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    Play-Off Dates confirmed 

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 2:56:46 PM

    PLAY-OFF DATES CONFIRMED

    Tuesday 24th April 2018

    THE SPFL today confirmed dates and kick-off times for the Championship play-offs.

    Wednesday 2 May, 2018
    Championship play-off semi-finals, 1st leg
    3rd in League 1 v 2nd in League 1
    4th in League 1 v 9th in Championship
    Kick-off 7.45pm

    Saturday 5 May, 2018
    Championship play-off semi-finals, 2nd leg
    9th in Championship v 4th in League 1
    2nd in League 1 v 3rd in League 1
    Kick-off 3.00pm

    Wednesday 9 May, 2018
    Championship play-off final, 1st leg
    Live on BBC ALBA, kick-off 7.45pm

    Sunday 13 May, 2018
    Championship play-off final, 2nd leg
    Live on BBC ALBA, kick-off 4.10pm

    Alloa dent Ayr hopes 

    Monday, April 23, 2018 6:20:10 PM

    In Sunday's live BBC Alba televised match, "The Wasps" put on an excellent display, especially in the first half with their second 2-1 victory over title chasing Ayr United this season. Jim Goodwin wanted his side to go into the end of season Play-Off games with good momentum and were never going to make it easy for Ian McCall's side, who have now lost their last two league matches at a vital stage in the season, with Raith Rovers now one ahead going into the final matches next Saturday.

    Iain Flannigan puts Alloa ahead after 21 minutes
     
    The first half belonged to Jim Goodwin's side, Iain Flannigan got the opening goal after 21 minutes finishing off after great lead up play. Twelve minutes it was 2-0 after Callum Crane pounced on a defensive mistake by Andy Geggan, to score in back to back games, having scored the winner against Forfar Athletic the previous week.
     
    Callum Crane makes it 2-0 to The Wasps
     
    Ayr United manager Ian McCall made a double substitution at half-time looking to get back in a game in which their large travelling support had little to cheer about. Indeed they started the second half very possitively and gave themselves hope when Craig Moore scored his 26th goal of the season only five minutes into the second period.
     
    Craig Moore pulls goal back 2-1
     
    Alloa weathered the storm and gradually grew back into the game, however referee Greg Aitken stunned the home support when he awarded a penalty kick to Ayr United after 76 minutes when he deemed David Ferguson had been fouled in the box.
     
    Incident where No. 14 is judged to be fouled?
     
    Justice appeared to be done when Craig Moore's penalty sailed high over the Alloa crossbar, with the Ayr United fans in disbelief. Alloa themselves were now looking to extend their lead and Kris Renton looked to have done just that running on to a Stevie Hetherington throughball but the officals gave offside.
     
    Craig Moore's penalty sails over the bar
     
    Kris Renton knocks ball in net past Jordan Hart
     
    In a nervy finish and three extra minutes of time added on "The Wasps" secured their victory and will look to keep the momentum going next week against Raith Rovers at Starks Park.
     

    Hugely Successful Evening 

    Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:10:03 PM

    Alloa Athletic FC held their 20th Annual Sportsman's Dinner last night, Friday 20th April, 2018 at the Inglewood House Hotel in Alloa. The evening was a fantastic success, the club having secured in Peter C. Brown & Willie Young, two of Scotland's best After Dinner Speakers.

    Peter C. Brown was returning after previously being speaker in 2007 & 2013, he retired in 2008 from his banking job with the Bank of Scotland and having stayed in Falkirk, went on to be Chairman of Glenbervie Golf Club.

    The other speaker, Willie Young also making his 3rd appearance having been with us in 2003 & 2012. Willie was a top class referee for 15 seasons before age dictated he retire, however he is currently on UEAFA Referees Observers Panel, outwith football Willie was also a successful lawyer specialising in Criminal Law.

    Spot the Team - Won by Doncaster Rovers!
     
