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In the final part of our look back at last season's squad, we review the players who wore squad numbers 17 to 25.

17/21 Jai Holland
Games: -
Substitute appearances: -
Goals: -
Minutes played: -
 
GRADUATE of the under-20s squad (centre) was named on the bench against Partick Thistle in the final game of the Betfred Cup group phase.

Many Stair Park fans had high hopes for the youngster but he was released at the end of the season with his future lying away from Stranraer.
 
17/21 Hamish McKinlay
Games: -
Substitute appearances: -
Goals: -
Minutes played: -
 
UNUSED substitute was part of the Stranraer squad against Raith Rovers early in the season and Clyde in the IRN-BRU Cup. A firm fixture in Stuart Wild and David Macgregor's under-20s squad which came within touching distance of winning their league. Signed on again for next year and is expected to go out on loan.
 
18 David Gray
Games: 0
Substitute appearances: 5
Goals: -
Minutes played: 68

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FIVE appearances spread over six months for the teenager, who made the breakthrough from Stuart Wild's under-20s team.

Gray, who can play at left back or in midfield, stepped off the bench alongside Danny Stoney in the 2-0 defeat to Ayr United in October at Somerset Park. Replaced Morgyn Neill on that occasion for the final 17 minutes and his next appearance would also come against the Honest Men.

Replaced Neill for the final 24 minutes in the 5-1 defeat and became a regular fixture among the substitutes.

Added another minute against Albion Rovers before his most notable contribution came away to Arbroath in March. Came on for the final 11 minutes at Gayfield with the scores at 2-2 and was brought down by David Hutton for the match winning penalty, which was tucked away by Scott Agnew.

Featured against Forfar at the end of that month and was again among the substitutes for the remaining matches of the campaign.
 
18 Fraser Burns
Games: -
Substitute appearances: -
Goals: -
Minutes played: -
 
BURNS was named on the Stranraer bench against Partick Thistle during the Betfred Cup. The youngster is another who was part of the under 20s squad and could yet have a future with the Blues. Has been offered a scholarship in the USA.
 
18/21 Zack Simpson
Games: -
Substitute appearances: -
Goals: -
Minutes played: -
 
ONE of a number of youngsters to make it into the Stranraer first team squad having been involved in the under-20s team. However, Simpson was not offered a new deal for the coming season, despite being on the bench in the final Betfred Cup game against Partick Thistle.

18/20/9 Gavin Scott
Games: 0
Substitute appearances: 4
Goals: -
Minutes played: 74

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ONE of a number of youngsters to make the breakthrough to Stevie Farrell's first team from the turn of the year onwards. The teenager caught the eye while featuring for the Scottish Schoolboys' under-18 squad who travelled to face their English counterparts, with the match shown live on television.

At club level, he was becoming a firm fixture in Stuart Wild and David Macgregor's under-20s squad.

He was an unused substitute in August and finally made his debut at the end of March when he replaced Grant Anderson for the final 11 minutes in 2-0 win over Forfar.

Featured in three of the four remaining games - stepping off the bench in victories over Alloa, Ayr United and, finally, East Fife. Almost crowned that final appearance of the season with a goal. The substitute managed to find a little bit of space late on but Ryan Goodfellow denied him a memorable end to his first season as a senior football.

The appearances came just 12 months Scott was enjoying football with Maybole Juniors.

Has since accepted a scholarship in the USA.
 
19 Angus Beith
Games: 14
Substitute appearances: 0
Goals: 8
Minutes played: 1,260

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ARGUABLY, the most influential player of the season, despite playing less than a third of the games. Simply put, if Beith scored, Stranraer did not lose.

He joined on loan at the beginning of December from Hearts having scored one goal in nearly 40 competitive matches, buut quickly doubled that tally on his debut with the winner against Arbroath.

The 22-year-old developed a phenomenal knack of being in the right place at the right time and marked his first Stair Park appearance with a late double against Forfar.

