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Elgin City 4 Arbroath 1
A disappointing season for the Lichties came to an end with a 4-1 defeat away in the Highlands to Elgin City. Injuries and illness meant that Dick Campbell could only name 3 substitutes with Darren Ramsay, Keiran Stewart, Craig Watson, Sergio Alvarez, Craig Wilson and Jamie Henry all missing. Elgin City took the lead in the 5th minute when Kyle McLeod's header found the net. Josh Skelly came close to levelling 6 minutes later when he connected onto Bobby Linn's cross but put the ball over. Elgin doubled their lead on 32 when Andy Munro brought down Brian Cameron, with the Elgin midfielder then converting the penalty. Elgin looked to have booked their play off place in 64 minutes when Cameron headed in his second before the Lichties pulled a goal back 5 minutes from time. Bobby Linn's free kick fell to Kane Hester whose rifling shot was parried out by Mark Hurst and Josh Skelly fired in for 3-1. As the game petered out, Craig Gunn sent a looping effort over the defence to make it 4 to set up a play off tie against Clyde for the Highlanders.
Arbroath 0 Montrose 0
Match Highlights HERE
Both sides cancelled each other out for a 0-0 stalemate in the local derby at Gayfield. The Lichties had chances early on through Greg Rutherford and Mark Whatley with custodian, Jordan Millar saving well. As the game went on, it developed into a real end of season affair as both sides struggled to create openings. Darren Ramsay had a close range header late on while Aaron Comrie's shot flew over the bar for the visitors. The best chance for a goal fell to Bobby Linn but he could only blast his shot into the side netting. Attendance 1,073
Jordan Lowdon was awarded Man of the Match and is seen receiving his award from Keira Proctor.
The winning 50/50 number for the Montrose match for £234.00 was 01729 with the prize claimed
PFA Scotland Championship, League 1 and League 2 Player of the Year
PFA Scotland is delighted to announce the nominees for this season’s Championship, League 1 and League 2 Player of the Year Awards 2016. Players at every club across the country have had their say and this year’s nominees in the Championship, League 1 and League 2 are as follows:
Championship Player of the Year
Jason Cummings Hibernian, John McGinn Hibernian, Lee Wallace Rangers, Martyn Waghorn Rangers
League 1 Player of the Year
Joe Cardle Dunfermline, Faissal el Bakhtaoui Dunfermline, Rory McAllister Peterhead, Greig Spence Cowdenbeath
League 2 Player of the Year
Nathan Austin East Fife, Bobby Linn Arbroath, Peter Weatherson Annan Athletic, Kyle Wilkie East Fife
Championship nominee Lee Wallace has previously been a winner at the PFA Scotland annual awards having won the League 2 Player of the Year accolade in 2013. The other three candidates are all nominated for the first time.
Peterhead striker Rory McAllister already has a hat trick of PFA Player of the Year awards to his name – two from League 1 in 2010 and 2011 and one from League 2 in 2014 – and finds himself up for nomination again after another successful season on the goals front.
Bobby Linn, from Arbroath, is hoping to do back-to-back wins in the League 2 Player of the Year category after scooping the award last year.
The overall winner will be announced on Sunday 1st May at PFA Scotland’s annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. For more information please contact Michelle Evans on 07796 171490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively call Paul Kiddie on 07852 988828.
Ahead of Saturday's match against Montrose, supporters are advised that segregation will be in place. The Arbroath support will occupy the Harbour End of the stadium while the away support will occupy the Pleasureland end. Due to the anticipated larger number of spectators attending, all supporters are asked to arrive in good time before kick off to gain admission.
Arbroath 1 Berwick Rangers 2
Match Highlights HERE
A double whammy in the final eleven minutes gave Berwick 2 goals and the win against Arbroath at Gayfield. The Lichties had more of the play, hitting the woodwork several times before Kane Hester eventually bundled the ball over the line in the 69th minute. 10 minutes later though, with the home side still dominating, the Borderers broke away and Steven Notman fired in under Allan Fleming after a run into the box from the right. On 85 minutes, Calum Crane was shown a second yellow and ordered off, reducing Berwick to 10 men. As the match went into injury time, Michael McKenna got his head on a through ball and looped a header over Allan Fleming to take the points back to the borders.
Annan Athletic 4 Arbroath 1
The Lichties returned from Galabank pointless after a defeat by 4 goals to 1 despite having the lions share of possession. Arbroath started brightly, spurning several chances in the first 20 minutes before Annan took the lead on 22. From a corner, Peter Weatherson cracked a shot from the underside of the bar and Josh Todd was there to knock in the rebound. 3 minutes later and Jamie Reid levelled for the visitors with a fine shot from the edge of the box but a minute later Lewis Guy capitalised on a defensive slip for 2-1. Seconds after the interval, the maroons were caught napping when Todd got his second after being set up by Steven Sloan and Smart Osadolor made it 4-1 with 2 minutes remaining. With defeats also for Montrose and East Stirlingshire, Arbroath remain 8th with East Stirlingshire now consigned to the relegation play off.
Arbroath 0 East Fife 1
Match Highlights Here
A first half goal by Jason Kerr was the difference between the sides as East Fife went clear at the top of the table. Arbroath were unchanged from last week with the exception of Darren Ramsey who replaced Mark Williams, who made the bench after recovering from an injury last week. The first half was fairly even though the Fifers spurned some good chances with Fleming saving well from Jonathan Page. The goal came on 26 minutes when the Gayfield custodian misjudged an awkward bounce from Ross Brown's delivery, which rose over and landed at Kerr who fired in from close range. The Lichties struggled to find a way back into the game and had little to show for their efforts, though the introduction of Kane Hester made an impact on the forward line. With Clyde scraping a draw against Montrose with an injury time penalty, East Fife have now opened the gap at the top to 4 points.
