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  1. Stranraer v Brechin

    Am not sure the forecasts were just as severe in the other 5 areas though and in many cases the stadiums not as exposed to the elements.
  2. Stranraer v Brechin

    I get the fact clubs can't cancel matches. So a local ref has a look prior to the match ref arriving BUT is the local ref purely expected to merely look at the state of the pitch at that particular point in time or is he also able to take account of extreme weather forecasts like tonight's (which are never COMPLETELY wrong)? If its the former then that is where the problem lies. Ridiculous in this day and age when the forecast ain't even questionable.
  3. Stranraer v Brechin

    Feel sorry for anyone who started to make their way for a game that was never ever likely to be played - pure madness. That is not being wise after the event - was blatantly obvious and there is something well wrong with the procedures that it wasn't cancelled at 3.30 pm or earlier.
  4. Don't see a thread for this. Important game for both teams and a crazy decision to go ahead with the game. Anyone who thinks a forecast of 60/70 mph winds will be wrong enough to allow a proper football match to take place is kidding themselves on. I stay close to the ground and the forecast is clearly going to be pretty close to the mark. Not trying to put folk off travelling through but its not worth taking a risk purely for a football match which will be no spectacle and might get abandoned. There is space in the calendar to play this match another time.
  5. Stranraer v Brechin

    Its going to be one of those awkward days where nobody can win with regards to a decision on whether the game goes ahead. First thing this morning the rain was light and am sure the pitch would be playable and probably still is just now. So hard to cancel the game on the basis of what you think will happen BUT probably odds on come 3 pm the park will be in a right mess and we will either get a late call off or people complaining the game shouldn't have been given the go ahead. Weather forecasts tend to be fairly accurate these days - especially those sort.
  6. The Super v Stranraer FC

    If am being 100% honest not sure thats a red card either. Not the best camera angle though.
  7. The Super v Stranraer FC

    Yes agree with all of that. I also thought Adams had an effective game but the other stuff does him no favours. He should take note that even his own fans, who clearly rate him are conceding that he is taking that side of things too far. Hes like a man mountain when hes the one tackling BUT like a ballerina that has blown over in the wind when anyone goes near him.
  8. The Super v Stranraer FC

    Fair enough reply but don't think any of the incidents you may be referring to are anywhere near the same scale. Stand by my original comments - he takes it well too far and should be embarrassed. If I was his manager I would want him to stop it as it doesn't do your team any favours. Obviously am only commenting on what I have witnessed - perhaps hes not so bad against other teams.
  9. The Super v Stranraer FC

    My comments have nothing to do with his connections with Stranraer - couldn't care less about that side of things. He has the right to play for whoever he chooses or whoever wants him. BUT you would need to be incredibly blinkered (looks like you may come into this category) not to recognise that the way he acts on the pitch is beyond ridiculous and very hypocritical.
  10. The Super v Stranraer FC

    If Ayr hadn't had a man sent off think its very debatable whether Stranraer would have won but given what we have been through recently what an achievement to win 4 in a row when it looked like our season would just dwindle away. Some of the play wasn't great but the players worked ever so hard for the cause - well done to Stevie Farroll for keeping them all going and not allowing team spirit to collapse. I can see Jamie Adams is popular with Ayr fans but seriously his conduct on the park is a joke. Hes a very physical player but hey I have witnessed many players like that over the years. But never have I seen a player who is no stranger to a hard/dirty tackle throw himself about like such a fairy when anyone challenges him or in some cases simply comes within 5 yards of him. At one point in the game he put a shocking tackle in on Turner (he seems to like a crunching tackle on a youngster) and then minutes later was rolling about when Scott didn't even make any contact (after he had just been booked for a tackle on him). Its one thing trying to get an edge (part and parcel of football) but hes just a blatant cheat and a bully on the park. Our players and our coaching staff have performed better than I expected after being put in a very difficult situation in January. Hopefully we can retain some of these youngsters for next season and add a bit of quality within an affordable budget. Games like today prove that you don't need to spend loads to get decent results at this level. Well done to everyone for providing an exciting day for the hard core fans who continue to follow week in week out - they deserve it.
  11. Stranraer v East Fife

    Poor display from Stranraer but reluctant to be too critical. The players and manager were left in a difficult position a month or so ago. Instead of complaining they got on with the job and have probably more or less secured our place in this league next season already. The young players have played with energy and enthusiasm but today that wasn't enough. That is just the way it is - move on to next week guys. East Fife probably deserved the win. Our defence opened up easily on a number of occasions. If am being honest I thought it was a penalty but maybe once I see the footage I will change my mind. We tried hard but never created much! One final point - I can only assume some of the East Fife contingent haven't realised that the rules have changed with regards to red cards when the foul results in a penalty and the player clearly tried to play the ball. The ref got the colour of the card correct.
  12. Great effort from Stranraer today. The players and management have ensured that people are back to talking about matters on the park and they deserve a lot of credit for the way they have performed in difficult circumstances this month. We were solid at the back with all of the defence resolute and Belford saved well when required. There was a lot of energy in the team once again and we looked lively when we got the chance to go forward. Raith Rovers didn't look great and punted it forward a lot which played into the hands of Robertson and Neill who both had good games winning a lot of headers. Angus Beith has been a good loan signing for us. Not saying it will remain that way but today we didn't look any poorer despite being without the players who left. Thankfully for us the youngsters are taking their chances. Well done to all concerned - it appears that Farroll has got on with the job in hand rather than complaining about the situation.
  13. Stranraer v Airdrie

    We rode our luck at times but a great result. Well done to Okoh for the two goals - first one was slightly fortunate but he forced the mistake. Airdrie's finishing was poor but it was an open and entertaining game to watch. Stranraer played with a lot of energy throughout and a very welcome 3 points in circumstances.
  14. Stranraer FC 2017-18

    Attendances will always be a priority. Saying they haven’t went down doesn’t mean they aren’t a priority. But you budget to what’s realistic if you want to stay solvent. Stranraer (population of approx 10,000) and the surrounding areas have a lot of deprivation and a decreasing number of decent jobs. We need to strive to increase attendances further whilst still being realistic. The previous years attendances have to be what you budget to - not what you hope the figures might be. Perhaps we won’t be able to finance the same level of player but that’s better than having no club. Also less money spent doesn’t need to mean a poorer class of player. Like Belford is a decent keeper but am sure we could have found a similar quality keeper closer to home with all the additional costs occurred since he came up here.
  15. Stranraer FC 2017-18

    Wonder what target they set themselves with regards to crowds? Looks like it might not have been very realistic when an 18% increase still isn't enough to reach target. Yes 100% agree about acting NOW to save the club - acting more robustly last summer would have been even better if problems were apparent at that point in time but easy to say that with the benefit of hindsight. So from what you are saying it was PURELY the clubs decision to ACT NOW because reports in the media suggest it was the bank who brought things to a head. Perhaps that's wrong though and I certainly don't believe everything the media tells me. Thank you for attempting to answer the questions I have asked.
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