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  1. Captain Deadpool

    vs Queens Park (H) 08/10/16

    Queens Park come to East End Park tomorrow for the first time since 1999. Then it was in the League Cup. Tomorrow it’s in the Challenge Cup. That game in 1999 saw the home team win 4-0, and a similar scoreline tomorrow would be very weclome indeed (Still Game starts again tonight). This is the Pars second game in the new Challenge Cup after it underwent it’s frankly rubbish ‘revamp’ over the summer. The dreadful seeding system was still in place for this round (thus the more favourable draw), but should the team progress then they could face stronger opposition, including any of the teams we have already played in the league thus far. The seeding looks even worse given this fact, as fans often complain of having to play the same teams over and over, yet this system is pretty much designed to almost guarantee it, at least for a few clubs. It should also be noted that Scotland play at Hampden that same night. Well played SPFL. Leaving aside the format, this is a good game for the Pars. After last week’s punishingly dull 0-0 at Somerset Park, the players have the chance to show that they can do better, and those who have not been playing recently may get the chance to prove to the manager that they are worthy of more game time. Dunfermline will clearly start as favourites, but Queen Park will hope to make it difficult for the home team. They gained promotion via the playoffs to League 1 last season and also beat Morton 2-0 in the last round, showing that they are a side who definitely have the capability to produce a result, especially if they come up complacency. As always seems to be the case these days, they will have ex Pars in their ranks, with Gus Macpherson currently the manager and penalty taker extraordinaire, Ross Millen, in the team. Perhaps he can give some tips to the home side. The Pars manager however is keen to avoid complacency, and showed this in the last round as a strong Pars team won 1-5 at Brechin, who were very much in form at the time. The format of the tournament may be a joke, but the tournament in the past has not been, and the manager is still taking it seriously. There are calls for wide ranging changes, but I think the manager will stick with a fairly settled team, or at least as close as we can get to that at the moment. Injuries have been a constant around the squad all season, and last Saturday saw both John Herron and Nicky Clark go off in the first half, and Farid El Alagui get pretty much knocked out in the second half. The perennially injured Nat Wedderburn is still out as well. Whilst the manager takes this cup seriously, he surely won’t risk anyone in this game, especially since the squad now has depth to it. Michael Moffat, David Hopkirk and Kallum Higginbotham will all be desperate to play and will surely be making their case to the manager to get the start in this game. It’s been a tricky start to the season. The Pars have played every team in the league bar one, and have only won twice. The team were knocked out of the League Cup at the group stage, although as previously stated did progress in the Challenge Cup. A win here would see the team go on to a Quarter Final, and would give that much vaunted attribute, momentum, to the squad and the fans ahead of the trip to Falkirk next week. The season really needs to be kick started in the eyes of many, and whilst we all hoped that the St Mirren game was going to do that, last week’s awful fare doused a lot of that optimism and allowed some uncertainty to creep back in the minds of the fans. Perhaps tomorrow’s match can provide that spark and enable things to ‘click’ and the team to kick on?
  2. Captain Deadpool

    vs Ayr (A) 01/10/16 - £5 ENTRY!

