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After impressing during training and in the match v Queens Park, Arbroath have signed striker, Joao Victoria
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS AVAILABLE HERE
Arbroath 1 Queens Park 2
Queens Park ran out 2-1 winners at Gayfield. Paul Woods opened the scoring in the 4th minute and Sean Burns doubled the lead for The Spiders 3 minutes into the second half. Arbroath spurned some chances, including a Martin Grehan header that came off the bar as the hosts tried to find a way back into the game. With a minute remaining, The Lichties were rewarded with a neat header from trialist, Joao Victoria finding the top corner to pull one back. Team: Fleming, Wilson, Johnstone, Munro, Little, Stewart (Ramsey 60), Linn, Gold, Grehan (Victoria 69), Munro, Reid (Whatley 60)
The winning 50/50 number for August 22nd was 04579 and the prize has been claimed.
Montrose 3 Arbroath 0
It was a disappointing afternoon for the Lichties as they went down 3-0 away to Montrose at Links Park. Gary Fraser opened the scoring for the hosts with a neat finish from Ross Campbell's pinpoint delivery. He then doubled the lead 5 minutes before half time when he latched onto Ross McCord's cross. Todd Lumsden made changes at half time and brought on new loan signings Andy Ryan and Darren Ramsey but Ross Campbell made it 3 for Montrose with a shot into the bottom corner on56 minutes.
Arbroath: Fleming, Little, Lowdon, Munro, Hay, Clarke (Ramsey 45), Linn, Stewart, Grehan (Hester 66), Gold, Alvarez (Ryan 45)
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Montrose v Arbroath Match Segregation Arrangements
Full segregation will be in operation for Saturdays game at Links Park between Montrose and Arbroath.
Montrose fans should entry the ground, as normal, from the Wellington Street end.
Arbroath fans should enter the ground from the Union Row end.
AWAY FANS PLEASE NOTE: There is no access from Wellington Street to Union Row. Access is via Union Street, Links Avenue or Wellington Park.
HOME FANS PLEASE NOTE: The car park opposite the British Legion will be out of action on Saturday and as a result the main car park will be restricted to players and officials only. Please make alternative parking arrangements. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Arbroath have signed defender, Darren Ramsay on loan from Rangers until early January. Andy Ryan, a striker from Hamilton Academical also comes in on emergency loan until November.
Arbroath Football Club Squad 2015/16
From Left to Right
Back Row - Andy Munro, Jamie Clarke, Lewis Coult, Sergio Cecilia Alvarez, Keiran Stewart, Graham Hay, Martin Grehan
Middle Row - Ross Grant (Physiotherapist), Craig Wilson, Ricky Little, Calum Brodie, Allan Fleming, David Gold, Kane Hester, Mike Cargill (Goalkeeping Coach)
Front Row - Kieran McWalter, Jamie Reid, Bobby Linn, Steven Hislop (Assistant Manager), Todd Lumsden (Manager), Mark Whatley, Craig Johnstone, Jordan Lowdon
Highlights from Arbroath v Elgin City can be viewed HERE
Arbroath FC held its Annual Open Day on Saturday prior to the match against Elgin City. There was a very good turnout of youngsters who enjoyed a training session on the pitch with Todd Lumsden, Steve Hislop and the players. The kids then enjoyed a lunch that was provided by KFC, who very kindly sponsored the event, for which Arbroath FC is very grateful.
Arbroath 0 Elgin City 3
The Lichties crashed to defeat against Elgin at Gayfield. Craig Gunn opened the scoring on 4 minutes before converting a penalty on the half hour mark after Craig Wilson had been red carded for a professional foul on Kyle MacLeod. Arbroath upped their game at the start of the second half but couldn't break through and were eventually undone when Mark Nicolson made it 3 with 15 minutes remaining. Attendance 683.
Arbroath - Fleming, Wilson, Lowdon (Trialist 77), Little, Hay, Clarke, Linn, Stewart, Coult (Grehan 55), Gold, Alvarez (Munro 32).
Elgin City - Hurst, Cooper, Gordon, Duff, McHardy, McKenzie (Bruce 86), Nicolson, Cameron, Moore (McPhee 81), Gunn (Hunter 84), MacLeod.
