The club shop at Forthbank will be open this Sunday, December 23, between 11.00am and 2.00pm.
We hope to see you there for any SAFC-related Christmas shopping!
Stirling Albion’s next match in Ladbrokes League 2 is against second-placed Peterhead at Balmoor on Saturday December 22.
Neither team played at the weekend – our game with Albion Rovers was postponed due to a frozen pitch while high winds saw the Blue Toon’s clash with Cowdenbeath called off.
We won on our last visit to Peterhead in the Betfred Cup in July but Jim McInally’s men came out on top at Forthbank in League 2 in August.
Programme notes from Saturday’s game against Albion Rovers…
Seasonal greetings to the officials, management, players and supporters of Albion Rovers who make the short trip from Coatbridge, for our last home match before Christmas.
With our draw against Queen’s Park last weekend, at a rain sodden Hampden Park, we are unbeaten in five and looking to extend our home win sequence to three.
Since the last edition of The Albion there have been a couple of significant departures from the Club. On the playing front, Darren Barr has taken his first step into Management by joining Annan Athletic as Peter Murphy’s Assistant. Naturally, everyone at the Club wishes Darren every success with his management / coaching career.
Whilst he is undoubtedly a big loss from a playing perspective, I doubt anyone will disagree that it was the right decision to let Darren go, given the rare opportunity provided to him to step into a management role within the SPFL. The decision was, of course, made even easier given the exemplary manner Annan Athletic recently conducted themselves in allowing Kevin Rutkiewicz to travel in the opposite direction!
The second departure is our Assistant / Reserve Team Physio, Nicola Mclntyre. Nicola’s other work commitments, combined with living in Glenrothes, resulted in her deciding that she could not guarantee the commitment her role demanded; a decision that I fully understand, especially with the harsher winter weather and associated travel conditions on the way. Nicola was only with us for a relatively short time but was a popular and respected figure in and around the treatment room and she will be sorely missed. The search to secure a replacement is underway!
In taking this festive opportunity to thank everyone who has given of their time to assist in and around the Club over the course of the last year, I would like to make specific mention of one individual whose contribution is particularly invaluable and indeed visible, worldwide! Ben McAdam – Mr Stirling Albion TV – has attended every game this season, home and away, bar one when had the “call of duty” to attend a family wedding!
Without fear of contradiction, I can state his highlights packages, including post-match interviews, compare favourably with any throughout the SPFL. Ben is still at school but is already a relative veteran, having previously held the videography role at Linlithgow Rose; indeed, he covered our Scottish Cup match at Prestonfield Park in October 2016! A big shout out as well to his taxi driver (usually Mum or Grandad) as Ben has still to pass his driving test!
Who knows what 2019 holds but with nine points to play for in the few remaining weeks of 2018, a maximum haul would be a great way to see out the Old and bring in the New!
Have a great Christmas and see you back at Forthbank on the 29th!
Stirling Albion are aiming to make it six games without defeat on Saturday when we welcome Albion Rovers to Forthbank for the first time since 2014.
Team news: Defender Lee Hamilton and striker Mark Stewart remain on the sidelines. Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz is hoping that a number of players can shake off knocks picked up in last week’s 1-1 draw against Queen’s Park at Hampden.
Opponents: Albion Rovers are bottom of the table, with their only win so far coming against Stirling at The Reigart Stadium at the end of September. Kevin Harper has since taken charge of the Coatbridge club, who lost 4-2 away to Elgin City last weekend but drew 1-1 with Cowdenbeath earlier this month.
Past meetings: Albion Rovers won 3-0 earlier this season thanks to a double from Ryan Watters – son of Stirling legend Willie Watters – and a Lewis McLear goal. Saturday is the first meeting at Forthbank since February 2014 when David Weatherston and Jordan White scored our goals. We are unbeaten in our last seven home games against Rovers since a 4-3 defeat in February 2003.
Referee: David Lowe
Admission: Adults £13, Seniors & Students £9, U16s £5, U12s free
Club shop: Open between 10.00am and 12 noon and then as usual before and after the game. A chance to do your SAFC-related Christmas shopping!
Programme: Latest issue of The Albion on sale, priced £2
Lottery: Jackpot is £8,000! Tickets on sale before the game
Weather forecast: Cold, with snow possible…
Twitter: Match updates via @Stirling_Albion
Next meeting: Cowdenbeath v Stirling Albion – 02/03/19
Our next game: Peterhead v Stirling Albion – 22/12/18
There are still a few places available for our popular Christmas lunch at Saturday’s game against Albion Rovers, with booking open until Thursday at 5.00pm.
We’re also filling up fast for the Cowdenbeath match on Saturday December 29 when we will be offering a New Year menu.
To book, give us a call on 01786 450399 or email email@example.com
Our reserve team were beaten 6-2 by Berwick Rangers in the Reserve Challenge Cup (East section) on Tuesday night.
The game was switched from Shielfield to the Michael Woods Sports Centre in Glenrothes and we fielded a young side, including three players from our U18 squad.
Justin Watson and Bradley Rodden scored our goals.