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I'm pretty confident we will be fine. No idea where that comes from but iv not been unduly worried for a good number of weeks now. 3 games to go, I don't think the teams below us will pick up more points than us between now and the end. Shoot me if I'm wrong tho......

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I'm going baws oot and predicting that we're safe. I can't see Stenny and Brechin taking 4 more points (5 if you factor in GD) than us over the last 3 games.

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3 hours ago, Boghead ranter said:

I'm going baws oot and predicting that we're safe. I can't see Stenny and Brechin taking 4 more points (5 if you factor in GD) than us over the last 3 games.

Only needs one of them to do it, to be fair. I think we still need another win.

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Is anyone nervous? I'm not, which is unusual for this time of year. I had no nerves about the outcome of the season last year, just resignation of relegation but the few seasons before that I had a knot in my stomach from about six weeks before the end.

I know what you mean but I think it's more apathy than anything else tbh. Whilst yesterday's result wasn't terrible this season in general has been an absolute shit show from start to finish. In years gone by I've been a nervous wreck because we've battled hard all season to retain our Championship status, this year we have just been absolutely shite. Despite not being nervous I'm still not convinced we're safe yet.

 

Off the park we are making strides but on the park something just feels stale and negative, even with the change of gaffer. I'm not saying we should be punting Duffy or anything but I'd love to see us going into next season with some young whippersnapper ex pro in charge who's full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Jim's just dull, disconnected from the support and it doesn't particularly look like he's enjoying his time here.

 

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6 hours ago, FifeSons said:

Only needs one of them to do it, to be fair. I think we still need another win.

Fair enough, I factored finishing 2nd bottom in, and still think we're safe.

I don't think we'll lose all 3 remaining games, which means we'll pick up at least 1 more point.  That means that Stenny or Brechin need 2 wins from their last 3 to overtake us.  More if we get even 2 draws.  I just can't see it happening.

A win next week would be smashing, right enough.

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I know what you mean but I think it's more apathy than anything else tbh. Whilst yesterday's result wasn't terrible this season in general has been an absolute shit show from start to finish. In years gone by I've been a nervous wreck because we've battled hard all season to retain our Championship status, this year we have just been absolutely shite. Despite not being nervous I'm still not convinced we're safe yet.  
Off the park we are making strides but on the park something just feels stale and negative, even with the change of gaffer. I'm not saying we should be punting Duffy or anything but I'd love to see us going into next season with some young whippersnapper ex pro in charge who's full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Jim's just dull, disconnected from the support and it doesn't particularly look like he's enjoying his time here.
 

I'm not convinced we're safe yet either. Fwiw, there will only be relief from me if we stay up and no celebrations. I'm wanting this season over and done with tbh.

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6 hours ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

Off the park we are making strides but on the park something just feels stale and negative, even with the change of gaffer. I'm not saying we should be punting Duffy or anything but I'd love to see us going into next season with some young whippersnapper ex pro in charge who's full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Jim's just dull, disconnected from the support and it doesn't particularly look like he's enjoying his time here.

 

I think the idea of this sounds fair enough and you hope we end up with the Murray-esque end product but this is undoubtedly a big risk. I'd equally like to see what Duffy can do given a chance to make his own team rather than working with a lot of guys who clearly aren't mentally up to the league we are in and the challenges that come with it. Duffy knows this league fairly well and there's no doubting that we have improved under him.

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I think the idea of this sounds fair enough and you hope we end up with the Murray-esque end product but this is undoubtedly a big risk. I'd equally like to see what Duffy can do given a chance to make his own team rather than working with a lot of guys who clearly aren't mentally up to the league we are in and the challenges that come with it. Duffy knows this league fairly well and there's no doubting that we have improved under him.
I'd love to see Duffy turn us into a force at this level, I really would, but I'm just not convinced. Hopefully he will prove me wrong, he was the guy I wanted appointed and he seems like a decent bloke.

I'll be honest though, as much as we have improved from the turgid shite Aitken served up, we haven't improved enough IMO. Whilst the squad is imbalanced and full of crocks, Duffy still has a decent pool of players to work with and has brought in 6 or 7 of his own since arriving. As I mentioned in my original post, there's just something there that doesn't feel right, I just can't really put my finger on what it is. Duffy just seems very unenthusiastic and the players just don't really look like they are enjoying it much either and now we have rumours of Ballantyne heading back to Montrose which would back that up.

I'm more than happy for Duffy to stay and build his own squad (if he keeps us up) and at the same time I'm more than happy to part ways amicably and seek out a new gaffer for a completely fresh start next season. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Duffy walk at the end of the season.

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Hutton was no better or worse than any other Sons player today.
Rejoice in earning a point at a difficult away game ffs



Wasn’t talking about the game today.

He’s just a poor player in general.

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3 hours ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

I'll be honest though, as much as we have improved from the turgid shite Aitken served up, we haven't improved enough IMO. Whilst the squad is imbalanced and full of crocks, Duffy still has a decent pool of players to work with and has brought in 6 or 7 of his own since arriving. As I mentioned in my original post, there's just something there that doesn't feel right, I just can't really put my finger on what it is. Duffy just seems very unenthusiastic and the players just don't really look like they are enjoying it much either and now we have rumours of Ballantyne heading back to Montrose which would back that up.

I won’t disagree with anything that you say, but we still have exactly one starting eleven which genuinely works and Duffy has managed to get results even when forced to field a different team. 

