Saints set for new season

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After six weeks break Banchory St Ternan are set to play their first match of the new season with a friendly match at Lossiemouth on Saturday (3pm).

A bus for supporters wanting to travel to Morayshire will be leaving the Burnett Arms Hotel at 10:45am.

On Wednesday July 27, Saints have a much shorter trip to Echt, kick off 7.30pm with the final friendly at Milton Park on Saturday July 30 when Aberdeen FC 19’s are the visitors, kick off 2.00pm.

Following the appointment of Sandy Carrol at the end of last season, Carrol has brought in two coaches as part of his management team.

Grant Colligan has been appointed Assistant Manager, with the players certainly benefiting from his coaching experience and qualifications.

Colligan has been involved in the same coaching courses as the Saints manager, having reached an impressive level with the SFA.

He has spent over 34 years in football mainly playing in the central belt. Played in the East of Scotland League for several seasons with Craigroyston and Tollcross Utd (now Tynecastle Star). Guested for Dunfermline Athletic as a raw youngster under the direction of Jim Leishman and Tom Forsyth.

His Managerial career started with Aberdeen University Amateurs and then progressed to Kemnay F.C Under 17’s winning the “B” League Championship in season 2010-11.

Grant is looking forward to working with the management team at Banchory.

He said: “It’s a great privilege to working with Sandy, Gorski and Pops. I am sure we will do well with the squad and hope to make this forthcoming season a success for all at Banchory.”

The other appointment is Raymond Gorski as Coach. “Gorski” as he is referred to has Junior and Amateur connections and previously worked with Sandy at Hillhead Juniors (now Bridge of Don Thistle).

He joked: “I played for Lads Club Juniors, Bon Accord Juniors & Mugiemoss Juniors. I hope the fact that all of them no longer exist doesn’t worry you!

“I also had a successful time at amatuer level with Stoneywood, Sheddocksley and Frigate AFC. After a short break joined the management team at Hillhead Juniors and now looking forward to my time at Banchory St.Ternan.”

The Management have been busy over the last few weeks in signing new players for the start of the season and next week’s article will update the arrivals and departures.

It’s the end of an era at Milton Park with the departure after 27 years of the famous square goal posts. They have been replaced by state of the art round posts.

However they are not disappearing completely as they are being transferred on to Pitch 2 to replace the set of portable goals that were beyond repair.