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Well that's that,  the season is over.   
Some players never turned up :- John McCulloch (a new baby) and Callum Scott (total mystery) 
Some players came, they saw, they didn't conquer and they left:- Gray, El-Zubadai, Sweeney, McMullen, Shirra 1 & Shirra 2, Rintoul and Watt
One player I wish had stayed a lot longer was young Tiwi Daramola..........he could have been the next Nicky Walker !!
We had 2 brief cameo appearances :-Rhino in goals for 15 minutes v West Calder and  the old Nicky Walker as a sub in the EoS League Cup final. 
Probably more comings and goings than you would ideally want but on the whole we have had a fairly consistent squad this season.    
Kegs as manager had a record of 18 wins, 5 draws and 6 defeats.  That win to games played ratio would see a team finish well up the table but it was some poor results  that created the murmurings of dissatisfaction on the terraces and in hindsight the 5-0 defeat at Tranent was a painful blessing in disguise.       Max Christie then came in and steadied the ship.   Several sources at the club commented on the hard training sessions they had to endure when Max arrived and the improved fitness and organisation has shown on the pitch with some good performances and results.   Winning the League Cup and finishing 2nd in Conference B are just rewards for a job well done by the BU's.
Several of our players have already signed up for next season and hopefully a few more will decide to stay but inevitably some players will call it a day at Bo'ness (Wright, Hunter and  Snowdon perhaps) and some may head to clubs closer to home (MacDonald, Prentice and MacKenzie perhaps).       
Rumours abound that Max has targeted a number of new players for next season and hopefully he can deliver the players to push for more honours next season when the league will be a lot tougher for all concerned.
Mon the BU's !!!
 
 
Max, Haynesy and Blackie have done a great job and fair play to them. Took a talented squad and made them better. Haynesy is my big mate so I am biased but simple but effect changes have made you into a cracking side which has finished the season well. Finishing 2nd in the toughest conference and a cup win is a cracking season. Looking forward to locking horns again home and away with Tranent next season

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Totally agree with you Sheep.     Ryan has pace and skill, glides over the pitch and puts in a good shift.   I totally accept that he isn't a complete player in the tackling and heading departments but there are other players in the team who can do that.      Max recognises what Ryan can bring to the team.  
Hopefully the rumour that Ryan will sign for the BU's next season is true.     

It’s all about opinions, me and the guys I watch the games with certainly see a different player from you and sheep, I see a player with the odd bit of creativity but nothing out of the ordinary.

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It’s all about opinions, me and the guys I watch the games with certainly see a different player from you and sheep, I see a player with the odd bit of creativity but nothing out of the ordinary.


Likewise, but I think there’s a good player there somewhere. For me he needs to be playing right midfield/right wing, not anonymous on the left or filling in for Gemmell in the middle.

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Obviously Max and his guys see the boys at training and that can always make a difference, that we the fans don't see.  This season, despite lacking a true front man, we have hit our record score and had 21 different scorers, 6 of those reaching double figures.  A healthy return on both counts..

Some interesting stats on the goals front since Max arrived.  Apart from a hat-trick in Max's first game (against Burntisland), big Al only hit the net twice more including his cracker yesterday.

Marty ended the season as top scorer but a return of 3 goals in 16 games is not going to earn him a new deal.

On a positive note, Nicky Prentice went from 3 goals to 9 goals under Max.

On the matter of Ryan Stevenson, he went from 3 goals in 18 games last season to 8 in 20 this season.  Personally, I like him on the left as he can cut in more and that's how he got the back post winner in the Cup Final.

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I was checking out Twitter and see that Boness United JUNIORS have signed Charlie Adams ......but it's not the Stoke/Rangers Charlie Adams. Having a twitter name of BonessUnited for the Junior side may confuse.

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I was checking out Twitter and see that Boness United JUNIORS have signed Charlie Adams ......but it's not the Stoke/Rangers Charlie Adams. Having a twitter name of BonessUnited for the Junior side may confuse.


So let me get this right...

@nessunitedfc (pish @ IMO) is the official BU Twitter and @bonessunited is now going to be for the Junior side?

It is stupid having two for the same team to be honest, but the official account should have Bo’ness in it. We don’t come from ‘ness’.

