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CIARAN Diver's debut for Stranraer against Montrose on 25 August saw him join a very select club.

Not many players in the club's long history can say a family member also ran out Stair Park.

Many supporters will remember Ciaran’s dad, Danny, who was also a Stranraer forward.

He enjoyed a spell with the Blues in the 90s, which saw him feature 30 times in the league and find the net on 15 occasions.

The striker would also turn out for East Stirlingshire, Arbroath and Ayr United – among other clubs – as well as enjoying a spell in Belgium and Denmark.

In recognition of the father-son duo, we take a look back at some of the other families to have pulled on a Stranraer shirt.

Stevie and Chris Aitken

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Younger brothers often follow in the footsteps of their big brother, as seen with Ian Smith following elder sibling David to Stair Park this summer.

But one of the best examples at Stranraer comes in the shape of Chris and Stevie Aitken.

Billy McLaren brought older brother Stevie to Stranraer from Greenock Morton in 2001. The midfielder would then remain at the club when Neil Watt and Stuart Millar arrived two years later. Stevie Aitken would become a key part of the team which won back to back promotions from the Third Division up to the First Division.

However, like Watt, he would leave the club after relegation. Stevie was still part of Gerry Britton's squad for the first few months and scored his final goal for the club in a 4-2 defeat to Cowdenbeath before leaving in January.

A stint at Stenhousemuir was followed by a spell at Arthurlie, before Keith Knox brought Stevie back to the club as player/assistant manager. Stevie would go on to replace Knox as manager before moving on to Dumbarton.

Knox also brought younger brother Chris to Stranraer. Chris joined the club from Stirling Albion, having, like Stevie, played for Greenock Morton. Stevie may have played more games at Stair Park but Chris brought goals, with his first coming in a 3-2 defeat to Alloa in just his third game.

Chris became player/coach, before following in his brother's footsteps to become assistant boss under Stevie Farrell.

Kevin and Paul Gaughan

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Not all the families played dozens of games for Stranraer. While Kevin Gaughan played more than 100 times for the Blues, his younger brother Paul managed just a handful.

Kevin enjoyed three separate spells at Stair Park, spread over six years. The defender first moved to the club in 2001 from Stirling Albion and made his debut against Cowdenbeath before scoring a week later away to Stenhousemuir.

His first spell at the club would come to an end in 2003 when he moved to Ochilview but he would be back at the club three years later. Another 35+ appearances followed before he moved to Dumbarton. Then, one final spell saw him return to Stranraer in 2006, where he briefly played alongside his younger brother Paul.

Paul started his career with Hamilton Accies, making more than 75 appearances over a five year spell. A move to Morton followed before he joined his brother at Stair Park in 2004. His spell with the Blues was brief though and he quickly moved on to East Fife and then East Stirlingshire.

The defender made his debut for Stranraer in a 3-0 win over Alloa Athletic in August 2004.

Lloyd and Lewis Kinnaird


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Not all players clock up dozens of appearances for clubs. In fact, Lloyd and Lewis Kinnaird, technically, did not both appear for Stranraer.

Lloyd, who mainly played right back for Stranraer, was the one making appearances for the first team. The defender began his career at Ayr United but failed to make the breakthrough and dropped out of senior football. Instead, Kinnaird, who is now 26, was plucked from Glasgow-based youth side Harmony Row.

The defender started the first league game of 2012/13 on the bench but he quickly became a regular fixture at the back. Kinnaird would go on to 33 appearances in his first season with the Blues under Keith Knox and Stevie Aitken. Lloyd would spend a second season at Stair Park but his appearances were limited to 18 and it was no great surprise that he moved on at the end of the campaign.

However, he was part of the squad that drew at Ibrox, as well as staying up at Stenhousemuir 12 months earlier. His final appearance came away to Rangers in April 2014, when he replaced Mark Docherty for the final five minutes. Since then, he has moved on to East Stirlingshire, where he made more than 50 appearances over two seasons, before a spell at Lowland League side BSC Glasgow.

Before that, Lloyd linked up with his younger brother at Shettleston Juniors. Lewis was a regular in Dexi Wingate and Alan Waddell's under-20s squad and made the first team bench once - an unused substitute in a 6-2 thumping by East Fife. Since then, Lewis has gone to play with Alloa and East Kilbride before settling in the juniors.

Adam and Blair Dougan

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The Dougan family has a lengthy connection with Stranraer Football Club and still live in the town. Dad Micky played for the first team and Blair would go on to do likewise, while Adam was part of the reserve team as well.

Blair, a striker, would make his debut during a 3-0 home defeat to Peterhead in April 2012 when he replaced Craig Malcolm with six minutes left. Rory McAllister scored twice for the Balmoor side with Roy McBain also on target. Blair has since moved on to Wigtown and Bladnoch where he linked up with his brother and dad.

Adam lined up for the Trammondford Park side against Stranraer in 2011 when the Blues made their way to Wigtown in the Scottish Cup. Sean Winter would score a hat-trick that day, while Craig Malcolm and Martin Grehan scored twice and Stuart McColm and Chris Aitken, who missed a penalty, were also on target in a 9-0 win.

One more connection, Stranraer welcomed Wigtown and Bladnoch to Stair Park in the pre-season of 2013, with the Blues running out 5-1 winners, and Adam unlucky in scoring an own goal. Winter and Aitken were again on target, alongside Adam Forde and David McKenna.

Glen and Danny Mitchell

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After starting his career as a youngster at Northampton Town alongside Colin Calderwood, Danny Mitchell returned home in 2007. Danny made his debut against Raith Rovers as a 19-year-old and would become a regular member of the squad over the course of the next five years or so.

The midfielder would score his first senior goal in September 2007. The Blues had found themselves 2-0 down to East Stirlingshire before bouncing back to make it 2-2 and Mitchell would score the winner with just 12 minutes left. In total, Danny would make 167 appearances for Stranraer and find the net on 16 occasions.

Unfortunately, a lack of appearances in his final season led him to feel it was time to move on. After leaving in December 2011, he had a short spell at Annan Athletic, before moving into the Junior ranks with Glenafton Athletic, where he was joined by Glen.

Both brothers then went on to play for Hurlford United under Darren Henderson and lifted the Scottish Junior Cup together in 2013.

Younger brother Glen also made his debut, coincidentally, against Raith Rovers - in January 2009.

He too would go on to become a regular member of the squad and made a total of 42 appearances, finding the net once, against Arbroath in a 4-3 defeat at Stair Park, with Scott Agnew and Armand Oné also on target.

Glen also played alongside his brother in the Scottish Cup, Hurlford's reward for winning the Scottish Junior Cup, which saw them defeat Inverurie Loco Works before losing out to Stirling Albion in a replay after a marathon penalty shootout.
Ciaran Diver will hope to play a part against East Fife on Saturday as Stranraer aim to retain their unbeaten home record.

Admission is £15 for adults, £10 for over 65s, £5 for secondary pupils and free for primary school children.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
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9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)