Dunfermline Athletic chairman Bob Garmory has paid tribute to Pars fans after what he described as an “extremely challenging” year at East End Park.
Just over a year ago, the Fife club exited administration and has been in a rebuilding process since Pars United with Garmory as a figurehead – took over.
And with that in mind, the Pars chief’s Christmas message to supporters is one of gratitude to everyone who has helped keep the Fife club afloat and looking ahead to another challenging year ahead.
“It is fair to say that 2013 was a very difficult year for the club with the very real prospect that Dunfermline Athletic Football Club would cease to exist, this year has proven to be extremely challenging in other ways as we have come to terms with the enormous task of rebuilding our beloved football club,” he said.
“In the midst of all this activity it is easy to forget all that has been done by so many Pars fans.
“Such as the establishment and endeavours of fans groups focussed on dealing with issues such as the club’s heritage, matchday experiences, stadium maintenance, better access for the less able and the schools programme to name but a few.
“These groups are making a huge difference to the manner in which the club interfaces with our fans and the wider community.
“I would also like to record on behalf of all Pars fans a huge thank you to the members of the board for all their efforts over the last year.
“It is true to say that this club is extremely lucky to have these people looking after its best interest, and I would also like to thank our loyal staff at East End Park for their endeavours over the last 12 months.
“As we look forward to 2015 we must accept that we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that our club has a secure and sustainable future.
“We should also take great pride from the fact that next year our club will celebrate 130 years of unbroken history because of the efforts of all the members of the Pars family.”