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  1. That's us getting beat today then -
  2. That's us beat today then. In all seriousness though both awards are thoroughly well deserved -
  3. Looks like Lottie has got herself in a bit of bother - Anyway, in terms of the final 2, as long as Scarlett and Carina's business plans aren't abysmal it will surely be those two in the final. They're the only ones left who are even remotely competent.
  4. The amount of ex Airdrie players on this list and that's just for other teams... 😥 I assume no other Airdrie fan has made an attempt at this yet because it's incredibly difficult to make up just one team out of all the guff we've had in the last decade but here's my effort - Gk: Connor Fairley - Fairley was in goals for the infamous 7-2 game at Cliftonhill and sold at least 3 of the goals himself. Which was pretty much the standard every game. Only a young lad at the time but he looked a bag of nerves and bereft of any goalkeeping ability whatsoever. You couldn't even say he was a good shotstopper. Picked up a passback in two different games also. Two different games. Not cut out for football at any level I would have thought and after going to Iceland for a bit after leaving us is now retired (at only 27). RB: David Van Zanten - Van Zanten was obviously a very good player for most of his career. Most of his career. Came to Airdrie with an excellent reputation and, on paper, should have skooshed League 1 level. But by the time he rocked up at New Broomfield he was absolutely done. I think he'd a lot of the previous season at Dumbarton injured and it showed. Looked unfit, struggled to do the basics, regularly beaten and caught out and didn't contribute anything going forward. Left in February of that season and don't think he's played since. CB: David Lilley - Could probably copy and paste most of what I wrote for Van Zanten. Obviously played at a decent level for most of his career but was done when he played for us. Carthorse would be putting it mildly. Part of the defence that got ripped to shreds by Dumbarton in the play-offs. CB: Daniel Boateng - I must admit it pains me in some of ways having to include the big man in this but his performances left me with no choice. No skill, composure, footballing or defensive ability or football brain whatsoever. Hard to believe someone so lacking in skill and ability to think on the football pitch could make an APPEARANCE for Arsenal let alone be on their books. Totally box office though. Been entertaining the Polish and Romanian public since leaving Airdrie. LB: Chris Malone - This was a straight up battle between Malone and Marc Warren but I opted for Malone since I had the dubious pleasure of seeing more of him. Another to feature in the 7-2 game. Just totally hopeless and incompetent. Woeful positioning, slow, not capable of doing even the fundamentals and offered absolutely nothing going forward. Released pretty early on and has been slumming around in the juniors ever since. RM: Conor Scullion - Rubbish player with a rubbish attitude. Not sure how he's getting on at Dumbarton this season but I'd be surprised if he'll be playing in the senior leagues long neyond January/the end of the season. CM: Hugo Faria - Christiano Ronaldo's best pal. Slow and over-the-hill, easily beaten (most players could just waltz by him) couldn't pass and when he did it was always sideways or backwards, couldn't tackle or organise a midfield and was just an overall hindrance to the team. Has laughably ended up as a coach at Bournemouth which the former Airdrie U20s players during his time at the club openly took the piss out of online. CM: Rhys Devlin - Shite plodder of a footballer, good for nothing apart from a red-card. Also played in the 7-2 game and a w**k of a guy too. LM: Gary Muir - Surprised he made as many as 22 appearances for us but suppose that's the dire situation we were in at the time. Played in Jimmy Boyle's first season and was largely ineffective. Powderpuff, anonymous at best and no goals or assists. Played in the Europa League last season though so what do I know? FW: Kevin Schmidt - Poor Kevin Schmidt. The boy tried his best but was not cut out for professional football at all. Would run around a lot but was hopeless on the ball. No first touch, no composure and no real ability whatsoever. FW: Paul Keegan - A big carthorse but unfortunately an ineffective. Did at least score a last minute equaliser against Ayr and fell in a puddle at the side of the pitch once. Honourable Mentions - Colin Stewart, Lucas Birnstingl, Euen Grant, Kieron Stallard, Marc Warren, Simon Mensing, Joe Gorman, Robert Wilson, Niko Sumsky, Joe Hammill, David Sinclair, Jack Kirwan, Jack McKay and Liam Buchanan. Amazing how many of these rotten players do the rounds... (not putting Taylor Morgan on the list because while he was crap he was totally box office. Highly entertaining - anything he did with the ball was either magic or utterly hopeless though mostly the latter in fairness. Did score in a Monklands derby and chipped the goalie at Stair Park though).
