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Final match of the season saw Musselburgh at Arniston. The reverse fixture was league match 4, with Musselburgh winning 1-0; Stephen MacDonald the scorer on that day. Two changes from Wednesday’s match saw Brad Donaldson and Chris Gray replace Matty Lynch and Michael Moffat. Michael, for the day was Calvin Shand’ s assistant in the dugout area.

Match kicked off at 14:29 and Arniston were 1-0 up in less than 30 seconds. Jed Davie lost the ball, and Dylan Weldon put ball into the net. Mathu King had chance to equalise on five minutes but his effort was saved by the keeper. Not a lot of good play in the first 15 minutes, maybe due to Musselburgh thinking too much about the points record should they win the match. Lots of shouting by team mates that they were not playing good enough.

On 17 minutes, on the left wing, Sean (Skip) Murphy and Bradley Whyte linked up, then Skip passed the ball towards centre of pitch. Jono McManus found Mathu, who layed it up for Jackie Myles. His shot was parried out, with Mathu first to ball, and put it passed keeper and into net.  1-1.

Referee blew for a free kick on 22 minutes, when Chris Gray was adjudged to have brought down an Arniston player. The no.4 hit the bar, and then another shot also came off the bar, then cleared. Musselburgh also hit the woodwork, on 27 minutes, when StephenMacdonald’s shot hit the post and then cleared for a corner.

Two goals in two minutes saw Musselburgh take control of the match. On 29 minutes, Jackie passed ball to Stephen who ran to the edge of the box, where he squared the ball to Mathu, who blasted the ball high into the net. A couple of minutes later, Burgh were awarded a free kick on the left hand side of the pitch, just outside the box. Brad Donaldson’s shot saw the keeper get a hand to the ball, but it came off the post and over the line. Brad’s goal ensured that all the outfield players in the Musselburgh team had scored this season, including Ally Adams, who came on as sub on Wednesday. Only Asher Tufail hadn’t scored, so if a penalty was awarded, a decision would have to be made...  So half time saw Musselburgh lead 3-1.

Second half kicked off at 15:27. Within a minute, it could have been 3-2. The Arniston right winger ran down the right wing. Asher got a touch to his cross, but Chris Gray managed to clear the ball from an incoming attacker. First booking of match came in 49 minutes when ref thought that a lung by Brad to get the ball, bringing down the centre forward merited a yellow card.

Chris Gray played less than 20 mins of second half before he came off, with Conor Thomson on. An ice pack was required for his knacked leg! On 50 minutes, from a poor kick out by keeper, Bradley got to ball first, ran up the right wing and passed to Jackie, whose shot went straight to the keeper. Then with 15 minutes to go, Stephen got ball and passed to Jed. His punt up the park seemed to be going nowhere. As defender passed ball to keeper, he had enough time to clear ball away. However, in a moment of madness, the keeper tried to chip the ball over Stephen, but it just bounced off and Stephen’s shot made it 4-1.

Musselburgh now were in total control of the match. With six minutes to go, ball was deep into the Burgh half. Brad played a long cross pitch pass to Jackie, who then passed to Stephen. He played ball through to Skip, who beat two defenders and his shot beat the diving keeper and score was now 5-1. With last kick of the ball, Dylan Weldon scored again. Final score;  5-2 to Musselburgh.

So, season ended with a raft of bests for Musselburgh and particularly Mathu King. 

Musselburgh lost one match in the league, ironically to bottom team Kirriemuir. Musselburgh got 43 points out of 45 at home. With an away points total of 36, Musselburgh’s total points of 79, is the highest since league construction on 2013-14, with 16 league teams. Musselburgh are the highest scorers and conceded the least amount of goals in the premier league this year. A great season for Musselburgh.

For Mathu King, he just keeps on playing at a high level and a credit to Musselburgh and Junior football alike. Against Thornton Hibs, his 286 match, broke Musselburgh’s previous best for most appearances for the club. After yesterday, his tally has risen to 290. On Wednesday’s match at Whitburn, Matti got his 150 goal for Musselburgh. After yesterday, his tally has risen to 152 goals. To mark the occasion of 150 goals, Matti was presented with a Framed stats page, including details all the teams he has scored against, how many goals he has scored each season and per calendar year.

At last night’s awards session; Gary Cherrie was awarded (I) Supporters player of the year; (II) Supporters club player of the year - based on man of match awards throughout the year; and (III) Players player of the year. Full sweep of the awards so a great achievement of Gary. It was all the better, as during the early part of the season, Gary was either subbed, or was on the subs bench for a number of matches. However, particularly in the 2nd half of the season, he has excelled with his performances and must have been one of the first picks of the team.

Mathu King received an award for the most goals scored, rounding off a great season for our captain.