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Isn't @nessunitedfc the official Bo'ness United twitter.
But @bonessunited basically a fan run account


Aye, correct.

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Fair weather fan is right. The @bonessunited twitter account is linked in with the unofficial BU website. The tweet makes it clear that Charlie Adams has signed for the new juniors set up.

Sorry for any confusion.

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1 hour ago, Deanburn Dave said:

I was checking out Twitter and see that Boness United JUNIORS have signed Charlie Adams ......but it's not the Stoke/Rangers Charlie Adams. Having a twitter name of BonessUnited for the Junior side may confuse.

Looks like some number of goals he’s scored this season. Think he’s very young too so perhaps one for the senior side in a couple of seasons if he develops well in the Juniors?

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9 minutes ago, Deanburn Dave said:

Fair weather fan is right. The @bonessunited twitter account is linked in with the unofficial BU website. The tweet makes it clear that Charlie Adams has signed for the new juniors set up.

Sorry for any confusion.

I can understand the confusion. @bonessunited retweeted a photo where it says Charlie Adams has signed for Bo'ness United Juniors, but the account then puts up an original text post where it doesn't differeniate what version of Bo'ness United he signed for.

At the moment Linlithgow Thistle are still using that name on their twitter feed and other social media. I imagine they'll be rebranding under the Bo'ness United name soon. Hopefully the use something to make it clear who they are and not "bonessutd" or something like that.

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This season hinged on the semi final against Haddington in October. We won with 10 men in a run that saw us lose only one in a dozen. Two weeks later we were out of a potential big Scottish Cup qualifying opportunity because of a clerical oversight and we had only 9 outfield players available out of around 20 and were reliant on a player's brother and players coming off nightshift to field a team against Bonnyrigg. It was no surprise we got beat by three. Had we had a team of players playing for a cup final place it would have been so very different. Post that defeat Kerrigan looked and sounded like a dead man walking. The hat tricks (including for defenders) dried up, we lost points at Tynecastle and other games we'd have expected to win. We had suspensions (including Kerrigan) and Michael Gemmell covering full back and centre half positions instead of driving the midfield. Tranent was the final straw. The same set of players (less peripheral players let go and Nicky added) won 17. Tougher training sessions twice a week don't make that change in isolation. Attitude and application changed too. Kerrigan must wonder why they didn't continue to do the same for him.

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10 hours ago, B-U-tiful United said:

This season hinged on the semi final against Haddington in October. We won with 10 men in a run that saw us lose only one in a dozen. Two weeks later we were out of a potential big Scottish Cup qualifying opportunity because of a clerical oversight and we had only 9 outfield players available out of around 20 and were reliant on a player's brother and players coming off nightshift to field a team against Bonnyrigg. It was no surprise we got beat by three. Had we had a team of players playing for a cup final place it would have been so very different. Post that defeat Kerrigan looked and sounded like a dead man walking. The hat tricks (including for defenders) dried up, we lost points at Tynecastle and other games we'd have expected to win. We had suspensions (including Kerrigan) and Michael Gemmell covering full back and centre half positions instead of driving the midfield. Tranent was the final straw. The same set of players (less peripheral players let go and Nicky added) won 17. Tougher training sessions twice a week don't make that change in isolation. Attitude and application changed too. Kerrigan must wonder why they didn't continue to do the same for him.

Training made a heck of a difference.  We would never have got through one extra-time match with Kegs in charge, let alone the three we did.  You have to look at tactics too.  Constantly altered by Max to react to a situation, not just standing silent and cross-armed and clueless.  Kegs was a nice guy, maybe too nice.

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15 minutes ago, Jambo'ness said:

Training made a heck of a difference.  We would never have got through one extra-time match with Kegs in charge, let alone the three we did.  You have to look at tactics too.  Constantly altered by Max to react to a situation, not just standing silent and cross-armed and clueless.  Kegs was a nice guy, maybe too nice.

Have to agree with you Jambo. The recent match against Tranent showed his tactical awareness and the need to change things when we went in front. We got a few breaks that night and he made sure we didn’t feck it up.

Keg’s cost us the Hurlford quarter final last season by his failure to manage the last 15/20 minutes. Some of the senior players were not happy with his tactics in that game. 

IMO wasn’t ruthless enough, good coach by all account but maybe management wasn’t.

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