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1 hour ago, squeezeboxson said:

Surely not? The 'keeper is good but I don't think he is anywhere near the best in the league. I assume you mean Wedderburn and (maybe) Carswell?? Wedderburn is a good player but there is a reason he is at Dumbarton and not playing for even Partick or Falkirk at this same level. Carswell hasn't really kicked his arse for a long, long time in my opinion. He was poor the whole of last season and apart from a couple of reasonable performances (at centre half) hasn't been up to speed this year. Far from being one of the best midfielders in the league.

Apologies if it is someone else you are referring to.

Really?

There is a good standard of keeper in this league, namely PJ Morrison, Robbie Mutch, David Mitchell and Max Currie. But I wouldn't swap any of them for Kevin. If he's not the best he's certainly in the top top or three. There's no chance I'd say he was nowhere near the levels of the guys mentioned above.

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I'm not having a go at people who are struggling financially for not backing the club, simply pointing out that I don't understand the logic behind people who support the club choosing to withdraw their support when the club needs it most.

ETA: This actually reminds me about some wee guy on the FB group a while ago saying he doesn't see why he should give money to the club when its in trouble because they don't give him money when he's in trouble! 🤣

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3 hours ago, Jan Vojáček said:

Really?

There is a good standard of keeper in this league, namely PJ Morrison, Robbie Mutch, David Mitchell and Max Currie. But I wouldn't swap any of them for Kevin. If he's not the best he's certainly in the top top or three. There's no chance I'd say he was nowhere near the levels of the guys mentioned above.

Perhaps I was harsh to say nowhere near the best. What I guess I meant was - in my opinion he certainly isn't the number 1. I, personally, would have 3 of the 4 you mentioned but just because I think they are a bit better (more experienced!) doesn't mean I want to swap them for Dabrowski. I think he is a good young 'keeper who is a bit raw and has potential to improve a lot.

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2 hours ago, FifeSons said:

I'm not having a go at people who are struggling financially for not backing the club, simply pointing out that I don't understand the logic behind people who support the club choosing to withdraw their support when the club needs it most.

ETA: This actually reminds me about some wee guy on the FB group a while ago saying he doesn't see why he should give money to the club when its in trouble because they don't give him money when he's in trouble! 🤣

People can withdraw their financial support whenever they like, its their perogative. If its because they are skint, or they don't like the way the team plays, or the banging if a drum, or Jim Duffy, or Brabco (the list goes on) then its their choice. Credit indeed to those who choose to back the club regardless, others won't. The club, like any other business should be self sustainable and not rely on donations from fans and fans going out their way to do fundraising. I totally understand that we are living in tough and unprecedented times etc. If we solely rely on fans raising x amount of pounds per year then eventually that money will dry up and we will be doomed! I like many others appreciate your stance on giving financial support to the club whenever and whatever the cause. Others won't understand it and will think you are mad.

 

That comment from FB.....wow? Did someone actually say that?

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On 12/12/2020 at 23:08, aftershocker said:
On 12/12/2020 at 19:47, sarti pooh said:
Unfortunately Pixellot isn't compatible with smart tvs  emoji20.png

Seriously?

 

On 13/12/2020 at 12:10, BallochSonsFan said:

Does it work with chrimecast/miracast?

If it won't play on a smart TV directly but will play on a tablet then the answer could be to mirror the tablet screen using Miracast/Chromecast.

If you have an HDMI cable you can also plug it into your device and tele and it will work through that. We use Pixellot as well and that's what I've been doing. Has worked with no issues every time. 

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19 minutes ago, pleslie99 said:

People can withdraw their financial support whenever they like, its their perogative. If its because they are skint, or they don't like the way the team plays, or the banging if a drum, or Jim Duffy, or Brabco (the list goes on) then its their choice. Credit indeed to those who choose to back the club regardless, others won't. The club, like any other business should be self sustainable and not rely on donations from fans and fans going out their way to do fundraising. I totally understand that we are living in tough and unprecedented times etc. If we solely rely on fans raising x amount of pounds per year then eventually that money will dry up and we will be doomed! I like many others appreciate your stance on giving financial support to the club whenever and whatever the cause. Others won't understand it and will think you are mad.

 

That comment from FB.....wow? Did someone actually say that?

Yep, of course, its just a mentality I can't personally understand.

I'm pretty certain they did, though someone else may be able to confirm!

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19 hours ago, BallochSonsFan said:

I dont think he is.

I saw him a few times for Pollok. Always seemed to be at his best when he was playing through the middle because his pace running at centre halves was a real problem. His final ball from the wings isnt great so for me Stefan isnt a winger. Inside forward maybe, particularly if he could rely on his fullback doing the crossing for him.

