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  1. Greater clarity on regulations is due imminently but I think the expectation is we will be able to use a mix. We (and Ayr) are likely to have very few available seats though while 2m distancing remains.
  2. That's about the 5th time I've seen somebody post that list and still nobody seems to have noticed it's a year out of date. Those players were all released in summer 2020.
  3. No, they are maximums allowable for seating at outdoor public events whilst still complying with rules for 2m social distancing and requirement for red zones for subs to sit in, etc. In reality one or two stand clubs like yours and mine are still currently limited to a couple of hundred bodies until the authorities either change the distancing requirements or allow use of BOTH seating and terracing which is currently not allowed. I don't think many of the football fans around the country battering on about 1,000 fans here and 500 there actually realise any of this. You can apply for greater numbers to local Councils in theory but in practice, it's irrelevant in this division for all but the biggest 3 or 4 stands clubs.
  4. Updated list for QoS: Never - Kelty Hearts 09/12/89 - Cove Rangers (whilst a non League team) 05/09/90 - Celtic (11/09/01 - East Stirlingshire - No longer a League Team) 09/10/10 - Peterhead 29/03/11 - Stirling Albion 01/12/12 - Kilmarnock 20/04/13 - Forfar Athletic 02/08/14 - Elgin City 21/03/15 - Cowdenbeath 20/09/16 - Rangers 22/07/17 - Hamilton Academical 29/07/17 - Albion Rovers 15/08/17 - Airdrieonians (02/09/17 - Berwick Rangers - No longer a League team) 24/03/18 - Livingston (28/04/18 - Brechin City - No longer a League team) 14/07/18 - Stranraer 21/07/18 - Edinburgh City 14/08/18 - Stenhousemuir 18/08/18 - St Johnstone 13/10/18 - East Fife 10/02/19 - Aberdeen 02/04/19 - Falkirk 26/04/19 - Ross County 11/05/19 - Montrose 13/07/19 - Motherwell 16/07/19 - Annan Athletic 20/07/19 - Dumbarton 07/09/19 - Clyde 05/01/20 - Dundee United 10/10/20 - St Mirren 13/10/20 - Partick Thistle 08/01/21 - Queen's Park 06/03/21 - Arbroath 13/03/21 - Alloa Athletic 20/03/21 - Morton 27/03/21 - Heart of Midlothian 05/04/21 - Hibernian 10/04/21 - Inverness Caledonian Thistle 13/04/21 - Raith Rovers 17/04/21 - Dunfermline Athletic 24/04/21 - Ayr United 30/04/21 - Dundee Think this is updated and correct for us. We've never played Kelty Hearts so their promotion moves them straight to the top of the list. And we've not played Cove since their promotion either. Now approaching 31 years without playing Celtic competitevly which is 20 years more than anyone else in the senior leagues other than the two recently promoted already mentioned. Kilmarnock will drop away from their 7th spot next season since we'll be sharing a division for the first time in over 30 years.
  5. 07/10/11 - Jim McInally (Peterhead) 08/03/16 - Dick Campbell (Arbroath) 04/12/16 - Stewart Petrie (Montrose) 02/06/17 - Peter Murphy (Annan Athletic) 03/06/17 - Darren Young (East Fife) 01/10/17 - Gavin Price (Elgin City, caretaker initially, officially confirmed 12/10/17) 13/11/17 - Danny Lennon (Clyde) 14/11/17 - Gary Bollan (Cowdenbeath) 01/06/18 - Steven Gerrard (Rangers) (appointed 4/5/18 but not officially in charge until start of June, though made signings before that). 25/09/18 - John McGlynn (Raith Rovers) 19/10/18 - Ian Murray (Airdrieonians) (formally took over from 22/10/18) 22/10/18 - Kevin Rutkiewicz (Stirling Albion) 31/01/19 - Brian Rice (Hamilton Academical) 05/05/19 - Allan Johnston (Queen of the South) 12/05/19 - James McPake (Dundee) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 31/05/19) 28/06/19 - Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) 02/07/19 - Paul Hartley (Cove Rangers) 23/09/19 - Ian McCall (Partick Thistle) 15/11/19 - Jack Ross (Hibernian) 05/06/20 - Brian Reid (Albion Rovers) 18/06/20 - Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) 21/06/20 - Robbie Neilson (Heart of Midlothian) 26/11/20 - David Martindale (Livingston) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 21/12/20) 07/01/21 - Graham Alexander (Motherwell) 08/02/21 - Tommy Wright (Kilmarnock) 09/03/21 - Gary Naysmith (Edinburgh City) 10/03/21 - Gus MacPherson (Morton) 11/03/21 - David Hopkin (Ayr United) 23/03/21 - Stephen Glass (Aberdeen) 08/04/21 - Gary Irvine (Forfar Athletic) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 04/05/21) 27/04/21 - Stephen Swift (Stenhousemuir) 10/05/21 - Laurie Ellis (Queen's Park) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 21/05/21) 26/05/21 - Malky Mackay (Ross County) 27/05/21 - Barry Ferguson (Alloa Athletic) 28/05/21 - Peter Grant (Dunfermline Athletic) 28/05/21 - Paul Sheerin (Falkirk) 29/05/21 - Stevie Farrell (Dumbarton) 29/05/21 - Kevin Thomson (Kelty Hearts) 01/06/21 - Billy Dodds (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) 04/06/21 - Jamie Hamill (Stranraer) 07/06/21 - Tam Courts (Dundee United) (probably effectively in caretaker charge from 25/05/21, though club never actually said so). 