ARBROATH FC is set to be one of the stars of a brand new documentary which will shed light on what happens behind the scenes at football clubs.
The Lichties were chosen to feature in the show and a film crew spent Friday and Saturday in the town filming at several locations including the Bell Rock lighthouse, Tutties Neuk and of course Gayfield.
The programme is fronted by Tom Watt, best known for his role as Lofty in Eastenders, who now is also a respected football writer and presenter as well as an actor.
The show will air on new digital channel BT Vision, which, from next season, is set to broadcast live English Premier League games.
Tom, who also helped David Beckham write his best selling autobiography ‘My Side’, admits he was unsure about what to expect at Arbroath FC and Gayfield.
But he told the Arbroath Herald both the club and town were very welcoming.
He explained: “I just didn’t know what to expect coming here for the first time.
“You always hear of Arbroath when you watch the football scores come in on a Saturday but you don’t really think about the place.
“So that is what the documentary is about, coming and finding out about these places.
“And since I came here the people have been so friendly and hospitable and it is clear to see they are very proud of their football club.
“So I’m quite lucky to come to places like Arbroath to find out about the people and the town as well as the club.”
The documentary hopes to show what life is like at football clubs in small towns across the UK and will also feature clubs including Scarborough, Accrington Stanley and Carlisle.
And Tom believes it is important for football fans to see just how much these clubs matter to their communities.
He said: “Arbroath is the first place we have came to film but we will be going across the country to clubs in small towns and in lower leagues to try and show people just how much these clubs matter to their communities.
“They play a very big part of life in these towns.
“Of course Arbroath is famous for the Declaration of Arbroath, but more people have probably heard of the town through football.
“And often starting a conversation about football is an ice breaker when you meet new people.”
While at Gayfield on Saturday for the Lichties’ clash with Brechin, Tom was able to look around the club, spending time with the supporters on the terraces and in the hospitality lounge.
He added: “This club is just fantastic and it was just a shame about the result.
“Everybody here is doing a fantastic job and you can tell it is a well organised club doing things properly and they have really looked after us today.
“But it is the same at many smaller clubs around the country.
“If it weren’t for the supporters giving up their time to volunteer there would be a lot less clubs around.”