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5 minutes ago, grumpyoldman said:


If he’s not won the league by January, the usual suspects will have the knives out, it’s the Falkirk way

January, he’ll be lucky to get past our pre season friendly games with some of the clowns on here.

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9 hours ago, FFC 1876 said:

We'd have to confirm with Raith fans but I'm sure Mcglynn loves himself a 4-2-3-1. As unpopular as it is I reckon Hetherington will be given a shot this season under Mcglynn even if it is just as back up. Mccann as well will be back in. Williamson may well be moved on as he's horrendous defensively, mentioned it before but if there aren't any takers for him I'd like to see him move one up as he's got a good delivery on him.

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Reckon he’ll maybe be more of a 3-5-2 sometimes, if he can get some FB’s who can run and cross. He likes to switch between two and three CB, and had the FB’s to do it with us the last couple of years. For teams with less offensive threat, the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 is more likely. One concern will be his love of a single striker up top, because too many attackers at these levels can’t pull that off. He is also a midfield diamond fan, if he can find a key midfielder to run it like Hendry did…usually keys off a DM with good skills.

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22 hours ago, Oberon43 said:

The majority of McGlyn’s loan signings were lacklustre to say the least. Personally I’m glad he’s gone. Much as I like him as a bloke, his record is nothing special. He seems to have lost the plot over the last few months and I’m afraid he may be turning into another Yogi. I feel sorry for the Bairns as I think this appointment may well turn sour very quickly. Good luck!

Quite possibly one of the stupidest post on this matter. Let’s review:

2021-2022 Loanees:

Mackie - Played decent to well, depending on the match. Played in 7 of 11 possible matches, starting over half.

Williamson - Worked hard and well for us, would love to see again. Played 14 of 17 matches, missing two due to suspension and one for injury, started nearly all of them.

Varian - Worked tirelessly, not a good finisher or scorer, but made the team better.  Played 32 of 36, mostly starting.

Poplatnik - Great player for us, was played too little because of Varian, would happily retain. Played in 31 of 36 matches, mostly as a second half sub for Varian.

Fotheringham - Middling player, showed potential and then got injured. Played 5 of 8, mainly as a sub.

Thats 2 great loans, 2 good loans and 1 meh…but all played quite a bit.

2020-2021 Loanees:

Cooney - Brought in as emergency cover at FB/CB, generally unneeded and played little. Appeared, barely, in 2 of 5.

King - Played a decent amount, but failed to impress or properly settle in. Appeared in 10 of 16, with some starts.

Abraham - A total waste of a loan. 7 of 16 for little time.

Gullan - Pretty decent loan, enough we moved to sign him the next year. 12 of 15, missing the three for injury, mostly starting.

Kennedy - Solid little player, started in fire and then got marked out of it. 24 of 27, mostly starting.

That’s 2 great loans, 1 decent, 1 turd and 1 just in case.

 

Thats enough to disprove the assertion, I think. And, for the FFC types, you’re getting a great deal with Smudger (Paul Smith) coming over too…just keep his partner at arms length from the club!

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Well, it’s hard to imagine a worse loan player track record than ours. Recently, Mills and Kabia certainly looked decent, but we seemed to have all manner of loan players who never kicked a ball even after their initial appearances showed a bit of promise…..Krasniqi being the last example of it.

I would say that the majority of the support aren’t deliriously happy (yet), but McGlynn’s appointment has certainly brought about a massive sigh of relief that Project MR wasn’t replaced by Project KM. The club needs to find its identity all over again, and turning to McGlynn certainly feels as though the brakes have finally been applied to the rank stupidity of the last few years.

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1 hour ago, TxRover said:

Reckon he’ll maybe be more of a 3-5-2 sometimes, if he can get some FB’s who can run and cross. He likes to switch between two and three CB, and had the FB’s to do it with us the last couple of years. For teams with less offensive threat, the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 is more likely. One concern will be his love of a single striker up top, because too many attackers at these levels can’t pull that off. He is also a midfield diamond fan, if he can find a key midfielder to run it like Hendry did…usually keys off a DM with good skills.

So Spencer as the sitter in the diamond then? Surprised Telfer's not been retained to play as the 10, he maybe had better offers. Our current fullbacks Williamson and Mccann are better going forward than they are defensively but I hate the 5 at the back especially in this league.

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11 hours ago, MrDust said:

Cummings mentioned in the same breath as them is laughable, his career was over the day he left the Scottish 2nd tier, forest being the mugs to pay actual cash for him.

