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Full Results Against Gretna

Gretna Football Club was a Scottish professional football club based in the town of Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway, close to the border Gretna (a) 15 Aug 83 FRbetween England and Scotland, that last competed in the Scottish Premier League, the then top flight of Scottish football. Nicknamed the Black and Whites or the Anvils the club was founded in 1946, and had rapid and continual success in the mid-2000s, and reached the Scottish Cup Final in 2006, but the club fell into severe financial difficulties when businessman Brooks Mileson, its main financial backer, withdrew funds due to ill health. The club was forced to dissolve in 2008 due to money issues.

Despite being based in Scotland, the club participated in amateur and semi-professional leagues in English footbal from 1947 until they were elected to theScottish Football League at the third attempt in 2002.

Relying heavily on substantial financial support from Mileson, the club were promoted through the Scottish leagues from the Third Division to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) in less than five years. The club also reached the 2006 Scottish Cup Final, losing in a penalty shoot-out to Hearts.

Gretna struggled badly in the SPL and the club were placed in administration after Mileson withdrew his support due to illness. At the end of the season, all of the club’s staff were made redundant and the club were initially relegated to the Third Division due to their inability to guarantee fulfilment of their forthcoming fixtures. After this demotion, the one remaining offer to buy the club was withdrawn.

Gretna entered administration in early 2008 and on 8 May, the administrator set a deadline of 17 May for a buyer to be found, or the club would be liquidated. The deadline passed and no buyer was found and Gretna resigned their place in the Scottish Football League on 3 June 2008 and were formally liquidated on 8 August. Following the clubs demise, Annan Athletic were elected to the league in their place and entered into the Third Division.

 

Season Date Opponents H/A Competition Score – Ayr First Crowd Programme Issued Comments

1983/84

15/8/83

Gretna

A

Friendly

4-1

 

Yes

 

2005/06

27/08/2005

Gretna

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

2005/06

05/11/2005

Gretna

H

2nd Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

2005/06

02/01/2006

Gretna

A

2nd Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

2005/06

21/03/2006

Gretna

H

2nd Division

2-4

 

No Issue

Programme dated 4 March used

2007/08

28/07/2007

Gretna

H

Friendly

2-1

 

No Issue

 

 

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