Stranraer F.C.

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Stranraer FC
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Full name Stranraer Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues
Founded 1870; 152 years ago (1870)
Ground Stair Park,
Stranraer, Scotland
Ground Capacity 6,250[1] (1,830 seated)
Manager Brian Reid[2]
League Scottish League One
2014–15 Scottish League One, 2nd

Stranraer Football Club is a Scottish semi-professional football club based in the town of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. The club was founded in 1870, making it the third oldest football club in Scotland behind Queen's Park and Kilmarnock. The club currently competes in the Scottish League One as a member of the Scottish Professional Football League. They also won the Scottish Second Division on two occasions, most recently in 1997–98 as well as coming runners-up in 2004–05 and 2014–15. Its only ever national cup final came in 1996, when the club defeated First Division champions St. Johnstone 1–0 in the Scottish Challenge Cup final.

Stranraer's home ground is Stair Park, which has the capacity to seat around 1,830 spectators and 6,250[1] plus standing. The ground was opened in 1907 and is located in the east of Stranraer. The club is currently managed by Brian Reid.[2]

History

They were founded in 1870 and play their football at Stair Park. All of Stranraer's football was played under Southern Counties auspices until, in 1949, the club was admitted to C Division where they came up against the reserve sides of the established league clubs. In 1955 C Division was abolished and the Blues found themselves in B Division and playing first team league football. They would remain in the bottom tier until their first-ever promotion eventually arrived under Alex McAnespie in 1993–94.

With the league reformation at the end of the 1993–94 season, Stranraer found themselves playing in the new First Division in season 1994–95, finishing last, with only 17 points from 36 games. With Campbell Money at the helm Stranraer spent three seasons in the Second Division before winning promotion back to the First Division at the end of the 1997–98 season. Once again, they finished bottom of the league, with the same points total as before and 29 defeats. During that season a notable league win was secured at Easter Road against Hibernian. During Money's reign the club lifted the Scottish League Challenge Cup, defeating St Johnstone 1–0 at Broadwood on 3 November 1996. Saints' Danny Griffin was the unfortunate scorer of an own goal.

The club, now under Billy McLaren then spent a further four years in the Second Division, with the most notable event being a strong Scottish Cup run in season 2002–03, which saw them go to the quarter finals, where they were beaten 4–0 by SPL side, Motherwell. However, the team's cup run did not reflect their league form, as they finished ninth in the Second Division, and thus were relegated to the Third Division for season 2003–04. However, the team's fortunes improved from there, as, under Neil Watt, they won the Third Division at the first attempt, gaining promotion back to the Second Division. In season 2004–05, the team shocked most people, as they stayed in the top two for most of the campaign. A 1–1 draw with closest promotion rivals Morton on 30 April 2005, saw them gain promotion to the First Division for the third time, although they were relegated to the Second Division the following season after finishing ninth and losing out in the play-offs to Partick Thistle.

The team had a largely unsuccessful campaign in 2006–07, with heavy defeats by relegation rivals Peterhead and Forfar Athletic. They finished ninth, which resulted in a play-off with Third Division promotion contenders East Fife. A 4–2 aggregate defeat (despite winning the second leg 1–0) saw them relegated to the Third Division.

On 21 January 2009, club chairman Nigel Redhead stated that Stranraer F.C. owed £250,000, and had a 50–50 chance of survival to the end of the season. In response, on 22 January 2009, a small consortium launched the Friends of Stranraer F.C. to try to secure the club's future through donations from the football community at www.savestranraerfc.com.

On 23 January 2009, as part of efforts to reduce costs to a manageable level, key player Gregory Tade transferred to Clyde.

On 24 January 2009, Stirling Albion defeated Stranraer 8–2. Shortly after the game, Stranraer and team manager Derek Ferguson parted company by mutual consent and Keith Knox took over the reins.

On 4 April 2009, after a 3–0 loss to Raith Rovers, Stranraer's relegation to Division Three was confirmed, meaning Stranraer have played in a different division for each of the last eight seasons.

