Stirling Albion 2 Cliftonville 3

 Posted by on July 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm  Match Reports, SFL Div 1  1 Response »
Jul 162011
 
Stirling Albion 2 Cliftonville 3

Stirling played their third and final public pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon as Northern Ireland outfit Cliftonville visited the DDS. The match was officially the Ladbrokes Cup, a one off game between two of the nations fan owned teams. Cliftonville defeated FC United of Manchester last year so came to Scotland as holders. That said the game was still expected to be the usual pre-season fare with the managers looking to give trialists a go and signed players another fitness boost. As it turned out the 90 minutes that followed was perhaps one of the more competitive friendlies this scribe has seen in many a year. For whatever reason none of the players were listed as trialists on the team sheet even though it’s obvious that several were not signed players. The ones who I think were still trialists are marked as such: Stirling Albion: 1. Sam Filler (Trialist) , [… more]

End of Season Retained List

 Posted by on May 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm  Match Reports, SFL Div 1  Comments Off on End of Season Retained List
May 082011
 
End of Season Retained List

As announced on the clubs official website the end of season player movements for Stirling Albion FC are as follows: Players who have accepted terms for season 2011/12 Greg McDonald (Agreed to a pay as you play offer – his expected return to fitness will be around September) Players who have been offered terms for season 2011/12 (they have until 31st May to accept the offer) Calum Reidford Martyn Corrigan Ross Forsyth Scott Buist Brian Allison Scott Robertson Paul McHale Players who have been released as at 15th May 2011 Scott Christie Michael Mullen Chris Aitken Michael Doyle John Kane Tom Brighton Andy Gibson Ryan Borris Loan Signings returning to their parent clubs Jonathan Brown (Hearts) Gordon Smith (Hearts) Stephen Stirling (Rangers) Sean Welsh (Hibs) Sad to see the likes of Inchy and Chris Aitken on their way but Jocky Scott has to do whatever it takes to get his [… more]

Stirling Albion 3 Greenock Morton 2

 Posted by on May 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm  Match Reports, SFL Div 1  Comments Off on Stirling Albion 3 Greenock Morton 2
May 072011
 
Stirling Albion 3 Greenock Morton 2

At last. The end. Well nearly, one more game to go. Could the Beanos finish on a win ? If so it would be our first in 26 league games so maybe it wasn’t that likely. Stirling hadn’t scored against today’s opponents Morton in any of the three games between the sides to date. The goalless draw at Cappielow on opening day clearly promised better than was ultimately delivered. It’s been a struggle. Well, it’s been a a lot more than that. It’s been a disaster. Much to chew on over the close season for the Exec and coaching staff but for now all thoughts were on this afternoon’s match. Maybe Morton wouldn’t be up for it. Maybe, just maybe Stirling could send their fans into the summer with a much needed three pointer. Team lines showed just the one change from Central Park as Josh Flood was replaced by [… more]

Cowdenbeath 1 Stirling Albion 0

 Posted by on April 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm  Match Reports, SFL Div 1  Comments Off on Cowdenbeath 1 Stirling Albion 0
Apr 302011
 
Cowdenbeath 1 Stirling Albion 0

With Stirling already consigned to life back in Division Two the Albion today squared up to one of the sides largely responsible for putting us there, Cowdenbeath. Three games played between the sides this season and three priceless wins for the Fifers. The comeback of all comebacks at the DDS put the Beanos on the canvas and in truth they still look to be lying there staring at the stars. Jimmy Nichol has done a superb job at Central Park and the way he has managed to make a silk purse out of a sows ear is a galling sight for the Albion Exec who have seen an apparently similarly experienced manager flounder like a freshly caught mackerel. Ach well, too late to do much about it now. All that should have been on the players minds today was getting one over the side who inflicted upon us one of [… more]

Stirling Albion 1 Falkirk 2

 Posted by on April 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm  Match Reports, SFL Div 1  Comments Off on Stirling Albion 1 Falkirk 2
Apr 232011
 
Stirling Albion 1 Falkirk 2

Easter weekend brought with it the last derby match of the season as the Beanos played hosts to Falkirk. The Bairns still have an outside chance of promotion but need a few favours as well as nine points from their remaining matches. Stirling on the other hand have been down for a couple of weeks and if nothing else are trying to get some pride back from what’s been a train wreck of a Division One campaign. The Albion actually did defeat their local rivals this season but that penalty kick success in the Alba Challenge has been followed by three easy league wins for Falkirk. Team lines for today’s game saw the Beanos only make the one change from last weekend as injured skipper Ross Forsyth was replaced by Michael Doyle. On the Stirling bench there was a first appearance in the 16 for youth team striker Gary Brass. [… more]