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Club history

1898 99Origins

There are reports of games played in Stranraer way back in 1865, mainly on a Wednesday - possibly because it was a half day in the town until the 1970s – but in 1870 an amalgamation of the town’s clubs formed Stranraer Football Club, making us the country’s third oldest league club.

Travel back then was not an easy undertaking, so naturally fixtures were few and far between, and took place for the most part in Wigtownshire, the Stewartry or occasionally Ayrshire.

Finding a home

The early days saw an almost nomadic search for a home, but it would seem that the East End of the town was always the preferred option.

Matches were played at Rephad, the bowling green, Sandmill area, Ladies’ Walk, the recreation ground and the trotting track - the latter giving the club its first nickname, ‘The Trotters’ – indeed, the club’s finances at times in the early years resembled that of the famous family of the same name from Peckham, South London.

A new home was found in 1907 - Stair Park – and bar a short stay in 1931/32 at the Transit Camp while the ground was remodelled and grandstand erected, the Blues have played there ever since.

LollyLolly

The late 1940s saw a player sign for Stranraer whose name is still revered at Stair Park - John ‘Lolly’ McCutcheon.

Originally a defender, Lolly was converted to a left winger during a spell at Tarff Rovers, and soon excelled in his new found forward freedom. His fierce, swerving cannonball shots were the talk of the terraces for many years, as he scored an incredible 238 goals in 239 games for the Blues, before retiring in 1958.

Rangers come to town

The town went football crazy in 1948, as the mighty Glasgow Rangers with their ‘Iron Curtain’ defence came to Stranraer in the Scottish Cup First Round.

Exact spectator numbers are hard to judge (officially 6500), with every vantage point from tree to railway yard being utilised. It would be fair to say not many in the town missed out as the local heroes lost by the narrowest of margins.

League status

The 1949/50 season saw Stranraer enter C Division - a league full of reserve teams from many of the country’s big boys.

The club finally achieved full league status in 1955/6. It was forced to fight for its place in the leagues in the early 1960s along with four other minnow clubs, due a motion put forward by Rangers which threatened their expulsion.

This was eventually defeated thanks to some legal wrangling, with Celtic stepping forward as a powerful ally, stating: “Stranraer are a small club which has done football a great deal of good” and “there should be no question of them being eliminated”.

Frye and McCabe

1975/76 saw a new two-league structure.

Strike partners Derek Frye and Jim McCabe excited the Blues faithful with their goalscoring heroics the following season, as Stranraer narrowly failed to gain Sannypromotion to the top flight. McCabe is still thought by many to have been Stranraer’s greatest ever player.

Sanny McAnespie (1987-1996)

The 1980s on the whole was a bad decade for the club - we had more wooden spoons than Delia Smith.

Halley’s Comet could be seen in 1986, but a much brighter phenomena was to walk through the Stair Park doors the following year when Alex ‘Sanny’ McAnespie was installed as manager.

His personality soon won over the fans. Results did not go our way but luck in cup draws - including a visit to Parkhead in 1988 with a narrow 1-0 defeat - financed Sanny’s plans.

After a near miss in 1992/93, promotion was finally achieved in 1993/94 - the first in the club’s history.

Campbell Money (1996-1999)

Relegation in 1994/95 and a slide down the table in 1995/96 saw Sanny leave and Campbell Money installed at the helm. National cup honour came in the shape of a Challenge Cup Final victory at a blustery Broadwood on 3 November 1996 over highly fancied St Johnstone.C Cup

A Second Division title win in 1997/98 secured promotion, but once again, our part time status hindered us in the higher league, with one of the few highlights coming in the form of a win over Hibernian at Easter Road.

Billy McLaren (1999-2003)

Billy McLaren was appointed as Campbell Money’s successor, and the Blues were a solid mid-table Second Division side until a season of mixed blessings in 2002/03, when promising early league form dipped dramatically during an epic run to the Scottish Cup Quarter finals.

