Club Communications

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Albion Rovers v Ayr United Preview

Welcome to another thrilling season at Cliftonhill, Rovers’ third consecutive spell in league one. There won’t be too many around Cliftonhill who can remember the last time this happened, just a few short years before the outbreak of the Second World War. Uncharted territory indeed! We give a warm welcome to all our visitors from Ayr and hope both sets of supporters enjoy a sun-kissed afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of one of Scotland’s last remaining traditional grounds, to which we can of course add the picturesque Somerset Park. If Burns had still been alive, no doubt he would have penned some eloquent poetry about our historic homes, steeped in footballing history.

For some of us, early August is right in the middle of the glorious Scottish Cricket season; but for Rovers, and indeed for our visitors from Ayr, the football season has already seen a dramatic opening. Both teams have been in swashbuckling form, with Rovers scoring 12 (including two hat-tricks) and Ayr 15 in four matches each in their respective cup groups. Tremendous results have already been achieved by Ayr, with the defeat of Kilmarnock topping the bill. For Rovers, a 5-2 thumping of East Kilbride, a thrilling 4-4 draw versus Premier League Hamilton and a 2-2 draw at Palmerston have certainly given the Cliftonhill faithful great cause for optimism for the year ahead.

Rovers’ devotees have certainly had their share of high-scoring and entertaining teams. The current team might well emulate that goal-scoring machine, which was Sam Goodwin’s 1979-80 side, with a forward line which included Ray Franchetti and Peter Houston. That team, after a slow start, blew away all opponents and scored 73 goals in the old second division. Regular scores of 5-1, 5-0 and 4-0 became the norm as the team stormed up the league, finishing in fourth position and qualifying for the next season’s Dryburgh Cup, which was a competition for the highest scorers in Scottish football. Perhaps it’s too early to get carried away, but all at Cliftonhill will be hoping that Trouten and company can maintain this entertaining early form.

After all this chat about thrilling beginnings, it’s now on to the match. Who knows what lies ahead in this tough league for Rovers; but early evidence would at least suggest that we are in for a most interesting season. For the first time since the 1930s we begin in a higher league, so let’s make the most of our historic chance. Enjoy!

David Higgins

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Albion Rovers v Ayr United

Our first home SPFL League 1match of the season is this Saturday against Ayr United. Kick Off 3pm. Adults £14. Conc £7. Kids £2.

Season tickets on sale before the match at the stadium.

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Jock Stein Friendship Cup

Tonight’s Jock Stein Friendship Cup v Celtic has a 7.30 kick off and is sponsored by The Georgian Hotel, Coatbridge. Match Ball Sponsor is Cut n Blo Landscaping.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate and prices are £5 adults, £2 concessions and  under 16s.

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BetFred Cup

Queen of the South twice came from behind at home to Albion Rovers in a game both sides needed to win to have a chance of taking one of the four best runners up spots.

Alan Trouten continued his fine start to the season for the visitors, scoring twice to make it seven goals in four games.

However, Stephen Dobbie and Darren Brownlie scored to take the game to penalties, with the home side earning the bonus point with a 4-2 win.

Rovers finished a credible second in the ground but failed to reach the next round.

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Albion Rovers FC Photographs

You can now view match day photographs on our new Flickr Page HERE

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Queen of the South v Albion Rovers Bus details

Queen of the South v Albion Rovers Bus details
Details are:-

Time:- St. Andrews Bar – 12.30pm
Prices:- Adults – £12.00
Concessions – £6.00

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Albion Rovers v Celtic XI

JOCK STEIN CUP – Cliftonhill Stadium
Tuesday 1st August 2017
7.30pm KO | £5 adults | £2 Con & U16

Match Sponsor: THE GEORGIAN HOTEL | Ball Sponsor: Cut n Blo Landscaping

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Fixture Cancelation

Please Note

Due to Visa Restrictions the Game against Real Kashmir FC is now cancelled for Monday 3rd.

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Albion Rovers FC – New Chief Executive

Club Statement

Albion Rovers are delighted to confirm the appointment of David Douglas as Chief Executive.

The role, which David has taken on a voluntary basis, is evidence of the club’s desire to continue to develop and build a structure consistent with a progressive football club.

David’s role will focus on club development, coordinating community programmes and ensuring the implementation of club initiatives.

Club Chairman, Ronnie Boyd, welcomed the appointment, saying “As club Chairman I am delighted to have someone of David’s ability and experience join our management committee in the role of Chief Executive. His knowledge of the commercial, corporate and community side of the football world will be invaluable to Albion Rovers.”

We are in no doubt that David’s skills and undoubted enthusiasm will be an asset to the club. His previous involvement with Clyde brought many benefits both on and off the field and we are sure he can continue that the Rovers.

David is a respected figure within his field, having worked in the charitable sector. He set up his own training and consultancy business, Heartfelt, which works across all sectors – private, public and charitable. Heartfelt’s ethics and sustained track record of commercial success attracted the club to invite David to the Rovers. His commercial experience, allied to his knowledge of business development within all sectors will assist the club greatly.

Heartfelt’s approach is also entirely consistent with the club’s vision. Although David’s chief executive title may be a common one in the world of football, the club believes his remit is unique and one that it hopes will send out a strong signal on what it wants to achieve and how it wants to bring success, on and off the park.

Director of Football David Caldwell said “ The appointment of David Douglas shows the club is continuing to be innovative and progressive in its search for a successful formula, I am really looking forward to working with David on initiatives that will move the club forward with pace and structure”.

Club Manager, Brian Kerr said “David is a big addition and an excellent appointment for the club, David is a very experienced businessman and has spent many years in the sport and football sector, his wealth of knowledge and experience will be invaluable to a club wanting to move forward in a positive manner. It will be a great experience and I am really looking forward to working alongside both Dave, the board and the rest of the staff.

David was equally pleased and said: “I am both honoured and thrilled to take on this role with one of Scotland’s best loved clubs. My father and grandfather were devoted Rovers fans and that emotional pull was something that was hard to resist when it became clear there was a chance to come here.

I will work as hard as I can to make sure that we all share the same vision for the club and that all of us contribute to a strategy to make that vision happen.

“We have great fans, a forward thinking and committed board and management committee and a talented squad led by one of the country’s brightest managerial talents. All of us, working together, can make good things happen for this club.”

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SPFL Ladbrokes League 1 Fixtures announced

Rovers will welcome Ayr United to Cliftonhill to kick-off the campaign on 5th August. Full Fixture list here >