Comment on Journey’s End? by wee_alpha.
BIG PINKMAY 9, 2016 at 00:40
Great pic for ‘Well fans. The 91 cup team reunion. I think two players are missing (Arnott and Nijholt?)- and of course Davie Cooper and Phil O’Donnell no longer with us.
Certainly brings back memories. Bobby Russell and John Philliben stood in for the 2 great players sadly no longer with us.
After reading Shug’s, erm, analysis, I am seriously considering cancelling my subscription too! Is this what SFM has come to?
Teams beat other teams. Sometimes teams who have more shots on target than their opposition still lose. Sometimes for no apparent reason a team will play poorly. At the start of this year my team went unbeaten for 5 games, then lost 6 in a row and then won 5 in a row. Why is that? Did they deliberately play badly for 6 games to give the opposition a wee hand up the league? Or maybe to make it more exciting for the supporters when they started winning again and shot up into the top 6? Of course not, its just the way football goes.
Don’t disagree with your assessment of Shug’s views, but you own analysis and conclusion that he speaks for SFM comes from a sample size of one 🙂
Other strange views are available – here and elsewhere – from time to time.
IANAGAINAPRIL 12, 2016 at 15:56
Imitation is sincerest form of flattery and all that! And its wee_alpha, weeyin is my wee brother (he actually is btw). 🙂
IANAGAINAPRIL 12, 2016 at 11:50
Mid-week games – Accies v Inverness, and Ross Co. v Motherwell – SPFL always putting the fans first !!
Either you and I are sharing the same brain or you have nicked my post from Steelmen online – how very dare you
Small Price to Pay?
EASYJAMBOFEBRUARY 13, 2017 at 11:5
Big Pink February 13, 2017 at 11:18Interestingly though, Airdrie, whose old Broomfield ground was famously the highest above sea-level of all UK clubs, are actually even higher at their new place at 452′ amsl.=====================
I agree with you about Airdrie being the highest ground in Scotland but Boundary Park, Oldham at 523ft, and The Hawthorns, WBA at 550ft are both higher in the UK.
When you sit at Fir Park with the almost inevitable gale blowing round the stands it feels like the highest ground in the world! As far as the surface is concerned though the new groundsman has done a miraculous job of turning it into best playing surface in the league. (Though being a perfectionist he still wants to dig it up in the close season and do some more work on the drains, apparently they are too close too the surface for his liking).
Good Try Mr. McKenzie
CLUSTER ONEJANUARY 28, 2017 at 16:24 At the start of january league chiefs modified existing guidelines and issued a reminder to scottish clubs about unacceptable behaviour at games by fans in a bid to avoid strict liability being imposed.After todays game Motherwell v the rangers.Over to you SPFL
Indeed. I was there this afternoon and the sectarian singing was deafening at times, and then there was the smoke bomb and something else that sounded like worlds biggest fire cracker! Before the match Motherwell made their usual announcement about unacceptable behavior, so I am going to contact them directly to make a complaint. Not sure it will do any good, but as part-owner maybe I’ll get a reply!
Just be even-handed I should also say that at the 4-3 Celtic game, a Celtic fan threw a flare after one of their goals that exploded beside a young ball boy who had to be led away in a distressed state. As far as I know Celtic weren’t punished for this, but I do believe that some Celtic officials checked after the game so see if he was alright and Scott Brown gave him his signed shirt.
Good Try Mr. McKenzie
As its a bit quiet today so far, some of you might find this interesting. Its a podcast featuring Motherwell’s Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows giving his views on Project Brave and in particular the Elite Academies proposal. Lets just say he is not for it! But he does raise some valid reasons for that, including once the elite 8 have been chosen its pretty much a closed shop after that. (Its quite a long interview, about 60 minutes, with other views being chipped in by the other podcast guys).
It seems that there is an update meeting today with the SFA at Hampden, so I will keep an eye on his reaction to that – he’s usually pretty good at tweeting directly or answering questions from fans.
At the moment the Development League top 8 are (in League order) – Hibernian, Motherwell, Hamilton Accies, Ross County, Falkirk, Partick Thistle, Dunfermline and Celtic (who have played 4 or 5 games less). Do you think these would be the teams that are top of the list for Elite Academy status?
End of the Road for King?
CHARLIE_KELLYJANUARY 17, 2017 at 13:32
Council for Corals appear to be going down the “If you can’t attack his argument then attack his character” route.All the questions to Mr Kinloch have been about his employment history, his gambling history, what blogs he reads etc…. What does any of this have to do with rangers being relegated or not being relegated in 2012? I’d have thought that an “objection” to that line of questioning would be in order or have I been watching too much TV ?
Maybe he’s leading up to a “Perry Mason” moment!
The Day I was on the Scotland U-23 Bench
STEVIEBCDECEMBER 19, 2016 at 01:00
Thanks for sharing that BP – didn’t know you were ‘besties’ with Mr. Stein!
As for today’s lack of empathy with the paying punters, what always irritates me is when you see players rush in/out of buses/stadiums with their big headphones over their nuts.
May as well carry a sign that says;“I’m too important to talk to the little people!”(Based on being paid decent money for kicking a ball around a field.)
I’m guessing there is much more empathy on display at the lower league clubs?And not forgetting Turnbull Hutton who actually replied personally to emails.
At Motherwell this season on they have implemented a Signing Zone at home games, where 2 first team players turn up about an hour and half or so before the game starts and sign shirts, programmes, scarves etc, and also pose for photos with the kids (of all ages). Its proved to be very popular.
A few weeks ago they had a calendar signing where the whole first team squad turned up and signed calendars and again posed for photos with the kids. Afterwards there was a “pub” quiz in which quite a few of the players entered teams along with supporters, again much enjoyed by all.
Our new Fan Engagement Officer who has worked with clubs in England, said that he was really impressed by the players willingness to take part and engage with supporters, as at some of clubs he has been at they get wrapped up in cotton wool and kept away from the fans.
I am sure a lot of “smaller” clubs do similar things and benefit from it.