1 August 2019
Brechin City v Annan Athletic - Match Preview
It's been 91 days since City’s last league fixture and following a major squad rebuild and 19 new signings later - a predominantly young, hungry side are ready to kick start the League 2 campaign against Annan Athletic at Glebe Park tomorrow afternoon.
It has been without doubt one of the most challenging close seasons that the club has had to endure, however the management team of Barry Smith and Stevie Campbell have worked incredibly hard over the summer to assemble a squad capable of competing in the division.
City come up against Annan Athletic in what will be the first league meeting between the sides, with the Galabankies being a fairly recent addition to the Scottish senior leagues in 2008. Annan finished in 4th spot last season before losing out to Clyde in the playoff final and Manager Peter Murphy has again assembled a squad that will be looking to go one further this season and will provide tough opposition for City in tomorrow's opening day fixture.
Ross Brown will serve a suspension carried over from last season whilst Fionn McLeod Kay remains sidelined. Luke Watt is a doubt however there is a boost with the news that influential midfielder Ryan McCord is available for selection after missing the Montrose match through injury.
Manager Barry Smith said, "I was satisfied with the performance last week. We obviously wanted to win the game but given the chances we created and some of the football we played, there was a lot to be positive about.
"We obviously want to get off to a good start but after rebuilding we still have a wee bit to go, however we will take each game as it comes.
"Annan have lost a few players over the summer but you would still expect them to challenge - we have just got to go about our business and we are fully focused on ourselves."
The match referee tomorrow is Scott Lambie. He will be assisted by Gordon Crawford and Elliot Husband Powton. Our records show that this is the first City game Lambie has taken charge of.
The new League pricing structure applies for this fixture - they are as follows:
- Adults £13
- Concessions £9
- Parent & Child £16 (plus £2 for each additional school-age child in party)
- Season tickets valid
The City Club bar, situated within the David H Will Stand will be open to both sets of supporters from 1pm and again following the match until approximately 8pm.
There will be a bucket collection by "One Season Wander" - a group of four who are visiting the 42 Scottish Football League grounds in aid of Alzheimer Scotland. They can be followed on twitter @oneseasonwander.
SEASON TICKET SALES
Season tickets will be on sale in the Platinum Lounge from 1:30pm up until kick-off with a range of payment options available. In buying a season ticket, you become a member of the club whilst saving yourself some money!
An adult ticket costs £190, offering a saving of £44 over the season - while the concession ticket (over 65, student & unemployed) at £100 offers a saving of £62 over the course of the club's 18 home league games. Not to mention the free season tickets for schoolchildren scheme and the ‘refer a friend’ offer where an existing season ticket holder can refer a new buyer - both saving a further £20!
The match sponsors tomorrow are Oilenco, an oil engineering company based in Westhill whilst the match ball has been sponsored by Honorary Committee Member Ian Jardine. Many thanks for your support.
This will be the first ever league fixture between the sides however there have been 5 Scottish Cup meetings. The last of which was in season 2014/15 where Colin Hamilton's header at Galabank earned City a replay in which they won 4-2 at Glebe Park with Andy Jackson notching a 23 minute hat-trick and Hamilton again on target.
City fans will fondly remember another Scottish Cup tie on their way to the quarter finals in the 2010/11 season. The original tie at Glebe Park finished 2-2 thanks to a David McKenna double. Following an incredible number of postponements, the replay took place at Galabank nearly a month and a half later where City ran out 5-2 winners in the driving wind and rain. On target for City that evening were Rory McAllister (2), Craig Molloy, David McKenna and Kevin Byers.