Commonwealth Games Gold Medallists Louise and Kimberley Renicks will be special guests of the club for this weekend’s match against Queens Park.
The judo sisters were born and brought up in Coatbridge and did themselves, the town and the country proud when they picked up Gold at Glasgow 2014 – they’re just two of over 50 Team Scotland Gold Medalists.
As a small gesture of the club’s appreciation, we have invited the girls and their family along to Cliftonhill tomorrow.
The girls will show off their medals to the crowd at half time and also be presented with two lifetime season tickets to come along and watch the Rovers anytime they have a free Saturday in their training schedule.
We’re hoping a big crowd will turn out to celebrate the girls success and hopefully they’ll bring us some good luck as we take on the Spiders.
So if you’re free tomorrow afternoon, come along to Cliftonhill and meet Coatbridges Gold Medal sisters.more info
Why did you decide to join Rovers this season?
The main reason was probably because of Darren, the new manager, and Sandy coming in, as well as some fresh faces amongst the playing squad. I also stay locally as well, which helps a lot.
How welcome have you been made at Cliftonhill?
It has been perfect. I already knew a few of the boys from elsewhere, so that makes it a lot easier to settle in.
You have top-flight experience from your time with Motherwell; how do you compare that to your adventures in the lower divisions?
I think that the higher a level you play at, the more time on the ball you get. In the lower divisions everything is bit more rushed and back to front.
What has been you biggest achievement or most memorable moment in your footballing career so far?
It would probably have to be when I made my debut for Motherwell against Celtic, but playing for Motherwell in the Europa League was also enjoyable and memorable.
Last week we played East Fife; how important is it to get these types of results against strong opponents?
It is important to win every game, but last week was massive after losing to Arbroath the previous week. Some people had East Fife as the title favorites before the season had started, so it was good to stamp our authority.
You scored in the game against East Fife last week. Can the fans expect to see more goals from you?
Yes hopefully, I’ll try my best to chip in with my fair share of goals from midfield.
Who in football has been your biggest inspiration?
Footballing-wise, I’ve looked up to world class players in Xavi and Iniesta. I think they play the game the way it should be played.
Do you think that Rovers have what it takes to compete for promotion and perhaps the league title?
Yes, I think we do. We have great bunch of boys who know what it takes; also a lot of the squad have played at higher levels so there is no reason why we cannot.
We face Queen’s Park at home this weekend; how tough do you expect the challenge to be?
I think it will be a really tough game. I’m told that Queen’s were very good against Rangers in midweek, so we know that we need to be at our best.
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Albion Rovers welcomed East Fife to Cliftonhill for today’s League Two match.
A dominant Rovers side convincingly won 2-0, but the scoreline could have been even more had they taken their chances.
Within 3 minutes, Rovers had the ball in the back of the net thanks to John Gemmell, but the linesman had his flag up for offside.
It didn’t take too long for the opener to come however, and in the 22nd minute Rovers got their first goal thanks to a tight angled low shot by Jamie Pollock, coming from a fantastic cross in by Gary Phillips.
Then on the stroke of half time John Gemmell finally got his name on the scoresheet. Josh Mullin whipped in a corner to the centre of the box and the big striker leapt up and bulleted home a header off the underside of the bar to give Rovers a healthy two goal lead.
After the break, there were few chances to extend the lead with Ally Love, John Gemmell and Josh Mullin all coming close, but the match finished 2-0 – a good home win for Darren Young’s side.
Match report – Daniel Mossie
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