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2 minutes ago, Grangemouth Bairn said:

I mind Houstie playing and managing us in over 350 games with total passion, commitment, effort and dignity. Maybe it’s my age though and because I’m a nostalgic bugger who thinks very highly of Houstie as a player, coach, manager and man.

Everyone does!

But you can't deny his recruitment went south at a rate of knots from summer 2016.

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7 minutes ago, LatapyBairn. said:

Not much has changed then, unless we sell a player, get a decent cup run or do one of these concerts the club still has a similar black hole to fill each year. Was one of the reasons Campbell & Lang used for closing the academy as a cost saving measure which ironically then hindered our ability to produce said player sales to fill that financial hole. 

This club has made error after error in the past decade, but closing the academy was simply outrageous. The decision has set us back years. 

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Sorry if you’ve seen this already but just want to try and help spread the word about our 1997 reunion night at Behind the Wall. Should be a good night and profits from ticket sales will go to MND Scotland and the Chris Mitchell Foundation.

Please share this to anyone not on social media who you think may be interested in attending. 
 

This is the link for tickets…

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/legends-lock-in-tickets-255278092647

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2 hours ago, kemlinbairn said:

Totally agree with you on the Killie away game. Bullied mentally and physically on the park that day. Always look back from there and think we have went downhill and turned into a clusterfuck of a club since.

You will need to remind me of the directors interview that day, it turned into a bit of a mess later and memory is a bit hazy

Our race was run in the Hibs games. Killie were all over us in the home game and we were very fortunate to get away with a clean sheet and a late goal (albeit a very well worked one) past that diddy MacDonald. We were running on fumes by the second leg and Magennis was kryptonite to the centre backs we had. 

The next season was an underrated Falkirk team I thought. We had some really good attacking options and strolled to second place fairly easily. We lost two horrendous goals to Dundee United in the semi final second leg which was a proper bottle job with that horror show Watson/Gasparotto centre back combo. Hamilton always get underestimated and I'm about to do it again, but I think we'd have beaten them over two legs. Sibbald was in the form of his life that season and we had a habit of scoring at least once in every game. The aforementioned centre back partnership may have ended up costing us but I'd have given us a better chance than the year before.

Typical Falkirk that we peaked in those years where the Championship was impossible to win, rather than this season for example. It was the same in the top flight when we peaked when the OF, Hearts and Aberdeen were all strong and doing well in Europe. St Johnstone and Inverness for example were a couple of years behind our cycle and benefitted for it for a decade plus when Rangers went bust and the two Edinburgh clubs were a shambles.

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2 minutes ago, Marshmallo said:

Our race was run in the Hibs games. Killie were all over us in the home game and we were very fortunate to get away with a clean sheet and a late goal (albeit a very well worked one) past that diddy MacDonald. We were running on fumes by the second leg and Magennis was kryptonite to the centre backs we had. 

The next season was an underrated Falkirk team I thought. We had some really good attacking options and strolled to second place fairly easily. We lost two horrendous goals to Dundee United in the semi final second leg which was a proper bottle job with that horror show Watson/Gasparotto centre back combo. Hamilton always get underestimated and I'm about to do it again, but I think we'd have beaten them over two legs. Sibbald was in the form of his life that season and we had a habit of scoring at least once in every game. The aforementioned centre back partnership may have ended up costing us but I'd have given us a better chance than the year before.

Typical Falkirk that we peaked in those years where the Championship was impossible to win, rather than this season for example. It was the same in the top flight when we peaked when the OF, Hearts and Aberdeen were all strong and doing well in Europe. St Johnstone and Inverness for example were a couple of years behind our cycle and benefitted for it for a decade plus when Rangers went bust and the two Edinburgh clubs were a shambles.

Pretty spot on.

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14 minutes ago, Marshmallo said:

Our race was run in the Hibs games. Killie were all over us in the home game and we were very fortunate to get away with a clean sheet and a late goal (albeit a very well worked one) past that diddy MacDonald. We were running on fumes by the second leg and Magennis was kryptonite to the centre backs we had. 

