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  1. Over the last few years I’ve travelled all over Scotland watching junior football and I was looking forward to my trip to the land of the bard today. Those who know me will know I followed Fauldhouse United home and away and chronicled my adventures and escapades with the lads on match days. They were affectionately known as the Buckie Boys and famed for their partisan and vocal support of the team, good banter and ever presence. We rose to the Superleague through the divisions and the laughs got bigger and better and we made friends in every division and in every wee town and village in the East Region. We battled the biggest teams like Lithgae Rose, Bo’ness, Kelty and Bonnyrigg. We didn’t care where we went or who we played because we pitched the flag and gathered under it, together in football and together in something else. Football for me is not the end result of the day.. football is the glue that sticks all my memories and my love and my pain together. I was due to meet one of the Buckie Boys at the Auchinleck game. He was an Ayrshire lad and since I was following the Roch he was going to “go hame” and introduce me to his pals and his “faimly”. That was not to be and he passed away this week and I am gutted. We shared so much and I loved my times with him and the rest of the lads. They saved me when I needed it and I let them know it. I made a point of tracking down his best mate “Gemmill” today at the game and we shook hands and chatted and laughed and smiled as we talked about our friend. He told me in his broad Ayrshire accent, often using colloquial words I didn’t know, how as kids they would “loup ower the bing an the corry fence” and play on the Talbot’s pitch. I had done similar at StRoch’s pitch when it was black ash and I was a young aspiring Kenny Dalglish. Same stories, different places, United in football. We smiled and hurt at the same time.... never underestimate being part of something and the bonds that can give you. Football has lost another good guy too soon. [emoji173]️ There is something about the togetherness of the Candy Fans. They gathered at the Ranza and we were already dissecting the day ahead and stories of stag dorks and injuries and bare bones filled the brake as we took the scenic route to Ayrshire, courtesy of the Poundland SatNav stuck by a sucker to the drivers window. We seemed to be heading away then back on ourselves and so the game would prove later...... we get there eventually and enter the ground which is looking resplendent and bowling green-esque under a curdling grey sky, the shrill chill wind reflecting the feelings of my bad news this week. My auld man being cooped up on a bus means he needs 2 things urgently... a pish and a coffee. We are pointed towards the far end and he shuffles off and I follow... I’m thinking he needs to hit the bog first but he actually hits the canvas as the huge terracing steps catch him out he goes arse over tit. As I pick him up one wisecracking Candy fans shouts “hey, auld yin.. I told yay tae stay aff the wine”... I thought about my Buckie pal and smiled. Pish done and coffee is out in preference for the staple drink of the junior fan, a cup of dirty scalding water with a faint almost undetectable whiff of beef that would peel the skin from your lip and leave you skinless but only down a quid so a bargain in my book. It heated the hands and we headed to the shed and stood initially mixed with the local BumbleBee coloured fans before congregating behind the Candy dug out and behind the flags and behind the team. It felt great and I felt strong. Strength in numbers and strength in hope and we watched as that strength was reflected in our play. I can judge a game and although passionate and vocal for my team, I can’t shake the truth. We could and probably should have been behind, perhaps by a couple. As it was a combination of Sebo-like finishing, good defending and good old Lady Luck, we reached 35 mins at 0-0 and then we started to play a bit. We pressed and batted within our shape and got forward a few times with excellent passing interplay that was rewarded with loud cheers and an increase in our vocality. We made another good passing movement which saw a cut back reach Keiron Daw who slotted home on 44mins for an unlikely lead, the candy bench and fans greeting it with delerium as the banter filled and loud home fans were shut up as they were hit with Daw Jaw!!! The half time whistle blew and we cheered like we had won... and it felt like those Halcyon Hoose days and I remembered him again... After more shared words and shaken opposition fan hands at half time, I rejoin the swaying green Candy mass and things change quickly... we can’t get near the ball and from 2 poor set pieces we lose 2 quick poor goals. Some people thing defending is dirty and I know I am often branded boring and negative and critical. Perhaps I am, I try not to be too critical but boring and negative I can handle! Simple rules, no free headers, do not let attackers get across you in the box, win the first ball and clear your lines. Seems simple. It is simple. Well, it isn’t simple if you don’t do the simple things right. It would be easy to be critical but I can’t be. The lads gave so much today and but for 2 great 2nd half saves by big Courtois in goal for Talbot and for the thickness of a post with a decent header just wide, we could have got something. As it was we left defeated but with our pride and heads held high. I often say that as fans all we can ask for is that the lads give 100% and they did today. No fan can ask more and I thank the players for their efforts. It made the day what it was and the fans really appreciated it. We made it back on the bus and the guy ignored the sat nav and we whizzed home slightly quieter than we did coming but proud to be who we were. It was a great day and nothing was lost in defeat.. conversely I took more away with me. I feel very reflective recently. I think about things a lot as you know, whether that is my auld man stumbling and realising he isn’t as he was, whether it is losing a close football brother or realising my place in this game and this world. I know there is something of the intangible about feelings and at times that challenges me. I think therefor I am. My overriding feeling from today is one of pride and belonging and the fragility of my football life. I am enjoying it and living it and loving it as much as I can, whilst I can. I just wish I could put it into words worthy of my thoughts.... in the land of Burns, I thought a lot and so I’ll pinch some for my mate... I’ll miss you my friend. “Fare thee weel, thou best and dearest! Thine be ilka joy and treasure, Peace. enjoyment, love, and pleasure...” Mon the Candy! MTC! [emoji517][emoji172][emoji460]️[emoji106]
