ALLOA ATHLETIC have been praised for their popular match day programme in an end of season awards show.

The Wasp, which is available to buy at every home game, has been voted as the join-third best on offer at games in the Championship by Programme Monthly & Football Collectable magazine.

The Recs outfit shared the honour with Dundee while their city rivals Dundee United came in first with Partick Thistle only narrowly pipping Alloa to second place.

Ayr United came last, but experts did praise the quality of match day programmes on offer in the Championship across the board.

The Wasp is edited by long-time servant of the club John Glencross and contains contributions from the likes of Jonathan Markwell - aka Mr Alloa Stats - and boss Peter Grant.

Judges wrote: "Congratulations to Alloa for pegging their programme price to £2 for 36 pages, making this issue really good value for money. Only the manager, Peter Grant, has a column at the start of the programme, before an excellent historic piece.

"This covers, in great detail, Alloa’s days in the late 1940s and early ‘50s.

"In the more recent history of the club is the article about “They played for both clubs”. The opposition are given the once over, with some decent descriptions of the manager, captain, the ‘New Boy’ and ‘One to Watch’.

"There’s also a small piece about links between the two teams.

"‘Away Supporter’s Guide’ does exactly what it says, and gives advice on popular bars in the area pre-match. "‘Looking Back’ is another piece in the history classification, but it is of a more generic nature as it considers the game as a whole, including south of the border.

"‘A Fan’s View’ gives details of recent games, and in this one it’s a trip up country, and all that entails.

"A thoughtful and well laid out programme, with sufficient articles of interest to make handing over the £2 to purchase it seem like a good deal."

Programme Monthly & Football Collectable has been published since the 1980s and shines a light on football memorabilia from around the world.