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    New seaon kicks off against Dundee 

    Friday, August 01, 2008 7:04:58 PM

     Another new season gets underway  when we start our campaign with a Challenge Cup tie against Dundee. This is a game the people in the town have been looking forward to since the draw on Thursday 29th May. Dundee are desperate to do well this season and manager Alex Rae, although losing Kevin McDonald, Paul Dixon and Scott Robertson in the close season has signed some experienced players in Rab Douglas, Jim Lauchlan, Colin Cameron, Eric Paton, Derek Young Eddie Mearns and Mark Gilhaney. The Challenge Cup was introduced in 1990 to celebrate the league’s centenary, with Dundee being the very first winners of the trophy. Indeed both clubs have won the trophy on one occasion, Alloa Athletic winning the trophy in 1999/2000 final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a day most Alloa fans will never forget. Lets hope today can rekindle some of these memories. In the pre season games Dundee have drawn 0-0 in Malta, and defeated Montrose and Stirling Albion 3-0, Cowdenbeath 5-1 and more recently drew 0-0 against Aberdeen and lost to a last minute goal against Wolves 1-0. If “The Wasps” are to progress to the next round of the tournament on 12th August they will need to be at their very best today. Our own pre season has been somewhat curtailed by the cancellation of the Stirlingshire Cup, the first time the tournament has not been played since 1939, when the competition was suspended due to the Second World War.

    Alloa began their pre season at the 15th Keyline Challenge Cup Tournament at Mossfield Stadium in Oban, where the team had returned with the trophy last season, this season teams from Hearts, St. Johnstone, Hamilton Accies, Oban Saints and this years winners Dundee United all took part in another excellent tournament the players now look forward to. Alloa opened with 0-0 draw against a strong Dundee United side, we then lost to Hamilton Accies 1-0, before drawing with St. Johnstone 0-0, a surprise 4-1 defeat to Hearts before a consolation win against hosts Oban Saints 1-0. In the close season manager Allan Maitland secured the services of Dougie Hill, Iain Campbell and Pat Scullion, while Jamie Stevenson has returned to the club on loan from Greenock Morton. In our pre season games we drew 0-0 with Airdrie United , defeated Berwick Rangers 3-0 with goals from Steven McKeown, Joe Andrew and Iain Campbell, drew 1-1 against Kilmarnock a Steven McKeown penalty drawing the sides level, and then on Tuesday evening a youthful Alloa side went down 3-1 to Arthurlie at Dunterlie Park, Barrhead after going ahead through an Andy Ferguson strike.
    In the close season Alloa Athletic appointed Steven Lynch , director of Blyth Construction Utilities Limited to the board, giving the club more strength and vision as the club strives to be the most successful part-time club in Scotland.
    The CIS Cup first round draw was made on Tuesday at Hampden Park with Alloa Athletic being given a home tie against Elgin City, who we have only ever faced once before in season 2004-05 in the Challenge Cup when “The Wasps” won 2-0 with goals from Ross Hamilton and Brown Ferguson. The second round of this season’s tournament is due on Tuesday 26th August.
    Season tickets are available from the club, the prices remaining unchanged from last season, ground tickets for Adults £ 140, juveniles/OAP’s £ 70, while stand tickets are £ 150 for adults and £ 80 for concessions. These tickets are valid for all friendly matches, all Division Two League games, The Challenge Cup, CIS Cup and Scottish Cup for one round only.

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