Temple talks of eye-opening first year as a Lowland League club

Kevin Temple (Chairman of Galafairydean Football Club).

Kevin Temple (Chairman of Galafairydean Football Club).

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Gala Fairydean Rovers recently staged their first annual general meeting at the Netherdale clubrooms since the merger of the town’s two senior clubs was confirmed.

Chairman Kevin Temple reflected on a “whirlwind” 12 months for the club, but said matters had progressed in a structured and controlled manner.

He pointed out that since the amalgamation of Gala Fairydean FC and Gala Rovers AFC, income, sponsorship, attendances, lottery sales, bar receipts and Premier Club membership were all up.

Mr Temple said that while entering the Lowland League had been an eye-opener for everyone at the club, he expressed satisfaction that the standard of football had improved and the team had competed well.

He said that the club was on a steady footing, with plans to integrate more into the community, youth development extended and to strive for SFA Bronze Licence Status

In his annual report secretary Graeme McIver said that despite the understandable scepticism of some, he believed it had been conclusively proven that the decision to merge the two clubs was the correct one. Treasurer Susan Swan reported a profit of £4,842.44 for 2013-14, which compared favourably with a loss of £2,856.37 the previous year.

Office bearers elected for 2014-15 were: chairman Kevin Temple; vice-chairman Derek McGill; secretary Graeme McIver; treasurer Susan Swan; match secretary Robert Fairburn. Committee: Alan Allison, Darren Bunker, Tom Cass, Sharon George, Jim Gray, Paul Gray, Shane Greene, Adam McClory, Alan McConnell, Bruce Noble, Steven Noble, Mike Riddell and Debi Ritchie.