Chairman's Report

A NEW ERA

I WOULD like to start by thanking everyone who attended this evening’s supporters meeting at the Royal British Legion and all the supporters who have rallied round in Nairn County’s time of need over the last few weeks. I have been thrown into this position at short notice and I am learning as I am going but one thing that has absolutely overwhelmed me is the amount of goodwill and support there is for this football club in and around the town. I would also like the thank the Legion for hosting us this evening.

It meant a lot to me and the club the amount of people who attended both tonight’s meeting and last night’s shareholders meeting. That most certainly bodes well for the future of Nairn County.

I am in my 10th year of involvement with Nairn County having started as Match Secretary before becoming Club Secretary and now Interim Chairman.

As you will all know, things took a major change of direction just over two weeks ago when our main sponsors, Narden pulled out from their sponsorship of Nairn County and our chairman, Peter Mackintosh retired, hence me arriving in this interim position.

I wish to put on record our thanks to Peter Mackintosh Snr and Narden for the amount of work and finances they put into Nairn County over an astonishing 20-year period, making our club’s ground one of the best in the Highlands with the third best playing surface in the whole of Scottish football.

Things change and we have to move on – a new era in the history of Nairn County FC has started today.

We have appointed five new directors from the Management Committee and have appointed some new committee members too with further appointments to be made as and when required.

I wish to say I am indebted to the Management Committee and the Board of Directors for rallying round and for all of their extremely hard work behind the scenes in this difficult situation we find ourselves in.

I would also like to express my thanks to the businesses, the supporters, the backers on Ali Nicol’s fundraising Facebook page and Mashy Young’s GoFundMe page for their supporter and fundraising efforts. I say thanks too to everyone who has come forward to contribute Match and Ball Sponsorship for the new season and who have agreed to take advertising boards with us at Station Park.

I am truly humbled by the goodwill and ideas coming forward from the wider community and it is appreciated by us all.

I can categorically state that the future existence of Nairn County FC is in no immediate financial danger and as well as working hard to secure new sponsorship, everyone at Station Park is relishing the challenge of the 2016/17 Highland League season.

We are aiming to fill the vacant manager’s post as a matter of urgency and have received a number of high calibre applicants. I am extremely grateful to everyone who has shown an interest in the position.

We look forward to a new era of openness, transparency and working hand-in-hand with the fantastic supporters to ensure that Nairn County FC can secure its long term future and fulfil its enormous potential. I am already looking forward to meeting with the fans again on Monday June 27th at the Royal British Legion at 7.00 pm.

DONALD MATHESON

Interim Chairman, Nairn County FC