10/06/21 - Ange Postecoglou (Celtic) Updated for Malky Mackay's appointment at Ross County. And again for Barry Ferguson's appointment at Alloa. And again for Peter Grant joining Dunfermline. Updated again for Scotland's 4th longest serving manager Stevie Farrell departing Stranraer to join Dumbarton and Kevin Thomson's appointment at Kelty Hearts. Updated again for Billy Dodds' appointment at ICT. Updated again for Jamie Hamill's appointment at Stranraer. Updated again for Tam Courts appointment at Dundee United. And updated as we finally return to a full compliment of managers with Celtic ending the longest saga in management history by appointing Eddie Howe Ange Postecoglou.
  6. True. It does have to be said though that deep into injury time an increasingly desperate Dunfermline launched a long ball forward. Ayo Obileye, about 2 feet above everyone else headed back about 30 yards up the pitch from where they launched it again. Gregor Buchanan rose and did exactly the same. They had a third attempt and someone else comfortably won a header before it was volleyed up the park and Mebude was off terrorising the back line again. Obviously it's not inventive from Dunfermline but it's the sort of stuff that three months ago we weren't coping with in that way and at best would have sliced something into the stand or got too deep.
  7. We have 20 points from the 2nd third of the season, not 17. 6 wins, two draws and the loss to Alloa. We've been in the lead in all 9 games, it could have been even better!
  8. Not sure that's entirely true. There were few, if any, signs in December certainly as we lurched from one dreadful performance (Inverness 0-3) to another (Hearts 1-6) and then another (Morton 0-2) and another (Dundee 1-3). I do think prior to that we'd shown signs of being a decent side without really getting the rewards, mainly because the defending wasn't good enough. Maybe we just needed to build up an understanding and wait for Wullie to really understand full back. We'd only won one league game but the Betfred Cup performances were encouraging, we should certainly have got at least a point at Ayr on the opening day, should have won at Arbroath and might even have nicked something at home to Raith if we hadn't sold about 4 goals that day! There were signs of ability in the side. It did all click very suddenly on the back of a dreadful 4 game run though undeniably.
  9. "Good". Pfftt. 🙄 To be fair, Dunfermline's best spell was while nobody could see it online unfortunately. It was all Dunfermline for the first half hour and, whilst the penalty award itself was laughable, a lead at the time would have been fully merited. Not a great kick though (he's no Ayo) and Rohan saved us down to his left. Last 10 mins or so we started getting into the game after being very slow out of the blocks. To be fair to him OFW made a great save from Obileye's volley set up by Jones. Second half we were much better and probably deserved the win. Good finish from WG but keeper should have saved it really. Again though we saw our set up works better when the other side come at us. Ayo moves deeper and mops up anything in front of the back four. We've plenty of height for set pieces now and the pace we break at is frightening, especially once Dapo came on. Joseph isn't slow but Dapo's on another level. He had the two centre halves on toast as soon as he got on. Got himself stupidly booked within a few seconds but then got Watson booked and Mayo sent off. He's a brilliant outlet, gives defenders no peace. And Jones is like lightning. Wasn't his most influential game today but he got Whittaker booked, set up the Ayo volley and that tackle near the end was of the goalsaving variety. I don't know if I've ever seen a winger so prepared to sacrifice himself running the wrong way to make defensive challenges. We weren't even that great today and still won with another clean sheet. Irrisistable force and immovable object next week when we lock horns with Arbroath. I imagine Dick will get Manager of the Month for being unbeaten through the month. And he'll deserve it. What a run they are on too.
  10. qos is fine. QoS would be better but we'll cope. Under no circumstances should it be abbreviated to anything involving a "t". Or even worse, a "T".
  11. Quite right. You Dumfermline fans are spot on there.
  12. It would cost far more to put it back to grass than simply renew the playing carpet. Probably twice as much or more. I wouldn't put it back in a month of sundays honestly. I'm unsure where this "one of the best pitches in the country" myth comes from either. Maybe before the turn of the century. It was distinctly ropy for years before we switched away from the grass and regularly criticised. I doubt many clubs make an awful lot of external income out of 3G pitches. Clubs like Stenny certainly did when they first got it but there were half a dozen of them in Scotland back then. There's about half a dozen in Dumfries alone now. Anyway, there isn't an awful lot of opportunity for 3rd party hire when a professional football club with a South of Scotland League tenant are occupying it. By the time three age groups of youths, girls teams and midweek fixtures for both clubs are dealt with. The Arena , indoors, is a far better facility for external hires. Away from semi pro / organised league football, most guys like me want to play indoors, 7 a side or less, out of any serious bad weather and with a wall to bounce errant shots off, not have to climb up 20 rows of a stand to pick up a ball somebody fired 40 feet over the bar! The existing 3G is showing its age now. It went down in 2014 and is reaching end of life. I expect we'll get another year out of it, maybe two at a push, but I'd replace it with a new carpet for sure.
  13. I'm not sure why you would assume it generates a fair amount of money. Other than Heston Rovers as tenants, it's barely rented. Far bigger advantage in normal (non Covid) conditions is the relative certainty games are on and the fact that our reserves and youths can play / train on it with much reduced pitch hire costs elsewhere. It also provided us with a Covid secure training base for almost three months at the start of the season before Hamilton re-opened without the knock on effect of turning our pitch into a quagmire like Morton's is as a result. What would be the alternative to "sticking with it" as a matter of interest?
  14. Unless he's a Dunfermline season ticket holder, in which case he will need to register an account with an email address. Stand corrected.
  15. You don't even need a new user name and password. You can log in with your Pars TV details. Of course we're cheaper, being only £10. (Dunfermline Athletic = Big Team 😉)
  16. It's the same as yours technically. It's your system we piggy back. Obviously our own commentary team and cameraman. It's very good.
  17. The SPFL have no authority to charge any player with anything. They are a League, they aren't responsible for player discipline. Only the SFA are but you're right. Unless and until he's charged with something he's available. He's done his isolation the same as the others involved. Bookings are not "zeroed" at all but the 1st suspension point disappears after 18 games (not 17). None of our players are particularly near it anyway. Wullie has 4 bookings, as does Aidan Fitzpatrick. They are the most and they'd need 12 for a suspension now.
  18. Are we not losing a bit of focus here? I'm pretty sure that "international football fixtures" is not intended to cover participation of Scottish referees in domestic Greek matches (or any other nation). It's clearly meant to cover travel for matches either involving Scottish representative sides or officials officiating at other international games. It's not necessarily an exhaustive list though is it? It doesn't cover training camps in Dubai either (re-opens can of worms that has been parked to the side for a while) yet all parties have already conceded that that whilst potentially ill-advised, was not illegal and didn't break any rules. I imagine following the request from UEFA for a Scottish officiating team either a decision was made at the SFA to ratify that, or, if protocols require, a check was made with the JRG / Scottish Govt as to whether it was permissable. The issue here isn't that they went, it's that it wasn't dealt with correctly when they returned. For what it's worth though, UEFA should be taking a look at themselves here. Countries around the world are to varying degrees in lockdown, playing behind closed doors and limiting unnecessary travel. Why the Hell is it felt appropriate and necessary now to have a referee team from Scotland to do a Greek domestic fixture? That is in itself mental.
  19. It doesn't matter how many clubs know what they are doing, if you lack someone with the time, knowledge or interest to put it into action and the SPFL are throwing a free system at you with minimum effort it's going to be easier not to do it. Inverness can reasonably be criticised by their own fans for the poor quality product for what they've paid. For visitors on a one off it does the job and it really doesn't matter massively if the commentator doesn't instantly recognise Innes Cameron from a camera feed. I didn't say you should care about it. It wasn't intended as a criticism, merely to highlight Inverness have clearly dealt with that problem. I'm conscious it's not your footage. I thought Pixellot were putting operators into manually control their cameras at all grounds though? They certainly have at Palmerston even though as far as I know legal watchers are probably in single figures.