Isn't he in Australia now, most players are 34/35+ going there

Relegating Fife clubs ?

Not sure, I will have a look, Australia is an island so I will probably just bump into him down the shops (Inbetweeners joke) 

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20 minutes ago, FFC 1876 said:

So Spencer as the sitter in the diamond then? Surprised Telfer's not been retained to play as the 10, he maybe had better offers. Our current fullbacks Williamson and Mccann are better going forward than they are defensively but I hate the 5 at the back especially in this league.

Losing Tait and Spencer coincided with the start of our “rough” patch, so midfield will probably be an initial primary focus of JMcG/PS. If they bring Spencer, yes, he’ll coordinate the midfield….but League One is definitely below his level.

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Scott Arfield and Stephen Kingsley both reaching major finals, and Murray Wallace winning POTY at Millwall. These guys might well have gone on to do well regardless of their time at Falkirk, but there should be no doubt that the closure of the academy was an absolute tragedy on a scale that couldn’t be fully appreciated at the time. It will take years, but I really hope the club can develop a youth system that can be even a fraction of the last. 

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13 hours ago, Taxi for De Massis said:

Just want to say that the Raith fans here recently have been very decent in their behaviour. You've said goodbye to a manager who did a good job for you and who is now across the Forth at what was once a rival, have been sporting about it all, made good posts about what to expect from our new manager, while refraining from repetitive jibes or jokes as stale as a three week old pan loaf.

For that, thank you :)

Still enjoy reminiscing about the 7-1  thrashing we dished out at Frank Connor's going away party in 1990 , just wanted to say ;)

All the best - hope our seasons turn out to be brilliant

Ah that 7-1 game, the third game I attended. Then 5-1 v Clydebank the week after.

 

Happy times.

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1 hour ago, Just a bairn said:

Scott Arfield and Stephen Kingsley both reaching major finals, and Murray Wallace winning POTY at Millwall. These guys might well have gone on to do well regardless of their time at Falkirk, but there should be no doubt that the closure of the academy was an absolute tragedy on a scale that couldn’t be fully appreciated at the time. It will take years, but I really hope the club can develop a youth system that can be even a fraction of the last. 

Worth noting however that they came through a decade ago. The 3/4 years before closure the best we got was Kevin O'Hara, Scott Shepherd and Camreon Blues!

The death of the academy was when it become the Forth Valley academy. 

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24 minutes ago, latapythelegend said:

Worth noting however that they came through a decade ago. The 3/4 years before closure the best we got was Kevin O'Hara, Scott Shepherd and Camreon Blues!

The death of the academy was when it become the Forth Valley academy. 

You say that yet a number of players from that academy are now plying their trade every week at clubs higher up the leagues than us.  Blues seems to be doing a decent job by all accounts at Morton too. I'd rather we'd had him in recent seasons than some of the dross we've had . The problem for me was that we started selling on players younger and younger which is always going to leave you with a whole in the production line at some point.

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Think McGlynn is a smart signing by the board. If it doesn’t work out then we can’t say it was a risky move as he’s the exact type of manager we need right now. Going to be a hard season but look forward to seeing what signings he brings in and hopefully seeing a bit of consistency with results. 

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1 hour ago, latapythelegend said:

Worth noting however that they came through a decade ago. The 3/4 years before closure the best we got was Kevin O'Hara, Scott Shepherd and Camreon Blues!

The death of the academy was when it become the Forth Valley academy. 

Not one player of the required quality coming through trashed the business plan that a sale near every season finances the whole operation.

Does anybody know if any of the academy player we released made it elsewhere ? 

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2 hours ago, Shadwell Dog said:

You say that yet a number of players from that academy are now plying their trade every week at clubs higher up the leagues than us.  Blues seems to be doing a decent job by all accounts at Morton too. I'd rather we'd had him in recent seasons than some of the dross we've had . The problem for me was that we started selling on players younger and younger which is always going to leave you with a whole in the production line at some point.

Can't dispute that because out decline has been massive. Very few of them appear to be sellable assets though. They probably do a job but none of them are going to pull in 6 figure sums which is what kept the academy sustainable.

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2 minutes ago, latapythelegend said:

Can't dispute that because out decline has been massive. Very few of them appear to be sellable assets though. They probably do a job but none of them are going to pull in 6 figure sums which is what kept the academy sustainable.

Just having an academy is the big difference to me, at least there is potential to sell, or bring in to the first team. You are always going to have good years and bad. was always the chance of a fluke, like the Connor McGrandles money

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