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For some clubs, season end cannot come quick enough. Think this applies to Musselburgh. Looks like the best they will finish is in 8th, with a possibility of slipping further to 9th. I remember the feeling when Burgh got beat 2-1 at Jeanfield in 2nd last season of older times in Junior league.

There was a sense of disbelief that we didn’t get the 1 point required in last 3 matches to stay in the Super League, particularly as we just beat title chasing Bonnyrigg away from home. But, in a way it galvanised Burgh as the team were utterly superb in the Premier League next season, winning it in a canter, while playing silky football that players and fans were proud of. 

Musselburgh are no where near as bad (league position wise), but the demise since November has been striking and I doubt that next season will be much better unless fortunes change dramatically. It is clear something has to give, once season ends. How many players will be retained for 2022-23. How many players want to be retained? Lost 4 players in season, who have gone to clubs higher up than we are. Remaining players seem to have an spparant disbelief of themselves, yet on paper, there are still a number of really good players at Olivebank.

Fingers crossed that our fortunes change and we come back in fighting mode come August 22. 

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Missed the game at the weekend, was watching the Arbroath win to setup quite an incredible end of season for ex Musselburgh man Mikey McKenna.

We had our POTY with Mikey picking it up!

Lots of changes planned at Musselburgh in the summer?  I heard six or seven are away.  Is Mattu still retiring?

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3 minutes ago, RedLichty said:

Missed the game at the weekend, was watching the Arbroath win to setup quite an incredible end of season for ex Musselburgh man Mikey McKenna.

We had our POTY with Mikey picking it up!

Lots of changes planned at Musselburgh in the summer?  I heard six or seven are away.  Is Mattu still retiring?

think if he is to retire from playing would be mad not to try keep him at the club in some capacity

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Oh the drama.  From the highlights Musselburgh will be disappointed they didn't take something from the game with the chances they created.

So I'm bored...Using the Penicuik highlights.  The ball looks even further over the line in this shot.

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Should the assistant have seen it from his view - taking into consideration the bodies and legs in between him and the ball?
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Offside right enough?  Just before the header on.....I used the 6 yard line and highlighted it more.

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6 hours ago, MrIrvinePollock said:

Oh the drama.  From the highlights Musselburgh will be disappointed they didn't take something from the game with the chances they created.

So I'm bored...Using the Penicuik highlights.  The ball looks even further over the line in this shot.

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Should the assistant have seen it from his view - taking into consideration the bodies and legs in between him and the ball?
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Offside right enough?  Just before the header on.....I used the 6 yard line and highlighted it more.

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I think you will find both decisions were correct when you look at the EOS results page 3 points in the bag

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Think if anything else and judging by that picture your 3 points in the bag indicate the decision was wrong and you were lucky in that.

Them's the breaks but you don't really understand the difference between correct and genuine error do you?

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Ultimately a disappointing season for Musselburgh, but a nice win yesterday and at the POTY award last night, Liam Reid scooped both players & fans awards. Well deserved. 

See you next season! #montheburgh 💙

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4 hours ago, Passthebaw said:

Ultimately a disappointing season for Musselburgh, but a nice win yesterday and at the POTY award last night, Liam Reid scooped both players & fans awards. Well deserved. 

See you next season! #montheburgh 💙

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Good to see Liam pick up both awards. Took a risk a couple of seasons ago going to LTHV on loan, but this has now shown the dividends. 

Lots of interesting thoughts.

1. Will Mathu King still be a player at Olivebank next season, or in this, his testimonial year, will he decide that his time has come, possibly to move ‘upstairs’ into a coaching role. 

2. How many other more established players who have been there for 4 or more seasons still be at Olivebank next season. Is it time to move onto pastures new or fight for a place in the team next year. 

3. For fringe players, if you are not getting much match time, in what was a disappointing season, for us, should you be thinking of trying to start at another club and see if that improves your fortunes. 

4. If the manager stays, has he got players who he can bring to the club that can bring much more success that this year. Is there any good calibre of player who wants to come to Olivebank, cause from here, it looks like a big re-build is required.

5. If Mathu goes, is Liam the next captain of Musselburgh? At start of this season he probably wasn’t in the frame, but it makes sense to me that the next captain is a defender, who, hopefully sees everything in front of him so is able to read what is going on in the match. Make no mistake, Mathu is a fabulous captain, both as a player and those in the team who look up to him. But, Liam seems a natural replacement (has to find his voice though).

Close Season is vital that we start early and make sure squad is in place for pre-season training, which can’t be that far off, allowing for an early August start of 2022-23. 

Interesting times ahead.....

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