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The Family Tree - June/July 2005
Can you be our Local Heroes?

Elgin City Football Club - quick profile: established 1893 - very successful north team - won 45 trophies in the Highland Football League, including the Championship 15 times - joined the full Scottish League in 2000.

My name is Steve and I live in Elgin in the North-East of Scotland. I'm a fan of my local football team Elgin City and have been going to their matches for nearly 20 years. Many of my fellow spectators have supported the team for 30 or more years. There aren't as many of us as there used to be, but we still travel for several hours on a Saturday by bus or car to support the team at away games.

The bad news...

Our much-loved club is struggling. Five years ago Elgin made the ambitious step up from the local Highland League into the national Scottish League. We knew it would be a major challenge but, if successful, competing against bigger clubs from all over Scotland would be good for the club, benefit local sport and would boost the town's profile and civic confidence. Football is an important part of daily life for many Scots and, when the team you support is doing well, the whole community benefits from the feel-good factor.

Elgin haven't made a great start to life in the national league. Being so far north and having to travel further has meant that costs have spiralled. Our location also means that it's harder to persuade experienced players to join the club or to attract the business sponsorship needed to operate successfully at this level. Elgin's stadium has also been seriously damaged twice by flooding. The team have regularly finished near the bottom of the league and the number of spectators has declined. The club itself has made mistakes along the way and everyone associated with Elgin City has experienced a steep learning curve in the last 5 years. Club officials and supporters are doing what they can in terms of fundraising, volunteering etc, but the club's accounts are not healthy and something needs to be done to turn the situation around.

The good news...

Despite the current problems, there are a lot of positives to focus on. We've former Scotland, Glasgow Rangers and Leeds United defender David Robertson as our manager; team performances are improving; we've an enviable youth system in place that's giving local talent a chance to progress and will benefit the club for years to come; the club officials are a group of dedicated local people who are working hard in difficult circumstances; and we're still convinced that competing in the national league is the right way forward for the club and the community. The club is just bursting with potential and I really want it to be able to realise that potential.

You can help...

I'm sending out this plea to see if there are any individuals or organisations out there who'd be interested in helping to turn this club around, to be a catalyst towards better times. Here's how I see the situation:

  Short-term priorities   Finance -       advertising
                          interest-free loans

              Expertise -     business know-how
                          financial advice

            Moral support -     we feel so alone !

  Longer-term     Infrastructure -        improved/new stadium
                          improved/new training facilities

              Expertise -         10 year business plan

              Moral support -         be part of the Elgin City success story!


I'm not great with words and probably haven't put Elgin City's case forward as well as it deserves, but I hope I've done enough to persuade you to want to find out more. If so, the best way to contact me initially is through my e-mail at work:

or by post:

Steve Coomber
32 High School Drive
IV30 6UE

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Good luck to you in whatever is your favourite sport.

Steve Coomber
Elgin, Scotland      

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