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  1. Anyone got any old team photos of Benburb Juniors, between 1950 & 1960?
  2. It's been happening for months all across the country and we haven't seen a spike in Covid due to football teams training etc so that can only be a good thing.
  3. McKenna or Cosgrove to go this window? maybe both? Cosgrove only two years left so might be time to sell, McKenna handed in a transfer request last season so will likely be pushing again for a move. A lot will depend on the current EPL season finishing and seeing what transfer movement happens from championship to epl then seeing what championship clubs maybe have some money to spend. A lot of free transfers available this window might be more appealing than spending a few million. Wouldn't expect any real movement until august September(crowds back in etc) time, if the window is officially extended to October.
  4. Steve McClaren with Barry Robson as assistant seems to be doing the rounds. Barry will know the Premiership teams inside out from his time at Aberdeen and apparently McClaren is a very good on the pitch trainer, so it could work out to be a decent combination. Mould Barry in to the future manager, although I think he see's himself as ready to step up just now so would he leave Aberdeen which is closer to home and probably still decent money, where he is effectively along with Docherty already as good as an assistant.
  5. What I like about Darvel is that they seem to be investing in to the infrastructure of the club as well as the players. Pitch is top class, changing rooms, brought in new youth teams, new stands, floodlights etc. No doubting that currently they'll need the financial backing from the owner to make these things happen but they seem to have a long term strategy. they are also trying to engage with the community as much as possible. Lets be honest nobody likes when a club comes along and starts doing better than their own club, Fergie didn't like it when Chelsea and Man City could go and outspend them, but surely it only improves the profile of the league. Auchinleck will have a fight on their hands this year to claim the title from a good few teams but they've been there and done it year after year and showed against Kelty last season that they are a top side who could compete in league one or two.
  6. I think bringing together all the leagues in Scotland would definitely bring greater interest to the game. You would need to start with a Premier League, First Division and Second Division then having regionalised leagues feeding in to the structure. No reason why the existing committees from all the leagues can't come together to form something bigger and better whilst all having a say in what the best is for the amateur game. For the top three divisions you would have a working committee from all over Scotland, then your regionalised leagues would be committees from those regions for example a west of scotland league with reps from Central, SAFL, Caley, GGPL etc. Saturday morning would need to be kept separate from the overall set up but could still apply to be in the big cup competitions. The hardest part would be deciding who started where in the divisions. You can't just lump together the caley and the central as Leafa, Stirling, Aberdeen, SAFL teams etc would all have an axe to grind. It would need to be a criteria in place covering league positions over past 5 years, major cup runs over last 5 years, A points system to decide who would merit a place but it would take a lot of work.
  7. The manager of Laurieston has confirmed that no mention of the corner flags was made before the game. The first he got asked about them was by the referee at half time. but at no point were they told the opposition had an issue with the pitch having none. If this had been highlighted before the game then maybe Laurieston may have been able to arrange something. It sounds like total sour grapes from a club who have went all out to win the Scottish this year, adding a lot of ex colville etc to their squad. They are one of the big clubs in the amateur game and it seems mental to think that they would damage their own reputation by appealing this. Harestanes are embarrassing themselves with this appeal.
  8. It just sounds like from people involved at Laurieston that no mention of no corner flags before, during or after the game. I believe that a referee will continue the game but will mark on the teamlines that a protest is in place from the opposition and leave it to the committee to decide. I believe this wasn't a park that Laurieston have ever used before and they moved the game their to ensure it got played. Various other issues with the pitch, size etc has been mentioned. End of the day its amateur football and if you get beat you should just take it on the chin. Things that do not enhance one teams chance of winning the game should not be appealed and a club who does should be ashamed. My information is that an appeal has been lodged.
  9. Surley if their is an issue with corner flags, the referee has to speak to both teams before the game and ensure they are happy with proceeding. If it's a case of Harestanes have just kept it up their sleeve until they've been beat then its an embarrassment. I know its been done in the past and it is technically the rules but it doesn't sit right with me and from what I've seen the majority of the amateur game. If Harestanes are considering an appeal I hope they reconsider and take the defeat on the chin. If my manager/committee were to do this then I would seriously reconsider the club I am part of tbh.
  10. Sandys got pumped 5-1 by Harestanes the other day.
  11. Glasgow South the dark horses for me. Seen them recently and have some outstanding players. If they can get there best team out they’ll match anyone.
  12. No he won't. Not that hes not a good players but his position has far better quality then him.
  13. This is bang on. For me he's a level above McGinn, McGregor and McLean.
  14. Most of the team picks itself tonight except central midfield and striker. John McGinn will not play as one of the deeper lying midfielders. Not good enough in that position and much better in the advanced position for Villa. I can only see either him or Christie and not both. Marshall O'Donnell Mulgrew Cooper Robertson McGregor McLean or McTominay McGinn or Christie Forrest Phillips or McBurnie Fraser Couple of positions I am unsure who he will go with.
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