    The Pars travel south-west ish to Ayr and the grand old Somerset Park to face what seem like their perennial foes given that the teams have met 15 times over the last three seasons. The last time the Pars lost to Ayr at Somerset was when the Ayr front line of Rabbie Burns and William Brackenridge managed to breach the formidable central defensive pairing of Malcolm Canmore and Robert The Bruce. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration (it was actually in 2009), but it’s fair to say that the Pars have made Ayr their b**ches over the last few seasons, racking up 12 wins in the last fifteen meetings between the clubs, with two draws and a solitary defeat. That single defeat came last season at East End Park, with the Pars winning three times at Somerset last season, with both league wins being memorable games. That first league win saw a 10 man Dunfermline side snatch victory late on when David Hopkirk rounded the keeper and calmly rolled the ball in to the net, sending the noisy travelling support mental. The second visit to Ayr saw the away team win 0-2 with the now departed El Bakhtoui scoring two, including a very sexy overhead kick. That victory pretty saw the end of Ayr’s title challenge, and the Pars went on to win the league. The stats overwhelmingly show Dunfermline should hold the advantage when the teams meet tomorrow, but the starts both teams have made in the Championship says that this should be a tight game. After 7 games Ayr sit 1 point ahead of Dunfermline, with both teams having struggled to adapt to life a league up. The Pars were on a miserable losing streak that they broke in brilliant fashion last weekend with a 4-3 win over St Mirren. Ayr lost to Falkirk last week (booo!) but the week before won at Easter Road, showing that they may have the capability to hold their own in the league. Tomorrow’s game is one both teams will be looking to win, and each feel they both can and should win. The defence for the two teams has been a key weakness, with the Pars letting in 16 so far (ouch) and Ayr letting in 14. No doubt some of the comical defending that has presented gifts to opposition strikers has seen the Pars rack up a rotten score in the goals against column, and this is no doubt something Ayr will be looking to capatalise on. However Ayr are the lowest scorers in the league, have scored just 6 times in all league games so far. They have struggled to get going up front, with injuries and failure to settle on a favoured forward line contributing their paucity in front of goal. The Pars have stuttered a bit in front of goals as well, but the additions of Nicky Clark and Farid El Alagui could the solution, with both scoring last week and both looking like they carry a good threat. Gavin Reilly, who has struggled so far and looks bereft of confidence, will hopefully have been spurned on by the two newer strikers scoring last weekend. He has disappointed in his short term to date, but the talent is there, so if given the start will hopefully produce the business. Michael Moffat seems to have dropped right out of the manager’s plan, but he enjoys a goal against Ayr having scored twice against them last season. It remains to be seen what role he will play, if any, not just in this game but for the rest of the season. Another man who likes a goal against Ayr is Andy Geggan, and the midfielder will surely play a key role tomorrow. John Herron, who impressed a lot last week and this site’s man of the match in his debut, is surely going to start as well, as he and Geggan controlled the midfield. A man who will line up opposite them is Gary Harkins, a man who can go from louche disinterest to smashing in a screamer from 30 yards. He has the ability to control the flow of games, so it’s vital Geggan and Herron (should he play) keep his firmly under control. The squad is looking better with almost no injury worries. The return of Sean Murdoch is a relief for all, and Nat Wedderburn played in the under 20s game during the week, as did David Hopkirk, so the options for the bench are looking promising. Fans are hoping for the same team who played last week, with perhaps a change or two to suit their preference. The manager may have similar thoughts, so it will be interesting as always to see who takes to the park tomorrow afternoon. Oh and this game is £5 to get in for all fans, so a large crowd is expected. This is to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Scotland. Also before the match there will be a minute’s silence for Donald Cameron, former chairman of Ayr and father of the current chairman. ONIONS?!