Stranraer were defeated 4-0 in the cup by Motherwell, and it was relegation to the Third Division, not promotion, at the end of the season.

NEILANDSTUCHAMPSNeil Watt (2003-2006)

The Blues bounced back in 2003/04, as former player Neil Watt assisted by Stuart Millar took the club on a journey.

Back to back promotions saw Stranraer back in the First Division for 2005/06, but despite a best ever finish of 9th, yet again, the club could not retain that status.

Keith Knox (2009-2012)

After Watt and Millar departed, the Blues alternated between the Second and Third Divisons, as Gerry Britton and Derek Ferguson failed to revive the clubs fortunes on the pitch.

Fortunes off the pitch were now causing serious concern. When club legend and former captain Keith Knox stepped up as manager in January 2009, he was well aware of the predicament the club were in.

Although he couldn’t avoid relegation, he made popular signings including David Mitchell, Grant Gallagher, Scott Agnew, Stephen Stirling, Armand Oné and Michael Moore. With Stephen Aitken as his assistant, the Stair Park faithful were treated to an exciting brand of attacking football, and Stranraer finally made it back to the Second Division thanks to Rangers’ demotion in 2012.

Stranraer made a sluggish start to the 2012/13 season, which saw club legend Knox depart in October 2012.ran1sfc1a

Stephen Aitken (2012-2015)

Assistant manager Stephen Aitken secured the job after notching up some impressive results as caretaker boss. Aitken successfully avoided relegation, before leading the club to a third place finish in 2013/14 behind only Rangers and Dunfermline.

Along the way, Stranraer showed tremendous spirit and teamwork to put several big teams to the sword. This included knocking Ross County out of the League Cup, giving Hibs a scare at Easter Road, drawing with Rangers thanks to a dramatic last minute Jamie Longworth equaliser at Ibrox, and taking Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a Scottish Cup replay.

There was more to come in 2014/15, as Aitken’s men knocked out full-time Championship side Falkirk on the way to a heartbreaking Challenge Cup Semi Final defeat to Livingston on penalties.

The Blues were top of the League One table for most of the season, before finishing second to full-time Morton.

In both seasons, Stranraer were knocked out of the promotion playoffs at the semi final stage, but boss Aitken had impressed to the extent that he was recruited by Championship side Dumbarton.

Brian Reid (2015-2017)

Former Ayr United manager Brian Reid inherited a Stranraer squad missing several key players, with the rest still reeling from the disappointment of missing out on promotion yet again.

The signings brought in didn’t immediately deliver results, and by Christmas 2015 the Blues were bottom of the table.

gibsonA lucrative, televised Scottish Cup tie against Celtic helped finance a deal to bring game-changer Willie Gibson back to the club in January. The winger joined left back Liam Dick and larger than life goalkeeper Cameron Belford, who arrived on loan from Falkirk and Wrexham respectively to shore up the defence.

With Gibson, Cairney and Stirling creating chances in midfield, Stranraer charged up the table in 2016, completing a remarkable turnaround with a fourth place finish in League One.

In the first leg of the playoff semi finals , the Blues looked unstoppable in their 5-2 demolition of full-time Livingston at Stair Park. They survived a scare in the second leg to triumph 8-6 on aggregate with two goals in extra time.

It took more than extra time to separate Stranraer and Ayr United in the final, despite the Blues’ best efforts.

A late Ross Docherty strike cancelled out Mark McGuigan’s goal in the home leg, and with the second leg at Somerset Park finishing goalless, Ayr keeper Greg Fleming broke Blues’ hearts by saving three penalties.

2016 mirrored 2015, with a sharp decline in fortunes bringing about a changing of the guard in the new year.

Stevie Farrell (2017-present)

Former assistant manager Farrell took charge in January 2017 with Stranraer bottom of the league, and guided the team to a 7th placed finish.

