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Out of interest, do you Falkirk fans hold out much hope of promotion this season? With Thistle and Cove in the league who, financially anyway, aren't really in the same boat as the rest of the clubs, I can see them being one and two (unfortunately).
However it's a odd and unprecedented situation and it's going to be an weird season for everyone. League One/Two teams will be hoping for a Junior diamond or someone dropping down from above who couldn't get a club because of obvious circumstances so I get league placement is really impossible to predict at this point. As a Clyde fan I was hoping to push on for a play-off place after securing safety last season but I'm very much of the attitude that I don't really care, I'm just glad that at the moment I actually still have a club to support.
I THINK my question is, if you don't go up, will you be kicking off?


We will not be in the top two IMO.
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I'd keep everyone apart from Telfer, there is undoubtedly a skillful player there but he's just too half hearted. Also we already have 2 centre mids without much pace so there just isn't any room for him. 

I want to see us sign a McCracken type defender to play alongside Durnan with Hall 3rd choice, Dixon could also fill in if needed. 

When was the last time Miller played right back in his career? I was always thought he was actually a right back! 

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11 minutes ago, All-Star-Par said:

All joking aside looking at that squad it hammers home how much a couple years in the Seaside has set you lot back. Roll back a few seasons ago and you were in the Championship playoffs with the likes of Vaulks. What an absolute clusterfuck of a club you were turned into! 

Christ your side keeps signing the players that got us into this mess jn the first place.

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2 minutes ago, Ecosse83 said:

I'd keep everyone apart from Telfer, there is undoubtedly a skillful player there but he's just too half hearted. Also we already have 2 centre mids without much pace so there just isn't any room for him. 

I want to see us sign a McCracken type defender to play alongside Durnan with Hall 3rd choice, Dixon could also fill in if needed. 

When was the last time Miller played right back in his career? I was always of the opinion he was actually a right back! 

We tried to play him as a left back for a few games at the very start i'm sure. But I think after the second half of last year it's blatantly obvious he's best in the middle of the park. He knows when to step in and fill in the gaps at the back when we're caught short and he also communicates with everyone around him to make sure they all know who's doing what. Hence why he's now our captain.

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3 hours ago, Brian Carrigan said:

Out of interest, do you Falkirk fans hold out much hope of promotion this season? With Thistle and Cove in the league who, financially anyway, aren't really in the same boat as the rest of the clubs, I can see them being one and two (unfortunately).

However it's a odd and unprecedented situation and it's going to be an weird season for everyone. League One/Two teams will be hoping for a Junior diamond or someone dropping down from above who couldn't get a club because of obvious circumstances so I get league placement is really impossible to predict at this point. As a Clyde fan I was hoping to push on for a play-off place after securing safety last season but I'm very much of the attitude that I don't really care, I'm just glad that at the moment I actually still have a club to support.

I THINK my question is, if you don't go up, will you be kicking off?

Way too early to say. Depends on who we - and everybody else - sign up. At the moment we've not even got a team, never mind a decent one.  If we can't bring in two decent strikers, a couple of young, pacey midfielders, an aggressive centre half and a strong right back - as a minimum - then no, I wouldn't hold out much hope.  

And yes, if we don't go up, I think its a pretty safe bet that there'll be quite a lot of kicking off at the MSG & BOD. 

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31 minutes ago, Marshmallo said:

If they're just planning on getting the same squad trotted out from last season we will finish in a playoff spot and probably have a 50/50 chance of beating someone like Queens, Alloa or Morton to go up. I can't see us competing against Thistle if we are going with dross like Telfer or Leitch as viable midfield options, Sammon up front and a Hall/Durnan partnership at the back. It's so uninspiring. 

They'll have to make additions so it won't just be the same squad.

I don't think we can afford to get better than Durnan, Hall, Dixon and Connolly in so I would be happy enough to give them a deal. The defence wasn't great last season but still managed to have by far the best goals against figure so the three above should be competent enough. Ideally we'll have a new RB (which is needed) and another CD though.

Midfield is OK in the main. Miller, Gomis and Todd all acceptable with Connolly added too. We need a bit of pace and creativity in there though so would be pointless keeping Telfer IMO.

We'll need to bring in strikers. The rumoured Dowds being one possibly, but we'll need another, (two if we could offload Sammon) with Miller as back-up.

I think we should spend to bring in quality in 2 or 3 positions if we can. Alston and Keillor-Dunn still available I think?

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Durnan was absolutely fine last year after David and Lee came in. Certainly not a position we need to be busting the budget to being in better imo.

Telfer clearly has ability but was absolutely invisible last season. We’ll have a small squad this season with possibly only 15 or 16 first team players so I definitely wouldn’t be extending his contract as we can’t afford passengers.

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I want to see us pick up young players from premiership teams youth systems who want to come play first team football instead of lingering in the reserves ala Mark Millar or DKD but i'm very well aware for every one of them there's 3 Ross Perry's or Jason Marr's so it's quite hard to cherry pick. But look at Raith last season picking up Regan Hendry on a two year deal, I can't find any official stats but he definitely made things happen for them in the middle of the park. We are ultimately right now a stepping stone club so we should be selling ourselves as that to these sort of players. 

