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    Fightback deserved more 

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:31:12 PM

    After Saturday's 2-2 draw and both Alloa & Airdrie putting out exactly the same line-ups for both games,  three days later it might have been a long shot to expect this game also to finish 2-2.

    Airdrieonians went in front with a goal out of the top drawer, but their second goal prior to half-time was very contentious, credit to Alloa for fighting back and the penalty award and conversion by Garry Fleming was crucial prior to half-time.

    Garry Fleming pulls goal back
    Once the second half restarted Alloa took control, lifted the tempo of their game and had the home side on the back foot.
    Ross Stewart is brought down for 2nd penalty
    Garry Fleming's penalty strikes the up right and bounces to safety
    Alloa were now dominating the game with Fleming & Hetherington bossing the midfield and Kirkpatrick & Stewart causing the Airdrie defence huge problems. It was no surprise on 67 minutes when Jordan Kirkpatrick scored the equalising goal, Game On 2-2.
    Jordan Kirkpatrick scores equalising goal
    At this stage in the game there only looked one winner but unfortunately on the evening we had to settle for another 2-2 draw, with the points shared. Airdrieonians having now not lost in a league fixture at home since 16th September, 2017, now eleven games in the league at home unbeaten.
    Garry Fleming outstanding on the evening
    leaves the field to rousing reception
    Managers shake hands at end of game


    Honours even 

    Sunday, March 18, 2018 5:39:36 PM

    Jim Goodwin's side wanted to bounce back after the disappointment of losing to East Fife 2-1 in midweek, at this stage of the season there are no easy games as teams push for the chance to gain a Play-Off spot or move away from the relegation places. "The Wasps" had a great chance to snatch the opening goal as early as the first minute but visiting keeper Willie Muir saved well to keep the ball out on two attempts. However on 22 minutes Iain Flannigan gave the home side the lead his seventh goal of this campaign.

    Iain Flannigan gives "The Wasps" the lead
    Seven minutes later the impressive Dale Carrick headed home the equalising goal and five minutes later the game could have turned on its head when Ryan Conroy had the opportunity to put Airdrie in front after Neil Parry had fouled Darryl Duffy in the box. Man of the Match, birthday boy Kevin Cawley then gave "The Wasps" a deserved lead five minutes before half-time, 2-1 to Alloa.
    Kevin Cawley makes it 2-1
    Jordan Kirkpatrick then had another great chance to extend "The Wasps" lead as the first half drew to a close, but Willie Muir again saved the effort.
    Willie Muir gets down to save from Jordan Kirkpatrick
    Airdrie started the second half on the front foot and Alloa seemed to get deeper and deeper, and 13 minutes into the second half Darryl Duffy scored the equalising goal.
    Alloa then bossed the closing quarter of the game with great chances to go back in front - Callum Crane hit an an audacious shot from 40 yards which dipped in the wind and crashed off the cross bar.
    Callum Crane unfortunate his shot comes back off cross bar
    Ross Stewart also had two fantastic chances, initially rounding keeper Willie Muir and looking to put ball in net before a fantastic last dtich challenge by David Brownlie saved the day for Airdrie.
    Willie Muir is beaten!
    Ross Stewart then had a header saved on the line low down at the post as Jim Goodwin's men looked for the winner and edge closer to a Play-Off spot.
    Airdrie defended for their life with calls for "Holding in the box" against several of their defenders. On the day hoever a draw was probably a fair result with both sides set to play each other again on Tuesday evening.


    Harsh Red Card 

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 4:33:29 PM

    For the third time this season East Fife defeated "The Wasps" in a hugely disappointing game, reducing the points gap between the sides to six points in a game "The Wasps" had the opportunity to extend the gap to twelve points with only eight games left. On the evening there was not much in the game with the first half ending 0-0 after few opportunities.

    East Fife captain Kevin Smith nine minutes into the second half scored the important opening goal which can be so influential in these tight matches. Four minutes later Alloa drew level after Mark Lamont had fouled Stevie Hetherington and Garry Fleming dispatched the penalty with ease 1-1

    Darren Young's side took the lead for the second time in the match after 62 minutes, when Chris Duggan scored with a fantastic strike to edge East Fife in front again.

    Four minutes later Alloa were reduced to ten men, when referee Steven Kirkland produced a straight Red Card to the surprise of everyone in the ground, Garry Fleming penalised for a tackle on Kevin Smith.

