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  1. Lots of good and valid points raised about matters on the pitch, which is where it really matters however I have started to become even more concerned about about our attendances as well. You just have to watch SATV games and see the whole stand to see how numbers appeared to have dropped over the years, but this year seems to be happening at an alarming rate. I don’t have any facts or figures to back it up but when I first started going to games, you would struggle to get a seat anywhere except the last couple of sections at the monument end. Even looking about now, where are the kids and the young lads? It looks like the largest chunk of our support is 40+, with quite a lot in the 30’s bracket and not much below that. It’s worrying. I know it’s not necessarily part of the first quarter, but I do think that this is the lowest attendances that I have seen since starting to watch the club in 2003, as a club and as supporters of a club, we’ve really got to attract people back along.
  2. Was at The Falkirk Stadium today and Darren Smith scored an absolute worldy to sink Falkirk.
  3. Wonderful mate, in fact it’s like reading modern Shakespeare! I love cup ties that are break from the norm and due to our countless meetings over the last however many years, this tie doesn’t give us this, so I’m a wee bit underwhelmed. However, what it does do is give us a half decent pay day for this level of the competition as looking through the teams that we could have drawn, only a few of them would have brought more fans to Forthbank than Clyde, so bring it on. Half decent chance of progress (although they are clearly favourites) and a couple of extra £££££ in the coffers, not bad eh?
  4. So we are into the hat for the next round draw, but the result flattered a pretty inept Strathspey. Had it not been for wonderful Goalkeeping and equally poor finishing, then the score line would have been vastly different. As has been mentioned above,Heaver was quite rightly voted MOTM and put in a hell of a shift. I have only seen him in the games against Stenhousemuir and today, but he looks like an exciting player. He was full of direct running and offered so much. Sure, he made mistakes but if he can keep up the standards he set today then he’s going to have a wonderful season. It’s hard to believe he’s 27 and never played in the league until now. The same can’t be said about the other Strikers though. I hate to be critical of our lads but once again Hawke looked out his depth and was rightly hooked at Half Time, Duffy missed a Hattrick of easy chances, whilst being ball greedy at other times and Max Wright looked totally ineffective, giving the ball away twice. Throw in Dylan Mackin, who looks to be out the picture and out of shape, you do wonder who’ll be the first to be offered some kind of deal to leave the club as ,Duffy aside, it does seem to be the same story on a weekly basis. Anyway, today was a day of positives and I thought there was a lot to take, but it’s like when you are judging Scotland v San Marino, due to the lack of opposition, it’s hard to judge how good we actually were. Most of what was good about our play today, came down the left hand side and through the trio of Creaney, Thomson and Heaver. in fact, it’s safe to say the 3 if them cruised the first half and ultimately won us the game. Like the Stricker’s, the rest of the squad were hit and miss but thankfully there were more hits than misses. Jardine showed flashes of brilliance and if he could just show a little bit more composure, could have scored. Nicol looked more like the player we saw at Clyde and the 2 Centre Backs, McLean & McGregor, strolled the little that they had to deal with. Currie pulled off a wonderful save before Strathspey had a good shout for a penalty, when the ball hit McGeachie’s arm, going by the new rules then it was a penalty, so it was a let off, but other than that, they didn’t really show much else. Although not the 5 that Pete was demanding, it was still another positive result for KR and hopefully we can get a money spinner in the next round. Next weeks game is now cancelled, as Cowdenbeath face Broxburn in their reply, however, whatever happens with our next game, Heaver must be playing and hopefully he can repeat this level of play in League 2 also. Finally, it was also good to bump into the voice of reason, @Darth Bino, it’s always a pleasure mate.
  5. The Lowland League the the Highland League are both the 5th in equal measures, it’s simply regionalised. Other than that, totally agree with what @The Gray Man says a little bit further up.
  6. If Theresa May had done this ‘deal’, Brexiters would be queueing up to condemn the EU’s ‘annexation’ of Northern Ireland. It’s a funny old game.
  7. Robert Snodgrass retires from International duty at the age of 32.
  8. Must admit that this last few years has been the lowest in terms of club and national support for me. Both have turned into something as a punishment and it’s turning me into one of those negative nellies that I have despised for years, but the national team follows the same cycle as our beloved Stirling Albion. The usual pundits churn out the line “it’s the hope that kills you” and actually it’s true. When I was a child, we used to look enviously at England but accepted that they had a greater population than us so would of course have better players, but for the last few years I have looked at Wales and N.Ireland and thought, well if they could do it, then why can’t we? Take out the obvious exception of Bale and would you have any of the other players in each of there squad in ours?? I don’t think I’d be clambering for any of them in honesty, so why can’t we do it? As I say, I’m off to the game tomorrow night but I’m fed up and don’t see it changing any time soon. Why do we as supporters do this to ourselves?
