leomessi1984 Posted March 19 Author Share Posted March 19 13 hours ago, KH4 said: It's a question you can approach from a number of different perspectives. Just over a decade ago Dunfermline were in the Premier League and Kelty were in the Juniors. If you'd told a Kelty supporter that within 10 years they'd be visiting East End Park for a league game they'd have expected you to drive off in a clown car. That being said there are certain issues and weaknesses within the Scottish game that have given rise to events that on paper seem incredible. Cowdenbeath went from propping up the entire league to being in the same league as Rangers, Hearts and Hibs at the same time. They are now in the Lowland League with Gretna, who's journey from English non league football to where they are now included a detour to the Premier League, the Scottish Cup Final and Europe. Former Highland League clubs have been regular fixtures in the top flight and since Meadowbank became Livingston they've went from the bottom to the top - twice. This season it's looking likely a club that was amatuer in 2019 will achieve its third successive promotion and become a Premier League club. Scottish football really is a funny old game, and that's before you take into account the seismic changes happening below League Two, changes that will slowly change the landscape of Scottish football further in the years ahead. I mention all this because against this backdrop of semi organised chaos, a lot of people expected the sheiks and the oligarchs that were obviously pumping billions into Kelty to strap a rocket to the club and take them beyond the moon and out towards Mars. The reality is that as the only village club in the League it was never and should never have been about that. In my view it was about finding a realistic level that Kelty can comfortably and sustainably compete at, and the truth is I don't think anyone can be certain exactly what that level is. Getting out the Lowland League was bloody difficult and thankfully we got the jump before the floodgates opened. If you've ever seen two obese people trying to get through a small doorway at the same time it'll give you some idea of what that particular journey is going to look like in the years ahead. A lot of people also mistakenly believe that there isn't much daylight between League One and League Two. This definitely isn't the case, the League features big clubs on their uppers from the championship, and for the most part the best of the rest. Personally, this season was about consolidating our place by hook or by crook, and it looks as though it's mission accomplished. The fact that either Clyde or Peterhead look like posting an historically low points total for the 9th placed club has helped ease the pressure, but I'll happily take it. At points the squad has looked a bit stretched, you can use that as an argument for leaving the manager alone or make a case for having someone who can get the best out of what he's got. Personally, I think the squad has got talented players that can compete at this level, whether they've got enough of them to have done any better is another question but that's a judgement call I fully trust the club to make - they've earned that by delivering when and where it matters. Given how mental Scottish Football is it isn't outwith the realm of possibility that we have a decent season and end up in the championship. I don't think that we'll ever be an established championship club, and time will tell whether we survive League One long term. I'll tell you what though, we should throw the kitchen sink at avoiding League Two. There are a number of clubs who's position as a League Club will become increasingly threatened over the next few years and Kelty are by no means out the woods. It's great that we've got that buffer between us and the trapdoor, and ideally I'd like it to stay that way. Next year will be tough, it's possible we won't have those big gates against both Dunfermline and Falkirk, although on the plus side it doesn't look like there are any fallen giants coming down or any unknown upstarts coming up. Nobody will be under any illusions next year, that's for sure. Tremendous post & puts things into context! Onwards & upwards for next season and hopefully start taking these three points instead of chucking them last ten rest of the season. Last week apart, even when losing, we've always held our own. Should be a much changed team next season also. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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