Can you introduce yourself to the Rovers fans?
My name is Michael Savage. I am 32 years old and was recently appointed the vice chairman of Albion Rovers Football Club. I am an entrepreneur with a background in property sales and property management; I run my own property business.
What role does the vice chairman fulfill at a football club like Albion Rovers?
My role as a vice chairman is to facilitate the fan and commercial needs, and pooling our own resources to pull the team in the correct direction. I have recently secured a two year deal for the club for the sponsorship of the home and away shorts and the back of the away tops. Completing deals like this stabilises the club and keeps everything ticking along off the pitch.
How did you get involved with the club?
I’ve had an association with the club for a while; I am the brother of former Rovers striker Joe Savage, and since then I’ve had a soft spot for the club. Pat Gillooly and Stevie Kirk invited me along to club, and I’ve known Darren Young and Sandy for a long time. Everything has started to fit in like a jigsaw now.
Where would you like to see the club in five years?
In five years I would like to see the club in League One, as a full family community club taking part in community events throughout Coatbridge and North Lanarkshire, and with a youth development programme and a fantastic ground for the fans. We are here to stay in Coatbridge!
How long do you envisage yourself being at Albion Rovers?
I have no timescale, so who knows how long I will be here for.
Is there anything in the pipeline regarding sponsorship that you can tell us?
We have agreed a five year deal with a great long-term partner of ours, Reigart Demolition. They will be the main sponsor on our home and away strips. We also have a deal in the pipeline regarding our training which will improve the training gear, equipment and facilities for the team. There will be a lot of changes as well throughout the stadium, with disabled area which will cater for all fans home and away with a disability, and the new car park. We are still waiting on council go ahead for north terracing and lot more which has been done and you will get to see in the near future.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank all the Albion Rovers fans for all the kind messages and showing of support over Facebook, Twitter and throughout the stadium. Here’s to a successful season! C’mon the Rovers!
Michael Savage, pictured with daughter Olivia, was in conversation with Daniel Mossiemore info
Albion Rovers have been drawn away to Stirling University in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
We were the last name out of the hat in the draw made by former Scotland star James McFadden.
The match will be played at Forthbank Stadium, in Stirling, on Sunday October 5th as Stirling Albion are at home on the Saturday (October 4th).
We will confirm a kick off time as soon as we have it.
Albion Rovers are delighted to announce more changes in the Boardroom.
Local entrepreneur and businessman Michael Savage has joined the board as Vice-President, General Manager Stevie Kirk has also been voted on as has Terry Gillooly, who will oversee all aspects of health and safety at Cliftonhill.
The trio join new chairman Pat Gillooly and fellow directors Ronnie Boyd and Paul Reilly.
Long standing director Robert Watt has resigned after numerous years of service, however he will undoubtedly still be around Cliftonhill on match days as a fan.
Chairman Pat Gillooly said: “We are delighted that Michael, Stevie and Terry have agreed to come on the board. This is a really exciting time for the club and we have big plans for the future.
“We are all very forward thinking and our aim is to take this club into a bright new future.
“We thank Robert for his many years of service to the club.”
Michael Savage’s first act as vice chairman was to secure a five figure shirt sponsorship deal with JFM Electrical Ltd for the back of the home shirt and the home and away shorts.