It was 25 years ago today that Stirling Albion played at Forthbank for the first time, losing 3-2 to Clydebank in a First Division fixture.
Tom Tait scored the first goal at the new ground and Paul Armstrong converted a penalty but Willie Watters missed from the spot and the result was a big blow in our battle to avoid relegation – although terrific victories at home to Raith and away to Morton ultimately kept John Brogan’s team up.
Ironically, our last opponents at Annfield in May 1992 were also Clydebank (we won 2-0 on that occasion) and the Binos were tenants at Ochilview for most of the 1992/93 campaign before moving into our current home.
Watched by a then capacity crowd of 2,544, the Albion team that played in the first game on Saturday April 24, 1993 was:
1. Mark McGeown, 2. Colin Mitchell, 3. Paul Armstrong, 4. Tom Tait, 5. Adrian McKenna, 6. Jim Kerr (Mungo McCallum 75), 7. Iain McInnes, 8. Vinnie Moore, 9. Willie Watters, 10. Robert Reilly (Tony Docherty 75), 11. John McCormack.
We have had our share of ups and downs over the past two decades at Forthbank but these games certainly stand out as being among the most memorable…
October 6, 2012 – Division Three – Stirling Albion 1-0 Rangers
May 9, 2007 – Play-offs – Stirling Albion 2-2 Airdrie United
February 2, 1999 – Scottish Cup – Stirling Albion 2-1 Hibernian
August 20, 1997 – League Cup – Stirling Albion 6-2 Kilmarnock
September 7, 1996 – Division One – Stirling Albion 1-0 Falkirk