  5. Great work by the Airdrie Community Trust with their Festive Friends Christmas party in the community today. Has the hospitality always been that price for that offer? I've noticed as well we've started charging for the match day mascot which surely must have an affect on uptake?
  6. I was speaking to Bowie's other grandfather and he assured me had a nasty case of the flu last week.
  7. Was working so missed the game but what a result. To turn over anyone like that at home (given our miserable home record over the last few years) is impressive let alone a side in the top 4. Nice to see Ally Roy among the goals too and hopefully that will do his confidence the world of good. Great time to be an Airdrie fan. Big game next week and hopefully a big travelling support can spur the team on to get a result.
  8. Still can't quite believe we're actually top and still have the fear about home games. A win here would go a long way to alleviating that. Hopefully Gallagher will be back in the side as I really wouldn't be confident without him. I'll go for a squeaky 2-1 home win with a goal conceded from a set-piece and some swearing but nothing overboard seeing as we're top of the league.
  9. I enjoyed the show too and like yourself some of the matches were a lot better than I'd thought they'd be. Maybe didn't have quite as big night feel as other F&Ls in the past but think that was mostly down to the venue and running two nights rather than one. Devlin vs Williams was a good opener and probably one of the best matches of the weekend from a technical standpoint. Thought the buildup was a little cold going into it but the match was of a sufficient quality that it didn't really matter. Thought this might be the where where Williams' would get his comeuppance at the hands of a trainee but given what happened later on I'm sure that's still to come. Agreed that Echo vs Dean was a lot better than I expected. Brutal at times (that finish). I really like Dean so I hope they go on to do more with him. Agree with the Doctor here, just split the Kinky Party up already FFS. It's long overdue and I really can't be bothered with them getting a tag title shot next month. That being said this was a very good match and the Kings of the North are superb. Hope they (and Maxted) remain regulars in ICW. I feared the worst for Grado vs Ravie Davie but it was actually much better than I thought it'd be and I fair enjoyed it. Popped huge for Davey's return. The Burnistoun stuff was fine I thought and worked well where it was placed throughout the night but I could see why people wouldn't like it (or if you didn't know what Burnistoun was you'd have no clue what was happening). Sami Callihan isn't my cup of tea but enjoyed his match with BT. The grogging can GTF though. I liked the women's tag match, and it was a good showcase for Xia Brookeside and Angel Hayze, but thought this was an example of strange booking. Viper and KLR are stars and are always going to be super over with the ICW audience. But they're not going to be around as often and the ICW women's division badly needs re-built so why not put Angel Hazye over? She's already beaten Viper and is clearly someone they're planning to use long term so I don't think that would have egregious at all. And this is maybe unimportant but if her and Isla Dawn are going to become a team, why not put Dawn in the match instead of Brookeside especially seeing as she was there anyway? Strange. Night 1 was my first time seeing Good Housekeeping live and it was tremendous. Some excellent spots, great wrestling and the right result. Definitely one of the highlights of the weekend. Did anybody catch the pre-show battle royal on Night 2? Looking forward to seeing the Fite Network get their tag title shot. A thoroughly entertaining team who more than deserve it. Good opener to night 2 between them and the Nine9. Thank f**k Aivil vs Kasey is finally over. Excited for Aivil's title reign though and hopefully both go on to some fresh and interesting feuds. Andy Wild vs Mark Coffey was decent. Feuds came to its natural end but I really hope Andy has a big year in 2020. Glad Mark turned on the trainees and aligned with Kenny and I hope it's a moment that actually goes somewhere. Power Forward have been a bit shite but this could make them into something if it's done right. Kings of Insanity was brilliant. Probably the right combination of wrestling and mental spots. Possibly the match of the weekend. Sad for Kings of Catch but The Purge are fantastic. Given how strong the ICW tag division is there could be some absolute scorching matches in 2020. The triple threat was another contender for match of the weekend but again, I thought this one was strangely booked. I know Noam is coming back 'full-time' but he didn't need the win. Kieran Kelly or Leyton could have really used the rub of going over Noam (I know they're both still over but it would have made more sense). Kez Evans v Dragunov was really good. You can argue about the result but I'm glad Kez went over TBH. Hope we see more of Dragunov though. Iestyn Rees was as boring as ever and I'm not sure why his match was even booked on the show but I'd like to see Scotty Davis in ICW a lot more often. Stevie Boy v Joe was cracking once it got going though I could have done without the worked injury angle at the start. Overall though it was a very enjoyable weekend. The action was good and the booking for the most part was sensible and logical. Stories came to an end and people are set and ready to go in different directions.
