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  1. Is there any information from the Scottish Premiership teams on what the numbers for streaming have been so far? Our owner said discussions with Dundee United at our recent friendly suggested they had been very surprised, in a positive way, with uptake for their streaming service. Obviously there is the initial novelty factor which is likely to wear off as the season progresses and the lack of all other match day revenue in addition to tickets mean, of course, there will be a sizeable deficit. But it would be interesting to hear from the Premiership sides what the level of difference has been for them.
  2. Nice of you to say. I would definitely be frustrated if it was roles reversed and understandably angry regarding the reconstruction situation in particular but I would never hope another club goes bust. Andy Mill is the supporters representative on the board. He was approached by large amount of fans separately asking what they could do to raise funds for the club as soon as things were stopped. I don’t believe he approached anyone himself but facilitated these requests by providing a central point for anyone who wanted to contribute by way of a Go Fund Me page. This was obviously before the furlough scheme was put in place and this scheme removed most of the forecasted costs to the end of the season meaning not all the money raised was needed immediately. The chairman always stressed during any interviews that fans should only donate if they had the additional income to do so and that their families, obviously, must come first. Andy Mill and the club also pulled together food hampers with help from local businesses for fans that were struggling financially at the peak of the virus. I won’t take up any more of the Falkirk thread with chat regarding the Rovers but that’s the explanation, you may still have the same opinion, which is fair enough.
  3. Agree with all of this. Felt for Armstrong last season, he had a lot of niggly injuries. He had just got himself fully fit and was finally starting to show what he was capable of when things were stopped.
  4. Our owner announced at the weekend we will post over £100k profit for the last year. That is for the period before we received £150k for Bowie or started selling season tickets and kits. Unsure whether the £100k raised by the fans is included or not but our ex chairman confirmed this money hadn’t been fully spent yet (due to the furlough scheme being utilised) and would be set aside for the challenges that are likely to face all clubs in the season ahead. Our owner also confirmed we will be in a position to see out the season regardless of whether fans are allowed in at any point. Obviously no guarantees but I’d say we are far from the most vulnerable.
  5. I think that was the case with Steven Anderson and Dan Armstrong. However, the plan was always to add a striker later in the summer when better quality became available. We were lucky with circumstances to get both Baird AND Gullan but the plan was always to add the right loan player when they became available.
  6. I agree the English signings are gambles and I’m not overly confident they will pay off. Our options at centre back and up front look weak or at best unproven. However, McGlynn usually tends to keep a portion of his budget up his sleeve for when the season has started. Allowing him to pick up some loans that maybe wouldn’t have been available earlier in the market and once he has assessed the squad in competitive games to see where the weaknesses are. It happened regularly in McGlynn’s first spell but even last year is a good example. We all had doubts with the side that started the league season but before the first quarter was out we had added Steven Anderson, Dan Armstrong, Jamie Gullan and John Baird. If he doesn’t think the English lads are at the level he hoped after the friendlies and League Cup games we will hopefully use the loan market to add a couple. Some of our youngsters that aren’t quite ready may go out on loan to make room and get game time. Ideally a central defender, left winger and striker although that may be pushing it but when have we ever seen a John McGlynn side without at least a couple of loans!
  7. Did Sim say we made a profit of over £100,000 in the latest accounts!? Just want to make sure I heard that right. Excellent news if so. Obviously next year will be much more challenging and where the true effects of Covid will be felt but also encouraging to hear him say that we will survive this season even if fans aren’t allowed in.
  8. Colin Stewart Liam Smith David Armstrong David Syme Kevin McCann Paul Currie Jonny Stewart Scott Bannerman Danny Thomson Josh Watt Mark Roberts Could probably have made a team just from Gary Locke’s signings or McGlynn’s loans during his first spell. Honourable mentions to Robbie Crawford, Ludo Roy, Darren Petrie, Ryan Wallace and Niall Henderson.
  9. ‘Indications’ that arbitration costs are being awarded against Hearts/Partick also.
  10. You are correct but I can guarantee there would be Pars fans all over our thread saying the same things as some Rovers fans. The truth is, nobody knows how it will work out. There is always suspicion when foreign investors come in Scottish football, particularly the lower leagues where there have been very few success stories. However, all takeovers are the same, fans of the team being taken over see it as all sunshine and rainbows and won’t have a bad word said, everyone else is ‘jealous.’ Opposition fans come in predicting the worst and forecasting oblivion but absolutely nobody knows. It is not a Raith Rovers/Dunfermline thing, it happens with everyone.
  11. I imagine the last 4/5 months will have seriously taken its toll on him. He stated on one of the BBC podcasts he would have swapped places with Falkirk if he had known the fall out that would have followed. Now whilst that is obviously an exaggeration for effect I think it highlights how much it has taken out of him. He’s done a very good job on the whole and will be a big loss but I’m hopeful it’s just a personal decision by him rather than anything deeper to cause greater concern regarding the club.
  12. His scoring record for a dreadful Pars side looks decent but I do remember them not particularly rating him at the time. He’s played at a respectable enough level done south and done okay but definitely another gamble. I wish we had at least one known quantity in the striking positions. I don’t think we have anyone in the squad that could guarantee us 10 league goals over a 27 game season so unless there is a loan signing coming in it looks like we will be reliant on everyone contributing with a steady number of goals all over the team again. Tbf we managed it last season so got to trust McGlynn will get it right again. He likes powerful strikers to hold the ball up for the likes of Vaughan/Armstrong/Hendry etc to play off. Similar to Allan and MacLean last season so at least he is signing the right type of players for our style.
  13. Always interesting to have a couple of unknown quantities who could turn out to be brilliant or hopeless. Duku definitely seems worth a punt given we have another striker still to come in who will hopefully be more proven. However, I was hoping we’d have gone for a more known quantity at centre back. Given we now have 4 centre backs, if this guy ends up a dud similar to Mendy (so far) then 36 year old Iain Davidson will be part of our first choice partnership for the full season. With two very questionable options as back up. However, JM doesn’t get many wrong so have to trust his judgement and hope this guy is a hidden gem. I wasn’t overly excited by our recruitment last summer (Hendry aside obviously) and that worked out okay, albeit with a few key signings after the season started. Winger (McPake?) and a striker and I think that’s us done. A week before pre season starts that’s pretty encouraging.
  14. Worse than Gillespie at centre mid. Better than Gillespie at right back.
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