Injury update

Everyone at Arbroath FC would like to wish Boardroom Steward, Dave Bruce the very best of luck for tomorrow as he goes under the knife to have a hip replacement operation.

We will be without the services of Dave for a few weeks at Gayfield but we look forward to seeing him when he has made his comeback. It won’t be the same without him!

Good luck Dave!

Post Match Interview – Ian Campbell

Arbroath Assistant Manager Ian Campbell shares his thoughts on Tuesday’s Betfred Cup game against Alloa Athletic with the media after the full time whistle.

Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Betfred Cup – Group A – Game 2 – Season 2018 / 2019

Tuesday 17th July 2018, Indodrill Stadium, Alloa, 7.45pm kick off

The Indodrill stadium stadium has been a tricky place for Arbroath to go over the course of the last year and sadly tonight’s visit continued in the same vein.

There were several changes to the Arbroath line up with Jamieson, Kader, Linn, Swankie and Hamilton all dropping to the bench, with Hill, Whatley, Toshney, Hester and Denholm all coming into the starting line up.

With Hamilton carrying a slight niggle, the Lichties lined up in a 3-5-2 formation.

Arbroath attacked the goal next to Clackmannan Road and the game started out quite evenly.

However Alloa took the lead in the 9th minute after a ball over the top found Greig Spence who looked to be yards offside, but the flag didn’t go and Spence made no mistake from 8 yards.

In a repeat of last season Alloa scored a second goal within 60 seconds to double their lead. Kevin Cawley made a bursting run forward from the half way line but as he lined up a shot from the 18 yard line he was met by Lewis Toshney and Ricky Little and his shot took a wicked deflection seemingly off Little and past Hill who had dived in the direction of his original shot.

Iain Flannigan was shown a yellow card in the 15th minute for a bad foul on Kane Hester as he threatened to break.

However the Arbroath heads didn’t go down and Arbroath pulled once back just 10 minutes later. Ryan Wallace picked up the ball in the Alloa half before finding David Gold who passed to Michael McKenna out on the wing. His cross into the box was met by Wallace in a very nice move.

The teams were level in the 26th minute as a sloppy pass from Neil Parry was read and intercepted by Kane Hester who had ran in to close the angle. Kane controlled the ball before calmly rounding Parry to roll the ball into the empty net from 6 yards.

Alan Trouten who had lit up the goal scoring charts in League One last year got off the mark only 4 minutes later. He was able to run through the middle of the Arbroath defence but his shot came back off Hill’s right post, but Trouten was quickest to the rebound and struck Alloa’s 3rd in the 30th minute.

Kane Hester almost drew Arbroath level as again he ran in on Parry, but this time was just inches away from a second goal.

Alloa’s 4th goal again was full of controversy as Trouten seemed to handle the ball to control it in the Arbroath box. His low drive was brilliantly saved by Hill but experienced striker Spence made no mistake as he a well executed over head kick to convert the loose ball.

Half Time – Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Arbroath brought on Colin Hamilton for Lewis Toshney for the second half. It was a half that the Lichties were to dominate but they just couldn’t find a way to really trouble Parry in the Alloa goal.

A brilliant pass again by Wallace put through Hester but there just wasn’t enough space for him to run down on Parry.

Bobby Linn and Omar Kader came on for Kane Hester and Danny Denholm with 16 minutes left but despite several balls and shots towards the Alloa goal it was another night for Alloa to take the victory with a disciplined defensive performance.

Full Time – Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Stats

Possession – Alloa Athletic 51% – 49% Arbroath
Total Shots – Alloa Athletic 9 – 12 Arbroath
On Target – Alloa Athletic 4 – 6 Arbroath
Off Target – Alloa Athletic 4 – 4 Arbroath
Blocked – Alloa Athletic 1 – 2 Arbroath
Corners – Alloa Athletic 5 – 4 Arbroath
Fouls Committed – Alloa Athletic 7 – 11 Arbroath

Alloa Athletic

1 – Neil Parry
2 – Scott Taggart
3 – Liam Dick
4 – Zdravko Karadachki
5 – Andy Graham (c)
6 – Iain Flannigan (Robertson 64)
7 – Kevin Cawley (Hetherington 63)
8 – Adam Brown
9 – Greig Spence
10 – Alan Trouten (Peggie 76)
11 – Jake Hastie

