THE countdown is officially under way and it is now less than 24 hours until the new season kicks off.
Stranraer finished the season with victory over East Fife and now open the new campaign by welcoming St Mirren, who, like Stranraer, finished the season strongly.
Stevie Farrell will bring his new look side back to Stair Park hoping to continue in the same manner, with three points.
He said: "I am looking forward to the new season.
"You can play as many pre-season games as you like, and you can train as much as you like, but any manager will say they look forward to the games getting started.
"I've said consistently that I am happy with the group.
"It's a tough game in terms of playing St Mirren but it is a game we are looking forward to."
Tom Lang, Paul Woods, Ryan Wallace, Grant Anderson, Stephen Okoh and Jamie Hamill could all make their debuts, while Morgyn Neill and Danny Stoney have returned to the club.
Stranraer are at full strength ahead of the first game of the season with Farrell happy with how his squad looks.
The club are still trying to put a deal together for former Kilmarnock youngster Sam Lidington, who has featured in pre-season friendlies.
However, it could see the 20 year old then go out on loan until the turn of the year with a view to him returning and battling for a first team spot.
Stranraer have enjoyed victories over Larne and Partick Thistle in pre-season, while also drawing with Dumbarton.Last weekend saw the Blues lose out to 2010 Eredivisie champions FC Twente, with Farrell unable to attend due to a family holiday.
The manager, who spoke to the club website en route to watching Ayr United against Kilmarnock alongside former Blues boss Stevie Aitken, said: "I perhaps picked different types of games for pre-season.
"Games we were expected to win, games that were expected to be close and those we were not expected to win.
"I wanted to see different scenarios with different players and I was happy with how pre-season went.
"We are ready to start tomorrow."
Stranraer 0 St Mirren 1 (Mehmet)
STRANRAER and St Mirren are not the most common of opponents. Indeed, they have not met in the last decade and only four times since the turn of the millennium. Even then, it is not a record that makes good reading for Stranraer fans.
The Saints have picked up three wins with the spoils shared on the other occasion. The last meeting came at Stair Park in April 2006 when Billy Mehmet's effort just 15 minutes from time separated the two sides.
That clash took place in the First Division, now the Championship, with St Mirren now returned there after a spell in the top flight and Stranraer in League One, having had a spell in the bottom tier.
Stranraer lineup: Corr, Keddie, Higgins, Henderson, Payne (Martin 85), Gilfillan, Sharp, Aitken (Maisano 80), Hamilton, Moore, Hinds (Harty 75).
Not used: Morrison and Wingate.
St Mirren lineup: Bullock, Broadfoot (Maxwell 57), Millen, McGowne, Potter, Adam (Molloy 71), Anderson, Sutton, Kean, Reid, Mehmet.
Not used: Smith, Reilly and Lappin.
Last five meetings
- 0-1 (Mehmet) at Stair Park on April 22, 2006
- 3-1 (Anderson, Lappin and Sutton (P); Moore) at St Mirren Park on February 18, 2006
- 1-2 (Hinds; van Zanten and Kean) at Stair Park on October 25, 2005
- 0-0 at St Mirren Park on August 13, 2005
- 5-1 (Yardley x2, McGarry, OG Watson and Mendes; Knox (P)) at St Mirren Park on April 24, 1999
Stranraer's last five games
FC Twente (H): 0-5
Partick Thistle (N): 4-2 (Thomson, Agnew x2 and Anderson)
Dumbarton (N): 0-0
Larne (H): 5-0 (Trialist x2, Trialist and Anderson x2)
East Fife (H): 2-1 (Malcolm and Kassarate)
St Mirren's last five games
Alloa Athletic (A): 0-0
Dundee (H): 1-3 (Reilly)
Nairn County (A): 0-9 (Sutton, Magennis, Hilson x2, Smith, Demetriou, Stewart and Whyte)
Clachnacuddin (A): 0-5 (Stewart, Smith, MacKillop, Sutton and Morgan)
Hibernian (A): 1-1 (Loy)
Last time out
Stranraer lineup v FC Twente: Belford (Currie 46), Robertson, Dick (Lidington 62), Lang, Neill, Hamill (McGowan 62), Anderson (Stoney 62), Bell, Wallace (Okoh 46), Agnew (Thomson 46), Woods (Turner 46).
St Mirren lineup v Alloa Athletic: Stewart, Irvine (Quinn 53), Buchanan, MacKenzie (Baird 68), Demetriou (McDonald 74), McGinn (O'Keefe 74), MacPherson (Horne 81), Todd (Reilly 61), Hilson (Morgan 43), Kirkpatrick (Smith 60), Stewart (Sutton 61).
Not used: Samson and Whyte
Adults £15, 65+ £10, Secondary £5, Primary FREE
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