Gibson FFF FBWillie Gibson has been prolific in recent weeks, scoring 4 goals in his last 5 games, including 2 fantastic free kicks.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Stranraer travel to Glebe Park - a ground which saw Gibson net a brace of penalties in May 2015.

In this week's Five for Friday, we relive 5 of Wullie's magic moments in a Blues shirt.
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1. Debut

Then-Stranraer manager Stevie Aitken was quick to swoop when Workington released Willie Gibson in August 2014.

A marquee signing for the club, his quality on the wing was the final piece in the puzzle for Aitken's Stranraer, who had been lacking in options out wide.

The Dumfries man would make an immediate impression on his debut against former club Dunfermline, launching a free kick through the wall and into the back of the net.

He celebrated by cupping his ear to the travelling Pars support, much to their disapproval.

Stranraer would go down to a 2-1 home defeat that day, but the good news for Blues supporters was that the Willie Gibson era had begun.
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2. Screamer v Airdrie

Willie himself asserted afterwards that this was the best goal he'd ever scored.

With Stranraer seemingly closing in on a league championship, the stakes were high as Airdrieonians visited Stair Park.

A win would push the Blues ever closer to promotion, but it was a scrappy, tight encounter, and neither side looked like scoring until a moment of absolute magic in the 83rd minute.

Gibson received the ball on the halfway line and drove forward, beating two defenders and letting fly with a curling, dipping strike from long range which brought the house down.

The players and coaching staff celebrated on the touchline, sensing they were one step closer to promotion - which sadly due to defeats against Dunfermline, Morton and Forfar would never be realised.
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3. Return

After a brief spell at Dumbarton, Gibson returned to spearhead the Blues' resurgence ahead of the Scottish Cup visit of Premiership champions Celtic in January 2016.

His first away game back with the Blues was a trip to Central Park to take on Cowdenbeath.

The winger would score a goal just as dazzling as the shocking orange jersey on his back, firing a trademark free kick into the top corner from distance en route to a 2-0 win for Stranraer.

He would repeat the feat the following week in another 2-0 win, this time at home to Brechin City.

As the Blues marched toward the playoffs for a third successive season, Gibson converted a successful set piece against Airdrieonians, and another a few weeks later against Livingston in the playoff semi final.

Notably, he was also the only Stranraer player to score in the playoff final shootout, as Ayr United clinched promotion at Somerset Park.
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4. Livi

After only 5 minutes of Saturday's clash with league leaders Livingston, Gibson curled an unstoppable free kick from the left edge of the box beyond the helpless Liam Kelly to put Stranraer in front.

Brian Reid's men would be undone by a late surge from the full-timers, with Dale Carrick and Raffaele de Vita finding the net in the closing moments to take all 3 points.

However, the overall performance gave the Blues a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday night's game.
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5. Alloa

Three days on from the Livi defeat, Stranraer travelled to the Recs to take on 3rd placed Alloa Athletic.

Again, it didn't take the Blues long to find the net - Scott Agnew firing the visitors in front with a crisp strike from Craig Thomson's excellent delivery.

Jordan Kirkpatrick's shot was deflected in to bring the Wasps level, and the match was finely poised heading into the second half.

When Stranraer won a free kick 30 yards out, there was a sense of anticipation from the away support.

True to form, Gibson stepped up and blasted home a picture-perfect strike to put the Blues ahead once more.

It wasn't to last - Alloa striker Greig Spence popped up with a headed equaliser 8 minutes from time.

But it was another encouraging showing from a Stranraer side struggling at the wrong end of the table, and a welcome point on the road.


The Blues have a chance to build on the performances of recent weeks against 4th placed Brechin City at Glebe Park.

Kickoff is 3pm, and you can follow live updates on Twitter at @StranraerFC.
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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 9 21
2 Raith Rovers 9 17
3 East Fife 9 16
4 Brechin City 9 13
5 Stranraer 9 12
6 Airdrieonians 9 10
7 Stenhousemuir 9 9
8 Forfar Athletic 9
9
9 Dumbarton 9 8
10 Montrose 9 8


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)
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)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

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