Talks quickly began to extend his stay in Wigtownshire and a deal was struck at the end of January to keep him with Stranraer until the end of the season. The midfielder began the New Year in fine form with five goals in as many games. The opener at Hampden was followed by the winner against Airdrie before pouncing on a Graham Smith mistake in a 1-0 win over Raith Rovers.

His final goals would come away to Albion Rovers, with a double in a 3-1 win. Unfortunately, his time with the club was cut short due to injury, with his final appearance coming against Arbroath on February 20.

Short his stay may have been but he made a genuine impact, earning a move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the transfer window.
 
19 Tony Wallace
Games: 0
Substitute appearances: 1
Goals: -
Minutes played: 45

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ONE of the briefest careers of those Stranraer players who took to the field this season. The ex-Dumbarton, Greenock Morton and East Fife man featured as a trialist for Stranraer against Queen's Park.

The Blues had surged into an early lead thanks to goals from Ryan Wallace and Grant Anderson. Tony Wallace was a half time substitute for goalscorer Anderson as he came on against his former club.

Unfortunately, the Spiders, who had pulled one back through Anton Brady would go on to take a point, with Morgyn Neill the unlucky man in stoppage time.

Twenty-seven-year-old Wallace then swapped Stair Park for East Kilbride's K-Park. Wallace is not the only ex-Blue with Barry Russell, Sean Winter, Martin McBride and Craig Malcolm in the squad.
 
20 Ross Lyon
Games: 6
Substitute appearances: 7
Goals: 2
Minutes played: 592

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LOAN signing from Rangers had to bide his team to secure a spot in the first team.

Debut came at Hampden Park when he replaced Cameron Elliott with seven minutes left and was promptly shown a yellow card. Five more substitute appearances followed before he made it into the first team from the start. That came against Alloa and the 20-year-old took his chance by scoring his first senior goal, when he squeezed a low shot beyond Neil Parry just before half time.

Kept his place the following week against Albion Rovers but was back on the bench against Airdrie. Injuries saw Lyon move from his usual midfield spot to full back against Arbroath, where he faced a testing afternoon before Stranraer came back to win 3-2. Second career goal came against Forfar when his shot took a sizeable deflection beyond Marc McCallum.

Quietly impressive but his spell at Stranraer was cut short by injury, which saw him miss the last couple of games, with his final appearance against Ayr United.
 
21 Jonny Baxter
Games: -
Substitute appearances: 1
Goals: -
Minutes played: 28

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FINALLY made his debut - more than four years after first appearing on the Stranraer bench. The midfielder had been an unused substitute in a memorable 2-2 draw with Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Cup in 2013. Then a teenager, he also made the bench against Ayr United soon after.

However, if he thought the chance had gone, he was given an opportunity against Raith Rovers in April. He caught the eye of Stevie Farrell in a Tweedie Cup clash with Bonnyton Thistle for the Blues' South of Scotland side, and was rewarded with a spot on the bench. Replaced Cameron Elliott for the final 28 minutes and became the first Wigtownshire debutant for Stranraer since Blair Dougan stepped off the bench to replace Craig Malcolm against Peterhead on 2012.

Baxter was also named among the substitutes at Bayview Stadium on the final day of the season but was not brought on. He is also the younger brother of Michael Baxter, who was previously an unused substitute for the Blues as well.
 
22 Jamie Hamill
Games: 43
Substitute appearances: 1
Goals: 2
Minutes played: 3,860

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THE only member of the Stranraer squad to feature in every single game this season.

The experienced former Hearts and Kilmarnock man was an impressive signing when he joined at the beginning of the season and showed his versatility and experience throughout the campaign. Played at right back and the heart of defence, as well as a holding midfielder during the season. Hamill also scored the first goal of Stranraer's league season in the 1-0 victory over East Fife on the opening day.

