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  1. I’m pretty sure that the deal with Morrisons included land owned by the council. We only got a fraction of the total cash from the sale of Brockville and the surrounding land. The council did stuff us though. If the Camelon mafia in the Labour group got their way, we would have got no council cash at all to build the Stadium. In hindsight, might actually have been a good thing in the long run.
  2. Good timing to get his own squad in order. Despite the rumours, it appears our new BoD have been doing the work diligently in the background to get this over the line. Fingers crossed we reached our lowest point last season. Onwards and upwards. COYB!
  3. Heard from someone (cant remember who) that the pitch was pretty much on a downer as it was neglected. Some tlc from the Groundsman has actually helped to preserve it's lifetime. Still needs to be replaced in a year or so though. I've actually played on the new generation pitches and they are incredibly good. Jim Dawson at Murrayfield has a grass / plastic hybrid. Costs a fortune though.
  4. Dumbarton for some reason were members of the Stirlingshire FA when it was part of Scottish footballs organisational structure. Think it’s defunct now, but historical links still apply
  5. New strips might be here already. Sponsor may not be signed up yet.
  6. We have a marketing expert on the new Board?
  7. There was always something dodgy about Clarke EPOS...a company with virtually nothing on their web pages except sport sponsorship. I would be surprised if they were sponsoring us again next season. Heard a wee rumour from a mate of mine that they didn't pay full whack and screwed the club, but don't know how accurate this is.
  8. Think it’s a case of quality PT players not wanting to go FT as it would mean a drop in their income. Our league is littered with very good PT players, who wouldnt go FT as it just doesn’t make financial sense to them. I also think the fitness levels between the two are less pronounced than it may have been years ago.
  9. Next time your lot go into administration remember and not ask for a handout from Falkirk.
  10. I'm still sitting on the fence re Rennie. He has brought in some players better than what we had and shipped others out. I'm not convinced about ATS or Jacobs though. Speaking to one of the directors last week, the conversation alluded to the fact that Rennie knows (but can't publicly admit) our midfield has been rank rotten, but has been unable to get the players he identified for this problem area into the club. One player in particular was thought to be "in the door" but his parent club refused the move at the last minute (Liam Craig???) Still hopeful that we get 4th place but time is running out.
  11. Looking at the way Kabia was carried off on Tuesday and the pain on his face as he tried to walk, I'd be very surprised if he is fit soon. Although my fingers are crossed as he has been the one shining light in Rennie's signing spree. ......and I know this one is going to get pelters, but I would play Ompreon as a wing back or wide player on the right....not as a centre forward. He had the full back on toast earlier in the season(Dumbarton or Airdire ? when Morrison was absent) and slung in some good crosses on one of his rare starts, until they kicked him off the park before half time. Might be worth another chance in this position from the start on Saturday just to check if it was a one off ?
  12. Having 5 at the back with the 2 wing backs is perfectly feasible if they actually could defend when we dont have possession. Effectively it turns into a back 4 and a middle 4 dependent on what side of the pitch the play is on. The problem with our lot is that they are continually thinking either as a defender (both useless) or an attacker (both reasonable). However, they dont have the guile to understand how the play is progressing, ultimately being out of position half the time. Essentially we play as a 5-3-2 or 3-3-5 formation. Our big issue in reality is the midfield. Made up of midgets and no real "Baptie" type player to mix it when it comes to to the rough and tumble. The number of second balls won by the opposing team and space given to them as we track back (slowly) is ridiculous. This is the real area of concern as it effects both forwards and defence, as there is no real ball winner in there or a link between back to front. On that basis and with the players we have, I would go for a 4-4-2 to try and shore up the middle. Nothing fancy, just get the job done. A diamond in the middle with either Kabia or Dowds supporting the front 2, Telfer on one side of the diamond and A.N.Other on the other side. The last point of the diamond in front of defence is where we need someone half decent that we currently don't have. I think with that we would give the other teams defences something to consider and they wouldnt push up so high on us, due to the possibility of Kabia getting in behind with his pace. My only concern is that our defence like to throw the ball in the net with hoofs over the top ! In saying that, I think MR will stick with the formation he has used in past weeks. It's OK against teams who like to sit back and allow us to play, but absolutley useless against teams who have figured out how crap we are.
  13. Best post for ages, by a country mile. The key "hangers on" seem to have departed, although there may be one or two still lurking about. I really do despair with those that come on here and still support the old regime, after all the damage they did. As long as the new Board suss out the blazer chasers and keep them at arms length , all will be OK !!!
  14. They really know how to treat their own. Have you seen the wee tiny plaque unveiled for the Tony Fitzpatrick stand? I bet he was real chuffed. Must have cost the club all of £5.99 to get it made Big club, my arse!
  15. If it’s pay per game, then it could be good deal. If he gets a lengthy ban it won’t cost us cash, but certainly not help us on the field.
  16. Just what I said..... but maybe, just maybe he was playing the negotiation game to get a better deal. Who knows ? I should add..... the only other people who will know for a fact are the Clyde Management contingent
  17. Unless you are Rennie, Miller, Sweeny or a Board member you cant say that for 100%. ....unless one of those has spoken out of turn, which I imagine is unlikley. Even if it was the man himself or his agent, they may have just been trumpeting to get a better deal with Raith. We will never know for sure until someone within the club makes a statement and I can't see that happening.
  18. I dont think they would stop look for better quality up front. Just the priority may have shifted to the back with Kabia coming in.
  19. yep....although my main worry would be Dowds as Morrison and Kabia will be the other partner and possibly interchangable. I think the dynamic of the team has changed over the last few weeks, where we look as if we might score more goals. The problem now is how to stop us losing them at the back.
  20. As it stands we have Dowds, Kabia, Morrison, Ompreon and WIlson....the last 2 will unlikely be in Rennie's plans. Over the last few weeks it looked as though Keena wasn't too interested and I'm, not surprised he was offloaded. I have sneaking suspicion that both Rennie and Miller wouldnt have stood for that attitude. My thoughts only....is that they may think we are OK up front at the moment, particularly afer bringing Kabia in and probably focussing now on other areas where we need to improve i.e one half decent enforcer for the middle and a couple of players for at the back. I would also like to see a new experienced keeper coming in but priority should be the centre backs as we are woeful in that dept.
  21. Just wondering if Rennie is following the US trend of hiring athletes who can play a bit of football.....rather than immobile haddies
  22. I think we are in the unfortunate position of being in a league where really good players want to remain part time rather than go full time. I think this may be part of the problem for Rennie to get who he wants in. There are some cracking players in our league who will just not go full time for economic reasons. As we progress up the leagues (if we ever do), then there will be more cash to attract a good full time professional on a reasonable wage. For the moment, either we go to a hybrid part/full time squad..... or we splash the cash to get half decent players in. As it stands, I don't think we will ever get our of this league paying the wages we do, where It has shown we can only attract bang average players.
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