Welcome along to the sixth in our weekly series of Fitba Crazy, a celebration of good old fashioned terrace banter and a chance for fans north of the border to test their tartan trivia.
We’ll be taking you around the grounds, stopping off to chat with fans of all 42 SPFL clubs.
How much do supporters in Scotland really know about their clubs and the national team?
We’re going to find out as we get closer to the fans across all four divisions of the SPFL.
The name in the spotlight this week is Brian Roach as he tells us about his beloved Alloa. He is one of a small band of loyal brothers, the Alloa 1878 Supporters Club and is a regular poster on the Duffle fans forum.
He’s been sharing with us his passion for the Wasps and testing his knowledge of all things ‘fitba’…
– Describe your club in three words? How’s four? Punching above our weight.
– Any pre-match superstitions? I sometimes wear the same clothes the following Saturday if we win, which probably explains why I have the largest wardrobe in the town!
– Best away day and why? Annan Athletic, despite only seeing one Alloa win in four games there. The Shed pub in the town centre is brilliant – spacious with a pool room, and always busy. Some of the locals are “interesting” but everyone is always very friendly and welcoming. At the ground, the club house is again very roomy and a great setup. A tidy little ground where the locals create decent atmosphere.
– Why is your club better than every other club? There are some great people at the club, from the kitman and the players all the way up to the manager and chairman. I really enjoy the community spirit of the club, and how approachable everyone is. The setup for a small part time club is first class
– What’s the single best thing about Scottish football? Definitely the passion of fellow supporters, regardless of which club they support.
– Best chant you have heard on the terraces? Our winger Eddie Ferns broke his jaw after a clash with the Queen of the South goalkeeper, which led to a lengthy spell on the sidelines. After a full recovery, on his first game back in the squad he was on the bench at Cappielow. While warming up our supporters shouted to him (to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal) “Eddie are you ok…are you ok…are you ok Eddie”. A superb piece of quick thinking.
– Which player from your division would you like in your team? Derek Lyle of Queen of the South. A guy in his mid 30s who clearly spends so much time on the sunbeds it is utterly ridiculous, and he seems to have a big chip on his shoulder. But his experience and awareness shines through every time he faces Alloa. A terrific player.
– Side you enjoy beating the most and why? Local rivals Stirling Albion for obvious reasons, although the current situation with them two leagues below us means that isn’t much of a challenge these days. We’ve beaten them in each of the last seven competitive encounters.
– What is the funniest thing you have witnessed at a football match? About six years ago, our goalkeeping coach John Hillcoat accidentally struck a well known supporter with a wayward shot while doing half-time drills with the sub goalie. The supporter, a rather large fellow, wobbled like a Weeble for an absolute eternity before falling over. When he finally rose from the ground, he tore strips off Hillcoat at the sideline. Hillcoat tried his best to stifle his laughter, as did a couple of hundred regulars behind the goal!
– What’s the most memorable game you’ve been to? Easy- the Petrofac Cup semi-final against Rangers last season. A massively depleted first 11 through injury and two-nil down with 20 minutes remaining, Alloa produced their greatest ever comeback to win 3-2, all played out live on BBC Alba for the whole world to see. I was on cloud nine for about three days after that one.
– Matchday pie of choice – Scotch, Mince or Steak? Steak- you need a bit of moistness in your match day pie.
And here’s the quiz…
1. Alloa came from 2-0 down to knock Rangers out the Challenge Cup semi-final last season, who scored the third Alloa goal to complete the famous win?
Brian: Greig Spence CORRECT!
2. Manager Danny Lennon once scored against which European super power in the UEFA Cup?
Brian: Bayern Munich CORRECT!
3. Striker Michael Chopra has scored English Premier League goals for which two Premier League clubs?
Brian: Sunderland, Newcastle CORRECT!
4. Alloa won the 1999 Scottish Challenge Cup Final, who were the beaten opponents, and what was the score after 90 minutes?
Brian: Inverness and 3-3 CORRECT!
5. Name the two non-British players in the current Alloa squad?
Brian: Catalin Paun and Mikk Reintam CORRECT!
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6. Which two Scottish clubs share Ochilview Park?
Brian: Stenhousemuir and East Stirlingshire CORRECT!
7. Which Scotland manager has overseen the most number of international wins whilst in charge, 32 in total?
Brian: Craig Brown CORRECT!
8. Where did Gretna play their ‘home’ matches in their one and only season the top flight of Scottish football?
Brian: Fir Park, Motherwell HALF CORRECT! (1/2 point – they also played one match at Almondvale, Livingston!)
9. I have earned 55 caps for my country, I played in Scotland with Hibs and Celtic before heading down south to Wigan, I was born in 1982, who am I?
Brian: Gary Caldwell CORRECT!
10. Which two sides contested the highest scoring match in Scottish Premiership history, a 6-6 draw?
Brian: Pretty sure it was Hibs and Motherwell CORRECT!
Brian: Duncan Shearer CORRECT!
Brian: Craig Levein… CORRECT!
Brian: Simon Donnelly CORRECT!
Brian: Stevie Crawford CORRECT!
Stuart’s total score: 14.5/15
Marvelous effort from Brian Roach, he comes as close to perfection as you can possibly get! If it wasn’t for a dodgy Fir Park pitch Gretna would have played all their matches there. But they moved to Almondvale for one match against Celtic in March 2008. Sorry for being pedantic! Impressive knowledge all the same as you move into a share of the lead with David Black of Livi.
Next we are heading up to the Highlands, as it’s the turn of Inverness fan Paul Irving to have his moment in the headlines. The rise of Caley has been a remarkable story, from a Highland League outfit to the Scottish Cup champions. Will Paul be able to create a similar fairytale win?…
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