  3. The Pars make the trip to Angus to take on Brechin City in the 3rd round of the Irn Bru Cup (the Challenge Cup) this Saturday in our first foray in to the competition this year. Some, indeed many, have been derisive of the tournament, but many enjoy it as it gives many teams a chance of winning a trophy. Past winners have included Stranraer, Queen of the South, Stenhousemuir and other clubs with a bit of space in the trophy cabinet. Indeed the cabinet at East End does not contain this trophy, and the Pars have only been in the final once, back in 2007 when Stephen Kenny’s side were 3-0 down to St Johnstone at half time at Dens. Whilst we scored 2 second half goals, it wasn’t enough to stop the Saints winning their first ever cup competition. This year the contest has been revamped, with every round up to, and including, this one being split in to North and South sections and seeded. Whilst the inclusion of seeding, always an unwelcome imposition in sporting contests to those with even a sense of fair play, is bad enough, this year saw the introduction of under 20s clubs from the Premiership, a tissue thin attempt to try and ‘test the waters’ for including ‘B Teams’ in the Scottish leagues and/or cups in the future. This laughable attempt has been seen through by almost everyone for it is; trying to set a precedent so that Celtic and Sevco can eventually play a B Team in the league set up. Adding to the scorn is the inclusion of two Welsh and two Northern Irish sides, who will enter in the next round, sending out the message that the SPFL think that Linfield, Crusaders, Bala Town and The New Saints are more important than the likes of Hibs, Dundee United, Falkirk, Dunfermline and indeed all other Scottish teams in the tournament. To the surprise of no one, every single under 20 team but one was pumped out of the cup, with just Celtic under 20s reaching the 3rd round. Whilst they were a potential opponent, the draw, made outside on a windy day in front of the Kelpies in Falkirk by Jim Jeffries and a Sevco fan with two cans of Irn Bru tattooed on his leg (I’m not making this up), saw us paired with Brechin City at Glebe Park, home of the famous hedge. As a seeded team in this round we were always going to get a favourable draw, and it has transpired that way. Brechin were beaten four times last season on our way to the league title, with the 3-1 win at East End at the end of March being the game that secured the league. We opened our league campaign with a stunning 1-6 win at the Glebe last season. With promotion and a host of new signings, you could think that the game should see the Pars progress with little issue. However the Pars have made a shaky start to the season, going out of the league cup in the group stages and losing three of the opening 4 league games. The loss of Faissel El Bakhtoui, who scored six goals against Brechin last season, has been keenly felt, with both Gavin Reilly and Michael Moffat so far struggling to find form and goals up front. Brechin conversely have made a strong start to the season, and sit second in League 1, just 2 points behind the leaders, undefeated so far in the league. The confidence of both sides would seem to contrast and with home advantage Brechin will be hoping to pull off a bit of a shock result. With former Rovers pantomime villain Dougie Hill, to whom trouble seems to stick to whenever he plays Dunfermline, and former Pars player Finn Graham in their squad, they certainly will not make it easy. The Pars have moved to address their issues, with Nicky Clark and attacking midfielder John Herron being brought in on transfer deadline day. This game could see both make their Pars debuts, with the manager leaving little doubt to the players that he will alter the squad if he does not get the performances and results he demands. The fixture is a good one for the Pars in that it will give them a break from a difficult start to the league, allowing them to focus on another competition, whilst potentially being the sort of game players can regain some confidence. The team the manager will pick is far from certain, and the line up tomorrow will show how seriously he takes the much maligned competition, but should we progress we could potentially have a fantastic away trip to Northern Ireland or Wales. Of course we could also have a dreary home draw against a team in our league, but much of football is predicated upon hope.
  4. Captain Deadpool

    Hibs vs Dunfermline 13/08/16