 

 

 

Edited by Casey Jones

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has the burra page went on silent mode or what - egm being called - manager left and cagey explanations given - now rumours of unrest with players leaving and money problems as well - not an ideal situation for a club venturing into the eos league a would have thought

 

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18 minutes ago, brycey said:

has the burra page went on silent mode or what - egm being called - manager left and cagey explanations given - now rumours of unrest with players leaving and money problems as well - not an ideal situation for a club venturing into the eos league a would have thought

 

or have yous switched over now to the eos league forum incognito

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So after all the nail biting waiting on the decision from the wee  rose on the south side of the flints, what decisions were made at The Burgh EGM tonight’s?

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we shall wait and see braveheart after all they had plenty to say all through the season on the plus side defo the right decision going eos 

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3 hours ago, the tin man said:

Is calvin back

If Mr Shand does come back then he will likely be coming back to a rebuild as players are already seeking pastures new ....

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looks like all the burra fans have went missing on this topic strange none of them have any thoughts/opinions - they usually have plenty to say on the terraces lol

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looks like all the burra fans have went missing on this topic strange none of them have any thoughts/opinions - they usually have plenty to say on the terraces lol


Maybe had to donate the 50 pences they were saving for the lecly meter to the club to try and keep it going

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Based on what a few friends who are players parents and committee members have said the clubs is struggling big time.

The club is £37k in debt which does not include approximately £7k owed to players and management for the season, outstanding debtors are East Lothian council who are due £12k supposedly for hire of facilities over the last few years, outstanding fines from the tax man for previous other financial matters.

i heard the committee and the management team offered to buy the club to take on the burden but Charlie refused! 

Calvin and the players left due to not being paid for months which based on season gone by this is not unusual. Whoever takes the role on should expect no money... that’s if the club still exists!! 

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36 minutes ago, Display Name said:

Based on what a few friends who are players parents and committee members have said the clubs is struggling big time.

The club is £37k in debt which does not include approximately £7k owed to players and management for the season, outstanding debtors are East Lothian council who are due £12k supposedly for hire of facilities over the last few years, outstanding fines from the tax man for previous other financial matters.

i heard the committee and the management team offered to buy the club to take on the burden but Charlie refused! 

Calvin and the players left due to not being paid for months which based on season gone by this is not unusual. Whoever takes the role on should expect no money... that’s if the club still exists!! 

Another Ballingry, now we know why they were keen to join the GBL EOS league, they'll be desperate for the handouts. 

All about the ££££££££££££££££££ :P

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i heard the committee and the management team offered to buy the club to take on the burden but Charlie refused! 



How can Charlie refuse...he doesn’t own the club. No one does. Surely all it would take is a vote of no confidence to oust him and the new committee could take over. Although not sure why they would want to be burdened by the debt.

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1 hour ago, Display Name said:

Based on what a few friends who are players parents and committee members have said the clubs is struggling big time.

The club is £37k in debt which does not include approximately £7k owed to players and management for the season, outstanding debtors are East Lothian council who are due £12k supposedly for hire of facilities over the last few years, outstanding fines from the tax man for previous other financial matters.

i heard the committee and the management team offered to buy the club to take on the burden but Charlie refused! 

Calvin and the players left due to not being paid for months which based on season gone by this is not unusual. Whoever takes the role on should expect no money... that’s if the club still exists!! 

never knew things were that bad - thanx for your comments sir- these are massive debts  for a junior club - oh dear not looking good

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If it is a club, rather than a Ltd Co then the debt likely rests with the committee members who were in place when it was incurred, so if a new committee took over they wouldn't necessarily be obligated to pay.

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1 hour ago, Display Name said:

Based on what a few friends who are players parents and committee members have said the clubs is struggling big time.

The club is £37k in debt which does not include approximately £7k owed to players and management for the season, outstanding debtors are East Lothian council who are due £12k supposedly for hire of facilities over the last few years, outstanding fines from the tax man for previous other financial matters.

i heard the committee and the management team offered to buy the club to take on the burden but Charlie refused! 

Calvin and the players left due to not being paid for months which based on season gone by this is not unusual. Whoever takes the role on should expect no money... that’s if the club still exists!! 

Blimey :blink:

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1 hour ago, Display Name said:

Based on what a few friends who are players parents and committee members have said the clubs is struggling big time.

The club is £37k in debt which does not include approximately £7k owed to players and management for the season, outstanding debtors are East Lothian council who are due £12k supposedly for hire of facilities over the last few years, outstanding fines from the tax man for previous other financial matters.

i heard the committee and the management team offered to buy the club to take on the burden but Charlie refused! 

Calvin and the players left due to not being paid for months which based on season gone by this is not unusual. Whoever takes the role on should expect no money... that’s if the club still exists!! 

Just tell him to GTF - End of conversation.

Then he can write a book on all the people he has shafted over the years and that can be his pension !

Like someone else said - he doesnt own the club !! and the club will flouirsh without him.

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32 minutes ago, Gimme said:

If it is a club, rather than a Ltd Co then the debt likely rests with the committee members who were in place when it was incurred, so if a new committee took over they wouldn't necessarily be obligated to pay.

Doubt the landlord will see it that way.

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