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Address
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Stranraer Football Club,
Stair Park,
London Road,
Stranraer,
DG9 8BS

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Phone/Fax: 01776703271

Stadium capacity: 4178
Pitch dimensions: 103m x 64m

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CAR: Set your satnav for DG9 8BS. We're just over 2 hours' drive from Glasgow. Parking is available free of charge at the ground.

TRAIN: Stranraer train station is approximately 20 minutes' walk away from Stair Park. Check the latest train times.

BUS: We're 15 minutes' walk away from Port Rodie bus stop, but local buses stop very close to the ground on London Road. Plan your journey.

TAXI: Local firm McLeans Taxis operate across Dumfries and Galloway - call 01776 705555 to book.

FERRY: Stena Line operate regular sailings from Northern Ireland.

AIR: Glasgow Prestwick Airport is an hour and a half's drive from Stair Park, with trains running to and from the town.

Entering the ground
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Away supporters enter via the away turnstiles in the North Stand, which is affectionately known as the 'Coo Shed'.

All supporters are invited to the Pavilion Bar, which is located beside the away turnstiles. You can also find a warm welcome at the Stranraer FC Fitba' Bar, which is a short walk away from the ground at North Strand Street in the town centre.


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Stuart Millar
Director of Football

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Stuart was appointed Director of Football in April 2018 having played a crucial role in recruitment to help the Blues through a difficult 2017/18 season.

Stranraer fans will of course remember Stuart from his successful spell at the club as assistant to Neil Watt between 2003 and 2006. After his departure from Stair Park, he had a spell as assistant to Neil at Ayr United and also a spell as manager at Clyde, but it is his reputation in scouting that he is now most renowned for.

He returned to the club from Dumbarton in 2017. Prior to his time at the Rock, Stuart scouted for several clubs including Ross County and West Bromwich Albion.


Stevie Farrell

Manager

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Stephen began his playing career with Kilmarnock, before joining Stoke City in January 1990, but only made two appearances for the English club. Farrell returned to Scotland and had spells at St Mirren, Stranraer and Stenhousemuir, before seeing out his career at junior level.

His first coaching role saw him take the top job at Cumnock Juniors in March 2009, as successor to former Blues boss Campbell Money. In December 2012, Farrell was appointed assistant manager of Stranraer, and along with Aitken steered the club clear of relegation, before helping the club to the playoffs in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

After a successful year and a half as Aitken's assistant at Championship side Dumbarton, Farrell returned to Stair Park in January 2017 and guided the club out of the relegation zone to a 7th place finish.

Chris Aitken
Assistant Manager

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A skilful and hard-working central midfielder, Chris joined his brother and then-manager Stephen at Stranraer from Stirling Albion in 2011. The former Morton, Clyde and Hamilton Accies player chipped in with 33 goals in 151 appearances for the Blues as the clubs dead ball specialist and penalty taker, before becoming first team coach in 2015, then assistant manager in 2016.


Alan Waddell
1st Team Coach

Alan Waddell

Alan initially joined the Blues as Dexi Wingate's number two in charge of the under 19s. After becoming 1st team coach at the Blues, the former Pollok and Arthurlie striker left Stranraer for a short spell as assistant manager at the 'Lie.

Waddell was reunited with Aitken and Farrell as 1st team coach at Dumbarton, before resuming where he left off under Farrell at Stair Park in 2017.


Eric Phillips
Goalkeeping Coach

Eric Phillips

A popular figure at the club, Eric has overseen the development of several Blues keepers over the past few seasons, after a successful career as a goalie at junior level.


Stuart Wild
Chief Scout

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Stuart has a wealth of knowledge and experience at youth level, notably with Renfrew Victoria, and has been recognised for his community work as Sunday Mail Grassroots Coach of the Year and McDonald's Community Champion. He had a successful season as under 20s manager in 2017/18, before becoming Chief Scout in summer 2018.

Allan Jenkins
Head of Youth Development

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Allan was club captain in his time as a Blues player, chalking up over 200 appearances in his 8 seasons at Stair Park. In addition to his evergreen footballing career continuing at junior side Hurlford, he now develops local youngsters as the Head of Youth Development at Stranraer.