    When you step up a league you know you will have harder games. The opposition is better and quicker and will pose problems you may not have had to deal with the previous season. Mistakes will be punished more often and ‘off days’ will more often than not result in a loss. Tomorrow is a prime example of the tougher type of game we will face this season. Indeed it is potentially one of the toughest games we face all season as the team make the short trip across the estuary to Leith to face Hibs at Easter Road. That this is just the second league game of the season shows that the club really is swimming in deeper water this season. Hibs are the favourites to win the league this year, and with this their first home game of the league season, will be looking to impress the large, expectant home support. They have managed to hold on to their top striker Jason Cummings and midfield talisman John McGinn, as well as cup final hero David Gray. However new manager Neil Lennon (a man pretty unpopular this side of the Forth) has had to contend with the loss of Anthony Stokes and Liam Henderson (both ending loan spells), as well as seeing others leave his squad, including cult goalkeeper Conrad Logan. Lennon has been unable to bring in many signing, with only experienced striker Grant Holt and keepers Otso Virtanaen, Ross Laidlaw and (more recently) Ofir Marciano (loan) coming in thus far. Whilst further signings are expected down Leith Walk, the Hibbees are still a bit short in a couple of key areas, most notably in goals, despite the signing of 3 keepers. Confidence in the current incumbent of the number 1 shirt, Ross Laidlaw, is low, and he himself replaced Virtanaen after the young Finnish keeper gifted Brondby a howler at Easter Road. This could be a weakness that the visitors can exploit. Hibs started off the league campaign with an impressive win at Falkirk last week, and will hope to carry that momentum on. Hibs have stated that the league is their priority this season, and after being knocked out of Europe and the League Cup, will be looking to prove this even more. However, that League Cup defeat was at home against Queen of the South and suggests that the aforementioned weaknesses are still an issue. The Pars likewise started off the league campaign well, with a resounding 4-3 victory over Dumbarton that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. However the loss of 2 late penalties is just the kind of thing that hints at an issue that can be exploited. On the other hand, the four goals scored and many more chances created shows that confidence is high and the team is knitting together nicely. If the team can continue to play in this vein, especially on a bigger open pitch like Easter Road, then they will surely be able to create good goalscoring chances tomorrow. The Pars will be without the suspended Lee Ashcroft, who was sent off conceding the second penalty late last week, and Nat Wedderburn is said to be a serious doubt due to an ankle injury. Both add experience and will be missed, with Wedderburn being signed for games like this to add a more defensive element to the team. However the squad is looking better in terms of injury, with both Michael Paton and Callum Fordyce being expected to make the bench again. Jason Talbot also returns from suspension, suggesting he’ll start at left back with Martin being redeployed to cover for Ashcroft. Apart from longer term injury absentee Sean Murdoch, the squad is otherwise healthy and fit and raring to go. I expect we’ll see the same team as last week, save for the Ashcroft/Talbot change just discussed. As stated, this could be of our toughest games of the season, and at a ground the Pars have a pretty abysmal record at, no player can afford to not be totally on it. Despite their status of being favourites for the league, this Hibs team are far from infallible, with many of the Hibs players who made ‘Hibsing it’ an amusing thing in Scottish football still at the club. Caution and optimism is definitely the mix Pars fans should be aiming for, and as long as the players put in a good performance, the fans will surely leave happy.
  5. Tomorrow is the first league game of the new season. As always anticipation is high before the opening act, with imaginations running wild (brother!) and fears being buried. Come (circa) 16.45 tomorrow, many fans will be washed away upon a wave of enthusiasm, drowned in a sea of despair or wading in antipathy and concern. As League One Champions last season, the club has the honour of raising the championship flag before the game. Hopefully this will rouse the players and fans and the win can be achieved. Momentum is always a big thing in football, and if the team can get off to a winning start in the league, they can build upon it and look to the upcoming fixtures with confidence. However, the momentum heading in to this game is rocky. Two defeats, both comprehensive in different manners (the first, to Inverness, in the scoreline, and the second, to Dundee United, in play), have seen the team and support shaken, with some perhaps having their (fanciful) preconceptions erode. Hopes of putting in a challenge for the league were always a bit far fetched for the more grounded fan, and with the last two results perhaps some reality will take hold of the more ‘imaginative’ supporters. It’s vital this season that fans understand that we won’t be winning most games and that we won’t be scoring loads of goals on a regular basis. Many games will be tough and many games will see us struggle. Tomorrow’s opposition, Dumbarton, will provide a good test. Whilst not the worst opening fixture we could have had, it will still be a difficult game. Dumbarton are starting their 4th consecutive season in the second tier of Scottish football and this is not by luck. They have recruited well over the years and have been patient and reasonable, resulting