RANGERS are in action against Alloa Athletic in the SPFL Championship today and we’ve pulled together this collection of facts about the Wasps.
- Rangers’ 5-1 victory at Recreation Park in August was their biggest ever league victory over Alloa, either home or away, beating the previous best, 2-0, achieved in 1922.
- Rangers only managed six points from their four league matches against Alloa last season, with only records against Hearts, Hibernian and Queen of the South providing fewer points over the season.
- Of Rangers’ five league goals against Alloa last season, only one, scored by Nicky Law in the 1-0 win at Recreation Park in January, came in the first half. Contrastingly, four of the five strikes at the same venue earlier this season came before the interval.
- Jimmy Simpson (1947/48) is the only player to have managed Alloa since the war having previously played for Rangers. Alex Totten (1980/82) was in also charge of Alloa before a spell as an assistant to Jock Wallace at Ibrox (1983/86).
- Alloa are known as the Wasps due to the yellow and black colours that they first wore over 100 years ago. A new club badge was launched in 2010 with a modern-looking comic insect.
- Alloa were formed in 1878 and were originally known as Clackmannan County. That moniker lasted for one season and they then became the Alloa Association Football Club before they became Alloa Athletic in 1883.
- Archie McPherson was the manager of Alloa for 10 years from 1959. No, not that one, but a former defender who played at Rangers, Liverpool, Sheffield United and Falkirk and who went by the nickname ‘Curly’