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  1. Fair enough. The 16/17 year olds are at an age where they should be hoping to earn a pro contract now and I don't think any will make it. The three older ones who did get contracts in the summer haven't had much of an impact.
  2. Disagree. There's a few decent ones and one who's an absolute standout IMO. I'm not going to put pressure on a fifteen year old boy by naming him on an internet forum but if I see you at the AGM I'll give you his name and you can have him watched. The beat a strong Hearts youth team and did the same to a Lowland league side in the Shire, though admittedly they were slightly bolstered by having Ompreon & Krasniqi in the team that night. That's not bad for a team of kids.
  3. Eh? I haven't given them any credit for Foundation work, nor do I see them trying to claim any. I'm talking about the club as an institution, not the individuals who currently serve on the board. Or the board before them, or the new one that will start on Monday. I understand Harry's point. I simply disagreed with it because IMO being a community club isn't defined by however warm or cold the relationship between fans and BOD is at any given time.
  4. Yes, because the Foundation was set up BY the club. It’s no coincidence that Campbell Christie and George Craig were named on the Certificate of Incoration and that they’re based in TFS. The credit lies primarily with the Foundation staff and volunteers who do the work every day. Though I’d say that every success they have reflects back on FFC, given that we created them. As long as the two organizations are working closely together then in my eyes we’ll always be a community club. Regardless of what f*ck-ups any FFC board member might make during their short time in office.
  5. They're two separate legal entities but they work very closely together. I think it was set up that way so that the community side would be eligible for things like grant funding.
  6. Sorry Z, but I don't agree. One or two alleged bad eggs at the very top cannot undo the good work done by god know how many volunteer coaches that it takes to give up their time and run teams for massive numbers of kids. FFC are still a community club. If those at the top are as bad as some folk claim them to be then they'll get their just rewards in the end.
  7. No it's not. I don't know the current figures, but pre-covid there were over a thousand kids playing community football every week with Falkirk strips on. The "Falkirk Family" stuff was a standard marketing slogan, made up I think for a season ticket campaign, but while many didn't like it the players were still visiting local primary schools before every game and going out to Strathcarron Hospice four or five times a year. The club tried hard to do their bit for the community and still do. Foodbank collections and the best Grassroots Award that the Foundation won from the SFA on Sunday evening are further evidence of that. Please don't let the alleged misbehaviour of a few directors tarnish the work that dozens of folk are doing to help the community. Folk whose work clothes have a steeple on their chest.
  8. No arguement from me about the first team. The best players in the two squads are IMO the fifteen year olds so they're a couple of years away yet. Given the overall lack of game time that Lemon, Weekes & Williamson have had I'd be surprised if any of the current youths got a pro contract until at least the summer, if not later.
  9. From my understanding they had to start at the very bottom and work up as they didn't initially have the staff or player numbers to begin at a higher level. I believe they plan to be playing a grade up next year. It is below professional standard, but from the games I'm watching they're scooshing it. Which suggests they have the potential to go higher. I think it's a given that they won't be near FVFA standard yet but at least they've made a promising start. At the moment I think that's all we can ask for. As for honesty, I'm not sure how they're being dishonest. Every game they've played that I know of has been reported on. For example they didn't try to hide the 6-0 gubbing from Aberdeen.
  10. No idea. I haven't looked at it and as I'm not a twitter person I wouldn't know where to start in terms of verifying it. I have a twitter account but it was set up so I could watch the output of a few media companies. A friend who's much younger and more tech-savvy than I am told me it was fake and I have no reason to doubt her, hence my reply.
  11. It's a parody account. There seems to be a few of them around. I was told today that one has been made up for Clyde FC saying that their signing of Benjamin Mendy is imminent.
