"The Red Lichties"
Arbroath FC were saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Kopel after a long illness at the age of 65. Frank played 62 times for the Lichties and was also Assistant Manager between 1982 and 84. Prior to coming to Gayfield, Frank had played for Manchester United before settling at Tannadice where he became a Dundee United legend in a 10 year spell.
12th April 2014
Arbroath 4 (McManus 45, Cook 46, 49, Sheerin 80) Stranraer 2 (Winter 51, Forde 90)
Arbroath kept their slim survival hopes alive with victory against Stranraer in Scottish League One.
Paul McManus rifled in the opener for the hosts in first-half stoppage-time before Alan Cook stroked home the second just after the restart.
Cook's sweeping shot put Arbroath further in front but Sean Winter's effort gave Stranraer hope.
Player-manager Paul Sheerin's curling shot put the win beyond doubt before Adam Forde's consolation strike.
Bottom side Arbroath are four points adrift with three games left.
Arbroath 01 Morrison 02 Travis 03 Hamilton 04 Nicoll Booked 05 McGeever 06 Keddie Booked 07 Linn 08 Chisholm Booked 10 Cook (Banjo - 72' Booked ) 09 McManus (Robertson - 81' ) 11 Sheerin (Yao - 81' )
Substitutes 12 Deuchar 14 Robertson 15 Banjo 16 Little 17 Yao 18 Scott 21 Wood
Stranraer 01 Mitchell 02 Robertson 03 Docherty 08 Gallagher 04 Rumsby Booked 05 MacGregor 11 Borris (Stirling - 63' ) 06 Bell 10 Longworth (Grehan - 50' ) 09 McKenna (Forde - 77' ) 07 Winter
Substitutes 12 Stirling 14 Grehan 15 Stirling 16 Kinnaird 17 Forde 20 Fahey
Ref: Kevin Graham
5th April 2014
Stenhousemuir 2 (Greenhalgh 39, Higgins 86) Arbroath 2 (McManus 30, Linn 71)
Arbroath remain seven points adrift at the bottom of Scottish League One after drawing at Stenhousemuir.
The visitors took the lead when Paul McManus curled home but Ben Greenhalgh's smart finish levelled matters.
Robert Lynn tucked away an Alan Cook pass to give Arbroath the advantage a second time.
However, Stenny came back again. Sean Higgins nodded into the net to secure a point for the hosts, one which takes them closer to the play-off zone.
Stenhousemuir 01 Smith 02 Devlin Booked (McNeil - 68' Booked ) 05 McKinlay (Dickson - 23' ) 08 Lynch (Rowson - 23' ) 03 Greacen Booked 04 Lawson 07 Smith 06 Hodge 10 Higgins 09 Greenhalgh 11 Watt S
ubstitutes 12 Rowson 14 Duncan 15 Faulds 16 Dickson 17 Shaw 18 McNeil 19 Douglas
Arbroath 01 Morrison 02 Travis 03 Lindsay (Keddie - 86' ) 08 Chisholm 05 McGeever Booked 04 Nicoll Booked (Deuchar - 65' ) 07 Linn 06 Hamilton 10 Cook (Banjo - 82' ) 09 McManus 11 Sheerin
Substitutes 12 Deuchar 14 Robertson 15 Banjo 16 Keddie 17 Yao 18 Scott 21 Butter
Ref: John Beaton
Arbroath have signed centre back, Ryan McGeever on loan from Falkirk until the end of the season.
29th March 2014
Arbroath 1 (McManus 61) Rangers 2 (Daly 19, Aird 87)
Rangers preserved their unbeaten Scottish League One record but were given a stern examination by Arbroath.
Jon Daly headed in from Fraser Aird's corner to give the division's winners a first-half lead.
Paul McManus took advantage of slackness in the Rangers defence to slot home Arbroath's leveller.
The hosts threatened to move ahead but it was Ally McCoist's side who claimed victory, Aird tucking away the winner late on.
The defeat leaves Arbroath seven points adrift at the bottom of the table with five matches to play.
However, Paul Sheerin's men started the brighter of the two sides and Kevin Nicoll fired over after being picked out by the player-manager early on.
Bobby Linn then dragged a low effort wide after racing clear of the visitors' back four and a Sheerin corner was then nodded over by Michael Travis.
Both sides had had penalty appeals turned down by the time Rangers took the lead, referee Euan Anderson disinterested by claims of handball against Arbroath's Alan Cook or Sebastien Faure's challenge on McManus.
Daly powered home a firm header from Aird's delivery to break the deadlock.
Undeterred, Arbroath continued to press and Linn's shot into the side-netting reminded Rangers they had a game on their hands.
Aird then drilled the ball off Sandy Wood's crossbar from 30 yards and also had a free-kick saved by the goalkeeper.
The Arbroath goal frame was struck again early in the second half as defender Travis narrowly avoided scoring an own goal with a wayward header.
Sheerin's men were then gifted an equaliser as Faure's header back to keeper Cammy Bell was intercepted and struck home by McManus.
Cook headed over another Sheerin delivery as Arbroath pushed for a crucial three points in their battle against relegation.
But they were undone when Daly's mis-hit shot was turned into the net by Aird.
There was still one more chance for the home side but Alex Keddie could not convert after Nicoll had headed on Sheerin's free-kick.
Arbroath 01 Wood 02 Travis 03 Hamilton 08 Chisholm 06 Lindsay (Robertson - 88' ) 05 Keddie 07 Linn 04 Nicoll Booked 09 McManus 10 Cook (Adams - 93' ) 11 Sheerin
Substitutes 12 Yao 14 Robertson 15 Scott 16 McWalter 17 Thompson 18 Adams 21 Morrison
Rangers 01 Bell 02 Foster Booked 05 Wallace 08 Hutton 06 McCulloch 03 Faure 11 Crawford (Gallagher - 73' ) 07 Peralta Sosa 10 Clark 09 Daly Booked (Shiels - 89' ) 04 Aird (Smith - 89' )
Substitutes 12 Shiels 14 Smith 15 Gallagher 16 Simonsen 17 Hegarty 18 Sanchez Cribari 19 Telfer
Ref: Euan Anderson
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