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Someone with some fucking drive. Gary Miller is a leader in midfield, but I want to see someone who wants to push the team forward quickly from the middle of the park. Absolutely no excuse in this league not to have wingers and full backs bombing on as soon as we get the ball with someone in the middle who wants to use the runners rather than fanny about then play it back for Durnan to shell it up the park.

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8 minutes ago, Grangemouth Bairn said:

I’ll make my mind up when I know what our squad will look like.

Absolutely, lets wait and see if we sign the likes of Rafa De Vita's again before we start writing off our chances of having a proper go at this league. Should hopefully start the season with a squad of at least 18 then bolstered with a few loans. Daniel Mullen's just been released from St Mirren i'd take him but then again that may be a bit beyond us.

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All that is required to win League One is a powerful midfield who will outrun and tire the opposition over ninety minutes and a bit of pace up top. A couple centre halfs to win your headers and it should be a cake walk from there. Looking at your current squad I'd say you have some work to do. 

As shit as they were last season Partick have most of those areas covered so might be a difficult season for you guys again. 

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5 minutes ago, All-Star-Par said:

All that is required to win League One is a powerful midfield who will outrun and tire the opposition over ninety minutes and a bit of pace up top. A couple centre halfs to win your headers and it should be a cake walk from there. Looking at your current squad I'd say you have some work to do. 

As shit as they were last season Partick have most of those areas covered so might be a difficult season for you guys again. 

They have Ross Docherty and Stuart Bannigan currently signed up in the middle of the park, absolute powerhouse.

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31 minutes ago, Shadwell Dog said:

We were poor last season and still mighg have won it so I certainly wouldn't say we won't come top two. 

I think that’s overstating the case. Raith and Falkirk were both teams with significant flaws last year. Raith’s, more so than Falkirk’s, was due more to injuries, but both sides had players in positions they simply weren’t suited for. Raith’s middle carried it, in much the same way Falkirk’s stingy defence drove them up the table, except against Clyde. What Clyde had was a player who is very clearly much above League One level, and that was the problem.

With M&M established and getting the players to believe in them, I would expect Falkirk’s defending to be the same or better. Of course, this year you’ll have Partick’s attack, as well as Clyde’s, to contend with, but I’d be highly surprised if at least the Clyde situation isn’t improved upon after seeing it last year. Surely Falkirk are nearly co-favorites for the League?

 

P.S. Any thoughts on Jamie MacDonald’s strengths and weaknesses?

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3 minutes ago, FalkirkLad said:

 

They have Ross Docherty and Stuart Bannigan currently signed up in the middle of the park, absolute powerhouse.

A goalscorers the hardest thing to find, Patrick already have Rudden, Lyons and Graham who are all equally capable of scoring 10+ in this league. Whereas we have Conor Sammon who scored 7 in all competitions last season and next up was Louis Longridge on 5 in all comps. 

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7 minutes ago, TxRover said:

I think that’s overstating the case. Raith and Falkirk were both teams with significant flaws last year. Raith’s, more so than Falkirk’s, was due more to injuries, but both sides had players in positions they simply weren’t suited for. Raith’s middle carried it, in much the same way Falkirk’s stingy defence drove them up the table, except against Clyde. What Clyde had was a player who is very clearly much above League One level, and that was the problem.

With M&M established and getting the players to believe in them, I would expect Falkirk’s defending to be the same or better. Of course, this year you’ll have Partick’s attack, as well as Clyde’s, to contend with, but I’d be highly surprised if at least the Clyde situation isn’t improved upon after seeing it last year. Surely Falkirk are nearly co-favorites for the League?

 

P.S. Any thoughts on Jamie MacDonald’s strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths: Experienced

Weaknesses: Everything bar being experienced

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12 minutes ago, TxRover said:

I think that’s overstating the case. Raith and Falkirk were both teams with significant flaws last year. Raith’s, more so than Falkirk’s, was due more to injuries, but both sides had players in positions they simply weren’t suited for. Raith’s middle carried it, in much the same way Falkirk’s stingy defence drove them up the table, except against Clyde. What Clyde had was a player who is very clearly much above League One level, and that was the problem.

With M&M established and getting the players to believe in them, I would expect Falkirk’s defending to be the same or better. Of course, this year you’ll have Partick’s attack, as well as Clyde’s, to contend with, but I’d be highly surprised if at least the Clyde situation isn’t improved upon after seeing it last year. Surely Falkirk are nearly co-favorites for the League?

 

P.S. Any thoughts on Jamie MacDonald’s strengths and weaknesses?

I mean we scored 4 more goals than anyone in the league so wouldn’t say a stingy defense was the basis of our success. We simply couldn’t turn up against anyone resembling a side that might not roll over for the full 6 months we played last season 

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Just now, bairn88 said:

I mean we scored 4 more goals than anyone in the league so wouldn’t say a stingy defense was the basis of our success. We simply couldn’t turn up against anyone resembling a side that might not roll over for the full 6 months we played last season 

Our downfall was not having anyone who could turn a game and unlock the door for us. Although longridge is very very frustratingly ballhoggy at times he did give us that so I don't understand why we're trying to sign up Telfer having let him go. Telfer's problem is he's one of those players that doesn't exactly fit into any position on the park. He's too slow to play outwide and too soft to play in the middle of the park.

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