The winning 50/50 number for the East Fife match was 09954 for £266.00
Arbroath v East Fife Segregation Arrangements
Please note that segregation will be in place for the Arbroath v East Fife match on Saturday the 2nd of April. Arbroath will occupy the Harbour End of the stadium with East Fife taking the Pleasureland End.
Clyde 1 Arbroath 2
Match Highlights Available on Clyde Website www.clydefc.co.uk/media/video
A dominant second half showing by Arbroath secured an important win against Clyde at Broadwood. The Bully Wee took an early lead in the 8th minute when new loan signing Jordan Kirkpatrick slotted home. On the half hour mark, an injury forced David Gormley to be replaced by John Gemmell as Clyde pressed for a second and the Lichties had to replace Mark Williams with David Gold shortly before half time. The game turned on its head for the second half as Arbroath took control. In the 56th minute, a rash challenge by Scott Durie on Josh Skelly gave Referee, David Munro no option but to award a penalty and Bobby Linn calmly converted for 1-1. Arbroath then took the lead 2 minutes later when goalkeeper, Marc Waters spilled the ball and Ricky Little fired in. Arbroath continued to dominate and the win denied Clyde a chance to go top with East Fife only drawing and the Lichties climb to 8th.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL
Supporters Direct Scotland in partnership with the Scottish FA and supported by the SPFL are pleased to launch the Scottish Football Supporters Survey 2016 – designed to give supporters across the country their say on the big issues affecting the national game.
This year’s survey is expected to engage tens of thousands of supporters, with clubs supporting the call to ask fans, “What’s the view from where you sit?”
Since its inception, the Scottish Football Supporters Survey has helped shape strategy and facilitate change at all levels of the game.
Your feedback is essential in the next stage of supporter engagement and to help provide a better fan experience whether supporting your club or country.
Already, your views have been taken on board and helped achieve the implementation of innovations such as:
• The creation of a single league body, the SPFL • The creation of the Premiership Play-Offs • The appointment of SDS and other independent groups (Players, Coaches and Referee Representatives) to the Scottish FA Congress • The reformatting of the League Cup
In addition, the survey feedback has also enhanced the debate on the fixture calendar, pricing strategy, barriers to attendance, alcohol in football and fan engagement and ownership models.
Have your say on the future of Scottish football and you could win tickets to Scotland’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Hampden (8 October 2016)
How will your views count?
• We’ll publish the full survey results in a comprehensive format • Supporters Direct Scotland will identify key “supporter asks” • These will be presented to the Scottish FA Congress’ July meeting • Supporters Direct will report on the progress of the “supporter asks” in July 2017
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive stressed the importance of the annual survey.
He said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the SPFL and SDS to launch this year’s Scottish Football Supporters Survey. The Scottish FA is committed to improving the game at all levels and the feedback from the fans – the lifeblood of the game – is important in shaping our plans for the future.”
Head of Supporters Direct Scotland, Andrew Jenkin explained that the survey is part of a process to continue to deliver change.
“As an organisation, Supporters Direct Scotland, plays a vital role in influencing key issues for supporters in Scottish football,” he added.
“This year we are more ambitious than ever before and plan to present the findings to all supporters, and then identify the key “supporter asks” we think Scottish football as a whole should focus on. Our aim is to be collaborative, to represent supporter views clearly, and to work with governing bodies & clubs to deliver ongoing change.”
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster added that the survey provides a valuable opportunity for the league governing body to reflect on the views of supporters across the country.
“The SPFL welcomes this survey and the opportunity it provides to hear and take on board the views of Scottish football supporters around the issues of most interest and concern to them,” he said.
Queens Park 2 Arbroath 1
A 91st minute winner from Ryan McGeever saw defeat for the Lichties at the national stadium by 2 goals to 1. Manager, Dick Campbell brought back Ricky Little from his one match suspension and started with Josh Skelly and Darren Ramsay up front, with Greg Rutherford on the bench. Queens dominated the first half and went ahead in the 32nd minute when Paul Woods fired in well from Chris Duggan's cut back. The visitors began to dominate in the second half and on 54 minutes, Kane Hester sent a header past the stranded Willie Muir in the Spiders goal after a great cross by Josh Skelly for the equaliser. Both sides worked hard for the winner and eventually McGeever headed in at the death from a corner.
Match Highlights HERE
Arbroath 3 - 0 East Stirlingshire
Arbroath got back to winning ways and back on the goal trail after defeating Craig Tully's East Stirlingshire at Gayfield today in the first victory under new manager Dick Campbell. Arbroath opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Craig Wilson made a great run at the back post to float a header over Barnard in the East Stirlingshire goal as Arbroath went on to dominate the first half. Into the second half and Arbroath again pressed hard to get the second goal and it came after substitute Kane Hester found space and lashed a shot off the post. Arbroath Captain Mark Whatley was there to fire in the rebound in the 69th minute before a beautiful piece of skill by Craig Wilson set up Mark Williams who fired in his first goal for Arbroath in the 73rd minute. At the other end Jordan Lowdon and Andy Munro put in determined performances to keep the Shire at bay, with goalkeeper Allan Fleming also making some fine stops to keep the lead intact.
The winning 50/50 number for the East Stirlingshire match was 08296 and the prize of £175 was claimed.
Berwick Rangers 3 Arbroath 0
The Lichties returned from the borders pointless after a 3 defeat at Shielfield. Mark Williams started in right midfield with Keiran Stewart joining Mark Whatley in the middle. Josh Skelly partnered Greg Rutherford up front and Ricky Little returned in defence prior to his further match suspension coming up against East Stirlingshire. Arbroath started brightly with the match at a quick pace but Blair Henderson latched onto Alex Cunningham's deflected shot in the 4th minute to put the hosts 1 up. The Lichties battled to get back into the game and ended the first half with the lions share of possession, with a Bobby Linn effort just deflected over before the interval. After the break, Arbroath again started brightly but were undone again in the 51st minute when Henderson rounded Fleming for 2 nil. Darren Lavery then headed in Graeme Beveridge's cross on the hour to seal a 3 nil victory which lifts Berwick above Arbroath into 8th.