  10. We made it difficult for ourselves but I'll certainly take a 4-1 win at Cliftonhill. Didn't think Rovers were up to much at all but we let them back into the game by gifting them possession and constantly punting the ball straight to them when there was never any real pressure placed on our players. They scored a soft goal but, while I had that familiar feeling of dread, I never really thought they would go on to win the game. Thankfully the second, and third, goal put the game to bed. The game itself was turgid. Ball was in the air far too often, and as a result just given away. That being said, I thought we did play some nice stuff when we kept our composure, took a touch and played the ball on the ground. The best example probably being the opening goal. Roberts is a cracking wee player. He's the one that makes the clearance/long pass to Smith before running almost the length of the park to get on the end of the return pass and finish it off. Lovely. Another goal from the long-throw too. I still think most of our set pieces are dire but nice to see the long throws paying off regularly now. What a finish for Crighton's first! Congratulations to him as well for his (sort of) hat-trick. MacDonald's goal was an excellent strike too. Smith and Carrick put in a good shift once again and had some nice plays. Today also showed how much we miss Gallagher when he's not playing. As others have said today was the ideal game for Roy to come in, make an impact and make a claim for a starting jersey. I really want Roy to do well. I really do. But he's just not cutting it. Admittedly his service wasn't great today but he did have chances - including missing another one-on-one right at the start (just put it to the other side of the keeper FFS) and the one in the second half where he jumped to bring the ball down into his feet where if he'd just headed it it would have probably been a goal. I think he's short on confidence but if you can't score against the team who are second-bottom of League 2 who can you score against? I'd love for him to get enough game time that he gets his confidence back but at the same time we can't carry passengers either. We miss Gallagher's goal but I also think he brings a lot to the team in terms of his all-round play. He can hold the ball up, hassle defenders, set up his team mates and is just all-round good forward. Roy isn't contributing goals but he isn't contributing anything else either IMO. He's 'fine' to have as an option on the bench but I hope Murray is looking at bringing in another striker in January as if we lose Gallagher for any length of time we're fucked. Could always play Crighton upfront after today.
  11. I would keep the same team barring injury or loan players (Smith and McCann) being unable to play. Eckersley has a rib injury and Scott Gallacher picked up another injury in a reserve match too. Ideally we'll put the game to bed early (famous last words) and can bring on some subs fairly early into the game.
  12. You don't get many afternoons like that as an Airdrie fan. And by God we haven't had one in a long long time. But that was utterly superb. All we've ever asked for is the team to play with some heart, commitment and give everything for the diamond and they sure did that today. Probably best summed up by Roberts' (who I thought had a very good game throughout) run and tenacity to win the ball back before eventually being fouled. What a difference in this team to even the team we had last season. Was great to see how much it meant to them, Murray and of course us, the support, who were magnificent throughout. Atmosphere was first class. For all of Falkirk's possession, and Gomis ran the show for them, I didn't think they created too many clear cut chances (aside from the numerous corners that they eventually scored from (my only minor! grumble). Having said that, in typical Airdrie fashion I thought if any team were to score a late winner it would be them. But the team weren't for giving up and good on them for going for it when it would have been easier to just play into the corner and play for the draw. Nice to see McKay get another goal and one of his long throw's finally come off. Kudos to Ian Murray too for sticking with the same team and again, for going for the win. How good is it to finally win a big game? Still not counting my chickens but I sure am delighted tonight. Won't make next week but here's hoping we go to Cliftonhill on the back of another win.
  13. You don't get many afternoons like that as an Airdrie fan. And by God we haven't had one in a long long time. But that was utterly superb. All we've ever asked for is the team to play with some heart, commitment and give everything for the diamond and they sure did that today. Probably best summed up by Roberts' (who I thought had a very good game throughout) run and tenacity to win the ball back before eventually being fouled. What a difference in this team to even the team we had last season. Was great to see how much it meant to them, Murray and of course us, the support, who were magnificent throughout. Atmosphere was first class. For all of Falkirk's possession, and Gomis ran the show for them, I didn't think they created too many clear cut chances, aside from the numerous corners that they eventually scored from (my only minor! grumble). Having said that, in typical Airdrie fashion I thought if any team were to score a late winner it would be them. But the team weren't for giving up and good on them for going for it when it would have been easier to just play into the corner and play for the draw. Nice to see McKay get another goal and one of his long throw's finally come off. Kudos to Ian Murray too for sticking with the same team and again, for going for the win. How good is it to finally win a big game? Still not counting my chickens but I sure am delighted tonight. Won't make next week but here's hoping we go to Cliftonhill on the back of another win.
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