Heather Gouck
Physiotherapist

Heather Gouck

Heather joined us in 2017, and has a crucial role to play in keeping the squad fit and healthy.


Other staff

Squad 2018 19

1 - Max Currie (GK)


Max Currie

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of birth: 3 March 1997
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Motherwell

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Home: Bill and Rhuri Paton
Away: Douglas Ritchie
3rd: Mike McLean

Joining us in summer 2015, Max made his competitive first team debut at Stenhousemuir in December of that year, before taking all the plaudits with a man of the match performance in a Scottish Cup tie against Celtic in January 2016.

The young goalkeeper deputised for Cameron Belford in the Betfred Cup at the start of the 2016/17 season, and added to this with a handful of cup appearances in 2017.

Had a short spell on loan at Cumbernauld Colts in December 2017 before being recalled after the departure of Belford, and staked his claim to the number one jersey with a string of impressive performances in 2018.

2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)


Daniel Higgins

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 8 April 1998
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic, Dundee, Kilmarnock, Airdrieonians

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Away: Available
3rd: Billy Robb

Daniel joined Stranraer on a short-term loan from Kilmarnock in September 2018.

The towering defender started out as a youth at Celtic before moving on to Dundee, where he made 4 Premiership appearances for the Dens Park side.

After moving to Rugby Park in 2017, further first team experience followed with a loan spell at Airdrie which saw him score twice across 8 appearances.

Daniel's loan deal is set to run until January.

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)


Chris McGowan

Position
: Defender

Date of birth: 7 December 1998
Place of birth: Irvine
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, Dalry Thistle

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Home: Gerry Sweeney
Away: Ian Stevenson
3rd: Bruce and Laurence Nelson


Chris is a talented defender who joined the Blues' youth setup in 2014 after 7 years at Kilmarnock.

The youngster, who can play in a variety of positions, shone for Stranraer under 20s in 2016/17. He was rewarded with a late cameo for the first team against East Fife on the last day of the season, having already gained first team experience on loan at Dalry Thistle.

Stevie Farrell offered McGowan a first team contract for 2017/18, and after being made captain of the Blues' development side, he made the step up following the departure of first choice left back Liam Dick.

McGowan has not looked out of place since his promotion to the senior squad and is one to watch for the future.

4 - Andrew McDonald (DEF)


Andy McDonald

Position
: Defender

Date of birth: 19 May 1998
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: St Mirren, Elgin City

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Home: Andrew Barber
Away: Robert C Wallace
3rd: Andy and Matt

Andrew McDonald joined us in summer 2018 on a deal until the end of the season, following his release by Championship winners St Mirren.

The defender made his first team debut for the Buddies in 2017, before spending the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Elgin City where he made 16 appearances.

Andrew got off the mark with his first senior goal for City in a 2-1 win over Annan in February 2018, and is one of a number of youngsters who will look to continue their development at Stair Park.

5 - David Brownlie (DEF)


David Brownlie

Position
: Defender

Date of birth: 22 March 1997
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Rangers, Ross County, Airdrieonians

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Home: Craig, Chloe and Robert Rice
Away: Allen Price
3rd: Janet Thomson

David Brownlie joined us after departing Airdrie in summer 2018, having made 31 appearances for the North Lanarkshire side during the 2017/18 season, chipping in with 3 goals.

Brownlie has an impressive pedigree, having come through the youth academy at Murray Park, before developing further at Dingwall.

A loan spell at Elgin City and a full season at Airdrie has provided significant first team experience, which he will look to build upon at Stair Park.

6 - Connor McManus (MID)


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Position
: Midfielder

Date of birth: 29 February 1996
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic, Alloa Athletic, Queen of the South, Greenock Morton, East Fife

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Away: Kerr Sutherland
3rd: David Broadfoot

Connor McManus joined us in summer 2018 after six month spells at Greenock Morton and East Fife, having departed Celtic in 2017.

The midfielder spent twelve years in the Hoops' academy, gaining first team experience with spells on loan to Alloa Athletic and Queen of the South, and will now look to further his career at Stair Park.

