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Stranraer FC gets new manager

Stephen Farrell started his managerial duties today Credit: ITV Border

Stephen Farrell has been appointed as Stranraer Football Club's new manager.

He began his career as a manager at Cumnock Juniors in 2009, taking over from former Stranraer boss Campbell Money.

Farrell then went on to become assistant manager at Stair Park between December 2012 and May 2015 and played for the club during the 1994/95 season.

For the past year and a half, Farrell has been assisting Stevie Aitken at Dumbarton.

Farrell will be in the Dumbarton dugout for the visit of Queen of the South, before officially starting on Monday with Stranraer FC and` meeting the players on Tuesday evening at training.

Stranraer FC Manager leaves club

Brian Reid has left the club. Credit: ITV Border

Stranraer FC and manager Brian Reid parted company last night, 48 hours after the club plunged to the bottom of Division 1.

The club issued a statement late last night:

After a meeting and discussion this evening, Stranraer FC can announce that manager Brian Reid has left the club by mutual consent.

The club would like to thank Brian for all his endeavours over the past 20 months and wish him well for the future.

Brian expressed his gratitude to the club for the opportunity to take the manager's job and was disappointed that the team weren't able to build on last seasons run to the play-off final and wished Stranraer FC every success in the future."

– Club statement

In their last game on Saturday, Stranraer lost 1-0 to Stenhousemuir who leapfrogged them and the Blues are now at the bottom of the league.

The 46-year-old previously worked for Coventry City as a coach and before that he was manager at Conference side, Nuneaton Town which followed a spell in the Phillipines as Coach/Manager of Global FC and also the under 23 International side.

Reid also had a successful five years as manager of Ayr United where he took them to promotion twice and also to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup and the Semi Final of the League Cup in 2012.

During his playing career Reid was with numerous clubs including 66 appearances for Queen of the South, more than 100 in two spells with Morton and 42 with Blackpool.

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Stranraer manager regrets missed chances

Stranraer dominated the first leg of their Championship playoff final, but had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw after Ayr equalised in the 94th minute.

Blues Manager Brian Reid says he regrets his team's missed chances, but that the tie is still very much open.

We could have had a comfier lead. We had a couple of great chances to make it two or three but it wasn't to be and to lose a goal in the manner we did is obviously disappointing.

But nothing is won or lost tonight anyway. Even if we'd have gone up there with a one goal head start it was still going to be a difficult game so, it has now just become a one off cup final, and one that we are looking forward to.

– Brian Reid, Manager

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Stranraer prepare for play-off semi-final

Credit: Stranraer Football Club

Manager Brian Reid says all the pressure will be on Stranraer's opponents in tonight's play-off clash.

The Blues welcome Livingston to Stair Park for the first leg of their Championship Play-off semi-final (kick-off 7:45pm).

Livingston finished ninth in the Championship last season - five places above Stranraer in the Scottish football pyramid, so Reid believes it will be the visitors instead of his players feeling the heat.

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The second leg takes place at Livingston on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

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