BAJFC would like to wish everyone at the club, connected to the club, and everyone else out there a very Happy New Year as we take a brief look back at what 2017 brought to the club…
2017 was a great year for the club, it started off slowly in the league with the Fed just managing two draws and two defeats in between called off games with the Fed’s first Super League win of the year coming on March 18th, a 3-1 home win over Dundonald Bluebell, the same month the club said goodbye to players Jake Mair and Kevin Buchan.
Two more wins came against Fauldhouse and Hill of Beath and draws with Kelty Hearts and Newtongrange Star in the following weeks in the League. The Fed went on to finish in seventh position in the league table, three places higher than their previous maiden season finish of tenth spot, also four points more of a difference, a fantastic achievement for the club in only its second season in the top flight of Junior football.
On the Cup front, Broughty crashed out of the EOS Cup in April at the hands of Broxburn Athletic. In the GA Cup, the Fed beat Culter, Hermes and Dundee Violet to reach the final where they went on to triumph over Tayport 5-1 in May at Tannadice Park and win the trophy for the first time in the clubs history. Great servants to the club moved on following the season end, in Grant Lawson and Jay Smart amongst others.
Following the new arrivals at the club of Graham Hay, Fraser Smith, Kevin Milne, Garry Kenneth, Dayle Robertson to bolster the club in pre-season July, troubled times were ahead at the start of the new 2017/18 season when the management quit the club and defender Jamie McCunnie took temporary charge for eight Super League games, where ten points where gained. The Fed crashed out of the EOS Cup to East Craigie, less said about that the better.
A new manager was eventually appointed at the club mid-September, with Junior veteran Jim Finlayson taking over the helm. Two wins and a draw in his first league games saw the club take seven points out of nine and climb the league table.
But back on the Cup front, the Fed crashed out of both the Scottish Cup and GA Cups to lower league opposition leaving only the league to contend with the remainder of the year and season going into 2018.
The club saw two new arrivals in Chris Liversedge and Liam McCartney joining the squad along with installing defender Graham Hay as the new captain of the side under the new management and former Dundee Violet stalwart Davie Don joining the Fed committee. December brought no football for the club due to games being called off and the arranged winter shutdown by the ERSJFA and so the year of 2017 ended…
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved at the club this year, from the kit man to the pie shop staff, from the admin team to the general hands-on committee members and thank them for their time and efforts throughout the year as we move into 2018, an exciting time for the club hopefully ahead.
So, whether you’re visiting family as far north as Elgin for the New Year celebrations, or just looking for new friends in Carnoustie, or spending time on your own and not going out or turning up at arranged social events, or just doing your own thing as many people at this time of the year like to do…just remember to have a great time whatever you do, all the very best…