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With most teams having now played their final pre-season friendly and sorted the majority of their squad out, it's time to turn our attentions to a key feature of any forum during the close season; the season prediction thread. Will Club 42 Cowdenbeath finally register a placing other than 10th in the bottom tier? Will Clyde finally earn promotion? Will Jim McInally be sacked after failing to win promotion (again) with the largest budget below the Championship? Have your say now! 

 

1st: Clyde, 95pts

It's hard to foresee anything other than a truly remarkable campaign for Clyde, given the coaching and playing staff they have assembled over the past eight months. They look well-stocked in every position and have such a variety and versatility in their ranks that you don't ever really see from sides at this level. Clyde will win the league this season. 

2nd: Queen's Park, 70pts

I don't think I'm exaggerating in the slightest when I say that anything other than an immediate promotion would be regarded as a spectacular failure for Queen's Park, a club which has won the Scottish Cup three more times than any other side in the division. Having undergone some serious squad surgery over the close-season, re-recruiting influential midfielder Jamie McKernon and signing Clyde reject Adam Martin and fellow Clyde reject Smarticor Osadolus, Gus MacPherson surely will have his eye on being "best of the rest".

3rd: Albion Rovers, 69pts

It's been a long time since Clyde's junior revolution - I may only have been two years old at the time, but I remember vividly my confusion when Ronnie MacDonald signed almost an entire squad of Junior misfits. A few seasons later, though, and Clyde won promotion from what is now League 1. With the Junior game seemingly always a breeding ground for talent which has slipped through the net, and particularly strong of late, it looks like a shrewd strategy from those at Albion Rovers to hire a Junior manager and sign a raft of players from the less fashionable climes of the Western Region. Don't bet against them finishing second, either - Queen's Park have never had the happiest time against their local rivals!

4th: Edinburgh City, 68pts

Edinburgh showed last season that they are no fools in the SPFL and are well worthy of their full member status. Meadowbank has become something of a fortress for City, who have added some real quality to their squad in the form of centre-back Conrad Balatoni and forward Danny Handling. I can see Edinburgh upsetting a lot of sides in this division, and not just because they frequently field a player known best for messaging wee girls asking for pictures of them at bath time. 

5th: Peterhead, 66pts

Peterhead are a club in total disarray right now, with allegations of disharmony throughout the club rife in the Northern press. No matter how much money they throw down the drain, season on season, their absolute donkey of a manager just can't seem to build a squad worthy of the sums spent. Their best player just signed for an Indian team which Stenhousemuir beat 6-0 last season - sore one! Play-offs a possibility, but we all know how that one ends. Sad!

6th: Stirling Albion, 65pts

Don't have much to say about Stirling, really. They're just not very good and their fans seem to want some absolute chump taking them over without any investment of his own. Recipe for disaster. Would be sad to see them going to the wall.

7th: Annan Athletic, 64pts

Hey, I don't mind Annan. They are a bunch of triers, but they regarded Jim Chapman as a good manager which is probably why they will never, ever, ever, ever achieve promotion. They're the sort of club the pyramid was brought in to body out of the league system, so I hope when the time comes they enjoy their derbies at Dalbeattie, Gala and Selkirk.

8th: Elgin Town, 63pts

Shane Sutherland wants to leave, and, to be honest, he's the only Elgin player I've ever heard of. That can't be good news, IMO. Eighth might be a wee bit generous from me, actually. Also, Craig Beattie :lol:

9th: Berwick Rangers, 40pts

As much as it hurts me to say this, I can't see my beloved Berwick doing much this year. Junior recruitment can be a risky strategy at the best of times, and with their new players coming exclusively from that level, I can only foresee a season of struggle (but ultimately safety) for our Bandit friends. Unless John Coughlin returns (and if you'll pardon the pun), it's only a matter of time until the Shielfield roof caves in.

10th: Cowdenbeath, 12pts

Is it really a surprise? Cowdenbeath have continually brought optimism during recent close-seasons, fooling us all into thinking that maybe, just maybe, they would add something to Scottish football this year. But that's been about four years now, and all we've seen is consistent 10th-placed finishes, relegations, near-relegations and a multitude of Rangers-apologising from owner Donald Findlay QC, this year manifesting itself in deeply sectarian home socks. It's no surprise that this has been celebrated by their mutant fans in the same way Arlene Foster recently was in their village just weeks ago. Now, I thought until today that Cowdenbeath were in okay shape, and would be solid if unspectacular this season, but then I found out that they lost 2-1 to local rivals and what I've been reliably informed by @Brazilianlex is a "top 6 at best" Lowland League side. Given Cowden's troubles against sides at the level of the top of the Lowland League in their relegation play-offs, one can only surmise that this all points towards a massive season of struggle for the Blue Brazil.  

