The Lochaber membership have returned to the North Caledonian League for the primary time because the Nineteen Eighties after being relegated from the Highland League after ending backside on simply seven factors.
Withdrawing from their pyramid play-off towards Superleague champions Banks o’ Dee on the eve of the primary leg due to points relating to participant eligibility and the poor situation of the pitch at Claggan Park price them their place within the HFL. A subsequent enchantment was rejected by the Scottish FA.
New Fort William FC boss Chris Baffour will deliver expertise to the West Highlands from far and huge – however can be plotting routes into the staff for native expertise this season.
Fort had been on the lookout for a brand new boss since Shadab Iftikhar moved on in Might and final month they appointed former Crawley City under-23 coach Baffour.
Upbeat Baffour, who mentioned that a global participant is on his switch radar, is aware of his new employers are at a crossroads, however he’s decided to make folks discover lowly Fort for the suitable causes any longer.
He mentioned: “The gamers get the sensation that this can be a recent begin for everybody at Fort William.
“They’re comfortable to play their half and for us to facilitate them within the squad. The boys are pleased with the route the membership goes.
“If you happen to’re going to start out anyplace, it would as effectively be proper on the backside. I consider they’ve been thought of the worst membership in Britain, so something will likely be an enchancment.
“It is a good place for me to start out. There was a number of publicity in regards to the membership and that was engaging.
“I labored with Crawley City within the under-23 leagues and it’s an space the place even the pleasant video games are actually aggressive.
“There are a number of boys battling to get into senior groups and these are boys who’re aiming to be skilled gamers. That have can undoubtedly switch to Fort William.
“The gamers we’re are those that need to do effectively and go on and play professionally.
“They may primarily be across the ages of 23, so it will likely be no completely different for me. I simply need to maintain them going and assist them attain their objectives.
“We may have gamers arriving from overseas, reminiscent of Poland and Cyprus, in addition to the south of England.
“Not everyone seems to be confirmed as but and we’re nonetheless ready on worldwide clearance, however we’re nonetheless maintaining native gamers throughout the squad as that’s vital.”