7 - Mark Lamont (MID)


Mark Lamont

Position
: Midfielder

Date of birth: 4 February 1993
Place of birth: Paisley
Previous clubs: St Mirren, Dumbarton, Albion Rovers, Petershill, Stirling Albion, East Fife

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Home: Alex Smith
Away: Martin Goodfellow
3rd: The Friday Night Club

Mark Lamont is a strong and direct winger who joined us in summer 2018 after two seasons at East Fife.

A Paisley native, he started his career at hometown club St Mirren, where he made his Premiership debut in February 2011 and earned caps for Scotland at under 19 level.

Lamont was also part of the Dumbarton side which won promotion to the Championship in 2011/12.

Blues supporters may remember Mark's goal against us in a 2-0 win for the Fifers back in February 2018, which we hope will be the first of many at Stair Park.

8 - Kyle Turner (MID)


Kyle Turner

Position
: Midfielder

Date of birth: 10 November 1997
Place of birth: Paisley
Previous clubs: St Mirren, Partick Thistle, Glentyan Boys' Club

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Home: James Bark Jnr.
Away: Brian Martin
3rd: Claire Fergusson


Exciting young midfielder Kyle joined us in 2015 and has since become a key player for the Blues.

Skilful on the ball and with composure beyond his years, the son of former Morton, St Johnstone and St Mirren midfielder Tommy Turner is continuing his development in the first team at Stair Park.

Has been the subject of much transfer speculation with West Bromwich Albion and Aberdeen rumoured to be interested.

9 - Isaac Layne (STR)


Isaac Layne

Position
: Striker

Date of birth: 16 May 1995
Place of birth: England
Previous clubs: Brentford, Billericay Town, Southend United, Hayes & Yeading, Alloa Athletic, Brechin City, Stirling Albion, Grays Athletic

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Home: Allistair Chillery
Away: Darren and Tommy Rice
3rd: Neil McIntyre

Isaac Layne is entering his fifth season in Scottish football, having arrived at Alloa Athletic in January 2015.

A product of the youth system at English Championship side Brentford, Layne has significant physical attributes which make him a handful for any defence.

He joined us in summer 2018 after a second spell with Brechin City in the Championship, having impressed as a trialist in friendlies against Annan and Cumbernauld Colts.

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)


Luke Donnelly

Position
: Striker

Date of birth: 20 January 1996
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Celtic, East Stirlingshire, Alloa Athletic, Greenock Morton, Queen's Park

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An exciting creative attacker with an eye for goal, Luke Donnelly was part of the youth ranks at Celtic until 2017.

Capped five times for Scotland at U17 level, he gained first team experience on loan at East Stirlingshire, Alloa Athletic and Greenock Morton.

His move to Stair Park in summer 2018 came after an impressive season at Queen's Park, during which he scored 8 goals in 21 starts, including a fine finish against us at Hampden back in January 2018.

11 - Grant Anderson (MID/STR)

Grant Anderson

Position
: Midfielder/Striker

Date of birth: 20 August 1986
Place of birth: -
Previous clubs: Stenhousemuir, Hamilton, Raith, QOS, Peterhead

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Home: Anthony and Joan Cottam
Away: Cameron Hunter
3rd: Ronnie Anderson


Grant Anderson is a pacy, experienced winger whose stature and ability in the air makes him a useful target man and a threat inside the box.

Grant started out at Stenhousemuir but was plucked from the lower leagues by Hamilton Accies, before making his name at Raith Rovers.

He went on to make over 150 appearances at Championship level with the Kirkcaldy club and Queen of the South, before joining us in summer 2017 following 6 months at Peterhead.

Was increasingly played as a centre forward in 2018 and scored 3 goals in his last 6 games of the 2017/18 season.

12 - Ian Smith (MID)


Ian Smith

Position
: Midfielder

Date of birth: 8 May 1998
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Hearts, Dundee, Edinburgh City

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3rd: Michael Watson

Former Hearts and Dundee youth prospect Ian is the younger brother of fellow Blues player David Smith.

He joined us after impressing on trial in summer 2018 following a six month loan stint at Edinburgh City.