Arbroath FC Officials are delighted to confirm this morning the appointment of Dick Campbell as the new Manager. Dick is a vastly experienced and successful Scottish football Manager and will be in charge of the team for the visit to Berwick Rangers on Tuesday night. His Assistant at Forfar Athletic, his twin brother Ian, will be taking on a similar role at Gayfield, while John Young will complete Dick’s backroom team as an Assistant Coach. The Club would like to put on record their thanks to all who applied officially or noted an interest in the post and wish them well for the future.
After a disappointing run of results and a poor league position, Arbroath FC have parted company with Manager, Todd Lumsden and his Assistant, Steven Hislop. The Club would like to publicly thank them for their efforts since taking over towards the end of last season and wish them both well for the future. The Club will now actively seek a new Management team.
Stirling Albion 1 Arbroath 0
A Craig Beattie goal with 8 minutes remaining was the difference at Forthbank as Arbroath slumped to a further defeat. With Ricky Little suspended, Mark Williams took his place in the centre of defence with Keiran Stewart starting in midfield. Former Lichtie, Steven Doris had 2 decent shots in the first half with the visitors struggling to make an impression. Bobby Linn and Jordan Lowdon both had shots in the second half before Kane Hester replaced Greg Rutherford, Sergio Alvarez replaced Keiran Stewart and Josh Skelly replaced Jamie Henry. Bino's substitute Beattie came on in the 78th minute and scored 4 minutes later when he curled an effort with the outside of his foot. The defeat sees Arbroath drop to 8th in the table.
Legends Old & New
Allan Fleming was voted as Man of the Match for a fine goalkeeping display against Clyde. After the game, he took some time to speak to supporters in hospitality, where he met 2 Arbroath legends in former goalkeeper Gordon Marshall and defender Tom Cargill.
Arbroath 0 Clyde 1
Match Highlights HERE
The Lichties lost out by a goal to nil against Clyde at Gayfield in an entertaining and hard fought encounter. Todd Lumsden made several changes giving starts to Jordan Lowdon and Mark Williams. Greg Rutherford returned from injury up front and Jamie Henry started in midfield after his one match suspension. In a closely fought first half, both sides had chances with Michael Bolochoweckyj finding the net only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. Soon after that, a long range shot by Sean Higgins could only be blocked by Allan Fleming and from the rebound it looked certain that David Marsh would score, but the home goalie pulled off a superb save to claw the ball away from the line. Darren Ramsay came close for the Lichties on the half hour but couldnt squeeze the ball in at a tight angle. With 34 minutes gone, a long ball ended up with Ricky Little in a tussle with David Gormley, with the Clyde forward eventually going down in what Referee Colin Steven deemed a goal scoring opportunity. Little was sent off and Fleming made a fine save from the free kick. Then in first half injury time, Gormley himself saw a straight red for a lunge at Craig Wilson.
Arbroath started to press in the second half but were undone with a bizarre goal on 72 minutes. Scott Linton sent a high ball into the box and Craig Wilson somehow managed to send a looping header past the helpless Allan Fleming to put the Bully Wee 1 up. Arbroath had chances for the leveller with Kane Hester hitting the post from a tight angle and in the last minute, Bobby Linn had a great chance as he found space in the box only to hit the side netting.
The winning 50/50 number for the Clyde match was 08529
The winning 50/50 number for the East Stirlingshire match was 07660 for £50
The Arbroath v Clyde match goes ahead after passing a pitch inspection
There will be a pitch inspection at 10.45am today ahead of the Arbroath v Clyde match.
Arbroath 0 East Stirlingshire 0
The Shire left Gayfield with a point after a match which was dominated by the hosts but who failed to find the net. The Lichties Andy Munro was unfortunate to see an early close-range header clear the bar before efforts by Kane Hester and Jordan Lowdon sailed wide. At the other end, Ricky Little blocked a Neil McCabe attempt. Arbroath's Jamie Reid shot wide in the second half and Mark Whatley was also denied. Substitutes Darren Ramsay, Keiran Stewart and Josh Skelly all made an impact when they came on and Shire had to sustain further pressure to claim a point.
Arbroath 0 Queens Park 1
Match Highlights HERE
An early goal by John Carter earned the points for Queens at Gayfield. The Spiders number 9 found himself clear on goal and calmly slotted past Allan Fleming on 4 minutes. Arbroath were dealt a blow in the 34th minute when a serious injury to Craig Watson saw him stretchered off to be replaced by Andy Munro. The Lichties tried to dominate possession in the second half but William Muir made a fine save from Bobby Linn's effort and a defensive header from Queens onto their bar was eventually cleared after a stramash in the box. Any hopes of a point for Arbroath were dealt a further blow when midfielder, Jamie Henry was sent off for a second bookable offence on Sean Burns with 4 minutes remaining. The defeat sees the Lichties drop to 8th while the Spiders move up to 3rd. Attendance 593.
The winning 50/50 number for the Queens Park match was 08706
Today, the Arbroath CSC 2005 Squad are the local team to take part in the Arbroath FC Youth Match Day Experience scheme which brings local community clubs to the Gayfield pitch allowing them to soak up the football experience. Their match day experience will include free entry to the match, reserved seats in the stand and then they will take to the Gayfield pitch at half time to show off their silky skills. We hope everyone can cheer them on at half time!
The Arbroath v East Stirlingshire match will now be played on Tuesday the 23rd of February with a 7.45pm Kick Off.