Fixtures and results

Next match


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Stranraer v Raith Rovers
Saturday 21 October
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Stair Park

Stair Park

Sat 21 Oct: Stranraer v Raith Rovers, Ladbrokes League 1

View South of Scotland and U20s fixtures

1st team fixtures and results
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Date Time Opponent Cmp  H/A  Score  WDL  Gate  Video
24/6/17 3pm Larne F H 5-0 W N/A Goals
1/7/17 11am Dumbarton F N* 0-0 D N/A -
4/7/17 7pm Partick Thistle F N* 4-2 W N/A -
8/7/17 3pm FC Twente F H 0-5 L N/A 1h2h
15/7/17 3pm St Mirren BC H 1-4 L 849 Goals
18/7/17 7.45pm Airdrieonians BC A 1-3 L 490 Video
22/7/17 11am Cumbernauld F A 1-1 D N/A -
25/7/17 7.45pm Livingston BC H 2-4 L 341 Goals
29/7/17 3pm Partick Thistle BC A 0-1 L 2185 -
5/8/17 3pm East Fife L1 H 1-0 W 409 Video
12/8/17 3pm Raith Rovers L1 A 0-3 L 1625 Video
15/8/17 7.45pm Clyde IBC A 3-2 ET W 319 -
19/8/17 3pm Ayr United L1 H 3-4 L 1070 Video
26/8/17 3pm Queen's Park L1 A 2-2 D 595 Video
1/9/17 7.45pm Partick T. Colts IBC H 2-0 W 228
9/9/17 3pm Airdrieonians L1 H 3-1 W 431 Video
16/9/17 3pm Albion Rovers L1 A 0-4 W 353 Goals
23/9/17 3pm Arbroath L1 H 2-6 L 360 Goals
30/9/17 3pm Forfar Athletic L1 A 1-1 D 474 Goals
6/10/17 7.45pm Dumbarton IBC A 1-2 L 492 Video
14/10/17 3pm Alloa Athletic L1 H 2-0 W 409 Goals
21/10/17 3pm Raith Rovers L1 H    
28/10/17 3pm Ayr United L1 A    
4/11/17 3pm Queen's Park L1 H    
11/11/17 3pm Airdrieonians L1 A    
18/11/17 3pm Brora Rangers SC H        
25/11/17 3pm Albion Rovers L1 H    
2/12/17 3pm Arbroath L1 A    
9/12/17 3pm East Fife L1 A    
16/12/17 3pm Forfar Athletic L1 H    
23/12/17 3pm Alloa Athletic L1 A    
30/12/17 3pm Raith Rovers L1 A    
2/1/17 3pm Ayr United L1 H    
6/1/17 3pm Queen's Park L1 A    
13/1/17 3pm Airdrieonians L1 H    
27/1/17 3pm Albion Rovers L1 A    
3/2/17 3pm East Fife L1 H    
10/2/17 3pm Arbroath L1 H    
17/2/17 3pm Forfar Athletic L1 A    
24/2/17 3pm Alloa Athletic L1 H    
3/3/17 3pm Airdrieonians L1 A    
10/3/17 3pm Albion Rovers L1 H    
17/3/17 3pm Queen's Park L1 H    
24/3/17 3pm Arbroath L1 A    
31/3/17 3pm Forfar Athletic L1 H    
7/4/17 3pm Alloa Athletic L1 A    
14/4/17 3pm Ayr United L1 A    
21/4/17 3pm Raith Rovers L1 H    
28/4/17 3pm East Fife L1 A    

*Lochinch Playing Fields, Pollok Park, Glasgow

Previous seasons

Season 2016/17

Pre-Season Friendlies

Date H/A Opponents Score F/A W/D/L Gate Scorers Report Video
Sat 2 Jul H Partick Thistle XI

4-2

W

 

Osadolor, Kemp, Gibson x2

Report N/A
Tue 5 Jul A Dumbarton

2-1

W

 

Malcolm, Kemp

Report N/A
Fri 8 Jul A AFC Fylde

2-0

W

 