in a steady existence in the league that is impressive given their resources. As seems to be almost the norm these days, the opposition will feature some faces familiar to Pars fans, with Gregor Buchanan, Andy Stirling and Robert Thomson all set to start for The Sons tomorrow. They also signed Ryan Stevenson, but his last few games against Dunfermline saw him turn in comically inept performances. A repeat tomorrow, should he feature, would be welcome (and amusing). The Pars have had some injury worries to contend with, but the manager stated yesterday that he expects Nat Wedderburn, Rhys McCabe, Gavin Reilly and Ryan Williamson all to be back for the game tomorrow. Captain, talisman and deeply handsome Andy Geggan will return from suspension, although Jason Talbot goes out on suspension and will miss the game. Michael Paton and David Hopkirk, as well as keeper Sean Murdoch, all miss out due to injury. The Pars should be able to field an almost full strength team, with only the first choice goalkeeper out of action. Higginbotham and Martin are more than able replacements for Paton and Talbot, so there can be no excuses for a poor performance. Fans will remember the last time the two teams met, with the Pars losing 3-4 at East End Park in March 2013 in what many feared would be the club’s last ever game. Tomorrow we unfurl the flag from a title winning season. The juxtaposition is startling, and with this in mind it’s perhaps the ideal game to start the season. The club nearly went under for good, but (barely) held on and have started the recovery and hopefully resurgence. The opposition and memories should be a sobering reminder of where we were, but the circumstances should be an intoxicating reminder of where we are. Hope can mix with reality, dreams can be tempered by sensibility. We should be optimistic but grounded and if the team and fans remember that then this should be a successful and enjoyable season. A new chapter is just beginning for the club we love, and we are now a huge part of what will be written. The excitement is growing….
  6. Tonight sees the Pars return to competitive action for the first time since lifting the League 1 trophy against Peterhead at the end of April. Since then there have been comings, goings and speculation (and some outright bull****) in relation to how Allan Johnston’s squad will take shape for the upcoming Championship season. Whilst fans have seen some of what we can expect in friendlies, with new acquisitions such as Nat Wedderburn, Lee Ashcroft and Gavin Reilly given game time, tonight will surely really show the manager’s intentions for how we can expect his team to line up and play for the season ahead. Fans will be hoping for the swashbuckling attacking of last season, although this must be tempered with the realisation that we will be playing better teams often. The signings of Nat Wedderburn, Gavin Reilly and, just yesterday, Kallum Higginbotham, shows that the manager is fully aware of both the expectation to attack with panache and the need to be cautious in many games. It will be intriguing to see the balance of the team. Tonight of course is the first foray in to the League Cup for the Pars since it was revamped by the brain trust over at the SPFL. The regionalised group stages promise a format that will quickly grow stale and one that favours the larger teams, an elitist approach that helps no one and hinders many given that only the top teams automatically qualify along with the four best places runners up. Draws go straight to a penalty shoot-out, with the winner getting an extra bonus point. Indeed tonight’s opponents, Arbroath, were involved in the first such shoot out after claiming a last minute equaliser in the cup against Dundee United on Friday night. Although they lost the shoot out, they played well in the game and can many positives that they were so competitive with the more illustrious opposition. Arbroath currently sit in League 2. They mounted a challenge for the playoffs last season but fell short. However, they have recruited well over the summer and are seen as contenders once more in the bottom league. That they gave Dundee United such a stern test shows that they are to be taken seriously. As fate would have it, the Pars met Arbroath in their first competitive fixture of last season, running out 1-4 winners at Gayfield in the Challenge Cup. A similar result tonight would be most welcome, and the three points would get us off to a great start in the group, especially given Dundee United only managed 2 points on Friday night and that Inverness struggled to get past Cowdenbeath, needing a 74th minute winner to pick up the three points. Since the groups consist of 5 teams, one team must sit out each round of fixtures, and we did this first, meaning we got to see how everyone got on and can concentrate on the games upcoming without interruption. How popular the new format will be remains to be seen, but with reduced prices (£12 and £6 for concessions), the hottest day of the year so far and a chance for many to see the new look team (in their new strips) for the first time, there should be an air of excitement around East End Park tonight come 19.45.
