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Dennistoun Bairn

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  1. It is indeed all about necessity to travel... The necessity for Aberdeen's elite squad to go bevvying on Union Street, Celtic's elite squad to go bevvying in Dubai, Rangers' elite squad to go bevvying at a house party in Finnieston, the necessity for SFA officials to travel to Greece to take charge of European ties as they apparently don't have their own referees there, while part-time firemen, polis, plumbers and delivery drivers in League 1 teams can't be trusted to behave themselves and follow protocols, like the... erm... elite do. Bravo.
  2. Cheers RB, understood. Badly expressed on my part. The point I wanted to make was to suggest the bye week built in to the Prem/Championship playoff is widely seen as 'advantage Premiership', an imbalanced rest period for recovery while the Championship also-rans slug it out. So applied to our theoretical League One v Champ team playoff scenario, any period of waiting for League One to finish would give the Championship team extra recovery time. So, again, not a level playing field for us, more help for them. Maybe it is all media shit-stirring, but the way the last two seasons have gone it would hardly be a surprise to find those grubbing around at the bottom of Tier 2 to throw up as many objections as they could invent.
  3. Not getting at you personally, but that argument from Championship clubs can get itself right in the sea. Its clearly not going to be a level playing field - they're still playing, and match fit, we've been stopped for weeks! If they have to wait a week or two while we finish up, what's the big deal? We've waited 2 months! And further to that, there's the bye week in the play-offs, which is always seen as a big bonus for the team in the higher league - "gives the team a rest, time to re-charge after a long season" - while the 3/4th teams play against each other first. That's another advantage in the Championship column. I suspect those most uncomfortable about this would be Alloa, Morten and Arbroath. Fancy that.
  4. Why exactly does it matter to "some Championship clubs" - whoever they are - whether or not League One clubs play 18, 22, or 27 games? What is this latest "elitist" pish we're being fed now? IF we do get to complete a truncated season, whatever number of games played, second bottom of the Championship should be involved in a playoff. We've been kicking our heels for weeks now while they've still been playing, so they would have a big fitness advantage anyway.
  5. Fingers crossed then for next season's strip the team wears white sox...
  6. I am pretty much resigned to (a) the season will be nulll & void, and there's absolutely eff-all we can do about it otherwise, so best save your energy - we're the diddies, we have no chance of persuading the SPFL, SFA, SG, BBC, STV, Neil Doncaster, Ann Budge or Jonathan-effing-Sutherland otherwise. The only thing we'll get out of this season is survival. (b) writing off the cost of my 20-21 season ticket as a goodwill donation, providing there's solid evidence the club is getting its effing shit together for 21-22 and beyond, and we get a team worth watching again. And we get promoted.
  7. Agree. The three C's - covid, corruption and colts. The biggest threats to all our teams at 'diddy' level.
  8. Before my attending days, but if it was a common event, why & when did it phase out? The last time I can remember it happening was Staineod-era, but am now thinking the league winning back to back home games Ayr & Meadowbank were anomalies. Don't remember changing ends in those days at Airdrie, Kirkaldy, etc...
  9. Always good to see pics of the old dear, and that one is a beaut; but it got me thinking back to the times that fans would change ends at half-time, crossing via that wee wooden bridge next to the choir. Bizzare!! Seriously, did we do that at any other grounds? Greenock, maybe?? The old Rugby Park? Certainly don't ever remember doing changing ends at EEP.
  10. Interesting to know exactly WHO was party to these pre-emptive discussions on suspension, as it certainly wasn't the clubs involved. More Fecking Doncaster Bullshit. What an utter kent of a man.
  11. Its the best photo I can track down, so not at all clear I'm afraid; but like SG, once through the Hope St turnstiles it always seemed natural to walk towards the choir then turn up the terracing to your regular spot, rather than head up the stairs. Maybe the reason Ned can't remember the stairs is that a lot of fans tended to head down towards the bottom corner of the terracing - facing the house gable- before the final whistle, then dash out sharpish to get back to the best seats in the pub... So you could quite easily be stood on the terracing all those years and never use the stairs.