    The evening was sponsored by Energy Assets Utilities.

     

    Fred Rae 

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:07:22 PM

    Alloa Athletic were saddened to hear that Fred Rae, who had been physiotherapist at the club between 1975 - 1986, serving under five Alloa Athletic FC managers - Hugh Wilson, Alex Totten, Willie Garner, Jimmy Thomson & Dom Sullivan, passed away at the weekend after a short illness. His funeral will take place on Thursday 26th April at Falkirk Crematorium at 10.45.

    Fred Rae, pictured in one of his happiest days with Alloa Athletic, gaining promotion at Gayfield Park v. Arbroath on 11th May, 1985.

     

    Job done 

    Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:58:37 PM

    Yesterdays 1-0 victory at Station Park against Forfar Athletic means our Play-Off spot is now virtually sealed, with an eighteen goal diffence and six points  between ourself and Stranraer with only two matches left.

    The game itself was all about getting the correct result at this stage in the season, and credit to the players after the disappointment of losing at home the previous week to Stranraer, they competed very well, scored the important opening goal, Callum Crane starting the move on the left side of the park before running on to Jordan Kirkpatrick's pass inside the box to volley high over keeper Marc McCallum. Indeed Ross Stewart might have scored earlier in the game when he latched on to a mistake by Jamie Bain but Darren Whyte cleared off the line.

    Callum Crane on target on 15 minutes
    Goal Celebrations
     
    The game marked the 100th first team appearance for Stevie Hetherington who has been in great form this season. Alloa had the better of the first half but neither goalkeeper in truth had to much to do.
     
    Jordan Kirkpatrick always looking to create openings
    Ross Stewart leaves Andy Munro on his back
     
    Forfar never gave in and in a late rally finally put pressure on the Alloa defence but Alloa keeper Neil Parry was not troubled and he recorded his 10th clean sheet of this season. However five minutes into time added on Jamie McCart was red carded by referee Colin Steven after a clash on the bye line with Dylan Easton. The game was not a great spectacle but the team got the required victory which was all important.
    Game ends on sour note.
     
     

     

    Alloa legend George Brown 

    Sunday, April 08, 2018 5:17:42 PM

    Visiting the Indodrill Stadium on Saturday in match v. Stranraer with his sons Nicholas (Nicky) and Stuart, was Alloa Athletic FC legend George Brown who made over three hundred appearances for the club between 1967 - 1974. George signed for the club on 7th January, 1967 from Bonnybridge by Alloa manager Archie “Curly” McPherson as a centre-half. George is one of only ten players who have made over 300 first team appearances for “The Wasps” and the seventh highest player in appearances for the club since 1945/46.

    During George’s time with Alloa Athletic he played under four managers - Archie “Curly” McPherson 1967-69, Duncan McCallum 1969-71, Ian Crawford 1971-72 & Dan McLinden 1972-74. He made his debut against Montrose at Recreation Park in the Scottish Cup in a 2-1 victory on 7th January, 1967 and at that time Alloa Athletic played in the Scottish League Division Two, some of George’s highlights during that time were in the Cup competitions - In season 1971/72 in the League Cup “The Wasps” qualified from their League Cup section which included Hamilton Accies, Brechin City, Forfar Athletic & East Stirlingshire, in the two-legged Play-off for a Quarter final place the Wasps drew 1-1 at Recreation Park but lost 4-1 to Partick Thistle who were to go on and defeat Celtic 4-1 in the final. The following season 1972-73 The Wasps went one better having again won their League Cup section they were to face First Division side Ayr United over two legs, the first game at Recreation Park ended 0-0 and in the 2nd Leg at Somerset Park “The Wasps” were to win 1-0 thanks to a Willie McCulloch goal and goalkeeper Davie McWilliams saving an Eric Stevenson penalty, one of the longest lasting memories from the game was Alloa centre half George Brown celebrating victory with a cartwheel on the pitch at full-time!

