FORFAR West End JFC are putting the past behind them as they move towards the 2012/13 season (writes Sarah McLean).
After facing financial difficulties last year the club took the difficult decision to go into abeyance just a few games into the season.
At the time the club were part of the East Region Super League but this season they will start in the McBookie East Region North Division.
The club are starting from fresh with a completely new squad and management team.
Player/manager Daryl McKenzie is joined by assistants Kevin Garrick and Jamie McBrearty and first team coach Bobby Brown. Darren McKenzie has also joined the club as goalkeeping coach.
Having already worked together at a Dundee club, the management team’s experience will set them up well as they go into their first season back.
Signings so far this season include: John Cairney, Mark McDonald, Martin Black, Mark Kelly, Ben Peters, David Skelly, Davie Taylor, Jonny McBride, Graeme Hart, Darren Cox, Robbie Black, Liam Godfrey, James Mullen, Matt Ramsey and Darren Scott.
So far the team have done well in their pre-season campaign.
They started out on Saturday, July 21 with a trip to Aberdeen to face Longside where they won 3-1 with two goals from Darren Scott and another from Roddy Gilles.
On Thursday, July 26 they drew 2-2 with East Premier League side Broughty Athletic. Forfar West End goals came from Daryl McKenzie and Graeme Hart.
Another draw followed on Saturday, July 28 when the scoreline was 1-1 with Kinnoull with the sole goal scored by Darren Cox.
A fantastic win against Dundee side Morgan followed on Wednesday, August 1 when the Forfar side won 7-1. Goals came from Cox, Scott, Jonny McBride and Greg Petherick.
On Saturday, August 4, the side continued their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win gainst Dundee City AFC.
The following week, on Saturday, August 11 the club will face Carnoustie Panmure in a DJ Laing Group Section match.
Player/manager McKenzie said: “We’ve had to start right at the bottom in the North League with a six point penalty because of ongoing restrictions due to going into abeyance last season.
“That aside we are looking forward to the new season and starting over again.
“We have a whole new squad in and a new management team as well as four or five new members on the committee, so now we are just looking to move forward.”
Although they are starting right back at the bottom, McKenzie has high hopes of them getting back to the Super League within the next few years. He said: “We have sort of a five year plan to get back up to the Super League.
“In the meantime we are hoping to get as many people as possible to come down to games.
“Before going into abeyance about 30 or 40 people came down but we really want to double that.
“We’ve halved the price of season tickets this year and we’re also planning loads of offers.
“We just want to get as many locals as possible involved and enjoy the club.”
Early season tickets will be priced at £25 for adults and £15 concessions until Saturday, August 11.
Tickets on the gate will cost £4.
The club are also keen to raise their profile and have a strong social networking presence on both Facebook and Twitter.
You can find them at www.facebook.com/ForfarWestEndJFC and @ForfarWestEndJFC.