 

Have at it, folks! It's a strange one as the league is actually pretty predictable this year.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, BinosCammy said:

Well......this was intresting 

Cheers Cammy, these things always are so was somewhat confused the thread hadn't been started already! Any thoughts of your own to add?

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1. Peterhead - probably too strong for us, I think will win by around 6-9 points

2. Clyde - we will be second, similarly 6-9 points ahead of third, too good for the rest but not good enough to catch Peterhead.

3. Stirling, 

4. Elgin 

5. Queens park

6. Edinburgh city 

7. Annan 

8. Cowdenbeath 

9. Berwick 

10. Albion - laughable signings .

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, the_bully_wee said:

Cheers Cammy, these things always are so was somewhat confused the thread hadn't been started already! Any thoughts of your own to add?

Think it will be between yourselfs and Peterhead for the title, after that I'd hope we will be there with Edinburgh looking decent and queens park wanting to get back up quickly.

1.Clyde 

2. Peterhead 

3. Binos

4.Queens Park 

5. Edinburgh City

6.Elgin 

7. Cowdenbeth 

8.Annan 

9. Berwick 

10. Albion Rovers

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As long as we don't finish bottom this season, I don't really care who finishes where to be honest.

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With most teams having now played their final pre-season friendly and sorted the majority of their squad out, it's time to turn our attentions to a key feature of any forum during the close season; the season prediction thread. Will Club 42 Cowdenbeath finally register a placing other than 10th in the bottom tier? Will Clyde finally earn promotion? Will Jim McInally be sacked after failing to win promotion (again) with the largest budget below the Championship? Have your say now! 
 
1st: Clyde, 95pts
It's hard to foresee anything other than a truly remarkable campaign for Clyde, given the coaching and playing staff they have assembled over the past eight months. They look well-stocked in every position and have such a variety and versatility in their ranks that you don't ever really see from sides at this level. Clyde will win the league this season. 
2nd: Queen's Park, 70pts
I don't think I'm exaggerating in the slightest when I say that anything other than an immediate promotion would be regarded as a spectacular failure for Queen's Park, a club which has won the Scottish Cup three more times than any other side in the division. Having undergone some serious squad surgery over the close-season, re-recruiting influential midfielder Jamie McKernon and signing Clyde reject Adam Martin and fellow Clyde reject Smarticor Osadolus, Gus MacPherson surely will have his eye on being "best of the rest".
3rd: Albion Rovers, 69pts
It's been a long time since Clyde's junior revolution - I may only have been two years old at the time, but I remember vividly my confusion when Ronnie MacDonald signed almost an entire squad of Junior misfits. A few seasons later, though, and Clyde won promotion from what is now League 1. With the Junior game seemingly always a breeding ground for talent which has slipped through the net, and particularly strong of late, it looks like a shrewd strategy from those at Albion Rovers to hire a Junior manager and sign a raft of players from the less fashionable climes of the Western Region. Don't bet against them finishing second, either - Queen's Park have never had the happiest time against their local rivals!
4th: Edinburgh City, 68pts
Edinburgh showed last season that they are no fools in the SPFL and are well worthy of their full member status. Meadowbank has become something of a fortress for City, who have added some real quality to their squad in the form of centre-back Conrad Balatoni and forward Danny Handling. I can see Edinburgh upsetting a lot of sides in this division, and not just because they frequently field a player known best for messaging wee girls asking for pictures of them at bath time. 
5th: Peterhead, 66pts
Peterhead are a club in total disarray right now, with allegations of disharmony throughout the club rife in the Northern press. No matter how much money they throw down the drain, season on season, their absolute donkey of a manager just can't seem to build a squad worthy of the sums spent. Their best player just signed for an Indian team which Stenhousemuir beat 6-0 last season - sore one! Play-offs a possibility, but we all know how that one ends. Sad!
6th: Stirling Albion, 65pts
Don't have much to say about Stirling, really. They're just not very good and their fans seem to want some absolute chump taking them over without any investment of his own. Recipe for disaster. Would be sad to see them going to the wall.
7th: Annan Athletic, 64pts
Hey, I don't mind Annan. They are a bunch of triers, but they regarded Jim Chapman as a good manager which is probably why they will never, ever, ever, ever achieve promotion. They're the sort of club the pyramid was brought in to body out of the league system, so I hope when the time comes they enjoy their derbies at Dalbeattie, Gala and Selkirk.
8th: Elgin Town, 63pts
Shane Sutherland wants to leave, and, to be honest, he's the only Elgin player I've ever heard of. That can't be good news, IMO. Eighth might be a wee bit generous from me, actually. Also, Craig Beattie :lol:
9th: Berwick Rangers, 40pts
As much as it hurts me to say this, I can't see my beloved Berwick doing much this year. Junior recruitment can be a risky strategy at the best of times, and with their new players coming exclusively from that level, I can only foresee a season of struggle (but ultimately safety) for our Bandit friends. Unless John Coughlin returns (and if you'll pardon the pun), it's only a matter of time until the Shielfield roof caves in.
10th: Cowdenbeath, 12pts
Is it really a surprise? Cowdenbeath have continually brought optimism during recent close-seasons, fooling us all into thinking that maybe, just maybe, they would add something to Scottish football this year. But that's been about four years now, and all we've seen is consistent 10th-placed finishes, relegations, near-relegations and a multitude of Rangers-apologising from owner Donald Findlay QC, this year manifesting itself in deeply sectarian home socks. It's no surprise that this has been celebrated by their mutant fans in the same way Arlene Foster recently was in their village just weeks ago. Now, I thought until today that Cowdenbeath were in okay shape, and would be solid if unspectacular this season, but then I found out that they lost 2-1 to local rivals and what I've been reliably informed by [mention=53531]Brazilianlex[/mention] is a "top 6 at best" Lowland League side. Given Cowden's troubles against sides at the level of the top of the Lowland League in their relegation play-offs, one can only surmise that this all points towards a massive season of struggle for the Blue Brazil.  
 