Substitutes

12 – Reis Peggie – 10; 76th
14 – Steven Hetherington – 7; 63rd
15 – Jon Robertson – 6; 64th
16 – Jim Goodwin
21 – Chris Henry (GK)

Goals – Spence 9, 36, Little 10 (OG), Trouten 30

Yellow Cards – Flannigan 15, Graham 82

Arbroath

1 – Darren Hill
2 – Jason Thomson
3 – David Gold
4 – Ricky Little
5 – Thomas O’Brien
6 – Mark Whatley (c)
7 – Michael McKenna
8 – Lewis Toshney (Hamilton 45)
9 – Kane Hester (Linn 74)
10 – Ryan Wallace
11 – Danny Denholm (Kader 74)

Substitutes
12 – Bobby Linn – 9, 74th
14 – Omar Kader – 11; 74th
16 – Colin Hamilton – 8; 45th
21 – Darren Jamieson (GK)

Goals – Wallace 20, Hester 26

Attendance – 302

Referee – Craig Napier
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff

100 Games in Charge

 
Tonight’s game against Alloa Athletic has a certain significance as it marks the 100th competitive game in charge of Manager Dick Campbell, Assistant Manager Ian Campbell and Coach John Young.
 
The trio were appointed on the 8th March 2016 just hours before an away fixture to Berwick Rangers which the Lichties lost 3-0 and slipped to 9th in League 2.
 
In their first match in the dugout a 3-0 win over East Stirlingshire was recorded at Gayfield as League 2 survival was achieved with another win away to Clyde and a draw with Montrose at Gayfield.
 
It wasn’t until the summer that Dick and Ian were finally able to recruit their own players with a large overhaul of the playing staff and goalkeeping coach John Ritchie joining his lifelong friends at Gayfield.
 
The 2016 / 2017 season was to be one that no Arbroath supporter would ever forget. An opening Betfred Cup fixture live on BT Sport against Dundee United at Gayfield. Two late goals taking the tie to a penalty shoot-out which was to be the very first in the new competition.
 
Of course it was the league title which was battled for every step of the way. Coming back from being 11 points behind with a record breaking undefeated away record which all came together on Helicopter Saturday down in Stirling. Not only did a Championship trophy come back to Gayfield but Dick was also voted Manager of the Year.
 
Life in League One was going to be tough, but with several more talented players being recruited over the summer it was clear that the ambition of the Management team was more than just to stay up.
 
Against 3 full time sides, the Lichties more than proved their worth causing a few upsets along the way and making it into the play-offs on the very first attempt.
 
A battle against Dumbarton home and away, which we lost out on in the narrowest of margins made everyone at Gayfield even more determined for the new season.
 
Football and indeed life can be so full of highs and lows and we were devastated that we lost our beloved John Ritchie. Not only was he a pivotal part of the team, but also a friend of over 40 years to Dick, Ian and John.
 
This season has already erupted into action with a fantastic result and performance at Tannadice with again more quality additions to our already hungry and talented team.
 
Robert Douglas, another close friend of Dick, Ian and John and who has answered our SOS calls on numerous occasions has also joined our coaching team to bring more knowledge and experience.
 
The Board of Directors are incredibly grateful for the wealth of experience and personality that Dick Campbell, Ian Campbell and John Young have brought to our club and the journey we have shared together along the way with the players and the supporters.
 
There is always a level of the upmost professionalism yet there is still time for smiles and laughter and we look forward to celebrating another 100 games together with Dick, Ian and John!
 
C’mon the Lichties!

Lewis Toshney sponsorship

We have an opportunity for an individual or a business to sponsor new loan signing Lewis Toshney.
 
Lewis is pictured here playing for Dundee United at Gayfield chasing down his good friend Bobby Linn.
 
We have been incredibly supportive this season yet again by our fans and businesses with everyone being sponsored after only one pre-season friendly had been played.
 
Would you like to sponsor Lewis?
 