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)


Lyle Avci

Position
: Goalkeeper

Date of birth: 1 October 1997
Place of birth: Stranraer
Previous clubs: Ayr United, Troon

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Home: James and Bailey McQuillan
Away: Max Irvine-Watson
3rd: Rhuri Paton

Local goalkeeper Lyle Avci joined his hometown club on a one year contract in summer 2018 followin his exit from Ayr United.

The 20 year old shot-stopper gained first team experience on loan at Troon in 2017/18, and will now challenge for the number one jersey at Stair Park.

14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)


Cameron Elliott

Position
: Midfielder

Date of birth: 27 May 1999
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: St Mirren, Beith Juniors

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Away: Ryan Kelly
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Cameron is a talented youngster who made his Blues debut against Dumbarton on 6 October 2017, replacing Paul Woods as a late substitute.

After spending 5 years in the youth setup at St Mirren, the midfielder moved to local club Beith Juniors where he made 9 first team appearances, scoring once.

Elliott made 2 appearances for Stranraer U20s towards the end of the 2016/17 season, before joining on a permanent basis that summer.

Was a regular scorer the development side, and saw this prolific form rewarded by a call-up to the first team.

Will look to challenge for a regular place as he continues his development at Stair Park.

15 - Sam Lidington (DEF)


Sam Lidington

Position
: Defender/Midfielder

Date of birth: 4 March 1997
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubsRangers, Kilmarnock

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Away: Finlay Niven
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Sam departed the club in September 2018 after making two first team appearances.

16 - Max Ashmore (MID)


Max Ashmore

Position
: Midfielder

Date of birth: 26 May 1998
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Rangers, Ross County

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Home: Sarah and Jason Bew
Away: Rebecca Murdoch and Tim Leslie
3rd: Stephen Murdoch

Former Rangers prospect Max Ashmore joined us in summer 2018 after a year at Ross County.

The left-footed midfielder was previously captain for the 'Gers U20s development side, playing alongside the likes of Dylan Dykes, during which time he operated primarily as a holding midfielder.

17 - David Smith (DEF/MID)

David Smith

Position
: Defender/Midfielder

Date of birth: 1 March 1993
Place of birth: Glasgow
Previous clubs: Hearts, Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Dumbarton

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Home: Craig, Chloe and Robert Rice
Away: Gordon Niven
3rd: John Stirling

David joined us following his Dumbarton exit in summer 2018, having moved into a right back role after playing most of his career primarily as a winger.

He spent three seasons at Hearts, including spells on loan at Raith Rovers, before moving on to Falkirk on a permanent basis.

A decorated youth international, Smith boasts Scotland caps at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level, and only failed to score in the oldest age group.

With around 200 senior appearance in the top two tiers of Scottish football, David adds a great deal of experience to the Blues backline.

18 - Innes Cameron (STR)


Innes Cameron

Position
: Striker

Date of birth: 22 August 2000
Place of birth: Alexandria
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock

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Away: Peter Cumming
3rd: Available


Arriving from Kilmarnock, Innes Cameron is an energetic forward who joined us on a short term loan deal in September 2018.

The youngster has made 5 Premiership outings for the Rugby Park side, earning caps for Scotland at U17 level and a call up to Billy Stark's U19 squad.

19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)


Ciaran Diver

Position
: Striker

Date of birth: 6 June 2000
Place of birth: N/A
Previous clubs: Celtic

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Home: Patrick Kelly
Away: Usman Akmal
3rd: Kieran McLean

Celtic youngster Ciaran joined us in August 2018, with his loan deal running until 7 January 2019.

The striker is the son of former Stranraer favourite Danny Diver, who scored double figures for the club during the 1992-93 season.

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)


Jamie Hamill

Position
: Defender/Midfielder

Date of birth: 29 July 1986
Place of birth: Irvine
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock, Hearts, Queen of the South

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Home: Janet Thomson
Away: Darren & Tommy Rice
3rd: Joe Dickson


Jamie Hamill is a tough-tackling, tenacious footballer with over 200 appearances and 24 goals at Premiership level across 10 seasons.

The experienced Hamill can play across the defence or as a defensive midfielder, and joined us in summer 2017, going on to make more appearances than any other player in his debut season.

After helping to guide the increasingly youthful Blues through a difficult campaign, he accepted the captaincy in summer 2018.

