Five For Friday: One Hit Wonders

FFF OneNOT every player clocks up hundreds of appearances for a football club.

For every David Mitchell, Grant Gallagher, Sean Winter, Craig Malcolm and Michael Moore, who have clocked up more than 200 appearances for Stranraer, there are players who pull on the blue shirt and take to the pitch just the once.

The footballing equivalent of a musical one hit wonder like Las Ketchup, Mr Oizo or Doop. We take a look at five players who did just that.
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Kyle Rafferty

If you are going to play one senior game in Scottish football where would you choose? Celtic Park? Ibrox? How about Hampden Park?

Scotland's national stadium is a great place to make an appearance and that is exactly what Kyle Rafferty did when he made his debut for Stranraer in November 2012.

The Blues had drawn 1-1 with the Spiders in the Scottish Cup third round. The visitors, featuring a number of players who played or would play at a higher level, such as Neil Parry, future Scotland international Andrew Robertson, Jamie Longworth and Lawrence Shankland, took a 1-0 lead through David Anderson. However, Craig Malcolm would level things with 18 minutes left to play to ensure a trip to Glasgow.

Home advantage was clearly not working in Queen's Park's favour though as the Blues ran out 4-1 winners. A Sean Winter hat-trick had the Blues well on top, with Chris Aitken also finding the target. That just left Rafferty to make his debut, replacing Aitken with four minutes left.

Rafferty would go on to feature in the Juniors with Arthurlie, where he suffered a horrible leg break, and is now with Kilbirnie Ladeside. The midfielder is not the only ex-Blue in the Blasties squad, joining Mark Staunton, Martin Grehan and Adam Forde.
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Robbie McKillop

Stuart McColm scored 25 goals for Stranraer, with perhaps his best game in a Stranraer shirt coming against Berwick Rangers in March 2010. The striker's pace was a major weapon and, when he hit his stride, his opponents struggled to keep up with him.

The best example was the game against the Wee Gers when he scored a hat-trick. Two goals in the first half had Stranraer well in control and his third, just before the hour mark, had the points secure.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the park was David Mitchell. The goalkeeper was in his first year with the Blues and had already impressed. Unfortunately, it was also the season where Ryan Marshall suffered a serious head injury. The shotstopper missed much of that season and the Blues had to look for a back up option to Mitchell.

One of those was former Greenock Morton goalkeeper Robbie McKillop. The goalkeeper had spent time at Pollok in the Junior ranks when the call came to return to senior football. After a handful of games on the bench, he was called on when Mitchell went off with a minute to play. Unfortunately, there was no clean sheet for McKillop, as Oliver Russell scored in stoppage time. Stranraer did pick up all three points though.
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Gerry Britton

He is, of course, better known as a former Stranraer manager but Gerry Britton also pulled on the blue shirt of Stranraer.

The striker enjoyed a fruitful career at a handful of clubs, scoring goals at Partick Thistle, Dunfermline and Dundee. He also bagged a hat-trick on his last game for Livingston, featuring future Blues in Alex Burns and Brian McPhee, in a 5-0 win over Airdrie.

His single appearance in a Stranraer shirt came against Peterhead in 2006. The Blues had opened the scoring through David Hamilton's penalty but were pegged back with seven minutes left through Dougie Cameron. Fortunately, the Blues recovered and found the winning goal through Mark Crilly, a man not renowned for his goalscoring in a Stranraer shirt.

With five minutes left, Britton came off the bench for Alex Burns and the Stair Park side would go on to pick up three points.
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Liam Rowan

If you want to win over your potential new fans, what better way to do it than appearing against your club's derby rivals?

Liam Rowan made his only appearance for the Blues on the opening day of last season. Brian Reid's men made the journey along the A75 to Dumfries where they took on Queen of the South.

There were plenty of new faces among the Stranraer team with Conor Brennan, Dale Keenan, Paul Cairney, Ryan Thomson and Mark McGuigan among the debutants and Andy Stirling making his 'second debut'. On the bench were fellow new boys Max Currie and Lee Mair, with Peter McGill and Liam Rowan there as trialists.

Former Falkirk and Arbroath man Rowan replaced Craig Malcolm for the final 11 minutes but could not help the Blues find an equaliser to Derek Lyle's strike. Instead, Ryan Conroy's late goal means it is now 11 years since Stranraer defeated Queen of the South, with Lee Sharp's goal the difference in January 2006.

The right back, who can also play midfield, has since gone on to join Pollok.
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Paul Martin

Paul Martin made more than 400 career appearances but just a single one came in a Stranraer shirt.

The defender had enjoyed an impressive career with Kilmarnock, where he clocked up more than 100 appearances and then joined Hamilton Academicals.

The future Albion Rovers boss joined Stranraer on loan in 1990 and made his debut against Stenhousemuir. Unfortunately, he didn't last the full 90 minutes and was sent off on his debut.

Doubly unfortunate was that he was then suspended and never made a second appearance.

Of course, he would then go on to clock up more than 100 appearances for Dumbarton, and he also played for Albion Rovers and Queen's Park.

The central defender would go into management with Dumbarton but is probably better known for his time at Albion Rovers.

The Cliftonhill side would deny Stranraer promotion in 2012, despite losing the first leg 2-0 at Stair Park. Eventually, after a 3-1 win in Coatbridge, Albion would come out on top after a penalty shoot-out. Martin would step down soon afterwards having kept the side in the Second Division.
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