Tonight's match between Arbroath and East Stirlingshire has been postponed due to the weather.
Kieran McWalter has left the Club by mutual agreement. Kieran was at Gayfield for several seasons as he came through the ranks of the youth system. The Club wish him the very best for the future.
There will be a 1.30pm pitch inspection ahead of tonights match against East Stirlingshire
Arbroath have signed Mark Williams on emergency loan from Alloa Athletic. Mark is a utility player who can play in defence at centre or right back and also in midfield.
Arbroath FC are delighted to announce that Captain, Mark Whatley has signed an extension to his present contract that will keep him at Gayfield until the end of the 2016/17 season.
East Fife 2 Arbroath 1
The Lichties good run of form came to an end with a 2-1 defeat against East Fife. With Bobby Linn, David Gold and Jordan Lowdon all injured, on loan Aberdeen midfielder, Jamie Henry came into the starting XI with Shaun Rutherford also featuring at left back. There wasn't much to talk about in the first half but just before the interval, Nathan Austin headed in Steven Campbell's cross to give the hosts the lead. On 64 minutes, the Fifers were 2 up when Jamie Insall tapped in from Austin's delivery. The visitors tried to get back into the game and a stunning long range effort from Keiran Stewart with 2 minutes remaining gave some hope but it was too little too late and East Fife comfortably held on. Greg Rutherford was substituted in the first half for Arbroath with what looks like a hamstring injury.
The Berwick Rangers v Arbroath fixture that was postponed on the 16th of January has been rearranged for Tuesday the 8th of March with a 7.45pm kick off.
Arbroath FC held its annual Burns Night at Gayfield last Friday. Pictured are;
Back: Roddy Campbell, Eck Whitton, Dave Ramsay, Ken Smith and piper Tom Roberts.
Front: Frank Ferguson, Rusty Smith, Gwynme Stewart, Brian Cargill, John Christison and the Rev Martin Fair.
Arbroath FC will be holding its annual Sportsmans Dinner at the Meadowbank Inn on Friday 18 March with a 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £40 and speakers for the evening are Jim Spence, Jimmy Nicholl and Dick Campbell. To book please call Julie on 07864 195158 or Brian on 07793 070168.
Jim Spence is a Scottish Sports broadcaster from Dundee who works for BBC Scotland. Spence is a fan of Dundee United F.C. He became an Internet hit in 2009 after a faltering interview with Slovakian goalkeeper Dušan Perniš. Despite Perniš apologising for his poor English, Spence continues the interview with limited success. He is forced to rephrase each question several times but just receives baffled looks from the goalkeeper.
Jimmy Nicholl is a Canadian-born former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for several clubs, including Manchester United and Rangers. He was mainly a right-back but could also play in other defensive roles. Nicholl won a total of 73 international caps for Northern Ireland, scoring one goal. After retiring as a player, he moved into coaching and management. He enjoyed success as manager of Raith Rovers, winning the 1994–95 Scottish League Cup. In recent years he has worked as an assistant coach for some Scottish Premier League clubs, including Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Hibernian. His most recent managerial position was for Scottish Championship side Cowdenbeath. In March 2015, he took over as assistant coach for Northern Ireland.
Dick Campbell is a former football Scottish Football League manager and player. Campbell's playing career was low-profile and is more known for his managerial career which includes successful lengthy spells at Brechin City and Forfar Athletic . He also managed Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, Partick Thistle and Ross County. He has achieved four promotions at three different clubs with the highlight taking Brechin from the old Scottish Third Division to the Scottish First Division which earned his move to Partick Thistle.
Arbroath FC held its annual Burns Night at Gayfield last Friday. Pictured are;
Back: Roddy Campbell, Eck Whitton, Dave Ramsay, Ken Smith and piper Tom Roberts.
Front: Frank Ferguson, Rusty Smith, Gwynme Stewart, Brian Cargill, John Christison and the Rev Martin Fair.
Saturday's winning 50/50 number was 007755 for £188
Arbroath 1 Stirling Albion 1
Match Highlights HERE
Arbroath had to settle for a share of the points at Gayfield. Todd Lumsden was forced to make 2 changes to the starting line up from last week due to injuries with Sergio Alvarez replacing David Gold and Shaun Rutherford in for Jordan Lowdon. The first half was an even affair with both sides cancelling each other out in difficult conditions. Albion had a goal ruled out for offside and a shot off the bar. An injury to Bobby Linn forced a change on the half hour mark and he was replaced by Jamie Reid. The second half was a similar affair to the first but the Lichties managed to take the lead in the 70th minute. Arbroath were awarded a free kick and before it was taken, Kane Hester came on to replace Josh Skelly. The free kick was lofted in and Greg Rutherford knocked it down to Hester who nudged it over the line with his first touch of the game. Six minutes later came a real turning point. Hester picked up a long kick and ran forward into the box. He was one on one with Chris Smith but opted to pass over to Greg Rutherford who was in a more open position and the striker knocked the ball in. The Lichties fans were jubilant but the assistant referee put his flag up for an infringement. With the Arbroath players stunned by the decision, Stirling raced up the field and the ball eventually fell to Darren Smith who smashed the ball into the roof of the net for 1-1. Both sides tried to win it towards the end but it ended up a draw and probably fair result. The draw moves Arbroath up to 5th.
ARBROATH BORN GANO GEARS UP FOR SUPER BOWL
Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano is ready for the biggest game of his life on Sunday in the Super Bowl but he hasn’t forgotten his Scottish roots. Gano, who is from Arbroath, lived there until he was nine and still has family in Scotland.
Now a household name in America, Gano will line-up for the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Sunday's NFL showdown.
Gano said: "My dad was always pushing me to play American Football, but my sole goal growing up was playing for the Scotland National team” Gano also regularly keeps in touch with Scottish born Placekicker Lawrence Tynes who won the Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2012.