Have at it, folks! It's a strange one as the league is actually pretty predictable this year.
 
 


Edinburgh City haven’t played at Meadowbank for a while. Clearly a misty west coast centric myopic view.

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6 hours ago, cowden0 said:

As long as we don't finish bottom this season, I don't really care who finishes where to be honest.

What cowden0 said

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I still think it’s too early to make predictions, I know Dave Mackay has said he is still looking to sign 3 or 4 players, and I’m sure he is not alone in this.

However, I do think Clyde & Peterhead will be favourites, the squads they have built look very strong, but the rest of The_Bully_Wee’s predictions look like nonsense to me, however, credit where credit is due, at least he has tried to justify his picks so fair play to the lad, but I can’t see Cowden finishing bottom and Albion Rovers finish so high up personally.

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Clyde
Peterhead
Stirling
Edinburgh
Queens Park
Cowdenbeath
Annan
Elgin
Berwick
Albion rovers

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Peterhead

Clyde 

Stirling Albion

Edinburgh City 

Elgin City 

Queens Park 

Annan Athletic 

Cowdenbeath 

Albion Rovers 

Berwick 

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Clyde

 

 

 

 

 

Peterhead

Elgin City

Stirling Albion

Annan Athletic

Edinburgh City

Queens Park

Cowdenbeath

Berwick Rangers

Albion Rovers

 

 

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At the moment;

Clyde

Peterhead

Stirling

Annan

Elgin

Edinburgh

Cowden

QP

Berwick

Albion

Still plenty of time to change before the season starts. I'd be astonished if Stirling didn't add a couple of players, QP definitely will, and Sutherland leaving Elgin could drop them right down the table.

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Do this again at the end of September t_b_w with your original placings in brackets and you'll either look a genius or very silly for making daft predictions this early. You'll not be surprised to learn my money's on the latter option!

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16 hours ago, the_bully_wee said:

 

6th: Stirling Albion, 65pts

 their fans seem to want some absolute chump taking them over without any investment of his own. Recipe for disaster. 

 

 

Can you explain this one? Or to put it another way, what the actual f**k are you slevering about? 

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Based on the little knowledge I have of player recruitment around the division, at this moment I'd say

1 - Clyde

2 - Peterhead

3 - Edinburgh City

4 - Queens Park

5 - Stirling Albion

6 - Albion Rovers

7 - Annan

8 - Elgin

9  - Cowdenbeath

10 - Berwick 

 

We're about 4 players short of even challenging this year. Clyde should walk the league with the signings they've made, and Edinburgh City seem to have made some very shrewd signings and could be the surprise package of the season. 

 

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1 - Clyde

2 - Peterhead

3 -Stirling Albion

4 - Queens Park

5 - Edinburgh City

6 - Albion Rovers

7 - Cowdenbeath

8 - Elgin

9 - Annan

10 - Berwick Rangers

 

Basing it on recruitment and pre season results still early doors though

 

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Preseason results go for absolutely nothing and squads still being assembled so would be premature to predict until all squads are finalised....do think Clyde will improve tho and with a following wind should end up mid table!

 

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12 minutes ago, Chris_the_rover said:

What player did peterhead lose to an Indian club?

Mason Robertson. I believe his dad is the manager, shame as he really turned into a decent player last season.

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