Games will come thick and fast

Scottish 3rd div Manager of the Month Dick Campbell of Forfar Athletic with his Award
Scottish 3rd div Manager of the Month Dick Campbell of Forfar Athletic with his Award

Forfar Athletic fans - starved of footie action for the best part of two months - can look forward to a flood of fixtures if the thaw continues.

The rise in temperature and the west winds didn’t come in time to allow the home match with East Fife to go ahead on Saturday past, meaning yet another fixture added to the current back-log.

The match was given an early thumbs down, being called off on the Friday morning.

Match secretary David McGregor explained that there was never any chance of the game going ahead.

At the time he said that, in spite of the rising temperatures, the Station Park surface remained ice-bound.

Having not played a home match since Saturday, November 6 and having been totally out of action since the Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of East Fife on Saturday, November 20, the Loons are raring to go.

And, with no suspension concerns and relatively few injury worries, manager Dick Campbell should have a strong pool of players from which to choose his starting line-up when a return to league action eventually gets the thumbs up.

Dick has added one new face to his squad, bringing in the much sought-after defender Greg Ross.

Formerly with Dunfermline, the 23-year-old spent some time with Valur in Iceland.

The player was interesting a number of clubs in the transfer window, but Campbell has won the race to bring the player to Station Park until the end of the current campaign.

The signing takes the current first team squad to 24, so it is likely that a number of fringe players will need to move on before the management are able to bolster the squad further during the current transfer window.

All going well, the Loons could find themselves back in at the deep end when they make the trip to take on Livingston this coming Saturday.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), there was also the possibility of an away day at Airdrie United on Tuesday evening of next week, although it is understood that the opponents are not too keen on playing the same side (United are due at Station Park a week on Saturday) twice in the space of five days.

One game that should definitely get the go-ahead (weather permitting of course) is the rescheduled home joust with East Fife, pencilled in for Tuesday, February 1 with a 7.30 pm kick-off.

Thereafter, it will be a case of two games a week until all the outstanding matches are played off.

For the record, on the back-burner to date - and it’s only the middle of January - are matches at home to Brechin City, East Fife, Alloa Athletic and Stenhousemuir, and trips to Airdrie United, Ayr United and Dumbarton.

And there could be another game added to the fixture jam - and not because of the weather!

“Amazingly, we could be in for a further blank Saturday in February through no fault of our own,” explained Mr McGregor.

“If Stenhousemuir triumph over Stranraer in the their fourth round Scottish tie they will then play Motherwell on February 5 in round five, the day that we are currently scheduled to travel to Ochilview on league business.”

Off the park, the annual general meeting of Forfar Athletic Football Club is set to take place in the Ian McPhee/Stewart Kennedy Lounges this Thursday (tomorrow) at 7.30 pm.

Club chairman Neill Wilson will reflect on another year in the life of the Loons, reporting on a trading loss which, he says, gives the board cause for concern.

“Cost savings and further revenue income are priorities,” he will tell those who attend the meeting.