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    Supporters Survey 

    Monday, March 20, 2017 2:49:02 PM
    Supporters Direct Scotland has launched its Scottish Football Supporters Survey for 2017 – with a clear message to Wasps fans: your voice is heard.
    Officially recognised as the lead supporters group in Scotland by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) and the Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA), Supporters Direct Scotland has established a formal means to engage with the game’s key decision makers and represent fans’ views.

    Outcomes from 2016 were formally presented to the Scottish FA’s Professional Game Board and the Scottish FA Congress, the latter of which includes representatives from all areas of football in Scotland.

    You can read more about the results of the 2016 survey, and the resulting “asks” by visiting www.scottishsupporters.net.

    This year’s survey covers issues that affect the national game, how football is governed and now also includes more specific club-related questions following a new consultation with supporters and clubs themselves.

     Supporters who participate can enter a free draw to win tickets to Scotland’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against England on 10 June.

    CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2017 SCOTTISH FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS SURVEY

    The survey is open until 2 April 2017.

    Points Shared 

    Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:13:12 PM
    The Wasps recorded only their second 0-0 draw of the season in a tightly contested game which lacked clear cut chances at either at Methil today. Both teams have been in good form, "The Wasps" having won their last 4 games, while East Fife had only lost once in the league since ex Alloa Athletic manager, Barry Smith took charge in middle of December, 2016.
     
    The game marked Alloa Athletic striker Greig Spence making his 100th first team appearances for the club and it was no surprise that the top goalscorer came closest to opening the scoring in the first half but his shot after being closed down by Ross Brown went over the bar.
    Greig Spence makes 100th appearance for "The Wasps"
     
    Greig Spence goes close to opening the scoring
     
    Although dominating for long periods in second half, chances were at a premium at both ends, manager Jim Goodwin using all three substitutes as he  tried to win the game.
     
    Frank McKeown adds his height to try and push for winner
     
    Indeed in time added on East Fife came closest to breaking the deadlock when Jason Kerr's header was cleared off the line by Scott Taggart to make sure the points were shared.
     
    Scott Taggart heads Jason Kerr header off the line.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Declan signs 2 year contract 

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:43:48 PM
    Sixteen year old Declan McDonald, who was on the bench last Saturday against Stenhousemuir, tonight signed a two year contract with the club. Declan made his senior appearance for "The Wasps" last season in the Stirlingshire Cup v. Stenhousemuir on 5th April, 2016 at 15 years and 84 days, scoring in a 2-0 victory, making him the youngest player to score for the club in a competitive match and was the first Alloa Athletic player to be selected by the SFA for their under-age international teams having now represented his country on 4 occasions at Under 14 & Under 15 level.
     
     
    Alloa Athletic manager was delighted to offer Declan a two year contract,
    "Declan is player who is being watched by a number of clubs, I think we are very fortune to have him here he is such s good prospect. He is not the finished article, he is still a young man only just turned sixteen, but the reports I get from our Academy Coaches headed by Graeme Liveston, and they have done wonders with him. I have also been speaking to his Uncle Kevin McDonald, who himself played senior football with Dundee United and Ross County, and Declan since the turn of the year. We know that there has been a couple of clubs in the Premier League and Championship that have been sniffing about him.

    I felt we could give him the best opportunity to develop and get him involved with the first team, we will get him training with the first team regularly as of next season, he travels with us at the moment to games, and get him involved with the first team squad. We have offered him all of those kind of things to try and encourage him and make him believe Alloa is the correct place for him at this time in his career. We are absolutely delighted and over the moon that he has agreed to sign a two year contract.

    I’m a great believer if you are good enough you are old enough, it’s an old cliché, absolutely but it is one I stand by. If Declan continues to do in training with us and playing against the quality of first team players we’ve got, then there is absolutely no doubt in my mind he could go on and make an impression on the first team. That does not mean he will be a regular first team player as early as next season, but it is up to Declan. I’m showing him faith and confidence in him, I believe in him, Graeme Liveston certainly believes in him. So Declan now needs to listen, learn and continue to develop, he still has plenty of growing still to do but he is an exciting prospect. He has great attributes - an old fashioned type striker, he is quite physical but he has great feet and he certainly has an eye for goal that has been recognised by him by him being involved in Scottish International under age squads as well. So very lucky to have him and looking forward now to see how he develops in the coming years."

    Jim Goodwin & Declan McDonald
     
     

     


     

    Manager of the Month 

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00:22 AM

    Alloa Athletic boss Jim Goodwin has been voted Ladbrokes League One Manager of the Month for February. The Wasps were unbeaten last month, notching up impressive home wins over Airdrieonians (2-1) and East Fife (3-0), away win against Queen’s Park at Hampden Park  and  2-2 draw against league leaders Livingston. Alloa Athletic are currently second in the league table. The Ladbrokes monthly awards are voted for by members of the Scottish media, with a Manager and a Player of the Month selected for each of the four divisions.

    Jim Goodwin was delighted to receive the award but wanted to accept it on behalf of “The Team” - "I am delighted to have been awarded the Manager of the Month for February. Although the trophy says 'Manager', in my eyes it's an award for the 'Team' (Backroom Staff Included). I genuinely believe that any manager is only as good as his players, and I have been over the moon with the attitude and performance levels from the lads in recent weeks. It is up to myself and the staff to make sure that the players are ready for match day, i.e. training, tactics and team selection, but once they cross that 'White Line' it is their job to make sure that the game plan is carried out appropriately, as a group they have done that brilliantly and deserve all the credit! The important thing now is that we maintain our high standards and don't take our foot off the gas."