Arbroath FC sent a shirt across to Graham with their very best wishes from the Club.
Photographic Project - Arbroath FC Through the Camera Lens
The Arbroath Photography Club will be taking photographs at home matches starting with the match against Stirling Albion. This is with a view to holding a photography exhibition later on this year based on Arbroath FC. The club members will try to capture the various matchday experiences of the fans, players, match and club officials as well as iconic views of Gayfield Park itself. This is another great community project between Arbroath FC and the local community.
East Stirlingshire 0 Arbroath 3
The Lichties returned from a wintry Ochilview with all 3 points after a solid and comfortable performance against the Shire. Arbroath struck early in the first half when Greg Rutherford harassed the defender to win the ball on the right had side of the box in the 11th minute. He knocked the ball over to Josh Skelly who calmly fired passed Richie Barnard in the Shire goal. Todd Lumsden had started with an unchanged side from last week but was forced to make a change 4 minutes later when David Gold was injured and Sergio Alvarez came on. The visitors dominated the remainder of the first half, though a blizzard and swirling gale made things difficult just before half time. Arbroath dominated the opening spell of the second half, though Shire had a thundering effort off the underside of the bar. In the 64th minute, it was 2-0 as Sergio Alvarez found himself in front of goal when the ball dropped to him and he fired it in. The match was over 4 minutes later when a great ball by Kane Hester found Bobby Linn who ran in and netted. The score could have been higher with Linn and Hester both spurning good opportunities. The win lifts Arbroath to 6th in the table. Attendance 306
Martin Grehan has left Arbroath FC by mutual agreement
Jordan Lowdon picked up two man of the match awards on Saturday after picking up Sponsor's man of the match and also being voted man of the match by those in Hospitality. In the first picture Jordan is being awarded the trophy by Taeun Kim who was visiting Gayfield all the way from the South Korea Arbroath Supporters Club! The second picture shows Jordan with Arbroath FC legend, Tom Cargill who made 445 appearances for the Lichties between 1964 and 1981 and who was inducted into our Hall of Fame in September.
Arbroath 2 Annan Athletic 1
Match Highlights Available on Annan Website at www.annanathleticfc.com
The Lichties beat the Galabankies by 2 goals to 1 with a composed performance at Gayfield. Arbroath gave a start to new loan signing, Josh Skelly who partnered Greg Rutherford up front. Craig Watson gave the home side the lead just into the second half when he connected with a Skelly free kick to loop a postage stamp header into the corner of the net. The lead was doubled in the 58th minute when Bobby Linn's effort rebounded from goalkeeper, Jordan Hart and then ricocheted off Martin McNiff into his own goal. The impressive Skelly was replaced by Kane Hester who on another day could have scored 3 with well made efforts in the last 20 minutes. Annan were given a lifeline in the 88th minute when Craig Watson was adjudged to have handled in the box by Referee, Mike Roncone. Peter Weatherson converted to make it 2-1 and set up a nervy last few minutes. Arbroath comfortably held on though to consolidate 7th place in the league. Attendance 616.
Jamie Clarke has left Arbroath FC by mutual agreement.
Arbroath FC will be hosting its annual Burns Supper on Friday the 5th of February. Speakers for this light hearted tribute to the Bard include, Dave Ramsay, Rusty Smith, Frank Ferguson, Gwynne Stewart, Ken Smith and Brian Cargill. There will also be entertainment from Eck Whitton and Tom Roberts. Tickets cost £20 and the evening starts at 7 for 7.30pm. Please contact Julie on 07864195158 to book.
The Club were saddened to hear that John Woodward has passed away. John became a 'weel kent' face at Gayfield as he carried the winning 50/50 number board around at half time and would help sweep up the tunnel area once the players had come off.
ARBROATH F.C – RESPONSE TO SUPPORTER ISSUES
Over the past few weeks a number of Incidents have occurred involving a small minority of Arbroath F.C. Supporters which has caused the Club significant concern. This has been the subject of extensive discussion by the Club Board of Directors and with Officers of Police Scotland.
The Directors wish to strongly condemn this unwarranted behaviour and wish to convey the following message to those Supporters who have been conducting themselves in a manner that is completely unacceptable to the Club and which threatens to bring the Club into disrepute.
‘Arbroath F.C. will absolutely not tolerate any Club Supporter who uses any foul, abusive or insulting behaviour within Gayfield Park or at any other stadium where the team is participating in a game. This type of conduct is completely unjustified and unnecessary. Anyone acting in such a manner at future games will be ejected from the Stadium and if necessary, the circumstances reported to Police Scotland.
Likewise the Club absolutely condemns the use of any type of pyrotechnic device within Football Stadiums. As has been documented elsewhere recently, these devices are extremely dangerous and there is significant potential for them to cause serious injury. At a recent Scottish Cup fixture at Cowdenbeath, one of these types of devices was discharged in the wooden grandstand occupied by Arbroath FC Supporters. This was completely unacceptable from a Club perspective.
At fixtures away from Gayfield Park, the Club will continue to fully cooperate with other Clubs to ensure that our Supporter behaviour is to the standard that is rightfully expected.
Those few Arbroath F.C. Supporters who may continue in future to conduct themselves in an unacceptable fashion will be refused entry to Gayfield Park. Whilst the Club will not take such a decision lightly, the Directors are absolutely determined to ensure that the vast majority of its very well behaved Supporters can enjoy Football matches at Gayfield in a family friendly environment whilst providing good and greatly appreciated support and encouragement to the Players and Management team.
The Directors will continue to monitor this situation closely and should further incidents occur, decisive and prompt action will be taken.’
Arbroath have signed 18 year old striker, Josh Skelly on a development loan from Dundee until the end of the season
Arbroath FC reached a milestone in the game against Montrose on the 2nd of January when Bobby Linn scored the 5000th goal for the Club in the professional league in Scotland. Chairman, John Christison presented Bobby with a commemorative award in the Boardroom after the match against Elgin on Saturday.