Heart of Midlothian 4 Arbroath 2, League Cup 1st Round
Hearts progressed to the 2nd round of the League Cup after overcoming a spirited Lichties side at Tynecastle. The hosts were subdued in the first half and Arbroath came more and more into the game. Eventually on 40 minutes, a neat through ball from Sergio Alvarez found David Gold who slotted past Jack Hamilton for a 1-0 lead to the visitors. The Lichties continued to play well into the second half and Lewis Coult could have doubled the lead on 50 minutes when a defensive error gifted him the ball in front of goal but he shot wide. Hearts then scored 3 goals in 5 minutes as their pace and slick movement paid off. Jordan McGhee equalised on 56 before Osman Sow then doubled the lead before converting a penalty after Craig Wilson had fouled in the box to make it 3-1 after 61 minutes. Arbroath showed resilience though and a 40 yard Bobby Linn free kick rifled off the post to David Gold who shot the rebound over the bar. Eventually on 85 minutes, Martin Grehan rose at the back post to header a Jordan Lowdon cross in for 3-2. As the referee was just about to blow the final whistle, Hearts last attack reaped rewards when Craig Wilson tried to clear but bundled the ball into his own net for the 4-2 victory to the Tynecastle men.
Highlights from Arbroath v Dunfermline Athletic Can Be Viewed HERE
Arbroath 1 Dunfermline Athletic 4
Arbroath lost out by 4 goals to 1 against a well organised Dunfermline side at Gayfield in the Petrofac Training Cup 1st round. Fassell El-Bahktaoui scored on 9 minutes and 28, with a Michael Moffat strike in between on 20 minutes. Substitute, Ryan Wallace made it 4 on 62 minutes before Martin Grehan pulled a goal back for the hosts 10 minutes later.
ARBROATH FC 36 – 0 CELEBRATION DINNER
FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2015
In relation to the forthcoming 36 – 0 Celebration Dinner which is to take place at Gayfield Park on Friday 11th September, 2015, unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Mr Bill Leckie who was to be one of the main speakers will no longer be able to attend.
However the Club is delighted to announce that ex Celtic and Scotland player and now TV/ Radio Broadcaster Mr Murdo MacLeod will now be hosting the evening. Murdo has very kindly spoken at a Club Dinner previously and was tremendously well received.
Tickets for the evening are already selling well but to reserve your place, please contact the Club Office on 01241 872157 or email email@example.com
Heart of Midlothian v Arbroath Match Arrangements
Arbroath supporters have been allocated seats in the lower section of the north enclosure of the main stand at Tynecastle for the League Cup 1st round match on Thursday the 30th of July. Admission to the match will be by paying cash at the turnstiles on the night and Arbroath supporters are advised to be there in good time before the 7.45pm kick off to avoid any delay in entering the stadium.
Arbroath v Dunfermline Athletic Match Arrangements
Segregation will be in place for the Petrofac Training Cup 1st Round match between Arbroath and Dunfermline Athletic at Gayfield on Saturday. The home support will occupy the Harbour end of the stadium while the away support will occupy the Pleasureland end. The 36-0 bar will be open to home supporters only.
After impressing during preseason, Arbroath have signed Spanish midfielder Sergio Cecilia Alvarez. Sergio was previously with Atletico Victoria in Tenerife.
Its back to the real thing this coming Saturday and the AFC Matchday Experience continues when the ACSC Under 11s take their turn to entertain the fans on the pitch at half time and enjoy the match. Be sure to give them a big round of applause when they take the field. #youngredlichties
ARBROATH FC 36 – NIL CELEBRATION DINNER & CRAFT FAIR
The Directors of Arbroath FC are delighted to announce that the Club is to hold a Gala Celebration Dinner on Friday 11th September this year to mark the 130th Anniversary of the world record 36 – 0 score line which was achieved on 12th September, 1885 in a match against Aberdeen Bon Accord. The Club is extremely proud of this world record and it is fitting that Arbroath FC celebrate this landmark anniversary and a very significant part of the Club’s history. The Anniversary Celebration will take the form of a Gala Dinner which will be held within a Marquee which will be erected on the pitch at Gayfield Stadium. After receiving a welcome drink, guests will enjoy a lovely 3 Course Dinner which will be followed by a variety of evening entertainment. The evening will be hosted by Mr Murdo MacLeod, a very well-known former Scottish Footballer and Broadcaster with the other main speakers of the evening being comedian, Jimmy Stirling and lifelong Arbroath Supporter Ian Wishart. It is also hoped that some very notable individuals from Scottish Football will also be in attendance to support t the main Speakers.
