Stirling were given the week off from their Division Two struggles as the Scottish Cup took centre stage this afternoon with Dundee visiting the DDS. Not the most exciting of draws but at least the Exec would have been happy with a bigger than normal crowd scheduled to be in attendance, albeit mostly in the away stand ! The sides were of course in the same division last season and unlike the Beanos the visitors weren’t much changed from those fixtures. Team lines for this latest encounter between the sides saw a couple of alterations to the Albion XI who started against Arbroath. Marc McCulloch missed out through injury while Josh Flood moved down to the bench. Into the side came the lightly used pair of Craig McLeish and Stevie Nicholas. On a cold but otherwise decent day for football the match kicked off with Stirling shooting towards the Monument [… more]
Annoying fixture this weekend all round for the Beanos. Not only having to play on a Sunday, but to make matters worse, a trip to RedWeb’s least favourite venue, Dens Park. Despite a 25 point deduction for going into administration, Dundee have managed to drag themselves clear of the bottom two. We could go on all week about the merits of the Dundee punishment but we’ve been there and done that. Suffice to say most still think they got off lightly. However, the truth is they have responded well to the points deduction and have actually won as many games as table topping Dunfermline. In fact if they got their 25 points back they would be leading the race towards the SPL. Simple objective for Stirling in this one. Win or become the first team in Scotland to be relegated this season. The Beanos have a desperate record at Dens [… more]
After the poor fare offered up on Tuesday night the Albion fans would have been demanding and expecting more from their favourites this afternoon. With Dundee the visitors there was no lack of motivation for Albion manager Jocky Scott who would have liked nothing better than a good result against his old team. The sides have met twice this term so far with a draw at the then Forthbank Stadium being followed by a 2-0 win for Dundee at Dens just before Christmas. Since having 25 points deducted the Tayside outfit have been in great form as emphasised by their last gasp win over table topping Raith Rovers last weekend. Team lines for Stirling showed a couple of changes from the Morton game. Out went the suspended duo of Jonathan Brown and Scott Robertson. Into the side came Ryan Borris and in a surprise selection forgotten man Greg McDonald played [… more]
After the encouragement of the point up at Ross County it was back to reality with a desparately disappointing defeat at home to Morton on Tuesday night. Next up for the Beanos is a visit from on form Dundee. Jocky Scott’s old team suffered a 25 point loss for entering administration for the second time in seven years. However, they are unlikely to be troubled by the threat of relegation if they continue to collect points at the current rate. Victory over Raith Rovers underlined how well the Dee’s are playing and this will be another difficult slog for the Albion. A full match report will be on RedWeb on Saturday evening.
RedWeb took the decision some time ago that we would not be attending games at Dens Park. The attitude from the club towards other SFL1 teams has left a bad taste in the mouth and we will not be easing their financial troubles. In addition they have somehow managed to keep almost all of their best players while ruthlessly sacking a management team, ten or so players and various back room staff. This is a side who have clearly spent way over what they could afford and have as a result seen several people hitting the dole queue without a penny in compensation. The only real punishment they have received is that the 25 point deduction means they won’t be able to get promotion, but will almost certainly avoid the drop. Clubs like Livingston who were relegated two divisions for financial problems must look on and think it’s one rule [… more]