Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:01:05 PM
It was fitting that Greig Spence scored the 8,000 SPFL goal this weekend for “The Wasps” against Queen’s Park at Hampden Park, Glasgow a ground where Greig scored on his senior debut for “The Wasps” back on the 14th February, 2009 in a 2-1 victory.
Young looking Greig Spence debut 14th February, 2009
Alloa players Noble, Hill & Townsley share Greig's delight
Greig at the time commented on his first senior goal in his full senior debut “My dream like lots of other young boys is to play professional football and I have to say that playing at Hampden Park in my first full senior debut for Alloa Athletic is something I could not have dreamed for at the start of this season. Today’s game I really enjoyed and I felt as the game went on I got more into the game and more involved and obviously happy to score my first goal in such an important game for the club, at an important time in the match. As the game wore on I got more tired but the goal near the end of the match from Stuart Noble gave everyone a great lift and a -1 victory, no more than we deserved because we had worked hard for this result. Asked about his recollection of the goal, his first in the senior game. Greig said “David Crawford palmed away a shot which came towards me and I only had one thought and leathered it”, let’s hope there are still more of Greig’s goals to help “The Wasps” in the future. By the end of that season Greig was already proving his worth to the club, scoring at Somerset Park against Ayr United to clinch a 1-1 to secure “The Wasps” place that season in the division.
Greig on target at Somerset Park v. Ayr United
No Alloa Athletic fan will ever forget Greig’s double strike against Rangers in the Petrofac Cup Semi-final at Alloa, Rangers under manager Ally McCoist having went 2-0 ahead with goals from Kenny Miller and Dean Shiels after 64 minutes, Greig struck his first goal after 72 minutes, Ryan McCord scored the equaliser after 75 minutes and Greig scored his second goal of the evening after 89 minutes to secure a dramatic and historic winner.
Greig is now in his third spell with Alloa Athletic and approaching his 100th appearance for “The Wasps”, on Saturday at Hampden he made his 96th first team appearance for the club scoring 37 goals, 19 of which have been this season which have been instrumental in the club’s push for promotion.