The evening is being very kindly sponsored by Arbikie Highland Estate who are producing Limited Edition brands of Boxed Bottles of Vodka and Gin specially to celebrate this momentous Club anniversary. It is intended that 3 notable numbered bottles of both the Vodka and Gin will be auctioned during the evening, which will undoubtedly attract significant interest amongst those attending the event with the remaining Bottles being available for general sale subsequent to the Gala Dinner. The Club are also introducing a Hall of Fame to recognise the significant achievements of Players, Managers and Officials who have made a very significant contribution to the successful operation of Arbroath FC over the years. The first three people will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Anniversary Dinner and this will be a truly memorable occasion for both the individuals and the Club.
Tickets for this historical Celebration are priced at £40 and can be obtained by contacting the Club on 01241 872157 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Following on from the Celebration Dinner, the Club in association with the Relay for Life organisation, are to hold a Charity dance within the pitch marquee the next evening (Saturday 12th September). Tickets for this event are priced at £10 and can be obtained by contacting Brian Cargill (07793070168) or Jonny Booth (07908689103). On Sunday 13th September, the Marquee will be used to hold a Food and Craft Fair (cost £20 per table) and a Car Boot Sale (Cost will be £10 per vehicle) will be held in the forecourt of the Club. Bookings for both of these Sunday events should be made via email@example.com.
Mr John Christison, Chairman of the Club is looking forward to this being an extremely important and enjoyable weekend of Celebration for the Club and said, ‘It is important for Arbroath FC to mark the 130th Anniversary of the world record 36 – 0 score line which was a fantastic achievement for the players of the Club so many years ago. The fact that this record remains in place is testament to the tremendous performance of those players and it is only right and proper that the Club should celebrate this milestone anniversary. During the planning and preparations for the Gala Dinner there has already been significant interest from people who wish to come along and enjoy what promises to be a memorable evening. I would urge as many people as possible from Arbroath and wider afield to come along and be part of the Club’s celebrations’.
Arbroath lost 5-0 in the last preseason game in the closed door match at Murray Park on Friday night against a Rangers XI. Highlights can be viewed at
Edinburgh City 0 Arbroath 2
Arbroath ran out 2-0 winners against Edinburgh City at Meadowbank. David Gold opened the scoring in the first half when he headed a cross past the goalkeeper and trialist, Sergio Cecillia doubled the lead with a fine 20 yard strike after some fine play by the Spaniard with 17 minutes remaining. The Lichties go into Friday night's match against a Rangers XI unbeaten and with a clean sheet in their 4 preseason games.
The Club will be running a bus for supporters to the League Cup 1st Round Match at Tynecastle against Hearts on Thursday July the 30th. The Bus will leave Gayfield at 4.45pm and return directly after the match, with tickets costing £10. Tickets will be available on weekday mornings from Monday the 20th of July at Gayfield.
Highlights From Arbroath v Fraserburgh Are Available HERE
The Closed Door Match Against Alloa Athletic That Was Scheduled For Monday Night Has Been Called Off.
Arbroath 4 Fraserburgh 0
The Lichties won the 3rd preseason match in a row against Fraserburgh from the Highland League. Trialist, Lee Cameron opened the scoring early in the first half and Lewis Coult and Kane Hester with a double added to the scoreline in the second half. The team once again featured several trialists hoping to make an impression on Manager, Todd Lumsden.