Benefits;
– Exclusive sponsorship of player or member of the management team for the full season.
– Signed photo with the player or member of the management team.
– Mention in the Matchday programme for the full season.
– Two Boardroom tickets (dress Code applies) for your choice of home match
– Seats in the Directors Box for the match.
– Half-time refreshments.
– Complimentary Matchday Programme and Team Sheet.
 
Cost – £250 + VAT
 
Optional;
– The two Boardroom tickets can be upgraded to include the Hospitality Package, which includes a delicious three-course meal for £25+VAT per person
– Additional Hospitality guests welcome, standard charge is £60+VAT per person
 
If you would like to sponsor Lewis or like more information please call 07775-779440 or email; afc@strathmoreeventservices.co.uk
 
Thank you!

Alloa Athletic vs Arbroath – Match Preview

Betfred Cup – Group A – Game 2 – Season 2018 / 2019

Tuesday 17th July 2018, Indodrill Stadium, 7.45pm kick off

It’s another busy week for the Lichties as they return to action tomorrow night as we travel to Alloa to take on Jim Goodwin’s Alloa Athletic.

We are no strangers to the Wasps having played them 5 times last season, including in this very fixture almost a year to the day, 16th July 2018.

On that evening, a Blair Yule header gave the Lichties the lead but a Frank McKeown last minute goal forced the game into another penalty shoot-out.

Our hero was keeper Ricky Gomes who saved from Kris Renton and Thomas Grant despite suffering a bad knock to the face earlier in the game.

Steven Doris, Mark Whatley, Blair Yule, Kane Hester, Ricky Little and David Gold all scored with Gavin Malin hitting the bar as we triumphed 6-5 on penalties.

Alloa have made many changes during the summer like most clubs as they look forward to their return to the Championship.

Arrivals;

Chris Henry – Goalkeeper, St. Mirren,
Liam Dick – Defender, Dumbarton,
Zdravko Karadachki – Defender, Edinburgh City,
Adam Brown – Midfield, Airdrieonians
David Galt – Midfield, Queen’s Park,
Jake Hastie – Striker, Motherwell (loan)
Greig Spence – Striker – Raith Rovers,
Alan Trouten – Striker, Albion Rovers,

Departures;

Alan Cook (Stenhousemuir, loan made permanent),
John Cunningham (Albion Rovers),
Craig Malcolm (East Kilbride),
Adam Martin (Queen’s Park),
Daryll Meggatt (East Fife),
Dylan Monaghan (Albion Rovers),
Kris Renton (Cowdenbeath),
Gary Fleming,
Ryan Hoggan,
Frank McKeown
Callum Crane (Hibernian, end of loan),
Jordan Kirkpatrick (St. Mirren, end of loan),
Paul Joseph Crossan (Celtic, end of loan),
Jamie McCart (Celtic, end of loan),
Callum Smith (Dunfermline Athletic, end of loan),
Ross Stewart (St. Mirren, end of loan),

Arbroath will include new loan signing Lewis Toshney into the squad which will travel to the Indodrill Stadium which will see Dick and Ian Campbell and Coach John Young take on their 100th competitive game in charge!

Rules;

If the game is level after 90 minutes it will go straight to a penalty shoot out for a bonus point. The eight group winners go through with the four best runner-ups also progressing into the second round.

No Trialists are allowed in the Betfred Cup, only signed players.

Group A Fixtures;

Ross County vs Dundee United – 19.45pm

Suspensions;

Neither team have any players suspended.

Officials;

Referee – Craig Napier
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff

Admission;

Admission Prices at Indodrill Stadium are as follows;

£17 – Adults
£9 – Senior Citizens (Over 65)
£4 – Juveniles (Under 16)

Travel;

The address for the Indodrill Stadium is Clackmannan Roasd, Alloa, FK10 1RY

We appreciate it is a midweek game but we are always very grateful for all the Lichties who follow and support the Lichties.

C’mon the Lichties!

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Thank you - R.S. Joinery Ltd - Arbroath

We would like to continue to thank the local business and volunteers who have spent their time and resources helping us improve and upgrade Gayfield and our facilities.

This time we would like to thank Bob Stewart and all of his team at R.S. Joinery, Ltd in Arbroath.

