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  1. Sorry, but that's far too negative an analysis for me. Last January showed what a difference a few quality players can make. We brought in three decent ones in Nelson, Robson & Jakubiak and then picked up over 30 points before the end of the season. McKinnon said he was looking to recruit around eight. If even half of them are as successful as the three listed above then it's reasonable to assume we could go on a similar run.. Alloa are only four points ahead of us. Do you genuinely think their January recruitment will be so much better than ours that we won't be able to catch them? The Partick gap is two points. That's nothing. Yes, they'll have money to spend but that doesn't matter if you don't recruit well. And I have far more trust in McKinnon to bring in quality than Caldwell. Or Hartley for that matter. I think McKinnon will get us to January within touching distance of those sides and then overhaul both of them in the New Year. He's already achieved a minor miracle by getting eight points with the current squad and all (both) his signings so far have been successes. Thank God the Morton Chairman gave us permission to talk to him as quickly as he did. Without that we wouldn't have signed Rudden on deadline day and without his goals we wouldn't have beaten Pars or Alloa. All hail Crawford Rae, saviour and friend to Falkirk FC.
  2. The Falkirk FC Thread

    It's a wind-up Shodwall. And no, I'm not ITK on this one, given that I'm out the country. If he passed a medical today he would have been signed at the same time. I understand that we're not going to make any more signings before January and it's hardly likely that we'd offer an 18 month deal to someone when Buaben only got until January.
  3. The Falkirk FC Thread

    After failing to win any of his first nine games, I'd be very surprised if he didn't say something along the lines of "youse are shite and if you can't win you'll all be leaving the club". Probably at either halftime or just after they'd trooped off following another defeat. I imagine all managers do that. If you ever got the chance to speak to Alex Smith, he could have told you a few stories about dressing room rants.
  4. The Falkirk FC Thread

    No argument about that. Things like not being a first pick under a new manager, or not being given any reassurance when they ask about their future are strong hints to players that they'll be moving on. As evidenced by comments made to me by a well-liked midfielder last November. He said then that he didn't think he'd get a new contract in May and he was proven right. However, that's entirely different from EB's claim of "telling players you want rid of them, as happened with..."
  5. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Not according to any players I spoke to. All were aware the axe could be coming, but nobody was told until after they'd played their last game for the club. Or can you provide names, with details of the matches they played after being told?
  6. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Any chance club volunteers can be counted? At least two of us will be in Albania next Saturday. I know a couple of season ticket holders who'll be there too. If not, then Haber are Lewis will be our forwards for the game.
  7. The Falkirk FC Thread

    I think he is. We played a reserve friendly last Wed in St Andrews (v Dundee Utd) and not far off half the team was made up of trialists with the other half being former youth players. Dumbaya was fast, keen to get forward and composed on the ball. For me he was easily the best of the trialists and looked worth a punt. I think the news about Aero broke the following day so it wasn't a surprise that we gave him a contract. I like the fact that McKinnon evidently recognised RB is a weak position for us as he's not the first trialist I've seen play there. I thought he had a decent game today too, as some of the posts from folk who were at the match confirmed. From what little I've seen I think he'll do a job for us. At 31 he's probably not a long term signing but he'll hopefully be good enough for the rest of the season.
  8. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Funnily enough someone else said something similar after seeing him (I think for the first time) in the Hagen testimonial. He has a bit of skill but he's inconsistent and his physique counts against him.
  9. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Aye. Subbed off injured after the first couple of minutes.
  10. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Maybe because there's a clause in the contact which allows it to happen? Even if that clause and possibility hasn't been publicised by any of the parties? There tends to be a lot of release / extension clauses which don't always get published when a signing is made. I imagine the same holds true for MH. If Ray McKinnon doesn't want him then I suspect he'll be on his way back to Dundee in January.
  11. Falkirk FC v Ayr United FC

    I'd need to see it back on TV to be sure, but from my angle the cross wasn't perfect. Or if it was he misjudged his run and was ahead of the ball when he met it. it looked to me as if the ball was always behind him and he was struggling to get his head on it.
  12. The Falkirk FC Thread

    Indeed. The Herald named a few who've been on trial recently, as did BPM. And there are others who haven't been named anywhere and were playing in closed-door games as recently as Wednesday. McKinnon is doing his damnedest to find players and has run his eye over a fair number of free agents since he arrived. Unfortunately it seems that so far he hasn't found what he's looking for.
  13. Falkirk FC v Ayr United FC

    He didn't play in the pre-season friendly at Arbroath against Aberdeen. His last competitive absences were the final two games of last season when Kiddo took his place against Dumbarton and St Mirren. I'm not sure if he was suspended, but given that he got yellow cards in three of the four preceeding matches I'd imagine it's highly likely. Before that he hadn't missed a game since the beginning of August last season. A quick look through the stats shows he played more matches than any other Falkirk player last season.
  14. The Falkirk FC Thread

    I'd have liked to have seen Mitchell get his chance. He could read the game well, was composed on the ball and could pick a pass. The issue for me was his size. I watched him get brushed aside a number of times in the U20 League so the same would undoubtedly have happened in the first team, except probably more often. I reckon that in a year or two once he bulked up he would have been a very good player for us. Though I kind of agree with (presumably) the thoughts of both managers last year that he wasn't ready to hold down a first team berth. He should still have been given a couple of chances though in the same way that Dunne was.
  15. The Falkirk FC Thread

    It's a commonly-held belief amongst Falkirk fans that McKinnon was desperate to get out of Morton. If that's true, then Morton have done well in not only spinning the story to shove all the blame on him, but also getting the local newspaper on board. It's a useful deflection which helps prevent people looking too closely at the reasons why he was allegedly so keen to leave. I wouldn't claim to personally know what those reasons are. Nor whether that belief is true. However, I had a lengthy conversation recently with a member of the press who appears to know a great deal about the goings-on behind the scenes at Cappielow. Stories about coaching staff being appointed without the managers knowledge / approval and BOD members demanding that certain players must play were quite prominent in that discussion.