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  1. The Falkirk FC Thread

    I honestly have no idea. I heard from one player that the Morton victory was largely down to the combined efforts of Mick McArdle and a senior player rather than Alex Smith, and I heard an entirely different story from Alex on the team bus during the journey to an away U20 game some months later. The truth is that unless you're inside the dressing room after the door gets locked it's impossible to know. If you're friends with a specific player you might get one side of the story but there may be dozen different viewpoints and us ordinary fans have no way of knowing which is the most accurate.
  2. The Falkirk FC Thread

    That question was asked at a Bairns Business Club meeting with the manager in the last couple of months. The managers response was that there had to be an element of trust in the Head Of Recruitment, after which he went into detail about the guy's background. The questioner didn't push it so there was no further detail as to whether the manager had made a final check by watching the players in the flesh, reviewed videos, taken them on trial, sought opinions from other trusted sources etc. He could have done all or none of those. I imagine someone will raise it again at whatever the next open forum is.
  3. The Falkirk FC Thread

    At the end of the season the players were told on the Thursday before the final league game if they were being released. I know because I was in the club that day, and was in the following day and shook hands with some of them as they said their goodbyes to the staff. None of them knew beforehand that they were going. Not unless they, and various staff members I spoke to in the preceding days, were lying to me. I'm not quite so sure about the departures in the January window. However, I had a long conversation with Fash two days after Christmas at the Junior Bairns Day and he didn't seem to have any idea that he was going to be released within the week. There was a also a conversation reported by fans on social media in which Balatoni was heard bemoaning in Reception that his contract was up tomorrow and he had no idea what was happening. And the reported conversations with Miller & Kerr on Christmas Eve in which they were told their time was up. For those reasons I find it very, very unlikely that players were told in November. Can I ask what your basis is for making such a claim?
  4. The Falkirk FC Thread

    No idea. The guy who does the questioning is fairly well known amongst the Falkirk support; if you feel strongly about it why not contact him via social media to ask? It might even give him a line to probe a little deeper. "Hey gaffer, we've been contacted by various fans who would like us to inquire about...…" In general, all these sort of interviews tend to be pretty bland. They're worth doing for the occasional nugget though. My alltime favourite remains Gary Holt's rant after Phil Roberts got sent off at Alloa.
  5. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Sometimes managers can be a little bit tetchy of anything they perceive as criticism. That particularly applies to "in house" media; I know of a few instances over the years where a variety of managers have taken exception to comments made during match commentaries which the average fan wouldn't think twice about making. One former FFC TV commentator was notorious for it. Note the use of the word "former". If a TV interviewer asked your last two questions of any manager it's unlikely he'd get a civil answer. Or the chance to do another interview with that manager again. There are plenty of examples on youtube of managers having a real go at the press during interviews. And those are professional interviewers with an audience of thousands, not an unpaid fan who could be kicked out his role if the manager thought he was being cheeky. And if there was a "disagreement" over the questioning, the interview would probably never see the light of day anyway. It's not a role I'd want to do. Damned if you ask and damned if you don't.
  6. The Falkirk FC Thread

    He can't have. EdiBairn previously told us we would all be surprised where he ended up and that's hardly a surprise to anyone. If fairness to EBs comments earlier (don't know how to multiquote) I think he WILL have a successful career, depending on how you define success. He's good enough to play football at a lower level for a number of years. I see him as being akin to another of our ex-youth strikers, Andy Rodgers. I don't think there's any danger he will bypass Falkirk. Not unless he suddenly develops attributes that he hasn't shown during his time with us. And I say that from the perspective of having seen virtually every game he played for Falkirk. Good luck Scotty. I hope things work out for you.
  7. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Not really. There's a lot to be unhappy about at the moment, but anyone who points out that Edibairn talks nonsense will have my support.
  8. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Do you remember the fans meeting with Martin Ritchie after the news broke about HMRC? Multiple fans stood up, were given the microphone and told him that the support didn't want Pressley as a manager. Every speaker who made that point got a roar of approval from the hundreds of folk who had turned up. It made not one blind bit of difference. The board ignored them. And Pressley stayed for as long as he wanted to. Ignoring fans isn't hard, particularly now that the season ticket monies are in. Ignoring sponsors, corporate business etc is harder. Once you get three men and a dog in hospitality, as there was for a few games last season, then the alarm bells may start to ring.
  9. Partick VS Falkirk

    Indeed. It wasn't that long ago we gave a pro contract to a youth player at the academy who's dad was an agent that's we'd dealt with a few times. I don't think there's anything sinister in it.
  10. Partick VS Falkirk

    No argument with any of that. However, if you look at look at the last half dozen or so managers it 's safe to assume that our owners aren't exactly trigger-happy when it comes to bulleting managers. Houston was the only exception and I suspect that while they backed the decision, they weren't the driving force behind it. You also have the scenario that if the two folk currently making the decisions were to be ousted, our owners would need to become much more hands on. IMO, all of that points to Hartley being left alone to sort things out. He turned things round after a sticky start last season and it'll probably be assumed that he can do the same again. And no, I wasn't aware that the HOR was an agent. It doesn't matter. If he's using his position to make money by punting duds onto FFC, as I think you're hinting at, then he won't be there very long. Surely nobody would be that stupid. Or would you like to enlighten me as to which new players are on his books?
  11. Partick VS Falkirk

    Houston was in his final year as manager and you got the impression that some of the players had taken their foot off the gas because of it. The whole football side of the club looked stale and jaded. That's not the case with Hartley. A fair amount of the behind the scenes stuff has been restructured to give him the support he needs; the closure of the academy and the appointment of a Head Of Recruitment are two obvious examples. A couple of the more prominent board members are heavily invested in his success and any change of management would be seen as a failure on their part. For those reasons I don't think there is any danger of him being removed by the end of September. He'll be given as long as he needs to turn it around.
  12. The Falkirk FC Thread

    I'm not really saying anything BPM; just pointing out what I think is an interesting stat.
  13. Partick VS Falkirk

    Scott Harrrison. He did get hit by Doolan, but it was a straight arm in the side of the neck and not an elbow. Both were grappling with each other at the time.
  14. The Falkirk FC Thread

    We're played six competitive games. In five of those games, we've conceded in the first half. We should have conceded in the sixth one but Forfar missed a penalty and hit the woodwork twice. Virtually every one of those first halves saw a poor performance which often saw the team jeered off the pitch. Nobody has scored against us in a second half. Every goal we're scored this season has come in a second half. Every decent performance we've put in has been during a second half. Hmmn.
  15. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Only bothers me when you get things wrong BPM. And you're right about Willie.