Kemp, Malcolm

Report N/A

IRN-BRU Challenge Cup

Tue 16 Aug H Spartans 7-1 W 326 Malcolm x4, McGuigan (pen), Gibson, Turner Report Video
Sat 3 Sep H Dumbarton 1-0 W 401 McGuigan Report Video
Sat 8 Oct H Dundee United 0-1 L 629   Report Video

Betfred League Cup

Sat 16 Jul A Annan Athletic 2-1 W 418 Nade, McKeown Report Video
Tue 19 Jul H East Stirlingshire 3-1 W 373 Malcolm, Turner, McKeown Report Video
Mon 25 Jul A Rangers 0-3 L 29,575   Report Video
Sat 30 Jul H Motherwell 0-3 L 953   Report Video

William Hill Scottish Cup

Sat 3 Dec H East Kilbride 2-1 W 331 Gibson, Proctor (OG) Report Video
Sat 21 Jan A Aberdeen 0-4 L 8960   Report Video
                 
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Sat 7 Aug A Livingston 1-5 L 693 Malcolm Report Video
Sat 13 Aug H Alloa Athletic 2-5 L 448 Malcolm x2 Report Video
Sat 20 Aug A Airdrieonians 0-1 L 812   Report Video
Sat 27 Aug H Peterhead 1-0 W 376 McGuigan Report Video
Sat 10 Sep A East Fife 0-2 L 555   Report Video
Sat 17 Sep H Albion Rovers 3-2 W 402 C.Thomson x2, McGuigan Report Video
Sat 24 Sep A Queen's Park 2-0 W 534 Dick, Malcolm Report Video
Sat 1 Oct H Brechin City 0-1 L 402   Report Video
Sat 15 Oct A Stenhousemuir 5-0 W 341 Gibson, Turner, Malcolm x2, Nadé Report Video
Sat 22 Oct H East Fife 1-1 D 428 Bell Report Video
Sat 29 Oct A Peterhead 0-2 L 444   Report Video
Sat 5 Nov H Queen's Park 0-2 L 446   Report Video
Sat 12 Nov A Albion Rovers 2-3 L 321 Gibson, Nuttall Report Video
Sat 19 Nov H Stenhousemuir 3-1 W 323 Bell, R.Thomson, Nuttall Report Video
Sat 10 Dec H Livingston 1-2 L 333 Gibson Report Video
Tue 13 Dec A Alloa Athletic 2-2 D 307 Agnew, Gibson Report Video
Sat 17 Dec A Brechin City 0-2 L 402   Report Video
Sat 24 Dec H Airdrieonians 1-2 L 317 Agnew Report Video
Sat 31 Dec A Queen's Park 1-0 W 556 Gibson Report Video
Sat 7 Jan H Alloa Athletic 1-2 L 383 C.Thomson Report Video
Sat 14 Jan A Stenhousemuir 0-1 L 392   Report Video
Sat 28 Jan A East Fife 0-0 D 584   Report Video
Sat 4 Feb H Albion Rovers 3-0 W 364 Malcolm (x2), Bell Report Video
Sat 11 Feb A Livingston 0-0 D 677   Report N/A
Sat 18 Feb H Peterhead 3-3 D 459 R.Thomson, Gibson (x2) Report Video
Sat 25 Feb H Brechin City 2-0 W 340 Gibson, Malcolm Report Video
Sat 4 Mar A Airdrieonians 2-1 W 706 Malcolm, R.Thomson Report Video
Sat 11 Mar H Queen's Park 1-1 D 434 Malcolm Report Video
Sat 18 Mar H Livingston 0-1 L 523   Report Video
Sat 25 Mar A Peterhead 2-2 D 449 Malcolm, Robertson Report Video
Sat 1 Apr H Stenhousemuir 3-0 W 440 Agnew, R.Thomson, Kassaraté Report Video
Sat 8 Apr A Albion Rovers 0-3 L 377   Report N/A
Sat 15 Apr H Airdrieonians 2-1 W 489 McGuigan, Turner Report Video
Sat 22 Apr A Brechin City 0-0 D 403   Report N/A
Sat 29 Apr A Alloa Athletic 0-1 L 507   Report Video
Sat 6 May H East Fife 2-1 W 462 Malcolm, Kassaraté Report Video

