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2019/2020

Alloa Athletic

In


Robert Thomson (att) Greenock Morton; Andy Stirling (mid) Queen of the South; Liam Buchanan (att) Raith Rovers; Kevin O'Hara (att) Falkirk.

Out


Jordan Kirkpatrick (r) (mid) Forfar Athletic; Jack Aitchison (att) Celtic – end of loan; Dario Zanatta (r) (att) Heart of Midlothian – end of loan; Connor Shields (sp) (att) Sunderland – end of loan; Sam Roscoe (r) (def) Aberdeen – end of loan; Jack Hamilton (att) Livingston – end of loan.

Alloa were last season’s favourites for relegation, but against the odds they produced a strong finish and secured 8th place. They were always going to be competitive and awkward with Jim Goodwin in charge. Fortunately for them half of the league had dreadful seasons and they were never at any point detached at the bottom. They still had the weakest defence, but surprisingly they scored more goals than Falkirk, Morton and Dunfermline. The departure of manager Jim Goodwin is a massive blow, but Alloa are hoping highly experienced coach Peter Grant can quickly fill that void. They have bolstered their attack with the reliable Liam Buchanan and fit-again Robert Thomson. Andy Stirling also brings width to their squad. With loan signings Sam Roscoe and Dario Zanatta departed, Alloa have gaps to fill, but again they will turn to the loan market for replacements. Alloa proved that they can survive in a full-time environment and have little to fear. They will never be challenging at the top but they are capable of staying up again if they score on a regular basis. Spirit and togetherness are Alloa’s strengths. It’s up to Peter Grant to maintain and enhance these qualities. Alloa’s squad is thin and a few injuries to key players such as Andy Graham could ruin their season. New manager Peter Grant is accustomed to working as an assistant at big clubs. Life at part-time Alloa should be an eye-opener for him.

Target


Avoiding automatic relegation. Alloa would be happy to take their chances in a relegation play-off.

Season Review
2018/2019

№8: Alloa Athletic

Ross County may have won the title, but for many Alloa were the team of the season. Part-time Alloa arrived in the Championship via the play-offs, and like Brechin City the previous season, they were expected to accumulate very few points. No wins in their first eight matches seemed to confirm this wisdom. They were awkward opponents, but crucially Falkirk and Partick had started badly too and that gave them a chance. Form improved over the festive season and survival seemed a distinct possibility. However, an awful run of seven defeats in eight matches had them installed as relegation favourites again. Against the odds Alloa produced four consecutive wins that proved crucial and a point on the final day installed them in 8th place. Alloa were expected to struggle scoring goals and this seemed correct after failing to hit the net in five of their opening seven matches. Veteran midfielder, Alan Trouten, seemed a strange acquisition but he had scored 28 goals for Albion Rovers the previous season. After a slow start he began putting chances away and scoring vital penalties to finish the season with 19 goals in all competitions. Although Alloa were hardly prolific, they scored more than Falkirk, Morton and Dunfermline. Wins against Falkirk and Queen of the South in April proved vital as five teams were dragged into the relegation fight. Alloa could have been relegated on the last day, but they earned a point and survived. Jim Goodwin proved a shrewd manager and great motivator over the season. Andy Graham was a rock in defence and a threat a set plays. Neil Parry enhanced his reputation with solid displays in goal. Alloa were fortunate other teams had unusually poor form, but for a part-time team to survive is special.


Player of the Season: Andy Graham

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