Friday, 24th March 2017



Scottish Highland Football League 


Brora Rangers FC

Kynoch Park

Saturday 18th February 2017

3pm Kick off.






Keith FC played their first match in the Highland League in 1924, lined up for their first Scottish Cup tie in 1926, won their first senior trophy the Aberdeenshire Cup in 1936, their first Highland League title in 1962, and their first Highland League Cup in 1964.


Now, in February 2017, they have held their first ever Fans Forum, certainly in modern times.  Sunday 26 February was the date, and the Sponsors Lounge at Kynoch Park was the venue.


A goodly attendance was present between 2pm-4pm, with Tesco providing teas/coffees and biscuits.


Chairman Andy Troup opened the afternoon by outlining his, and Keith FC's ambition, to get back in amongst honours once again, giving his background prior to joining the Club.


He gave a comprehensive presentation informing the attentive audience about Finances, Sponsorships, introducing the Board Members, and relating the facilities at Kynoch Park.  He stated it was important to get more people through the turnstiles, and also to fill the Sponsors Lounge on a match day.  He pointed out that the Club's Weekly Double Chance was now earning money, and it was hoped to build on this.


He reiterated that the Club intends to become more Community based, and has already made inroads into this objective, in the shape of Walking Football, and the liaison with Tesco.  A proposed Sports Hub was also work in progress he intimated.


After a short comfort break, Mr Troup then introduced first team manager Allan Hale, who went on to outline his plans on the field of play.


He informed all present that he was very ambitious both on a personal level, and also his ultimate aim to get Keith FC back challenging for honours once again.  Having joined the Club from Maud a year and a half previously, he outlined his vision for the playing staff.  He spoke of the losing mentality on the field when he arrived but that had now been eradicated.  His philosophy was attacking football.


He relayed his preparations, including Sports Science, Match Analysis and Diet and Recovery.  There was a five year plan with the ultimate aim of taking the Club into Division Two.  He was proud of his players, and recent signings showed the ambition of both the manager and the Club.


There followed a lengthy Question Answer session which covered a broad spectrum of topics.  This ranged from the manager being asked if a successful team would include players from the Keith area, to which he replied positively, pointing out that there were currently five players from the area in the first team pool.


Other topics covered the likes of resurrecting a Junior Maroons Section, closer links with other local Clubs, and what income streams the Club had.  These were all answered in a positive manner, as was the question broached re approaching local schools in a bid to get youngsters to come to matches, three regular young fans were present.  The manager was also asked which parts of the team required strengthening, and again he informed in a positive manner.  He also explained how he deals with players in a professional and courteous manner if they have not been selected, and that his yardstick is the attitude to the two training sessions per week as well as on a match day.


The afternoon was concluded on a positive note with a round of applause in appreciation of Messrs Troup and Hale, with the knowledge that the Club was going in the right direction.  A future forum would be held and would be well publicised, with the local papers being congratulated on their advertising of the Event, and attendance.