Squad Stats

No.Pos. Player 2016/17 Apps.16/17
Sub. Apps.
16/17
Goals
Overall
Apps.
Overall
Goals
1 GK Cameron Belford 43 0 0 63 0
2 DEF Scott Robertson 42 1 1 147(8) 5
3 DEF Liam Dick 42 0 1 70(1) 2
4 DEF David Barron 27 1 0 31(5) 0
5 DEF Frank McKeown 12 6 2 186(6) 18
6 DEF Luke Watt 6 6 0 6(6) 0
7 STR Amadou Kassaraté 0 13 2 0(13) 2
7* STR Smart Osadolor 0 1 0 0(1) 0
8 DEF Steven Bell 39 0 3 119(15) 8
9 STR Craig Malcolm 39 4 18 238(12) 104
10 MID Scott Agnew 35 6 3 98(6) 24
11 MID Sam McCloskey 2 3 0 5(21) 1
13 GK Max Currie 2 0 0 5(1) 0
14 MID Giuliano Morena 13 9 0 13(9) 0
15 MID David Wilson 6 8 0 6(8) 0
16 MID Kyle Turner 23 14 4 28(28) 5
17 MID Craig Thomson 19 2 3 19(2) 3
18 DEF Morgyn Neill 13 1 0 13(1) 0
19 MID Michael Donald 9 3 0 9(3) 0
19 STR Joe Nuttall 9 1 2 9(1) 2
20 STR Mark McGuigan 20 16 5 56(24) 16
21 STR Calvin Kemp 3 5 0 3(12) 0
22* DEF Ross Barbour 4 0 0 4 0
23 MID Ryan Thomson 30 8 4 62(14) 9
24 DEF Craig Pettigrew 10 0 0 93 2
25 MID Jack Whittaker 0 1 0 0 1
27 STR Christian Nadé 6 6 2 6(6) 2
33 MID Willie Gibson 41 1 10 95(3) 25
  MID Evan Maley 0 1 0 0(1) 0
  MID Chris McGowan 0 1 0 0(1) 0

Other fixtures

U20s fixtures and results

SPFL Development League West fixtures and table

Date Time Opponents Competition Venue Score WDL
Sat 8 Jul 10.30am Bonnyton Thistle U20 Friendly Bonnyton Park, Kilmarnock 3-4 L
Sat 15 Jul 1pm Rutherglen Glencairn Friendly Valefield Park, Kilbirnie 1-2 L
Sun 16 Jul 1pm Kilbirnie Ladeside Friendly Valefield Park, Kilbirnie 2-3 L
Sun 23 Jul 1pm Beith Juniors Friendly Stair Park 1-3 L
Wed 26 Jul 7.15pm Irvine Victoria Friendly Victoria Park, Irvine 2-4 L
Tue 1 or Wed 2 Aug 7pm Yoker Athletic Friendly Holm Park, Clydebank 1-0 W
Tue 8 Aug - St Mirren 20s Friendly - 0-4 L
Wed 16 Aug 7pm Neilston Juniors Friendly Brig O' Lea, Neilston 2-0 W
Mon 21 Aug 6.45pm Queen's Park League Valefield Park, Kilbirnie 1-5 L
Wed 30 Aug 8pm Airdrieonians League Ravenscraig 0-2 L
Tue 12 Sep 8pm Ayr United League Townhead Park, Cumnock 4-2 W
Tue 19 Sep 7.15pm Clyde League Broadwood 4-2 W
Mon 25 Sep 7.45pm Albion Rovers League Cliftonhill 3-0 W
Tue 3 Oct 8pm East Kilbride League K-Park, East Kilbride 3-4 L
Tue 10 Oct 7.30pm Queen of the South League Palmerston 2-0 W
Tue 17 Oct 7.30pm Greenock Morton League Cappielow 1-0 W
Sun 22 Oct 2.15pm Airdrieonians League New Tinto Park, Govan    
Fri 3 Nov 7.30pm Queen of the South Youth Cup Palmerston    


