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1 hour ago, Jackie Myles said:

I don't think we'll lose many full stop to be honest. It's how many draws we can turn into wins that will be the real issue.

Saturday was my first game back since the lockdown. The free kick was top drawer but as the second half went on I often found myself wondering “ where the f**k are the goals going to come from”  

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1 hour ago, Proudtobeabairn said:

McGinn and Mackie the pick of our new signings without a doubt.  As others have said though we're completely toothless up top.  

On the basis of the games so far, I think we won't lose many at home and we won't win many away. 

A positive is we look far more solid - on the other hand we looked pretty good (better even?) at this time last year and look how that turned out.  Will feel much more relaxed about the season once we have a few league games under our belt and hopefully a few wins.  

At the moment though, all things considered,  I think we're in line for 3rd or 4th this year - we need to improve.  

All depends on front line recruitment. As things stand, we will be seeing lots and lots of 1-0 wins, 0-0 and 1-1 draws, and 0-1 defeats.

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3 minutes ago, Duncan Freemason said:

At the moment though, all things considered,  I think we're in line for 3rd or 4th this year - we need to improve.

Exactly where I think we'll end up - so it's Queens to lose then?

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We are not a great watch. However McGlynn has sorted the back door (even without his first choice CH’s) and the CM defensively which buys him time to sort things further forward. 
To say we were better last season is for the birds. We beat Albion Rovers, lost to Hamilton and then COVID hit. 

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1 hour ago, Proudtobeabairn said:

McGinn and Mackie the pick of our new signings without a doubt.  As others have said though we're completely toothless up top.  

On the basis of the games so far, I think we won't lose many at home and we won't win many away. 

A positive is we look far more solid - on the other hand we looked pretty good (better even?) at this time last year and look how that turned out.  Will feel much more relaxed about the season once we have a few league games under our belt and hopefully a few wins.  

At the moment though, all things considered,  I think we're in line for 3rd or 4th this year - we need to improve.  

Given the enormous turnover of players and coaching staff in our league, it’s impossible to predict with any degree of certainty who will finish where. What, based on facts, I will predict is that we will concede less goals than last season.

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2 hours ago, FFC1965 said:

I've volunteered in a couple of organisations over the years lending some time on a fairly niche professional subject.  It does present something of a dilemma.  

I found a useful test was to try and establish what would happen if I wasn't willing to do the work voluntarily.  The answer is most likely to be either (a) "the organisation would have to pay somebody to do this" (which could be by employing somebody or paying a 3rd party for their services) or (b) "the work just wouldn't get done".  There might be other outcomes that I've not considered of course.   

If the answer is (a) then the organisation should be paying somebody the going rate to do it, as a volunteer is effectively taking denying somebody else an income.     

If the answer is (b) then I see no reason why somebody shouldn't do it on a voluntary basis.      

In my case I would say there's also a (c) option - the club would have no difficulty replacing me, but would be unlikely to get the same quality of work from my replacement.

Not because of any talent I have, but because I'm fortunate enough that I’ve been able to buy expensive equipment which may be out the reach of others with different personal circumstances. The equipment plays a large part in work quality and the club would accept that as long as they get something useable from whoever eventually follows me.

As for treatment of volunteers, I can honestly say that in thirteen years I’ve never been treated with anything other than appreciation and courtesy by (almost) every director and staff member I’ve met. The exception being one former manager who was an odious little wankstain and he’s long gone.

For me the key to enjoying your experience as a volunteer is to have a passion for what you’re doing. Most of the issues I’ve read around volunteers seems to be that some don’t feel appreciated, valued or thanked for what they do. While still being asked to do more and more.

If you go in as a volunteer expecting to be loved, then you may end up disappointed, depending on who you work with / for.

If you go in as a volunteer loving what you do, then other people don’t matter. That’s me. They could ignore me completely but as long as they gave me access to the pitchside and left me in peace for 90 minutes I’d be happy.

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19 minutes ago, Bainsfordbairn said:

In my case I would say there's also a (c) option - the club would have no difficulty replacing me, but would be unlikely to get the same quality of work from my replacement.

Not because of any talent I have, but because I'm fortunate enough that I’ve been able to buy expensive equipment which may be out the reach of others with different personal circumstances. The equipment plays a large part in work quality and the club would accept that as long as they get something useable from whoever eventually follows me.

As for treatment of volunteers, I can honestly say that in thirteen years I’ve never been treated with anything other than appreciation and courtesy by (almost) every director and staff member I’ve met. The exception being one former manager who was an odious little wankstain and he’s long gone.

For me the key to enjoying your experience as a volunteer is to have a passion for what you’re doing. Most of the issues I’ve read around volunteers seems to be that some don’t feel appreciated, valued or thanked for what they do. While still being asked to do more and more.

If you go in as a volunteer expecting to be loved, then you may end up disappointed, depending on who you work with / for.

