Friday, March 27, 2009

Well at least East Fife have won something this season!

Everyone involved with it had been awaiting the results, secretly daring to hope that we would take the crown, and today it's been confirmed: the East Fife matchday programme is the Scottish Second Division Programme of the Year for 2008/09.

It's a fully deserved accolade. Everyone involved with it has put a lot of hard work and manhours into producing a top quality read, week in and week out. Top marks in particular go to Liam Anderson for pulling it all together.

In recent seasons, before the East Fife Supporters Trust took over producing it, the programme at Bayview has been an embarrassment at times. Some of the programmes of the late 1960s and 1970s were great reads, with some fascinating and fun articles in them, but they went downhill in the late 70's with very few seasons where they picked up to provide an interesting read and were just little more than an advertising booklet.

You can see some of the more off the wall highlights from early Fife programmes on the AFTN website HERE.

One of the most important aspects to the current success is the eclectic mix of well written articles that focus not just on East Fife but on football in general. Going back to the original "The Bayview" name and typeface was also an inspired choice.

I personally feel we were cheated out of the award last season due to some of the politics involved in the whole awards but we've more than made up for it this year. Beating our nearest rivals by a considerable margin.

Of course, the hard part now is keeping the standard and quality as high, if not higher and I don't doubt that with the team involved this will be very easily done.

I'm very proud to have played a part in the success. It's been fun being involved and I'm looking forward to continuing help with it next season.

In the words of old Mr Grace "you've all done very well"

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