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1 hour ago, berwick-the-unbeatable said:

A bad week gets worse for Cowdenbeath Football Club! First they add another child jobber - only this time they can only muster a loan from a side in the same league. Now their best player decides to move to the Lowland League's biggest club. Deary me!

Ah well, Nelly will be along to tell us that a squad of kids is a great thing again soon, and I suppose it'll be nice to have another Uni team in the league. Berwick Over 35s v Cowden U21's will be something special for us all to look forward to.

😂😂😂😂😂 what a weapon of a boy.

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1 hour ago, Aberdeen Cowden said:


Hindsight is a great thing. Can remember someone saying “we won’t finish bottom”

I agree hindsight is a gr8 thing at the time I said we wont finish bottom because I believed in the players to keep us off bottom.

 

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1 hour ago, berwick-the-unbeatable said:

A bad week gets worse for Cowdenbeath Football Club! First they add another child jobber - only this time they can only muster a loan from a side in the same league. Now their best player decides to move to the Lowland League's biggest club. Deary me!

Ah well, Nelly will be along to tell us that a squad of kids is a great thing again soon, and I suppose it'll be nice to have another Uni team in the league. Berwick Over 35s v Cowden U21's will be something special for us all to look forward to.

Best player 😂😂😂

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1 hour ago, Cowdenleith said:

I don’t know what I was expecting this close season. A huge turnover for sure, perhaps a couple remaining (and yes, I appreciate some fans wanted the lot emptied) and a lot of new faces, youngsters keen to make their mark.

I don’t think anyone can really be sure how this will go, there’s winging it and there’s winging it in the lead up to the first friendly. Just have to have faith that the management team know what they are doing.

I can’t make it on Friday evening, never has a first friendly game of the season had the potential to be so interesting and probably confusing.

 

Friday will be very interesting. It's a big risk going with a young inexperienced side and it could go disastrously wrong, but hopefully it will go well. It must be our least expensive squad, but then we can't afford it not to be. We can't afford to overpay for a squad of more experienced players who may not perform any better anyway. Maybe we are saving some money for a few more expensive signings (like Greg Stewart when he gets bored with the cold Indian weather and wants to swap it for the Scottish heatwaves!)

Hopefully the players gel well and we do ok. Nothing worse than a young team getting a hammering.

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5 minutes ago, PELE said:

Friday will be very interesting. It's a big risk going with a young inexperienced side and it could go disastrously wrong, but hopefully it will go well. It must be our least expensive squad, but then we can't afford it not to be. We can't afford to overpay for a squad of more experienced players who may not perform any better anyway. Maybe we are saving some money for a few more expensive signings (like Greg Stewart when he gets bored with the cold Indian weather and wants to swap it for the Scottish heatwaves!)

Hopefully the players gel well and we do ok. Nothing worse than a young team getting a hammering.

Friday is a bounce game - a work in progress.  

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at moment their is 4 colts teams in the league lol joking, i am worried a little bit but also quite excited by the "young hungry footballers with a point to prove" approach the manager is going for, im hoping it works out, dont wanna see the manager lose his job, due to poor form, he didnt get a full season at club, so this is his team and everything is anew , definitely will be a process, just got to get behind they players we do sign. 

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3 minutes ago, Cowden Cowboy said:

Friday is a bounce game - a work in progress.  

I wasn't too clear but I was talking more in general about the season ahead rather than Friday. If it goes badly on Friday, it is as you say, work in progress. Can't expect too much from the first game.

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1 hour ago, berwick-the-unbeatable said:

The only word focusing on in this word salad. I'll be dealing it out to you lot in plentiful supplies this season!

Word salad. 
Deserves a ban for that alone. 

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16 minutes ago, SuperCowden said:

at moment their is 4 colts teams in the league lol joking, i am worried a little bit but also quite excited by the "young hungry footballers with a point to prove" approach the manager is going for, im hoping it works out, dont wanna see the manager lose his job, due to poor form, he didnt get a full season at club, so this is his team and everything is anew , definitely will be a process, just got to get behind they players we do sign. 

We have one less teenager in the squad (only 4 now) as young Cammy Graham turned 20 today. Happy Birthday to him.

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I think we should raise one part of our pitch for the Lowland League season so it's on a slope.

Then we could have big Dan Martins and McLemon launch long balls from the top end downpark to our set of 4 speedy, young and hungry wingers. Certainly worked for that slightly better pub team that gubbed us in the playoffs last season in the Lowland. 

 

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54 minutes ago, SuperCowden said:

at moment their is 4 colts teams in the league lol joking, i am worried a little bit but also quite excited by the "young hungry footballers with a point to prove" approach the manager is going for, im hoping it works out, dont wanna see the manager lose his job, due to poor form, he didnt get a full season at club, so this is his team and everything is anew , definitely will be a process, just got to get behind they players we do sign. 

