Saturday’s Ladbrokes League 2 game against Edinburgh City at Forthbank has been postponed due to a snow-bound pitch following a 3.30pm inspection on Friday.
A new date for the fixture will be confirmed in due course.
Weather permitting – there is still snow on the pitch and the forecast is to stay cold – we are due to play Edinburgh City at Forthbank on Saturday, kick-off 3.00pm.
We defeated Berwick Rangers 2-0 a fortnight ago but were beaten 4-3 by Peterhead at Balmoor last weekend – a defeat that saw us slip to fifth in the table.
Team news: Binos boss Dave Mackay made his first signing of the transfer window this week in the shape of 30-year-old ex-St Johnstone, Alloa and Raith Rovers midfielder Kevin Moon. Full-back Cammy Thomson has returned to St Johnstone after his short-term loan deal expired. Steven Noble, Sean Dickson and Andy Little remain on the sidelines.
Previous meetings: First-half goals from Darren Smith and Ross Kavanagh earned us a 2-0 win when City visited Forthbank in August. We came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at Ainslie Park in November when Kavanagh and Callumn Morrison got our goals after Scott Shepherd had opened the scoring.
Opponents: Edinburgh City began 2018 with back-to-back wins over Berwick Rangers and Cowdenbeath before losing 2-0 at home to Montrose last week, when striker Farid El Alagui was sent off. James McDonaugh’s side are eighth in the table and have signed Pat Scullion (Berwick Rangers), Liam Henderson (Falkirk), Cameron Blues (Falkirk, loan) and Graham Taylor (Dundee United, loan) this month.
Referee: Craig Napier
Admission: Adults £13, seniors & students £9, U16s £5, U12s free
Fans: Only the West Stand will be open. Albion fans should use turnstiles 1 & 2 and Edinburgh City supporters enter via turnstile 3
Club shop: Open before and after the game. Find us in the West Stand.
Programme: January edition again on sale, priced £2
Lottery: Jackpot £1,000! Tickets on sale before the game
Weather forecast: Very cold but should be bright and dry
Twitter: Updates will be available @Stirling_Albion
Next meeting: Edinburgh City v Stirling Albion – 17/03/18
Our next game: Montrose v Stirling Albion – 27/01/18
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our former chairman and owner, the much-loved Peter McKenzie.
Mr Stirling Albion, as he was known to many, joined the board in the mid-1980s and within a few years had become chairman. For more than two decades, Peter was the driving force behind the club and oversaw the move from our historic Annfield home to Forthbank in 1993.
Under his stewardship, the club enjoyed some great times on the pitch, not least the record-breaking 27-game unbeaten run in 1995/96 when Kevin Drinkell’s side stormed into the First Division.
The time, money and sheer hard work Peter put in was also rewarded during Allan Moore’s eight-year reign when we again reached the second tier of Scottish football. The pair enjoyed a great relationship and it was fitting their last season at the helm in 2009/10 ended with the Second Division title triumph at Glebe Park.
That summer, it was Peter’s generosity that allowed Stirling Albion to be bought by the Supporters Trust. He had other offers on the table but was determined the club remained in local ownership. It was the mark of a man who always put Stirling Albion first. He was awarded a testimonial in 2011 when Rangers visited Forthbank, and in 2013 the boardroom was named in his honour.
Peter was hugely respected throughout the Scottish game and is held in high regard by former players, managers and, of course, the SAFC supporters. Incredibly, he played in our very first match in August 1945 – as part of the Airdrieonians side beaten 3-1 in an Annfield friendly!
A true gentleman, he will be much missed but never forgotten. We will, of course, mark Peter’s passing at Saturday’s home game against Edinburgh City.
Stirling Albion chairman Stuart Brown said: “Peter was a great friend and the kindest, most generous person I’ve ever had the honour to be acquainted with. Our thoughts are with Tricia, Jimmy and Scott at this difficult time.”
Monday January 29 at 2.00pm – St Ninians Old Parish Church, Stirling. Please attend attired as you feel comfortable but Stirling Albion supporters are encouraged to show their true colours!
We are delighted to announce that former St Johnstone midfielder Kevin Moon is our first signing of the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old, who has also played for Forfar, Alloa and Raith Rovers, returns to the SPFL after a stint in Western Australia with ECU Joondalup SC.
Binos boss Dave Mackay said: “I’m delighted to get Kevin signed up because there was interest from a Championship club and also a couple of teams in League 1.
“He is a normally a central midfielder but has also played on the right. He’s signed until the end of the season and his aim will be to get back playing at a higher level.”
With our Ladbrokes League 2 campaign having now reached the halfway stage, we are offering player sponsorships for the second half of 2017/18.
The benefits of supporting the club through the scheme are as follows:
** GAME CALLED OFF**
Update: Monday 4.45pm. Tonight’s game has been postponed as the Ross County team bus is stranded in traffic on the A9, which has been closed due to a serious accident.
Stirling Albion’s U20 team take on Ross County in the fourth round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup on Monday, with a 7.45pm kick-off on the Forthbank Astro, after the game was frozen off last week.
Andy Todd’s side have beaten Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (4-0) and Cumbernauld Colts (4-2) to reach this stage and a quarter-final tie away to Aberdeen is the prize on offer if they can cause a cup upset.
Ross County were SPFL Development League champions last season and are currently seventh out of 14 in the table. The Staggies thrashed Elgin City 10-0 in the Youth Cup first round then hammered Deveronvale 12-0 before beating Fraserburgh 2-0 in round three.
Stirling Albion’s next match in Ladbrokes League 2 is against Edinburgh City at Forthbank on Saturday January 20, kick-off 3.00pm.
We’ve won the two previous meetings this season against a City side who are eighth in the table and lost 2-0 to Montrose at the weekend.
Dave Mackay’s men are aiming to bounce back from the 4-3 defeat at Peterhead, which saw us drop out of the top four.
Admission is £13 for adults, £9 for seniors & students, £5 for U16s and free for U12s.
Stirling Albion boss Dave Mackay was unhappy with his side’s defending in the 4-3 defeat to Peterhead at a very blustery Balmoor.
It was 2-2 at half-time and we had the conditions in our favour after the break but it was the Blue Toon who claimed all three points with a second-half brace from sub Russell McLean.
Darren Smith’s double took his tally to 20 goals for the season but the defeat drops us to fifth in the table as Peterhead made it seven straight league wins.
Mackay said: “We conceded four very poor goals on the day, although they might say the same with goals they conceded. The game was played in farcical conditions and they just handled it slightly better than us – it almost became a lottery and it was who could make the least mistakes.
“We won the toss and chose to play against the wind in the first half and it looked like it had worked given that we went in 2-2 but we let ourselves down by conceding two sloppy goals.”
Peterhead boss Jim McInally told their club website: “That is probably our best three points of the season. At half-time, Stirling might have thought the game was in the bag because that is probably as bad as the wind has been this season.
“But sometimes it is as hard to play with the wind as against it and we knew at half-time we were still good enough, if we could get into advanced positions, to create chances.”