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  1. Walking Down The Halbeath Road

    Yep, a profit that has them 1.5 million in debt. They did post a small profit, (when Hearts were in the league) but conveniently omitted that they hadnt paid Gordon MacDougall the tens of thousands they owed him (and had agreed to pay him). i think you’ll find their match day revenues level out around the £12k to £15k mark twice a month, (obviously yesterday was higher, but 730 v Dumbarton of whom 400 are STs is way smaller) and they will have a monthly wage bill of something like £30k to £35k (at least).
  2. Who will be Brechin's first?

    Yep, mentioned it on another thread. Don’t have your sense of it being the monster coming over the hill, but your manager plus away to Brechin plus midweek, and maybe a few planets really are starting to align.
  3. FA Cup 2017/18

    Why does the English game seem to embrace Delle Ali’s diving? Regardless of league or competition, that was a dive. Then commentators come out and say “oh he was entitled to go down and ask the question of the referee”. yes, he is decent player, but I don’t think he is great one. His legacy is going to be one of really nasty fouls, and above all, diving. So disappointed to hear Jenas saying it was a penalty as there was “contact”. There is no way on earth that you fall like that if you are fouled, and that cheating little shit wasn’t fouled. english football can talk all it likes about removing diving from the game, but on today’s evidence, only if it’s Johnny Foreigner who dives.
  4. Walking Down The Halbeath Road

    Livingston’s crowds regularly dip into 3 figures, and if you think they are running a 24 player full time squad plus a youth team plus stadium rent and costs on a budget that means the debts aren’t increasing week on week, then you haven’t really been paying attention to how they operate.
  5. The Falkirk FC Thread

    I’d want to keep Yak (but we can’t) Robson, Nelson, Longridge, McGhee (although he is marginal), Sibbs (who probably hasn’t done quite enough to earn a decent move), Taiwo. Really not fussed about the rest, and we absolutely definitely need to address our horrible central defence. Whoever comes in, we need aerial presence, and some real drive in midfield.
  6. Brechin City v Falkirk

    Just noticed you’ve got a cheeky wee mid-week fixture against the Fifers at the end of Feb and then your double header against Dumbarton in mid March. That’s got to represent three decent chances of a league win. I would imagine that’s the games you need to go out all guns blazing. Beat the Fifers, and the laughter will last well into the wee hours.
  7. Brechin City v Falkirk

    Aye, but for the rest of the season? We can cut and paste statistics like this to make whatever point we want to. That’s why you cherry picked our last eleven games rather than our last 20. That wouldn’t re-in force the point you are trying to make. The improvements come from Hartley, and the players he brought in. The players in the side who aren’t up to it are some of those he has inherited, and of those, Loy and the centre backs stick out like sore thumbs as the consistent problems. Wasnt it you who called Loy a “wage thief”? Do you no longer believe what you said to be true? As many have said, come the summer, there’s going to be a massive turn over of players again. With the January window, Hartley did just about as much as could be expected of him. He has fixed the goal scoring issue, but not the defence. It’s better, (but soundly beaten by ICT and Franchise FC tell you it’s nowhere near being right). It will be interesting to see if both of them form our central defensive partnership after the summer.
  8. Brechin City v Falkirk

    Sibbs? I’ve questioned his desire often enough in the past. We are an absolute bombscare of a team, and the responsibility for that has to lie somewhere, and for me, it’s with the players, and of those players, it’s the ones who have been central to the bombscare from the get go this season. McGhee is no wunderkind, but he possesses a degree of competency in his role that Muirhead and Watson rarely display. At the end of the day, we are where we are because of a collection of players who together and individually, have been performing far worse than their counterparts at seven other teams in this league. I am more than happy to point out who I think are the consistent and repeated failures in the team.......the guys who have done badly time and time again, and the guys who I think will eternally come up short. That’s Watson, Muirhead and Loy. I would say in this league alone, there’s a dozen centre backs out performing either of our two, and yes, probably another dozen front men out performing. Loy. You would hard pushed to find any clubs in this league that would entertain having any of the three of them in their starting elevens.
  9. Brechin City v Falkirk

    We’ll always disagree on him. Aye, he can look decent when he’s up against fresh air, but he is an automatic loss of possession the minute the ball is at his feet. He has been at the very core of an appalling defence this season, and I do worry when we start forgiving his shortcomings as being not so bad. I don’t expect as to have any budding Bobby Moore’s at the back, but nor do I expect centre backs who just lump the ball anywhere.....and in Muirhead’s case “anywhere” often means putting us bang into trouble. Him and Watson as a full time double act are far and away the worst in this league.
  10. Brechin City v Falkirk

    Thank Christ for Yak. Last kick of the game. There’s a disease running unchecked through our team, and for me, until Loy, Watson and Muirhead are emptied, it will continue to prosper.
  11. Brechin City v Falkirk

    Brechin down to 10 men. Can Hartley’s Heroes hang on for a point?
  12. Brechin City v Falkirk

    Five Hartley players in the team today, and yet we still churn out the same dugshite for 45 minutes. Even up against Brechin’s non existent attack, Muirhead and Watson still manage to look horrendous. I reckon Rory Loy has checked out of society, and is laying back on a Caribbean beach somewhere while his “rubbish at football” twin brother gets to live out his fantasy of playing for a full time club for a wee while. The staggering spread of performances from us this season is unbelievable. Today’s first half is definitely one of the truly lamentable ones.
  13. Who will be Brechin's first?

    Look at the respective defensive records. Excluding Brechin themselves, us Bairns have the stand out comedy defence in the league. In all seriousness, I don’t think there’s a team in the country that would find it an impossible task to score against us. On that basis, Brechin need to be a bit braver than they have been up to now. If they can get ahead, then who knows. Of course, pushing an extra player forward might well make things easier for Yak, Sibbs and King Louis, but surely to God they have to give it a go against a defence that would be hard pushed to keep a Sunday League team at bay. Us and Dumbarton represent Brechin’s last rock solid chances of winning a game. Sitting in and trying to hold out for a 0-0 is (deservedly) going to fail.
  14. Europa League 2017/18

    Looks as if Paul Hartley has loaned out a few of Houston’s defensive kingpins to the Swedish outfit. Amazing how a fixture that looks vaguely interesting prior to the match turns out to be a dire watch. The one saving grace is that a Wenger team these days is likely to hand a few chances to the opposition no matter how rank they are.
  15. Including a 6-1 demolition from the worst Bairns team In a couple of decades. That result needs to be brought up in debates of this nature.