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Todd Lumsden has been able to counter offers made by other Clubs and has now agreed terms with Jamie Reid, an attacking midfielder who was previously with Dundee. The 21 year old had been on loan at Elgin City last season.
Arbroath have agreed terms for the signing of central defender, Graham Hay from Formartine United. Graham had been with Brechin City prior to that.
The Club matchday PA announcer, Rob Pearce has decided to retire from the post now that the season has come to an end. All at Arbroath FC wish Rob well and to thank him for his efforts over the last few seasons which have been greatly appreciated.
SCOTTISH PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES LADBROKES AS TITLE SPONSOR
UK-based betting company agrees the biggest ever Scottish football title sponsorship in two-year deal starting season 2015/16-
The SPFL has today announced the betting company Ladbrokes as its title sponsor from season 2015/16, in a two-year deal which includes rights across all four leagues and 42 clubs. The deal is the biggest ever of its kind in Scottish football and will see the nation’s professional football leagues become known as the Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 ahead of the start of the new season in August. It marks the latest in a rich history of high-profile sports sponsorship and brand associations for Ladbrokes, which plans to run a host of activations through the different rights of its SPFL title partnership.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Ladbrokes to the SPFL’s growing family of key sponsors and partners and look forward to working with them from season 2015/16 at this truly exciting time for Scottish football. “As an established and respected leading brand in its very competitive marketplace, Ladbrokes is a perfect partner for the SPFL and we have a shared vision of a positive future for professional league football in Scotland. Ladbrokes’ backing of Scottish football is hugely valued and appreciated and I say that not only on behalf of the SPFL but also for all 42 member clubs. “Today’s announcement is the result of significant investment of energy and effort and further strengthens our optimism about the future health of the game in Scotland. “With all that positivity comes an opportunity to tell the story of a modern, engaging and exciting Scottish football environment and we look forward to doing just that with all our partners including new title sponsor Ladbrokes.”
Ladbrokes is a world leader in the betting and gaming industry with more than 2,100 shops and a great heritage and presence across UK sport. It has recently sponsored Rugby Football League’s Challenge Cup, extended its backing of horse racing’s St Leger Festival at Doncaster and continues to sponsor The Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Welcoming the new partnership, Jim Mullen, CEO of Ladbrokes said: “We love football so we are delighted to be working with the SPFL on one of the best opportunities in British sport. “This partnership will help to propel Ladbrokes and the SPFL to new heights and will put us at the heart of Scottish football throughout the year. Getting people engaged with great sport and making sure they share our passion is at the very core of everything we are about. “Our customers support clubs at every level of Scottish football from the professional leagues that we sponsor to the local Sunday League stalwarts. The Scottish game deserves a committed supporter and our financial backing will help to ensure every level of the game benefits from Ladbrokes' involvement."
Queens Park 1 (3) Arbroath 0 (2) AET
SPFL League 1 Play Off Semi Final 2nd Leg
The season came to an end for the Lichties 2 minutes before the end of extra time at Hampden when Tony Quinn rifled a shot through a crowd of players from the edge of the box. The game had been a fairly even contest with Bobby Linn coming closest for Arbroath when William Muir in the Queens goal saved his one on one effort. With penalties looming, Queens were awarded a corner and the ball was eventually parried down to Quinn who scored to send the Spiders into the Play Off Final against Stenhousemuir.
Arbroath 2 Queens Park 2
SPFL League 1 Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg
The Lichties came from 2 goals behind with 10 men to secure a 2-2 draw going into the second leg of the League 1 Play Off Semi Final. Brian Wharton rose to head in a corner on 18 minutes to put the visitors ahead before Kieran McWalter saw red for a rash challenge. Shaun Fraser doubled the lead for Queens in the 36th minute before Simon Murray latched onto Bobby Linn's cross to pull a goal back. Arbroath dominated play in the 2nd half with Bobby Linn thundering a shot off the bar and forcing a fine save from William Muir. Simon Murray scored his second with a cool finish after Bobby Linn's mazy run from inside his own half. The Lichties now head to Hampden on Saturday with parity restored.
