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Ben Reilly

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  1. No new information in that article, but a couple of new images that I don't think we've seen before. I could be wrong, but it looks like there is a standing area at the back of both new stands, which would be a welcome inclusion.
  2. This had certainly crossed my mind. As others have said, it's probably unlikely that we parted ways with Ellis without someone lined up, which would also explain why the job doesn't seem to have been advertised. I'm sure we wouldn't announce anything until it's a done deal, but it's very possible that whoever was/is lined up would have been announced by now if they hadn't been unable to formally sign a contract due to isolation. Hopefully we'll hear something this week.
  3. Does anyone know how I get the 'start clippings' message off the screen?
  4. Was Morrison not also taken off with an injury against Falkirk?
  5. Hmmm, I'm not really impressed either. It looks like I was right with my guesses.....sort of. There will be a new lounge in place of the farmhouse, and they will retain the recently extended stepped concrete base. Unfortunately the new stand will just be built on top of the base with a load of cladding to attempt (badly) to cover it up. If it looks like it does on the drawing it will be very obvious that this was added as an afterthought. There does seem to still be an area if the original stand to the north of directors 'pod' so I presume that portion will eventually have seats added to it as per the original draft to increase capacity. I can see now why they didn't include any design drawings of this on the website.
  6. On the farmhouse/pavilion side, I wonder if the wording of the update on the website is a bit misleading. I believe the original plan was to have that side as the home stand, with seating for around 800. Much of the concrete work to extend the existing stand down towards the pitch to accommodate more seating has now been completed. I can't see that being removed now, and surely there is no need for 800 seats for directors and sponsors. My reading of the update is that this stand will eventually be completed roughly as per the original plan, with the back section where the farmhouse is being the area for directors and sponsors. There are no images of the proposal for this side, so I'm admittedly guessing all this, but it would make sense to me that we would still have plenty of seating on the Pavilion side if we want to increase attendances as time goes by as i would expect the ambition will be for more than 1000 home fans. The only thing that makes me less sure about this is that at the last meeting we were told that the new East stand would be the priority so that we can be in for the start of next season, and work on the West side would continue once we're back. Would they want an unfinished stand/active construction site between the directors/sponsors area and the pitch? I also wonder what the plans now are for the balcony that was meant to host the directors. Will this be reinstated as it was previously or will we still have something similair to the first draft of the plans? I'm a bit confused by the timeline. Apparently the completion of the directors area is part of the first phase, but the refit of the Pavillion is the second phase. However surley hospitality will take place within the pavilion so if that's not finished by the time we're back in, then where will the hospitality take place? Or is the plan to build a hospitality area on the site of the farmhouse? Again images of the pavilion side would help, but hopefully there will be more detailed information at the AGM.
  7. I would also agree about the shop and a visible entrance from the outside. There's a lot that's been said so far from Dempster and the past president about maximising profitability from Lesser. As well as the pitch, this seems to include refitting the pavilion with multi function rooms that can be rented out for various different types of events (dance/fitness classes, business meetings/conferences, dining). I would therefore expect that the new pitch will also be astro so that it can be used all through the week both for our own women's, youth and community teams, and rented out to others. I know that the Community teams haven't found it easy to have a regular all weather pitch to train on recently, and I believe that the youth teams have had similair issues, so unless (or until) we have first refusal over other training facilities, I would expect Lesser will be used throughout the week. My understanding is that the first team will continue to train at Lochinch once Lesser is finished.
  8. Like many, I really can't understand why Fox isn't playing as I think we have clearly missed him throughout this recent poor run. I too had wondered if there was a fallout behind the scenes, however I noticed after the game today that Fox and Ellis were the last two to come over to clap the fans, they then turned to each other and high fived (or more accurately, a covid safe elbow bump type thing). I'm no body language expert, but it certainly didn't look like there was any bad blood between the two. Which makes it even more baffling that Fox isn't starting. Does Ellis see something in training that we don't that makes him favour others over him, or does he just not rate or trust him as much as other players. I doubt we'll ever know, but I'm hoping it won't take injuries to others before he in the starting 11 again.
  9. I was at the SWNT match v Hungary last month. I can't say I noticed whether the car park was open, but it may have been so that could be worth a try. Enter via Aitkenhead Road. Letherby drive end outside Lesser was full of coaches but might be worth a try as a plan B. The restricted parking zone in the residential streets wasn't in effect, so you could get parked pretty close without going into the car park. I would assume this will be the case again. Mount Annan Drive and Kinghorn drive are about as close to the turnstiles as you can get, so try there first. Getting there as early as possible may help too. The consession stands were open in the stand (usual Hampden prices though) Hope you get on OK with parking and that you and your daughter enjoy the game. Last time was my first time at a women's match, like you my 7 year old daughter wanted to go, and i enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
  10. Oh no it isn't! (Can't be believe no one beat me to that one)
  11. I have been firmly in agreement with most on here that Fox should be playing over Kilday. However, his last ditch clearance saved us from what looked like a certain Goodwillie sucker punch winner with the last kick if the ball. Fair play to him for that. Though I'd still rather see Fox partner Morrison (who I thought mostly did very well handling Goodwilie yesterday)
  12. Has this been confirmed anywhere? I know the club won't offer up the information, but I can't see any mention of it anywhere else either. Not doubting you if you saw it happen, just dont see any record of it anywhere (tried the spfl website as I thought it might have recorded it) Any ideas what the red card was given for?
  13. Yes, the sponsors have all been announced on Facebook, one of them has their name on the sleeve of our strips and I think most of the others now have an advertising board pichside at our home games.
