Match Previews 2017/18

Saturday 12th August v Troon Accies
Nethercraigs, kick off 10am

Last Season’s Results v Troon

League away 1-3 Anderson

League home 2-1 Macrae, Omand

Scottish Cup Final 0-2

Last season we finished 4th in the IFA League, our best ever performance in the League.

Our last game against Troon was of course in the Scottish Cup Final at Airdrie when we disappointingly lost 2-0 but the after match party was still superb.

On Saturday we start our new League campaign and we have a new Team Manager in charge with Andy Dick taking over the reins from Andy McNaught who remains as Chairman. But what are Andy’s thought s about becoming Manager and what he expects this season.

How are you enjoying your new role as Team Manager?

“Although the call from Andy asking me to take over as Manager was very unexpected, I was delighted to accept. So far the experience has been extremely positive. The numbers and commitment at training has been excellent and the pre-season results have been very good. Hard to ask for anything more.”

Are you missing playing?

“It is always difficult to give up something you love but the body has been telling me for a while that it was time to pack it in. As someone who got to 30 without playing any 11 aside football, playing over 150 games for us plus 50 for Mearns since then is much more than I could have hoped so there are no regrets.”

What are your hopes etc for the new season?

“My hopes for the upcoming season are to build on Andy McNaught’s excellent spell in charge and if possible try to take things a step further. With the players that we have I think a top three finish in the League and getting to another Cup Final is definitely possible. It would be great to bring home a trophy to celebrate the club’s 30th birthday in style!”

How is the squad shaping up for the Troon game?

“The squad is coming together nicely. The new signings have added some real quality and depth to the squad. The competition for places is really pushing the guys on and has left me with difficult decisions to make when leaving players out. I am confident we have a strong squad for the game and can hopefully get the three points on the board.”

It’s a repeat of the Scottish Cup Final, does that give the game another edge?

“Absolutely. The memory of losing the Final will still be fresh in the minds of the guys who played and Ii am sure everyone will be desperate to put that right on Saturday.”

Good luck to Andy and the squad on Saturday as we play our first game since turning 30.