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THE Proclaimers sang about walking 500 miles, but they would need to walk a little bit further if they were doing a round trip from "lowly" Stranraer to Brora.

Three hundred and nine miles separate Stair Park from Dudgeon Park and represents one of the longest possible journeys in the Scottish Cup.

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It is the first meeting of the two sides, but far from the first time Stranraer have faced off against a team from the Highland League.

The Blues have had mixed fortunes over the years against more than half a dozen different teams from the north of Scotland.

Ahead of the visit of the two-time Highland League champions, we have a look back at five previous encounters between the Clayholers and the teams from the Highland League.

Stranraer 3 Buckie Thistle 1 (VIDEO)
Scorers: Stranraer - Nequecaur, McGuigan and Thomson; Buckie Thistle - Napier
November 28, 2015

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COMING into a potential cup banana skin on the back of six games without a win is far from ideal.

Brian Reid's Stranraer welcomed Buckie Thistle to Stair Park just two years ago hoping to win at Stair Park for the first time since the beginning of August.

The manager made three changes from the side which had drawn at Forfar seven days earlier. There was no place in the team for Dale Keenan or Jamie McCluskey, while Liam Dick was on loan from Falkirk and sat out the cup tie.

That meant David Barron stepping off the bench, with Mark McGuigan and Steven Bell also coming into the team.

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Argentinean striker Luciano Nequecaur scored his only goal for the club when he nodded home Paul Cairney's cross and things seemed wrapped up when Mark McGuigan doubled the advantage in the second half.

However, Paul Napier capitalised on some slack defending and turned up the heat before Ryan Thomson ensured Stranraer's progression.

Stranraer: McGurn, Robertson, Pettigrew, Barron (McCloskey 85), Rumsby, Cairney (Turner 80), Bell, Thomson, Malcolm, McGuigan (McGill 77), Nequecaur.

Not used: Rowan and Currie

Inverurie Loco Works 2 Stranraer 1
Scorers: Inverurie Loco Works - Singer and Gauld; Stranraer - Moore
October 24, 2009


IT IS a long way to Inverurie but it must have felt like an even longer road back after Stranraer tumbled out of the cup at Harlaw Park.

The 2009/10 season was very much one of transition. Keith Knox had taken charge of his hometown club following a 2-8 hammering against Stirling Albion the season beforehand.


Relegation back to the Third Division followed after just three wins in all competitions from 39 games and it was always going to take time to get things heading in the right direction.

The Blues had already beaten last season's win tally before they made the long trip north.

Things seemed to be going in Stranraer's favour when Michael Moore put them in front in the first half.

However, the visitors were not in front for long as Richie Singer's free-kick levelled things on 17 minutes.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and Neil Gauld created the headlines before Murray Henderson was sent off late on to wrap up a miserable day for the Blues.

Stranraer: David Mitchell, G Mitchell, Sharp, Agostini, Henderson, Donald (Montgomerie 69), McGeouch (Jones 75), Danny Mitchell, Moore, Jack, Noble.
Not used: Wright, Bouadji and Wight.

Clachnacuddin 0 Stranraer 2
Scorers: Stranraer - Moore and Jenkins
November 22, 2003


THE 2003/04 season is likely one that sticks in the memory of Stranraer fans.

The Blues were promoted as champions from the Third Division on the last day after a 4-0 win at home to Albion Rovers, with David Graham's brace on top of Michael Moore and Kevin Finlayson's strikes sending the Stair Park crowd crazy.

There were just a handful of defeats in the second half of the season after Stranraer's Scottish Cup journey had been brought to an end by Hamilton Academicals on December 27, 2003.

Before that, the Blues had made a long journey - more than 250 miles - to Inverness to face Clachnacuddin having won seven of their last nine games.

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The game was effectively wrapped up in the final five minutes of the first half. Michael Moore's penalty three minutes from the break was very quickly added to by Allan Jenkins and that was all she wrote.

Stranraer: McCondichie, Swift, Wright, Sharp, Wingate, Henderson, Jenkins, Aitken, Finlayson (Marshall 85), Graham, Moore.
Not used: McAllister, Kerr, McDonald and Meechan.

Stranraer 2 Fraserburgh 1
Scorers: Stranraer - Kinnaird x2; Fraserburgh - Hunter
January 10, 1998

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NEARLY 20 years ago, Stranraer faced off against Fraserburgh for the first time in their history.

The Broch made the 270 mile trip from Scotland's north east to the country's south west having knocked out Clyde in the previous round.

However, that was far as the then two-time Highland League champions would go.

Two first half goals from Paul Kinnaird seemed to have the hosts well in control. However, Kris Hunter's strike four minutes from time ensured it was a nervy finish.

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Kinnaird had something of a nomadic career, joining the Blues from Ayr and moving on to Ross County. His double, which included a 20 yard volley, earned him man of the match and set up a tie with the cup holders, Kilmarnock.

Hunter's goal near the end of the game ensured a frantic few minutes but Gary Matthews pulled off a late save to deny Michael McCafferty.

Jerome Vareille and Mark Roberts would end Stranraer's own Scottish Cup dream in the next round just a fortnight later.

Stranraer: Matthews, Knox, Black, Watson, Campbell, George, Lansdowne, Docherty, Kinnaird, McAulay, Young (English 71).
Not used: McCaffrey and Ramsay

Huntly 1 Stranraer 2
Scorers: Huntly - De Barros; Stranraer - Duncan and Sloan
January 22, 1994

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THE 1990s were probably one of the best times to be a Huntly fan. Five league titles ensured a decade to remember, and in 1992 there was a cup shock.

The Black and Golds were 4-2 winners over Stranraer at Christie Park.

So, when the Blues were paired with a trip back to Huntly in 1994, the long-travelled Wigtownshire fans could be forgiven for not relishing the trip.

This time the long journey would prove worthwhile.

Still, it was far from straight forward with Marco De Barros, who would enjoy spells with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Peterhead, putting the hosts in front with less than quarter of an hour played.

Huntly had beaten Albion Rovers in the first round and looked on course for an upset until Graham Duncan smashed home a penalty with just over quarter of an hour left to play.

Then, the game was turned on its head when Tommy Sloan headed home the winning goal.

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Stranraer would go on to beat Falkirk before losing out to Airdrie in the fourth round.

Stranraer: Duffy, Millar, Hughes, Spittal (Ferguson), Brannigan, Gallagher, Sloan, Grant, Duncan, Cody (McLean), Henderson.

Get your photo taken with the famous Scottish Cup trophy on Saturday at Stair Park, with reduced entry prices for our Brora Rangers tie:

Adults £12, Concessions (65+, FTE) £6, Secondary £3, Primary FREE

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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

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