    9 points
  2. Since you asked so nicely.
    9 points
  3. Remember kids, posting when steaming can make you look foolish.
    8 points
  4. Historically shite, teuchter thugs. Two coward's tackles. Get down and stay down.
    8 points
  5. No that happened. It was some sort of charity gig IIRC. It was the same day Myles Hippolyte caused the largest mass-headsgone known to man and Wee Sibbald shooshed yous. What a fucking day that was.
    8 points
  6. A team who go 8 points clear in February and don't win the league cannot have the audacity to point the blame at anyone but themselves.
    7 points
  7. Brace yourself. Ramble approaching. That was absolutely miserable. I had the fear when I saw the lineup, I had the fear when I saw how uncomfortable we looked from the first whistle, and it was almost a relief to see Livi only score three come full-time. Right now we look like a team devoid of any ideas, any confidence and, to be brutally honest, lacking team spirit. Time and again today players seemed to get on each other's backs - something we've rarely seen under Stevie Aitken. Purely as an outsider looking in I get the feeling that morale is really low. I've torn into Stevie when I felt it was right, and I've defended him quite a bit this season, but he has to shoulder some of the blame - and he has to let the players know that they need to seriously up things too. As I said to BBPF earlier in the thread we're totally predictable. We play dreadful football, we create very few openings and, today at least, we're all over the shop defensively. That first-half performance was right up there with Bonnyrigg in terms of its hopelessness. The Livi fans must've been having a whale of a time, because that was like clubs from very different divisions facing each other. Stevie needs to change it and, I'm afraid, the usual 'boys gave me everything' 'been a tough week' 'can't expect us to compete with clubs at the top end of this division', chat simply won't cut it. He's spoken a few times about our aim being to finish as the best part-time team, and that's fine, but it's also defeatist. Did he say that to guys like Andy Dowie and Tom Walsh when he signed them in June? I very strongly doubt it. Aim high and be brave. It might not work, we might've finished ninth anyway, but heck, we might've actually played some respectable football every now and then. I could count on one hand the number of games where we've played genuinely enjoyable football to watch - and I could also count on one hand games we absolutely deserved to win (ICT, St Mirren, Brechin H 1-0/A 1-3). The others were tighter, and arguably could easily have gone the other way. Today was garbage. St Mirren in midweek was garbage. ICT was ok, but we definitely didn't do anywhere near enough going forward to deserve a win, and the Brechin games have to be discounted given how poor they've been. Maybe I'm being unfair, maybe they highlight how good a job Stevie's doing, but realistically we have to be winning more than two (2!) out of the 25 games we've played against the other eight sides in the division. By the time we face United it will have been 98 days since our last league goal against a FT team. Both our full-backs were miles off it. Aidan Wilson seems highly rated by the Rangers fans, but I'm really struggling to see it. He's not particularly solid defensively, he's prone to silly challenges (three games, four bookings) he doesn't look comfortable going forward and he isn't great in possession. He's a young guy, in a poor team, in his defence. But I don't get it. Liam Dick has been brutal. His positioning is seriously suspect, time and again Livi players strolled into the big Dick (lolz, I did that deliberately) shaped gap in our defence. That's before you get started on his distribution, which makes James Creaney look like Franco Baresi. If Boomer isn't injured and Stevie's picking Dick over him then questions have to be asked. Mango was absolutely all over the shop today. Got booked, should've conceded a penalty (well, certainly from the other end) and only escaped a second booking because Barry Cook seemingly couldn't tell the difference between him and Dougie Hill. Hill was alright. He's backup, and would probably be better suited to L1, but he at least took the ball and put himself about a bit. Hutton and Carsy works sometimes, doesn't others. Today it didn't. Hutton had another off-day, though he was still alright, Carsy ran himself into the ground without actually doing very much. We seem to be seeing him more and more often in the final third of the pitch - and that really highlights our issues. He's a defensive mid. He should only venture beyond the centre-circle on special occasions (ideally birthdays, Christmases and Scottish Cup ties against Elgin City). Andy Stirling did relatively well defensively, but was another who looked directionless going forward. He got the ball, ran a bit, reached the halfway line, had nobody near him, and then lost it. Froxy tried to force everything - although he almost scored another screamer when he was moved inside. Tom Walsh has had a funny old season. Looked the business in pre-season, took ages to hit that form in the competitive games, became a match winner (and