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Mick Dunlop lands League 1 January award

Albion Rovers captain Michael Dunlop has been named Ladbrokes League 1 Player of the Month for January.

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The 34-year-old has started every game for Darren Young’s side this season and scored the only goal in the home win over Brechin City.

He also helped Rovers beat local rivals Airdrieonians at the Excelsior Stadium for the second time in 2016/17 while they ended the month with a 1-1 draw against Alloa.

The Coatbridge club are seventh in the table, four points outside the promotion play-offs, as they prepare to travel to Peterhead on Saturday.

Dunlop told Ladbrokes News: “I’m over the moon – I wasn’t expecting it. Usually it’s the attacking players that get these kind of awards. It’s good recognition for the club after a good month.

“This is the first Player of the Month I’ve had. The last three years I’ve been in the Team of the Year so that was a great honour. This is just another excellent achievement and I’m proud of it. Our team has no superstars – we really are the epitome of a team.”

The Ladbrokes monthly awards are voted for by members of the Scottish media, with a Manager and a Player of the Month selected for each of the four divisions.
Read more at http://spfl.co.uk/news/article/dunlop-lands-league-1-january-award/#dGEYlMTFEGiHrkdE.99


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Livingston away game – New Date – Tue 21 Feb

The postponed away match v Livingston FC will now be played on Tuesday 21st February. 7.45pm Kick Off.


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Albion Rovers February Football Camp

Our Football camp will run from Monday 13th Feb to Wednesday 15th at the following times and prices.at St Ambrose Hight School.
9am to 3pm £35 (including breakfast)
10am to 3pm £30
Indoor and outdoor facilities available. Boys and Girls aged 5-14 welcome
Bookings can be made by emailing bookings@albionroversfc.com

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Under 20 Development Squad Match

DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE WEST FIXTURE

Albion Rovers Vs Morton 8th February 2017

19:45pm Kick Off

Currently sitting 4th in the table our development squad take on league leaders Morton on Wednesday 8th February 2017.

Interest in our Under 20s league has increase game by game, some attractive attacking football saw the development squad beat Ayr United, it was watched by a reasonable crowd who enjoyed the game.

Pie shop open and soft and hot drinks available.

Come along and enjoy a night of football at Albion Rovers

See League table and further fixtures: http://spfl.co.uk/development-league/west-fixtures/

Follow us on Twitter @AlbionRovers20s

 


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Albion Rovers 1 v 1 Alloa Athletic

After a superb second half performance Rovers will feel that was two points dropped after coming from a goal down to draw the match 1-1.
Alloa went ahead after a curving long shot went past Rovers keeper Stewart. Theo Archieblad should have put the Rovers equal in the first half but his goal bound shot was cleared by an Alloa defender. Second half was all Rovers and we deservedly equalised after debutant Theo Archiebald’s cross was clipped in by Ross Stewart. Rovers piled on the pressure but just couldn’t get that winner. Theo Archiebald was the sponsors MOM.

Match Stats etc HERE


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ALBION ROVERS IN THE COMMUNITY – UPDATE

ALBION ROVERS IN THE COMMUNITY !
– Inspiring Coatbridge
The Albion Rovers Community Trust is now up and running in 2017
We have now started a Fitness Class Every Wednesday at 2pm in the Stadium specifically designed for anyone who has done little or no exercise recently.
All you need are some trainers , appropriate clothes. The cost is £2.00 per session
Come along enjoy yourself16143444_1268372153250653_698801520512859936_o, meet new people and feel a whole lot better .

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Albion Rovers 0 v 3 Celtic

Celtic eased past Albion Rovers at Excelsior Stadium and into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup
report from BBC.  HERE

 


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Charity collection at Celtic game

We are delighted to announce that during Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Celtic, a bucket collection will take place – raising money for two charities.

Of all the money collected, half will go to the Kieran McDade Foundation – a charity set up by teammates of the former Dunbeth Football Club youngster – raising money to provide sport clubs with defibrillators.

The other half of funds raised will be put into the Rovers Charity Trust – the group that invests money into boosting the club’s community relations.

Buckets will be found around the ground before the match, during half-time and at the end of the match.

Martin Holmes from the Kieran McDade Foundation commented:
“Everyone at the Kieran McDade Foundation would like to express our gratitude to the Directors, players, staff and, of course, supporters of Albion Rovers for their continued support.
“It takes a special club to do this, and Rovers certainly come into that category. “Rovers and Celtic – together, let’s make a difference.”

Albion Rovers community coach Tony McMinn said:
“The bucket collection on Sunday will be a worthwhile investment into the community of Coatbridge.
“The Kieran McDade Foundation is a charity that has done a great deal in raising both awareness and the need for club’s to be prepared in the case of a sudden heart problem.
“Whilst the half going to the Albion Rovers Community Trust will help the club continue to develop for the future, and improve our overall relations with the Coatbridge community.” “We hope supporters of both clubs will give generously.”


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Celtic CupClashDiaries: Ross Dunlop

With only six days remaining until Rovers’ huge Scottish Cup clash with Celtic, Ross Dunlop discussed match preparation in our CupClashDiaries.

IMG_9173_216/01/2017 – 6 days to go – Ross Dunlop

It’s safe to say I cannot wait for the game to be honest.

When the draw got made on the Monday night before the QOTS game, my phone went crazy, and it’s all everyone has been talking about since.

Although the build up has been great, I just can’t wait for the game to start now.

I had the pleasure of being involved in the Rangers Scottish Cup games, and I’m sure they will stand me in good stead.

I remember at the time it was massive. It was the first time Albion Rovers had been in the Quarter-Finals of the Scottish Cup in almost 90 years, so it was a great occasion.

To come so close to victory only for it to be taken away from us by that infamous goal was hard to take, but everyone to a man played amazing that day, and that performance is something we will need to replicate when we play Celtic.

The team has totally changed from that game apart from me Michael and Alan Reid, but both teams were and are good at counter-attacking and that’s a tactic we will have to use come Sunday.

I grew up a Celtic supporter so it’s always a dream come true to play them. I came on as sub against them when I was at Queen’s Park in the Scottish Cup a few years ago and never thought I was going to get the chance to do it again.

It will be a good occasion for the family if me and Michael are both involved. I think we have sold around 50 tickets so it just shows how much our friends and family are excited for it.

Although I will happily admit to be a Celtic supporter, when it comes to the game you don’t look at like you are fan, you just treat it as any other game. You try to play the best you can, get the better of your opponent and help your team get a positive result.

With regards to the crowd, it will be a great experience playing in front of a full house, and hopefully the atmosphere will be great. However, when the game starts I think I will be concentrating too much on the likes of Dembele, Griffiths, Sinclair, Roberts, that I won’t take much notice of the crowd.

To get a result is obviously the dream and would be amazing to all involved with Albion Rovers, but we know how tough a game it will be. Celtic have had a great season so far, getting into the Champions League, winning the League Cup and going unbeaten domestically.

We will all need to play to the best of our ability, carry a lot of luck, and hope Celtic have an off day if we are going to make the game competitive and hopefully that will happen. But the main thing is trying to enjoy it as there is no pressure on us. You play football so you can be involved in games like this, live on Sky Sports against currently the best team in the country in front of a sold out stadium. It makes all those times coming in from work and going to training on a cold and wet night all worthwhile, and I cannot wait for it.