Published: 26/09/2017 09:43 - Updated: 26/09/2017 09:59

Chairman hopes success can reward fans

Cans fansFORRES Mechanics want to reward their loyal supporters and attract new fans with success.

With an average home gate of 200, 60 season ticket holders and 60 Life members, the Cans are regarded as one of the best supported clubs in the Highland League.

But chairman James ‘Doc’ Anderson, is calling on fair weather fans to make a commitment and help push things forward.

He said: “I want to say thank you to the many people who, one way or another, give generously to help keep the Mechanics ticking over. We are well-supported financially by individuals and businessmen ... we want to give something back by being successful on the pitch.”

Doc admits from a playing point-of-view, it has not been the best start to the season.

He explained: “We have a strong squad but have already had a lot of injuries and the team has lacked consistency as a result. It is perhaps too early to make a judgement but I believe we should be almost as successful as last season.”

This April, Mechanics finished in sixth place from 18 teams, equal with richer club Turriff, and as the top placed Moray side behind winners Buckie.

Between 20 and 60 Can-can diehards regularly follow the side on away trips as far afield as Wick, Cove and Fort William.  

“Already this season we have had midweek away fixtures in Wick and Brora,” said Doc.

“Travelling long distances midweek necessitates getting off work early, home very late and up again the next morning early for work. I can understand why employers feel unhappy about this.

“So, through hospitality packages on match days and fundraising events such as sportsmen’s dinners, we hope to give our supporters something to enjoy during the season.

“Most of all we want to give them excitement and satisfaction on Saturday afternoons.

“Please come along and swell the numbers.”

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