South of Scotland League fixtures

Date Time Opponents Competition H/A Score WDL
Mon 3 Jul - Dalbeattie Star Friendly A 0-7 L
Sat 8 Jul 10.30am Dundela Friendly, Round Robin H* 0-1 L
Sat 8 Jul 1pm Islandmagee Friendly, Round Robin H* 3-1 W
Sat 15 Jul - Creetown Friendly - 1-1 D
Sat 22 Jul - Maybole Friendly - 2-1 W
Mon 24 Jul - Darvel Friendly - 0-3 L
Sat 29 Jul 3pm Lochmaben South of Scotland League H** 3-3 D
Wed 2 Aug 7.30pm Creetown South of Scotland League H** 2-0 W
Sat 5 Aug 3pm Lochar Thistle South of Scotland League A 2-3 L
Wed 9 Aug 7.30pm Bonnyton Thistle South of Scotland League A 1-4 L
Sat 12 Aug 3pm Mid Annandale South of Scotland League H** 2-5 L
Sat 19 Aug 3pm St Cuthbert Wanderers South of Scotland League A 4-3 W
Wed 23 Aug 7.30pm Newton Stewart South of Scotland League H** 2-1 W
Sat 26 Aug 3pm Abbey Vale South of Scotland League H** 3-4 L
Sat 2 Sep 3pm Newton Stewart South of Scotland League A 3-3 D
Wed 6 Sep 7.30pm Dumfries YMCA South of Scotland League A 3-0 W
Fri 8 Sep 7.30pm Newton Stewart SSFL League Cup H* 2-1 W
Sat 16 Sep 3pm Heston Rovers South of Scotland League H** 6-2 W
Fri 22 Sep 7.45pm Annan Athletic South of Scotland League A 5-2 W
Sat 30 Sep 3pm Threave Rovers SCFA Potts Cup H** 0-3 L
Wed 4 Oct P Threave Rovers South of Scotland League P P P
Sat 7 Oct 2.15pm Lochar Thistle SSFL League Cup H* 1-3 L
Sat 14 Oct 3pm Nithsdale Wanderers South of Scotland League A 3-3 D
Sat 21 Oct 3pm Lochmaben South of Scotland League A    
Sat 4 Nov 2pm Upper Annandale South of Scotland League A    
Sat 2 Dec 3pm Upper Annandale South of Scotland League H**    
Sat 9 Dec 3pm Annan Athletic South of Scotland League H**    

* Stranraer Academy 3G
** Stair Park

View South of Scotland League table

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 9 22
2 Ayr United 9 17
3 Albion Rovers 9 15
4 East Fife 9 15
5 Arbroath 9 14
6 Stranraer 9 14
7 Airdrieonians 9 11
8 Alloa Athletic 9 9
9 Queen's Park 9 5
10 Forfar Athletic 9 5

Fixtures

GK  Cameron Belford
GK  Max Currie
DEF  Liam Dick
DEF  David Barron
DEF  Morgyn Neill
DEF  Tom Lang
DEF  Chris McGowan
DEF  Sam Lidington
D/M  Jamie Hamill
D/M  Scott Robertson
D/M  Steven Bell
MID  Ryan Thomson
MID  Scott Agnew
MID  Kyle Turner
MID  Cameron Elliott
MID  Grant Anderson
M/S  Paul Woods
STR  Ryan Wallace
STR  Stephen Okoh
STR  Danny Stoney

00 Stranraer FC 2015 Logo
3 Number Lotto
Sunday 15 October 2017

Numbers: 1, 12, 19

4 winners at £250:

J. McCrindle, Stranraer
D. Dante, Stranraer
J. Burton, Drummore
A. Cottam, Lanark