Match Highlights HERE
Arbroath 2 Elgin City 3
The Lichties lost out by 3 goals to 2 in a closely fought encounter at Gayfield. Connor McLaren gave the visitors the lead on 27 minutes before Greg Rutherford knocked in from close range 3 minutes later after Bobby Linn's shot was spilled by Mark Hurst. Early in the second half, a superb piece of skill by Rutherford saw him run down the right and cross for Darren Ramsey who made it 2-1 to the hosts. A moment of controversy came in the 53rd minute when Ricky Little was adjudged to have fouled right on the edge of the box with the Elgin player then continuing and being fouled again inside the box. Referee, Grant Irvine initially gave a free kick but then changed the decision and awarded a penalty which Craig Gunn converted. Dylan Easton then put the Highlanders 3-2 ahead with a fine finish with 13 minutes remaining. Arbroath pushed for an equaliser with a stramash on the goal line in the last minute the best chance.
Arbroath have signed left sided defender, Shaun Rutherford on a development loan until the end of the season from Queen of the South.
Arbroath FC are delighted to announce that Darren Ramsay has had his loan deal from Rangers extended which will keep him at Gayfield until the end of the season.
Montrose 0 Arbroath 2
The Lichties triumphed in the Angus derby at Links Park thanks to goals from Bobby Linn and Mark Whatley. Kieran Stewart was fit for Arbroath and replaced Jamie Clarke in midfield with Andy Ryan in the squad for his 3rd and final time as a trialist. Atrocious weather conditions made things difficult for both sides but the Lichties eventually took the lead in the 31st minute when Bobby Linn's sublime strike beat Jordan Millar. Arbroath then dominated the remainder of the half with Linn and the impressive Greg Rutherford both going close. The Maroons continued where they left off into the second half and started to turn the screw. Jamie Reid was replaced by Andy Ryan and the ex Hamilton forward made an immediate impression. Ryan was involved almost instantly as Craig Wilson found him down the right hand wing. The ball was played back before finding its way to Rutherford who looked to have scored but in the melee of a congested 6 yard area the ball found its way back to the edge where Mark Whatley struck it past Millar, who was off his line to double the Lichties lead in the 63rd minute. Arbroath didn't sit on this lead and continued to seek a third for the remainder of the game. Rutherford was replaced by Kane Hester late on to rapturous applause and the young striker made an impact with Ryan to set up Darren Ramsey who could only fire directly at the Montrose custodian. The attendance for this match was a very impressive1,387 considering the terrible weather conditions.
A Happy New Year to Everyone From Arbroath FC
The Lichties Love Munich Supporters Group Send Their Best Wishes
Arbroath FC are delighted to announce that Craig Watson's temporary transfer from Hamilton Academical has been extended until the end of the season.
Arbroath FC are delighted to announce that Bobby Linn has agreed terms for a 2 year extension to his contract that will keep him at Gayfield until the summer of 2018.
Highlights from the Clyde v Arbroath match can be viewed here
Clyde 0 Arbroath 2
Arbroath returned from Broadwood with the 3 points after 2 stunning late goals to beat Clyde. The hosts started the brighter and Scott McLaughlin and Chris Smith both missed chances. Greg Rutherford had 2 great chances for the Lichties but the sides went in level at half time. Arbroath upped the work rate but were fortunate when a David Marsh shot came back off the post. Jamie Clarke was replaced by Keiran Stewart with 25 minutes remaining and an inspired double substitution with 9 minutes left won the game. Kane Hester and Trialist, Andy Ryan replaced Greg Rutherford and Bobby Linn. Within 2 minutes, Hester was on the score sheet when he found an opening and fired into the net from the edge of the box. A minute later, Andy Ryan curled a long range effort into the top corner that stunned the home support and sent the Lichties fans into ecstasy. The win lifts Arbroath into 7th.
Arbroath 3 Berwick Rangers 1
Match Highlights HERE
The Lichties overcame difficult weather conditions to see off The Borderers at Gayfield by 3 goals to 1. With the wind and rain at their backs, Berwick took a first half lead when Blair Henderson slotted home a penalty in the 28th minute. Arbroath gradually came more and more into the game and eventually levelled when Allan Fleming's long kick out found Bobby Linn who calmly dinked the ball over the Berwick custodian. 2 minutes later and Arbroath went ahead. Craig Wilson ran in with the ball from the right, beat a couple of players and then unleashed a long range curler that screamed into the top corner. Berwick pushed to level things but were undone when 4 minutes into injury time the ball was cleared to Darren Ramsay who calmly lobbed the ball from 35 yards into an empty goal.
Queens Park 1 Arbroath 0
Arbroath slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Hampden against Queens Park. The only goal of the game came on 11 minutes when Chris Duggan latched onto a through ball from Joe Bradley to fire past Allan Fleming. The Lichties featured former emergency loan signing, Andy Ryan who had been released by Hamilton during the week, with the striker appearing as a trialist. Arbroath's best efforts came from a Darren Ramsay effort that was cleared by Ryan McGeever and a fine stop by Willie Muir to deny Bobby Linn.
William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round Replay
Arbroath 2 Cowdenbeath 4
The Lichties Scottish Cup dreams ended with a 4-2 defeat at home to Cowdenbeath. The damage was done during the first half when Arbroath went 4 down within 40 minutes, defending against atrocious weather conditions with driving wind and rain. Greig Spence had opened the scoring on 14 minutes, Liam Callaghan doubled the lead on 21 before Dean Brett scored on 37 and a 40th minute penalty. Bobby Linn reduced the deficit straight away to 4-1 with a fine strike before half time. In the second half, Linn again found the net on 51 for 4-2 and then had an effort back off the inside of the post and along the goal line that was cleared. Arbroath continued to press but couldn't find a way through and the match petered out.
