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2019/2020

Albion Rovers

In


Ryan Goodfellow (Goalkeeper, Cowdenbeath), Jordan Stewart (Defender, Clyde), Aron Lynas (Midfielder, Brechin City), Euan East (Midfielder, Queen’s Park), Giuliano Morena (Midfielder, Brechin City), Nicki Paterson (Midfielder, Stenhousemuir), Scott Roberts (Midfielder, Elgin City), Smart Osadolor (Attacker, Queen's Park)

Out


PJ Morrison (r) (Goalkeeper, Motherwell, Loan ended), Barry Eley (sp) (Defender, released), Ben Reilly (sp) (Midfielder, released), Gary Fisher (sp) Midfielder, released), Gerard Hernando Escuriola (sp) (Midfielder, released), Lawrence McMahon (sp) (Midfielder, released), George Newell (sp) (Attacker, Motherwell, Loan ended), Jamie Watson (sp) (Attacker, released), Ronan Kearney (Attacker, released)

Albion Rovers have enjoyed their summer after pulling a remarkable escape from relegation last season Kevin Harper somehow guided the Wee Rovers to safety despite taking over a club on a downward spiral. He inherited a squad woefully ill-equipped for League 2 and had to wait until the January transfer window to bring in better players. Performances improved but it took until March to secure his first league victory. They managed to overtake an appalling Berwick Rangers side to secure their Football League status on the penultimate weekend of the season. It was a huge scare for the Cliftonhill outfit and they will be determined to make the most of their reprieve. The first step is securing the services of Harper for the new season and he looks to have a much-stronger squad for the season ahead. The only real losses are those of Motherwell loanees goalkeeper Peter Morrison and striker George Newell, and both were expected. Making midfielder Giuliano Morena’s loan move from Brechin City permanent is a really positive step as are the captures of defender Jordan Stewart and midfielder Scott Roberts, who have plenty of experience at this level. Strikers Declan Byrne and Smart Osadolor made a real impact in the final couple of months of the last campaign and will be hoping to continue where they left-off. Harper still has some work to do in the transfer market and will need to make a couple of additions in attack.

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Top-half. A season of consolidation and stability under Harper are just what Albion Rovers need right now and it seems a realistic ambition.

Season Review
2018/2019

№9: Albion Rovers

Albion Rovers pulled off a remarkable escape to avoid a second successive relegation under rookie boss Kevin Harper. 2018 was a disaster for the Wee Rovers as relegation from League One was followed by a summer of turmoil which saw the side make a dreadful start to the season under manager John Brogan. His squad was not up to League Two standard and they lost seven of their opening nine league matches. Brogan fell on his sword in October and the club made a brave decision to appoint Harper as his successor. He found life tough going and had to wait 15 matches before finally claiming a first league win. It came less than 24 hours after hearing the news they had been awarded three points after Clyde had fielded an ineligible player against them. Those six points galvanised the club, whilst the sad loss of goalkeeping coach Michael Duke also helped bring people together. Harper’s transfer dealings in January were crucial; most notably in midfielders Giuliano Morena and Gregor Fotheringham and striker Smart Osadolor. Four victories in their final eight league games took them off the bottom of the table, and they eventually finished eight points clear of Berwick Rangers. They scored just 32 goals in 36 matches, which was illustrated in their joint leading scorers; Fotheringham scoring four goals despite only joining in January and striker Lewis McLear, who left at the same time. Harper should take a lot of credit after inheriting a desperate situation, and he will be hoping to keep his squad together and challenge at the top end of the division next season.


Player of the Season: Peter Morrison

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