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We are extremely disappointed to have to report that despite the SFA having formally approved Dylan’s re-instatement to amateur and his registration as a SAFC player on Thursday, this confirmation was overturned on Friday afternoon, when the Club instigated their own check to ensure there was no reason (e.g. an outstanding suspension) for Dylan not to participate in the Scottish Cup match versus Queen’s Park.
It is of no consolation that the SFA have admitted to, and apologised for, their error. This is especially the case given that, following confirmation, Darren Barr conducted training on Thursday evening with a view to Dylan being involved on Saturday.
The error came about because the SFA failed to properly check the date of Dylan’s last professional appearance. For his part, Dylan was unaware that his final appearance for Falkirk, in a reserve team match, counted towards the “30 day rule” for re-instatement as an amateur and as a consequence we took his final first team appearance on 8 September as the starting date for counting purposes. The SFA have accepted that this does not exonerate them from full responsibility for the error.
Whilst, as stated, we are extremely disappointed by the turn of events, it is a considerable relief that as a result of the Club’s actions this afternoon, we have avoided a situation where SAFC could have faced sanctions for fielding an ineligible player.
On a positive note, Dylan will definitely be eligible for next Saturday’s SPFL2 match versus Edinburgh City.
Stuart Brown – SAFC Chairman
Stirling Albion return to action in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday when Queen’s Park are the visitors to Forthbank.
Team news: Darren Barr remains in interim charge of the team, assisted by Mark Stewart and Peter MacDonald. Midfielder Willie Robertson and forward Kevin Fell have both left the club since our last game a fortnight ago and a number of others are again likely to be sidelined through injury.
Form: We have lost three games in a row since beating Queen’s Park 1-0 at Forthbank on September 15 with a goal from Ross McGeachie.
Replay details: If the game ends in a draw, the teams will try again at Hampden Park on Tuesday October 30.
Third-round draw: It will be made at Hampden at 5.45pm on Saturday and covered on the Scottish FA’s social media channels. Ties are scheduled for Saturday November 24.
Past Scottish Cup meetings: This is only the third Scottish Cup meeting between the teams. We were 3-1 winners at Annfield in 1965/66 and won by the same score at Forthbank in 2003/04.
Opponents: Queen’s Park last week named Mark Roberts as their new manager and beat St Mirren Colts 4-2 in the IRN-BRU Cup on Saturday to set up a Hampden quarter-final with Connah’s Quay Nomads. The Spiders beat Clyde 1-0 in their most recent League 2 game.
Referee: David Munro
Admission: Adults £13, Seniors & Students £9, U16s £5, U12s free. Season tickets are not valid
Fans: Turnstiles 1, 2 and 3 will be open in the West Stand. Queen’s Park supporters are asked to enter via turnstile 3.
Club shop: Open before and after the game. Find us in the West Stand
Programme: Issue 6 of our new-look programme on sale, priced £2
Lottery: Jackpot is £6,400! Tickets on sale before the game
Weather: Current forecast is to be largely dry. Temps of around 14-15C
Twitter: Match updates via @Stirling_Albion
Next meeting: Queen’s Park v Stirling Albion – 08/12/18
Our next game: Stirling Albion v Edinburgh City – 03/11/18
We are pleased to announce the signing of 21-year-old striker Dylan Mackin following his departure from Falkirk earlier this month.
The former Motherwell and Livingston forward joins us on an amateur basis until January and is available for Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie against Queen’s Park at Forthbank. Dylan has also played (on loan) for Airdrie, Alloa and Brechin City.
Meanwhile, young forward Kevin Fell has left the club. The 20-year-old joined us from Glasgow-based UB United in the summer and featured in 13 of our 14 matches this season but has now opted to move on and goes with our best wishes for the future.
We beat Raith Rovers 2-1 in the Reserve Challenge Cup (East Section) on the Forthbank Astro on Monday night.
The visitors took the lead but Scott Miller equalised and Miller scored the winner from the penalty spot after Justin Watson had been impeded.
Next up for Andy Todd’s side is a Reserve League 2 campaign against Ayr United at Somerset Park on Monday October 22, kick-off 7.30pm.
Stirling Albion return to action this Saturday, October 20, when we welcome Queen’s Park to Forthbank in the second round of the Scottish Cup.
New Spiders boss Mark Roberts took charge for the first time as they beat St Mirren Colts 4-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the IRN-BRU Cup.
Darren Barr, assisted by Mark Stewart and Peter MacDonald, will again be in charge of the Stirling team as we continue to look for a new manager.
Applications for the post of first-team manager have now closed and a sift has been undertaken.
The successful sift candidates have been contacted and discussions are ongoing to arrange interviews. All those unsuccessful have also been contacted to thank them for their interest and to wish them every success in the future.
In the meantime, the Club Board are delighted that Darren Barr, supported by Mark Stewart and Peter MacDonald, have agreed to remain in interim charge to prepare the squad for next weekend’s Scottish Cup second-round tie versus Queen’s Park.