  12. The game at Newcastle on Saturday apparently went extremely well until the usual wholesale changes that you get in friendlies. It was 1-1 for something like 60 minutes and then after bringing on a pile of subs they lost a number of goals in the last half hour. Or so I understand from speaking to Ian Fergus on Sunday morning. The Under 16s won 3-2 on Sunday in the 1000 kickoff. Goals from Aaron Ramage, Jazib Khaliq and Blair Nelson. In my (admittedly very biased) eyes it was 3-2 going on 5 or 6 as their goalie played a blinder. I wasn't at the U18s game - I left after the 16s ended to head for Livingston to watch the women - but from texts with Ian yesterday they lost 2-1. I believe both teams have a lot of walking wounded so maybe it's just as well the league season is over, bar one final U18 game away to Montrose. It was meant to be tonight but is off and will be rearranged. I presume there will be reports or maybe a video interview with IF at some point this week.
  13. Rankin was 9. Honeyman was a secondhalf sub at number 11. 6 was Johnny Armstrong.
  14. Lemon, Krasniqi, Weekes & Ompreon all started. The rest were U18 players. Two goals from Ompreon, two from Luke Rankin and one each from Ben Weekes and Scott Honeyman. I presume the club will put up a report at some point.
  15. I rarely post nowadays and wasn’t going to say anything about the Dave Mac scenario until I saw this. It resonated strongly with me, so if you don’t mind I’ll add a couple of things. First of all I know exactly how you feel. On both points. I’ve been volunteering in an official capacity for twelve years (official as in the club know who I am and what I do) and have given up my time as part of a group who helped out for maybe five years before that. I love it. Not just the big things you mention, but the little ones such as driving up to Montrose yesterday and then spending forty minutes blethering to Ian Fergus before watching the Under 18s win 4-2. It’s the personal relationships you forge with people that make the difference and I’ve met some very, very good folk in my time. Unfortunately it’s the relationships with the arseholes that can drive you away and sour you forever. Your experience shows that. I’ve generally found most folk to be decent, or at worst tolerable. I can think of only two individuals whose behaviour towards me led me to despise them but rather than let them ruin it I stuck in and outlasted both. (And no I’m not naming them) She won’t thank me for dragging her name into this, but Sarah Scott sums up that mentality. She was treated abysmally but refused to walk away and won in the end. So will the fans. Stick in, stick around, and eventually by the law of averages we’ll surely get the board, manager and team that we want.
  16. I saw all the signed players put their names to contracts in the boardroom. There's about 24 or 25 of them. I obviously don't know the details but I'd guess they're standard youth contracts. They're certainly not fulltime professionals. Yet. If they turn out to be good enough, presumably they'll get the same chance that the likes of Mackenzie Lemon did.
  17. Yes, though I'm sure he's part time as match safety officer. Which is a requirement for all football clubs at our level. Sharon is part time too or at least she was the last time we spoke. In general terms, the number of non-footballing staff at the club hasn't changed much since we got relegated in 2009/10. The footballing side probably has increased a bit. Paul Hartley brought in a Sports Science guy and the role still exists. Liam Corr is doing the scouting / video analysis and obvious Gary Holt is there. Though the latter two have an involvement with the development sides where previously (I think) Academy staff would have been involved.
  18. And just for the sake of balance, here are the two that weren't given.
  19. This is the earliest frame I have on it which may help answer the question. Edited to add - I was told that a few second prior to that Steeves also had his arms around Williamson, but as he went down he got the decision.
  20. The window for loan players closes before we play our next game.
  21. Development teams as in the current U16s and U18s? Probably not. Because they didn't exist yet. FFC made the first signings for those teams a month later, on Friday 16th July. Ten players and their parents were given a welcome to the club talk by Ian Fergus, Gary Holt and Gary Deans. It was the usual induction stuff - what the future holds and what the expectations were. Then they trooped up to the boardroom, signed the contracts and were video'd / photographed. I saw training session afterwards in which signed and unsigned players were being put through their paces. It's quite possible that the selection process for the unsigned players also included bounce games against each other, or maybe boys clubs, but I don't know.
  22. There were no Falkirk friendlies before that date. The players reported back for individual testing on the 17th, met up for the first time on the 18th and played their first friendly a week later on the 26th.
  23. I think Sheerin's interview makes it pretty clear they don't know yet how long he'll be out for. What you were told might be a best case scenario with a lot of caveats in there.
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