The 2016/17 season kicks off on Saturday when we play Falkirk in Betfred Cup Group B on the new Forthbank pitch.
Brechin City, Elgin City and St Johnstone are the other teams in the section, with only the group winners guaranteed a place in the last 16. The revamped tournament will see all drawn games in the group stage go straight to penalties.
Team news: Central defender Ross Smith is suspended for the Falkirk tie and Tuesday’s trip to Brechin. Full-back Ross McGeachie has a foot injury and midfielder Aurelien Mazel is sidelined with a knee problem.
League Cup: We reached the semi-finals in 1961/62, losing 2-1 to Hearts, but haven’t won a game since beating Brechin 1-0 at Glebe Park in August 2007.
Opponents: Falkirk just missed out on promotion to the Ladbrokes Premiership after losing to Kilmarnock in the play-off final. The Bairns enjoyed an outstanding campaign under Peter Houston and have brought in a number of players this summer – James Craigen (Raith Rovers), Liam Henderson (Hearts), Lewis Kidd (Queen of the South), Luca Gasparotto (Rangers) and Danny Rogers (Aberdeen, loan).
Past meetings: We beat Falkirk on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the Challenge Cup at Forthbank five years ago but that was a rare success against the Bairns, who went on to win all four games in the First Division that season. This is the first League Cup encounter between the teams since 1981/82 when it was 4-1 to Falkirk at Brockville and 0-0 at Annfield. Our last match against Falkirk was a Challenge Cup first-round tie in July 2012, which we lost 3-0.
Referee: Colin Steven
Admission: Adults £12, Seniors & Students £8, U16s £6, U12s FREE.
Season tickets are not valid for this match.
Away fans: Falkirk supporters will be housed in the East Stand.
Programme: Double edition which will also cover the Elgin game.
Lottery: Tickets on sale before the game. Jackpot is £20,000!
Club shop: Find us in the West Stand. New home kit now available.
Season tickets: On sale in the club shop from 2.00pm
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Our next game: Brechin City v Stirling Albion – 19/07/16