Club hoping to reap rewards from cup tie

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AS 2012 comes to a close the last few weeks of the year have been a bit of a blur, according to Arbroath FC chairman John Christison.

The dust is now settling on two hugely successful cup ties against Celtic and even though the Lichties were unable to make it past the Scottish champions and into the fifth round, the club can be proud of their achievements both on and off the pitch.

The full figure on how much the Gayfield men have made from the tie has yet to be confirmed but Mr Christison is confident the end total will be a huge boost to the club.

He explained: “We are still to speak with Celtic regarding the returns for the matches but suffice to say it is likely we will have made a significant six figure sum of money.

“This will be enough to keep us going for the foreseeable future and definitely into next season.

“Both games have been a fantastic success for the club.”

After recording a famous draw at Parkhead after a Steven Doris equaliser, the club only had 10 days to organise the Gayfield replay.

But they managed to pull it off, and were given an even bigger bonus when Sky Sports came calling wanting to broadcast the game live on TV.

Mr Christison added: “It was a lot of hard work that went into organising the replay but with us hosting Rangers earlier in the year we had kind of a template to work to.

“We have recently appointed Ewen West, who has retired from the police force, as our safety officer and he also did an unbelievable amount of work with the different agencies we had to work with.

“Then of course we had Sky Sports show the game and we also had the BBC and STV here, which really boosted our profile and ever since we’ve had emails of good wishes and congratulations from all over the world.

“But great credit has to go to the volunteers and ground staff who got the pitch ready in time for the game.

“And the investment in those pitch covers has been more than worth it.

“Overall it has been a blur but all the hard work has been worth it.

“And I’m sure the memory of Steven Doris equalising at Parkhead will be one that lives in the memory of Lichties for a very long time.”