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ANOTHER campaign has come and gone with Stranraer using 31 different players between July last year and earlier this month.

Some of those have played literally thousands of minutes while a select few have been unused substitutes.

Each of them has played a part though under Stevie Farrell, as the manager's attention moves to next season’s squad.

In part one, we take a look at 16 of the players to have been involved in Stranraer games this term.

1 - Max Currie
Games played: 40
Minutes played: 3,551
Goals scored: -

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UNDISPUTED number one for the season really came into his own.

Max Currie played the final 14 games of last term after Cameron Belford left the club. Given the chance to make the number one jersey his own and immediately did that.

Was the penalty shoot-out hero against former club Motherwell in the Betfred Cup. Sent off late on in the IRN-BRU Cup clash with Partick Thistle but he grew as a performer as the season wore on.

He then made his 50th appearance for the club away to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup. Was sent off against Arbroath in March but bounced back to finish the season strongly and pick up a handful of end of season awards.

Will return for his fifth season at Stair Park after signing a new deal.

1 - Ross Lundy
Games played: -
Minutes played: -
Goals scored: -

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MAX Currie’s suspension following a red card against Arbroath meant the door was opened for Lyle Avci to take the starting berth in Stevie Farrell’s team.

When Stranraer made the trip north to Links Park at the end of March, there was a place on the bench for Ross Lundy. The former Largs Thistle shotstopper was an unused substitute against Montrose.

1 - Euan Brown
Games played: -
Minutes played: -
Goals scored: -

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ANOTHER who received a call following Max Currie’s sending off against Arbroath.

Lyle Avci was promoted from the bench, which allowed Euan Brown, from Stranraer’s South of Scotland team, a space among the substitutes.

Brown was the back-up goalkeeper on a Tuesday evening in March when Brechin City made the trip to Stair Park. However, he did not need to get his gloves dirty with Avci playing the 90 minutes.

2 - Daniel Higgins
Games played: 8 (3)
Minutes played: 620
Goals scored: -

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SIGNED on loan from Kilmarnock in September, Daniel Higgins made 11 appearances for the Blues.

The 21-year-old made his debut in a 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir, stepping off the bench to replace Luke Donnelly with 16 minutes left. Higgins’ appearances were split between defence and midfield and he made his first start the following weekend away to Brechin City.

The former Dundee man made his final appearance against Montrose at the beginning of January. Higgins returned to Rugby Park and has been part of Steve Clarke’s first team squad, although he has made no further appearances so far.

2/19 - Alistair McColm
Games played: - (2)
Minutes played: 46
Goals scored: -

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HOTLY-TIPPED youngster has been a regular in Gary McCutcheon and Sanny Sutherland’s South of Scotland team which went through the league season undefeated.

Impressive form caught the eye of Stevie Farrell, with Alistair McColm then training once a week with the first team.

Semi-regular on the bench in the second half of the season, McColm finally got the call on 20 April. The Port William teenager got the final few seconds against Brechin City – replacing Cameron Elliott seconds after he had scored his first goal for the club.

McColm got further minutes on the last day of the season when he played the second half against Airdrie after replacing Mark Lamont.

3 - Chris McGowan
Games played: 11 (1)
Minutes played: 930
Goals scored: 2

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OPENED the scoring with the club’s first goal of the season.

Chris McGowan’s header after four minutes against Queen of the South was an ideal start to the campaign.

The defender slotted in at left back following the departure of Liam Dick last season and continued in that role at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, failed to cement that position and found himself on the bench at the beginning of December.

Replaced Andy McDonald with 25 minutes left to play and the Blues 3-1 down against East Fife. Set up Innes Cameron and then scored spectacular free-kick to notch up his second goal of the season and rescue a point.

Unfortunately, injury curtailed his involvement in the second half of the campaign. Final appearance came at Airdrie, when he was replaced for the final 11 minutes by Ciaran Diver. Released at the end of the campaign.

