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  1. I really like McIntosh too. There's been some amount of dross to play for us at the back over the last few years (the aforementioned Gorman, Boateng, Mensing and all the current jobbers) and he's certainly a cut above most of them. He actually has ability on the ball and is an option as a ball carrier too. Someone I know who hadn't been to a game in years came along to one a couple of seasons ago and McIntosh was the player they rated the most. I think he's suffered from a succession of clowns for managers as well as not getting a run in the team in any one position. TBH I thought he should have left in the summer to get a game somewhere else but if he can establish himself in the team again it can only be to our benefit. I've always rated Edwards highly too and always thought he's been one of the better players whenever I've seen him play. I would say he's a better defender and attacker than MacDonald.
  2. Airdrie v Arbroath

    Can't see past anything other than an away win. Having said that if there's any cause for optimism at all it is that Airdrie tend to do better in games like this. It would have been this time last year that Airdrie beat league leaders Ayr at home completely out the blue. Having said that Arbroath are on a different level of form compared to that Ayr team and I think they will win 2-1. Airdrie to sit too deep, not create many chances and the Abroath goals to come from individual mistakes/lapses in concentration.
  3. Conroy, Robertson, MacDonald, Victoria, Carrick, Cairns, Edwards and Russell are all contracted to the end of next season. Possibly there's more but they're the ones I remembered off the top of my head.
  4. In terms of the game these were my thoughts on the match thread: The biggest feeling coming out of yesterday's game was frustration. Thought the first half was even. Both teams had their chances and points where they struggled to break the other down. But Dumbarton were absolutely the better team in the 2nd half. We were sitting way too deep and allowing them to put pressure on us for most of the half. Dumbarton missed some absolute sitters and we rode our luck at times but you could feel the equaliser coming. And what a save from McKenzie (or 'Big Roddy' as someone in the crowd kept calling him). Felt sorry for him to concede from the corner straight afterwards. He didn't deserve that. But having said all that, if you're winning from the 3rd minute to the last minute you really should be able to see the game out. I don't know if it was Murray's instructions or the player's instincts but it was frustrating to be sitting so deep and then when we got the ball, hardly any of the players were making runs off the ball or off the player with the ball. Some of our passing was just woeful too. We missed Wilkie in there but could definitely do with a creative sort coming in, in January. Millar and Gallagher can do the midfield destroyer and the basic stuff relatively well but can't cut it going forward which means we struggle when they're both playing in the middle of the park. As for Conroy I genuinely forgot he was playing until he turned up at left-back in the 2nd half. Had one bit of skill right after they scored but was too little too late by then and the resulting cross was pish anyway. Good to see Scott Stewart back in the team (and cracking cross ball for the goal) but would like to see us get more out of him. As I said last week Carrick is absolutely wasted out wide. Needs to be playing through the middle to get the best out of him and the best out of Duffy.
  5. I can't say I'm in the know at all but every decision the board has made, except perhaps the decision to retain Findlay (which at the time could be justified), I have agreed with. It might be naive but I certainly don't have a reason to complain or hold a grudge against the board (yet). It's sad news about Bobby Watson but his reasons for resigning are perfectly reasonable, especially at his age and if, as he says, he'll still be involved in some capacity that's a good thing. Thank you for everything you've done for this club, Bobby. Most of these rumours being thrown around or posts of "something sinister is going on" are all completely unsubstantiated and posted by people with no credibility or perennial attention seekers. Until someone from the board and/or trust comes out and says otherwise I will continue to treat them like the unsubstantiated nonsense they are.
  6. Sons vs Diamonds