  14. Your exactly right, and some of our members have asked exactly the same questions since the beginning of the discussions about us turning professional. The money from the sale of Hampden is to be paid in instalments over a number of years, which gives a reasonable guaranteed income base over that period. Our playing squad budget is underwritten by our benefactor, and I believe a contract is in place for a set period to ensure this doesn't suddenly stop without warning. As I mentioned in my last post, the club are laying the foundations now so that we can be self sufficient once the above income streams cease. There has been a lot of talk of growing our fan base, particularly through integrating ourselves more into the community. Just yesterday if was announced that we will be giving away a number of tickets to local school children and providing a free bus to get them to our home games. We are also planning to increase the number of people engaging in our community coaching sessions, and I assume there will again be incentives to get these people to games. Along with reduced prices for friends and family brought along with a season ticket holder or member to certain home games, there is a real drive to get more people coming along to games. I expect this will be developed further once we're back in our own ground. We've also seen in the last month a steady stream of announcements of new sponsorship by local businesses, at a rate which we have never seen before. None of the above is a magic wand that guarantees lasting results, but we seem to be doing all the right things to gradually build a sustainable model.
  15. Apparently the reason Mckinnon left us was because of a difference of opinion over our goals for this season. He wanted to go all out for back to back promotion whereas the club (while looking to be in the championship sooner rather than later) were content to consolidate ourselves in league one and develop the squad for the longer term. Fans of other teams will always tend to just see the headlines about our finances and assume we're 'doing a gretna' but all the noises from the club are that we're trying to build a self sustaining model that will hopefully work its way up through the leagues as and when we're ready to do so. Time will tell what we'll achieve in the long run but so far we seem to be laying a good foundation for steady growth.
  16. https://captain-armband.com/product/spielfuhrer/ Just the first of many sites that sell these armbands that shows up with a quick Google search. If it makes you feel better, if the captain isn't wearing one on Tuesday night, I'll happily pay the €4.99 to get the club another one.
  17. I too saw this happen, and the young lad who Doyle gave it too was the same lad who was involved in the flag ceremony. You could see how much it meant to the wee man, who was delighted to have received it from one of his heroes. I thought it was a fantastic gesture from our captain, and shows that he backs up his comments in the online match preview and programme about playing for the fans and creating memories with them. That lad I'm sure will remember his day for a long time to come. With that said, I'm sure that the armband given away yesterday was not in fact the original "cherished" article that we were presented with many years ago. From the pictures on Facebook yesterdays armband looked in pretty good condition. I would be amazed to learn that we have managed to go for years passing the very same armband from captain to captain, playing in all weather's on some absolute paddy fields and it has never got ingrained with mud or got lost in some away dressing room. Is it instead a possibility that we have a stock of armbands, and that they are readily available to buy? I would hope that the original armband is actually safely displayed somewhere in Lesser hampden along with other artifacts from our storied history. I remember a few years ago (I think around the time one of the red tops tried to start some controversy about it) that the club shop was selling the same style of armbands, and if I remember correctly proceeds of their sale went to a charity in memory or one of our late supporters (Hampden Diehard can correct me if I'm wrong) What's "SAD" is that some of our support (or is it maybe just one) are so concrrned about our history that they dont want us to have a future. Our history is unmatched in world football, and we are right to be proud of it, but if we want to continue to make history we'll want some fans to be there to see it for years to come. The young lad who received the armband and others like him will hopefully still be supporting the club long after you and I are long gone, and moments like yesterday may be the sort of thing that keeps them interested. Of course maybe I'm wrong and your wild conspiracy theory is true and that the powers that be read your post on here, realised you were on to them and came up with a cunning plan to get rid of it symbolically right in front of you.
  18. I was chatting to Baynham before the game on Saturday, said he got a head knock at QotS and had been feeling the effects of it for a few days afterwards. I presume he will be out until he passes all the concussion protocols. Can't be too bad right enough as he was getting out the drivers seat of his car when I met him. I thought Lyon was great against Motherwell, and that we looked poorer without him against Airdrie. I would like to start the league games with him and Gillespie.
  19. I've been at both games at firhill, one on my own and one with others in my household. From what i've seen stewards have not had any issue with folks sitting beside each other. I have however seen them asking people to put their masks back on while they are seated. There is a sign outside the gents toilet nearest where I was sitting that said a max of 9 people at a time could go in. Any time I went in (admittedly not at half time when I'd expect it to be busiest) I was the only one in there and there was no steward at the door controlling the numbers. One steward I was chatting to as I entered the stadium yesterday did mention the limit of 9 people, so it may be that they will try to enforce this at busier times. It's worth bearing in mind that the restrictions are changing as if tomorrow, and so that may possibly mean that more people will be allowed in the stadium and that the rules are either relaxed or enforced more strictly (or both!?) Not sure if that helps any?
  20. Queen's Park could return to Lesser Hampden 'this year' - Leeann Dempster - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57843860 Just saw this. Did anyone hear the interview?
  21. Has there been any response from the club to this request? Assuming the EGM happens, will it be announced by the club (I realise the irony on that as I type) and open to all members, or just those that requested it?
  22. Any suggestions of the best place to park near Firhill tonight? Preferably for free[emoji846]
  23. Got my membership renewed this morning online. Phoned the office first as I wanted to see if I could also get ticket for my son (season ticket holder) so we could sit together but apparently the system won't allow that. After yesterday's goverment announcement they are now waiting for confirmation from the joint response group about what's allowed after the 19th. They will then send out an update and put season tickets on sale. At that point they hope to be able to reallocate seats so that people can sit in groups and members/others can mix. I also register for an online account on the ticketing platform. It looks like in time there will be an option to link your account to friends and family.
  24. Make that 2. Both great deliveries and great headers.
  25. Names on the backs of our kits now I see (unless I missed that last season). Plus a plain yellow captains armband? It's just not the same club anymore [emoji12] Great goal though....the more things change....
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