  9. About 6 years ago, I met Declan Gallagher in Prison. He wasn’t a Warder or a worker, in fact he was a prisoner on remand and awaiting sentencing. He was involved in a violent altercation with friends at a house party, I can’t remember the ins and outs of the incident, but ultimately his contract at Livingston FC had been terminated and he found himself behind bars, which despite what the media tell us, is somewhere you really don’t want to be. I worked in the gym in this prison and one Saturday, after finishing a workout, Declan was sitting on the cross-trainer watching the scores come in via Sky Sports News. He was devastated and spoke of how his life was in ruins and that he had let so many people down and he didn’t know how what he was going to do. I’d heard sob stories a million times over the years, but I could see (and hear) that what this lad was saying was true, and from the heart. I remember saying to him that his life was now at a crossroads, he could go on to be another young footballer who flew with the crows and was shot with the crows and he could continually do that, or he could do the best that he possibly could, to stay out of all the nonsense that goes on within prison and do his best to get his life back on track when he got out, but ultimately, learn by his experience and never take the position that he was is in, prior to the incident, for granted. He already knew that, I didn’t tell him anything he hadn’t heard a million times before, or that he hadn’t already told himself a million times. Over his time on Remand, Declan did everything he possibly could, to show that he was sorry for what had happened and actually, for the time I knew him, came across as a really good young lad with his head screwed on. He went to court after about a month of being in Remand, maybe slightly longer, and from memory the judge gave him a suspended sentence of a few years. Upon returning to society he was re-signed by Livingston FC, who were hugely criticised on social media and in the national media at the time and 3 years later he has been called up to the Scotland squad and has arguably been the best Defender in Scotland so far this season. So what can we take from this story?? I would say that ultimately, from the individual point of view, never think your life is over. No matter how dark it is or how bad it gets. We all make mistakes, some are huge and seem like the end of the world, others are not so, however if you have the right attitude and show remorse and prove to people you are a good person, then things can work out. You may not get back what you lost, but you can still have a happy ending and doors will open for you. Furthermore, be remorseful. I know from what Declan had said over his weeks in prison that he was, and I know from media reports that he did everything he could to apologise and make it up to the victim, who will probably never forget what happened, but also, never give up showing people and proving to people that you have learned from your mistake. From a society perspective, give people a second chance, if they are working hard to show they are sorry then they deserve that. You know when someone is a good person. If the people at Livingston FC had never allowed him a second chance, or any other club in Scotland, how would his life have ended up? It could have been a downward spiral for the lad that could have ended horribly. Good luck to Declan, it’s great see that he was sincere in what he was saying during this time and it’s great to see that he has managed to put that behind him and hopefully his career doesn’t end here and he he goes on to get more caps for the nation and maybe even go onto bigger things at club level.
  10. Have to agree with this, the last 3 games should have been the foundation to build on, and meeting a poor Brechin side today should have been the point where we kick on, it’s not happened and again we are talking about would of, could of, should of. If you’re not worried then i’m flabbergasted.
  11. A few weeks back, most people were saying he had 4 games to get us back on track, in that time we beat Elgin and drew with Annan, Stenhousemuir & Brechin. Fair play many would say, but is another 2 games (against Cowdenbeath & Albion Rovers) going to show us anything else? 10 games gone and we are so far removed from being a Play Off/Promotion team, it’s frightening. Everyone needs to do more than what’s happening, whether that’s with or without KR.
  12. It’s the hope that kills you @Bobs, didn’t go today (still no money after being made redundant) but since switching elegance’s 17 years ago to follow this club (I was raised a Dunfermline fan), i’ve never felt this flat and deflated, which is why I lived in hope that the corner was turning, but now i’m Not sure. Sorry folks.
  13. We’ve simply got to win, think it would be a disaster to slip 4 points behind Brechin and potentially Elgin, especially when the preseason goal was promotion. I have faith we can do it, the scores against Elgin. Annan & Stenny have been positive and I hope for everyone involved with the club that we are turning the corner.
  14. You do realise Edinburgh changed managers during this time.....don’t you? 😂 Other than that, I agree with the rest of your post Pete and when I saw you yesterday (from a distance) you appeared to be in a better place.
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