    Alloa threw everything at East Fife thereafter but nothing would break in the box for them on the evening and might have been punished further when East Fife struck the post in the closing minutes with Alloa pushing everyone forward looking for an equaliser.

    The club have today logged an appeal with the SFA in connection with the issue of a Red Card for Garry Fleming on the evening. The appeal will be heard by the SFA at a date likely to be next week.

    Wasps gain back to back victories 

    Sunday, March 11, 2018 6:29:25 PM

    In recent times Hampden Park has been one of grounds where "The Wasps" have a good record of victories, with their last defeat at the National Stadium in Season 2008/09, Saturday's 2 -1 victory now extends that winning sequence to seven victories in last seven games, lets hope any doubts over the National Stadium, Hampden Park with Queen's Park ownership will see "The Spiders" still allowed to play at Hampden Park.

    Few Alloa Athletic supporters could have predicted "The Wasps" line-up on Saturday against Queen's Park, with manager Jim Goodwin electing to make four changes to the side that had won 5-3 in midweek against Arbroath. The game itself in the first half had few chances for the sides to open the scoring in a day when the wind and rain appeared to take over. Kris Renton appeared to have a decent penalty claim in a otherwise disappointing first half which ended goalless.

    Kris Renton goes down in penalty box
    The opening chance in the second half fell to PJ Crossan who was unfortunate to see his chip shot charged down by ex Wasp Michael White in goal for Queen's. The opening goal by Aideen Keena, currently on loan from Hearts came out of the blue with the striker netting from fully 40 yards to bring the game to life.
    PJ Crossan folied by Michael White
    Alloa's reaction was positive and thirteen minutes later Callum Crane scored a great goal in one of the best moves of the match, game on!
    Callum Crane about to score equaliser
    The game already had two great goals but in Jordan Kirkpatrick's winning goal there could be no doubt in the quality of creating the opening and executing the winning strike, to the joy of the Alloa support at Hampden.
    Jordan Kirkpatrick's winning goal

    Eight goal thriller 

    Wednesday, March 07, 2018 6:07:14 PM

    The Wasps recorded their biggest victory of the season scoring five goals against a very good Arbroath side, winning 5-3 on the evening after scoring three goals within the opening fifteen minutes in the only game which beat the weather last night at The Indodrill Stadium. This was "The Wasps" biggest victory since defeating Brechin City 6-1 on 15th April, 2017.

    Jim Goodwin's side got off to the perfect start, when Arbroath striker Leighton McIntosh handled the ball under pressure from Scott Taggart after only six minutes and Garry Fleming stepped up to fire an unstoppable strike from the spot to give Alloa the lead and Garry's first goal for the club. Three minutes later Ross Stewart scored the first of his three goals on the evening to make it 2-0 with a bullet header.

    And with "The Wasps" in total dominance Ross Stewart made it 3-0 after only fifteen minutes as the onslaught continued.

    This was just the start the manager had asked his players for after a disappointing first half at Stair Park. Arbroath did pull a goal back on 39 minutes when Michael McKenna headed home, but such was "The Wasps" threat in front of goal that it was no surprise when Ross Stewart latched onto a poor O'Brien header to regain the three goal advantage at 4-1.

    In the second period Arbroath came back into the game and had good possession but Alloa always looked dangerous. Bobby Linn did pull another goal back at 4-2 ten minutes into the second period which gave the visitors some hope. Alloa fought back into the game and wre unlucky not to be awarded a penalty kick, when ex Wasp Colin Hamilton pushed scott Taggart in the box as he headed just wide of the target.

    visiting keeper David Hutton then pulled off two remarkable saves, firstly from Jordan Kirkpatrick and then a header from Ross Stewart as "The Wasps" looked to extend their lead.

    Only a goal line clearance kept "The Wasps" out before substitute Iain Flannigan got that important fifth goal eleven minutes from time.

    Off the line
    5 - 2 Iain Flannigan celebrates goal
    Ross Stewart's hat-trick was first since Geig Spence scoring 3 against Brechin City in Play-Off final 2nd leg at Indodrill Stadium on 20th May, 2017. The match also marked Kevin Cawley making his 250th appearance for the club, the first person to do since Ross Hamilton in Season 2006/07.
    Kevin Cawley & Alloa Director Martin Ross


    New Dates for Postponed matches 

    Monday, March 05, 2018 5:50:57 PM

    SPFL today announced new dates for Ladbrokes League One fixtures which had recently fell victim to the weather.