Arbroath 5 Berwick Rangers 0
It was a successful start for new Manager, Todd Lumsden as the Lichties thrashed Berwick Rangers 5-0. After an even first half, Bobby Linn opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when he beat the offside trap, shrugged off a defender and rounded Michael Andrews. Simon Murray then scored a brace with the first the pick of the goals 7 minutes later. Dylan Carreiro played a great through ball to Linn who then played a great cross over for Murray to bullet a header in. The striker then coolly finished with a shot to see the team in maroon 3 up on 67 minutes. Stephen Tulloch was red carded on 84 for bundling over Kevin Buchan right on the edge of the box and Thomas Grant found the top corner with a stunning free kick. In the last minute, Ricky Little made it 5 when he lobbed the ball forward from his own half and goalkeeper, Michael Andrews misjudged the height and could only parry it upwards to loop over into the net. The Lichties now face Queens Park in the play off semi final with the first leg at Gayfield on Wednesday night.
Arbroath FC have appointed Todd Lumsden as the new Manager
Bobby Linn was voted Man of the Match in the game against Queens Park recently
Bobby receives his award from Al Edmonds representing the match sponsor, The Ipswich Arbroath Supporters Club
Bobby with Scott Morrison who was celebrating his 50th birthday and finally with Neil Cargill
Albion Rovers 1 Arbroath 1
The Lichties had to settle for a share of the points at Cliftonhll. Neither side seriously threatened in the first half and it wasn't until the 86th minute that the deadlock was broken. Bobby Linn was able to convert a pass from Dylan Carreiro to put Arbroath 1 up but Ally Love levelled in injury time for Rovers. With a superior goal difference over East Fife back in 4th place, it looks like Arbroath will go into the last league game against Berwick Rangers with 3rd place secured which should set up a play off semi final against Queens Park.
Arbroath FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Ewen West to the Club's Board of Directors. Ewen has been involved at the Club over the past 2 seasons since his retiral and has been acting as Safety Officer. He brings a wealth of experience and is also now taking a lead role in commercial aspects for the Club.
Arbroath F.C. Officials wish to express their sadness at the untimely death of ex-Committee member Bill Thomson. Bill served on the Management Committee for many years and following his retiral continued to support the Club at most home games. Bill also had a keen interest in the local Junior football scene and had a wealth of knowledge in all football matters. He will be sadly missed by many, but most of all by his wife Karlynn and family. The thoughts and sympathy of all at Gayfield Park are extended to Bill’s family at this dreadfully sad time.
Be a Red not blue this January with Topps Official SPFL Sticker Collection for 2015!
Topps launched their brand new SPFL sticker collection for 2015 today!
Arbroath fans of all ages will be able to get ‘stuck in’ to the all-new 2015 Scottish Professional Football League Official Sticker Collection, which is on sale now and features all 42 clubs from all four leagues.
A 48-page album accompanies the brand new collection, which is packed with in-depth player stats, team information and all the biggest stars of the Scottish Professional Football League.
The Topps 2015 Scottish Professional Football League Official Sticker collection is available from supermarkets and all good local independent newsagents.
Rod Pearson, Marketing Director at Topps, adds: “This official collection celebrates the SPFL, players and teams from all four leagues. It’s packed with stars from everyone’s favourite clubs and offers fans a fun-filled and exciting way to support their team.”
Fans can kick start their collection in style with a Starter Pack (£2.00), which includes a 48-page album and 4 free packets of stickers, giving collectors everything they need to get straight into the action! Packets of stickers will be available for 50p each.
For further information about Topps Scottish Professional Football League Stickers, please visit www.toppsfootball.co.uk.
