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New Away Kit Launch & Baxter's 1st Birthday Bash

Saturday, 01 July 2017 23:00

The Club was delighted with the response to the new away kit launch event which was combined with a celebration of Baxter's 1st Birthday.

A crowd of over 140 supporters, officials, players and management was welcomed to Station Park on Friday 30 June 2017 by Chairman Ken Stewart to see the white and navy away kit being modelled by members of the first team squad. Michael Kennedy, Michael Travis, Andrew Munro, Dylan Easton were joined by last minute addition and new signing Ousman See. Also taking part were junior season ticket holders Beau and Penny Taylor, Michael and James FitzGerald and Ryan Moore. The strip proved to  be popular with queues in the Club Shop during the evening snapping up the new kit along with other new items of the training gear supplied by Pendle, the Club's kit manufacturer. The Club were also pleased that Scott McKinlay, Managing Director of Orchard Timber the Club's long standing sponsor could attend on the evening.

The winners of the competition to design a 1st birthday card for Baxter were also announced with the top prize going to Carly Hogg of Southmuir Primary School for her brightly coloured card featuring Baxter playing at a packed Station Park. Highly commended awards went to Daniel Buist, Calum Beckers, also of Southmuir Primary School with a further award to Carly Hogg for a second entry. Andrew Peters of Northmuir Primary in Kirriemuir, also highly commended was present at the event where he collected a certificate and helped Baxter to cut his birthday cake. 

The extra special Baxter birthday cake was donated by Karen Murray and her staff at J McLaren and Son bakers and they also helped with savoury snacks on the evening as did other long-term supporters of the Club Morna and Mike Saddler of Saddlers & Son.   The guests also enjoyed an array of sweet treats kindly donated by Linda Taylor and Marilyn Mackie.

Following the formalities the 40 plus children took part in football challenges including a beat the goalie event against former Forfar Athletic keeper Jason King and a Euro goal challenge. Vice-Chairman Dennis Fenton also took a turn scoring from close range although groundsman Martin Gray entered the field of play with a stretcher as a precaution! The first team players showed off their skills in front of goal with Andrew Munro standing out with his fine finishing.

The evening drew to a close with the assembled guests enjoying a drink or two in the 1984 lounge with many of the children (and a few 'bigger kids') still outside playing football well into the darkness clearly enjoying the Station Park facilities.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped organise the event and who contributed to the smooth running on the evening. Special thanks to Alan and Rhona Shepherd who were on their feet all night behind the bar. There are too many people to thank by name but rest assured the effort put in was greatly appreciated.

Finally many thanks to everyone who came along to support the Club. We hope to see many of you back here for the pre-season fixtures and of course the important Betfred Cup matches later this month.

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