Ross County Hope To See The Light

Ross County are looking for a ray of light and more help from their fans as they progress up the leagues. With ambitions to play in the SPL the Dingwall club need to replace their floodlights to maintain their SFA Club Licence without which they cannot play in SFL and SFA cup competitions. The Second Division champions are asking supporters to chip in a minimum of £50 towards the £90,000 estimated cost of replacements for the current lighting rig. County chairman Roy MacGregor does not want to see similar sanctions visited upon Gretna placed on his club. He said: "
I am sure all football fans have followed the plight of Gretna over the last few weeks and prior to their withdrawal from the League, they had already fallen foul of the SFA Club Licence system and did not meet the criteria set by the SFL in relation to their facilities at their Ground leading to relegation down to the Third Division. I am pleased to say that our investment over the years has set us up to meet all the criteria but for our Floodlights which fall below the required lux levels. We therefore have no choice but to upgrade our Floodlights and are facing a cost of over £90,000 to complete these works."

The final net cost of the new floodlights will be less than the £90,000 quoted as the present set are subject to interest from clubs in both the SFL and the Highland League and rather than be scraped, the lights will illuminate football for some years to come but at another venue. Fans who contribute to the floodlight cause will be remembered in a memorial plaque in the stadium. There are other prizes on offer for names drawn from the hat such as a corporate table for eight at a league game this season, two East Stand Season Tickets and a signed Ross County home strip. MacGregor went on: "
We have no option but to go ahead with these new Floodlights and although our financial situation has improved, this additional expenditure has come at a bad time for us as we try and re-establish ourselves in the First Division. Maclean Electrical have been fantastic in their support and it would be great if the community could get behind us again as they have in the past."

Anybody wanting to help County see the light can send their money, marked "
Floodlight Appeal" including appropriate contact details, to the following address Ross County Football Club, Victoria Park Stadium, Dingwall, IV15 9QZ. Donations can also be made in person or by card.
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