On 23 July 2011, they lost 8–0 to Morton in a Ramsdens Challenge Cup game. A year later, they lost 8–0 at home again, this time in the Scottish League Cup against Livingston.

The 2012 liquidation of Scottish Premier League side, Rangers, and the subsequent decision by SPL clubs to expel Rangers from the SPL, led to Scottish Football League member clubs voting Rangers into the Third Division. This meant that an additional team from each tier of Scottish football was promoted for the 2012–13 season. As Stranraer were runners up in the previous season's third division promotion play-offs, they were promoted to the Second Division.[3] They secured their place in the third tier of Scottish football after a 2–1 win at Stenhousemuir on the final day of the season, but only after Stephen Aitken had taken over from Knox in October. [4]

The club then settled well in the third tier under manager Stephen Aitken, finishing third behind full-time Rangers and Dunfermline Athletic in 2013–14 and second behind full-time Morton the following season. Stranraer's Boxing Day draw at Ibrox in 2013 saw the club scoring their first goal against Rangers and taking their first point off the Glasgow club. In both of these seasons, however, they were knocked out of the promotion play-offs at the semi-final stage. During this spell the club also performed well in the cups – defeating Ross County in the League Cup, taking Inverness to a Scottish Cup replay, and only losing out on penalties to Livingston in the semi-final of the Petrofac Challenge Cup. Aitken impressed to the extent that he was recruited by Championship side Dumbarton in May 2015 and was quickly been replaced by former Ayr United manager Brian Reid.

Records

  • Most league points in a season:
    • 58 (Second Division – 1993–94) (two points for a win)
    • 79 (Third Division – 2003–04) (three points for a win)
  • Most league goals scored by a player in a season
  • Record attendance
    • 6,500 vs Rangers, 24 January 1948

Honours

League

Cups

Current squad

As of 5 January 2016[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK David McGurn (on loan from Raith Rovers)
2 Scotland DF Scott Robertson
3 Scotland DF Dale Keenan
4 Scotland DF Craig Pettigrew
5 Scotland DF David Barron
6 Scotland MF Chris Aitken
7 Scotland MF Paul Cairney
8 Scotland MF Steven Bell (captain)
9 Scotland FW Craig Malcolm
10 Scotland MF Andy Stirling
11 Scotland MF Sam McCloskey
12 Scotland MF Keir Samson
No. Position Player
13 Scotland GK Max Currie
14 Scotland FW Jamie Longworth
15 Scotland MF Liam Dick (on loan from Falkirk)
16 Scotland MF Kyle Turner
17 Scotland MF Jamie McCluskey
18 Scotland MF Peter McGill
19 Scotland DF Lee Mair
20 Scotland FW Mark McGuigan
23 Scotland MF Ryan Thomson
24 Scotland DF Scott Rumsby
25 Argentina FW Luciano Nequecaur
33 Scotland MF Willie Gibson


Club officials

As of 10 June 2015[6]

Executive

  • Chairman: Iain Dougan
  • Vice Chairman: David Broadfoot
  • Treasurer: Alex Thomson
  • Secretary: Hilde Law

Coaching staff

  • Manager: Brian Reid
  • Assistant Manager: Lee Mair
  • First Team Coach: Chris Aitken
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Eric Phillips
  • Head of Youth Development: James MacLeod
  • U20s Manager: Matt Maley
  • U15s coach: Gary McCutcheon
  • U13s coach: Allan Jenkins
  • Club Doctor: Dr Simon Reid
  • Physiotherapist: Matthew Wallace
  • Groundsman: Wilson Hamilton
  • Kit Man: Bill Paton

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Stranraer Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Brian Reid Appointed as Manager". stranraerfc.org. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://sport.stv.tv/football/clubs/rangers/110747-newco-rangers-forced-to-start-in-division-three-after-crucial-sfl-vote/
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22392182/
  5. "Squad Info". stranraerfc.org. Stranraer F.C. Retrieved 24 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. http://www.stranraerfc.org/index.php/2012-02-28-19-23-25/club-info-staff

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