Netherdale side wants to help in hard times

The harsh economic threat faced by business, sport and other industries as the world tried to overcome the coronavirus pandemic was undeniably difficult, says a Borders football club chairman.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 1:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 1:52 pm
Gala FR, in red, against Bonnyrigg Rose in one of their most recent matches (library image by Brian Sutherland)

Ryan Cass added it was important that as many as possible in the community tried to help each other.

Mr Cass, boss of Gala Fairydean Rovers, said everyone at the Lowland League club respected the Government guidelines, as the safety and the wellbeing for everyone was paramount.

“Like most organisations throughout Scotland and beyond, it’s a worrying situation for all, not just football,” he added.

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“Clubs like Gala FR solely rely and function on gate money, bar money from match-days and our weekly lotto, which have all come to a standstill.

“Also, sponsorship is key for our club to function and we thank all local businesses for the continued support and wish them well.

“We really hope we, as a community, can recover from this unique situation we all find ourselves in.”

“It’s also really difficult to plan for next season, as we just don’t know when we are going to get back to normality and there are still five games to go from this season too.

“This is a challenge and I’m sure all clubs will be in similar situations. Until we get an update from the Lowland League and the SFA, we just have to wait and see where we go from here.”

Mr Cass added the Netherdale players and management team had been “magnificent” through this period and completely understood the club’s situation.

Hoping to reach out to local businesses too, Mr Cass said: “We all need to pull together as a community and, if we can help in any way via our social media, we will.

“Recently, we have been sharing local business social updates, as it’s so important we all get through this.

“If any local businesses want us to share or spread the word on any of their promotions, please get in touch via our Facebook, Twitter or website (

“This goes out to any local business and doesn’t have to be attached to Gala Fairydean Rovers.”

Mr Cass continued: “Again, we really appreciate all our Premier Club members who continue to support us, even although we haven’t been playing any games. Without your support, we would really struggle so, again, on behalf of everyone at GFR, we wish you well and please stay safe. We’ll hopefully see you all down at Netherdale in the near future.”