Following a rise in the number of people in the area who have had problems with doorstep, high street and payday lenders, the citizens Advice Service has decided to make themselves accessible to the community at Annan Athletic v Peterhead. Advisors will be on hand in the supporter's social club.
A new partnership has been formed between Annan Athletic Football Club and the Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service to stage events and campaigns.
The citizens advice team are going to use the football games as an opportunity to raise awareness of their services.
Our Scottish football teams are back in action this weekend with the first round of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup. All the local matches kick off at 3pm on Saturday.
- Annan Athletic v Morton
- Berwick v Livingston
- Queen of the South v Spartans
- Stranraer v Dunbarton
ITV Border has learnt that three out of the four clubs in the South of Scotland voted against plans to form a single league in Scotland.
Annan Athletic, Stranraer FC and Berwick Rangers voted against the proposals at a meeting today.
Only Queen of the South voted in favour from this region
The plans were passed by 23 votes to six amongst the lower league clubs. But because it needed a 75 percent majority, the proposals were actually carried by a single vote.
– Iain Dougan, Vice-chairman Stranraer FC
It's supposed to be a 42 club solution but it does nothing for the clubs in the third and second division either financially, voting-wise or structurally. We feel clubs from the lower two divisions have been pushed aside. We will be, at best, financially no better off.
The chairman of the Queen of the South has given his backing to the new structure for football in Scotland.
Billy Hewitson said that the plans would spread television rights money more equally amongst all the clubs in the new Scottish Football League.
– Billy Hewitson, Chairman of Queen of the South
It's not just good for Queen of the South, it's good for Scottish football because it'll lead to a unified body and that will give it more stability.
It provides a better financial distribution model for all clubs in the league."
Queens were promoted to the old Scottish First Division last season.
Annan Athletic are one of just six clubs who voted against plans to create a single league in Scotland, doing away with the old two tier system.
The chairman of Annan, Henry McClelland has gone on record saying that lower league clubs have been asked to make a dangerous "leap of faith".
He added that he was in favour of reform but not in the way it is currently being proposed.
Jim Chapman played with Albion Rovers and Dumbarton before managing Albion Rovers and Dumbarton who were promoted to Division 2 under his stewardship.
Annan chairman Henry McClelland was delighted with the appointment and said:
– Henry McClelland, Chairman, Annan Athletic
Jim has plenty of experience and will be good for the club. We are hoping that assistant manager and interim boss, Euan Brydson will stay on at the club.”
Annan Athletic are hoping to halt a run of poor results by pulling off a shock win against the mighty Glasgow Rangers at Galabank today.
Annan are currently sitting mid-table in the Scottish Third Division with 20 points, having won only once in the past seven games.
Harry Cairney's been in charge at Galabank twice, having taken over for the second time in 2006.
He led Annan into the Scottish Football League but now he's decided to step down.
Harry released a statement explaining the pressure of balancing football with his family life and his day job as a teacher was affecting his health.
The Chairman for Annan Athletic, Henry McClelland, paid tribute to the former manager: