Moore urges fans to stick by them

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A dismal run of it by the boys in maroon has made for punishing viewing, but manager Allan Moore asks fans not to abandon them now.

He said: “The players will not play any better if the fans turn on them. We need them there to back us.

“I’ve been in this game long enough to ride out the successes and failures and I know how quickly it can change.

“I know fans pay their money but we really need them to stick by us and get behind us.

“The players are not trying to lose games, it’s just not going for us at the moment.

“Perhaps we are a victim of our own early success.”

The gaffer is, however, in no doubt that bagging a much needed win will boost the confidence of both the team and the fans.

“We have still got a great chance of getting promotion. I believe it and the players believe it. A major factor at the moment is missing chances and it is affecting confidence, there is no doubt about that. I don’t want to take away from Montrose’s win. They were fighting to survive and they beat us well. What was working for us at the beginning of the season is backfiring now.”

Mixing up the formation, strikers, systems and certain players still doesn’t seem to be making much difference but Moore remains optimistic. He said: “We need to keep a calm head, solve the problems and once we get that one result, we will kick on and continue to win our games.”

club news

Young Lichties will have the chance to enjoy some hospitality at Gayfield later this month. On March 18 at the Arbroath v Albion Rovers game, young fans are invited to The Caird Hospitality Suite for an evening of fun, food and football.

The event is aimed at 11 to 17 year olds, starting at 6 p.m. when they will enjoy a two course meal with complementary soft drinks.

For the 7.45 p.m. kick-off the fans will receive a complementary team sheet and reserved seating and after the game they will have the opportunity to meet the management and players.

Places are £14 for season ticket holders and £20 for non-season ticket holders, to book email or visit

Ex-Scotland, Aberdeen and Motherwell manager Craig Brown will be speaking alongside Jim Robertson, assistant Procurator Fiscal for East of Scotland at AFC’s Annual Sportsman’s Dinner. Craig and Jim will be accompanied by the MC for the evening, former Scottish footballer Des McKeown. There are a limited amount of tickets remaining for the dinner and they won’t last long! Contact Julie Harper on 07864 195158 to book.