23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)


Adam Cummins

Position: Defender
Date of birth: 3 March 1993
Place of birth: Liverpool
Previous clubs: Everton, Motherwell, Dundee, Ayr United, Stirling Albion, Bangor City, Queen's Park

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Home: Ali Binnie
Away: Christine Jones & Alan McNally-Jones
3rd: Brian Hendry


Adam joined us in summer 2018 from Queen's Park, having scored an impressive 10 goals in 2017/18 on the way to being crowned their supporters' Player of the Year.

The Liverpool native spent his early career at Goodison Park, before moving north to make 33 top-flight appearances for the Steelmen.

The defender gained further first team experience on loan at Dundee, Ayr United and Stirling Albion, and spent a year in Wales with Bangor City after leaving Fir Park on a permanent basis in 2015.

Stranraer FC Anti Discrimination Policy

Stranraer Football Club policy is not to discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. The club will not tolerate any such discrimination in any of the clubs activities. Stranraer Football will not tolerate racist, sectarian, sexual or bigoted harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

POLICY DETAIL

Stranraer FC is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

Stranraer FC gives a commitment to ensure that it is open to all and that team selection policy will be the footballing ability and character of the individual, together with the collective balance of the team.

All players, volunteers and employees shall be expected to share these principles and deliver our commitment to uphold and promote these standards.

Stranraer FC will apply this policy when:

a) Advertising for and selecting applicants for employment

b) Seeking volunteers

c) Running courses

d) Running external coaching, educational activities and award schemes

e) Promoting football development activities

f) Selecting teams and

g) Considering appointments

h) Any other activity not previously mentioned where the club is represented

Honours

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Scottish Second Division
Champions 1993/94, 1997/98; Promoted 2004/05

Scottish Third Division
Champions 2003/04, Promoted 2007-08 (Gretna demotion), 2011/12 (Rangers demotion)

Scottish Challenge Cup
Winners 1996/97

Scottish Qualifying Cup
Winners 1937

Scottish Cup
Quarter Finalists 2002/03

League Cup
Quarter Finalists 1968/69

Records

C Cup


Most league points in a season
58 (Second Division 1993/94, 2 points for a win)
79 (Third Division 2003/04, 3 points for a win)

Record attendance
6,500 v Rangers, 24 January 1948
5,600 v Celtic, 28 January 2001

Record victory
9-0 v St Cuthbert Wanderers (H), 23 October 2010, Scottish Cup
9-0 v Wigtown & Bladnoch (A), 22 October 2011, Scottish Cup

Record goalscorers
1 - Jim Campbell (136)
2 - Craig Malcolm (104)
3 - Michael Moore (94)

Top scorer in a league season
Derek Frye 1976/77, 27 goals (plus 5 cup goals, total 32)

Awards

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PFA Scotland Team of the Year
Willie Gibson (2014/15, League 1)
Frank McKeown (2014/15, League 1)
Andy Stirling (2013/14, League 1)
Stephen Stirling (2011/12, 3rd Division)

SPFL Player of the Month
Angus Beith (January 2018, League 1)
Willie Gibson (February 2017, League 1)

SPFL Manager of the Month
Stevie Aitken (October, November and December 2013, September 2014, League 1)
Keith Knox (December 2011, 3rd Division)
Derek Ferguson (February and April 2008, 3rd Division)
Gerry Britton (December 2007, 3rd Division)
Neil Watt (September and October 2004, April 2005, 2nd Division)

SFL Young Player of the Month
Stephen Stirling (December 2011)
David Graham (October and November 2004)

SFL Ginger Boot
Stephen Stirling (December 2011)
Armand Oné (February 2011)

Challenge Cup Player of the Round
Craig Malcolm (2016/17, Round 2)

End of Season Awards
2017/18
2016/17

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 7 17
2 Raith Rovers 7 13
3 Airdrieonians 7 10
4 East Fife 7 10
5 Brechin City 7 9
6 Dumbarton 7 8
7 Stranraer 7 8
8 Forfar Athletic 7
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9 Montrose 7 7
10 Stenhousemuir 7 6


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

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

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andrew McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

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)

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