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3 hours ago, C'mon_the_Sons said:

If we get McKee I can see him being our top goal scorer this season.

Most people are screaming for defenders and a winger which undoubtedly we need.But IMO we really need an out and out striker.Tierney, Layne dont fit the bill and Loy is obviously done.Where will our goals in all honestly come from?

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35 minutes ago, Sons FC said:

Completely agree with this - it is too early in the season (Wimbledon won't have finished before the first games start, for goodness sake) and the format discriminates against the smaller clubs who have to rebuild a squad every year. 

Isn't that what it was designed for?

Diddy teams aren't supposed to progress you know.

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So at least five signings to be announced today or tomorrow.

My guess would be Zata, Quitongo, PJ Crossan, Boris and Langan and it will be the most underwhelming quintuple signing announcement in the history of association football.

Duffy to play PJ Crossan out wide for the entire season as we fail to attract any further wingers and just stockpile jobber centre mids and shunt them around when required.


I reckon PJ Crossan has the potential to be a really good player at this level. I remember him being terrifyingly good when he came on as a sub for Alloa a coupe of seasons ago, however I think he’s struggled with injuries.

One of those signings that could go either way.

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I see Dom Thomas is starting for Killie tonight in the Europa League. Good on him.

He has been hooked. According to the BBC he seems out of sorts. Send him back to us

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The mention of Rory Loy encouraged me to listen again to his Tell Him He's Pele podcast from a year ago. Worth a listen if you haven't heard it.

He comes across as a genuine, intelligent guy and it was clear he was looking forward to his move into part-time football with Dumbarton. A real pity his injuries ruled him out for most of the season.

It's still not looking promising but...I'd love it (a la Kevin Keegan) if he could come back to full fitness and prove himself in a Sons strip.

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I would also accept this but in our colours. We may as well look stylish while getting papped out of the division.
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How nice is that top 🤤🤤🤤.

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In other footballing news..

Accrington Stanley played Marseille tonight.

They won 2-1!!

Aye the wee teams !!

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32 minutes ago, ewan_fife said:

Heard that’s Langan signed

Good, liked the look of him against Dundee Utd. Heard about anyone else?

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The mention of Rory Loy encouraged me to listen again to his Tell Him He's Pele podcast from a year ago. Worth a listen if you haven't heard it.

He comes across as a genuine, intelligent guy and it was clear he was looking forward to his move into part-time football with Dumbarton. A real pity his injuries ruled him out for most of the season.

It's still not looking promising but...I'd love it (a la Kevin Keegan) if he could come back to full fitness and prove himself in a Sons strip.
Been listening to them all again recently and I second this. I'm not entirely sure how Dumbarton fans view him given he's taken a wage whilst being out of action the whole time, but he comes across really well and was genuinely looking forward to playing for the Sons.

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5 hours ago, BallochSonsFan said:

. They either need to abandon this group garbage and make it a straight up knockout tournament or allow trialists and give teams and free agent players a further 4 games for contracts to be sorted out.

No they don't. 

The group stage works fine, if they allowed trialists people would view it as another jobbie cup like the challenge Cup. Let's no distract from the fact Duffy was so unprepared he couldn't even field a team of trialists last week to make it out that the cups a problem, it's no secret when it starts. 

 

PJ Crossan burst onto the scene a few years back and performed so well Celtic paid for him, he's absolutely had potential so I hope he does well. 

 

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6 hours ago, Nowhereman said:

This is very true, the problem is though that we have to sign players for the league cup. Can we give them one month contracts?

No. You cant. Minimum contract length to 1st January.

5 hours ago, BallochSonsFan said:

It's stacked against us in terms of getting out of a group stage. With that in mind it's really an inconvenience.

We can't play trialists so we need to either sign our squad before the cup or run with a short bench and risk guys who aren't at full fitness picking up knocks because we can't rotate them. They either need to abandon this group garbage and make it a straight up knockout tournament or allow trialists and give teams and free agent players a further 4 games for contracts to be sorted out.

Because Dumbartin are in a mess and struggling to sign a squad the whole tournament should be revamped? Doesnt seem as if most other clubs have any great issue with it? The group stages have generally been popular and the prize money is much better than it was before, pretty important for clubs like Dumbarton I would have thought?

4 hours ago, rockson said:

Isn't that what it was designed for?

Diddy teams aren't supposed to progress you know.

It was designed to guarantee every club 4 games instead of 1 and ensure everybody got at least one half gate receipt from a top division side as well as improved commercial revenues and prize money. All of which it is pretty much achieving. 

'Diddy teams' have progressed before and will again. Alloa won their group one year and were seeded next round. 

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9 minutes ago, Grant228 said:

No they don't. 

The group stage works fine, if they allowed trialists people would view it as another jobbie cup like the challenge Cup. Let's no distract from the fact Duffy was so unprepared he couldn't even field a team of trialists last week to make it out that the cups a problem, it's no secret when it starts. 

 

PJ Crossan burst onto the scene a few years back and performed so well Celtic paid for him, he's absolutely had potential so I hope he does well. 

 

It's already treated like a preseason friendly tournament by just about every part time side. Letting them play trialists won't change a thing. The group stage works fine if you're a full time side with a hope of getting out of it, for the rest of us it's just an extention of preseason and a good cup over before the season starts. It's pish. 

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36 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

It's already treated like a preseason friendly tournament by just about every part time side. Letting them play trialists won't change a thing. The group stage works fine if you're a full time side with a hope of getting out of it, for the rest of us it's just an extention of preseason and a good cup over before the season starts. It's pish. 

The group stage works fine for everyone. If you choose to treat it as a pre season game don't be shocked when you first progressed. Since the group stages we've had Peterhead, Ayr United and Alloa have qualified for the knockout stages, while not an awful lot how many part time sides were reaching the last 16 in the last setup? 

Albion Rovers, East Fife, Peterhead, Arbroath and Airdrie have also finished second. I'm sure they would've enjoyed there league Cup that year! It genuinely gives part time sides the best chance for a cup upset, playing full time sides when they're rusty, throws up interesting local game and gives a guaranteed amount of games. I think it's great. The league cups always been seeded and reasonably difficult to make headway in. 

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. Since the group stages we've had Peterhead, Ayr United and Alloa have qualified for the knockout stages, while not an awful lot how many part time sides were reaching the last 16 in the last setup? 



3 sides in 3 seasons. In the previous 3 only Stranraer got to the last 16. The groups are absolutely fine and it seems everyone apart from Dumbarton are ready, get your shit together and don’t blame anyone else for not having players.

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