2004 Year in Review

Jan 2004

Sweg's Nets From the Spot Vs the Pars

Killie finished Dec 2003 with 20 points from 18 matches and are in 8th place in the SPL. Killie start the new year up north in Aberdeen, and register their 4th consecutive SPL loss! 1-3 was the final score with Colin Nish scoring a late consolation goal for Killie, after he had missed a penalty to pull Killie even in the 1st half. Our fortune's improve the following week Vs Raith in the cup as their keeper plays a "howler" and we go on to win 3-1 , with goals coming from McSwegan, McDonald & Nish. Killie are then "rewarded" win a home draw Vs holders Rangers in the 4th round of the cup. Rumours are also circulating around Peter Canero's future as me be getting ready to do a Gary Holt, and move off to England before he is lost for nout at the end of the season. Killie had reported making him a generous offer. However the challenge was too much for Pedro to turn down, and was subsequently transferred to Leicester City for around 250K.

Killie then ended their 4 match SPL losing run by picking up a home point with a 1-1 draw with the Pars, Killie's goal coming via the
penalty spot (their 1st converted of the season) through Gary McSwegan.
The club then sign French under 21 internationalist Eric Skora on loan from Preston North End until the end of the season. Greg Shields leaves to join Dunfermline with no fee involved.  It was also confirmed that Sean Hessey was released from his contract. Killie had also been in talks with former Dundee player George Nemsadze but his wage demands did not fit into the club's wage structure. It was also reported that Colin Meldrum's contract will not be renewed for next season.
Killie then host Hibernian and lose 0-2, with Williamson's men scoring 2 goals in 60 odd sec's just after the break. Eric Skora does make his debut. The biggest cheer of the day from the home support was the sub'ing of Stevie Fulton before the hour mark. (This was a real "talking point at the time on this site's message boards, with the final thought being that these cheers were "well out of order"). Killie Close out Jan at Celtic and lose
1-5 . Fowler, Dodds, Nish, Baggio & Freddie are all dropped after the Hibs match David Lilley makes his debut after a move from the Jag's during the week. Killie play with a lot of heart and go in 0-0 at the break at Parkhead. However Eric Skora's first goal for Killie is the only bright spot in the second half. Two thirds of the regular season is now complete.

Killie finish the month with 21 points from 22 matches and are in 10th place in the SPL.

Feb 2004

Greer & Lilley Celebrate Vs the Jags

Killie opened Feb with a weeks training in Spain before returning home to host a Scottish Cup tie. Killie go on to lose 0-2 to Rangers despite a very credible performance. The main talking point was Killie's sales with fewer than 2,000 fans choosing to pay their way in (match was not covered by their season ticket). Not helping was this Sunday match was screened live by the BBC. Three days later it was the same 0-2 score to Rangers this time at Ibrox in the SPL. Killie have now taken 1 point from their last eight SPL matches, and relegation was starting to be talked about.

However Killie took full advantage in their next match to make it 3 wins out of 3 Vs bottom of the table Partick, as Killie recorded a fine battling 2-1 comeback win, with t
heir goals coming from David Lilley and Kris Boyd. Craig Dargo also comes on as a sub for Killie & plays the last 15 mins.

Killie then fall flat on their faces at Motherwell and lose 0-1, on a difficult surface. Stevie "Baggio" Fulton's season is over as he has hip surgery. Killie also take a "pass" on entering the Interlotto cup as JJ indicates July football is too early. Killie then host Dundee and score FOUR goals at home !!
Danny Invincibile is the hero with his first 2 goals for the club as Killie go on to win 4-2. Colin Meldrum  also returned in goal. Skora & Boyd (from the spot) net Killie's other goals. This was Kris Boyd's 23rd first team goal for Killie, and Killie have never lost when "Boomer" has scored! Martin Hardie season is now also "done" as he has an "Op".

Killie finish the month with 27 points from 26 matches and are in 10th place in the SPL.