  20. 07/10/11 - Jim McInally (Peterhead) 08/03/16 - Dick Campbell (Arbroath) 04/12/16 - Stewart Petrie (Montrose) 23/01/17 - Stevie Farrell (Stranraer) 02/06/17 - Peter Murphy (Annan Athletic) 03/06/17 - Darren Young (East Fife) 01/10/17 - Gavin Price (Elgin City, caretaker initially, officially confirmed 12/10/17) 13/11/17 - Danny Lennon (Clyde) 14/11/17 - Gary Bollan (Cowdenbeath) 01/06/18 - Steven Gerrard (Rangers) (appointed 4/5/18 but not officially in charge until start of June, though made signings before that). 25/09/18 - John McGlynn (Raith Rovers) 19/10/18 - Ian Murray (Airdrieonians) (formally took over from 22/10/18) 22/10/18 - Kevin Rutkiewicz (Stirling Albion) 31/01/19 - Brian Rice (Hamilton Academical) 05/05/19 - Allan Johnston (Queen of the South) 12/05/19 - James McPake (Dundee) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 31/05/19) 28/06/19 - Jim Goodwin (St Mirren) 02/07/19 - Paul Hartley (Cove Rangers) 23/09/19 - Ian McCall (Partick Thistle) 15/11/19 - Jack Ross (Hibernian) 05/06/20 - Brian Reid (Albion Rovers) 18/06/20 - Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) 21/06/20 - Robbie Neilson (Heart of Midlothian) 26/11/20 - David Martindale (Livingston) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 21/12/20) 07/01/21 - Graham Alexander (Motherwell) 08/02/21 - Tommy Wright (Kilmarnock) 09/03/21 - Gary Naysmith (Edinburgh City) 10/03/21 - Gus MacPherson (Morton) 11/03/21 - David Hopkin (Ayr United) 23/03/21 - Stephen Glass (Aberdeen) 08/04/21 - Gary Irvine (Forfar Athletic) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 04/05/21) 27/04/21 - Stephen Swift (Stenhousemuir) 10/05/21 - Laurie Ellis (Queen's Park) (Caretaker initially, officially confirmed 21/05/21) Vacant: Celtic - Neil Lennon resigned on 24/02/21. John Kennedy in caretaker charge. Alloa Athletic - Peter Grant resigned following Alloa's last game on 30/04/21. Falkirk - Lee Miller & David McCracken sacked 21/04/21. Gary Holt in caretaker charge. Inverness Caledonian Thistle - John Robertson promoted to Sporting Director 13/05/21. Dunfermline Athletic - Stevie Crawford resigned 18/05/21. Dumbarton - Jim Duffy contract not renewed 24/05/21 Ross County - John Hughes resigned / failed to agree terms to stay 24/05/21 Kelty Hearts - Barry Ferguson resigned 24/05/21 Dundee United - Micky Mellon departed by 'mutual consent' 25/05/21
  21. ........... if you know what you are doing. You do, Inverness clearly have nobody with that 'know how'. If they did they wouldn't be using that Pixellot set up. Although to be fair I've watched two games in a week on it and it's been fine barring some pretty amusing commentary last week. At least Caley have a high enough Stand for the camera position to be reasonable. It's not magic, it's not as good as a proper manned camera set up. It doesn't zoom in to action at the far side, it still very occasionally takes a frustrating run to look somewhere else when there's a pause in action (like when someone is getting treatment). But the perspective was fine and I was able to watch both games perfectly well notwithstanding Allan Johnston's bald head or anything else. By contrast I watched the Alloa Pixellot feed at the beginning of the month and I saw more of the spare ball sitting to the right of the home technical area just off the pitch than I saw of anything else. Every single time there was a break in play or the match ball went into the terrace, the camera would re-centre to that spare ball sitting on a cone. It was pretty irritating.
  22. Jesus. It doesn't need a "legal eagle" How in the name of God are they going to sue the SPFL? How many times does it need saying the SPFL did not make the decision to stop it and have little or no direct input in the decision to allow it to restart. Anyway, the contract of a season ticket holder is with the club, not the league and certainly not the SFA who are the ones in (theoretical) control though in practice it's probably the Scottish Govt at this point.
  23. He's part time and not able to give it the time for full time training.
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