Category: CLUB NEWS

Chris Anderson to lead the Vale next season

Following a Board meeting over the weekend to plan for next season, we can confirm that Manager Chris Anderson and Assistant Manager John Brogan will once again lead the Vale next season. 

Chairman Stuart Robertson said: ” There is a lot of uncertainty in football at the moment, including how we are going to complete the current season and where we as a club will be in league terms for next season. We all felt it was important to have clarity going forward, to confirm the management team for next season and allow them to start planning. There was no question of not confirming Chris as the manager for next season, no matter what happens between now and the end of this season.”


Manager Chris Anderson said: “This has been challenging season thus far, but everyone is determined to have a better second half of the season. We are all looking forward to restarting the league campaign, finish the season on a strong footing, and start to plan for next season.”

Manager’s Thoughts: Keep Faith

During my 5 years as manager in the lowland league we have been tipped every year to go down. Every year people have a go at the club as being too small for this league. Every year they say the players aren’t good enough, the facilities aren’t good enough, and ultimately the manager is responsible.

I’m sorry to disappoint the armchair fans that have never kicked a ball in their life or the powers that be that put every obstacle in our way possible. We are not giving up without a fight.

We have a young side that hangs in the balance of confidence. I brought them in because they have talent and one win can turn our season around.

We have a few who know what it takes to avoid the drop but some who need to learn quickly.

Many seasons ago I won this league and have loved every minute of being involved in it. It’s not formations or tactics that will keep us up .. it’s heart and desire. Those things will never change in football.

We have games we can win coming up and we are going to give 100% for sure.

Keep the faith.

Chris

Scottish Cup Draw takes place

Vale of Leithen have been drawn away against Scottish North Juniors Superleague champions Banks o Dee in the draw Second Preliminary Round of the Scottish Cup, which took place on Tuesday. Its the sixth season in a row the club have been handed an away tie. The match will take place on Saturday 12 December 2020 at Spain Park in Aberdeen.

Manager Chris Anderson said: ” The Scottish Cup is something special and everyone will be looking forward to the trip. Banks o Dee are a good side, their record speaks for itself, but we will be relishing the trip and the chance to progress to the next round.”

Chairman Stuart Robertson said: “I thought we would have been due a home tie, but that’s the luck of the draw. As a club, we will do everything we can to help the boys prepare the trip up north.”

Vale sign-up future talent

Vale are committed to developing local players – Manager Chris Anderson is looking to the future with the signing of 16 year old defender Stan Swain.

Manager Chris Anderson said: “Stan is only 16 and is a player with lots of potential. He’s someone that myself and club captain Ger Rossi have known for a while having come through Peebles Youth and attended sessions with CG Elite Coaching as a youngster. We have to give local players a pathway to play at the highest level they can and I expect Stan to use the example of another local player Michael Robertson in developing into an established Lowland League player.” Welcome to the Vale Stan.

Ando adds 3 signings to squad

We are less than 48 hours before our opening game against Berwick Rangers kicks off, but Manager Chris Anderson continues to add to his squad.

Nick Weir (defender), Robbie Neave (midfielder) and Arran Laidlaw (forward) have signed on season long loans from Bonnyrigg Rose.

All three go into the squad for Saturday.