4 - Andy McDonald
Games played: 32 (1)
Minutes played: 2,770
Goals scored: 1

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SUMMER signing from St Mirren Andy McDonald made a total of 33 appearances for Stranraer.

The defender, who played at the heart of the defence and full-back, made his debut against Queen of the South.

He played every minute of the season until Airdrie in September when his afternoon was cut short eight minutes for time after a tackle on Kieran Millar. Came back into the team at the end of the month against Brechin and was a regular fixture in the first team.

Picked up a second red card, this time against Dumbarton, and again spent time on the sidelines. Scored a consolation up at Montrose and helped the Stranraer defence hold firm over the final few weeks with David Brownlie, Adam Cummins and Christopher McGowan all missing.

Defender was one of those who was let go at the end of the season.

5 - David Brownlie
Games played: 32
Minutes played: 2,779
Goals scored: 2

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NO NONSENSE defender David Brownlie formed part of the central defence alongside Adam Cummins and Andy McDonald.

One of the many summer signings, he began his Stair Park career on the bench against Queen of the South but played 90 minutes the following week against Motherwell. From then on, he was a regular in Stevie Farrell’s team and notched up his first goal for the club when he capitalised on Cameron Elliott bringing the ball down against Montrose.

Always looked a threat from set pieces and doubled his goal tally when he scored in the 3-2 victory over Dumbarton. Injury against Montrose ended his season early and it meant he missed the final five games, which was a blow.

Strangely, the defender picked up eight yellow cards for Stranraer – with all of them coming between August and December 1 last year.

6 - Connor McManus
Games played: 39 (2)
Minutes played: 3,559
Goals scored: 2

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CENTRAL midfielder – and occasional centre half – Connor McManus enjoyed an impressive debut season with Stranraer.

Showed his ability in pulling the strings and picking a pass in the Blues’ midfield and formed a solid partnership with Kyle Turner.

Scored first goal for the club in victory over Forfar at the beginning of December and would be on target against Jim Weir’s men when they returned to Stair Park in April. In between times, he was a key figure in Stevie Farrell’s team, missing just two games through injury.

Returned to the team and never looked back. Spent the final six weeks or so at the heart of the Stranraer defence with David Brownlie, Adam Cummins and Christopher McGowan sidelined and did admirably.

Signed a new deal to stay with the club.

7 - Mark Lamont
Games played: 17 (12)
Minutes played: 1,579
Goals scored: 1

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INJURY interrupted Mark Lamont’s single season with Stranraer.

An ankle injury prevented him from getting up to speed and his ability was only shown on occasions. Featured 29 times over the season but a dozen of those came from the bench, with the 26-year-old only completing 90 minutes on four occasions before the end of the year.

Showed his ability with assists against Arbroath in the Scottish Cup and Raith Rovers in the comeback win in April among others.

Finally grabbed his first goal of the season in April and it proved a vital one. Midfielder opened the scoring against Brechin City with a cool finish.

Left the club at the end of the season, with a career change seeing his chances of playing on a Saturday reduced.

8 - Kyle Turner
Games played: 40 (1)
Minutes played: 3,610
Goals scored: 8


ARGUABLY Stranraer’s player of the season, Kyle Turner produced his most impressive campaign in his fourth year with the club.

Missed just two games all term – the defeat to Edinburgh City and the final day defeat to Airdrie – and scored a number of important goals for the club.

Found the target in the defeat to Queen of the South on July 14 before notching the first in a victory over Stenhousemuir after linking up with Luke Donnelly. Long-range effort against Dumbarton before Christmas proved vital, as did equaliser against Arbroath and goal against Raith Rovers. Helped spark the comeback against Raith Rovers in April, which went a long way to securing safety.

Eight goals for the season and maturing into an increasingly important all-round midfielder with the Blues.

Has been offered a contract to stay with the club.

9 - Joao Victoria
Games played: 12 (3)
Minutes played: 990
Goals scored: 4

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IMPACTFUL loan signing Joao Victoria scored four goals as Stranraer secured League One football for the coming season.