Bob and his team helped us replace all the advertising boards around the Gayfield Pitch. The work started during last season when the boarding along the stand closest to the sea was taken down. After seasons of being exposed to the weather conditions and the effects of being so close to the sea the wood was all rotting away.

However this was all removed and replaced with new wood backing which was attached before the advertising boards were returned.

This work continued over the summer as both the Harbour and Pleasureland end boarding was taken down and replaced.

Their installation of the new wooden backing boards along with the advertising boards looks makes Gayfield look fantastic.

Thank you again to Bob and everyone at R.S. Joinery Limited. If you need any joinery work done why not get in touch with them!

Phone: 01241-873463

24 hour mobile: 07710-366328

Email: info@rsjoinery.co.uk

Website: rsjoinery.co.uk/
Address:
R.S. Joinery Ltd,
27 Lindsay St,
Arbroath,
Angus,
DD11 1RP
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Thank you - R.S. Joinery Ltd - Arbroath

We would like to continue to thank the local business and volunteers who have spent their time and resources helping us improve and upgrade Gayfield and our facilities.

This time we would like to thank Bob Stewart and all of his team at R.S. Joinery, Ltd in Arbroath.

Bob and his team helped us replace all the advertising boards around the Gayfield Pitch.  The work started during last season when the boarding along the stand closest to the sea was taken down.  After seasons of being exposed to the weather conditions and the effects of being so close to the sea the wood was all rotting away.  

However this was all removed and replaced with new wood backing which was attached before the advertising boards were returned. 

This work continued over the summer as both the Harbour and Pleasureland end boarding was taken down and replaced.   

Their installation of the new wooden backing boards along with the advertising boards looks makes Gayfield look fantastic.

Thank you again to Bob and everyone at R.S. Joinery Limited.  If you need any joinery work done why not get in touch with them!

Phone: 01241-873463

24 hour mobile: 07710-366328

Email:  info@rsjoinery.co.uk

Website: http://rsjoinery.co.uk/
Address:
R.S. Joinery Ltd,
27 Lindsay St,
Arbroath,
Angus,
DD11 1RP

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Everyone at Arbroath FC would like to wish our very good friend Francis Davidson a very Happy Birthday.

Not only is Francis a loyal friend, but a Director at Avenue Care who are one of our key shirt sponsors.

Francis also has kindly and very generously sponsored Ian Campbell and Robert Douglas for the new season.

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Everyone at Arbroath FC would like to wish our very good friend Francis Davidson a very Happy Birthday.

Not only is Francis a loyal friend, but a Director at Avenue Care who are one of our key shirt sponsors.   

Francis also has kindly and very generously sponsored Ian Campbell and Robert Douglas for the new season.  

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Alloa Athletic vs Arbroath – 36nilTV Match Highlights

36nilTV was at the Indodrill Stadium last night in Alloa to film our match against Alloa Athletic in the Betfred Cup.

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Thank you – R.S. Joinery Ltd – Arbroath

We would like to continue to thank the local business and volunteers who have spent their time and resources helping us improve and upgrade Gayfield and our facilities.

This time we would like to thank Bob Stewart and all of his team at R.S. Joinery, Ltd in Arbroath.

Bob and his team helped us replace all the advertising boards around the Gayfield Pitch. The work started during last season when the boarding along the stand closest to the sea was taken down. After seasons of being exposed to the weather conditions and the effects of being so close to the sea the wood was all rotting away.

However this was all removed and replaced with new wood backing which was attached before the advertising boards were returned.

This work continued over the summer as both the Harbour and Pleasureland end boarding was taken down and replaced.

Their installation of the new wooden backing boards along with the advertising boards looks makes Gayfield look fantastic.

Thank you again to Bob and everyone at R.S. Joinery Limited. If you need any joinery work done why not get in touch with them!

Phone: 01241-873463

24 hour mobile: 07710-366328

Email: info@rsjoinery.co.uk

Website: http://rsjoinery.co.uk/

Address:
R.S. Joinery Ltd,
27 Lindsay St,
Arbroath,
Angus,
DD11 1RP

Alloa Athletic vs Arbroath – 36nilTV Match Highlights

36nilTV was at the Indodrill Stadium last night in Alloa to film our match against Alloa Athletic in the Betfred Cup.

