AN EXHIBITION dedicated to charting the history of Alloa Athletic will open this weekend.

The Alloa Athletic Football Memorabilia exhibit will officially open this Saturday, March 30, for avid fans of the Wasps to head along.

Fans will be able to browse a vast collection of Alloa memorabilia stretching across decades upon decades of history.

Managed by John Glencross, programme editor for Alloa Athletic, the exhibition promises to have something for everybody and will guide visitors through a history of Clackmannanshire’s premier football team.

John sat down with the Advertiser to discuss founding the exhibition and opening its doors to the general public.

He said: “I have always had a dream that I wanted to be able to showcase all my Alloa Athletic Memorabilia along with other footballing memorabilia I have collected having attended many games for over 50 years.

“For me, it was all important having been collected over years and I believed, in time, surely more than me would be glad I had held on to all this stuff.

“My wife must be delighted to have all this clutter, as she would call it, removed from the loft.”

Located in a unit in Glasstown House on Castle Street, Alloa, fans will find a vast collection of Alloa memorabilia and collectibles.

There are folders upon folders of match programmes from the 1940s through to the present day, photographs of Alloa’s managers and players over the years and even match worn boots and tracksuits.

The collection also encompasses publications and magazines wherein mention of Alloa has been made including, but not limited to, Four Four Two, Match Attax and Scottish Football Annuals.

John has also set up a television for visitors to watch a huge number of games on video and DVD, with refreshments provided.

John continued: “It started as a case of collecting the match programmes and from then, you collect the newspaper cuttings and anything that had Alloa in it.

“If it said Alloa Athletic on it, yes I was collecting it. I started doing the History of Alloa Athletic book, then the Diary of a Season and now Alloa Will Always Be Alloa.

“Now, I have the opportunity to showcase all of this stuff, which has always been my dream.

“We’ve now got to a stage where I’m more than proud of this unit and we’ve got there through people helping us.

“I’m excited for people to come down and see it and hopefully people will enjoy it.”

There is no admission for the Alloa Athletic Memorabilia Exhibition. Doors will be open from 11am to 2pm prior to Alloa’s match against Annan Athletic this Saturday, March 30.

John will also be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 31 from 11am to 3pm for a day of family fun.

John’s books are available to purchase online on Amazon and through the Alloa Athletic club website.