Based in the county of Moray, Elgin City Football Club were founded in 1893 following on from two earlier attempts to launch a football club under the same name. The club were eventually founded after the amalgamation of Elgin Rovers and Vale of Lossie - both of whom were relatively young into their formation having been founded in 1887 and 1888 respectively - in an effort to unite the town under the banner of one sole football club.
Elgin City's history had been spent plying their trade in the Highland Football League - a division they won in 1993 but were not promoted from due to the current system in Scotland at the time not allowing for promotion and relegation between the Highland Football League and the Scottish Football League. The expansion of the SPL in 2000 - from ten teams to twelve - presented the Scottish FA with the need to promote two clubs in order to fill the remaining spaces left in the fourth-tier which Elgin became beneficiaries of.
Alongside Peterhead, Elgin were granted a pass into the league system and would compete in what was then known as Division Three for the first time in the 2000/01 season, finishing bottom of the ten-team division with twenty-two points under the management of Alex Caldwell who would remain in charge until December 2002.
Improvement followed as Elgin began to establish themselves as a mid-table side in the next few seasons but soon-to-be two decades on, City find themselves confined to the fourth-tier - neither having been promoted nor relegated in this time. A second-place finish in 2015/16 would mark the closest the club have come to winning promotion to the third-tier, where they would ultimately lose in the playoff semi-finals to Clyde by an aggregate scoreline of 5-1.
It has been a never-ending tale of stagnation for the Black and Whites since their entry into league football.
Twelve managers have been at the helm since the club's promotion into the league, including club chairman Graham Tatters - who took the role in December 2005 following an unsuccessful bid from assistant manager Kenny Black to buy the club earlier in the year thanks to a controversial sale of shares - as a caretaker manager in late 2006 heading into 2007 following the dismissal of former Aberdeen defender Brian Irvine despite asserting himself as a well-loved figure with supporters.
The 2019/20 season will mark the need for a thirteenth as Gavin Price departed the club after an almost two-year stay at Borough Briggs with the club languishing to an eighth-place finish last season.
There is growing apathy amongst supporters despite their loyalty. The average attendance figures have shown a relatively consistent number of supporters coming through the turnstiles of Borough Briggs each season with the only anomaly being the 1,050 total secured in 2012/13 which was greatly supported by the demotion of Rangers to the fourth-tier that saw a crowd of over 3,000 at one meeting between the two sides.
The figure has largely been between 600-700 supporters with last season's total of 622 marking a marginal increase from the previous season's total of 607.
Tatters has acknowledged that stagnation has resulted in younger supporters turning their attention away from supporting their local club, frustrated with the lack of progression on the pitch, despite many attempts to further the club's appeal - such as reduced ticket prices - in a bid to reduce the risk of losing a generation of support heading into the future.
The next appointment at Borough Briggs could be the most important yet for Tatters, not only to ensure results on the pitch improve after a rather poor showing last season, but to ensure the support of the football club remains in tact. Elgin find themselves in a sound position financially but are increasingly fighting against the odds with their League Two opponents with the club competing against much larger playing budgets once again next term.
Recently promoted Cove Rangers have already begun their bid to challenge in the division with impressive acquisitions like ex-Hibernian midfielder Fraser Fyvie, whilst Queen's Park have made the decision to ditch their amateur status over the summer and turn semi-professional following a vote in their membership earlier this month ahead of the season. This means the top four divisions in Scotland now house a fully professional and semi-professional lineup ahead of the upcoming season.
League sponsors Ladbrokes currently place recently-relegated Stenhousemuir as favourites to win promotion straight back into the third-tier whilst aforementioned Cove Rangers narrowly follow. Elgin are currently tipped for another mid-table finish.
Preparations for the upcoming season couldn't have got off to a much worse start for Elgin with the resignation of Gavin Price and the news that Shane Sutherland will be departing at the end of his contract to join Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Sutherland's total of seventy-five goals in League Two has him in second in the all-time leading-goalscorer chart behind Edinburgh City's Blair Henderson. An impressive tally racked up across six seasons, five of which were spent with his current employers alongside a single season with Peterhead at Balmoor [Stadium].
Many Elgin supporters are expecting yet another mediocre season in League Two with hopes of promotion seemingly having faded many years ago and very little in the way of restoring any hopes in recent years. A sobering tale that will leave many questioning if and when Elgin's hoodoo will end and what the next couple of decades may have in store.
This is Elgin City Football Club.