Nov 11 2011 by Andy Galloway, Lennox Herald (main ed)
A LONG-time servant of Vale of Leven Juniors admits he fears for the future of the club.
Club treasurer, general secretary and diehard fan Angus Wallace has spoken out about the lack of support given in running the area’s only junior side.
These concerns have led to an important meeting being called on Monday night about what lies ahead for the club.
The 54-year-old, who became Vale Juniors treasurer aged only 16, is adamant that the meeting does not mean that the club is in danger of folding.
But he is worried about the welfare of the Millburn Park side unless more people come forward to help with the running of the club.
He said: “I gave everybody a year’s notice at the last AGM that I wanted to stand down but in that time there has been no response.
“I think it is a bad day when, on a Saturday, the club’s own manager has to concentrate his efforts on putting the nets up instead of preparing the team.
“So we have organised the meeting to appeal for help from members and supporters because, if I stood down right now, goodness knows what would happen.
“I am usually there on a home matchday from 9am to 6pm and the coaching staff and I end up doing everything ourselves.
“People don’t even muck in with simple things like putting out corner flags.
“I’m totally fed up with the lack of help and that’s why I decided to stand down.
“People come to matches and hand out all sorts of abuse but they are not prepared to put their hands in their pockets or help out.”
Angus also revealed he is “embarrassed” that, while many other junior clubs throughout the country offer hospitality to visiting teams, Vale never extend such a warm welcome.
He said: “When we go to away games people are quite happy to take advantage of hospitality, but when others come to Millburn it’s an embarrassment.
“The coaching staff and I are getting the nets down after the game and there’s nobody there to offer hospitality.”
The Millburn men have struggled this season, scrapping at the bottom end of the Central District First Division and out of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.
But Monday’s meeting is set to see a strong appeal for help off the park so things can run more smoothly. It takes place in the clubhouse at Millburn at 8pm and all members and supporters are asked to attend.