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Young Eddie

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  1. Wow, that's impressive. And could be timely as I really think we do need to sign some fresh blood for next season. While I've been pleased with the retainees, all we've done so far is sign up most of our current first team, and no one would have said that our team last year was Championship quality. I think we need a good 2-3 new players who will be first team regulars if we're to make any sort of impact next year.
  2. Frightened Rabbit

    I've been feeling strangely depressed all weekend and have been utterly caught off guard by my reaction to Scott's passing. I never had the chance to see FR play live and never met Scott but in a small way it feels like i've lost a member of my family. A lot of the tributes written by fans are about how he helped them pull through difficult times and their empathy with his feelings, but I'm lucky in that i've never experienced the desperate lows that his lyrics paint such a darkly beautiful picture of. And yet his lyrics are a large part of what draws me to him. He expresses love, insecurity and hope like no other lyricist I've ever heard. Who else but Scott Hutchison could write a line like "I was vaccum-packed, shrink wrapped out of air. And the spine collapsed, and the eyes rolled back to stare at my starving brain". Just brilliant. Such a sad, sad state of affairs. I hope the band can continue in some way. His music and lyrics have to live on. Have to.
  3. Agree with this. It's the same problem in every league, it's easier to pick and choose the safe option you are familiar with than to go and search for an unknown talent and take a bit of a gamble. You even see it in the EPL where players and managers float from one club to another. The one that sticks out for me is Mark Hughes who has never really achieved anything at all significant in management yet is still sought after at mid/lower level EPL sides. In contrast if you can cast the net wider you might end up with a Henrik Larsson or Van Djyk like Celtic did and sell them on for silly money. Maybe another Alain Horace is out there, it's up to clubs to make the effort to find them.
  4. Agreed, it's great to hear him talking positively and optimistic about next season. I had a strong feeling that regardless of whether we got promoted McCall was going to call it a day at the end of this season. Clearly there's life in the old dog yet. Mid table or even sneaking a playoff spot would be tremendous next year and not beyond reason. As he says in the interview there's no reason to be scared of the likes of Morton, QoS, Inverness and even Livvy who finished second. That's fighting talk. Let's do this!
  5. Alloa vs Ayr

    I just hope the players aren't as nervous as I am... Suddenly finding ourselves back in second place shows how tight things still are. As others have said, if we blow a 5 point lead with 3 games left then we only have ourselves to blame. Raith will win at home next week so we simply have to avoid defeat tomorrow. With a big travelling support I think we can do it. I'll be watching from overseas but will still feel the nerves big time! Come on Ayr, let's do this and set up a title party at home next week
  6. The Super v Stranraer FC

    Mate, have you seen our home top for next year? No-one will look good in it
  7. What on earth is that home top all about?? A plain white tshirt and no doubt retailing at 50 quid. If we can't have even a tad of imagination with our home top then what's the point. I'd rather they just kept this season's current strip. I didn't like it on launch either but it's infinitely better than the new one.
  8. The Super v Stranraer FC

    Exactly. When we get our big game crowds it's largely made up of casual supporters who only come out of the woodwork at these times and the local old firm sympathisers (of which there must be 1000s) who come along to see what the fuss is about with the wee diddy local team.
  9. Airdrie vs Ayr Utd

    To be fair he was relatively untested that night. Killie were so shit I don’t remember them having many shots on target and Jordan Jones final ball was so bad we were rarely threatened by cross balls. That's true but my point was more about the way he coped with the atmosphere and didn't appear to fall to pieces. It just suggested to me that he could handle the big occasions. Unfortunatley he's let in a few confidence-sapping daft goals, and the feeling of unrest at his performances among the fans must have affected him too. But if he does come back I'll be pleased for the lad if he does well.
  10. Airdrie vs Ayr Utd

    Think folk need to calm down about the prospect of Hart potentially playing. It's unlikely to be the end of the world. Think back to the first game of the season against Killie when he more than held his own in a hostile atmosphere. While he's had his fair share of howlers, that game suggested to me that he has got potential.
  11. Absolutely agree it's a shame we can't get another 1000 on our gate. The atmosphere would be so much better. I think that 40 years outside the top division (god is it really that long?) is the primary reason our core support has dwindled. It's almost as if we need a near extinction/administration event to rouse the locals into backing us. Seems to have worked at the likes of Falkirk and Dunfermline, both smaller towns by population which have far bigger home supports than us.
  12. If the main complaint/issue our manager has is a perceived lack of atmosphere at Somerset then I'm ok with that. There are far worse things we could have to complain about. 1600 attendance is nothing spectacular, but we are playing in league one after all. A few seasons back it was not unusual to have sub-1000 crowds at home games, so we have put a good 500 or so regulars on to the gate which is no bad thing. I remember McCall in an early interview saying that he wanted Somerset Rd end "rocking" with 2000 fans there. Still a bit to go but if he can get us this title win and, more importantly, consolidate us in the Championship, I think we'll get those numbers.
  13. After the rollercoaster season so far for both Ayr and Raith I'm not assuming anything until we have mathematically got the league won. We just need one slip up and a Raith victory and it's back to being anyone's league again. Squeaky bum time. We do seem to be hitting form though, but as Ayr fans we have plenty of previous that can bring back the fear. I still recall the Brian Reid season in the Championship when we seemed totally safe from relegation then lost something like 9 out of 10 to go down without a whimper. Or last year when we were miles ahead of St Mirren at xmas yet still blew it. A title win would be absolutely fantastic and so much more preferable than to go up via the playoffs. Long overdue a title. Come on ye Ayr.
  14. Ayr vs Raith

    As ever with most football fans your opinion of the Shankland incident depends on which team you support. Hard to get an unbiased view on this. Only Shankland knows if he meant to stand on the player. If he did, he's a dick and could quite possibly have harmed his teams chances by being sent off. If not, he needs to look more carefully where is walking. He must step on dog poo all the time. I'm leaning more towards the he-did-do-it-intentionally camp. The Raith no 12 rolling around in agony though is equally embarrassing. Call it a score draw in incidents both sides would rather forget.
  15. Arbroath vs Ayr United

    Always a bummer to have a match postponed but fair play to all the Arbroath staff and volunteers, looks like they made a monumental effort to try and keep the pitch playable. Respect!