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New Forres Mechanics chairman "honoured" by role

By Jonathan Clark

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FORRES Mechanics stalwart Dave MacDonald said it was a “pleasure and privilege” to become the club’s new chairman.

Mr MacDonald was announced as chairman on Tuesday, with the Cans board inviting him to step into the role at a meeting on Monday night.

Forres Mechanics chairman Dave Macdonald. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Forres Mechanics chairman Dave Macdonald. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

He had been club secretary at Mosset Park since 2001 and vice-chairman to Dr James Anderson for around five years before the Doc resigned last week.

Mr MacDonald said: “I am fairly upbeat. It is a pleasure and privilege to be invited to become chairman.

“I have had a long association with the club and this will be a great honour.

“I had a lot of things to mull over but it is a new challenge. Chairman duties are new challenge and everybody needs a challenge.”

As well as an 18-year association with Mechanics, the former Moray Council employee has been about football for 35 years.

In 1984, he started a 16-year journey with the Moray and Banff Referee’s Association and was then assistant secretary to Highland League secretary John Grant for a decade.

It was Bruce Hay, Forres chairman in 2001, who asked him to move to Mosset Park – where he has remained since.

For 13 of those years, Mr MacDonald worked under chairman Dr James Anderson.

And he has learned plenty from the Doc.

He said: “I had a good working relationship with James. I have learned quite a bit from him. He is an experienced professional.

“He regrettably resigned and I feel we now need to have continuity and stability and that is where I see my immediate role in the club.

“I’m not a person who will go in there and make any radical changes.”

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