  7. Captain Deadpool

    Pars vs Peterhead 30/04/16

    Saturday will see the end of season 2015/16 for the Pars. After the dross and humiliation of the previous season, much was expected of new manager Alan Johnston and his new signings. And how they’ve delivered. This Saturday will see the Pars lift the League 1 trophy in the end to the season that all teams dream of at the start. It’s been a season to remember with many enjoyable moments, results, goals, performances and days. There have been very few lows, and even then the team have always managed to bounce back. Thrashing Brechin 1-6 on the opening day of the season; beating Dundee in the League Cup; holding Ross County to a 2-2 draw in the Scottish Cup; the run of 4, 5, 6 and 7 goals scored en route to wins; beating Ayr with 10 men at Somerset; the emotional victory over Cowdenbeath in the 20th anniversary of Norrie’s death; coming from 0-2 down to beat Ayr at East End; the celebration game in Coatbridge. Everyone will have their own favourite memories, and Saturday will surely feature highly. The season began with a solid and comprehensive win at Gayfield in the Challenge Cup. El Baktaoui scored twice in a 1-4 win, in a sign of things to come. The wee Moroccan ace was to feature prominently throughout the season, and Saturday may see his last appearance for the club. Similar speculation exists over Josh Falkingham and Michael Moffat who also have yet to sign a new contract. The title looked to be a contest between the Pars and Ayr, with Ayr sitting top for a considerable period. Later, Peterhead thought to feature in the race for the title. However, the Pars pulled away, eventually beating Ayr three times, including twice away, and continued to put results in whilst Ayr and Peterhead faltered. Those two teams however can be proud of their seasons and will contest the first leg of the Championship playoffs next week in what will surely be two entertaining games. Peterhead are the visitors to East End Park, the only team the Pars have failed to beat in the league this season, with two draws and a win for the Blue Toon. This game then is a chance to put that right, and given the occasion, the home fans expect a strong team to start. With speculation running high, it could be the last time we see certain players pull on the black and white, and this game gives what will surely be a large crowd the chance to thank them for their contributions over the season. For the visitors, their season is not over, as they will face Ayr next week in the first leg of the Championship playoff. Given that, they will surely field a weakened team. Add to that their talisman and top scorer, Rory McAllister, is suspended, and the opportunity for the home team to entertain the home fans with goals and a win before the trophy is a strong possibility. The last two outings have seen the Pars turn in some pretty gash performances and ended in two heavy defeats, with different players and formations tried as the manager looks to see who he will keep in the squad for next season. Unfortunately many of the players given that chance failed to take it in those two games, so if they play any part on Saturday then they must put in the performance of their lives. Whatever the result, come the end of the game the home fans will get to see the team lift the trophy and will get to thank the management and playing staff for a wonderful season. These occasions don’t happen often for us, so make the most of it and enjoy the day. We have a good management team and some good players signed up for next season. In 1996 when we won the league, Bert Paton remarked that he looked around the Premier League and didn’t see much to be afraid of. I believe Alan Johnston can look at the Championship next season and say similar. The hard work continues at East End Park on and off the field, and this season has shown those efforts to be worth it and why they are so important. We must approach next season the same, and whilst we should have confidence and optimism, we must also have patience and understanding, and get and stay behind the team. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Peterhead: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Last Peterhead win v Pars: Peterhead 2 Pars 1 League 1 22/08/15 Last Pars win v Peterhead at EEP: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Last Peterhead win v Pars at EEP: N/A Highest Aggregate: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Highest Pars win: Pars 3 Peterhead 0 League 1 27/09/14 Highest Peterhead win: Peterhead 2 Pars 1 League 1 22/08/15
  8. Captain Deadpool

    Stranraer match preview

