Chairman Plays the long game

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A true Lichtie and boardroom stalwart was honoured as the longest-serving chairman in Scottish association football on Monday at a civic reception.

Commended by Provost Helen Oswald for his dedication to the club and community at the reception in Forfar’s Canmore Rooms, Mr Christison was presented with a quaich on behalf of the Scottish FA by Anne McKeown, a club director and member of the League Management Board of the Scottish Football League.

Schooled at Hayshead Primary and Arbroath High School, John Christison joined Arbroath Football Club in 1989, taking over the Chair in 1993, giving 26 years of loyal service on both the Committee and the Board.

He worked in the Ministry of Labour as a civil servant for 43 years finishing his career with Job Centre Plus in Arbroath, on his retiral at age 60.

He played for Arbroath Harp and a wide variety of Sunday League teams until a leg break signalled the end of his playing days in 1977. During his time he has worked with 18 managers of the team, including legends such as Danny McGrain, John Brogan, John Brownlie and others. John said: “I’ve been so lucky over the past 26 years, making many good friends in Scottish football. I have worked with very many able committees, directors, and managers over the years.”

John also announced on Tuesday that Director of the Board, Malcolm Fairweather has stepped down. Tied up with his own business Malcolm has decided to turn his full attention to it. Mr Christison said: “He’ll be a great loss to the club. We have given him an honorary presidency so he will continue to help as and when he can. He has given sterling service over the last 13 years and we are really sorry to see him go.”

The Club have appointed Brian Cargill onto the Board, with immediate effect.

Brian has a wealth of experience in fundraising, particularly with work done for the Round Table and Relay For Life. Malcom Fairweather is delighted with his replacement, he said: “Brian is a great guy and I am sure he will do a super job.”