Results on the pitch may not have been quite what Gala Fairydean Rovers supporters were looking for as their club launched itself into its first season in the new Scottish Lowland League.
The Netherdale outfit sit in 10th place on the 12-team table with just three games to go while a run of defeats in the Lowland League, King, South and Image Printers Cups mean that there will be no silverware to savour this season for Steven Noble’s side.
Bearing that in mind the club could be forgiven for feeling a bit downhearted but, in fact, it is just the opposite. A sense of optimism and confidence pervades as hard work behind the scenes begins to come to fruition.
Club Chairman Kevin Temple explains: “This club, which was only formed in June last year, has come an incredibly long way in a short space of time.
“Whilst those of us who are involved in the day to day running of the club can see the terrific strides we have made, it is understandable that others may look at results on the field of play and reach the wrong conclusions.”
Temple firmly believes that his club’s new motto Unitas est Fortitude –In Unity There’s Strength – will prove a fitting one as the work continues to take things forward.
Off the field achievements include resolving outstanding tax issues, forming partnerships with Border Sport and Leisure and sponsors Five Star Taxis and John Scott Plumbing; improving all aspects of the business in addition to seeing an increase in crowd volume.
And further work on merchandising, the launch of a club patron scheme and achieving the SFA Bronze Level is likely to bring further rewards.
Temple added: “This club ultimately has ambitions to become established in the Scottish Professional Football League.
“The town of Galashiels is bigger than many towns that have teams in the senior divisions. Just look at Ross County who have achieved magnificent things despite being from a town, (Dingwall) with a population considerably below that of Gala.
“The arrival of the railway in 2015, the extra homes being built in the area and the business that will be attracted means that as a club we are well placed to mount a challenge for a league place in the years ahead.
“We realise that this progression will be have to be sustainable but I think what we have done this season as well as continuing to develop a clear player pathway within the community is a great start.
“It is our belief that we can create a centre of footballing excellence for youngster here at Netherdale and we are working closely with our own footballing ambassador John Collins and Coerver Coaching to ensure we can deliver.”
Drew Kelly Scottish FA Development Officer added: “Working with the club to achieve their FA Licensing Bronze Level I have already seen the positive impact with the expansion of players and teams and I’m sure that their commitment to a strong player pathway will bear great dividends for the club in the future.”
l Optimism behind the scenes certainly seems to be rubbing off on the team.
Saturday saw Gala Fairydean Rovers record their second four goal victory on the bounce.
Successful efforts from Sean Paliczka, Callum Jardine and Jamie Gibson, added to an own goal, contributed to the final 4-0 scoreline.