Ahead of our Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at home to holders Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday, here are a few facts and figures on how we have fared in the famous old competition down the years.
+ Stirling Albion’s best run in the Scottish Cup is the quarter-finals – a stage we last reached in 1989/90 when we lost 1-0 to Clydebank in a replay at Brockville after having the better of a 1-1 draw at Kilbowie.
+ Our most famous result came on December 8, 1984 when Alex Smith’s side thrashed Selkirk 20-0 in an incredible first-round tie at Annfield. Davie Thompson scored seven goals and Willie Irvine got five.
+ Our heaviest Scottish Cup defeat was against Ross County in the last 16 in season 2009/10. Allan Moore’s men slumped to a 9-0 defeat in Dingwall, to the eventual runners-up, but we recovered well and went on to win the Second Division title on the last day of the season, pipping Alloa on goal difference.
+ You have to go back to season 2000/01 for the last time Albion beat a team from a higher division in the Scottish Cup. Goals from Ally Graham and Chris Templeman earned Ray Stewart’s side a 2-0 win over Raith Rovers at Forthbank.
+ Our best Scottish Cup result at Forthbank was in 1998/99 when we stunned Hibernian 2-1 in a replay with goals from David McCallum and Chris Jackson, ending the First Division leaders’ 20-match unbeaten run in the process.
+ Our most recent meeting with top-flight opposition in the Scottish Cup was in January 2008 when we went down 3-0 to holders Celtic at Parkhead.
+ A club record crowd of 28,600 watched Celtic beat Stirling Albion 3-1 in a Scottish Cup quarter-final at Annfield in March 1959.