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FAFC Station Park Match Day Experience Success

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 14:39

The inaugural Station Park Match Day Experience event took place at the weekend and a great time was had by all the players and the supporters.  It was a perfect November afternoon with the sun shining as the two teams took to the field to Local Hero, the usual match day tune getting the two squads into the mood for the match ahead.  

The Forfar Whites, managed by Ian McBean and Jim Weir, took an early lead with a goal from former Forfar Athletic striker Barry McLean. A second goal from Calum MacDonald was the reward for a skillful and determined move by the Glasgow Caledonian Physiotherapy Masters student.   

However, that was the end of the goals for the Whites as the Forfar Sky Blues, managed by John Baird and Marc McCallum, stormed back with eight goals! On the score-sheet for the Sky Blues, were Loons Legends Ralph Brand and Martyn Fotheringham, a goal from Steven Bowles, along with a brace from the youngest player on the pitch David Carr and a further double from Forbes Davidson. The loudest cheer of the afternoon followed Jamie Fyfe’s goal which took the tally to eight and a final score of Forfar Whites 2 – Forfar Sky Blues 8.  Thank you to the match referee Duncan Mclullich for keeping everyone in line.

Despite a few aches and pains at the end of the day it was declared a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the pitch with many notable moments including a missed penalty for both sides!   

Off the field a group of supporters enjoyed the Boardroom Prosecco Hospitality packages and a large crowd of youngsters took on Baxter the Bridie and Marc McCallum in a penalty spot competition.

Following the match, a buffet was prepared for the players and a presentation took place in the packed 1984 Lounge of the key awards by Marc McCallum:

Champions: Forfar Sky Blues – captained by Dougie Craig

Manager of the day: Ian McBean

Man of the match (Forfar Whites): Calum MacDonald

Man of the match (Forfar Sky Blues): David Carr

Special mention (Forfar Whites): Steven Stewart

Special mention (Forfar Sky Blues): Craig McDonald

The afternoon was rounded off with a series of excellent interviews by David McGregor with six of the Loons Legends recounting tales of past incidents and their continued affection for the Club.

The 'official' photos (thanks to Garry Caney) and match higHhlights (thanks to our Arbroath friend Neil Douglas who returned to help with current FAFC TV videographer taking part) will be available later this week but for now some photos from Sunday's match have been posted.

With thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and in the organisation of the event.  As with all match days the contribution of the band of volunteers is vital in ensuring events and activities run smoothly.  A special thanks to Martin Gray who ensured the teams were well equipped with training gear and strips and had not one but two loads of kits to organise over the weekend.

Finally, a huge thanks to each and every player, manager and to all the supporters who came along and supported the lads and the Club.

The two squads:

Forfar Whites: GK Steven Stewart; David Barber (c); Euan Donaldson; Ross Graham; Stuart Malcolm; Calum MacDonald; Barry Gray; Barry Sellars; Paul Tosh; Barry McLean; Chris Templeman; Scott McGechie; Alan Ballie; Sean Baird; Scott McIntosh; Robbie Pol; and Lee Smith

Forfar Sky Blues: GK Craig McDonald; Dougie Craig (c); Dean Crighton; Paul Lunan; Alan Rattray; Scott Brown; Martyn Fotheringham; Stewart Sheed; Ralph Brand; Steven Bowles; Forbes Davidson; David Carr; Robbie Forsyth; Sandy Nicol; Jamie Fyfe; and Joshua Grimes.

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