Tough but optimistic times ahead for Rangers

Berwick Rangers face tough times ahead, but their new Board of Directors say they are ‘optimistic’ for the future.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 9:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 2:48 pm
Shielfield Park, the home of Berwick Rangers.

Now, fans are being urged to ‘fall back in love’ with the club again in an effort to secure it’s long term stability.

At an open forum with supporters, the new-look Board of Directors admitted their immediate aim is to consolidate by the end of the current season.

They forecast a financial loss of £55,000 at the end of the year, which they admit is not ideal, and with a reduction next season of £60,000 in SFA and SPFL money and a possible increase in fees for the ground set by owners Northumberland County Council, they say the picture is concerning.

On a positive note, local businesses have got behind the new Board, led by returning chairman Brian Porteous, and all sponsorship packages for the remaining home games this season have been sold.

Vice chairman Craig Forsyth said he would like to place on record the Board’s thanks for everyone’s backing.

One of the main aims of the new Board is to re-establish links with the community, the town and the surrounding region.

Their aim is to look towards setting up a Sports Foundation, with Berwick Speedway and other local clubs before the end of the year.

New director Dave Buglass said at the heart of the recovery is the proposed transformation of Shielfield Park and its surrounding pitches at Ivinson and Old Shielfield.

He said not many clubs in Scotland have access to three grass parks in such a small area, but the facilities need to be active seven days a week and become a sports hub for the town and wider areas.

“The creation of a Berwick Sports Foundation, is imperative,” said Buglass, “and the ability to access English funding for wages of employees who would run football and social projects locally have to be achieved. The town and wider community have to fall back in love with the club.”

Chairman Porteous said: “What’s happened in the past is in the past. We are looking to the future and we are more optimistic, although we are under no illusion that times will be tough and everyone at the Football Club has to work together.”