Gearing up for the new season

IT’s all go for those involved with Brechin City Football Club ahead of the first pre-season friendly match this Saturday (writes Alan Ducat).

The reds will step up preparations for season 2012-2013 when they make the short trip to take on Angus neighbours Montrose.

Of course, before that is the club’s annual general meeting, which takes place on Wednesday (tonight) at 7 pm in the 1983 Lounge at Glebe Park.

All season ticket holders are asked to attend to receive annual reports and to discuss views on current events.

Without doubt, the biggest current event of all is the Newco Rangers situation, which really requires to be resolved this coming Friday - to give clubs reasonable time to organise themselves for the competitive season.

As things stand, the SPL have yet to decide on who will replace the Gers in the top flight, having, last week, taken the decision not to allow them to compete at that level in season 2012-2013.

Dundee, the team due to visit Glebe Park in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday, July 28, are hot favourites to be invited to take the step up, but what will it mean for City should Dundee go to the SPL, to be replaced in the SFL by Newco Rangers?

The simple answer to that is no one really knows. Fans don’t even know what league a new Rangers would be competing in, if given the green light to participate at SFL level.

Will they be in division one or three?

The smart money is on a top flight slot, although a growing number of clubs, and Gers fans themselves, have suggested that division three is the correct place from which to rebuild.

But that doesn’t resolve the Ramsden Cup problem as far as City are concerned.

Brechin City chairman Ken Ferguson explained that, at this stage, the club was preparing for the draw as it stands - a home game against Dundee in the Ramsdens tourney.

“That’s all we can do until we see what happens,” he added on Monday.

Ahead of the big decisions that need to be made at a special meeting of the SFL at Hampden on Friday, a statement from management committee of Brechin City Club, posted on the website says: “This is without doubt an unprecedented time in Scottish football, and it is of paramount importance that any decision must be in the best interests of the game as a whole, but should in the first instance protect the well-being and future of Brechin City Football Club.”

As the build-up to the new season gathers pace, Brechin City were preparing for a closed-doors warm-up game against Dumbarton on Tuesday evening (last night) hours after the Brechiner went to press.

Following Saturday’s trip to Montrose, there are other matches in the pipeline, some of them behind closed doors.

However, the reds fans can look forward to a visit by premier league side Inverness Caley Thistle on Tuesday, July 24 (kick-off 7.30 pm).

The supporters’ club is also getting into gear for season 2012-2013.

Membership convener Steven Stewart is urging fans to renew their annual membership of Brechin City Supporters’ Club.

“It is through supporters like the loyal fans that the supporters’ club keeps working and moving forward,” explains Steven.

“Through the efforts of the supporters club committee and fans we were able to carry out projects to help Brechin City Football Club.

“This past season the supporters club was able to give over £5,000 to the club in financial support.”

Steven’s message to the fans this time round is: “Take a few minutes to renew your membership for the 2012/2013 season, then come and cheer the boys on to victory and stop by the club shop and take advantage of the available discounts supporters’ club members enjoy.”

Another event to take note of is the family fun day to be staged by Brechin City Football Club and Brechin City Youths Football Club at Glebe Park from 12 noon this Sunday (see story to the left).