Loons carry on from where they left off in 1984!

20151205- Loons Legends'Former Forfar Athletic F.C. players pictured in the 1984 Lounge before Saturday's game at Station Park. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.
20151205- Loons Legends'Former Forfar Athletic F.C. players pictured in the 1984 Lounge before Saturday's game at Station Park. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

There was more at Station Park on Saturday than a very welcome win on the pitch, thanks to appearances by a number of the famous 1984 title-winning team.

They were there, in part to meet up again, and in part to help hansel the new lounge at the club, named in their honour The 1984 Lounge.

The event was arranged by two former Loons’ players, Billy Bennett and Archie Knox, both of whom were also involved in the management side of the club. Archie was present despite recent back surgery.

The captain of that league-topping side, Ian McPhee led the legends including Alex Brash, Kenny Brown, John Clark, Rab Morris, Ray Farningham and Billy Gallacher.

From a few years previously there was John Mitchell, who was seriously injured in a car crash in 1982 on his way to play in a Scottish Cup tie away to Hearts.

Others from earlier eras included Dave Nicoll, who kept goal in the 1978 League Cup semi-final side; and Raymond Allan, also a goalkeeper; Kenny Ward and Gary Murray.

Current club chairman Alastair Wilson spoke of the important role all of the former players present had had in the club’s history.

Mr Wilson had previously said that he hoped the legends’ presence would inspire the present team to great things - which appeared to be the case with their Scottish Cup replay against Queen’s Park.

During that golden era, in addition to winning the Second Division Championship they did so with the highest points total by a team being promoted since the leagues were re-organised.

Thirty-nine games were played, with the Loons being unbeaten at home, chalking up 27 wins and only three losses. They finished the season 16 points ahead of East Fife, in runner-up position.