Spotlight: Ryan Wallace

WallaceNEW signings will be coming through the door at Stair Park between now and the start of the new season, with home fans eager to find new heroes.

Naturally, when a new signing comes, supporters are eager to find out a little bit more about the new arrival.

Join us for a closer look at striker Ryan Wallace, who will be among those looking to win the hearts of the Blues faithful over the next 12 months.

Off to a flyer

FANS like it when players score on their debut.

Look at Christian Nadé against Annan Athletic last year, or Craig Malcolm against East Stirlingshire back in 2010. It's a sure fire way to win over your new fans.

Indeed, they must have been dancing in the streets of Raith when Wallace scored just 43 minutes into his senior debut in 2009 at Partick Thistle.

Wallace, who was just a teenager, was partnered up front by future Scotland international Johnny Russell, with Robert Sloan also finding the target. It was a bit of a Stranraer fest, as lining up for Thistle were John Robertson, Paul Cairney and Mark Corcoran, while David McGurn, Gregory Tadé and Mark Campbell were in the visiting side.

The frontman's loan spell in Kirkcaldy was brief - it only stretched to four games - but he made an impression.
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Undefeated in the Premiership

THERE is unlikely to be a long list of players in the current Stranraer squad who can say they are unbeaten in Scotland's top flight. Granted, the new Stair Park signing's career in the Scottish Premiership only stretches to 38 minutes, but he didn't taste defeat over that time.

Wallace's debut for Hearts came on 23 January 2010 as a 19 year old at Ibrox, with his side down to ten men after Christian Nadé was sent off.

However, a goal from Scott Robinson (now with Livingston) looked like having the Tynecastle team on track for an impressive win. Wallace replaced Robinson with ten minutes left, but Rangers would equalise in injury time through Andy Little to salvage a 1-1 draw.

Wallace got some more game time the following week, with the Jambos back at home and welcoming Hamilton Academical. The scores were level at 0-0 when Wallace came on for Calum Elliot just after the hour mark.

David Obua (pictured) would score for Hearts two minutes later, and the win was wrapped up ten minutes from time when fellow substitute David Templeton (now with Accies) scored ten minutes from time.

Wallace would leave Hearts in summer 2010, having helped them score four points out of six in his two appearances.
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Firing 'em in for the Fifers

GOALS win games and following a spell at Airdrie, Wallace would find the net on a regular basis for East Fife during the 2011/12 season.

The hitman rattled home 23 goals for East Fife on the way to a sixth-placed finish in Division Two - 20 of those goals coming in just 32 league appearances.

However, Wallace's first two goals came in cup competitions - the first in a thumping open day 6-1 win away to Montrose in the Challenge Cup, followed up a week later at Bayview in a 2-1 win over Elgin City in the League Cup.

Indeed, it took the striker until the 4th league game of the season to score. That goal against Cowdenbeath was followed by goals in each of the next four games as he finished 2011 with a goal tally of 10.

The forward's fine form continued into the New Year, with 9 goals in the final 7 games.
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Ginger Boots

FOOTBALL is obviously a team game, but individual awards are always a nice bonus.

The IRN-BRU Ginger Boot was created by the then-league sponsors to reward players who hit a purple patch in front of goal during any calendar month.

Two Stranraer players lifted the award, with Armand Oné notably presented with a pair of orange boots at Stair Park after a fine February in 2011 saw him score six goals in four games, including a hat-trick against East Stirlingshire.

Midfielder Stephen Stirling matched the feat at the end of 2011, when he scored five goals in five games, including a late, late, late strike at home to Peterhead.
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However, Ryan Wallace boasts the impressive achievement of having won the IRN-BRU Ginger Boot twice - and being only the fourth player with a Stranraer connection to do so.

Wallace was the penultimate winner of the award, receiving it in March 2012. Strangely, he didn't actually score in East Fife's first three games of that month, before going goal crazy and rattling home six in the next three!

A double away to Dumbarton was followed by a hat trick at Brechin, before he netted the opener in a 1-1 draw at home to Stenhousemuir.

Incidentally, Darren Gribben, who had two spells at Stranraer, is the only other player with a Blues connection to nab the award. He received the prestigious boots in September 2010, and again in November the following year - both times with Berwick Rangers.
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Ending the Stair Park drought

STRANRAER fans will be hoping to see Wallace celebrating plenty over the next 12 months.

Despite being a real thorn in the side for the Blues in recent years, the striker has never found the net at Stair Park.

Last season was a good one for Wallace, who found the net three times in two games at Cliftonhill for Albion Rovers against Stranraer last season.

However, in his one trip to Wigtownshire, he was on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat, with Craig Thomson's double and Mark McGuigan's strike the difference on the day.

Wallace also played at Stair Park for Dunfermline Athletic the season before, but despite the Pars finding the net on four occasions, he was not one of the goalscorers.

Fingers crossed that changes very quickly.

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 2 6
2 Raith Rovers 2 4
3 Arbroath 2 4
4 East Fife 2 3
5 Albion Rovers 2 3
6 Forfar Athletic 2 3
7 STRANRAER 2 3
8 Airdrieonians 2 1
9 Alloa Athletic 2 1
10 Queen's Park 2 0

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