While yesterday was turgid, we swapped personnel and formation at the last minute and still got a result. I’m impressed that Duffy identified that Seagall could do a job in midfield (whisper it, but he’s our most versatile player since Chissy) and fundamentally I feel that if Duffy keeps us up he deserves a chance to build a team and try and get us out of this league in our preferred direction next season.

More realistically, scrapping around in this division is our level. Our time in the championship was wonderful, but I’ve spent more time watching us trying to escape the bottom tier than I have watching us trying to survive in the championship...

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I'd love to see Duffy turn us into a force at this level, I really would, but I'm just not convinced. Hopefully he will prove me wrong, he was the guy I wanted appointed and he seems like a decent bloke.

I'll be honest though, as much as we have improved from the turgid shite Aitken served up, we haven't improved enough IMO. Whilst the squad is imbalanced and full of crocks, Duffy still has a decent pool of players to work with and has brought in 6 or 7 of his own since arriving. As I mentioned in my original post, there's just something there that doesn't feel right, I just can't really put my finger on what it is. Duffy just seems very unenthusiastic and the players just don't really look like they are enjoying it much either and now we have rumours of Ballantyne heading back to Montrose which would back that up.

I'm more than happy for Duffy to stay and build his own squad (if he keeps us up) and at the same time I'm more than happy to part ways amicably and seek out a new gaffer for a completely fresh start next season. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Duffy walk at the end of the season.
I get the feeling that Jim Duffy himself will decide whether he wishes to continue in his role. There's a lot more to management than just the ninety minutes per week, and until DFC prises itself away from Brabco's icy grip these aspects will remain a problem.

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More realistically, scrapping around in this division is our level. Our time in the championship was wonderful, but I’ve spent more time watching us trying to escape the bottom tier than I have watching us trying to survive in the championship...


When you a have a top 4 League 1 budget the only thing you should be scrapping for is a promotion playoff place.

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Good to see some positivity despite our position, although I'm struggling a bit to share it at the moment. In particular have the fear about Stranraer and suspect we'll go to Gayfield needing to get something.

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If we can pick up 3 points from one of our upcoming home games (especially the Stranraer one) then I would be pretty confident that we will avoid the bottom 2 spots. I don't see Stenny and Brechin picking up 4 points more than us over the next 3 games. They still have to play each other on the last game of the season as well.

My only concern is that we haven't actually played well for a good number of games now despite picking up a few wins and draws. I feel like most of our recent games haven't been very easy on the eye and we have lost whatever it was we had during the 7 game unbeaten run, where we actually played quite well.

It might just be that teams are crowding out Dom Thomas more than they were before. Without him in the team we have absolutely nothing going forward except maybe a long range effort by Forbes. It's really unsettling that we rely on one player so much. I suppose Carsy is the same to a certain extent where the team is unbalanced without him.

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49 minutes ago, optimistic said:

IMG_4582.jpgin aid of our groundsmans granddaughter

Hope everything goes well for the family. Best wishes to them all.

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Big fan of the fact we're now selling off old kit, makes far more sense than it just taking up space at the stadium.

 

 

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A big, big thank you for @Silverton End for tipping me off, matchworn kit being sold off draws me like a moth to a flame. Real good thinking by the club too, because this should generate a decent bit of pocket change; it did for us when Berwick sold off old tops from matches versus the Rangers with Certificates of Authenticity.

I went ahead and asked the club's Twitter if they could maybe, just maybe reserve a kit or two for me, but failling that, is anyone planning on going to the sale first thing in the morning when the doors open at 10 AM who could maybe help me out here?

Also, I can't find any record of that 2001 Methode shirt ever being worn by the first team - Vandanel kit was worn at the time rather than Xara.

(I love this site; http://historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Dumbarton/Dumbarton.htm )

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A big, big thank you for [mention=51674]Silverton End[/mention] for tipping me off, matchworn kit being sold off draws me like a moth to a flame. Real good thinking by the club too, because this should generate a decent bit of pocket change; it did for us when Berwick sold off old tops from matches versus the Rangers with Certificates of Authenticity.
I went ahead and asked the club's Twitter if they could maybe, just maybe reserve a kit or two for me, but failling that, is anyone planning on going to the sale first thing in the morning when the doors open at 10 AM who could maybe help me out here?
Also, I can't find any record of that 2001 Methode shirt ever being worn by the first team - Vandanel kit was worn at the time rather than Xara.
(I love this site; http://historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Dumbarton/Dumbarton.htm )
I'm sure we wore the Xara kit before the Vandanel, if memory serves we released around the time we played Dundee at Dens in one of the cups.

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33 minutes ago, albundy said:
1 hour ago, DutchBorderer said:
A big, big thank you for [mention=51674]Silverton End[/mention] for tipping me off, matchworn kit being sold off draws me like a moth to a flame. Real good thinking by the club too, because this should generate a decent bit of pocket change; it did for us when Berwick sold off old tops from matches versus the Rangers with Certificates of Authenticity.
I went ahead and asked the club's Twitter if they could maybe, just maybe reserve a kit or two for me, but failling that, is anyone planning on going to the sale first thing in the morning when the doors open at 10 AM who could maybe help me out here?
Also, I can't find any record of that 2001 Methode shirt ever being worn by the first team - Vandanel kit was worn at the time rather than Xara.
(I love this site; http://historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Dumbarton/Dumbarton.htm )

I'm sure we wore the Xara kit before the Vandanel, if memory serves we released around the time we played Dundee at Dens in one of the cups.

1999/2000 possiby?

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