That said, McCluskey is the one borderline player I'd have in my starting 11. Either a 4-3-3 if I had Hamilton ahead of McCluskey or a 4-2-3-1 if it was Stefan ahead of Hamilton. I think we really need to see Crossan and Frizzell as inside forwards - starting wide and coming in to support the striker. Wilson looks the most capable of our forward options. Still not a team that fills me with a bag of confidence, but Forbes should be nowhere near the starting 11 and neither Johnstone nor Jones look capable of scoring the goals we need to keep us up.

I actually think Hamilton could be pretty good for us, but him getting shunted all over the place really isn't good for his development. If I was Neilson, I'd definitely be in Duffy's ear.

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Totally changing the subject a wee bit, but I spoke to Craig Brittain earlier in the month for the Lennox - and it's now online.  I hadn't realised that how disappointed he was to leave Sons and I was absolutely gutted when he explained how his departure ended up happening. It would've been great to have him involved on the coaching staff back then.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/dumbarton-hero-craig-brittain-admits-23189576

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I actually get annoyed every time I think about our squad. I didn't think Duffy could've topped the unbalanced mess we began last season with but he's out-Duffied himself this year.

1 minute ago, Jan Vojáček said:

Totally changing the subject a wee bit, but I spoke to Craig Brittain earlier in the month for the Lennox - and it's now online.  I hadn't realised that how disappointed he was to leave Sons and I was absolutely gutted when he explained how his departure ended up happening. It would've been great to have him involved on the coaching staff back then.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/dumbarton-hero-craig-brittain-admits-23189576

Chapman and Aitken are very similar characters, both went through good spells then lost the plot, both have been bitter since leaving, and it's been exposed that both treating clubs legends with very little respect. 

It's a real shame Brittso couldn't have continued coaching with us. He'd probably still be working for us if we'd given him that chance. Piss poor.

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9 minutes ago, Jan Vojáček said:

Totally changing the subject a wee bit, but I spoke to Craig Brittain earlier in the month for the Lennox - and it's now online.  I hadn't realised that how disappointed he was to leave Sons and I was absolutely gutted when he explained how his departure ended up happening. It would've been great to have him involved on the coaching staff back then.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/dumbarton-hero-craig-brittain-admits-23189576

I always forget he was still technically a Sons player when we won the league. Gutting he wasn't around to collect a winners' medal. A true legend and one of my all-time favourite Sons' players.

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2 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

Chapman and Aitken are very similar characters, both went through good spells then lost the plot, both have been bitter since leaving, and it's been exposed that both treating clubs legends with very little respect. 

It's a real shame Brittso couldn't have continued coaching with us. He'd probably still be working for us if we'd given him that chance. Piss poor.

I really had no idea that he was so disappointed about the way he left. It was 11 years ago and he still sounded absolutely gutted. Especially because he was replaced by Gary Wilson - who was garbage - and then we shunted Mick Dunlop out there until Paddy Boyle came in. It would've been fantastic for him to play a part in the title win and then move into coaching.

On Chapman I agree. A lot of players praise him as a coach - but his man management left a lot to be desired. Both Brittso and Mick Dunlop have no time at all for him after the way he treated them.

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2 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

Chapman and Aitken are very similar characters, both went through good spells then lost the plot, both have been bitter since leaving, and it's been exposed that both treating clubs legends with very little respect. 

Yup, Aitken's treatment of Graham and to a lesser extent Fleming was shocking. The guys at Alloa must have absolutely loved sending Aitken down.

I'll never forgive Aitken for the way he approached the play-offs and freezing Froxy out. That probably makes me sound almost as bitter as wee Stevie himself (scapegoating Froxy for the winning goal in the cup final and his comments on Twitter and to the press after leaving).

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48 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

I actually get annoyed every time I think about our squad. I didn't think Duffy could've topped the unbalanced mess we began last season with but he's out-Duffied himself this year.

That gave me an idea. With the help of the Sons Archive I thought I'd take a wee look at every player Duffy has signed and pop them into hit, miss or meh categories.

Hit

Henk van Schaik
David Ferguson
Brian McLean
Morgyn Neill
Isaac Layne
Rico Quitongo
PJ Crossan
Ryan McGeever
Joe McKee
Reghan Tumilty
Adam Frizzell
Nat Wedderburn
Jaime Wilson
Sam Wardrop

Miss

Ben Armour (I didn't think he was bad, but he didn't play much or make a huge impact)
Boris Melingui
Conor Brennan (maybe a bit harsh, but he was meh)
Stefan McCluskey
Conor Scullion
Ryan Tierney
Jordan Pettigrew
Jordan McMillan
Mati Zata
Matthew Shiels
Callum Wilson
Robert Jones
Denny Johnstone
Donald Morrison
Returning Ross Forbes
Daniel Church

There's still time for Forbes, Morrison, Johnstone and Jones to be fair. But that's an awful lot of signings that have either made no impact, or been worse than the player they replaced.

