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    Sunday, August 16, 2015 2:54:20 AM
    Today sees us play our first home game in the championship for season
    2015-2016. This marks the start of a record breaking third season in a row
    in the second tier of Scottish football for Alloa Athletic. Our aim for this
    season is to re-write history again at this wonderful club and earn the
    right to play in this league next season for the fourth year running. The so
    called 'experts' think that it is beyond us to do so, but we have assembled
    a squad of talented, hungry players and coaching staff who want nothing more
    than to prove the doubters wrong and will work incredibly hard throughout
    the season to do so.

    Preseason went well for us, remaining unbeaten against Airdrie, Albion
    Rovers, Edinburgh City, Keith, Inverurie and Huntly, whilst our players
    sustained relatively few injuries along the way. We were delighted to win
    and keep a clean sheet in our first competitive game of the season away to
    Brora, who were undefeated in their league last season. The opposite
    emotions were then experienced the following week in our league cup defeat
    in extra time to Berwick, where it is fair to say that we had a bad day at
    the office, after starting the game so brightly. Last week, we made life
    hard for ourselves in our opening league game at Queen of the South, where
    uncharacteristic individual errors cost us three goals in a first half where
    we created the lion's share of chances. We shuffled the pack and pulled a
    goal back, but couldn't convert our further pressure into goals.

    With such a high turnover of players in the summer, it will take time for
    these players to fully gel and establish our own brand of football. I am
    excited about the season ahead, as we have the genuine potential to surprise
    a lot of teams with the quality of our performances and results.

    We welcome Mark Warburton and his Rangers team to The Indodrill Stadium
    today to play for 3 important Championship points. Our clubs are worlds
    apart in terms of size and finance, but the essence of the beautiful game is
    not about the size of your bank balance or the number of people who buy your
    replica shirts. It is about eleven men competing against eleven men
    tactically, technically, physically and mentally for 90 minutes with the
    object of scoring more goals than the opposition. We have earned the right
    to compete against teams of the stature of Rangers in this league. We plan
    to make the most of that opportunity and give all that we have to perform to
    the best of our ability in front of a full stadium and live TV audience.

    Please, get behind the team, make some positive noise and enjoy the football
    on display today.

    Danny Lennon

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