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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The following appeared in Issue 21. of The Bayview for our last game of the season against Stranraer on the 28th of April.

Welcome to Bayview for the last game of the 2017/18 League One campaign. Thank you to all our fans for the support that you have given us throughout the season. I know it’s been disappointing for us not to be in the play-offs but we still managed to be safe in mid-table despite our horrendous injuries situation. We competed well against the middle six but our results against the bottom sides were very poor.

The Manager (Darren Young) is well aware of this and I’m sure he will work to rectify this for next season. Preparations have already been made for preseason and Darren is activity pursuing signing targets for a concentrated campaign. Our goal next season is, as always, to try and win the league. I, and the board, will continue to give all that we can to achieve this. I must give a big thank you to all my Directors for the hard work, time and dedication they give to the club. Of course this is matched by the staff and the volunteers in and around the club. I will congratulate the Player of the Year winners in advance as I’m sure that they deserved it.

We have had our first season using the all synthetic pitch and all the reports back say that it’s a good surface to play on. Again thanks to the hard work of Fifers for the Community committee on and off the pitch which is enabling the community to have all year round access to a good playing surface. Our hope is that this will bring the community closer to East Fife. On the commercial front a huge thanks to all who sponsor the club. This is invaluable to the club’s wellbeing and the day to day running of the club.

On the 2nd June this year we are hosting a celebration dinner to commemorate winning the Scottish Cup in 1938, the League Cup in 1948 and 2008 Third Division championship. All three cups should be in attendance along with the matchball from the Scottish Cup win. Relations of the 1938 and 1948 players will be in attendance along with players from the 2008 team. We would encourage fans not to miss this evening and to support the club on this occasion.

We have recently opened our restaurant for lunches and Sunday high teas. All money made from this goes to the club so every time you use this facility it is helping the club so come along and enjoy your clubs facilities. Some of you will have noticed that we have recently received planning permission from Fife Council for the installation of a lift. This is something that has been sadly lacking and will give access to the upstairs lounge for ALL supporters & which will hopefully encourage more use of the stadium outwith match days.

All that is left to say is please keep on supporting the team as without you there would not be a team. Have a very good summer and hope to see you all next season.

Jim Stevenson