    George was rewarded with his consistent displays in the heart of the Alloa Athletic defence when St. Mirren manager Willie Cunningham signed him for the Paisley side on 19th October, 1974 before a certain Alex Ferguson took over as manager the following season at Love Street and George then moved back to Clackmannanshire signing for Sauchie Juniors.  In total George Brown made 310 first team starts and another six from the bench for “The Wasps” scoring four goals for the club, we hope he enjoys today.

    Season                 League                 League Cup        Scottish Cup

    1966/67                16 (-)  0                 0  (-)  0                  2  (-)  0

    1967/68                29 (-)  0                 4  (1) 0                   2  (-)  0

    1968/69                28 (4) 0                 4  (-)  0                  2  (-)  0

    1969/70                36 (-)  1                 2  (-)  0                  2  (-)  0

    1970/71                36 (-)  0                 6  (-)  0                  2  (-)  0

    1971/72                33 (1) 2                 6  (-)  0                  2  (-)  0

    1972/73                36 (-)  1                 7  (-)  0                  1  (-)  0

    1973/74                36 (-)  0                 6  (-)  0                  3  (-)  0

    1974/75                4  (-)  0                 5  (-)  0                  0  (-)  0

     

    Total Appearances for “The Wasps”   310 (6)   4

     

    Season 1967-68
    Season 1969-70
    Season 1972-73
    Season 1974-75
     
     
     
     

    Chance missed  

    Sunday, April 08, 2018 10:42:47 AM

    A great chance was missed against Stranraer on Saturday, knowing a point would mathematically clinch "The Wasps" Play-Off spot and end Stranraer's valiant effort to catch either Alloa or Arbroath. However Stevie Farrell's side managed to get the imortant opening goal when Morgyn Neill's effort could only be knocked high into the top corner of the net by Neil Parry.

    Morgyn Neill's header beats Neil Parry
     
    The match then followed a similar pattern to Stranraer's 1-0 victory on 24th February, 2018 when Alloa threw everything at "The Blues" but found their defence resolute. Indeed "The Wasps" had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the second half when Stranraer keeper Max Currie miskicked in front of goal but the ball wouldn't bounce kindly and it was eventually cleared to safety.
    Ross Stewart challenges Max Currie
     
    Alloa incresed their intensity in the second half and had opportunities to get at least an equaliser. Ross Stewart was caused the Stranraer defence lots of problems with keeper Currie having to pull of a point blank save from a header and Ross Stewart came even closer with another header off a post.
    Ross Stewart goes close with header at back post
     
    A mixture of brave defending and Alloa being wasteful in front of goal made certain Stranraer gained the points they had came to The Indodrill Stadium in search of their first victory at the ground since 23rd October, 2004.
     
    Kris Renton manages to scoop ball over the bar from inside 6 yard box
     
    The Wasps now travel to Station Park, Forfar next Saturday still with a six point advantage over Stranraer and a far better goal difference of + 11, against Stranaer with - 7. The players will now be desperate to move on to the next game and get the required result which would clinch our Play-Off spot.
     
    Outstanding SPFL League One Fixtures
    Saturday 14th April
    Airdrie      v.    Albion Rovers
    Ayr United  v. Stranraer
    East Fife  v.  Arbroath
    Forfar Athletic  v.  Alloa Athletic
    Raith Rovers   v.  Queen's Park
     
    Saturday 21st April
    Albion Rovers  v.  East Fife
    Arbroath   v.  Airdrie
    Forfar Athletic   v.  Queen's Park
    Stranraer   v.  Raith Rovers
     
    Sunday 22nd April
    Alloa Athletic   v.    Ayr United
     
    Saturday 28th April
    Airdrie    v.   Forfar Athletic
    Ayr United   v.    Albion Rovers
    East Fife    v.   Stranraer
    Queen's Park    v.  Arbroath
    Raith Rovers   v.  Alloa Athletic
     
