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  1. A fixture that will no doubt garner more interest than under normal circumstances due to the precarious positions of both clubs in the current standings, this Saturday will see Albion Rovers play host to Berwick Rangers at the Reigart Demolitions Stadium (formerly Cliftonhill). Albion come into this game having lost 8 straight games, conceding 20 and scoring 1 (five matches ago against Edinburgh City). Their last (and indeed only) league win dates back to September, with their most recent match (last Saturday v. Annan) being a 4-0 spanking. The wee Rovers sit tenth in the standings with 7 points and a goal difference of minus 44 Rangers have lost 7 games on the spin, conceding 21 and scoring 3. Their most recent match was a reasonably close fought 1-2 at home against Annan yesterday, but it did little to dispell the memories of a shambolic 7-1 at Hampden earlier this month. The Dream Team have garnered 14 points so far, thanks in no small part to two wins over Albion Rovers, with a goal difference of minus 42. A win for Berwick will give them a ten point lead over Rovers with 8 games left to play for the latter, whilst the Coatbridge side will close the gap to safety to just four points with a win. With Cove or East Kilbride very able and willing to operate the Trapdoor at the end of the season, this is a match neither team can afford to lose.
  2. Current Standings With the end of the 2018/2019 season looming and some League 2 teams having already booked their holiday tickets, Berwick Rangers and Albion Rovers will meet on Saturday the 27th of April for what may prove to be the deciding match in the relegation battle this year. As can be seen, the Wee Rovers hold a five point advantage over the Wee 'Gers, with a significantly better goal difference to boot. Albion Rovers Having experienced what for all intents and purposes is a footballing resurrection since John Brogan was kicked to the curb earlier in the season, Albion Rovers are fresh off the back of a creditable 3-2 win over Edinburgh City and a hard-fought last minute draw versus table toppers Peterhead. These results coupled with a string of three wins in March have seen the club once thought dead and buried return to the land of the living, much to the delight (and surprise) of their fans and well-wishers from the larger football community. A draw versus Berwick Rangers will seal Rovers' safety and the completion of what the club's Twitter has coined #thegreatestescape. Gaffer Kevin Harper will look to secure a bronze statue of himself standing outside Coatbridge by clinching this final point needed to preserve Albion Rovers' League membership. Berwick Rangers On the other side of the Border, Berwick Rangers are finishing the season in the same way Albion Rovers started theirs; slumping to heavy defeats while conceding for fun and failing to convert any chances on the opposition's side of the field. The Black and Gold haven't scored a single goal since their coupon-busting 2-0 win over Peterhead on the 19th of March, recording five straight defeats with 17 goals scored by the opposition. The win over Peterhead was Berwick's only victory over the past 21(!) games, which included just four draws; the mathematicians among us will tell you that this means the Dream Team have taken 7 points from a possible 63. Nothing short of a win will be enough to keep Berwick's hopes of 9th place alive - which will be the target with previously injured Ousman 'Ouzy' See and Jordan Orru returning to the fold. They join a squad of which more than a dozen members were recruited by current manager Johnny Harvey. Final Day of the Season & Play-Offs Berwick and Rovers will meet Elgin and Annan respectively on the final day of the season; a draw or Rovers victory will render those matches dead rubbers as Berwick will be unable to overturn a 5/8 point deficit in just a single match. Even in the event of a win for the home side on the 27th, Berwick will need to beat Elgin and cross their fingers promotion-play-off bound Annan don't take their foot off the gas pedal versus Albion Rovers (who would only need a point to secure League status due to their far superior goal difference). Berwick Rangers will feel themselves to be an occupant of the last chance saloon, staring down the barrel of a face-off with East Kilbride or Cove Rangers should they lose, whereas Albion Rovers need just one final draw to book that flight to Ibiza. With all ingredients in place for an absolute classic bottom-of-the-table scrap, a bumper crowd is expected for what may well end up being the undoing of one of the involved clubs. Expect Albion Rovers to wear their red away tops on the day, in lieu of their yellow home and black third strips clashing with Berwick's home colours;
  3. Hi all Just joined. Family team is Albion Rovers. I went there a lot as a kid when i used to live in London. Also followed Airdrie as near by. Family lived in Coatdyke. Main team, even though it is not Scottish, is Ipswich Town
  4. Is it on? Has there been anything like it before? Back to back relegations for three teams would be quite something. And yes, I am still bitter at losing to Partick.
  5. In previous years in Rothmans/Sky Sports yearbook trialists have been named. In the latest edition there are six appearances attributed to 'Trialist A' or 'Trialist B'. Any suggestions as to who these players were? The matches were: Annan Athletic (v Clyde) 12/8/2017 - 2 players Annan Athletic (v Elgin City) 9/9/2017 Albion Rovers (v Forfar Athletic) 26/8/2017 Elgin City (v Peterhead) 12/8/2017 Elgin City (v Peterhead) 10/3/2018 Thanks.