arguably our best player between November and December) started to contribute less, got injured, and has returned as the guy from the start of the season. There's a really good player in there - but he's not influencing games as much as he should be, albeit (again) perhaps that's down to how static we are when we attempt to go forward. Calum Gallagher had a pointless shift. We hoofed balls at him which Buchanan and Declan Gallagher easily dealt with, and when he did win a header there was nobody within about 35 yards of him. This is all a big ramble, so apologies for that, I'm just fed up with us putting in the same performance near enough every single week. Try something different, Stevie. If we get pumped, we get pumped. It's not going to make a massive difference to where we finish now. By the way big ups to Livi. I described them today as being 'like us but good'. David Hopkin's built up a squad that (I hope this doesn't sound patronising) few would've considered playoff material, never mind second place material, and they play some great stuff. Aye they're direct, but it works. Miller and Hardie were working as an excellent partnership, and Hardie's goal was a really special finish. That's now eight he has against us (I think), for Rangers, Raith, St Mirren, Raith (again), Rangers U20s and Livi. Defensively they looked solid (even without Halkett and Lithgow), Byrne won near enough every 50/50 in midfield and there just seems to be a smashing spirit about the team. Players playing for each other. Be nice to see you guys do something in the playoffs - just for the seethe it would create having Livi and their core support of 800 odd in the Premiership!
    7 points
  8. One defeat too many for this Cold Feet it seems. Grim to witness.
    7 points
  9. That's Dundee United dropped down to 5th and out of the play off places...
    7 points
  10. I like to think he was thinking "Here's an opportunity to stamp on this c**t's baws".
    7 points
  11. That was like a training exercise for livi today,no disrespect intended towards Dumbarton. We were miles ahead of them in every thing we did,it was 3 nil going on 4 or 5. We absolutely strolled thru the whole match and rarely looked troubled. Always enjoy my trips to the "rock",cracking wee bowling club just behind the ground,the ground itself is in a cracking setting and Dumbarton's supporters are some of the best i hav come across in this league. We may be at opposite ends of the table and both looking at the play-offs at opposite ends but i genuinely wish the sons all the best and would love to be facing you guys again next season
    6 points
  12. What says most about both sides is the league table.
    6 points
  13. So no points for us before the split then? Hopefully Templeton's injury isn't too bad as we are fucked without him. Our poor starts are really going to cost us. Looking forward to the selection tombola on Tuesday night. Well done to Killie. Much better team. Some season you guys are having. If Clarke isn't named manager of the year then it's a fucking disgrace.
    6 points
  14. "f**k Scott Brown is a c**t, I'm so sick of Scott Brown thugging his way through our players, even when Scott Brown is rightly sent off against us Scott Brown still gets his red card rescinded even when everyone in Scotland thinks that's mental, good fucking god I really fucking hate Scott cunting Brown." Probably.
    6 points
  15. Our next home match is against ICT next Saturday according to the sign on Lochfield Road. Can I respectfully suggest that the particular facility in question be discontinued next season? If ensuring that it carries accurate information is a difficulty - and it would appear to be a massive one - it's surely doing more harm than good.
    6 points
  16. The clubs problems are well documented but if we take the facts of our current situation it's that we have a hefty maintenance bill to service at our current stadium. We could potentially be in League 1 next season. We could potentially be up for sale. We won't have cash to get rid of Stevie Aitken who has a year remaining on his deal. Can I ask if would you rather we sacked Stevie, taking on a debt from somewhere, and got in an out of work manager (as we couldn't afford compensation for an in work manager) as replacement? For me where we are now isn't good, there's much room for improvement and I do fear the drop. But if we do drop, Aitken knows League 1 inside out and give me Stevie over every single muppet that gets listed for every job vacancy going these days. He has his faults, aye, but last year he built a good squad (for a club like ours) and has done so at Stranraer too. I think we need to back him until his deal runs out and see where we are then, right now we have bigger issues to deal with. I should add you are entitled to spend your money as you wish, I don't want this to seem like I'm having a go at folk who want to stay away, I understand that viewpoint. I'm just questioning what the alternative realistically is.
    5 points
  17. Best post I've ever read on P&B. What Junior football is all about. I thought St Roch's played well today and loved the backing the team got from the fans. Vocal to the end. Good luck for the rest of the season.