Please remember to follow 36NilTV on Twitter @36NilTV and Instagram @36nilTV and subscribe to the 36NilTV YouTube Channel for first notification of match highlights and match interviews.

Injury update

Everyone at Arbroath FC would like to wish Boardroom Steward, Dave Bruce the very best of luck for tomorrow as he goes under the knife to have a hip replacement operation.

We will be without the services of Dave for a few weeks at Gayfield but we look forward to seeing him when he has made his comeback. It won’t be the same without him!

Good luck Dave!

Post Match Interview – Ian Campbell

Arbroath Assistant Manager Ian Campbell shares his thoughts on Tuesday’s Betfred Cup game against Alloa Athletic with the media after the full time whistle.

Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Betfred Cup – Group A – Game 2 – Season 2018 / 2019

Tuesday 17th July 2018, Indodrill Stadium, Alloa, 7.45pm kick off

The Indodrill stadium stadium has been a tricky place for Arbroath to go over the course of the last year and sadly tonight’s visit continued in the same vein.

There were several changes to the Arbroath line up with Jamieson, Kader, Linn, Swankie and Hamilton all dropping to the bench, with Hill, Whatley, Toshney, Hester and Denholm all coming into the starting line up.

With Hamilton carrying a slight niggle, the Lichties lined up in a 3-5-2 formation.

Arbroath attacked the goal next to Clackmannan Road and the game started out quite evenly.

However Alloa took the lead in the 9th minute after a ball over the top found Greig Spence who looked to be yards offside, but the flag didn’t go and Spence made no mistake from 8 yards.

In a repeat of last season Alloa scored a second goal within 60 seconds to double their lead. Kevin Cawley made a bursting run forward from the half way line but as he lined up a shot from the 18 yard line he was met by Lewis Toshney and Ricky Little and his shot took a wicked deflection seemingly off Little and past Hill who had dived in the direction of his original shot.

Iain Flannigan was shown a yellow card in the 15th minute for a bad foul on Kane Hester as he threatened to break.

However the Arbroath heads didn’t go down and Arbroath pulled once back just 10 minutes later. Ryan Wallace picked up the ball in the Alloa half before finding David Gold who passed to Michael McKenna out on the wing. His cross into the box was met by Wallace in a very nice move.

The teams were level in the 26th minute as a sloppy pass from Neil Parry was read and intercepted by Kane Hester who had ran in to close the angle. Kane controlled the ball before calmly rounding Parry to roll the ball into the empty net from 6 yards.

Alan Trouten who had lit up the goal scoring charts in League One last year got off the mark only 4 minutes later. He was able to run through the middle of the Arbroath defence but his shot came back off Hill’s right post, but Trouten was quickest to the rebound and struck Alloa’s 3rd in the 30th minute.

Kane Hester almost drew Arbroath level as again he ran in on Parry, but this time was just inches away from a second goal.

Alloa’s 4th goal again was full of controversy as Trouten seemed to handle the ball to control it in the Arbroath box. His low drive was brilliantly saved by Hill but experienced striker Spence made no mistake as he a well executed over head kick to convert the loose ball.

Half Time – Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Arbroath brought on Colin Hamilton for Lewis Toshney for the second half. It was a half that the Lichties were to dominate but they just couldn’t find a way to really trouble Parry in the Alloa goal.

A brilliant pass again by Wallace put through Hester but there just wasn’t enough space for him to run down on Parry.

Bobby Linn and Omar Kader came on for Kane Hester and Danny Denholm with 16 minutes left but despite several balls and shots towards the Alloa goal it was another night for Alloa to take the victory with a disciplined defensive performance.