Mar 2004

Late Hearts Equaliser Celebrations

For the second week running Rugby Park reverberated to the sounds of  "Down Under" after Danny Invincibile showed he is finally living up to his name by plundering his third goal in two matches to rescue a point, for Killie in a 1-1 draw with Hearts.The Australian popped up three minutes before the end of this game to score unchallenged with a header. Colin Meldrum had to go off after 47 mins with a calf injury, which meant a first team debut for young Graeme Smith. Killie were then "idle" as Livingston made the CIS Final. The two week layoff see's Killie put a horror opening 45 mins. as we go on to lose 1-4 to the Arabs up there. Manager Jefferies describes the performance "It was the worst performance I have seen from any team I have been involved with!".  Danny Invincibile scored his 4th goal in 3 games as Killie's only bright spot! 

Manager Jefferies then demands a much improved effort when the Dons come calling the following week.
Killie respond with an emphatic  3-1 win, with Craig Dargo scoring in the 1st min of his first start of the season, as he filled in for the injured Invincibile. Boomer Boyd gets his 9th & 10th goals of the season. Another bright spot is the home crowd of 7,250 after the club turns back time and allows entry for just a tenner! Killie have now taken 10 points out of their last 4 SPL matches at Rugby Park.

Killie finish the month with 31 points from 29 matches and are in 8th place in the SPL.

Apr 2004

The Boys Celebrate Their Home Hibs Win

Killie then played 3 consecutive away matches, and picked up only 1 point ensuring Killie's "bottom 6" place. We outplayed the Pars and lost 1-2 with Danny Invincibile netting the opener for Killie. Young teenage goal sensation Naismith makes his Killie debut as a sub!  Then it was a mid week fixture at Livingston where a 1-1 draw was secured with Craig Dargo equalising 5 min's from time. Danny Invincibile picks up an ankle knock that allows Darg's to get on the park.  Killie then lose 0-3 to Hibs at Easter Rd, where the final score was very flattering for Hibs. In many ways these results reflected points dropped where the performances on the park warranted so much more, but defensive errors continued to cost Killie dearly! Francois Dubourdeau & Colin Meldrum are both confirmed by the club as being free to seek new clubs for next season. To finish up the "regular" first 33 games of the season Killie host Celtic and lose 0-1 as the Celts clinch the title. Meldrum gives the club something to think about as he had a fine game in goal! Again some dodgy ref'ing costs us, as an early Kris Boyd strike was chalked off, just the same as a potential game (from sub Nish) winner was nullified with 2 mins to go at Livingston.

Killie finish the "regular" season with 32 points from 33 matches and were in 11th place in the SPL. This represents 18 fewer points than the 2002-03 season.

Managerless Hibs (former Killie manager Bobby Williamson is off to Plymouth!) is the first fixture post the league "split", and a Kris Boyd double gives Killie the 2-0 win. Only 4,886 are in attendance, which was the lowest home gate of the season, despite the "kids for a quid" program being brought back for the last 3 home matches. Again Colin Meldrum has a fine match in the Killie goal, as Killie pick up only their 2nd "clean sheet" of the season, their first since Motherwell at home in Nov.
Mark Canning plays the last 11 mins coming on as a sub.

May 2004

Sweg's Completes Killie's 4 Goal Livi Comeback 

Killie's most memorable 45 min's of the season are played in the second half of the Livingston 4-2 home win. Killie came storming back after leaving the field at the half down 0-2 and to a chorus of boos!  Jim Jefferies confirmed his half-time team-talk had been "unrepeatable". Sub Colin Nish netted twice while Mark Canning got his first team goal, on his first team start. Gary McSwegan also scored for Killie off of the bench. With the introduction of Canning & Dodds, long time Killie fan Alan Mahood looks set to free'ed at the seasons end. Mahood had been out injured since the end of Sept. Prior to the Dee away match Killie also announce releasing Martin Hardie & Barry McLaughlin. Killie go on to lose 0-2 at Dundee, with manager Jim Jefferies being absent from the match while scouting defenders/goalkeeper/s in Portugal.

As the season winds down Killie resign Freddie Dindeleux, James Fowler and Garry Hay to one year deals. Danny Invincibile is also resigned on a one deal with an option for a 2nd year. Mark Canning and Paul di Giacomo are both given short-term deals also. Freddie tells killiefc.com (left)  that "he loves Kilmarnock" and would play for less to stay with the club.

Some more good news for the club, as Killie's U-19 beat Rangers 1-0 to win the Scottish Youth cup, with just under 4,000 in attendance at Rugby Park.

