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Duncan Freemason last won the day on September 8 2018

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  1. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Totally agree. Sadly, it takes big TV money to give you a top quality grass surface. Just look at English Premier playing surfaces now compared to 30 or 40 years ago. I was at a game at Derby’s old Baseball ground in the 70s in January, and there was hardly a blade of grass on the thing. Nowadays, they have the maintenance investment that seems them turned out like giant bowling greens. They can be made that good in Scotland too, but they need a quarter of a million (at least) a season thrown at them. Arsenal reportedly shell out the best part of a million a season on the Emirates playing surface. For our market place, taking an artificial surface that perhaps gives a profit of say £40k a year, and giving that up in preference to something (even B quality) that costs £100k to maintain is a big step to take.......and yes, even the ugly sisters grass surfaces are decidedly B quality (and probably C quality tbh).
  2. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Who would you recommend? Not you road rage chap, maybe one of you other ones.
  3. The Falkirk FC Thread

    It’s the playing surface and crumb that gets changed while the foundation stuff remains in place. Was told a while back that resurfacing costs were about 20% of initial installation costs. Don’t know if ours is the “best”, but the QotS one is supposedly the equal of ours, yet despite two attempts, it still looks pretty shit by comparison. The likes of Alloa’s is of course, miles off in terms of quality. Of course, it can look crap but be kind to knee joints.
  4. Relegation Royal Rumble

    Never ever hang your hat on a plucky narrow defeat (or even a point) against the league leaders. It's more often than not just a cruel mirage of “jam tomorrow”.
  5. Relegation Royal Rumble

    Set aside ability, and that old managerial quote of “once a team builds a bit of confidence, it can quickly become infectious, but equally, once a team loses confidence, that too can become infectious just as quickly”, then yes, Dunfermline and Morton’s worries seem to be becoming a bit more real, but Partick, Falkirk and Alloa are all just one bad result away from entering or re-entering the pits of despair. Probably for three or four of those five, this is likely to run until the last day of the season. I just hope DU and RC’s fates are sealed with two games to go.
  6. Relegation Royal Rumble

    I think if Thistle beat them (Alloa), then Thistle break them. Not sure if there’s much to choose between Thistle and ourselves at this point in time. The Fifers are close, but still have a bit of an advantage, and Morten’s points advantage really needs us and Thistle to do one another a big favour, and for both to beat them. Then it would get really interesting.
  7. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Why? Is it because a fan ownership scheme would only give you a rough idea of where the cash is going?
  8. The Falkirk FC Thread

    No, B4L doesn’t get any shares in return for monies donated. That’s how I understand it, and I am sure the likes of BPM could clarify for certain. As mentioned above, it is the only show in town if and until the BtB scheme cranks into life.
  9. The Falkirk FC Thread

    I think that’s the view of many. B4L and BtB both have the same aim, but one has a more hard edged influence agenda than the other. Doubtless there will be a desire to either form a marriage between the two, or failing that then some attempt for each to not adversely affect the other, but over time, that will prove a difficult act to pull off.
  10. The Falkirk FC Thread

    As I understood it, the B4L cash wasn’t being converted to shares. It was purely opex cash, and as I understand it, was cause for a significant number to hesitate from subscribing.
  11. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Tbf, you could have posted that yesterday as “Not listened to Si Ferry’s interview yet, but I expect it will follow the familiar path of being nothing but lots of back slapping......”
  12. Relegation Royal Rumble

    The perfect summary of Dobbiegate.
  13. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Maybe I should be in that place, but I’m not. As with all such things, it’s just a few individuals. Fair play to Rae for managing to avoid flak for the back of a fag packet contracts though. Anyway, those few individuals ensure that there’s going to be significant mirth to be drawn from their seemingly unending rage before this all calms down.....but one or two seem capable of dragging this with them to their graves. Such rage is of course, beyond the comprehension of us mere mortals.
  14. Relegation Royal Rumble

    As mentioned previously, just adopt the West Lothian operating and financial model, and all money worries simply disappear. Full time squad of 24 plus management and overheads totally feasible on crowds of 750 apparently, so Queens should have cash to spare.
  15. Relegation Royal Rumble

    Failkirk.......my God, it says so much more about the OP than it does about the intended target. It’s such a joy when things pan out that way.