Stirling Albion take on Whitehill Welfare in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday as we bid to book our place in Monday afternoon’s third-round draw. If the game ends in a draw, the replay will take place next Saturday, October 12, at Ferguson Park, Rosewell.
Team news: Manager Greig McDonald should have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Brian Allison, who is out for most of the season after undergoing knee surgery in the summer.
Our opponents: Whitehill Welfare are managed by Albion legend Mickey Lawson, a free-scoring forward at Annfield in the early 1970s. They won the East of Scotland League last season and are now competing in the Lowland League. Their form has been mixed, with 11 points from eight games, but they drew 1-1 at Gretna with nine men last week and beat Edinburgh City 3-1 the previous weekend.
Past meeting: Albion beat Whitehill Welfare 3-0 at Firs Park in the second round of the Scottish Cup in 1989/90, in a season when we went on to reach the quarter-finals.
Scottish Cup: We beat Dalbeattie Star 5-0 at this stage a year ago before losing 1-0 to Deveronvale in round three. In 2011/12 we lost 2-1 at home to Dundee and Partick Thistle beat us 3-1 at Forthbank the previous season. We’ll not mention the 9-0 defeat to Ross County that ended our interest in 2009/10!
Referee: Colin Steven
Admission: £10 adults, £7 seniors/students, £2 U17s. Season tickets are not valid
Fans: Only the West Stand will be open. Whitehill fans should use turnstiles 3 & 4
Magazine: The October issue goes on sale, priced £3
Community: Members of the Young Reds will participate in a game at half-time
Binos Bar: Open before and after the game
Club shop: Open from around 1pm. New jackets, sweatshirts and polo shirts in stock.
Lottery tickets: On sale before the game. Jackpot now £6,750!
Weather: Should be dry and mild
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Next game: Stirling Albion v Albion Rovers – League Two – 12/10/13