    New dates for postponed fixtures:-

    Alloa Athletic v. East Fife
    Previously 3rd March now Tuesday 13th March    Kick-Off 7.45pm
    Airdrieonians v. Alloa Athletic
    Previously 27th February now Tuesday 20th March  Kick-Off 7.45pm

    John Muir 

    Sunday, March 04, 2018 4:32:31 PM

    Alloa Athletic FC were saddened to hear of the death of one of their ex players last week, when John Muir, who had two spells at the club, passed away aged 70. John Muir originally signed for “The Wasps” from Blairhall Colliery by manager Archie “Curly” McPherson on 4th March, 1968. John’s goal scoring for the club had clubs take notice and Willie Ormond signed John for St. Johnstone on a full-time contract for £ 10,000 transfer fee on 6th December, 1969. John later returned for a second spell with “The Wasps” on 5th June, 1976 when signed by Hugh Wilson, indeed he was part of Hugh Wilson’s Alloa Athletic side in Season 1976/77 which won promotion for the first time since 1938/39. In total John Muir made 144 first team starts plus 11 from the bench scoring 57 goals for “The Wasps”, John Muir went into pub management after retiring from football, initially locally at the Devonpark Inn  in Coalsnaughton before he had a spell at The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead before moving to The Kingswood Arms in Surrey from approximately 1985, and he worked there for 20 years.. He eventually retired from this business as his legs could no longer stand the strain of being on his feet all day – a legacy of the injuries that forced him to retire from football I understand. He continued to frequent the pub right up until Christmas, and was always popular with all his former customers. His funeral will be held on Wednesday 28th March in Leatherhead, Surrey. Our condolences go to his partner Janice James, his ex wife Emma and his 3 children Jonathon, Emily Charlotte & Cameron John.

    John Muir Appearances for Alloa Athletic FC

    Season           League       League Cup     Scottish Cup    Anglo Scottish       Totals

    1967/68           8 (-) 2            0 (-)   0             0 (-)   0            0  (-)  0                8 (-)  2

    1968/69         33 (-) 17          4 (-)   1             3 (-)   5            0  (-)  0              40 (-)  23

    1969/70         16 (-) 9            4 (-)   2             0 (-)   0            0  (-)  0              20 (-)  11


    1976/77         32 (4) 11         4 (1)   0             1 (2) 1             0 (-)   0              37 (7) 12

    1977/78         14 (1) 4           2 (-)    0             0 (-)  0             2 (-)   0              18 (1) 4

    1978/79          7  (-)  2                                                                                       7  (-)  2

    1979/80         13 (3) 3          1  (-)    0                                                              14  (3) 3



    Total          123 (8) 48       15 (1)  3            4  (2) 6            2 (-)    0         144 (11) 57

    Season 1969-70
    (John Muir sitting 3rd from left in middle row, next to manager Duncan McCallum)






    East Fife Game off 

    Friday, March 02, 2018 3:42:52 PM

    Tomorrow's Ladbrokes SPFL League One fixture against East Fife has had to be called off. Although we can clear the pitch the weather and road conditions have led to this decision.



    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:02:46 PM
    Following a 4:30pm pitch inspection, this evening’s match against Airdrieonians has been called OFF.

    Game of two halves 

    Monday, February 26, 2018 4:14:09 PM

    Saturday at Stair Park was the proverbial game of two halves, Stranraer having the bulk of the play in the first half, ending with them scoring what proved to be the only goal of the game with a purely speculative effort. In the second half it was "The Wasps" turn to take control of the game after a very poor showing in the opening 45 minutes. This was a big game for both club's sitting so close to each other in the league standings, an opportunity missed by "The Wasps" given all their possession in the second half they could not find a break in front of goal. Indeed when they did eventually find the net the goal was disallowed.

    Kris Renton's goal is ruled out
    Ross Stewart effort saved by Stranraer keeper
    Although having the lion's share of possession in the second half, the home side were content to see out the game with their keeper being named "Man of the match". However three goals in our last six games shows we need to be scoring more goals if we can expect to win matches, which hopefully we can start on Tuesday evening.
    This time ball cleared off the line
    Weather permitting we return to action on Tuesday evening when we are due to face Airdrieonians at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie, Kick-Off 7.45pm. Referee - Barry Cook.
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