Broughty Athletic JFC are pleased to announce that former Forfar Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic player, Stewart Petrie, has joined the club as assistant manager to Keith Gibson. Stewart is pictured centre alongside Fed coach Tony McAuley(left) and manager Keith Gibson(right).
The club moved fast to fill the vacant position following on from Ray Farningham’s departure last week to take up his new position as assistant manager at fellow Super League side, Lochee United, and Fed manager Keith Gibson is delighted that he got his man before pre-season training starts next week.
46 yr-old Stewart started his career with senior side Forfar Athletic back in 1989, making 117 appearances for them before joining Dunfermline Athletic and racking up 256 appearances with 46 goals thrown in too. Moving abroad to Australia saw Stewart play for several different sides before he returned and played 13 times for Ross County in the 2007/8 season.
After his playing career was over, Stewart went on to be the assistant manager at Arbroath FC for three years, where Fed manager Keith Gibson was plying his trade as a player, before moving to Forfar Athletic as assistant manager.
Manager Keith Gibson spoke of his sadness and delight in losing one assistant but gaining a fine replacement…
“I’m absolutely delighted to have Stewart on board at the club. I knew I had to find the right man for the job following Jinky’s departure and boy have I got a great assistant. We know each other from our time at Arbroath together when I was a player and Stewart was the Assistant Manager. He was my first choice to contact and I’m delighted he accepted my offer to come to Broughty Athletic and get back into the game.
To say I was gutted when Jinky informed me he was leaving the club was an understatement. I brought him into the Fed as my assistant and I felt we both worked together very well along with our coach Tony McAuley and keeper coach Mark Murray, and together we all took the club forward in winning promotion up to the Super League. I’m disappointed that Jinky has left for a local rival team in the Super League, but that’s football for you, it happens. Jinky is a great coach and a great guy, I’m surprised that senior clubs hadn’t come in for him during his time with us. I wish him all the best at his new club and whatever the future holds for him…”
New Assistant Manager Stewart Petrie spoke with our Website Admin briefly after signing for the club and had this to say…
“I’m very happy to be here at Broughty Athletic. When I got the call from Keith, I listened to what he had to say about the club and accepted his offer straight away to join. I’ve joined just at the right time, as pre-season training this Thursday night and I’m looking forward to meeting all the squad before putting them through their paces.
I’m passionate about football, as I was during my time during my playing career. I hope to help build on the clubs great tenth place finish last season in this league and pass on as much knowledge of the game as possible to the lads. I’m up for the challenge and very grateful for the call to come to the club. We have a great park here at Whitton Park, I’ve seen the future plans for the new stadium and it looks fantastic. There is a great set-up here behind the scenes from what I’ve seen so far and I look forward to the new season ahead…”
Stewart takes his first pre-season training session this Thursday night when the squad reports back for their first light training session before the hard sessions kick in on Saturday.
All at BAJFC welcome Stewart to the club and wish him all the very best here at the Fed.