  6. Go easy on me guys, my latest blog post is here - Moving the Goalposts
  7. Hello All, I have published a 48 page photo journal called 'More Than Just a Football Club' focussed on the fans and environment of Albion Rovers. The A5 sized journal features plenty of Rovers home (and some away) games showing many fans experiencing the 'fun' of following Rovers, and has a cracking foreword by Rovers aficionado Bill Walker. It was very positively reviewed in the Evening Times and Herald this week and would make a top stocking filler for Xmas. The cost is a bargain £9.99 + £2.50 p&p ..And is available here from the Shop on my website: Albion Rovers Photo Journal Just click on the picture of the cover and off you go. The journal is also available in Street Level Photoworks, 103 Trongate, Glasgow and will shortly be available at the club shop at Cliftonhill, Coatbridge. This is an unusual record of those who follow the club and if you like football and photography I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Iain McLean
  8. A Hallowe'en ML5 vs ML6 showdown doubling as a 3rd vs 4th six-pointer...has there ever been more at stake in a Monklands derby? Rovers have made an unbelievable start to the season, but I'd call for some changes for this game. I understand why our manager has been starting Andy Barrowman consistently, but John Gemmell is our "big game" specialist and loves a goal against Airdrie- surely he has to play this one. I'd also suggest the addition of some experience and influence to the midfield- if not the player/manager then why not Mark Ferry to add some experience in front of the back four? As the bigger team and having asserted their superiority at Cliftonhill last month, Airdrie probably fancy themselves. They were the better team in that game but they only got that win because of a couple of uncharacteristic defensive errors, and we weren't a million miles away from a result. Comparing notes, there hasn't been much between us: both teams have scored and conceded the same number of goals this season - an unlucky 13 - and while they played well against us, the only other teams Airdrie have beaten in the league have been Brechin, Peterhead and Cowdenbeath. Our rationale should be that if Stranraer can go to Broomfield and get a win then we can too, as long as we stay on top of the schoolboy stuff and take advantage of any Neil Parry clangers. Getting the conversation started early; this is going to be a cracker.
  9. After four away defeats out of four, this is the moment of truth for Rovers fans: was the Ayr United game a sign of promising, season-saving home form, or was it purely jammy? We seem to have something resembling a skeleton squad now, but some reinforcements wouldn't go amiss. Things don't look pretty for Brechin either: their results and squad woes have been similar to ours, but it's very early in the campaign. If City win by three goals they'll be out of 10th place; if Rovers win, we get an early 6-point cushion from the bottom, so this could prove to be an early 6-pointer. Both Darrens will see this game as winnable, so it could make for a spectacle.
  10. A shocker of a start to big Nishy's career in management, but the Cowden point of view will be that the home games against Darren Young's whipping boys are their easiest league matches of the season. A poor result for them here could be the ultimate bad omen. Rovers must see this as a winnable game, too: our hosts have been on the end of some serious drubbings already, and I think they already have two first team players suspended for red cards. We can take advantage of that ill-discipline, if ex-Brazilian John Gemmell is available to play. He's the ideal man to play from the start and wind up the opposition. Without JG, here's how the expected ARFC line-up looks: Stewart Reid Dunlop Dunlop Turnbull Young Davidson Mullin McRobbie Love McFadden Bench: Lochhead & Trialist.
  11. Unitil the Coatbridgands are partying like it is 1988? (Until the league is secured)
  12. Any news on this? I remember a while back folks talking about opening up the other side to make it about 3k in capacity?
  13. Nothing like a Scottish Cup tie in England, is there? This fixture means that once again there will be a place in the last 16 for at least one L2 side, but with the league competition as tight as it currently is, how much would that achievement mean? There are plenty of Cup heroes at Cliftonhill right now- our management duo are both former Scottish Cup finalists, but Darren and Sandy's successes aside we have a group of players who loved the big games in this competition last season, and made club history with their over-achievement. Of course, as a player Colin Cameron has done better than any of our lot- he won the Scottish Cup, and scored in the final, 17 seasons ago. But in any case I'm not sure our teams' past experiences will count for very much at this stage. Both teams know each other well and the competition will probably be as stiff as in our other 4 meetings this season. Berwick have had no problems scoring but have conceded almost as many- their defence could be described as "Gemmell-friendly". In all competitions, Rovers have conceded the joint-second fewest goals of all the SPFL teams. However, our defence is statistically "Berwick-friendly"- the last time they failed to score against us was in 2008! I've already expressed my relative disinterest in the outcome of this - whatever happens the league is still the more important competition - but even if they go no further in the Cup, a win in this game coupled with a play-off finish would make it a season to remember for either set of fans. Having said that, as a Rovers fan I'm being tempted into setting my heart on something more memorable than a PO spot, and if I could bargain with the footballing Gods I'd settle for a defeat in the last 32 in recompense.
  14. Supporters Direct Scotland were at Albion Rovers on Saturday for the first Colours of our Scarves event of the new season. SDS will be attending every senior Scottish club ground between now and the end of the 2014/15 campaign with our anti-sectarian project, which seeks to engage with members of local communities and football fans to voice their opinions on sectarianism in their local area. This is done through focus groups, engagement with local schools and colleges and a photographic exhibition at each club ground. We will be at Elgin City on Saturday 23rd August and then Stranraer on Saturday 30th August. If you're planning on attending one of these matches, feel free to come over and have a chat with us regarding the programme. For more information, please visit www.scottishfans.org/scarves
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