Brechin City’s management committee thanked fans, sponsors and backroom staff during the club’s recent annual general meeting for their support during the 2013/14 season.
In his chairman’s report, Ken Ferguson also thanked staff from the Stables for their efforts, along with hospitality staff. He also thanked the Supporters’ Club for their financial support, running busses, matchday activity and club shop, and gratitude was afforded to the rest of the management committee for their efforts across the season.
Addressing over 60 attendees at the meeting, Mr Ferguson said: “All in all - with regard to last season, we were disappointed. We had weaknesses exposed in the second half of the season.”
He conceded that the play-offs were always going to be a difficult target, explaining: “The inclusion of two full-time teams made getting into the play-offs difficult.”
However, he credited the playing staff and management for avoiding a relegation play-off, adding: “The coaches and players showed excellent character to steer the club from the relegation play-offs.”
During his report, Mr Ferguson had praised the strong working relationship between the committee and the management team, stating that the committed were “pleased with the honesty, frankness and commitment” from Ray McKinnon, Darren Taylor and Grant Johnson.
In his secretary’s report, Angus Fairlie recounted some of the highs and lows of the season, describing the cup defeat to Forfar as “bitter pill to swallow”.
The late winner scored by Rangers at Glebe Park in October was, Fairlie admitted, a “cruel way to lose a fantastic game”.
In his Treasurer’s report, Martin Smith acknowledged that the cost of accommodating large matches against Rangers, meant that the financial benefits of the matches weren’t as great as previously hoped.
Following the office-bearers reports, manager Ray McKinnon participated in an Q&A with season ticket holders.
When asked about signings from last year - in particular Stuart Anderson, Allan Walker and Gary Kenneth - Mr McKinnon said: “Gary Kenneth was an emergency signing. We were decimated, but it didn’t work out and he ended up getting injured.
“Allan couldn’t adjust from full-time to part-time. I was very disappointed.”
With Stuart Anderson, travelling from his home in Banff to training, meant that he missed training regularly.
During the Q&A, Mr McKinnon acknowledged that they made a mistake in releasing Fusco at the end of the 2012-13 season. He explained: “We let him go as we wanted to change the style. We put our hands up and we made a mistake and we are delighted to have him back.”
With regards to squad size, he said: “We’re looking to have 18 in the squad and keep our loan options open. This year, if we need to take any loan players it will be long term loans.”
The management team is also looking to improve the disciplinary record of the side, with Mr McKinnon adding: “A lot of it came down to frustration and match fitness. Players were lacking match fitness and were off the pace and going into rash challenges and getting booked.”