Killie's home finale was against Aberdeen, in what was Eric Skora's last match. Killie dispatched a very young Dons side 4-0 with Skora, Boyd (2) & Nish netting for the blues. Graeme Smith also had a shutout in goal, in his first ever start! Manager Jefferies sub'ed Erik Skora during the second half to allow the Killie faithful to give the French 22 year old the ovation he deserved as his loan from Preston was now over.

Firhill was the last match of the season, where Killie picked up a 2-2 draw in a match where 3 penalties were awarded. Kris Boyd scored his 15th of the season netting the rebound after his original penalty was saved. Sub Craig Dargo was both "hero & villain" scoring Killie's 2nd and giving up a 90th min pen to the Jags!

The final day's results cost Killie dearly as the last min Jags penalty (2 points and 1-2 SPL places), plus Clyde's failed promotion attempt means no Bully Wee ground sharing, and yet more revenues lost for Killie.

Before May is gone Killie also announce that 2002-03 killiefc.com POTY Stevie "Baggio" Fulton is being released, however he may be "invited" back to Killie's training camp when the new season begins. Also Gary McSwegan looks set to be moving on as he failed to sign up for a "short-term" new contract.

Kris Boyd
is voted as killiefc.com's POTY (Player of the Year) for 2003-04. More

Killie finish the season with 42 points from 38 matches and in 10th place in the SPL.

 

Killie Faithful at Partick on the Season's Final Day!

June 2004

Killie announce they will again travel to Il Ciocco in July for their pre-season "camp" in Italy. Pre season friendlies are announced Vs Ayr (A), and Leicester City & Derby Co both at home. Stevie "Baggio" Fulton is invited to train with Killie after his contract expired at the end of last season . . Gary McSwegan still remains unsigned, and looks certain to move on. Killie release their new 2004-05 Kit and put their new "Real Madrid" away looking top on sale right away.

July 2004

Manager Jim Jefferies makes Alan Combe his first signing of the "close season". Gary McSwegan joins Ross Co. Gary Wales (ex Hearts) & Peter Leven (ex Rangers 20 yr old) are signed to one year deals. Killie play 3 amateur teams in Italy and win by a combined score of 31-0. Free agent defenders Oumar Bakari and Mickael Wolski and Eric Joly, (he's the  brother-in-law of Freddie Dindeleux who recommended him to the Rugby Park club) who is with Belgian side Mons, played in a closed-doors 2-0 win over Falkirk. Welsh international defender Darren Barnard also played for Killie in their closed-doors midweek win over Falkirk. However, the left-back, who was at Grimsby last season, was  told he will not be offered a contract at Rugby Park.
Without any of these "new boys" Killie travel down to Scumerset and fall to A*r 5-4 on pens. Killie had led by 2 goals till A*r struck twice in the last 12 mins. Killie's scorers were Lilley and Dargo.

Our killiefc.com POTY (Player of the Year) Bash for 2003-04 to Kris Boyd was then held at the Howard on Sat the 24th of July after the A*r West Sound match.

Manger Jim Jefferies had the entire squad come back to the pub which was very well received.

To complete the pre-season lose 2-3 at home (Boyd & McDonald on target) to Leicester, with Pedro making his return, and then a dull 0-0 draw with Derby Co, Alan Combe having a fine game for the home side.

