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Alloa Athletic
AlloaFC.png
Full name Alloa Athletic Football Club
Nickname(s) The Wasps
Founded 1878 (as Clackmannan County)
Ground Recreation Park,
Alloa, Scotland
(Capacity: 3,142 (919 seated))
Chairman Scottish Pat Lawlor
Manager Scottish Allan Maitland
League Scottish Second Division
2008–09 Scottish Second Division, 8th
Home colours
Away colours

Alloa Athletic Football Club are a Scottish football team based in Alloa, Clackmannanshire. They are members of the Scottish Football League and currently play in the Second Division.

They are nicknamed 'The Wasps' for their kit's distinctive black and gold hoops. Their home ground is currently Recreation Park, also known as The Recs. The ground has recently undergone a number of changes with the removal of the Hilton Road Terrace and the laying of a new artificial playing surface in the summer of 2007. A new perimeter wall was then built at the Clackmannan Road end of the ground and a new 519 seater stand for away supporters was opened in October 2008.

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History

Alloa playing at Berwick in their 1997–98 title-winning season

The club were formed in 1878 as Clackmannan County, becoming Alloa a year later and finally adopting the present-day name Alloa Athletic in 1883.[1] Admitted to the Scottish Football Association in the same year, the club had to wait until 1921 to elected to the Scottish Football League, although they had enjoyed success prior to this. In 1906–07, the club were Scottish Football Union champions and won the Central Football League six years later, with two runners-up finishes in-between.

Alloa won the Scottish Football League Division Two title in their first season but were immediately relegated from the top flight the following season. Promotion was achieved again in 1938–39 but the onset of the Second World War saw the new season curtailed after just five games. When the leagues were re-organised after the war, Alloa were placed back in Division Two.

Stirling Albion shooting against the Alloa goal and missing in August 2006

The 1950s and 60s were not overly successful for the Wasps although the club did provide the game with John White who went on to play for Scotland and Tottenham Hotspur (where he was part of their famous Double winning side of the 1960–61 season). Promotion was finally achieved again from the new Second Division in 1976–77 under the managership of Hugh Wilson. Relegation soon followed but the Wasps went back up 1981–82 under Alex Totten and managed an excellent 6th place finish in the First Division the following season. Unfortunately the team was relegated again a year later and a similar pattern followed after further promotions in 1984–85 and 1988–89.

Following further league reconstruction, Alloa found themselves as founder members of the new Third Division in 1995. Under Tom Hendrie, Alloa won this league in 1997–98, the club's first championship win since 1921–22. The following season saw the team consolidate in the Second Division and also enjoy a famous 7–0 derby win over local rivals Stirling Albion. Following the departure of Tom Hendrie to St. Mirren, Terry Christie took over at Alloa and led the club to the Scottish Challenge Cup in 1999 followed by promotion to the First Division a few months later. The team was relegated at the first attempt but bounced back up in 2001–02. Relegation followed once more, this time on goal difference.

Since 2003 Alloa have been playing in the Second Division.

Notable former players

Neil Martin

Peter Smith

Willie Crilley

Dougie Wilson

John White

Peter Lamont[2]

Steve Ramsay

Willie Irvine

Michael O'Raw

Colours and badge

Alloa play in gold and black hoops, with black shorts and socks, and a change strip of dark blue with a yellow trim. The current strip is similar to the first strip worn - black and orange hooped jersey and stockings - which led to the club's nickname of The Wasps. The club have rarely strayed from a hooped design with an occasional stray to all-orange or all-gold. In the 1897–98 season, however, the jersey was navy blue and white stripes - the only departure from orange or gold.[3]

The club have carried shirt sponsorship since 1984, using six different companies.[1]

Stadium

Recreation Park has a capacity of 3,100 and has been home to Alloa for much of their existence, with the club using the ground since 1895. Prior to that, Alloa had short stays at a number of grounds, as illustrated below:[1]

  • 1878: West End Public Park (Still used for local welfare football matches)
  • 1883: Gaberston Park
  • 1890: Bellevue Park
  • 1895: Recreation Park

Supporters

Most record books list Alloa's record attendance as 13,000 for a match against Dunfermline Athletic on 22 February 1939 in a Scottish Cup third round replay.[1] However the recent book The Roar of the Crowd by David Ross shows the record attendance to actually be 15,467 for a Scottish Cup 5th Round match against Celtic on 5 February 1955. Celtic won the game 4–2. In recent times, the record figure is a more modest 5,050 for a Second Division match against Cowdenbeath in May 1992.[1] With the current capacity just over 3,000, the figure looks unlikely to be beaten. They have a regular group of passionate young supporters who travel to all away games which wear bermuda shorts. They are known as the Hawian Army and can be heard as far away as McDonalds from Recreation Park. Their major influence on the club was underlined recently when Alloa FC acted upon on a lyric from one their terrace chants "Please sign Noble, we want him to stay" by keeping him on following the expiry of his initially agreed short-term loan spell from Airdrie. [4]

Current squad

As of 11 September 2009. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK David Crawford
Scotland GK Stephen Hall
Scotland DF Mark Brown
Scotland DF Scot Buist
Scotland DF Mark Ferguson
Scotland DF Kevin Welsh
Scotland DF Marc McCafferty
Scotland DF Chris Townsley
Scotland DF Scott Walker
Scotland MF Brown Ferguson
Scotland MF John Grant
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Jamie Hay
Scotland MF David McClune
Scotland FW Hugh Kerr
Scotland FW Stuart Noble
Scotland FW Andy Scott
Scotland FW Brian Carrigan
Scotland FW Mark Gilhaney
Scotland FW David Gormley
Scotland FW Bryan Prunty
Scotland FW Jason Thomson
Scotland FW Dougie Wilson

Managers

  • Scotland Jimmy Crapnell (1946)
  • Scotland Tommy Lipton (1946–1947)
  • Scotland Jimmy Simpson (1947–1948)
  • Scotland Bobby Hogg (1948–1949)
  • Scotland Tommy Lipton (1949–1951)
  • Scotland Davie McCulloch (1951–1952)
  • Scotland Webber Lees (1952–1955)
  • Scotland Jerry Kerr (1955–1959)
  • Scotland Archie McPherson (1959–1969)
  • Scotland Duncan McCallum (1969–1971)
  • Scotland Ian Crawford (1971–1972)
  • Scotland Dan McLindon (1972–1974)
  • Scotland Hugh Wilson (1974–1980)

Honours

A complete list of honours is available on the 'Honours' section of Alloa's official website
  • Stirlingshire Cup:
    • Winners (14): 1904–05, 1907–08, 1908–09, 1912–13, 1920–21, 1924–25, 1933–34, 1946–47, 1955-56, 1957-58, 1959-60, 1965-66, 1981–82, 1996–97
    • Runners-up (12): 1905–06, 1906–07, 1909–10, 1910–11, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1983–84, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01
  • Fife Cup:
    • Winners (3): 1885–86, 1895–96, 1897–98
    • Runners-up (1): 1883–84

Records

  • Most capped player: Jock Hepburn (1 for Scotland)
  • Transfer fee paid: £26,000 for Ross Hamilton from Stenhousemuir, July 2000

References

External links

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