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Interesting listening to that interview with Bobby Barr.  There was a suggestion earlier in the season that the jobs with C&G were having an impact on the players performances, but it sounds like Oor Boaby doesn't see it that way.  The players work Sunday through to Thursday with Friday's off to prepare and interesting to note that Bobby felt someone like Greig Spence probably does more grafting than them working as a plumber, so the job doesn't sound too stressful on the body. Didn't get through the whole interview but will hopefully get the rest tonight.

I actually think Bobby Barr gets a harder time of it than he deserves. If he didn't support/post about Rangers I genuinely don't think you'd see as much abuse punted his way. Obviously he's not shy in saying what he thinks but he does seem to get worse reactions than most for things other players don't. I tend to agree with him, why should he need to stop following the team he supports because some arseholes from Greenock or Dumbarton don't like it?  On the pitch you'd like him more involved at times, but does anyone question his effort? I'd say over the last few months of totally shite and uninspiring performances he's probably been one of the few that you couldn't fault for effort, albeit the quality isn't always there.

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1 minute ago, The Moonster said:

I actually think Bobby Barr gets a harder time of it than he deserves. If he didn't support/post about Rangers I genuinely don't think you'd see as much abuse punted his way. Obviously he's not shy in saying what he thinks but he does seem to get worse reactions than most for things other players don't. I tend to agree with him, why should he need to stop following the team he supports because some arseholes from Greenock or Dumbarton don't like it?  On the pitch you'd like him more involved at times, but does anyone question his effort? I'd say over the last few months of totally shite and uninspiring performances he's probably been one of the few that you couldn't fault for effort, albeit the quality isn't always there.

I totally agree. He floated in and out games earlier in the season, but since Stenny in December he's been consistently good. Duffy's got him playing with a bit of confidence, he's been delivering some good balls into the box and, as you say, his effort has been top class. He covered an obscene amount of ground on Saturday and looked absolutely gubbed by the end.

I was pretty critical of him between November and December, but it was frustration more than anything. Nobody is expecting him to be in the mood he was against Morton every week, but he was barely showing flashes of that. Since then though he's really kicked on and, to be honest, I'm really developing a bit of a soft spot for him. Sure he loves a moan at officials, sure he loves giving something back to fans who (most of the time) are just shouting inane drivel, but I actually like that - so long as it doesn't put him off his game.

What's also been overlooked a bit is that he's scored seven times this season. As an outright winger that's a very decent return. In fact we haven't really had an out-and-out winger hit those kind of numbers since Mark Gilhaney (who Barr actually reminds me of quite a bit).

He might not be Dom Thomas or Ross Forbes, but he's still a good League One player who, assuming he keeps things up and we stay up, I'd be more than happy to see us keep for next season.

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New caterers/events team announced - https://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com/news/?mode=view&id=3955

Hopefully the start of a good working relationship, if they can get the two function suites operating on non-matchdays on a regular basis it will make a huge difference to the running of the club.  Fans should also note the last line on the article - if you have any ideas for functions or events then get them sent in - the new team have a lot of enthusiasm and both them and the club are very keen to make this successful, ideal time or fans to have their input.

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New caterers/events team announced - https://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com/news/?mode=view&id=3955
Hopefully the start of a good working relationship, if they can get the two function suites operating on non-matchdays on a regular basis it will make a huge difference to the running of the club.  Fans should also note the last line on the article - if you have any ideas for functions or events then get them sent in - the new team have a lot of enthusiasm and both them and the club are very keen to make this successful, ideal time or fans to have their input.
What sort of ideas are they looking for? Match day or non match day type stuff?

I remember it being very vaguely discussed that we were considering trialing a Livingston type pre match buffet. I actually think that's a really good idea and I suppose it wouldn't do us any harm giving it a bash for a couple of games to see how it goes. It would work out a lot cheaper than hospitality and would maybe encourage more folk into the bar before a match.

Do we still hire out the function suites for weddings and birthday parties?

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5 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

What sort of ideas are they looking for? Match day or non match day type stuff?

I remember it being very vaguely discussed that we were considering trialing a Livingston type pre match buffet. I actually think that's a really good idea and I suppose it wouldn't do us any harm giving it a bash for a couple of games to see how it goes. It would work out a lot cheaper than hospitality and would maybe encourage more folk into the bar before a match.

Do we still hire out the function suites for weddings and birthday parties?
 

Open to all ideas but mainly non-matchday as on match days they will likely be busy with hospitality.  I agree the Livi buffet idea is good (especially if we're open to away fans) but there's something telling me that we looked at this before and it wasn't entirely workable - that may have changed though so I'll add to the list of suggestions!

We still hire out the suites but the issue previously was that we didn't really have anyone on the case trying to sell it every week (no slight on anyone at the club, too many jobs and not enough hands).  The new team are holding a Wedding Show event on Sunday to try and showcase what can be offered for weddings, event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/621247694997846/.  Function suites can be used for anything though - parties, conferences, corporate events, Rock Paper Scissor Championships, anything really.

 

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Issue with weddings is that a lot of people want to get married on a Saturday, I guess.

Unless they could cut some deal that all wedding guests get a half price ticket into the game, and in return all season ticket holders get an invite to the reception at night? 

Bride gets to be the match mascot?

This is growing on me...