Aug 2004

Killie Celebrate Opening Day Win at Easter Rd

Killie have their "Open Day" on Aug 1st Pic's are Here. Eric Joly is signed to a one year contract. Triallist Patouillard returns to France because he wasn't offered anything. Bakari signs a 6 month deal but doesn't play as Killie draw 1-1 with the Jags in a closed door game at Auchencruive. Killie then withdraw their offer 24 hours later. On the eve of the new season Killie miss out on signing Paul Ritchie as he signs with the Arabs. Baz interviews Killie Chairman Jamie Moffat also on the eve of the new season - Here
Opening day comes on Aug 7th, and Killie give debuts to Alan Combe (who was first class) and Gary Wales, at Easter Rd. Leven & Joly make their debuts as 2nd half sub's. Kris Boyd scores with a deflected freekick, after sub Dargo is fouled to give Killie a 1-0 win over Hibs, and a precious 3 points. More importantly Killie record their first "shut-out" away from Rugby Park since April 27th 2
003 when we won 1-0 at Dundee. This was NOT accomplished during season 2003-04, so Killie get off to a flier.
Prior to the Celtic game Killie have a very busy week off the field. Firstly
Killie sign Allan 'Magic' Johnston on a three year deal. Johnston says "There were offers from several clubs down south and in Scotland but I wanted to sign for Killie". - More Baz & Allan act quickly and sponsor "Magic" for the 2004-05 season on behalf of www.killiefc.com.
Killie General Manager Davie Mackinnon then holds a Press Conference  to announced that leading Aussie lager brand Foster's will become the official beer at Rugby Park as part of a supply agreement with the stadium and The Park Hotel, which represents a 1M investment in the club - More
Killie then fall 2-4 at home to Celtic, after twice taking the lead, and only fall behind for good after we are reduced to 10 men when Lilley is red carded. The two Gary's were on the score-sheet for Killie McDonald & Wales (his 1st for the club).

Killie then go on to lose 0-3 at Tynecastle, despite playing well in the first half. Next up was the Accies in the CIS Cup and a fine 3-0 win is recorded with Danny Boy netting twice & Gary McDonald scoring the middle goal. This was Killie's first goal in the competition since Dargo's wonder strike in the 2000-01 semi at Hampden! Before the close of Aug Chairman Jamie Moffat announces his shares in Killie are for sale, as the club looks for a new investor. Perhaps Marie Macklin is waiting in the wings (
Here). The final Sunday month of the month brings Killie a 1-0 home win over the Pars, with Invincibile (right) getting the games only goal, and Alan Combe making a couple of fine save to help keep Killie in it!

Sep 2004

Kris Boyd Ties An SPL Record With 5 Goals Vs The Arabs

Killie didn't play again until  Sept 11th due to the World Cup qualifiers starting. Craig Samson was absent from the Scotland Under-21 team lines against Slovenia after being arrested for breach of the peace, after he and 9 others sneaked out of the Park Hotel.  Samson, on loan from Kilmarnock to Queen of the South, was Scotland's third choice U-21 keeper, and was subsequently dropped altogether. Killie then get their 3rd clean sheet (this is as many as we had all of last season!) of the new term, as Invincibile (his 4th in 3 games!) & Lilley who opened the scoring help Killie pick up 3 points at Livingston with a great 2-0 away win! Killie then host the Dons in a 2nd Vs 3rd battle, and lose 0-1, with the Dons only goal being an O.G. from Jamie Fowler. Then Killie lost in the CIS Cup at Tynecastle 1-2, with Peter Leven scoring on his first team debut.
Then the Killie faithful were treated  to a match & performance that led to an update of this site's "Clasic Killie Matches". Kris Boyd scored 5 times to tie the SPL record, for the most goals in a single game, as Killie beat the Arabs 5-2 at Rugby Park.

Killie finish the month with 12 points from 7 matches and are in 5th place in the SPL.

Oct 2004

Craig Dargo Celebrates His 1st Goal of the Season Vs Hibs

Killie open the month with a respectable 0-2 loss at Ibrox, with Boyd hitting the post while Killie were only a single goal behind, but we never really threatened enough in the final third (according to JJ). After 2 more dismal Scottish National team World Cup Qualifying results (Norway H, Moldova A). Killie resumed SPL play at Dundee on Oct 16th. Before the Dundee match Killie announce the passing of Killie legend Jackie McGrory, who was a member of great 60's teams, including the 64-65 Championship Winning side. Killie then sign Simon Ford (right) until the end of December. The 22-year-old centre-back  free agent, who was previously at Grimsby  Then at Dundee Kris Boyd's record of never having been on the losing side for Killie when he was on the score-sheet, ended as Killie fell 1-3 after he opened the scoring. Then there are some draws that feel like wins, and there are some draws that feel like losses. The result against Inverness clearly feels like the latter!  Killie were 2-1 up against bottom of the league Caley at home, who were down to 10 men, with less than 8 mins to play and could only get a 2-2 draw.  This was a disastrous result, despite Stephen Murray & Gordon Greer getting their 1st goals of the season.
The Monday after the Inverness game, Kris Boyd sustains a knee injury in training, and will be out 5-6 weeks! Killie do however do regroup and in Boyd's absence, Colin Nish nets 3 goals in his first 2 starts of the season. His first was at Motherwell where Killie held on to win 1-0, and also give Simon Ford a debut also in an overall gritty Killie performance. To finish Oct Killie thump Hibs at home 3-1 with Nish grabbing a double either side of Craig Dargo's first goal of the season. Ford also plays very well in his second start for Killie.

