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Forres Mechanics chairman Dave MacDonald: Let's give manager Charlie Rowley fitting send-off


By Jonathan Clark

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SUPPORTERS of Forres Mechanics are being urged to turn out in big numbers tomorrow to give departing manager Charlie Rowley a fitting send-off.

The Highland League Cup first round clash against Turriff United will be Rowley's last in charge of Forres, who he has managed since 2010.

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It's sure to be an emotional day at Mosset Park – with a presentation set to be made to Rowley at the final whistle.

Mechanics chairman Dave MacDonald said: "We are asking all Mechanics supporters to turn out in great numbers tomorrow to show their appreciation for all Charlie’s professionalism and loyalty.

"It will be an emotional day, he's had a long association with the club as a player, coach and manager.

"Hopefully the fans will turn out and give him the tribute he deserves, and things end on a high with a victory."

In his 11 and a half years in charge at Mosset Park, Rowley has celebrated two trophy wins – the North of Scotland Cup in 2011 and the Highland League in 2012.

Charlie Rowley is thrown in the air by Forres Mechanics players after winning the Highland League in 2012. Picture: Eric Cormack
Charlie Rowley is thrown in the air by Forres Mechanics players after winning the Highland League in 2012. Picture: Eric Cormack

However, perhaps his greatest achievement has been the loyalty of the players he has managed, with no fewer than eight players receiving testimonials during his reign.

Prior to being manager, Rowley was a Mechanics player from 2002 to 2007 and assistant manager from 2007 to 2010.

The 52-year-old has been offered a position on the Cans' board of directors, which the club hope he will accept in due course.



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