5 u forgot the Cumbernauld my little ponies

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No point reading into Fridays bounce game too much and yes it's a young squad but we had an experienced squad last year and look how that turned out.

What I feel we have this year is a squad of players who have something to prove and to fulfill their potential in the game to move on to a bigger club should they do well 

We need collective team spirit again playing for the Club/jersey where wages aren't the attraction to play for the club but an opportunity to progress and be a stepping stone club in my opinion whether that be players/management 

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Friday will be the first time all the lads have played together so I wouldnt read too much into it alongside the fact some trialists will play to ascertain if they will be good enough for a contract.

The games in premier cup although important are more fitness and gelling the squad and tweaking how the team wishes to play etc. However those games wont really be games you can judge how the season will go based on the fact 2 teams are pretty much full time and all in much higher leagues.

The club is gonna need everyone pulling together and there will be bumps and set backs. Its gonna happen. Looking forward to the new season and I think so are a lot of the fans which is great. 

Look forward to the berwick over 35s team against our u21 team.

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Can never look too much into pre season games even the league cup games we’re not expected to win any. All about trying new things seeing if they will work or not on the pitch making your mistakes pre season/league cup so that we’re raring to go whoever we get first game of the season. Quick touch on junction bar memberships lots new members signed up for the season membership will guarantee you a seat on the bus and the bus we have is only a 16 seater so if you would like to travel to away games on the bus with us please look at memberships by messaging the jbcsc facebook page. Mon the coo

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Completely agree with the points made about pre season games. I rarely ever attended them in the past as they were basically just a way of experimenting with your squad and looking at trialists. 

I’m all in favour of going with promising young players but my concern at this point  is the lack of experience in our team  and the assembling of a completely new squad and basically starting from scratch. The point has correctly been made that the players we had for the past few seasons failed us, as did the previous manager. Probably only a few were worthy of trying to retain. 


“ You can’t win anything with youngsters “ was a famous, probably misquoted by me line from Alan Hanson. We aren’t exactly Manchester United though. 
 I still feel that we need more experienced players in the team. It’s all about balance. Most successful teams have a blend of promising young players who are hungry and seasoned pros who have experience and can steady the ship when things are tough. We aren’t going to win the league this year and that’s fair enough but I’d like to see a competitive team on the park. 
 

There’s a lot of enthusiasm amongst the Cowden supporters which is brilliant to see, given our massive fail this year. Fingers crossed that Mo can build a competitive team on what must be an extremely limited budget. 

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7 hours ago, Only coo in the village said:

Completely agree with the points made about pre season games. I rarely ever attended them in the past as they were basically just a way of experimenting with your squad and looking at trialists. 

I’m all in favour of going with promising young players but my concern at this point  is the lack of experience in our team  and the assembling of a completely new squad and basically starting from scratch. The point has correctly been made that the players we had for the past few seasons failed us, as did the previous manager. Probably only a few were worthy of trying to retain. 


“ You can’t win anything with youngsters “ was a famous, probably misquoted by me line from Alan Hanson. We aren’t exactly Manchester United though. 
 I still feel that we need more experienced players in the team. It’s all about balance. Most successful teams have a blend of promising young players who are hungry and seasoned pros who have experience and can steady the ship when things are tough. We aren’t going to win the league this year and that’s fair enough but I’d like to see a competitive team on the park. 
 

There’s a lot of enthusiasm amongst the Cowden supporters which is brilliant to see, given our massive fail this year. Fingers crossed that Mo can build a competitive team on what must be an extremely limited budget. 

Fair point. The experience element is an interesting one. Is experience a 35 year old or a is it a 25 year old who has playedd 100 games at spfl level.

The club I know for a fact has tried to bring in spfl experienced players but lost out either due to money or players not wanting to drop to lowland league that's the reality. We have tried. Will continue to try recruit well. There is experienced players dropped down to lowland but been offered significant sums more to play at other teams.

For ex players I think 3 or 4 were offered and turned them down to move on again for either more money or change of scenery.  Again we move on. I see comments why didnt we keep them or why didnt we re sign him its maybe that the player didnt want too...👌.

Probably be around 7 or 8 trialists tonight.

2 or 3 loan signings incoming.

Get behind the lads. Mon the cowden.

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Back in the "glory" days singing 4 experienced player got us promotion.  Johny Martin, Boyle, Nipper and Wright.

Anyway vast majority of fans are right behind Mo and the club.  All that's required now is a good start to the league.  

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36 minutes ago, vince sinclair said:

Back in the "glory" days singing 4 experienced player got us promotion.  Johny Martin, Boyle, Nipper and Wright.

Anyway vast majority of fans are right behind Mo and the club.  All that's required now is a good start to the league.  

And those players were likely expensive as Gordon McDougall pushed the boat out to acquire them 

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