     

    4 Back to back victories 

    Sunday, March 12, 2017 5:38:16 PM
    Huge victory over local rivals Stenhousemuir, four wins in a row and six games without defeat in the league have strenghened "The Wasps" position in second place in the league and reduced deficit to Livingston to seven points with still a game play against the league leaders on 8th April at Tony Macaroni Stadium.
     
    Dylan Mackin opens the scoring five minutes before half-time
    Neil Parry returned to side after injury against Dunfermline Athletic
    Frank McKeown just fails to connect at back post
     
    At this stage in the season it is all about results, having gone in front
    after 40 minutes through "Man of the Match" Dylan Mackin, Stenhousemuir
    never up. The Wasps had changes to increase their lead before substitute
    Thomas Grant scored an equalier for the visitors.
    Greig Spence & Jordan Kirkpatrick cannot reach ball
    Thomas Grant equalises for "The Warriors"  1-1, 61 minutes
     
    Manager Jim Goodwin didn't settle for a draw and made a possive
    substitution and went all out attack and was rewarded five minutes from the end when Dylan Mackin was fouled in the box by Conner Duthie and Grieg
    Spence stepped forward to score his 21st goal of the season.
     
    Ex Alloa keeper David Crawford denies Andy Graham with fingertip save
    Conner Duthie fouls Dylan Mackin in box for penalty
    Greig Spence converts the penalty to give "The Wasps" 2-1 lead
    Winning Celebrations!
     
     
     
     
     

    Rescheduled 21st March 

    Saturday, March 04, 2017 6:06:26 AM

    Todays match against Brechin City has been postponed after a 10am pitch inspection. Game has been rescheduled for Tuesday 21st March, 2017, Kick-Off 7.45pm at Glebe Park, Brechin.

    Wasps turn up the heat 

    Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2:27:50 PM
    East Fife came to the Indodrill Stadium on the back of a ten game unbeaten run in the league last night, now managed by ex Alloa Athletic manager Barry Smith. The visitors started the game on the front foot and took the game to "The Wasps", however Greig Spence scored his 2oth goal of the season after eleven minutes and Jim Goodwin's team were on top thereafter. Dylan Mackin was denied by a last ditch tackle before Kevin Cawley scored a special solo goal, finished with a rasping low drive into the bottom corner of the net. In the second half East Fife goalkeeper Ryan Goodfellow did well saving from Jordan Kirkpatrick and Scott Taggart before substitute Jamie Longworth headed home
    number three.
    Greig Spence heads "The Wasps" ahead after 11 minutes
    Kevin Cawley drives home number two
    Jamie Longworth's header makes it 3-0
    Alloa players celebrate with Jamie Longworth
    Steven Hetherington receives sponsors Man of the Match
     

    Wasps on front foot 

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 5:52:48 PM
    Two victories and six league points in our last two games have helped "The Wasps" move into a strong second place in the league and close the gap to only nine points behind leaders Livingston. Jim Goodwin's team carried on the tempo from last weeks victory at Hampden Park and scored an early goal for the second week in a row.
    Andy Graham opens scoring after three minutes
    Andy Graham heads Alloa 2-0 in front after 16 minutes
    Iain Russell scores for Airdrieonians after 21 minutes
     
    Andy Graham who had opened the scoring after only 3 minutes then added his second goal of the game after only 16 minutes. It was a great start but it could have been more with Airdrieonians lucky not to be further behind before Iain Russell gave them a lifeline five minutes later.
    Dylan Mackin's shot is blocked by flying tackle
     
    The visitors then had their best spell of the match prior to half-time, but a tactical switch in the second half bringing on Steven Hetherington in midfield in place of striker Greig Spence helped regain the balance of play back in favour of the home side. Both teams had chances in the second half and the Alloa supporters were delighted to see their team extend their lead over Airdrieonians in second place and now look forward to Tuesday evening when "The Wasps" face another huge match at The Indodrill Stadium, when ex Alloa Athletic manager brings his East Fife side who are currently unbeaten in their last ten league matches.
    Frank McKeown clears with Andy Ryan watching on
    Dylan Mackin's header goes inches past far post
    Rohan Ferguson makes point blank save to deny Kevin Cawley
     

     

    Greig Spence  

    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.

     

    Wasps punish Queen's  

    Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:41:41 PM
    Saturday's result against Queen's Park at Hampden Park was such an important result with three huge games coming up for the club - Airdrie and East Fife at home before a trip the following week to Glebe Park to face Brechin City. The 2-0 victory at Hampden Park extended "The Wasps" run of victories against Queen's Park at the National Stadium which now goes back to September, 2008. The match will also be remembered for Greig Spence scoring the 8,000th SPFL goal, at a stadium Greig has always enjoyed good fortune, scoring on his senior debut for "The Wasps"on 14th February, 2009 in a 2-1 victory after Alloa Athletic manager Allan Maitland gave him his senior debut.
     
    Greig pounces on Bryan Wharton's headed pass back
    He lobs it over the advancing keeper Willie Muir
    Showing great composure to score his 19th goal of season
     
    Although it would be fair to say the team have played better this season, on this occasion the result was very important. Greig nearly doubled his tally in the game before keeper Willie Muir tipped his header over the bar.
     
    The second goal did not come until five minutes from the end and what a strike it was, Jordan Kirkpatrick scoring his 14th goal of the season a partnership with Greig spence this season which has accounted for 33 goals between them which is spectacular return at any level.
    Jordan Kirkpatrick in top form at Hampden Park
    Jordan Kirkpatrick puts "The Wasps" 2-0 in front
     
    Iain Flannigan with great chance to extend Alloa's lead
    Alloa players celebrate victory at Hampden Park
     
     
     
     
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