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40 years ago

ON Friday evening some hurried last-minute arrangements brought Dunfermline Athletic to Station Park for a friendly match which even the Forfar players seemed ill-prepared for.

Their supporters were certainly caught out and only between one and two hundred turned out. Forfar lost by two goals to six.

THE new season opened at Strathmore Cricket Club with Strathmore playing out a drawn game at Bennochy Park with Kirkcaldy.

The highlight of the Strathmore innings was the partnership of 56 in 36 minutes by Nigel Hazel and Mike Thornton. Mike was eventually out for 31, including a six and three fours, and “Chopper” was out for 63, one of his best-ever first-day scores, including a six and two fours.

30 years ago

STRATHMORE Cricket Club, under-strength on both days, found runs hard to come by in their weekend friendlies, losing out in the last over to Kelburne on Saturday, Stirling County winning with a little more ease on Sunday.

The severe winter months have taken their toll on the wicket, a lack of bounce an early season problem for the batsmen.

MEADOWBANK Stadium was a football paradise for Forfar Athletic fans on Saturday when Forfar put on a five-star display. They had the opportunity of witnessing a sparkling display of attacking football backed up by that all important ingredient – goals.

20 years ago

A Forfar schoolboy sails into the stormy waters of international competition later this year.

Niall Cluley, Turfbeg Rise, has been selected to represent Britain in the European arena during July. The Forfar Academy youngster plans to leave his rivals trailing in his wake at the international Spa Water Regatta & European Youth Championships.

ST Johnstone reserve team coach Tom Campbell was confirmed as the new part-time manager of Forfar Athletic as a successor to Paul Hegarty.

Campbell (41) pledged to put Forfar “back where they belong – in the first division.”

He was the undoubted favourite with the board with chairman George Enston stating Forfar will benefit from his experience.

He said: “Tom has been through the mill before. The board are happy with the choice.”

Forfar Athletic 1, Stirling Albion 1

THANK heavens for Stewart Petrie! Forfar Athletic’s young striker prevented Saturday’s clash with Stirling Albion from becoming one great bore. His stunning goal midway through the second half breathed life into a game which had “end of season” all over it.