The next season was an underrated Falkirk team I thought. We had some really good attacking options and strolled to second place fairly easily. We lost two horrendous goals to Dundee United in the semi final second leg which was a proper bottle job with that horror show Watson/Gasparotto centre back combo. Hamilton always get underestimated and I'm about to do it again, but I think we'd have beaten them over two legs. Sibbald was in the form of his life that season and we had a habit of scoring at least once in every game. The aforementioned centre back partnership may have ended up costing us but I'd have given us a better chance than the year before.

Typical Falkirk that we peaked in those years where the Championship was impossible to win, rather than this season for example. It was the same in the top flight when we peaked when the OF, Hearts and Aberdeen were all strong and doing well in Europe. St Johnstone and Inverness for example were a couple of years behind our cycle and benefitted for it for a decade plus when Rangers went bust and the two Edinburgh clubs were a shambles.

Muirhead at right back had an absolute stinker that night too.  If we'd had Peter grant at his best we'd have never lost that second leg.We only lost 4 games all season the year before  with Hibs and rangers in the league. Compare that to Kilmarnock who could win the league having already lost 8 games and Arbroath are blooming top.  Our side that season would've cruised promotion playing today.

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5 hours ago, Shadwell Dog said:

I mind Houstie saying how we needed to get more physicality in the side and then signing Alex feckin Harris.

And replacing a 23 year old Will Vaulks with a 33 year old John Rankin

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We had about five clear chances to seal the game but we couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo. Come to think of it, we couldn't hit a banjo with a barn door either. I'm away to lay down, my blood pressure went through the floor when they scored.

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See these moaning fans, they ruin the atmosphere around the club. Good point away from home and keeps us in 5th! Still every chance of top 4! 
 

#keep the faith  

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Got downvoted last week for saying the club should now be on the hunt for next season’s manager. Can anyone provide a reason why that shouldn’t be the case?

I actually think Rennie has recruited decently. Despite that, performances, and results, have gotten worse. And that is from an incredibly low base. I could see nothing from his history that suggested he’d be great, including fans of other teams saying he was very uninspiring for them. 

This season is done, and if the new board want any sort of ST uptake, he cannot be here next season. 

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I think today pretty much put the tin lid on our season. We know full well that the consensus is that we can’t beat the teams above us because they are much better than us.

The last three games, but for a bit a bit of quality from Leigh Griffiths, we wouldn’t have beaten any of the sides beneath us either. Sorry, but much as I want MR to succeed, there’s not a lot to hang your hat on.

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Any manager in 2022 giving Gary Miller 90 minutes in the middle of the park is simply not good enough. He was given plenty of cash in January to do what he needed to do and he stockpiled CB’s to suit his shitebag 5 at the back tactics rather than getting a bit mobile midfielder who could actually run a game for us, let him see out the season then get him to f**k. 

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I fucking hate this group of players. Weak as f**k. We should’ve had the game completely sewn up long before the last minute with both Dowds and Watson missing free headers inside the 6 yard box from Griffiths set pieces and Telfer having all the time in the world at the edge of the box and he sclaffed the shot.

Bit different from normal this week that we played much better in the first half imo. The 4-4-2 making us look much better and beside from one lapse in concentration at the back that let Cunningham through we didn’t give up any other chances. Second half when Clyde brought on first Tade and then Jones we just kept getting deeper and deeper with the midfield right on top of the defence. Clyde pretty much had 3 up front at that point and we were struggling to cope. Rennies last change of Hetherington for a straight swap for Jacobs was absolutely terrible. That’s when we should’ve brought in Dixon/McKay gone to 5 at the back and just seen the game out from there, even get Ross on for some fresh legs in the middle of the park at the same time.

Something that will get missed but I thought Kabia was absolutely pathetic in his cameo today. Any high balls up he wasn’t interested in winning them and any sort of contact and he’s rolling about on the floor for fucking ages. He wasn’t the reason we shat the bed again but he was absolutely pathetic when he came on.

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