Teams: Arbroath - Fleming, Wilson, Lowdon, Little, Munro, Whatley, Watt (trialist), Cecillia (trialist), Coult, Cameron (trialist), Philips (trialist). Subs - Borneka (trialist), Clarke, Verlaque (trialist), Reid, Gold, McWalter, Hester, Johnstone, Doyle (trialist)
Fraserburgh - Cowie, Hay, McBride, Cowie, Christie, Cross, Chalmers, West, Davidson, Johnston, Walker. Subs - Combe, Cowie, Thomson, Maitland, Burr, Smart, Buchan, Taylor, Flynn
Highlights of Arbroath v Exeter City Can be viewed HERE
2 footballing legends visited Gayfield on Thursday when Exeter City called for a pre season friendly. Director of Football and former Tottenham Hotspur player, Steve Perryman and his former team mate, Alan Gilzean who also played for Dundee enjoyed the match. Both are seen here with Chairman - John Christison, Vice Chairman - Mike Caird and Club Secretary - Gary Callon.
After impressing in the 2 preseason matches to date, midfielder Jamie Clarke has signed for Arbroath on a one year deal.
Arbroath 1 Exeter City 0
Kane Hester made it 2 goals in 2 preseason games when he scored with 20 minutes left against English League 2 side Exeter City at Gayfield. The Lichties featured a largely changed line up from Tuesday night as Manager, Todd Lumsden gave some trialists a run out. Team: Fleming (Brodie), Verlaque [trialist], Lowdon, Munro, Hay, McWalter (Philips [trialist]), Linn, Stewart, Hester, Gold (Clarke [trialist]), Watt [trialist] (Cameron [trialist]).
HIghlights from the Forfarshire Cup Semi Final v Dundee United can be viewed HERE
Please note that the Club Shop will be open from 6.45pm until kick off on Thursday evening. The Supporters bar will not be opening on Thursday night.
Heart of Midlothian v Arbroath, League Cup Round 1 Arrangements
Arrangements have now been finalised for the League Cup 1st round match between Heart of Midlothian and Arbroath. The tie will take place at Tynecastle on Thursday the 30th of July with a 7.45pm kick off. Admission prices will be £12 and £6 concessions.
Arbroath 2 Dundee United 0
Arbroath ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Dundee United at Gayfield in the Forfarshire Cup Semi Final. A stunning strike in the first half from Jamie Reid and a cool finish from debutant, Kane Hester in the second half sealed the victory for the Lichties. Team: Fleming, Little, Johnstone, Munro, Hay, Jamie Clarke (trialist), Linn, Stewart, Coult, Gold, Reid. Used subs; Lowdon, Hester, Joshua Watt (trialist).
Arbroath have been drawn away at Heart of Midlothian in the first round of the League Cup. The match is due to be played on Saturday the 1st of August.
Arbroath Football Club Community Engagement Kicks On Again On Saturday 11 July St Murdochs Under 14s get their turn to entertain the fans when Arbroath take on Fraserburgh in the last home pre season friendly. The boys are buzzing and everyone is looking forward to seeing them take to the hallowed turf. #youngredlichties
Arbroath Football Club Community Engagement Kicks On On Thursday night the Carnoustie Panmure Football Academy U9s get their chance to show their skills in front of a home crowd when Arbroath take on Exeter City at Gayfield. We are all looking forward to seeing the young footballers demonstrate their "Tekkas" at half time. #youngredlichties
Arbroath FC Community Engagement Programme Kicks Off
As part of Arbroath Football Clubs Community engagement programme this season the Club is giving local youth team the opportunity to take part in a "Match Day Experience" at Gayfield.
At every home league match this season we will have one of the local youth football clubs attending the match. Their match day experience will include amongst other things free entry to the match, reserved seats in the stand and a half time kick about on the pitch.
However to start us off just before the league campaign gets underway Arbroath Lads Club Under 9s will lead the way and enjoy the experience by showing us their skills during the Dundee Utd Forfarshire Cup match on Tuesday evening.
Be sure to show the boys your appreciation on the night and the Club is looking forward to welcoming the young players to Gayfield.
Who knows you may be watching the next budding Ronaldo, Messi or Eric Sellars !!