Full Time – Alloa Athletic 4 – 2 Arbroath

Stats

Possession – Alloa Athletic 51% – 49% Arbroath
Total Shots – Alloa Athletic 9 – 12 Arbroath
On Target – Alloa Athletic 4 – 6 Arbroath
Off Target – Alloa Athletic 4 – 4 Arbroath
Blocked – Alloa Athletic 1 – 2 Arbroath
Corners – Alloa Athletic 5 – 4 Arbroath
Fouls Committed – Alloa Athletic 7 – 11 Arbroath

Alloa Athletic

1 – Neil Parry
2 – Scott Taggart
3 – Liam Dick
4 – Zdravko Karadachki
5 – Andy Graham (c)
6 – Iain Flannigan (Robertson 64)
7 – Kevin Cawley (Hetherington 63)
8 – Adam Brown
9 – Greig Spence
10 – Alan Trouten (Peggie 76)
11 – Jake Hastie

Substitutes

12 – Reis Peggie – 10; 76th
14 – Steven Hetherington – 7; 63rd
15 – Jon Robertson – 6; 64th
16 – Jim Goodwin
21 – Chris Henry (GK)

Goals – Spence 9, 36, Little 10 (OG), Trouten 30

Yellow Cards – Flannigan 15, Graham 82

Arbroath

1 – Darren Hill
2 – Jason Thomson
3 – David Gold
4 – Ricky Little
5 – Thomas O’Brien
6 – Mark Whatley (c)
7 – Michael McKenna
8 – Lewis Toshney (Hamilton 45)
9 – Kane Hester (Linn 74)
10 – Ryan Wallace
11 – Danny Denholm (Kader 74)

Substitutes
12 – Bobby Linn – 9, 74th
14 – Omar Kader – 11; 74th
16 – Colin Hamilton – 8; 45th
21 – Darren Jamieson (GK)

Goals – Wallace 20, Hester 26

Attendance – 302

Referee – Craig Napier
Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff

100 Games in Charge

 
Tonight’s game against Alloa Athletic has a certain significance as it marks the 100th competitive game in charge of Manager Dick Campbell, Assistant Manager Ian Campbell and Coach John Young.
 
The trio were appointed on the 8th March 2016 just hours before an away fixture to Berwick Rangers which the Lichties lost 3-0 and slipped to 9th in League 2.
 
In their first match in the dugout a 3-0 win over East Stirlingshire was recorded at Gayfield as League 2 survival was achieved with another win away to Clyde and a draw with Montrose at Gayfield.
 
It wasn’t until the summer that Dick and Ian were finally able to recruit their own players with a large overhaul of the playing staff and goalkeeping coach John Ritchie joining his lifelong friends at Gayfield.
 
The 2016 / 2017 season was to be one that no Arbroath supporter would ever forget. An opening Betfred Cup fixture live on BT Sport against Dundee United at Gayfield. Two late goals taking the tie to a penalty shoot-out which was to be the very first in the new competition.
 
Of course it was the league title which was battled for every step of the way. Coming back from being 11 points behind with a record breaking undefeated away record which all came together on Helicopter Saturday down in Stirling. Not only did a Championship trophy come back to Gayfield but Dick was also voted Manager of the Year.
 
Life in League One was going to be tough, but with several more talented players being recruited over the summer it was clear that the ambition of the Management team was more than just to stay up.
 
Against 3 full time sides, the Lichties more than proved their worth causing a few upsets along the way and making it into the play-offs on the very first attempt.
 
A battle against Dumbarton home and away, which we lost out on in the narrowest of margins made everyone at Gayfield even more determined for the new season.
 
Football and indeed life can be so full of highs and lows and we were devastated that we lost our beloved John Ritchie. Not only was he a pivotal part of the team, but also a friend of over 40 years to Dick, Ian and John.
 
This season has already erupted into action with a fantastic result and performance at Tannadice with again more quality additions to our already hungry and talented team.
 
Robert Douglas, another close friend of Dick, Ian and John and who has answered our SOS calls on numerous occasions has also joined our coaching team to bring more knowledge and experience.
 
The Board of Directors are incredibly grateful for the wealth of experience and personality that Dick Campbell, Ian Campbell and John Young have brought to our club and the journey we have shared together along the way with the players and the supporters.
 
There is always a level of the upmost professionalism yet there is still time for smiles and laughter and we look forward to celebrating another 100 games together with Dick, Ian and John!
 
C’mon the Lichties!

To purchase Club Merchandise, please call the Club on 01241-872157 or email to arbroathfc@outlook.com

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