     
     

     

    Manager Previews Stranraer match 

    Friday, April 06, 2018 5:08:38 PM

    Manager Jim Goodwin Previews tomorrows match v. Stranraer

    Stranraer are coming in to tomorrow’s game with an outside chance of still making the Play Offs. I think Stevie Farrell deserves a lot of credit for keeping his team in contention considering the difficulties he faced in January when he had to let a number of senior players go. He done great work in the loan market and has had to turn to a number of younger players who have come into the team and added real energy and endeavour. Our last meeting at Stair Park ended in defeat for us and we will be hoping to reverse that scoreline this afternoon. We weren’t quite at the races that day and will hope to give a better account of ourselves today and finally cement our place in the Play Offs with a positive result.

    I couldn’t be happier with how our own form is at present and the players come into today’s game high on confidence and self belief. March was a very busy month with seven games to be played, and I am delighted with how the players came through that difficult period. Of the seven games, we managed to win four, draw two and lose one, only league leaders Ayr United, have a better points return. What is also very pleasing is how dangerous we look going forward in recent weeks, in the month of March we scored 18 goals, which is great credit to the players for being so positive in those forward areas.

    It is also worth mentioning the character shown by the group this year when they have had to come from a goal or two behind to rescue a result. From losing positions this year we have managed to pick up a staggering 21 points. That tells you all you need to know about the character and team spirit of my players. They are a credit to this club and they will fight tooth and nail for you the supporters to try and give you a day to remember in the weeks  to come!

    The important thing for me as manager is that we take nothing for granted and don’t just assume we are guaranteed the Play Offs, I have never took anything for granted in football and I’m certainly not going to start now. There is still a lot of work to be done and the players have been made well aware of that fact. The bottom line is if we take a positive result from the game today then that place will be ours, and only then will we dare to dream of what might be!

    Thanks as always for your support and please do all you can to drive the players on with positive shouts of encouragement as you have done in the weeks and months gone by. The players are human and will make mistakes, but one thing they guarantee is 100% effort.

    Enjoy the game.

    Jim Goodwin

     

     

    Fixture rescheduled 

    Friday, March 23, 2018 6:34:35 PM

    BBC Alba to show penultimate Ladbrokes League One fixture of the season between Alloa Athletic and Ayr United at the Indodrill Stadium. This match has been selected for Live coverage on BBC Alba. The scheduled date for the fixture had been 3pm on Saturday 21st April, 2018, but this has now been rescheduled for 4.10pm on Sunday 22nd April, 2018.

    Fightback deserved more 

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:31:12 PM

    After Saturday's 2-2 draw and both Alloa & Airdrie putting out exactly the same line-ups for both games,  three days later it might have been a long shot to expect this game also to finish 2-2.

    Airdrieonians went in front with a goal out of the top drawer, but their second goal prior to half-time was very contentious, credit to Alloa for fighting back and the penalty award and conversion by Garry Fleming was crucial prior to half-time.

    Garry Fleming pulls goal back
     
    Once the second half restarted Alloa took control, lifted the tempo of their game and had the home side on the back foot.
     
    Ross Stewart is brought down for 2nd penalty
    Garry Fleming's penalty strikes the up right and bounces to safety
     
    Alloa were now dominating the game with Fleming & Hetherington bossing the midfield and Kirkpatrick & Stewart causing the Airdrie defence huge problems. It was no surprise on 67 minutes when Jordan Kirkpatrick scored the equalising goal, Game On 2-2.
     
    Jordan Kirkpatrick scores equalising goal
     
    At this stage in the game there only looked one winner but unfortunately on the evening we had to settle for another 2-2 draw, with the points shared. Airdrieonians having now not lost in a league fixture at home since 16th September, 2017, now eleven games in the league at home unbeaten.
     
    Garry Fleming outstanding on the evening
    leaves the field to rousing reception
    Managers shake hands at end of game
     

     

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