Family boardroom connection helps Lossiemouth build towards strong footballing future
POSITIVES actions behind the scenes at Lossiemouth could make things happen on the park in the near future, said their new chairman.
A father-and-son combination has been established on the Coasters committee, eager to help drive more revenue into the Grant Park club.
Newly-appointed chairman Alan McIntosh (57) has been joined in the boardroom by his son Kevan (31), who is taking on his dad’s old job as secretary.
Another committee member has been recruited from one of Lossie’s growing number of sponsors, with Stuart McDonald from communications firm Fire 1 joining the board at the club’s recent annual general meeting.
With ground improvements planned in the near future, as well as a celebration of Lossiemouth FC’s 75th anniversary in the summer, there’s plenty for the seven-strong committee to work on.
Alan, who has served his hometown club for the past 36 years, is eager to build a solid infrastructure at Lossie to provide a platform for the management team to improve fortunes on the field.
The Coasters dropped to bottom spot after Saturday’s 4-3 home defeat to Clach, but with several promising players gaining vital experience, there is hope on the horizon.
“We had the AGM last Monday and 31 supporters turned up,” said Alan.”
“It was a better turnout than we thought. We haven’t had a chairman since Rab Mulheron left two years ago, but nobody came to the floor and I am now taking over the role.”
McIntosh sees team manager Joe Russell and his assistant Ian Campbell bringing talent through from the club’s under-13s, 15s, 17s and 20s to the first team.
He feels the addition of more experienced players to help the youngsters would improve results.
However, with finances restricted at Lossie, they keep a tight player budget and attracting seasoned Highland League players to Grant Park has proved to be difficult.
Russell did bring in former Rothes, Forres and Keith striker Kris Duncan at the start of the current campaign, but the player negotiated his release earlier this year and has now joined Strathspey Thistle.
“We’ve found out that we can’t play with just the young lads,” said McIntosh.
“We need to find more experienced players as well and we have identified some.
“It will be amazing how a couple of good additions could help the team.”
While the blocks are being laid for squad building at Grant Park, foundations are being laid off the park as well in an effort to put the club on a steadier footing.
McIntosh said local businesses have been giving Lossie time and materials to help with ground improvements.
A local firm donated blocks to help build a wall, replacing perimeter fencing in the ground. A deal has also been struck to provide the cement, while a joiner is being sought to fix roofing on the club office.
Other companies have helped with a revamp of the team dressing rooms while work was carried out to alleviate flooding problems at the ground.
“Ian Campbell and Mike Ellis have been doing a lot behind the scenes, fundraising and bringing in companies to help us, and it has snowballed from there.
“People have been helping us and the community is getting involved.”
McIntosh explained how Lossie’s hardcore supporters have also rallied behind the Coasters’ cause.
“A lot of them have said they will help out if we need help on matchdays.”