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Accies at Annan in 2001 #throwback

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This Saturday’s (9th January) William Hill Scottish Cup Round 4 tie away to Annan Athletic will mark our first competitive trip to Galabank. The two clubs have only met once competitively before, Accies winning 2-0 at NDP in a League Cup tie on 4/8/2012.

Interestingly, as Accies journey over the past 15 years or so has taken us down to Division 3 (now League 2) and back up to the SPL (within 7 seasons of winning Div 3), then down to the renamed Championship, and back up via the play offs, we have found ourselves playing every one of the other 42 clubs. But the only one of the 42 grounds that we have not played a competitive fixture on is Annan’s Galabank. And it is also the only one of the 42 league grounds that our Player / Manager Martin Canning has not played on. (They were admitted to the SFL in 2008).

We did visit Annan, then East of Scotland League members, back in July 2001 for a four team pre-season tournament. Livingston (then top division), Queen of the South and Accies (then in Div 2) joined the hosts for the Saturday-Sunday tournament. On 14th July 2001, the opening game saw Annan lose amazingly 4-9 to Queen of the South while we lost 4-0 to Livingston in our semi final. We lined up – Macfarlane, Renicks, Martin, Davidson, Gaughan (Maclaren), Walker, wee Ally Graham, Sherry (Bonnar), Moore (Armstrong), O’Neill, Callaghan. Att: 340

On the Sunday, 15th July, we then faced Annan Athletic in the 3rd/4th place play-off. We lost 1-0 before an attendance of 290 and we lined up – G Potter, Nelson, Martin (Renicks), Oliver, Maclaren, McCreadie, Downs (Trialist), Bonnar, Armstrong (D McFarlane), Trialist, McDonald.

There are countless Accies fans waiting on Galabank to ‘complete the 42’ and this Saturday should see us take a larger support down the M74. So follow us down to Annan on Saturday – Admission is Adults £12, Concessions £6. Kick off at Galabank is the normal 3pm!

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