In order to enhance the usage of the Hospitality Suite for both football and non-football related events within Gayfield, the Board of Directors have recently undertaken a review of existing arrangements. This excellent facility is currently under used and in order to ensure that this important Club Facility is used to its maximum potential, the Board are delighted to have appointed Strathmore Event Services Ltd (SES Ltd) to assist in this work. The Club’s current Events Manager Julie Harper will work alongside SES Ltd and will continue to host events held at Gayfield. The Hospitality Suite is an extremely important revenue stream for the Club and the Board of Directors would encourage existing and potential new users of this facility to support SES ltd in their work and ultimately assist the Manager and his squad of players, who have had an excellent start to the 2014/15 season.
SES Ltd can be contacted at info@strathmoreeventservices or by telephoning 07775 779440 to discuss Hospitality Suite enquiries and bookings, as well as other Commercial aspects of the Club Operation.
Club Chairman John Christison added, ‘I am pleased to announce Arbroath Football Clubs association with our new marketing partners Strathmore Event Services Ltd. Quality facility hire has now become an ever increasing important financial consideration of a successful football club and AFC is no different. By working with SES we will intrinsically strengthen our approach towards improving the use of our fantastic facilities, not only for football fans, but for all the residents of Arbroath and the wider area. I therefore solicit your continued cooperation and patronage and look forward to seeing you in our excellent facilities in the very near future at Gayfield Park.’
Arbroath have been drawn to play away to either Elgin City or Bo'ness United in round 4 of the William Hill Scottish Cup. The tie is due to take place on Saturday the 29th of November.
Match Highlights Here
William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round
Arbroath 2 Nairn County 1
The Lichties saw off the challenge of Nairn County with a 2-1 win at Gayfield. Paul McManus opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a penalty after Simon Murray had been fouled. Scott McBride made it 2-0 with a powerful header from a corner in the 66th minute. Nairn County however gave a very good account of themselves and were rewarded with a goal from Sean Webb with 2 minutes of normal time remaining to force a nervy finish for Arbroath. Goalkeeper, David Crawford sadly had to leave the field midway through the second half with a bad knee injury after twisting it.
Montrose 1 Arbroath 5
Arbroath thrashed local rivals Montrose at Links Park. Simon Murray opened the scoring on 17 minutes after converting Bobby Linn's goalmouth cross. Simon Carreiro then doubled the lead with a fine shot from the edge of the box on 52. Montrose pulled a goal back through a Garry Wood penalty 5 minutes later before a bizarre last 12 minutes of the game. The Lichties were awarded a free kick on the edge of David Crawford's goal and the goalkeeper stepped up and lofted it forward. The ball bounced over McManus towards Lucas Birnstingl who was out near the edge of his box and as the ball continued to rise, he put his hands up to stop it only for it to be parried into the net for 3-1. Things got worse in the 84th minute for the Links Park custodian when he was adjudged to have brought Paul McManus down in the box. Birnstingl was sent off and McManus converted the penalty. In injury time, McManus beat the off side trap to slot the ball past Garry Wood who had taken over between the posts.
Annan Athletic 0 Arbroath 1
Arbroath edged out Annan Athletic in a closely fought encounter at Galabank. Dylan Carreiro scored the only goal of the game when he found space and sight of goal from the edge of the box and fired home in the 11th minute. Carreiro had another shot off the bar while David Crawford in the Lichties goal made an outstanding triple save and also watched an Annan header hit the bar late on.
Arbroath FC Squad 2014/15
L-R (Back row) Johnny Lindsay, Ross Fisher, Aldin El-Zubaidi, Kevin Nicoll, Scott McBride, Keiran Stewart, Kevin Buchan, Connor Birse.
(Middle row) Becky Dunphy (Physio), Adam Hunter, Mark Whately, Michael Travis, David Crawford, Scott Morrison, Jordan Lowdon, Paul McManus, Simon Murray.
(Front row) Keiran McWalter, Jack Smith, Ricky Little, Todd Lumsden (Asst. Manager), Allan Moore (Manager), Bobby Linn, Craig Johnstone, Michael Wallace
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