The project at FC Edinburgh is to build a “Not for profit”, inclusive, winning football club supporting the Edinburgh community at all levels for Men, Women and Youth players.
Firstly, I would like to thank the chairman, my fellow directors, and the volunteers for their tireless efforts. The club is, in the main, run by volunteers, and the increased workload since we gained promotion to League 1 has been handled brilliantly.
I am also thankful to the Gaffer, Alan Maybury, his backroom staff, and first team squad for their fine efforts to date as we strive to meet the target that we set ourselves at the start of the campaign; of avoiding relegation in our maiden League 1 season.
Given all the activity and change that has been going on, I felt that it was important to provide an update.
Moving ground has not been without its challenges. We acknowledge that the spectator experience (in particular the distance from the pitch of the standing area behind the goals and the way in which the barrier impedes the view from the stand) has not been ideal.
We are working with Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Leisure, and other stakeholders including Scottish and Edinburgh Athletics, to address this and we hope by the end of the year to have a solution in place. We expect to be able to make the area behind the goals within the D area accessible to fans, which should make for a great standing experience closer to the action. We are also in talks with Edinburgh Council to lower the barrier in front of the main stand and hope to have this actioned imminently.
We have secured planning permission to build a stand on the Marionville Rd side of the stadium. Factors beyond our control have however prevented us from progressing with construction. We will provide an update on this initiative as soon as we are able.
We would like to thank Edinburgh City Council, Edinburgh Leisure and Scottish and Edinburgh Athletics who have been open, constructive, and supportive in our discussions and dealings with them, as we work towards the common goal of providing an excellent supporter experience for all events at this wonderful new arena.
We have recently been in dialogue with a section of our fans about the name change from Edinburgh City to FC Edinburgh. We apologised to the fans and acknowledged that we could have managed this process better. We will strive to do better in the future. Reflecting our discussions, we are happy that the club should be referred to simply as ‘Edinburgh’ rather than using the full ‘FC Edinburgh’ name, and we have indicated this preference to the SPFL.
As part of our ongoing dialogue, we also discussed ticket prices. We are acutely aware that a lot of our fans (and the wider Edinburgh community in general) are feeling the effects of the ‘cost of living crisis’, as inflation and increased energy bills bite. To address this, we have decided from the next home game (against Queen of the South on Saturday 5 th November) until the end of the season, to reduce our ticket prices.
£12 flat fee for all areas [reduced from £18]
£5 with a Young Scot Card or Student ID for all students [reduced from £12]
Free for all school-age children with a Young Scot Card as proof of age and accompanied by an Adult [reduced from £5]
We hope that this will enable fans to get along to the games and support the team on a regular basis. We will also be contacting Season Ticket holders to offer them a hospitality package in acknowledgement of their commitment to the club from the start of the season.
We now move forward as one.
Please get behind Alan and his players as we embark on what is turning into a very interesting season.
We look forward to welcoming you to Meadowbank on November 5th for our fixture against Queen of the South.
Majority shareholder and Director