dannymitchell100mediumALL football fans dream of that moment.

Close your eyes and picture it: the last minute of a vital league deciding match. You are the hometown boy representing the club you supported as just a small kid.

The scores are level and you pop up and score the winner in front of fans you have known for years. The place is going crazy and, as the full time whistle blows, you are mobbed by team-mates and fans.

It's the football fans' dream.
Allan Jenkins

ONE man who's lived that dream is Allan Jenkins - arguably one of Stranraer's greatest captains in recent years, with the added bonus of coming from within a stone's throw of Stair Park.

Jenkins is 36 years old - and there are more than a few Stranraer fans who would still welcome him back into the midfield. More than 240 times he pulled on the blue shirt and - on more than a handful of occasions - he not only helped them to victory but he inspired them to victory, ensuring they gave that little bit extra.

One of his first ever appearances came in unforgettable circumstances. He replaced Gavin Galloway after just 32 minutes away to Ayr United. The home side had already overcome Gavin Friels' early goal and were in fact 3-1 up. Unfortunately, the introduction of Jenkins did little to stem the tide and Ayr ran out 7-1 winners.
allanjenkins1Thankfully, things improved from then on. The midfielder increasingly became a key player for Stranraer. He grabbed his first goal away to Clydebank, and grew into his role more and more as time went on.

Perhaps Jenkins' greatest outing in a blue jersey was the penultimate game of the season in 2005 against Greenock Morton.

The Cappielow side were heavy favourites for promotion and took the lead through Peter Weatherson.

However, cometh the hour, cometh the man. Stranraer were behind for less than two minutes as Jenkins volleyed home. It was enough to see the Blues over the finish line and into the First Division.

The midfielder would stick around for another six months, scoring against Dundee in a Scottish League Cup win, before swapping one end of Dumfries and Galloway for another and a move to Gretna. A move to Greenock Morton followed before he swapped Scottish soil for that of Northern Ireland.

Jenkins has since become Head of Youth at Stranraer, and has now played more league games for Ballymena United than for the Wigtownshire side.
Gary McCutcheon

TRUTH be told, the best spell of Gary McCutcheon's career did not come at Stair Park. The striker rattled home goals at a number of other clubs but for whatever reason it never really worked out in his hometown.

McCutcheon began his career with Kilmarnock and spent eight years with the Rugby Park side. That time was punctuated with loan spells at Stenhousemuir, Clydebank and Portadown, where he netted on a regular basis. His spell at the Warriors also saw him net a debut double against Stranraer in an Ochilview side containing future Scotland international Neil Alexander and a certain Stevie Farrell.
gary mccutcheon
After leaving Kilmarnock, McCutcheon found a new home at Dumbarton and, again, he even scored against Stranraer - both home and away. After a single season with the Sons, the 38-year-old moved on to Berwick Rangers, where he again enjoyed a prolific season.

Fourteen league goals was an impressive return for the frontman, who finally made his way to Stair Park. It was a move which likely excited both the player and the home fans, with McCutcheon coming in with a proven pedigree. Instead, it never really worked out with just the one goal that season. That came away from Stair Park but did help the Blues pick up a point against an Ayr United side featuring Darren Henderson and Michael Dunlop.

Since then, McCutcheon's goalscoring exploits have mostly come on the other side of the Irish Sea. The hitman has smashed home goals for Larne (who Stranraer play this coming pre-season), Portadown, Ballymena United and Crusaders. Having returned to Scotland, he has turned out for Wigtown and Bladnoch and is now committed to helping the next generation of potential Stranraer players by working alongside fellow Blue Allan Jenkins in the club's youth system.
Danny Mitchell

INCREDIBLY, despite being away from Stair Park for six years now, Mitchell is still only 29.

After starting his career at Northampton Town alongside fellow local Colin Calderwood, Mitchell would return home in 2007 and soon became a regular member of the Stranraer squad.

