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Stranraer v Dumbarton Preview

Stranraer badgePETROFAC TRAINING CUP FIRST ROUND:

STRANRAER v DUMBARTON
(Saturday, July 26, Stair Park, 3pm)

saitken1314smallStranraer kick off the new season with a repeat of last season's first round tie in the Challenge Cup. Stevie Aitken's men face Dumbarton who were the SPFL's best-placed part-time team last term after finishing fifth in the Championship.

The sides met almost exactly a year ago - with League One Blues running out 4-2 winners on the shores of Loch Ryan. Chris Aitken bagged a brace for Stranraer with Sean Winter and Martin Grehan also on target. The Sons replied through Garry Fleming and Kevin Smith. Stranraer have made a number of new signings this summer who could feature in their 2014-15 opener. Defenders Craig Pettigrew, Barry Russell and Jackson Longridge, along with midfielder Anthony Marenghi and striker Craig Malcolm, all agreed terms with the club.

Aitken said: "It has been a quick turnaround and everybody has worked very hard during the close season. We're raring to go.

"Dumbarton will be very difficult opponents. Credit to them for what they have achieved. They have taken things forward in the last couple of seasons but if we play to our potential then we will be in with a wee chance."

The Blues will be looking to get the home fires burning quickly - with their first three fixtures of the season at Stair Park. Following the visit of Sons, Aitken's troops take on East Fife in the first round of the League Cup before beginning the league campaign at home to Forfar Athletic.

Aitken & McCloskey sign this week

caitken1314smallThe Blues signed up another two players this week. One familiar face and one not so. Chris Aitken is the familiar face rejoining having come through pre-season and gained some game time as he completes his battle back to fitness following his injury back in December. Chris has already played 96 times for the Blues and will be hoping his delayed century is just around the corner. The new face joining the squad is 19 year old Sam McCloskey. Sam is a left sided midfielder who has featured in most of the pre-season fixtures as well as having guested for the Blues in bounce matches last season. Sam arrives from the prolific production line at Kilmarnock based Bonnyton Thistle Sam McCloskeythat has produced many players over the years, Mark Campbell & John Robertson to name but two.
Stranraer can also announce that both Kieron Maxwell and Kieren Wood have decided to look for offers elsewhere and have not accepted the offer made to them from the club. We would like to wish both youngsters well and thank them for their efforts for the Blues.

Petrofac Training Challenge Cup 1st Round Draw

Petrofac colourPETROFAC TRAINING SERVICES BECOMES FIRST NEW ERA TITLE SPONSOR OF THE CHALLENGE CUP

Stranraer will be playing in the Petrofac Training Cup next season after Petrofac Training Services was today named as the new title sponsor of the SPFL’s challenge cup tournament. Find out much more in this announcement, issued today…

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) today (Tuesday 1st July) announce that they have reached agreement with Petrofac Training Services, a leading offshore oil and gas training provider, to become the new title sponsor of its challenge cup competition.

Scottish League Cup - 1st Round Draw

The draw for the 1st Round of the Scottish League Cup took place today at the Bet Butler Stadium, Dumbarton. Stranraer have been drawn at home to League Two side, East Fife and the match will take place on Saturday 2nd August at Stair Park with a 3pm kick-off.
The draw in full is:

Queen of the South v Elgin City
Brechin City v Dumbarton
Dunfermline Athletic v Annan Athletic
Queen's Park v Rangers
Greenock Morton v Berwick Rangers
Montrose v Falkirk
Raith Rovers v Forfar Athletic
Albion Rovers v Livingston
Hamilton Academical v Arbroath
East Stirlingshire v Ayr United
Dundee v Peterhead
Clyde v Cowdenbeath
Stranraer v East Fife
Airdrieonians v Stenhousmuir
Alloa Athletic v Stirling Albion

Season Ticket Prices 2014/15

The club are pleased to advise the season and individual match prices for
2014/15. These will be available to purchase from Stair Park or Fitba Bar from
Monday 26th May 2014.

Season Tickets:
Adult £175
Senior Citizen £100
Under 16 £50

There is an early bird offer on all 3 categories. If
paid in full before 7th July then the prices will be:
Adult £160
Senior Citizen £80
Under 16 £40

Please note that proof of age may be
requested to purchase season ticket and for individual match entry.

Individual Match Price 2014/15
Adult £13
Senior Citizen £7
Under 16 £5

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