Killie finish the month with 19 points from 12 matches and are in 5th place in the SPL.

Nov 2004

McDonald Felled at Parkhead Gets No Call!

Killie visited Parkhead to start Nov looking for their 1st win there since 1955! And guess what? Yup you've guessed it, referee Steve Conroy, gave the Tic a dubious freekick just outside the bax, and then another dubious penalty kick. Then moments later denied Killie a spot kick of their own, when McDonald appeared to be fouled. Colin Nish did pull one back for Killie in the closing stages, but it was all too late as Celtic hung on, and Killie ran out 1-2 losers. Graeme Smith made is debut for Killie and filled in very well for the unfit Alan Combe. Killie prior to Hearts match, launch their official 64-65 title winning anniversary strip - Here  Combe is also "called-up" for the upcoming Scotland friendly international Vs Sweden. Peter Leven then opens the scoring in an entertaining 1-1 home draw with Hearts. Killie failed to kill the match off and Hearts came back back to earn a point. More good news for Leven, as he plays for the Scotland U-21 National team, and then appears set to get a new Killie deal! Then disaster struck an "in-form" Killie get taken apart at Dunfermline as we go on to lose 1-4 , with sub Gary Wales netting his second goal of the season, as Killie's only consolation. Killie also introduce a new 3rd strip an all red kit in the away Pars match. Killie finish up Nov with a dismal 1-3 loss at home to bottom of the league Livingston, with a performance that manager Jefferies described as "the worst of the season". Allan Johnston did score his 1st goal for Killie being the only bright-spot.

Killie finish the month with 20 points from 16 matches and are in 7th place in the SPL.

Dec 2004

Kris Boyd Lets 8 Weeks of Frustration "Out" In The Dec Dee Win

Killie travel to 3rd place Aberdeen to open Dec and lose 2-3, with a battling performance. Killie go down after twice taking the lead. We are called for 29 fouls! Nish is also sent off, and Combe "gifts" the Dons their 2nd goal. Danny & Leven (He needs a nickname!) with a wonder freekick score for Killie. An out of touch Kris Boyd did however return from injury for Killie. French defender Mickel Wolski has signs a one month contract. Worse was to follow as Killie fell 0-3 to the Arabs, and were unlucky not to go in at least even at the half instead of 2 down. Gary McDonald  signs a new deal to keep him with Killie till May 2006. A much improved performance in 0-1 home loss to Rangers, which was a Sunday live Setanta match. Graeme Smith filled in for the injured  Alan Combe in goal and has an excellent match. David Lilley started a 3 match suspension in missing the Rangers game.

On Tuesday 22nd Dec killiefc.com hosted a "live on-line chat" with Davie MacKinnon & Jim Jefferies and a good experience was had by all.
JJ's transcript is Here & Davie Mack's Here.

Killie next hosted Dundee on Dec 27th and do find their form again, to halt their 6 game losing skid in an excellent 3-1 home home win! Smith again plays well in goal, while  Invincibile, Ford (who is now staying with Killie till May 05)
and Boyd all net for Killie. This was Boomers 1st goal since Oct 16th. Sean Dillon goes out on loan to Greenock Morton &
Craig Samson to St Johnstone.

Killie finish the month (& year) with 23 points from 20 matches and are in 7th place in the SPL.

2004 Complete Killie SPL Record

                          P W D L F A Pts
03/04 Home 9 5 2 2 17 11 17
03/04 Away 10 0 2 8 07 23 02
  19 5 4 10 24 34 19
04/05 Home 10 4 2 4 18 16 14
04/05 Away 10 3  0 7 09 20 9
  20 7 2 11 27 36 23
2004 Home

19

9 4 6 35 27 31
2004 Away

20

3 2 15 16 43 22
2004 Complete 39 12 6 21 51 70 42

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