New website; old passion

Change comes to us all and we are launching the Club’s new website 18 years after introducing our first one. The “old” website has served us well over the years and we owe Allan Forsyth a huge vote of thanks for developing it, maintaining it and updating it over the years. Allan recently advised us that the underlying systems used to develop the site have been superseded by more flexible tools, that we should consider replacing but that, unfortunately, his work and family demands would not allow him the time to lead the new development.

We were very fortunate to quickly identify a suitable IT savvy “project leader” to take on the development and we have Nicole Christie to thank for kindly taking the lead in developing the new site, with Allan providing support and guidance during the transition. We would appreciate your feedback on the site and any suggestions on potential additional content.

Whilst the new website reflects the changes we all face with continued developments in technology, what remains constant for the Club is the passion with which fans are prepared to support the Club. For me this goes back to the days I spent at Banff Primary School, attending Vale home matches from a very early age and aspiring to actually play for the Vale. I was lucky enough to do that for a few years before going to university and then going off to work in various locations. However, my passion for the Vale has never diminished and the website would have logged hits from spells in Brunei, London, Dublin and The Hague, as well as the many places where my work in the oil and gas business took me.

However, what impresses me more is the passion and commitment of the fans who have supported the Vale through thick and thin over many years, steadfastly attending home and away matches and giving the Club the reputation of being one of the best supported in the SHFL. I recall speaking with the chairman of Stirling Albion when we played and beat them at Forthbank Stadium in the Scottish Cup in 2012 when he told me that we had the second biggest travelling support they’d seen that season. The biggest being Glasgow Rangers who were working their way back to the Scottish Premier League after their “troubles”.

What impresses me most though is the band of helpers who are more than happy to give up their spare time to help the Club run as smoothly as it can. The contributions they make are numerous and very much appreciated as they give freely of both their time and money. In an era when football, at all levels, is so much about money and “what’s in it for me”, I find it refreshing that a lot of people put the community and the “badge” ahead of money. For me, Deveronvale is about offering children in the Banff, Macduff, Whitehills, Portsoy and Aberchirder areas an opportunity to explore and fully develop their sporting and social potential and is not just about SHFL and cup success. That would be nice too but not without a positive contribution to the local community.

Jim Mair Chairman


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