The Club shop will be open from 5.30pm until 7pm on Saturday and also from 6.30pm on Tuesday night. The hospitality suite will also be opening as a bar from 6pm on Tuesday and will be open to supporters from both sides.
Prices for the matches against Dundee United in the Forfarshire Cup on Tuesday the 7th of July and the friendlies against Exeter City on Thursday the 9th and Fraserburgh on Saturday the 11th will be £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £12 for Adult and Child.
Arbroath have signed former Dundee youth goalkeeper, Calum Brodie on a one year deal.
Pre Season Friendly Access Confirmation
Edinburgh City v Arbroath Wednesday 15th July v Edinburgh at Meadowbank, 7.45pm.
Following enquiries from fans the club can confirm that fans will be able to watch the above friendly.
Arbroath have been drawn at home to Dunfermline Athletic in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday the 25th of July.
Watch the Petrofac Training Cup R1 Draw – LIVE!
On Monday (29th June) supporters can watch the Petrofac Training Cup R1 draw LIVE on the SPFL’s official YouTube Channel.
Coverage from St Mirren Park, starts at 2.30pm.
Presenter Caroline Henderson is joined by former St Mirren star Tony Fitzpatrick and a live studio audience of football fans who have won pairs of tickets to attend the event as part of Petrofac’s Golden Ticket promotion.
One lucky supporter will join Caroline and Tony in making the draw – with a special draw taking place ahead of the live broadcast.
Teams are divided into two groups, broadly north and south (taking into account the need to split the 32 teams into two equal groups of 16).
Petrofac Training Cup R1 Draw Live from St Mirren Park Coverage on SPFL YouTube Challenge from 2.30pm Presented by Caroline Henderson with Tony Fitzpatrick
LICHTIES FEET MAKE THEIR MARK
Here is your chance to take part in an innovative fundraiser that will raise funds for Arbroath FC as well as the Supporters Club.
For just £25 you can have your footprints painted on the terracing, stand and also have your name and a message listed on the Arbroath FC website for two seasons. This can be for you or even in memory of a loved one. The feet will be sold off in numerical order but special numbers 36 and 360 will be auctioned off.
The money raised from "Lichties Feet" will let you play your part in building a successful Lichties team on the park & also supporting the TASC fundraising off the park.
The innovative idea has taken off on Twitter and high profile Tweeters including our own Manager Todd Lumsden, SPFL League 2 Player of the Year Bobby Linn, Open Champion Paul Lawrie and SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan have all retweeted about the #lichtiesfeet fundraiser. Even Sky's Golf Commentator Ewan Murray retweeted from the US Open at the weekend. The fundraiser also made an appearance in the Sun newspaper today so the Club is making headlines locally, nationally and globally.
If you would like to book your "Lichties Feet" then contact Carol Shand on 07951389694 or Gordon Arnott on 07882146463, or even check out Twitter #lichtiesfeet and leave a message.
"Where you stand or under your seat, make your mark with Lichties Feet"
Meet the Manager - Saturday 27 June at 12 noon (Sharp) Tutties Arbroath Supporters Club are delighted to announce that the Arbroath FC Manager Todd Lumsden will give the fans a short presentation and then hold a Q&A session on Saturday. Todd will fit this in between the morning and afternoon training sessions so it will start sharp at 12. The event will be held in the Hospitality Lounge at Gayfield and there will also be a chance to buy season tickets and also see and buy the new replica kit for next season. The TASC will also be selling "Lichtie Feet" should anyone wish to buy a set of feet on the terracing or in the stand. We are grateful for Todd taking the time to speak to the fans and it would be great to reward him with a big turnout.
Now that the League fixtures have been announced for the 2015/16 Season, Bookings are now being taken for Match Day Club Hospitality.
Hospitality at Gayfield was extremely popular last season with excellent feedback being received from those who came along to experience a very enjoyable day.
Despite increasing overheads over the past couple of seasons, the Club Directors have again decided not to increase the cost of Hospitality, so the price will remain at £60 + Vat but for season Ticket Holders, this is reduced to £50 + Vat.
To make a booking please contact Strathmore Event Services Ltd either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 07775 779440.
