One hundred appearances for Hilson

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Forfar Athletic loanee Dale Hilson made history on Saturday by making his 100th appearance for the club in four separate loan spells from Dundee United.

The Stirling-born forward, who celebrated his 21st birthday last month, first joined United on a youth form at the start of the 2005/6 campaign.

Five years later he began his first spell at Station Park on a temporary transfer making his debut in a 2-1 win in the CIS Cup at Forthbank, Stirling on August 31, 2010.

The following week he made a scoring league debut in a 4-1 home win over Dumbarton. That season he made 31 starting appearances for Dick Campbell’s outfit, coming off the bench on five further occasions.

He went back to Tannadice at the end of that season but on New Year’s Day, 2012, he arrived back at Station Park. He went on to make 21 appearances before the season drew to a close.

Hilson went back to United at the start of last season, but in early December he returned to his second footballing ‘home’. A further 22 starting appearances and one substitute appearance followed before that season came to it’s dramatic close in the two-legged play-off semi-final with The Pars.

For the current campaign Hilson again moved up the road to Forfar in late August making his seasonal debut in the League Cup defeat at Dens Park. Since then, despite a three week absence in December through an injury sustained at Ibrox, he has racked up 19 appearances, with the visit from Airdrieonians seeing him reach his century.

In his time with the club it has to be said that Hilson has perhaps not scored as many goals as he would have wished, his tally this season being six, bringing his overall number to 15.