Amid the chaos the Loons are ready to face new challenges

I DON’T think many followers of the senior game in Scotland have experienced a close season quite like this one (writes Alan Ducat).

Indeed, as the Dispatch and Herald went to press on Tuesday (yesterday) it was still unclear as to whether the Newco Rangers would be granted an SFA licence to play in the SFL in 2012-2013.

However, that’s for other bodies to decide and all those involved at Forfar Athletic have been beavering away at getting things ship-shape for the season ahead.

The management team has been building a squad to compete in what will prove to be a highly competitive second division, while the directors have been doing their bit, making sure all the paperwork is in order, and getting the impressive new artificial surface ready for the start of competitive action this coming Saturday.

The opening game is certainly a mouth-watering one - at home to a Dunfermline Athletic side still smarting from dropping out of the premier league in the opening round the Ramsdens Cup.

Hard on the heels of that game comes another cup match, with another first division side, Partick Thistle visiting town, this time on Scottish Communities League Cup business.

Now that it has been confirmed that Dundee will play in the Scottish Premier League and that Stranraer will now play in the second division Loons board members are keeping their fingers crossed for a period of stability in the game.

“We look forward to playing Dunfermline Athletic on our newly completed new surface this coming Saturday,” says new club chairman Alastair Donald.

“The last few weeks have been very troubled times and I can honestly say that this has been a massive learning curve for me as the new chairman of the club.

“I am extremely fortunate to have a wealth of experience in the boardroom to rely on and I hope as fans you will appreciate that we have conducted our business with dignity and integrity.

“It is now time to move on and it is true to say that we are heading towards a period of financial uncertainty, but one thing is certain, we need the fans support now more than ever.

“If the unprecedented amounts of e-mails we have received in the last few weeks are to be used as a guide then I look forward to bigger crowds and season ticket sales for the forthcoming season.

“Please be assured that as your board of directors we continue to seek out new investment and financial opportunities for the club but nothing replaces bums on seats.

“We have a lot to be positive about and let’s look forward to a good season of football.”