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  1. Mistaking high horsery for amusement. Classic case of Sunderlanditis among a section of Bairns fans. Used to be a competent Premiership side and can’t accept that they’re now a dugmeat League One outfit.
  2. Nobody has ever claimed we are anything special. However, we’ve also lost zero of our ten games if we want to play with stats. I’m not sure why a mid-table League One club, and that’s what Falkirk currently are, having finished 5th last season, and currently sitting 5th, would be casting judgement over a club that is outperforming them.
  3. Match previews on the STV teletext in the 90s used to tell us who was a doubt, who was injured, whether a guy called Wale Kwik-Ajet was going straight into the squad after signing. I think it’s reasonable for fans to know if their two best players aren’t going to be in the side, or are doubtful. Standard practice for pretty much every other club.
  4. We looked a good team yesterday. Second half we were strong, first to everything and purposeful in our play. Can’t see many teams taking a 3-0 away from there. Delighted.
  5. Aye, it didn’t really fit anything else we’ve done this summer. Not really splashed the cash in the way we did last year.
  6. Aye, everyone is full-time. Can’t think of him costing us any goals this season. Only slight issue to work on is coming off his line and cementing attackers, like at Broadwood and a booking he picked up at Alloa. Ferrie looks great backup, but talk of dropping Muir would be unbelievably harsh.
  7. First league meeting at the Rock since a final day dead rubber in 2007, I think. It’s almost impossible to know what to expect. We’ve beaten Falkirk and Cove and toiled a wee bit against the bottom end teams. Dumbarton have both dished out and received 5-0 pumpings, as well as winning at Falkirk. We’re turning into draw specialists, with five of our nine unbeaten being a share of the spoils. Frustratingly, we should probably have taken three points in all of them except the Montrose game, last time out. It felt like we were solid at the back early in the season, but we’ve started losing some really poor goals, which we can ill afford to keep doing. Murray is on a bit of a mini drought as well, having not scored in five games. He’s scored in three of our four wins this season. We don’t have another striker who can change a game like he can. Expect another tight game, but hoping the quality of the likes of Connell and a refreshed and rested Simon Murray can make the difference for us.
  8. Wullie has done nothing to merit being dropped. He knows there’s a guy at his back capable of taking the gloves if his standards drop, though. That’s a healthy position for him and the team in general.
  9. Has a whiff of an agent trying to drum up interest.
  10. I didn't mean good solid pros as any sort of slight. I'm glad we have guys like that, rather than guys who think they are on easy money and half-arse it. I'm not saying we can't or won't challenge for the title, I just don't know if I'm sure we have the capacity to put teams away consistently. Not always, but most of the time, the team winning the title in a standard 36 game season will have a 20 goal per season guy. I'm a big Murray fan, but I'm not convinced he'll hit that number. As Ben Reilly said, it looks very much like a building blocks type season and if we hit the jackpot then great. For me, the big thing is getting Quitongo back. No idea when that'll be, but he offers us something totally different. Maybe I am underselling us, but my brain is programmed against optimism. It's always the hope that kills you. Either way, talking about whether we're getting up to the Championship, or not, is a refreshing conversation to be having.
  11. Not at all. Falkirk and Cove have already had a kick at the ball at this level and I fancied them to be the top two. Signing policy changed from better known names to younger guys as well and we’ve not strengthened considerably on last season. I think most QP fans would take 3rd or 4th, but I could be wrong. It’s not the Gretna that some folk think it is. They were signing experienced guys directly from Aberdeen and Dundee United. We’re a group of good solid pros who should be competing as a top four side. I think it’d be jumping the gun to expect anything beyond that.
  12. Quite easily when it includes Livingston Reserves.
  13. Top four was the realistic aim at the start. If we can mount a title challenge, then great. You can’t fake it in this league. Could get away with below par performances in League Two and still win. That’s highly unlikely to happen very often in League One. All the pressure is on Falkirk as far as I’m concerned. It’s becoming urgent for them as a club to get out of this league. It’s not absolutely imperative for us to go up, as brilliant as it would be.
  14. Exactly the sort of game I expected. The one positive is being so poor against a good side and not losing. Murray is absolutely wasted unless he’s through the middle.
  15. Our hardest game, so far, in some respects. The likes of Falkirk away was a free hit. The expectation is there because we’re at home against a team we’ve traditionally done pretty well against. The reality is that both clubs have transformed into very handy League One sides. I don’t expect there to be a great deal between the teams. Whilst I don’t necessarily see it as a must win, as I think everyone will drop several points at home, the team who does it least is likely to be in with a real chance of the title. If we can create in the same way we did last Saturday, we’ll give ourselves a decent platform to try and win the game. We can’t afford to switch off like we did against Peterhead because Montrose simply have better players and it’ll be far tougher to get back into the game if we do. I expect a good, open game with plenty of chances at both ends. Hopeful that we can sneak it 2-1.
  16. It’s £17 admission, so £23/33 for something to eat and a few beers isn’t that bad imo. Club has to make money, so there has to be a balance between it being reasonable and making it worthwhile enough to run a profit.
  17. Bizarre. Should both have seen that out comfortably and then lost when we didn’t do so. Terrible until we managed to scramble ahead, controlled it after that, then absolutely lost the heid in the last five minutes.
  18. I’m quite comfortable that we currently have a small support and always have done in my lifetime. Willy waving about big game supports doesn’t really matter. That’s not going to deliver anything other than a few photographs suggesting that you have a bigger support than you actually do in reality. Our core supports are not dissimilar and I think both clubs do relatively ok in that regard when you consider the local competition and level we play at.
  19. We can have a crack at it. Fan base is not the only factor in terms of sustaining full-time football. Livi and Hamilton manage it with not many more than 1000 fans. We’d still need to grow the support to make it work, but it can be done over time. The alternative is simply not trying. Why would we not, when we can?
  20. I wrote a lengthy and very possibly tedious thread on Twitter about this, but this is probably a better forum for it. The events of Saturday’s game have once again brought the societal stain of racism to the forefront of our game. One idiot shouting is part of a bigger picture and got me thinking about the question of race within the Scottish game. Part our goal as a club is to become embedded in the fabric of our local community. We cannot do that without asking ourselves some uncomfortable questions. Does our game do enough to tackle racism and racial inequality? Does our club? The answer to both would have to be a fairly resounding “No.” Condemnation and red cards are fine, but what do we * actually * do? How much talking and, more importantly, listening do we actually do with BAME and other minority groups? Not much, I’d suspect. I’m of the view that our club should reflect our area. Look around the stands on a Saturday. We don’t. It’s a very middle aged and very white picture. We need to feel uncomfortable about that as a club and as a national sport in general. It’s not very much different at any other ground. I’ve seen very few actual instances of racism over the years, but the problem is probably more structural than overt. We need to ask ourselves why that is and how we can change it? Community means exactly that. It means everyone. I really hope our club recognises this when we’re developing strategies to attract both supporters and participation.
  21. The problem is that society does not give equal value, regardless of characteristics, on any of these fronts. You’ll never hear a player in Scotland being called abused and called a “white b*****d” for example.
  22. Just read that Goodwillie scored his 100th Clyde goal last weekend. Anyone know why he hasn’t managed a move to a higher level? Must be a reason for it.
  23. Are you trying to rile me by pretending the Jobby Cup was a serious game of association football?
  24. Harsh, I think. Liverpool or not, this a completely new set of circumstances for the kid. Came on to what was a really disjointed team performance as well. A very young right hand side with him and Gillies for the spell he was on. Having Doyle behind him, back in his normal position, will help him enormously imo.
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