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    Paul Hartley previews final game of season 

    Friday, May 04, 2012 6:38:41 PM

    Today I would like to extend a warm welcome to Harry Cairney and Andy Aitken, the players, coaches, supporters and directors of Annan Athletic as they visit Recreation Park for their second league game of the season, we are looking forward to the game in completely different circumstances to when the sides meet in May, 2011. Today is the culmination and reward for the hard work and dedication of everyone at this club to make sure the club returned to the Second Division at the very first attempt. I am hoping there will be a big crowd to enjoy the occasion, it is something to savour as this type of day does not come around on a regular basis, the last time the club won the Third Division title was back in Season 1997/98. It has been hard work, the players have been brilliant, it is a magnificent achievement and I can’t thank my players enough for what they have done this season – their attitude, commitment, their desire to win, work rate, everything that has been asked of them, but it has not just been about the players but everyone at the club who have worked as a team – the chairman for giving me the chance in management and for rewarding me with a new two year contract. Today however we want everybody to enjoy the occasion, we will look to put on a good performance and end the season in style, win the game and hopefully entice people to come back next season. We are a community club and want the people in the county to enjoy our success, we have only won three championships in the club’s history in 1921/22, 1997/98 and again this season. Some of the players, even the older ones have never been part of a Championship winning side and these days must be savoured. The young players have got to enjoy the occasion and remember the feeling, while the older players will cherish the reward for their years in the game. It lifts the whole spirit at the club, it’s a new era now and hopefully we have brought something different to the club, it is a club in progress, it comes down to hard work, the harder you work the better rewards you can achieve, we will now turn our attentions to next season and look forward, we will try to keep the majority of the players, we will look to add and strengthen the squad and keep the momentum going for next season – lets enjoy today and hopefully we can see some of today’s crowd returning at the start of Season 2012/13.

    Paul Hartley

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