William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round Replay
Arbroath 0 Cowdenbeath 0 (Match Abandoned after 23 Minutes)
After 23 minutes, a decision was made by match referee, Craig Charleston to abandon this match due to high winds. The tie is scheduled to now be played on Monday the 7th of December at 7.45pm.
Arbroath have signed striker, Greg Rutherford until the end of the season. Greg played for Alloa Athletic towards the end of last season and had previously played for Dover Athletic and Hartlepool.
It was a fantastic night at Gayfield for the 130th Anniversary Gala Dinner to celebrate the 36-0 win over Bon Accord on Friday. Nearly 300 guests attended on the night, enjoying an evening of entertainment and a superb 3 course meal. The event was very generously sponsored by Arbikie Highland Estate. Some pictures are below.
In celebration of the 130th Anniversary of the 36-0 world record score, Arbikie Highland Estate has created 3,600 limited edition bottles of its premium gin and vodka, which are available to buy online from Arbikie or alternatively from the Club at Gayfield. These would make an ideal gift for any football supporter. Arbikie Highland Estate is also very generously sponsoring the upcoming 36-0 Gala Dinner.
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John Stirling from Arbikie Highland Estate presents Arbroath FC Chairman, John Christison with a bottle of the special limited edition 36-0 gin that is now available to buy.
After impressing during training and in the match v Queens Park, Arbroath have signed striker, Joao Victoria
Arbroath Football Club Squad 2015/16
From Left to Right
Back Row - Andy Munro, Jamie Clarke, Lewis Coult, Sergio Cecilia Alvarez, Keiran Stewart, Graham Hay, Martin Grehan
Middle Row - Ross Grant (Physiotherapist), Craig Wilson, Ricky Little, Calum Brodie, Allan Fleming, David Gold, Kane Hester, Mike Cargill (Goalkeeping Coach)
Front Row - Kieran McWalter, Jamie Reid, Bobby Linn, Steven Hislop (Assistant Manager), Todd Lumsden (Manager), Mark Whatley, Craig Johnstone, Jordan Lowdon
Arbroath FC held its Annual Open Day on Saturday prior to the match against Elgin City. There was a very good turnout of youngsters who enjoyed a training session on the pitch with Todd Lumsden, Steve Hislop and the players. The kids then enjoyed a lunch that was provided by KFC, who very kindly sponsored the event, for which Arbroath FC is very grateful.
2 footballing legends visited Gayfield on Thursday when Exeter City called for a pre season friendly. Director of Football and former Tottenham Hotspur player, Steve Perryman and his former team mate, Alan Gilzean who also played for Dundee enjoyed the match. Both are seen here with Chairman - John Christison, Vice Chairman - Mike Caird and Club Secretary - Gary Callon.
Arbroath FC Community Engagement Programme Kicks Off
As part of Arbroath Football Clubs Community engagement programme this season the Club is giving local youth team the opportunity to take part in a "Match Day Experience" at Gayfield.
At every home league match this season we will have one of the local youth football clubs attending the match. Their match day experience will include amongst other things free entry to the match, reserved seats in the stand and a half time kick about on the pitch.
However to start us off just before the league campaign gets underway Arbroath Lads Club Under 9s will lead the way and enjoy the experience by showing us their skills during the Dundee Utd Forfarshire Cup match on Tuesday evening.
Be sure to show the boys your appreciation on the night and the Club is looking forward to welcoming the young players to Gayfield.
Who knows you may be watching the next budding Ronaldo, Messi or Eric Sellars !!
Arbroath have signed former Dundee youth goalkeeper, Calum Brodie on a one year deal.
LICHTIES FEET MAKE THEIR MARK
Here is your chance to take part in an innovative fundraiser that will raise funds for Arbroath FC as well as the Supporters Club.
For just £25 you can have your footprints painted on the terracing, stand and also have your name and a message listed on the Arbroath FC website for two seasons. This can be for you or even in memory of a loved one. The feet will be sold off in numerical order but special numbers 36 and 360 will be auctioned off.
The money raised from "Lichties Feet" will let you play your part in building a successful Lichties team on the park & also supporting the TASC fundraising off the park.
The innovative idea has taken off on Twitter and high profile Tweeters including our own Manager Todd Lumsden, SPFL League 2 Player of the Year Bobby Linn, Open Champion Paul Lawrie and SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan have all retweeted about the #lichtiesfeet fundraiser. Even Sky's Golf Commentator Ewan Murray retweeted from the US Open at the weekend. The fundraiser also made an appearance in the Sun newspaper today so the Club is making headlines locally, nationally and globally.
If you would like to book your "Lichties Feet" then contact Carol Shand on 07951389694 or Gordon Arnott on 07882146463, or even check out Twitter #lichtiesfeet and leave a message.
"Where you stand or under your seat, make your mark with Lichties Feet"
Now that the League fixtures have been announced for the 2015/16 Season, Bookings are now being taken for Match Day Club Hospitality.
Hospitality at Gayfield was extremely popular last season with excellent feedback being received from those who came along to experience a very enjoyable day.
Despite increasing overheads over the past couple of seasons, the Club Directors have again decided not to increase the cost of Hospitality, so the price will remain at £60 + Vat but for season Ticket Holders, this is reduced to £50 + Vat.
To make a booking please contact Strathmore Event Services Ltd either by email to email@example.com or by telephoning 07775 779440.
Your support to the Club is truly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at Gayfield in the season ahead having an enjoyable day at Club Hospitality.
