Please continue to help us rebuild our community club

Ryan Ward jumps a tackle for Selkirk (picture by Grant Kinghorn).
Ryan Ward jumps a tackle for Selkirk (picture by Grant Kinghorn).

Two more open training sessions are being held at Yarrow Park next week as Selkirk FC continues to appeal to its townspeople to help it survive.

The Yarrow Park outfit is turning to the wider football community too to help it continue functioning on the field.

It’s also understood a public meeting could be arranged for early next week.

Ex-Hibernian, Partick Thistle, Hamilton and Meadowbank player Gordon Rae – who has also managed Gala Fairydean, Edinburgh City and Newtongrange Star – came in last week as interim manager and has been looking at a host of trialists and other potentially available players.

He has acknowledged the assistance so far from footballing friends, colleagues, their sons, cousins, nephews, and others, from both sides of the border.

However, he has made it clear to recently-elected chairman Jay-Dee Sharkey, and other club officials, that he can give no guarantees, despite wanting to help as much as he can.

His sole objective was to try and and put a team together, from game to game, and assess who might work best for Selkirk, if they were available.

On Wednesday, Selkirk lost 5-0 at home to Civil Service Strollers – their third straight league defeat – but Rae said they played well, despite the unfamiliarity and naivety of the young squad.Tomorrow (Saturday), they visit Kelty Hearts.

Rae (60) said the mood was still very positive but appealed for anyone who thought they could help Selkrik FC to try and do so. Reconstructing the squad was a case of evolution would take a long time.

“I am very content that things are going in the right direction but it’s the first step of 500,” he said. “There’s a long, long, long way to go.”

He added: “For anyone with even a glimmer of a thought that they don’t want Selkirk to lose its football club, now is the time to pitch up.” The open training sessions are at 7.15pm this coming Tuesday and Thursday (August 14 and 16).