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I agree. I think Bowie was an absolute find, in no small part due to his physicality but Tait is a more skillful and clever player

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Can anyone put a link as I cannot get the Partick game. My Raith web page is only showing Airdrie and east fife games. Much appreciated.

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On 24/04/2020 at 06:18, Ro Sham Bo said:

Weir did well for us in the 3rd tier but failed to score a single goal in the 2nd tier. He was less effective than Jamie Mole at that level. 

 

On 24/04/2020 at 14:06, Yoss said:

Might be something in that.

Though in general there's a danger of reading too much into such things. Players have good seasons or bad seasons in the normal course of things for all kinds of reasons - when it happens to involve a change of division there's a tendency to look for some such narrative to explain it.

Graham Weir was still an important player when we went up. 

He was especially effective at helping us see games out as his team mates knew they could ease any pressure on them by lumping balls into the corner for Weir to chase down. 

Not pretty but definitely effective. 

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5 hours ago, CALDERON said:

Watching the Partick game, and I really do think Dylan Tait is a more exciting prospect than Bowie. 

Worth remembering he's a couple of years older than Bowie, but certainly looks the part. 

 

Hendry's goal against Partick was a thing of beauty. You can never tire of watching skill and composure like that. 

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1 hour ago, steakngravy said:

Can anyone put a link as I cannot get the Partick game. My Raith web page is only showing Airdrie and east fife games. Much appreciated.

 

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1 hour ago, Specky Ginger said:

Worth remembering he's a couple of years older than Bowie, but certainly looks the part. 

 

Hendry's goal against Partick was a thing of beauty. You can never tire of watching skill and composure like that. 

Main thing for me is Tait has slotted in straight away and been absolute class. Bowie has done very well for his age, but is still a bit raw. 

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3 hours ago, Specky Ginger said:

Worth remembering he's a couple of years older than Bowie, but certainly looks the part. 

 

Hendry's goal against Partick was a thing of beauty. You can never tire of watching skill and composure like that. 

He's 10 months older but agree he looks real quality at 18.

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On 24/04/2020 at 12:24, Hank Scorpio said:

I think McManus is a stick on to sign for Ayr.

Wouldn't be shocked, or dissapointed if we were in for him. 

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6 hours ago, CALDERON said:

Main thing for me is Tait has slotted in straight away and been absolute class. Bowie has done very well for his age, but is still a bit raw. 

100% agree. I was convinced Tait needed a chance, but even I was surprised at how aware he seems to be already. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised it Tait develops into an even better version of Hendry. He’s had the advantage of watching Vaughan and Hendry, seeing Baird’s tricks and Spencer and Matthews work ethics, heck, even Dingwall’s occasional vision and passes. I feel sure he’s lapped up advise from SAndo and MacLean too. Not to disparage the teams Hendry developed with, but with the kind of support Tait, and Bowie, have had...

Now, about Jack Smith... 

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Watched the Partick game yesterday too. Tait was superb. A great team performance and fans were excellent. What a night that was.

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3 hours ago, TxRover said:

100% agree. I was convinced Tait needed a chance, but even I was surprised at how aware he seems to be already. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised it Tait develops into an even better version of Hendry. He’s had the advantage of watching Vaughan and Hendry, seeing Baird’s tricks and Spencer and Matthews work ethics, heck, even Dingwall’s occasional vision and passes. I feel sure he’s lapped up advise from SAndo and MacLean too. Not to disparage the teams Hendry developed with, but with the kind of support Tait, and Bowie, have had...

Now, about Jack Smith... 

Looking back, obviously nobody could have expected the league  would have ended under such horrendous circumstances but the signings of Steven Anderson and MacLean were our most vital and got us into our position to win the league. Anderson provided a bit of grit in defence and we looked a lot more confident and composed at the back. I can't speak highly enough of Steven MacLean though. He came in and offered something completely different. He's lapped up offering a physical presence up top and having another experienced partner in Baird come onto a game helped us get over the line. 

Both came across as willing to do anything and everything to win games. Hopefully this rubs off on the likes of Tait and Bowie moving forward in their careers. I've got absolute faith in McGlynn to get the best out of Jack Smith - they've already got him doing additional work for strength and conditioning to stop the niggling injuries. Hopefully we start to see the best of him moving forwards. He was excellent in our first game against Clyde (in fairness, that was our best footballing display this season). 

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8 hours ago, Grant228 said:

Wouldn't be shocked, or dissapointed if we were in for him. 

I would if I was you. He's a Knob

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still think this is the best crop of youngsters we have had come through since the early 90's

Sure we have the odd one come through like Dargo but we seem to have new potential every season in the first team. All thanks to Mcglynn and Smith

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It’s absolutely down to Mcglynn and Smith. Even the current established ones, Vaughan and Matthews were thanks to them.

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Tony Rougier answering questions on the Q&A now. Loved big Tony. Great player in a great side. Had Gazza in his back pocket, scored that free kick at Celtic Park, and that miss in Munich, all covered in questions.

A few more cult figures like Armand One would be good.

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Just out of interest, who is the person at Starks Park with the wee red book with all the players numbers?

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2 hours ago, Jilted John said:

It’s absolutely down to Mcglynn and Smith.

It cannot be overstated. Look at what happened to Falkirk, with an experienced team that basically shat the bed. For some reason (Messrs McG and Smith) we didn’t have that prob,em, and instead had veterans who led (and one, who unfortunately leads with a mouth sometimes too) and recruited a couple of injections of true steel for a team that badly needed them. It’s obvious that we underestimated (either or both) JMcG’s understanding of players mental states and his connections to a number of teams/players.

While I truly hate his love for four backs over five, I can put that down to my stubbornness and stupidity after seeing the master class JMcG (and PS) put in this year in keeping an injury decimated squad on top for almost the whole season. I don’t expect nearly as smooth a season in the Championship, no matter how it plays out with regard to schedule. I just hope the team see fit to remember what has been done and allows JMcG some breathing room to get Raith established in the Championship.

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It cannot be overstated. Look at what happened to Falkirk, with an experienced team that basically shat the bed. For some reason (Messrs McG and Smith) we didn’t have that prob,em, and instead had veterans who led (and one, who unfortunately leads with a mouth sometimes too) and recruited a couple of injections of true steel for a team that badly needed them. It’s obvious that we underestimated (either or both) JMcG’s understanding of players mental states and his connections to a number of teams/players.
While I truly hate his love for four backs over five, I can put that down to my stubbornness and stupidity after seeing the master class JMcG (and PS) put in this year in keeping an injury decimated squad on top for almost the whole season. I don’t expect nearly as smooth a season in the Championship, no matter how it plays out with regard to schedule. I just hope the team see fit to remember what has been done and allows JMcG some breathing room to get Raith established in the Championship.
You hit on a good point there. Mcglynn and smudger built a squad capable of playing a few different formations and more importantly playing them well. I'm a big fan of mcglynn and was glad to see him back at the club despite all the negativity that came with him trying to mount a title challenge with the dross Smith had signed. The fact he has now twice got us producing good talented young players is just another reason to love the guy.

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