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    Famous Players who Played for "The Wasps"

    John White

     

    Probably most famous player ever to play for Alloa Athletic, signed by Jerry Kerr and made his debut as “trialist” v. Hamilton Accies on 17th November, 1956 in 3-0 victory from Bonnyrigg Rose. John White signed at the time on £ 20 signing on fee and a wage of £ 4 per week with a further bonus of £ 1 a win and 10/- for a draw, John was a joiner to trade and also part of the King’s Own Scottish Borders. John was a genius on the ball and at times far ahead of his Alloa team-mates, on 16th April, 1958 at Tannadice he scored five goals as Alloa defeated Dundee United 7-1 in a Division Two League match. His appearances for “The Wasps” could not be unnoticed with scouts from clubs all over the country watching his progress. Rangers had been closely watching him but believed he was too small to progress at a full-time level, he moved to Falkirk on 11th October, 1958 for £ 3,300 and then within a year had moved down south to join Tottenham Hotspur in October, 1959 for £ 22,000. White was instrumental in Tottenham’s success winning the FA Cup in 1962 and the European Cup Winners cup victory in 1963, he became a regular for his country and was also selected to play for the Football League representative side. Those who saw him play reckon he was one of the best players of his generation and would have gone on to be a greater star as he was reaching his peak as a player. John White died when he was killed by a lightning bolt that hit a tree he was sheltering under while playing golf on Crews Hill Golf Course, Enfield, Middlesex, England on 21st July, 1964. Nicknamed “The Ghost” he made 81 appearances for “The Wasps” scoring 28 goals, he gained 22 Scottish International caps scoring 3 goals, he won the English First Division in 1960-61, FA Cup Winner 1960-61 & 1961-62, European Cup winners Medal in 1962-63. A Testimonial game was held for John White at White Hart Lane between a Spurs XI and a Scottish XI on 10th November, 1964. A lounge at the Indodrill Stadium is named after the player, his picture hangs at Hampden Park in the SFA Hall of Fame. In short he was a legend and his son Rob, still makes a visit to Alloa each season to follow the progress of one of his father’s previous clubs.

    Dougie Bell

    Dougie Bell was one of the high profile players signed by Alloa manager Billy Lamont to try and move “The Wasps” out of the Bell’s Third Division, the player at the time had been playing in Ireland with Portadown, had a short spell with Elgin City as a “Trialist” and appeared for Linlthgow Rose before Billy Lamont brought him to Recreation Park in March, 1995 making his debut v. Ross County at home on 24th March, 1995 in 1-1 draw. Dougie Bell was a midfield player who had played at the highest level, he stated with Cumbernauld United in 1977 before Alex Ferguson signed him for St. Mirren then took him to Pittodrie to play for Aberdeen where he was part of the Aberdeen side to win the SPFL Premier League against Hibernian at Easter Road breaking the “Old Firm’s” dominance also winning the Scottish Cup and being part of the Aberdeen side which had success in Europe, he also made 2 appearances for Scotland U21’s during this period.  Jock Wallace then signed him for Rangers in 1985 before Alex Miller took him back on loan to St. Mirren. He then signed for Hibernian before a move down south with Shewsbury Town, Hull City and Birmingham City. John Lambie brought him back north to play for Partick Thistle before Alex smith took him to Clyde. In total Dougie Bell only made five first team appearances for “The Wasps” before moving to Albion Rovers at start of season 1995/96. Dougie then moved into coaching with Kilsyth Rangers, Vale of Clyde and Ballieston Juniors before joining Graham Roberts at Clyde in 2005/06 where he worked with Joe Miller and John Brown then taking charge at Broadwood after Colin Hendry resigned in January, 2008.

    Ryan McCord

     

    Ryan was signed by Alloa manager Paul Hartley at the start of Season 2011/12 which was the start of the resurgence of “The Wasps” moving from the basement league of the Third Division to the Championship in three seasons. Ryan had began his career with Dundee United Youths before moving to Stirling Albion to gain first team football, in October, 2007 he made his Scotland U19 debut v. Ukraine and went on to gain 5 caps. He returned to Dundee United before joining Airdrie on loan prior to Paul Hartley bringing him to Recreation Park. Ryan was a player who makes the midfield tick, in his first  two seasons with “The Wasps” was included in PFA Scotland Second & Third Division team of the season and was nominated in Player of Year award in Season 2011/12. When Ryan played , Alloa are at their most effective, a player who can hugely influence games. Ryan was elder of two brothers at club, his younger brother Ross also joined from Dundee United. A midfield dynamo who provided ammunition for strikers. In season 2011/12 he was part of the Alloa side which gained the Third Division championship, Season 2012/13 won back to back promotions after “The Wasps” defeated Dunfermline Athletic in Play-Off final. Season 2013/14 survived final day defeat at Falkirk to stay in Championship after late goal at Central Park, Cowdenbeath. Season 2014/15 was part of the Alloa side which defeated Forfar Athletic in Play-Off final over two legs with Dick Campbell’s side sure they had did enough in first leg to win the tie. Ryan moved to Raith Rovers at start of 2015/16 season, he then had a spell with Arbroath and most recently with Brechin city before being released at the end of last season. In total Ryan made 165 appearances for “The Wasps” scoring 33 goals and is a player who made a huge impact in regaining “The Wasps” position as best part-time club in Scotland.

    Eddie Ferns

     

    Eddie joined “The Wasps” from Drumchapel United in September, 2012 signed by Paul Hartley. On his day Eddie could be a match winner and was used mainly as an impact substitute, 83 of his 102 appearances for “The Wasps” were from the bench where he scored four competitive goals for Alloa. Eddie could operate in midfield, where he displayed excellent touch and vision, or further forward where his pace could cause opposition defences problems, an exciting player with direct approach, scored his first goal for the club in 1-1 draw against Oxford United in pre-season and then scored his first competitive goal in 3-1 victory over Cowdenbeath. Unfortunately suffered a broken cheek and jaw bone injury in clash with Q.O.S. keeper Calum Antell which kept Eddie sidelined for six weeks, his direct running could turn a game.  Against Falkirk in a League match on 22nd March, 2014, substitute Eddie Ferns outpaced McCracken out on the left and streaked into the box before firing an unstoppable shot high into the roof of Bowman’s net in 71 minutes. It was a tremendous shot and stunned the Bairns support. In 78 minutes, Alloa scored a second goal with a great header from Kevin Cawley from a right wing Doyle cross. It was the stuff of nightmares for Falkirk fans and the home fans were delighting in their first home success under manager Barry Smith. It was a bad day for Falkirk and it got worse in 87 minutes when Caddis crossed for Ryan McCord to head past Bowman. Millar was booked as the players’ frustration was obvious. An Alloa free kick rattled the Bairns’ bar as the game had turned on its head. It was all one-way traffic now- but towards Bowman’s goal. It was incredible to see the transformation in terms of possession and attacking play. The game had changed and the catalyst had been the introduction of Eddie Ferns ending in a 3-0 victory for “The Wasps”. The was also replicated in Petrofac  Cup semi-final defeat against Rangers on 3rd December, 2012 when Eddie came on and caused havoc in Rangers rearguard turning a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 victory. On 25th February, 2015 eddie went on loan to Albion Rovers, he later joined Stirling Albion in 2016/17, before having spells with Arbroah and Stenhousemuir and a brief period with Danny Lennon at Clyde. More recently last season Eddie had been with Darvel Juniors  before joining Cumbernauld United in close season.