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RECORDS are made to be broken and Stranraer will head to Broadwood looking to do just that.

Cumbernauld has not been a happy hunting ground for the Blues in recent years, with just one win since the turn of the millennium.

Now, Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell is looking to make it a first three points at the home of Clyde since Alan Lansdowne scored in 1998.

Farrell said: “I went to watch Clyde last week against Queen of the South and they were very good.

“They deserved their victory and we know it is a very difficult place to go.

“I think I heard somebody say we had won twice in 27 games, which is absolutely amazing.

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“That is not a good record but they are only as good as yesterday.”

Stranraer will be boosted by a familiar face joining their ranks.

Andy Stirling signed for a third time – joining a very select few players to have played over three spells for the Blues – until the end of the season.

The midfielder has put pen to paper on a deal having left Alloa Athletic and will wear the number 77.

Farrell said: “He is a player that people like to watch.

“He leaves his mark on the game and hopefully he can leave his mark on a number of games between now and the end of the season.

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“He loves the club and he has got a great affinity with Stranraer.

“There is a trust there between us.

“I trust him and he trusts me as a coach and as a manager.

“When you have got that personal relationship it goes a long way.”

Once again, Stranraer will not have a full squad to pick from.

Lee Hamilton and David Dangana both broke down in training on Thursday and join Grant Gallagher and Carlo Pignatiello (pictured) on the sidelines.

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Farrell was confident Pignatiello would be back in time for next week’s visit of Falkirk, with Dangana and Hamilton expected to be out for a further week.

The Blues have not taken to the pitch since a 2-1 defeat to Peterhead at the end of last month.

Stranraer have conceded twice or more on seven occasions this season and Farrell acknowledged it was no secret as to the club’s Achilles heel.

A focus has been placed on ensuring it is more difficult for the opposition to find a way through to ensure Stranraer give themselves a fighting chance of getting three points.

The manager said: “We cannot keep conceding two goals.

“We will certainly score and we look like a team that always looks to score.”

Last meeting
Stranraer 1-3 Clyde
Tuesday 24 July 2018

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CUP clashes have very much been the order of the day when Stranraer have played Clyde in recent years.

In fact, the last league meeting took place in April 2012 with the two sides having met four times in various cups since then.

Stranraer have won two of those encounters, with Clyde winning the most recent. That came just last year with the visitors to Stair Park wrapping up the win before half time.

Stevie Farrell made three changes from the side that had defeated Motherwell with Jamie Hamill, Mark Lamont and Max Ashmore brought in for Connor McManus, Grant Anderson and Luke Donnelly.

Stranraer trailed 3-0 at the break with David Goodwillie scoring twice before Martin McNiff made it three. McManus, Anderson and Donnelly were all brought on at the break, with Anderson managing to reduce the deficit.

Stranraer: M Currie, McGowan (McManus 46), McDonald, Brownlie (Anderson 46), D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, Turner, Ashmore (Donnelly 46), Lamont, Layne.
Not used: Elliott, Lidington, I Smith and Avci.

Clyde: B Currie, Stewart, Rumsby, McNiff, Cuddihy, Rankin, McStay (Ferns 89), Love (Lamont 73), Grant, Nicoll, Goodwillie.
Not used: Duffy, Cogill, Gorman, Boyle and Hughes.

Last five meetings

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Stranraer 1 Clyde 3 (Anderson; Goodwillie x2 and McNiff) at Stair Park on July 24, 2018
Clyde 2 Stranraer 3 (McNiff and Osadolor; Agnew (P), Stewart (OG) and Wallace) at Broadwood Stadium on August 15, 2017
Stranraer 4 Clyde 1 (Docherty, McKeown, Longworth and Grehan; Watt) at Stair Park on December 10, 2013
Clyde 1 Stranraer 1 (MacDonald; Longworth) at Broadwood Stadium on November 30, 2013
Clyde 2 Stranraer 1 (Brannan and Belkouche (OG); Moore) at Broadwood Stadium on April 7, 2012

Last five games

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LOSS v Peterhead (H): 1-2 (Dangana)
LOSS v Dumbarton (A): 3-1 (Murphy)
WIN v Raith Rovers (H): 3-2 (McManus, Dangana and Elliott)
LOSS v Rangers Colts (H): 0-2
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-0


WIN v Queen of the South (H): 3-2 (McStay, Goodwillie (P) and McNiff)
DRAW v Forfar Athletic (A): 0-0
WIN v Falkirk (H): 1-0 (Lamont)
LOSS v Airdrieonians (A): 3-1 (Goodwillie)
WIN v Motherwell Colts (H): 4-0 (Goodwillie, Love, McNiff and Devine (OG))

Last time out

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Stranraer v Peterhead: Burgess, Robertson, Allan, Cummins, Hamilton, Hamill, McManus, Elliott (Jones 69), Thomson, Hilton (I Smith 77), Stewart (Dangana 69).
Not used: Currie.

Clyde v Queen of the South: Mitchell, Howie, Rumsby, Lyon (Wallace 84), McNiff, Grant, McStay, Lamont, Love (Johnston 46), Smith (Cuddihy 71), Goodwillie.
Not used: Duffy and McGee.

Craig Napier

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AYMEN Souda’s strike on the half time whistle proved the winner when Craig Napier took charge of Stranraer versus Livingston earlier this season.

The Lions scored twice in three minutes before the break with Steven Lawless scoring from the penalty spot before Souda doubled the advantage. However, the Blues fought back in the second half with Cameron Elliott scoring but Stranraer were unable to find a leveller.

The very end of last season saw Mr Napier visit Broadwood Stadium with Clyde defeating Edinburgh City to reach the play-off final for a spot in League One. The Bully Wee already led 1-0 from the first leg against Edinburgh City and sealed their place in the final against Annan with a 3-0 win. Kristoffer Syversten scored before the break and Alistair Love and David Goodwillie wrapped up the win.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish
Our new 3rd kit is now available at Stair Park on matchdays, or at our online Club Shop:

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1 Raith Rovers 24 46
2 Falkirk 23 42
3 Airdrieonians 25 42
4 East Fife 24 39
5 Montrose 23 38
6 Dumbarton 24 29
7 Peterhead 24 25
8 Clyde 23 25
9 Forfar Athletic 24 23
10 Stranraer 24 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)

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