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Albion Rovers Football Club
Cliftonhill Stadium
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Albion Rovers F.C. was founded in 1882 from the merger of Albion and Rovers and is based at the town of Coatbridge to the east of Glasgow. 'The Wee Rovers', as the team is known to its fans, has played at its current ground of Cliftonhill Stadium since its opening on Christmas Day 1919. The Wee Rovers joined the Scottish Football League Second Division in time for the 1902-03 season. They joined the First Division for a short spell when the league resumed after the end of World War I. Apart from a few brief forays into the First Division during the thirties and forties, however, Albion's story is one of a gradual slide down to the lower divisions. The team came close to cup glory in the Scottish Cup of 1919-1920, having despatched Rangers after a replay in the semi final. They played Kilmarnock at Hampden Park in front of 95,600 spectators, but were beaten 3-2 on the day. The following year Albion faced a rematch in the semi final against Rangers. This time Rangers got their revenge, however, winning 4-1. Up until the year 2000, Albion Rovers were a part time professional team, but has since gone fully professional with some assistance from government employment grants.


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