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2 hours ago, Boghead ranter said:

Issue with weddings is that a lot of people want to get married on a Saturday, I guess.

Unless they could cut some deal that all wedding guests get a half price ticket into the game, and in return all season ticket holders get an invite to the reception at night? 

Bride gets to be the match mascot?

This is growing on me...

Whilst that is obviously a problem, there are many more Saturdays available for weddings than ones that aren't.  During the summer (the time when most want to get married) we have a circa 8 week period with no games and no income, if we can get 1 or 2 weddings booked in that time it will go a long way (should note here that due to upcoming rule changes we will need to pay players over the course of the summer when we previously have not had to do so).  Previously we've had Brabco tell us that moving stadium would mean 52 weddings a year, whilst we all know that is fantasy, there is still scope for us to use it for weddings more than we do and weddings are where the "big" money is.

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4 hours ago, The Moonster said:

New caterers/events team announced - https://www.dumbartonfootballclub.com/news/?mode=view&id=3955

Hopefully the start of a good working relationship, if they can get the two function suites operating on non-matchdays on a regular basis it will make a huge difference to the running of the club.  Fans should also note the last line on the article - if you have any ideas for functions or events then get them sent in - the new team have a lot of enthusiasm and both them and the club are very keen to make this successful, ideal time or fans to have their input.

I will, regarding the bar anyway. Malt whisky should always be available and they shouldn't even stock, bar less sell, Kopparberg "cider". 

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2 minutes ago, RockMusic said:

I will, regarding the bar anyway. Malt whisky should always be available and they shouldn't even stock, bar less sell, Kopparberg "cider". 

Apart from Laphroaig, of course, which is just disinfectant in a whisky bottle.

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20 minutes ago, RockMusic said:

I will, regarding the bar anyway. Malt whisky should always be available and they shouldn't even stock, bar less sell, Kopparberg "cider". 

Good man. FWIW, I know the caterers are keen to hear what folk think should be stocked. We ultimately want folk choosing the stadium over the pub on Saturdays so if enough people want Malt then I'm sure they'll look at it.

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Good man. FWIW, I know the caterers are keen to hear what folk think should be stocked. We ultimately want folk choosing the stadium over the pub on Saturdays so if enough people want Malt then I'm sure they'll look at it.
Highland Park please.

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2 hours ago, The Moonster said:

Good man. FWIW, I know the caterers are keen to hear what folk think should be stocked. We ultimately want folk choosing the stadium over the pub on Saturdays so if enough people want Malt then I'm sure they'll look at it.

Um  Bongo. 

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50 minutes ago, O'Kelly Isley III said:
2 hours ago, The Moonster said:
Good man. FWIW, I know the caterers are keen to hear what folk think should be stocked. We ultimately want folk choosing the stadium over the pub on Saturdays so if enough people want Malt then I'm sure they'll look at it.

Highland Park please.

Ovaltine with unsliced bread and dripping please

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1 hour ago, O'Kelly Isley III said:
3 hours ago, The Moonster said:
Good man. FWIW, I know the caterers are keen to hear what folk think should be stocked. We ultimately want folk choosing the stadium over the pub on Saturdays so if enough people want Malt then I'm sure they'll look at it.

Highland Park please.

Was my favourite for many years but prefer non- peaty whiskies these days. A middle-of-the-road like Glenlivet would suit most tastes surely? I'm going to email tonight, and ask for some decent cider too. Any requests from anyone and I'll pass them on.

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Was my favourite for many years but prefer non- peaty whiskies these days. A middle-of-the-road like Glenlivet would suit most tastes surely? I'm going to email tonight, and ask for some decent cider too. Any requests from anyone and I'll pass them on.

Highland Park isn’t a heavily peated whisky. In fact it’s a good all rounder. If a bar were to stock 5 malts, I’d recommend something like Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Balvenie, Jura and Laphroaig (for TCP aficionados)

 

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i'd pick Glenmorangie as long as its pronounced right  glen morangie as in mmmmorangie ( orange ) and not glen mor angie

where i live if you call it that you'd probably get your throat cut

 

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Highland Park isn’t a heavily peated whisky. In fact it’s a good all rounder. If a bar were to stock 5 malts, I’d recommend something like Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Balvenie, Jura and Laphroaig (for TCP aficionados)  
Aberfeldy on the subs bench.... now there's perhaps an omen; when we gubbed East Fife 4-0 I was actually in Aberfeldy and celebrated by drinking, er, Aberfeldy.

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16 minutes ago, O'Kelly Isley III said:
30 minutes ago, Howlin said:
Highland Park isn’t a heavily peated whisky. In fact it’s a good all rounder. If a bar were to stock 5 malts, I’d recommend something like Glenmorangie, Highland Park, Balvenie, Jura and Laphroaig (for TCP aficionados)  

Aberfeldy on the subs bench.... now there's perhaps an omen; when we gubbed East Fife 4-0 I was actually in Aberfeldy and celebrated by drinking, er, Aberfeldy.

Good stuff, chaps. Old Poultney is a cracker for the price and I'd love a Glengoyne in there but it's a bit on the expensive side. Even Aldi's own brand Glen Marnoch is decent enough as long as you avoid the Islay version ( our old pal, TCP). Tamnavoulin also good for a decent price. To tell you the truth, I'd be glad of anything other than Laphroaig.

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