  12. I see what you did there, RB. Highly amusing. Have a greenie. I always liked that its signed as a "buffet", not some mere 'pie stall'....Standing in the queue for the 'buffet', wondering what delights to try on any given Saturday...Finger rolls and mushroom canapes? Vol-au-vents or chocolate ganache? Nope, the options were hot flavoured water in a cup, and Fisher's pies. No nonsense.
  13. Tucked away under the old main stand at Brockville. Tea, Oxo, pie... Getting Kenco was pretty innovative. No poncy scampi & tuna on this menu.
  14. make that hellish trio a hellish quartet; you can add every commentator's new en vogue - "Just about..." from me. As in "De Gea just about saved that shot..." or "United just about saw off the danger..." etc etc etc. Feck me, either he effing saved it or he didn't.
  15. That's a great picture. Funnily enough don't think I ever saw it bathed in sunshine, only ever remember standing there in the pishing rain. 😅 A particular milestone for many Bairns fans is Boghead was the venue of origin of the legend that was, and is, "too near the keeker"... Happy days.
  16. ? Really? Don't remember that. Where I was stood/sat, big cheer when the feckkers lost, then yes, absolutely.
  17. Sorry RB, have let this sit for a couple of days, but feel the need to pick up on that 'mass hysteria' dig - from what I've watched and read, the mass hysteria has been from a) deluded fans or WUM writing about how many points we're going to win the league by or b) our seemingly deluded co-manager talking about "steam-rollering" the opposition. Both are clearly divorced from reality, and neither comment sits at all with the majority of fans watching the dross the team has been serving up for a good while now. We've not 'steam-rollered' anybody, nor do we look likely to; the 3-0 win at Clyde was certainly a good result, but not exactly reflective of play that day. The "We're top of the table, calm doon" mantra is hopelessly mis-placed blind optimism. Based on a sequence of displays, not a one-off bad day, we look bereft of conviction, energy, pass & move... Most folks on here are rightly highlighting bona fide deficiencies, not knicker -wetting, as its become pretty clear we're nowhere near convincing, individually or collectively. Sammon and Dowds together must be the piss-easiest combo for any opposition defence to play against. Time and time again they've shown themselves up to be slow, ponderous, predictable, unable to trap a pass or hold up play to any competent degree. No evidence of positive energy, commitment, guile, or even giving their respective marker a hard time. (How many genuine chances have we been making each Saturday? How many decent saves have the opposition goalies had to make over the last month?) Sadly, Alston looks like a mis-fit; one peach of a free kick v Dumbarton aside, he's been pretty much anonymous and that's a dreadful return and such a let-down given the talent he has/had. Todd and Mercer are like playing with a man short, they've contributed so little, and both (G) Miller and Kelly have regressed alarmingly. That's 7 out of a regular 11 - first choice players not delivering on a weekly basis. That ain't mass hysteria, that's... er... rather concerning. A big, big month ahead for our co-managers to turn this around... over to you, guys.
  18. Dowds needs dropped. Todd, Mercer, Kelly & Sammon need binned. Permanently. Alston's return has regressed into Rory Loy mk 2 levels of ineptitude. Grim stuff. Gomis & Morrison our only two showing anything.
  19. Effing Sammon got really lucky there. Total imposter of a striker. Get him T F.
  20. how easy was that? FFS. Not much sign of us "steamrollering" the opposition so far, Lee.
  21. Oh. My. God. Just awful. Dixon & Gomis by a clear margin, then Mutch, maybe Hall, otherwise did anyone else deserve their place today? Todd, Miller, Mercer all woeful. Sammon all too easily in the Centre-half's back pocket. Again. Alston is a real worry 'cause he just looks shit now, and Morrison's form has fallen off a cliff. We've looked toothless, clueless and sub-standard in the last two games. Could be out there playing right now and still wouldn't score create a chance.
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