He made his debut against Raith Rovers as a 19 year old and scored his first senior goal in September 2007. The Blues had found themselves 2-0 down to East Stirlingshire before bouncing back to make it 2-2, and Mitchell would score the dramatic winner with just 12 minutes left.

In total, the midfielder would make 167 appearances for Stranraer and find the net on 16 occasions, but a lack of appearances in his final season led him to feel it was time to move on.

After leaving the club in December 2011, Danny had a short spell at Annan Athletic, before moving into the Junior ranks with Glenafton Athletic, where he was joined by younger brother Glen. Both brothers then went on to play for Hurlford United under former Blues midfielder Darren Henderson, and lifted the Scottish Junior Cup together in 2013.

It has proven a real family affair, with not only Glen and Danny playing for the Stair Park side but their dad, Jim, also doing the same.
Keith Knox

PLAYER, Captain, Assistant Manager, Manager... Knox pretty much did it all during a lengthy career at Stair Park.

It's testament to his staying power that the popular defender made more than 300 appearances for the Blues, did the same with Clyde AND managed to squeeze in a couple of seasons with Alloa, Gretna and Stenhousemuir.

Indeed, a career tally of 700 appearances in total speaks volumes of how highly thought of Knox was - not just at Stair Park, but beyond.

His first spell with his hometown club came to an end in 1987, when he swapped Stranraer for Cumbernauld and a spell at Clyde. He would go on to captain the Bully Wee as well as play in their first-ever game at Broadwood. Since then, he has been inducted into the Clyde Hall of Fame.

A return to Stranraer followed in 1997, where despite already being north of 30, he played for another four seasons, including a cup tie against Celtic.

It was just the Parkhead side's second-ever visit to Stranraer and their first in the Scottish Cup. To put into perspective the size of the task facing the Blues, the Celtic matchday squad of 16 featured just two players who did not represent their country (Bobby Petta and Didier Agathe). Joos Valgaeren would score the only goal of the first half but any chance of a major cup upset came to an end just six minutes after the restart when Jackie McNamara scored a rare goal.
Knox was actually off the park when that goal came as he was getting patched up for an injury. The bandaged defender was then unlucky to turn the ball into his own goal before Ian Harty scored a consolation for the Blues, with Lubomir Moravcik wrapping up the scoring for the visitors.

Spells at Alloa, Gretna and Stenhousemuir would follow before Knox became player/manager at Wigtown and Bladnoch. He would return to Stranraer as part of Derek Ferguson's coaching team and eventually succeed Ferguson in early 2009.

A three and a half year spell came to an end with the Blues in Division Two and having enjoyed just one win that season - a 2-0 victory over Ayr United. Stevie Aitken, who Knox had brought back to the club, would replace him and the rest, as they say, is history.

Knox returned to football with a spell as manager of Threave Rovers and is now boss at Creetown in the South of Scotland League.

jim campbell 2Jim Campbell

THE club's top goalscorer in history. Need we say more? Well, we will.

A local man from Newton Stewart, James Barr Campbell was born on 7 April 1947. A big strong centre forward, he could play too, but certainly knew his way to goal.

Campbell began demonstrating his goalscoring prowess as a teenager with Tarff Rovers in the South of Scotland League, with Stranraer recruiting him as an 18 year old in the summer of 1965.

After taking a couple of seasons to force his way into the 1st team as a regular, he continued to be a prolific scorer until the 1974/75 season when he retired - by which time he had bagged 136 goals across 347 appearances.

Jim, of course, also made countless appearances for the second team in the South of Scotland League and while stats are not available, it would surprise no-one if there were another century of goals to be chronicled there too.

A gentle giant of a man who returned regularly to Stair Park after his playing days, Jim sadly died while out in his fields where he worked as a shepherd in October 2006 at the age of just 59.

His goal scoring prowess and the partnerships he forged with the likes of Davie Logan and Jim Traynor may never be bettered.

A big thank you to Shaun Niven for his contributions to this article.

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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)