No match day programme at Gayfield!

ARBROATH FC have blamed rising costs after announcing there will be no official match day programme for the coming season.

The club say it was with careful deliberation that they took the difficult decision not to produce the publication.

The programmes often turn into collectors items with many on sale from the 1970s and 80s on auction websites.

However, the club is now informing supporters of their decision before the season starts tomorrow (Saturday) with the cup tie against Dundee at Gayfield.

A club spokesman said: “After careful deliberation it has been decided that Arbroath Football Club will not be producing match-day programmes during the coming season.

“It has become increasingly economically difficult to be able to balance printing costs against the number of programmes sold during or after matches, and subsequently this difficult decision has been made.”

Open day

However, tomorrow will mark the Gayfield open day with children being given the chance to train with the first team squad on the pitch.

The morning starts at 10 a.m. when youth development coach Gavin Beith will run a training session for older children at the Low Common.

A bouncy castle will be provided for younger children within the grounds of Gayfield.

Then at 11.30 a.m. all children are invited to join the first team squad on the Gayfield pitch for a training session until midday.

The Third Division trophy will be on hand with fans of all ages welcome to have their picture taken with the club’s first piece of silverware.

Merchandise will be available from the club shop which will be open from 10 to 11 a.m. with season tickets on sale.

Orders are also being taken for the new replica kit.