    5 points
  18. That’ll be the same Ayr & Raith that have spanked your miserable team 8 times this season!
    5 points
  19. 2-0 down. Relegated. 0 wins. And to top it off, they are now time wasting. Lost for words.
    5 points
  20. The Brechin Board should make this lot walk home, embarrassment of a team. Almost as bad as Dundee Utd.
    5 points
  21.  Categories Scotland U21 star Eamonn Brophy handed new Killie deal....... Eamonn Brophy has been rewarded for his impressive debut season by being handed a new Kilmarnock contract. The club has moved to extend the Scotland Under 21 international's contract until the summer of 2021. Brophy arrived at Rugby Park following his exit from today's opponents Hamilton Academical, where he turned professional. After scoring his first goal of the campaign against St Johnstone in December, Brophy has hit eight goals in 24 appearances. A hit with supporters for his 'Wolf' nickname and celebration, the 22-year-old recently earned his second Scotland U21 cap. He featured off the bench during the 1-1 draw with Andorra with Killie boss Steve Clarke moving to add Brophy to his list of contract extensions. Greg Kiltie, Alan Power and Rory McKenzie have all agreed fresh terms with the club with talks underway with other squad members.
    5 points
  22. Correct, there seems to be some misinformation that you need so many things to be licensed. The requirements are actually very little and easily achieveable for clubs if they want to do it.
    5 points
  23. He can't. Don't waste your time. He thinks Mike Tyson might be the best boxer that's ever lived, he is also a pathetic troll.
    5 points
  24. I hope a gang of angry travellers beat him to death, the c**t.
    4 points
  25. If any good came of Price getting KTFO it's the obvious distress it's caused that c**t Bellew.
    4 points
  26. This forum can leave you scratching your head at times with the hate filled comments and the usual bile and animosity levelled at each other,however you my friend Afro have put in to words more than most posters could ever dream of writing.Im sure your friend would be proud reading your words,they certainly struck a chord with me.Credit to StRochs today,Talbot had to dig deep and though it wasnt pretty got the result,credit also due to the Candy fans,in good voice all through the game.Best of luck for the rest of the season and condolences Afro.
    4 points
  27. So Templeton has had a hand in 10 goals to Brophy's 8 with less shots on target. Thanks for that.
    4 points
  28. The pyramid is here to stay like it or not. You either join it or stay in a local league or the west premier league where AT, GA and CJ play each other 10 times a season. The better junior clubs will gravitate towards the top non league division and will have opportunities to meet their rivals. I have supported junior football for almost 60 years and regard the league format as dead. Time to move on to new challenges for all.
    4 points
  29. Templeton is the great white hope is he? Say hi to Ayr United for us...
    4 points
  30. Ach we are about as rotten at Stair Park as you are at Station Park. 95% of bullets dodged today with QP getting a point. None too surprised really.
    4 points
  31. Stevie Wonder doesn't know how to send out a team to attack, to go for it, it's all about being scared to lose, he'll set out to defend, & maybe snatch something on the counter attack....but when we go behind there's no real plan B. Last week's Irn Bru Final confirmed it for me, a one-off game, nothing to lose, let's go for it? We weren't playing Barca or Real, just ICT. No, sadly just the same old, same old.
    4 points
  32. Well done to goldenhill the day . Edged a cracking game . Boy Danny up front is different class . All the best the rest of the season lads .
    4 points
  33. Brechin really are scum of the earth stuff. Clearly seething they are the worst team in British football league history and are going out to cause harm on anything in navy blue.
    4 points
  34. It's just like being on a Rangers thread.
    4 points
  35. Job done today superb result and a good solid winner.
    4 points
  36. Whits the Sevco daein Tom?
    4 points
  37. Beautiful, glorious, salty tears.
    4 points
  38. Glasgow built its wealth on the backs of African slaves and you would accept this if you listened to their descendants. It’s utterly embarrassing that people think the best way to demonstrate your woke credentials is by dismissing Scotland’s active role in facilitating Britain’s empire. We do better by acknowledging our mistakes and promising to do better, not disavowing.
    4 points
  39. 4 points
  40. Ah the day Dunfermline fans spat on their own volunteer. Some day.
    4 points
  41. What Ayr did wasn’t time wasting it was professionally playing down the clock. Taking a short corner or retaining possession is not time wasting. Taking minutes to take goal kicks is blatant time wasting though.
    3 points
  42. ^^Has never seen Inglorius b*****ds
    3 points
  43. Jackson Browne - The Drums Of War
    3 points
  44. Nazareth - Child In The Sun
    3 points
  45. Looking back, this was the moment when it all turned to shite.
    3 points
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