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    Proud of achievement 

    Sunday, May 04, 2014 4:24:33 PM
    The achievement of the club staying in the SPFL Championship for next season was always going to be a big ask this season having in the past two seasons being promoted on each occasion. It would be fair to say the club had a fantastic first half to the season before Paul Hartley after a defeat against Dumbarton on 18th January, 2014 decided to call it a day “claiming he had taken the club as far as he could”. Barry Smith was appointed to take over with the remit of trying to keep “The Wasps” in the Division a feat the club had only ever once achieved in it’s history. The results in the SPFL Championship have been close all season, with the first goal in a game so vital, the margins between success and failure could not be tighter and going into the final league games of the season we still had three teams who could possibly win the Championship title and a battle at the bottom of the league between ourselves and Cowdenbeath to try to keep out of the relegation Play Off position after Greenock Morton had been relegated following their 2-0 defeat at Recreation Park on 12th April, 2014. In our final game at the New Falkirk Stadium, the Alloa Athletic players gave everything in a game which had all the ups and lows of football. Although losing 3-1 a 95th minute equalising goal from queen of the south at Central Park, Cowdenbeath, meant that “The Wasps” had achieved their target of consolidation in the SPFL Championship and winning only their second back to back season in the second tier of Scottish Football since reorganisation. The last time “The Wasps” achieved this was back in Season 1982/83 when player/manager Willie Garner guided them to 6th position in the table, ironically with one point less than the players achieved this season. The whole squad should be proud of the achievement which is brilliant for the club, players, supporters and the town of Alloa, three consecutive seasons of achievement and success is an incredible achievement, which many did not expect from a part time club, the players gave everything. As a club and supporters let us enjoy the occasion knowing that next season will bring an even bigger challenge but one I am sure all involved are looking forward to.
    Alloa supporters at end of 90 minutes at Falkirk,,,,,waiting
    News of Queen of the South equaliser
    Scott Bain celebrates with Alloa supporters
    Confirmation of score at Central Park
    Happy Alloa fans at Falkirk, enjoying the atmosphere
    What a good day to be an Alloa Athletic supporter!

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