The fixtures for season 2015/16 were announced at lunchtime and Arbroath will open the Ladbrokes SPFL League 2 campaign at home to Elgin City on Saturday the 8th of August, followed by the local derby away to Montrose the following week. The full league fixtures for Arbroath can be found at http://spfl.co.uk/league-two/fixtures/
Season Ticket Change
Recent years has seen a healthy increase in the number of supporters who are in their later years at school, starting a course of higher education or in the early years of employment, e.g. an apprenticeship. In recognition of this much appreciated support, the Club has decided to extend the present £60 Under 16 season ticket up to Under 18. The ticket will also be available to those over 18 who are in full time education at a university or college on production of a matriculation card from the institution. For those affected who have already submitted a postal application for their season ticket, please email the Club Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange to make the necessary amendment.
Arbroath have signed former Berwick Rangers midfielder, David Gold, on a one year deal.
Arbroath have arranged a final friendly for the pre season schedule and will play a Rangers XI at Murray Park on Friday the 17th of July with a 7pm kick off.
Admission prices for season 2015/16 will be £13 for adults, £7 for concessions and £15 for parent and child gate. The cost for season tickets has remained unchanged now for several seasons and despite pressure to increase the price it will remain the same for season 2015/16 as we greatly appreciate the loyal support to the Club. Season ticket prices are £180 for adult, £90 for Senior Citizen, £60 for Juvenile (Under 16) and £30 for Junior (Under 12).
The following pre season fixtures have been arranged. Tuesday 7th July v Dundee United at Gayfield, 7.45pm (Forfarshire Cup). Thursday 9th July v Exeter City at Gayfield, 7.45pm. Saturday 11th July v Fraserburgh at Gayfield, 7.45pm. Wednesday 15th July v Edinburgh City at Meadowbank, 7.45pm.
Arbroath have agreed terms for the signing of goalkeeper, Allan Fleming. The 31 year old shot stopper was with East Fife last season.
Todd Lumsden has been able to counter offers made by other Clubs and has now agreed terms with Jamie Reid, an attacking midfielder who was previously with Dundee. The 21 year old had been on loan at Elgin City last season.
SCOTTISH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES LADBROKES AS TITLE SPONSOR
UK-based betting company agrees the biggest ever Scottish football title sponsorship in two-year deal starting season 2015/16-
The SPFL has today announced the betting company Ladbrokes as its title sponsor from season 2015/16, in a two-year deal which includes rights across all four leagues and 42 clubs. The deal is the biggest ever of its kind in Scottish football and will see the nation’s professional football leagues become known as the Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 ahead of the start of the new season in August. It marks the latest in a rich history of high-profile sports sponsorship and brand associations for Ladbrokes, which plans to run a host of activations through the different rights of its SPFL title partnership.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Ladbrokes to the SPFL’s growing family of key sponsors and partners and look forward to working with them from season 2015/16 at this truly exciting time for Scottish football. “As an established and respected leading brand in its very competitive marketplace, Ladbrokes is a perfect partner for the SPFL and we have a shared vision of a positive future for professional league football in Scotland. Ladbrokes’ backing of Scottish football is hugely valued and appreciated and I say that not only on behalf of the SPFL but also for all 42 member clubs. “Today’s announcement is the result of significant investment of energy and effort and further strengthens our optimism about the future health of the game in Scotland. “With all that positivity comes an opportunity to tell the story of a modern, engaging and exciting Scottish football environment and we look forward to doing just that with all our partners including new title sponsor Ladbrokes.”
Ladbrokes is a world leader in the betting and gaming industry with more than 2,100 shops and a great heritage and presence across UK sport. It has recently sponsored Rugby Football League’s Challenge Cup, extended its backing of horse racing’s St Leger Festival at Doncaster and continues to sponsor The Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Welcoming the new partnership, Jim Mullen, CEO of Ladbrokes said: “We love football so we are delighted to be working with the SPFL on one of the best opportunities in British sport. “This partnership will help to propel Ladbrokes and the SPFL to new heights and will put us at the heart of Scottish football throughout the year. Getting people engaged with great sport and making sure they share our passion is at the very core of everything we are about. “Our customers support clubs at every level of Scottish football from the professional leagues that we sponsor to the local Sunday League stalwarts. The Scottish game deserves a committed supporter and our financial backing will help to ensure every level of the game benefits from Ladbrokes' involvement."
Arbroath FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Ewen West to the Club's Board of Directors. Ewen has been involved at the Club over the past 2 seasons since his retiral and has been acting as Safety Officer. He brings a wealth of experience and is also now taking a lead role in commercial aspects for the Club.
In order to enhance the usage of the Hospitality Suite for both football and non-football related events within Gayfield, the Board of Directors have recently undertaken a review of existing arrangements. This excellent facility is currently under used and in order to ensure that this important Club Facility is used to its maximum potential, the Board are delighted to have appointed Strathmore Event Services Ltd (SES Ltd) to assist in this work. The Club’s current Events Manager Julie Harper will work alongside SES Ltd and will continue to host events held at Gayfield. The Hospitality Suite is an extremely important revenue stream for the Club and the Board of Directors would encourage existing and potential new users of this facility to support SES ltd in their work and ultimately assist the Manager and his squad of players, who have had an excellent start to the 2014/15 season.
SES Ltd can be contacted at info@strathmoreeventservices or by telephoning 07775 779440 to discuss Hospitality Suite enquiries and bookings, as well as other Commercial aspects of the Club Operation.
Club Chairman John Christison added, ‘I am pleased to announce Arbroath Football Clubs association with our new marketing partners Strathmore Event Services Ltd. Quality facility hire has now become an ever increasing important financial consideration of a successful football club and AFC is no different. By working with SES we will intrinsically strengthen our approach towards improving the use of our fantastic facilities, not only for football fans, but for all the residents of Arbroath and the wider area. I therefore solicit your continued cooperation and patronage and look forward to seeing you in our excellent facilities in the very near future at Gayfield Park.’
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