Your support to the Club is truly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at Gayfield in the season ahead having an enjoyable day at Club Hospitality.
The fixtures for season 2015/16 were announced at lunchtime and Arbroath will open the Ladbrokes SPFL League 2 campaign at home to Elgin City on Saturday the 8th of August, followed by the local derby away to Montrose the following week. The full league fixtures for Arbroath can be found at http://spfl.co.uk/league-two/fixtures/
Season Ticket Change
Recent years has seen a healthy increase in the number of supporters who are in their later years at school, starting a course of higher education or in the early years of employment, e.g. an apprenticeship. In recognition of this much appreciated support, the Club has decided to extend the present £60 Under 16 season ticket up to Under 18. The ticket will also be available to those over 18 who are in full time education at a university or college on production of a matriculation card from the institution. For those affected who have already submitted a postal application for their season ticket, please email the Club Secretary on email@example.com who will arrange to make the necessary amendment.
Arbroath have signed former Berwick Rangers midfielder, David Gold, on a one year deal.
Arbroath have arranged a final friendly for the pre season schedule and will play a Rangers XI at Murray Park on Friday the 17th of July with a 7pm kick off.
Get your Golden Ticket for the Petrofac Training Cup R1 Draw!
The Petrofac Training Cup round one draw takes place on Monday 29th June and for the first time supporters of all participating clubs – not least Arbroath – will be right at the heart of the action! Petrofac Training Services, proud sponsors of the Cup, is offering pairs of “golden tickets” to supporters up and down the country to be front and centre when the 32 teams enter this year’s competition.
And best of all, Petrofac will allow one lucky supporter, picked on the day, to MAKE the draw alongside a football personality and our new live draw presenter Caroline Henderson.
It really is a case of “suits at the back” as fans come first to enjoy the draw - which will also be broadcast LIVE and for free on YouTube and petrofactrainingcup.com.
Here’s the details for supporters who win a Golden Ticket:
· Petrofac Training Cup 2015-16 Round 1 Draw
· St Mirren Park, Greenhill Road, Paisley
· Golden Ticket holders arrival at 2pm
· Draw at 2.30pm presented by Caroline Henderson
· One lucky supporter will be invited to make the draw
· Broadcast LIVE on SPFL YouTube channel & www.petrofactrainingcup.com
To enter the competition Arbroath supporters need to find one of our golden tweets, and submit their entry direct. Simply click to enter!
Admission prices for season 2015/16 will be £13 for adults, £7 for concessions and £15 for parent and child gate. The cost for season tickets has remained unchanged now for several seasons and despite pressure to increase the price it will remain the same for season 2015/16 as we greatly appreciate the loyal support to the Club. Season ticket prices are £180 for adult, £90 for Senior Citizen, £60 for Juvenile (Under 16) and £30 for Junior (Under 12).
The following pre season fixtures have been arranged. Tuesday 7th July v Dundee United at Gayfield, 7.45pm (Forfarshire Cup). Thursday 9th July v Exeter City at Gayfield, 7.45pm. Saturday 11th July v Fraserburgh at Gayfield, 7.45pm. Wednesday 15th July v Edinburgh City at Meadowbank, 7.45pm.
As Rob Pearce has now retired as being match day PA Announcer, the Club are actively seeking a replacement. The role involves making PA announcements and playing music before the match and at half time. Anyone interested can contact the Club Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
After 13 years, Malcolm Fairweather has decided to step down from the Board at Arbroath FC in order that he can concentrate more on his work commitments. The Club are extremely grateful for his service and have now appointed him as an Honorary President. Brian Cargill has now been appointed onto the Board and he brings a wealth of experience with fundraising for the Round Table and Relay for Life over the years.
Arbroath have agreed terms for the signing of goalkeeper, Allan Fleming. The 31 year old shot stopper was with East Fife last season.
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 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.
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 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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Arbroath Football Club is a community Club and wishes to portray a family atmosphere at its matches to encourage everyone to enjoy football at Gayfield Park in a friendly atmosphere. As such, bad behaviour, persistent use of foul or abusive language or any forms of racial or sectarian abuse will not be tolerated. Offenders are liable to be ejected from the stadium.