Dunfermline Athletic

Preview Stirling Albion

Wednesday, 25th Aug 2010

Dunfermline have had the upper hand in league matches against Stirling Albion but not by much. A Kevin Harper hat trick won the Tuesday evening match the last time.

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After facing top of the table Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy the fixture card takes the Pars along the Forth to Stirling. At the Forthbank Stadium they will meet John O`Neill`s side who are looking for their first win of the season.

Pars v Stirling Albion: The Full League Record
  P W D L F A
At East End Park 27 14 8 5 56 33
At Annfield Park / Forthbank Stadium 29 9 5 15 40 49
 
Division One (up to 1975) 14 7 5 2 34 17
Division Two (up to 1975) 12 3 3 6 22 26
First Division (since 1975) 18 9 2 7 25 22
Second Division (since 1975) 12 4 3 5 15 17
TOTALS 56 23 13 20 96 82

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Dunfermline have had the upper hand in league matches against Stirling Albion but not by much. A Kevin Harper hat trick won the Tuesday evening match the last time Dunfermline were in Stirling but primarily due to lack of fixtures, the Fifers previous win up in Stirling up until then was more than sixteen years ago when Craig Robertson and Scott Leitch were the scorers.

Milestones v Stirling Albion (Away)

Last League Victory

09/02/93

3-2

Div 1

Last League Defeat

27/10/07

0-3

Div 1

Best League Victory

05/09/92

5-0

Div 1

Worst League Defeat

11/08/79

0-4

Div 1

*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline v Stirling

Dunfermline defeated Stirling Albion 3-0 in the 2008-09 Alba Challenge Cup at East End Park but these sides have only shared the same league once since 1993-94 season. That was in 2007-08 when the Pars won three and lost one.  The 3-0 defeat at Forthbank was under Manager Stephen Kenny and was one of a number of results that led to his departure.

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League meetings 2007-08
2007/08
25/03/08 Stirling Albion 2-3 Dunfermline First Division
29/12/07 Dunfermline 2-1 Stirling Albion First Division
27/10/07 Stirling Albion 3-0 Dunfermline First Division
25/08/07 Dunfermline 2-1 Stirling Albion First Division

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Stirling Albion and Alloa Athletic both ended on 65 points at top of the Second Division last season but the Stirling goal difference was +20 to Alloa`s +14.  The Wasps lost their play off semi final against Cowdenbeath and the Blue Brazil went on to get the better of Brechin City as well to come up to the First Division as well.

Stirling Albion Dunfermline
Current League Position
10 3
 Form last three SFL matches
LDL WWL
League Points
1 6
Goal Difference
-6 +1
Home/Away Record
P3, W0, D1, L2 P3, W2, D0, L1

It`s early days yet in this league campaign but Dunfermline do not want to trail Raith and Stirling will not want to get detached at the foot.  As Jim McIntyre constantly reminds everyone there are not easy games in the First Division so this should still be a match with plenty to contest.

  Form this season
  Stirling Albion     Dunfermline
  Falkirk (H) L 0-3   Clyde (H) W 3-2
  East Fife (A) L 1-3   Raith Rovers (A) L 0-2
  Morton (A) D 0-0   Morton (H) W 2-0
  Forfar (H) L 1-2   Queen of the South (H) D 1-1
  Falkirk (H) D 0-0   Falkirk (A) W 1-0
          Arbroath (H) W 5-2
          Arbroath (H) W 1-0

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Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE: Chris Smith; Calum Woods, Andy Dowie, Alex Keddie, Austin McCann (c); Willie Gibson, Steven Bell, Alex Burke (Nick Phinn 75), Joe Cardle (Paul Willis 75); Andy Kirk, Pat Clarke (Steven McDougall 63).
SUBS NOT USED: Neil McGregor, Kyle Allison (GK)

STIRLING ALBION: Scott Christie; Martyn Corrigan, Jonathan Brown, Greig McDonald, Scott Buist, Andy Gibson (Derek Colquhoun 75), John Kane, Scott Robertson, Jerome Heeking, Gordon Smith, Nathan Taggart (Mathis 80).
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Archdeacon, Ryan Borris, Callum Reidford (GK)

Referee will be Steven Nicholls

C`mon Ye Pars!

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