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    Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:13:14 AM

    Alloa’s great start to season - still not their best in history

    Yes, a great start to 2016/17 for The Wasps, but not quite their very best when looking at matches undefeated, but certainly eight victories in a row is certainly a record for consecutive wins. 

    Their actual best start to a season was in the Second Division promotion campaign of 1984-85, when they went thirteen League games unbeaten from 11th August to 3rd November 1984.

    Alloa’s next best achievements were nine League games unbeaten from the start of the 1986-87 season, then eight League & Cup games unbeaten in the current season, also in season's 1980-81 & 1973-74, followed by the next best of seven games unbeaten way back in 1921-22.

    Season 1984/85 Fine Fare League - Division Two
    11th August Queen’s Park    (H)    2 - 0       Lloyd, Houston
    18th August Stirling Albion (A)    1 - 0       Shearer
    25th August Stenhousemuir (H)    0 - 0
    1st September East Stirling  (A)    2 - 1       Paterson, Kelly
    8th September Montrose      (H)    3 - 1       Houston 2, Lloyd
    15th September Albion Rovers (A) 1 - 0     Kelly
    22nd September Q.O.S.        (H)      1 - 1     Paterson
    29th September Cowdenbeath (H)   3 - 0     Barr, Lloyd, Murray
    6th October Stranraer               (A)   3 - 2     Paterson, Lloyd, Harris
    13th October Raith Rovers       (H)   1 - 1     Harris
    20th October Berwick Rangers (A) 0 - 0
    27th October Dunfermline Ath (A) 2 - 2       Lloyd, Murray
    3rd November Arbroath            (H) 3 - 0       Shearer 2, Lloyd
    Thirteen league games undefeated, before losing 2-1 to Montrose at Links Park on 10th November, 1984. “The Wasps” were rewarded by gaining promotion in final day of the season at Gayfield, when an early Gary Thompson goal was enough to win 1-0 and pip Dunfermline Athletic.
    In the penulitmate game of the season manager Jim Thomson's side faced promotion rivals Dunfermline Athletic at Recreation Park, a game which ended 0-0 which suited "The Wasps" only thanks to a late penalty miss by Dunfermline star Stevie Morrison, who was later to play for "The Wasps".
    Alloa Athletic v. Dunfermline Athletic 4th May, 1985
    Victorious manager Jim Thomson & Davie Lloyd

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