The only game he did not start came at Broadwood Stadium in the IRN-BRU Cup against Clyde. However, he came on for the final 12 minutes and in doing so made history in being the first player to come on as Stranraer's fourth substitute in a game.

Notched up his second goal of the campaign when Alloa came to Stair Park on October 14, with the Blues winning 2-0. Could have added a third goal but saw his penalty saved by Forfar goalkeeper Marc McCallum, although the Blues would go on to win 3-0. At the other end, he made a vital last minute block against Arbroath after Stranraer had come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2.

A vital component of Stevie Farrell's squad over the last nine months - and surely next season too, having accepted the captain's armband.
 
23 Ryan Thomson
Games: 34
Substitute appearances: 1
Goals: 3
Minutes played: 2,879

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LONG-SERVING midfielder passed the 100 appearance barrier during the season.

Thomson began his career as a striker but established himself in recent years as a strong presence in the midfield. Was pushed up front for the final minutes against Ayr United in the first meeting of the season and was rewarded with two goals in three minutes. That tied the scores at 3-3 with nine minutes to go but Paddy Boyle popped up five minutes from time to spoil the party and give Ayr the win.

Defensive midfield role ensured he was not as prolific in front of goal as he was in previous seasons. Former Dunfermline man scored his final goal of the season against Arbroath in the 6-2 thumping at Stair Park.

Clocked up appearance number 100 against former side Albion Rovers but his season was ended prematurely against Airdrie. The 27-year-old was forced off with just 26 minutes on the clock and announced he was leaving at the end of the campaign, with 111 appearances and 12 goals.

Yet to reveal where he'll be playing for the coming season at time of writing.
 
24 Danny Stoney
Games: 2
Substitute appearances: 15
Goals: 2
Minutes played: 358

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THIRD spell at the club was restricted to mainly substitute appearances but he did find the net twice.

The 21-year-old stepped off the bench against St Mirren on the opening day of the campaign but had to wait until November 4 and victory over Queen's Park for his first start at the club.

His first goal - his third for the club and first for Stranraer in 1,028 days - came against Partick Thistle's under-20s team in the IRN-BRU Cup.

The ex-Rangers youngster would score one more goal for the Blues, this time in the league. That came deep into stoppage time at Forfar when Scott Robertson flicked on Morgyn Neill's long ball to salvage a point.

His final appearance in a Stranraer shirt came at the Indodrill Stadium on December 23, when the hosts emerged 1-0 winners.

Keen to play more first team football, Stoney moved to Lowland League side BSC Glasgow, where he is joined by ex-Blues Michael Moore, Stephen Swift, Martin Grehan, Ryan Marshall and Lloyd Kinnaird. Suffered another unfortunate injury towards the end of the season and all at Stair Park will be wishing him a swift recovery.
 
25 Dylan Dykes
Games: 8
Substitute appearances: 6
Goals: -
Minutes played: 701

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ANOTHER ex-Rangers youngster, Dylan Dykes made the switch from Ross County to Stranraer in January and was immediately involved with the first team. The loan signing was named on the bench against Airdrie and made his debut with the scores tied at 2-2. Came on for Grant Anderson, and Angus Beith would score the winner moments later.

Versatility proved worthwhile as he played out wide, in the middle and as a holding midfielder. Drifted in and out of the team but made 14 appearances, with eight of those coming from the start. His final appearance came at Bayview Stadium when he replaced Dean Hawkshaw for the last five minutes of the season.

Stepped in and did a job in what was a difficult spell for the Blues.
You can meet next season's squad at the 2018/19 Open Day on Saturday 23 June at Stair Park, which also includes an open training session and the launch of our brand new home kit!

Entry is FREE to all.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 14 36
2 Raith Rovers 14 26
3 East Fife 14 22
4 Forfar Athletic 14 21
5 Airdrieonians 14 19
6 Stranraer 14 16
7 Brechin City 14 16
8 Montrose 14
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9 Dumbarton 14 14
10 Stenhousemuir 14 12


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)