Meh

Chris Smith - Does what he does
Ruaridh Langan - It was a big season for him and he's currently heading towards the miss category.
Jai Quitongo - Never fit
Chris Hamilton - Needs games in a settled position
Matthew Reilly - Fast becoming the new Stevie Ross. He's just vanished with injury for months.

I think the strongest squad we've had under Duffy was the one at the end of 2018/19 that was mainly assembled by Aitken, with a few shrewd Duffy additions. Since then I think we've regressed a fair bit. Look at our 11 from the last day of the season at Arbroath in 2019:

Conor Brennan

David Ferguson Craig Barr Brian McLean Cammy Ballantyne

Ross Forbes Kyle Hutton Stuart Carswell Bobby Barr

Dom Thomas Calum Gallagher

Granted DT was far too good for this league and Carsy and Hutton had issues playing together, but that team had far more balance than where we are at the moment. In fact I'd probably only swap in Kevin and Wedderburn for Brennan and Carsy/Hutton from the side that started on Saturday I think. Maybe Wardrop too, but Ferguson was really steady for us and I liked him a lot.

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7 minutes ago, Jan Vojáček said:

 

Conor Brennan

David Ferguson Craig Barr Brian McLean Cammy Ballantyne

Ross Forbes Kyle Hutton Stuart Carswell Bobby Barr

Dom Thomas Calum Gallagher

 

If we'd had that team and Duffy from the start of the season, I reckon we'd have challenged Arbroath (pretty sure form-wise we were about the best at the end of the season).

That's actually quite depressing comparing that team to now... I take it all back, our current side is awful 😪

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Just now, FifeSons said:

If we'd had that team and Duffy from the start of the season, I reckon we'd have challenged Arbroath (pretty sure form-wise we were about the best at the end of the season).

That's actually quite depressing comparing that team to now... I take it all back, our current side is awful 😪

100%

Form wise between January and May only Forfar Athletic picked up more points than us. Aitken, for all his flaws, was good at attracting good players and selling them on the ideas of playing for us. Duffy was good at turning said good players into a hardworking, well-organised and dangerous team which Aitken failed to do. If we could blend them into one then we'd be onto a bit of a winner imo.

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6 minutes ago, Jan Vojáček said:

100%

Form wise between January and May only Forfar Athletic picked up more points than us. Aitken, for all his flaws, was good at attracting good players and selling them on the ideas of playing for us. Duffy was good at turning said good players into a hardworking, well-organised and dangerous team which Aitken failed to do. If we could blend them into one then we'd be onto a bit of a winner imo.

A few annoying dropped points in that spell cost us an unlikely play-offs spot IIRC (losing to Stenny at home and conceding late against Montrose?).

ETA: yup, if we'd won both those games, we'd have made the play-offs. Fine margins.

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14 hours ago, airdrieman said:

 

If you have an HDMI cable you can also plug it into your device and tele and it will work through that. We use Pixellot as well and that's what I've been doing. Has worked with no issues every time. 

Tried using an HDMI cable... nothing..my tablets a few years old now, so perhaps down to that

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1 minute ago, FifeSons said:

A few annoying dropped points in that spell cost us an unlikely play-offs spot IIRC (losing to Stenny at home and conceding late against Montrose?).

I can't remember the exact points at the end of the season, but aye those two games were sore ones. Losing in injury time to Brechin in January when we only had one or two subs was a poor result too. 

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3 minutes ago, Jan Vojáček said:

I can't remember the exact points at the end of the season, but aye those two games were sore ones. Losing in injury time to Brechin in January when we only had one or two subs was a poor result too. 

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Its a sad state of affairs when we're yearning for that season, which was, by all accounts, an abject failure.

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6 hours ago, Jan Vojáček said:

I think the strongest squad we've had under Duffy was the one at the end of 2018/19 that was mainly assembled by Aitken, with a few shrewd Duffy additions. Since then I think we've regressed a fair bit. Look at our 11 from the last day of the season at Arbroath in 2019:

Conor Brennan

David Ferguson Craig Barr Brian McLean Cammy Ballantyne

Ross Forbes Kyle Hutton Stuart Carswell Bobby Barr

Dom Thomas Calum Gallagher

Granted DT was far too good for this league and Carsy and Hutton had issues playing together, but that team had far more balance than where we are at the moment. In fact I'd probably only swap in Kevin and Wedderburn for Brennan and Carsy/Hutton from the side that started on Saturday I think. Maybe Wardrop too, but Ferguson was really steady for us and I liked him a lot.

Away from the obvious DT and the CBs, what a difference having someone like Bobby Barr would would make to us right now. An actual, natural winger. Ironically, I was disappointed with how he left us too.

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