    TBF those stats are hardly a ringing endorsement of Dumbarton's performance. The biggest feeling coming out of yesterday's game was frustration. Thought the first half was even. Both teams had their chances and points where they struggled to break the other down. But Dumbarton were absolutely the better team in the 2nd half. We were sitting way too deep and allowing them to put pressure on us for most of the half. Dumbarton missed some absolute sitters and we rode our luck at times but you could feel the equaliser coming. And what a save from McKenzie (or 'Big Roddy' as someone in the crowd kept calling him). Felt sorry for him to concede from the corner straight afterwards. He didn't deserve that. But having said all that, if you're winning from the 3rd minute to the last minute you really should be able to see the game out. I don't know if it was Murray's instructions or the player's instincts but it was frustrating to be sitting so deep and then when we got the ball, hardly any of the players were making runs off the ball or off the player with the ball. Some of our passing was just woeful too. We missed Wilkie in there but could definitely do with a creative sort coming in, in January. Millar and Gallagher can do the midfield destroyer and the basic stuff relatively well but can't cut it going forward which means we struggle when they're both playing in the midle of the park. As for Conroy I genuinely forgot he was playing until he turned up at left-back in the 2nd half. Had one bit of skill right after they scored but was too little too late by then and the resulting cross was pish anyway. Good to see Scott Stewart back in the team (and cracking cross ball for the goal) but would like to see us get more out of him. As I said last week Carrick is absolutely wasted out wide. Needs to be playing through the middle to get the best out of him and the best out of Duffy.
  7. I looked up the ticket prices for their game against Brechin last year and it was £15 adults, £10 U18s and 65+ and £5 U13s. Airdrie are obviously more box office than Brechin but would imagine ticket prices would be roughly the same. Totally agree, I think Carrick is a terrific player. Not a goalscorer by any means but a real hard worker and his skill on and off the ball is tremendous too. It's been frustrating seeing him make plenty of incisive runs but none of his teammates having the skill or vision to get the ball to him. Think he's been hung out to dry a little though getting played out wide. Went along to the reserves game last night. I don't suppose results really matter at that level but it wasn't a great performance, especially considering the calibre on the park which should have had enough to beat QP. However, this was the first time I've seen them play so could have just been an off night. Seemed to have the exact same problems as the first team - rubbish at the back and couldn't create anything going forward. The two goals they conceded were really soft. Leighton got done by a long ball and had to bring the player down for a penalty and the second was a flick on from an unmarked player at a corner. Robertson came off injured and his knee was heavily strapped so would imagine he's a doubt for Saturday. Thought McKenzie, Edwards, Cairns and Stewart showed up quite well. Fitzpatrick (who was feeding back to the coaches and players) Sandy Stewart and Anne Marie Ballantyne all in attendance.
  8. Raith v Airdrie

    I mind one time McDonald's family were sitting in the same row as me and an old boy in front of us said: "Kevin McDonald should be thrown over the Forth Road Bridge".
  9. That's the (self-appointed) best fans in the world I'll have you know!
  10. Airdrie v East Fife

    It is a wand of a left foot after all
  11. Thought we totally coasted the first half without even having to play particularly well. Dumbarton are fucking terrible. Duffy really has a job on his hands there. Wilkie took his two goals well. Thought Chris O'Neil had a great game. Had Bobby Barr in his back pocket so much so that I'd forgotten he was even playing. He put in some lovely crosses too. That cross to Carrick would have been some goal if he'd been able to finish it off. Felt for Carrick today. Lots of endeavour and he played better in the 2nd half but not much came off for him today. To be fair he really isn't a winger and it's probably a position we could do with some reinforcements in. This was my first game since the Stenny game and you can really see the difference Ian Murray has made. The players look much more confident on the ball and actually pass with purpose and have a much better idea of what they're meant to be doing in their positions. The difference in Millar and Gallagher is vastly apparent. There's lots more pressing and movement off the ball too. Prunty taking drills with the subs is a really nice touch too IMO. They're not perfect but that's us won 3 games in a row now and scored 7 in the last two so can't complain. Fucking buzzing for the next round. Air-Da-Ray
  12. Airdrie v Dumbarton - Scottish Cup R.3

    Thought we totally coasted the first half without even having to play particularly well. Dumbarton are fucking terrible although we let them into the game more in the 2nd half. Luckily they were happy to miss sitters all afternoon. Duffy really has a job on his hands there. Wilkie took his two goals well. Thought Chris O'Neil had a great game. Had Bobby Barr in his back pocket so much so that I'd forgotten he was even playing. He put in some lovely crosses too. That cross to Carrick would have been some goal if he'd been able to finish it off. Felt for Carrick today. Lots of endeavour and he played better in the 2nd half but not much came off for him today. To be fair he really isn't a winger and it's probably a position we could do with some reinforcements in. This was my first game since the Stenny game and you can really see the difference Ian Murray has made. The players look much more confident on the ball and actually pass with purpose and have a much better idea of what they're meant to be doing in their positions. The difference in Millar and Gallagher is vastly apparent. There's lots more pressing and movement off the ball too. Prunty taking drills with the subs is a really nice touch too IMO. They're not perfect but that's us won 3 games in a row now and scored 7 in the last two so can't complain. Also, what was with the goalie being subbed off? He didn't look to be injured so I thought maybe he had to go to work or another engagement but he was still in the dugout at the end of the game. Was pretty strange. Fucking buzzing for the next round. Air-Da-Ray
  13. In terms of bringing in players in January Luca Gasparotto is currently without a club...
  14. Exactly. Aye I did get a laugh out of the dodgy allsoap line but the joke has gone on way too long now. At the end of the day, JK is a harmless guy and a genuine Airdrie fan who obviously has some sort of additional support needs. It's really not on to be relentlessly taking the piss out of him. Not sure if it was Macintosh himself who said it but Macintosh has always been recognised as a player who does better coming off the bench than he does when he's starting.
  15. Airdrie v East Fife

    One of the first things you learn in football is to play to the whistle. If they'd done that they might have prevented a goal and whether or not there was a handball would be pretty irrelevant
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