Frontman had already scored eight times for Airdrie, including against Stevie Farrell’s men, before making the move down the A77 in January.

Immediately got on the scoresheet with a debut strike against East Fife in a 4-3 defeat. Scored a fantastic long range drive against Raith Rovers before missing a glaring chance against Brechin City in a midweek disappointment.

Vowed to make up for it and did just that with one of the quickest goals seen at Stair Park in many years with a strike after 31 seconds against Forfar.

Then, claimed the winner at Stark’s Park with a last minute header for the Blues first win in Kirkcaldy in the league since 1984.

9 - Isaac Layne
Games played: 7 (3)
Minutes played: 526
Goals scored: 1

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STRIKER Isaac Layne’s time with the Blues was blighted with injury, which ultimately cut short his time with the club.

Made his debut against Queen of the South on the opening day of the campaign, which saw Stranraer impress but come up short against their rivals. Layne followed that up with another impressive showing against Motherwell, where he scored his only goal for the club to ensure the game went to penalties, where Stranraer won.

However, a knee injury saw him miss the game against Edinburgh City. That knee injury, which turned out to be a serious injury, limited his impact before the club allowed him to leave. Final appearance came against Raith Rovers in October.

10 - Alistair McCann
Games played: 13
Minutes played: 1,170
Goals scored: 1

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ON-LOAN St Johnstone midfielder Alistair McCann made a real impression on the Stair Park faithful after joining in February.

The 19-year-old was an unused substitute as Dumbarton won in Stranraer for the first time in 16 years. Then, featured in each of the next 13 games, playing 90 minutes on every occasion.

Grew into the role and became more confident as time went on. The loan spell undoubtedly benefited McCann, who had previously only played the occasional game or under-20s football.

Cherry on the cake was his first-ever senior goal, which came against Brechin City in the vital relegation clash in April. Cameron Elliott fired in a low cross and McCann was waiting in the centre of the goal for an easy tap-in.

Impressive form resulted in a new one-year deal with the Perth outfit.

10 - Luke Donnelly
Games played: 21 (3)
Minutes played: 1,812
Goals scored: 5


SIX months with the club yielded five goals, before a move to Arbroath resulted in League One title glory.

Luke Donnelly’s debut goal against Queen of the South was scrappy and did not hint at what was to come.

Instead, the signing from Queen’s Park scored a wonderful solo effort at Gayfield when he picked up the ball in midfield and skipped through his future employer’s defence before rounding Darren Jamieson to score.

Stepped off the bench to level things at Brechin before scoring at Raith Rovers the following month. Final strike, against Forfar, was another impressive one before the move to Angus.

Demonstrated glimpses of his ability and always looked likely to open up a defence.

11 - Grant Anderson
Games played: 28 (10)
Minutes played: 2,502
Goals scored: 7


A SEASON of two halves for midfielder/striker Grant Anderson.

Started the campaign in impressive fashion with goals against Clyde and Edinburgh City in the Betfred Cup. Then grabbed the first goal of the league season when he rounded Kieron Wright and squeezed the ball home from a tight angle.

Continued to be a real nuisance and reliable in front of goal with an acrobatic volley against Montrose before a delightful lob over Robbie Mutch in a victory over Dumbarton. A second half strike against Stenhousemuir helped the Blues to another three points but his afternoon was cut short against his former side when he was brought down by Alan Cook.

Missed a month of the campaign and would find the net just once more – against East Fife.

Continued to provide an option up front and in midfield but never really got back to that form from of July to November.
Check back for the second and final part of our season review in the coming days.

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1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16

2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID/STR)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Ryan Stevenson (STR)
10 - Denny Johnstone (STR)
11 - Joao Victoria (MID/STR)

12 - Carlo Pignatiello (DEF/MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
16 - Lewis McIntyre (DEF)
20 - Jordan Ross (MID)

21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)