    Stranraer vs Pars, Saturday 16th April The Pars travel South (and a fair bit to the West) for the penultimate stop on the ‘League 1 Farewell Tour’ this Saturday as they take on Stranraer (Scotland’s 3rd oldest senior football team) at Stair Park. A long journey to make certainly, but a scenic one and also one to give plenty of time for some libations, which should see a good away support turn up in good cheer. Whether anyone salvaged the inflatables from Coatbridge remains to be seen, but I for one would not be upset to see the Killer Whale again. Whilst the good guys have already won the league, Stranraer will be looking to consolidate their place in 4th in the table, the final playoff spot. They currently sit 3 points ahead of Albion Rovers, and with just three games to go will be looking for full points to strengthen their claim on the final playoff place. The previous 3 meetings between the clubs this season have seen the Pars win, with us having scored a minimum of 3 goals in each of the games (3-1 and 6-1 at East End Park and 0-3 at Stair Park). The last game at Stair Park, the aforementioned 0-3 win in October, saw BRE score his first goal for the first club, with Moffat and the now departed Antoine-Courier getting goals either side of the mighty Ben’s header. It was a game that we controlled for the vast majority and one of the most comfortable victories of the season. A repeat would be lovely. However, the last game out, a 2-2 draw at East End Park against Forfar last week, saw Alan Johnston experiment with his team, giving starts to Duthie and Robinson and selecting less favoured players/fringe players to start over regulars. The biggest omission was that of El Bakhtaoui, currently the focus of many different transfer rumours. The fear here is that with arguably ‘nothing’ to play for (although players will be surely be desperate to prove they are worth a new deal) and with Stranraer having all to play for, the Pars could be in for a tough afternoon. Add to that the unpredictability of the line-up for Dunfermline (BRE upfront? Falkingham in goals? Hutton on the wing?) and players who might not be as familiar with each other (such as the aforementioned Duthie and Robinson, should they start) and doubt certainly creeps in to the minds of the away fans as to the chances of the 3 points, or even 1 point. A loss here wouldn’t be in any way a disaster, what with us being champions and all and having scored loads of goals and generally being rather fantastic and entertaining, but the manager will want to finish the season strongly. It will be intriguing to see who the manager picks, with plenty of talking points and speculation no matter who starts the game. Some could speculate that how we fare depends on who starts. Joe Cardle and Faissal El Bakhtoui, our two top scorers, seem to make things happen out of nothing when they start and add an industry to their trickery and skills, and are two players Stranraer would be delighted to see starting on the bench. Likewise Andy Geggan, the anchor of the team in the middle of the park, will be someone the opposition would be pleased to see start on the bench. However, the Pars have a good squad and whoever takes to the field will not make it easy for Stranraer, with plenty of goals spread throughout the team. As for Stranraer they have a fairly settled team of late, having lost just 3 times since Christmas, that features some names familiar to Pars fans, namely Steven Bell, Andy Stirling, Ryan Thomson and Willie Gibson, two of whom (Gibson and Stirling) scored in their last game as Stranraer impressively saw off Airdire 4-0 at Stair Park. Add to that the reliable Jamie Longworth upfront and quality players such as Lee Mair, Scott Rumsby, Chris Aitken and Scott Robertson and Paul Cairney, all of whom are experienced at a higher level, and the Stair Park team will be able to field a strong starting XI that on their day are a tough opponent for anyone in the league. Don't forget that due to Peterhead's involvement in the Challenge Cup final last weekend the Stranraer team had a weekend off, giving them a chance to rest near the end of a long season. A hard game no doubt, but it should be an entertaining one. Stat Pack: Last Pars win v Stranraer: Pars 6 Stranraer 1 League 1 27/02/16 Last Stranraer win v Pars: Stranraer 5 Pars 1 League 1 28/02/15 Last Pars win v Stranraer at Stair Park: Stranraer 0 Pars 3 League 1 17/10/15 Last Stranraer win v Pars at Stair Park: Stranraer 5 Pars 1 League 1 28/02/15 Highest Aggregate: Pars 9 Stranraer 1 Division 2 12/04/58 Highest Pars win: Pars 9 Stranraer 1 Division 2 12/04/58 Highest Stranraer win: Stranraer 5 Pars 1 League 1 28/02/15
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    Cliftonhill

    You forgot to add 'handsome'
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    City of Culture 2021 bid

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