If you go in as a volunteer loving what you do, then other people don’t matter. That’s me. They could ignore me completely but as long as they gave me access to the pitchside and left me in peace for 90 minutes I’d be happy.

My problem I had with the previous board was when we asked for a bit a of help whilst trying to set up a fans v legends game to try and help Gordon McFarlane who as most folk know was a legendary volunteer at the club for many a year.

We were refused any help and the club only helped out a few months later by donating the gate receipts of the Swansea gane to Big G's fund.

This really got my blood boiling as Gordon would have walked over hot coals to help the club and when most needed help they wouldn't help.

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8 minutes ago, Andy Dufresne said:

My problem I had with the previous board was when we asked for a bit a of help whilst trying to set up a fans v legends game to try and help Gordon McFarlane who as most folk know was a legendary volunteer at the club for many a year.

We were refused any help and the club only helped out a few months later by donating the gate receipts of the Swansea gane to Big G's fund.

This really got my blood boiling as Gordon would have walked over hot coals to help the club and when most needed help they wouldn't help.

Hopefully with boards being fan-led from now on those days are over. 

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My own personal example of volunteering at the club (back in 2011-2013) was that I absolutely loved helping my club, when otherwise at that time, the work would just not have got done. As BB said, the day to day staff appreciate every bit of support going and they do, however where I got frustrated was being asked to do more and more, eating into the day job/family time. You weren’t seen as a volunteer, you were quickly seen as being dependent upon. 

Having volunteered about 15-20hrs on average per week at one point - on top of the day job & a family - I was given “feedback” from the then chairman that he was disappointed I couldn’t attend a board meeting to deliver an update (I wasn’t anywhere near a board position by the way) due to working away that week. 

I lost it tbh and left a strongly worded but polite voicemail on his phone & an email. I got zero reply to both. The taste it left was a little bitter but didn’t take away the passion for my team. I walked away feeling I had made a difference & brought money into the football club. The club eBay store alone brought in over £20k in a short period of time and the retro shirts (Hummel & Spall tops) flew off the shelves. 

I have no doubt that such “feedback” wouldn’t be given now by the new board or CEO however. Great to hear that the players, staff and volunteers all got together last Saturday too before the season starts. 

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A new head of youth development announced, good. But the last photo of him with the disgustingly dirty seats around him isn’t a good look.

Whilst we are back on track on the pitch, the website fiasco and this shows we’ve still got a long way to go.

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My opinion on volunteers is the same with Falkirk FC, as it is in any profitable business. If someone does work that is essential, or creates money for the business, then that person should be paid. 

The difference may be if someone offers to volunteer to gain experience. I had to do that many times when starting out in my line of work, which included filming matches for Falkirk in the early days of Falkirk TV. It can be an essential route to employment however you have to make sure you are getting the relevant experience you require to gain paid work elsewhere. 

If people are happy to do it for the sheer enjoyment then great but it definitely should be noted the value they add and how difficult it will be to replace them.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Trump said:

A new head of youth development announced, good. But the last photo of him with the disgustingly dirty seats around him isn’t a good look.

Whilst we are back on track on the pitch, the website fiasco and this shows we’ve still got a long way to go.

I see we're now blaming the club for our planet revolving around a great big fucking ball of flaming hydrogen, and it's effects on exposed plastic products. 

Board must do more.

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1 minute ago, badgerthewitness said:

I see we're now blaming the club for our planet revolving around a great big fucking ball of flaming hydrogen, and it's effects on exposed plastic products. 

Board must do more.

His user name is maybe synonymous with scepticism 

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5 minutes ago, Kircer bairn said:

Any striker rumours apart from Royal Mail & Railtrack

Nothing, all we've had is the Dundee United fan coming on here to say we're one of the clubs interested in Mochrie. I doubt we'll be in a rush to get them in for the Montrose game. Especially as we have until the end of September to make loan signings.

Does anyone know if Kennedy's been sent back to Rangers? Or are we just keeping him until he's recovered from his injury?

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8 minutes ago, FFC 1876 said:

 

Does anyone know if Kennedy's been sent back to Rangers? Or are we just keeping him until he's recovered from his injury?

Id guess Kennedy will be still here. 4-8 weeks the recovery time which isn't obviously ideal but its not classed as a serious injury, Williamson will be out for longer during the season 😶

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Thought I saw someone post about us being interested in a player from Middlesbrough? Tbh I'd happily take Mochrie and if it is a target man type striker we are looking at then the only one who I can think of is Innes Cameron at Killie but I think he'll feature for them this season. 

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1 hour ago, Trump said:

A new head of youth development announced, good. But the last photo of him with the disgustingly dirty seats around him isn’t a good look.

Whilst we are back on track on the pitch, the website fiasco and this shows we’ve still got a long way to go.

The website “fiasco” ……really?!  😂😂😂 🤦‍♂️ 

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