Club Communications

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Cliftonhill

Terrace plans will almost double capacity

AMBITIOUS Albion Rovers hope the section, which has been constructed at the ‘Airdrie end’ of the ground, will be in use by the end of the season.

CLIFTONHILL’S capacity looks set to almost double – with new terracing built at the stadium.

Ambitious Albion Rovers hope the section, which has been constructed at the ‘Airdrie end’ of the ground, will be in use by the end of the season.

There will be space for an additional 1000 spectators, taking the capacity to just under 2500.

It’s a major development for the Main Street facility which appears to have a solid future following years of concern and patch-up jobs.

And it’s the latest in a string of improvements carried out since the summer with a disabled section built and now being utilised by fans.

Vice-chairman Michael Savage hailed the work being done by the management team of Darren Young and Sandy Clark with the players on the park and insists things are going well off it.

He said: “This season has been going well for us and let’s hope that continues.

“We’re diversifying and there are a lot of things in the pipeline which will make our fans really happy.

“The standing area is nearing completion and we’re hoping to be able to utilise it by the end of the season.

“The section will allow for 1000 extra supporters and this is one of a number of positive things happening within Albion Rovers just now. The place is buzzing.

“If we can accommodate fans and let them see the game from different perspectives, and enhance their matchday experience, then we will.

“We want to get them in the door so they can see what we have to offer.”

He added: “The disabled section has been open for a couple of games now and it is fantastic. We’re starting to see an increase in the numbers and our door is open for everyone.

“There are about 10 spaces for people to come in and be able to watch the game comfortably.”

Meanwhile, Rovers community manager Pat Rolink hopes a new club anthem will be penned thanks to a link-up with New College Lanarkshire in Coatbridge.

A 10-week project is being funded thanks to the SPFL trust and will see young people aged 14 and over learn to use instruments and write lyrics with Monklands music man Ian Strefford.

Pat said: “We all love a song and what would be great is that if it is created by our fans for our fans.

“Who knows? There might be a budding Liam or Noel Gallagher out there and we’re going to try and find them.”


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Clyde 0 – 1 Albion Rovers

Liam Cusack’s goal proved to be enough as Albion Rovers held out for victory against Scottish League Two strugglers Clyde.

Cusack opened the scoring just before the quarter-hour mark, firing home a crisp strike from a tight angle.

The hosts almost replied immediately, Euan Smith’s stinging effort kept out by goalkeeper Neil Parry.

Rovers lost the influential Cusack to injury after the break but had chances to score through Scott Chaplain.


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Young picks up League Two top boss prize

YOUNG collected the accolade just a day and had words of praise for his former coach Tommy Craig who parted company with St Mirren.

ROOKIE boss Darren Young picked up his first award yesterday – then admitted his heart went out to axed St Mirren gaffer Tommy Craig.

The Albion Rovers chief was named League Two’s manager-of-the-month for November after his side went unbeaten through five games.

Young collected the accolade just a day after former coach Craig parted company with the Buddies following a dreadful start to the season.

The 36-year-old was cutting his teeth as a young player at Aberdeen when Craig was No 2 to Roy Aitken.

The midfielder knows getting the sack is an occupational hazard no manager is immune from.

But Young had nothing but praise for Craig – and admits he picked up some pointers which are helping his own fledgling managerial career.

He said: “I’ve played under a few managers – and seen a few off!

“Going back to the start with someone like Tommy Craig and remembering things that he done when I was 16 or 17 at Aberdeen.

“It’s about using things and picking up wee ideas from guys like that which could help improve yourself and the boys and try and make better players.

“I feel for Tommy this week. It’s sad.

“He’s a great coach and a good guy but it happens all the time. It’s just the way of the world.

“It will be the same for me if we don’t win as well. The same situation comes to me and managers like myself.”

Motherwell and St Mirren are both in the market for new managers.

Young thinks the struggling Premiership pair could do worse than look down the divisions and pick up a gem from a part-time club.

Dumbarton’s Ian Murray, Stevie Aitken at Stranraer and Alloa Athletic’s Barry Smith are all highly rated and doing good jobs on tight budgets.

And Young reckons top-flight teams should stay close to home when searching for the new man to turn around their fortunes.