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  1. Mike Brolly was born in Killie and signed for Chelsea as a teenager in the early 70's. I think he was from Newmilns originally. He played a handful of first team games before carving out a decent career in the lower leagues, principally for Grimsby Town.
  2. The dud Killie strikers topic

    Colin Nish missed the biggest sitter I've ever seen at Rugby Park when he hit the post from 3 yards out against Hearts. Thankfully it didn't matter as we won the game. His heading ability for someone his size was average at best. Nevertheless, I wouldn't have him anywhere near this list. Since I started watching Killie around 1980, the only players to have scored more goals than Nish are Boydie, Paul Wright and Ally Mitchell. Joe Reid from the late 80's was mentioned earlier. He scored 15 goals in 35 games which includes 12 sub appearances which is impressive considering he was playing in such a poor team. Aime Koudou would get my vote as the worst I've seen.
  3. I've done a wee bit of research and I think we beat our best ever number of games unbeaten on Saturday in the top flight. We did manage 10 unbeaten aways in 1973/74 however that was in the 2nd tier against the likes of Albion Rovers, Cowdenbeath and Clydebank. The previous best was 8(all wins) in 1959/60 during a 15 match unbeaten run. What did surprise me about that season during my research was that the average attendance that season was almost 3,000 higher than the Championship winning season just 5 years later. For example, we had crowds of 26,500 v Hearts, 17,500 v Hibs and 14,000 v Airdrie in 1959/60 but the equivalent matches in 1964/65 had attendances of 18,000, 10,500 and 5,300. Do any of the older supporters have an idea if there was a particular reason for such a large drop?
  4. Rangers thread

    I believe the last time was in September 1972. It was also a 2-1 win. An Eddie Morrison double cancelled out Tommy McLean's opener.
  5. Tickets

    When is the club shop open over the Christmas period?
  6. 1970 Scottish Cup semi-final

    He won the first of 5 caps for Scotland just a few weeks after this game. It's before my time but he seems to have fallen from grace pretty quickly. He later became an agent and if memory serves me correctly, Scott Brown used to be one of his clients. He made his debut in the Championship winning season but he didn't attend the 50th anniversary reunion. I can only deduce from your post that sadly, like a few of his team mates, he wasn't well enough to go.
  7. Scottish Cup Draw RossCo (H)

    I know a lot of supporters including myself are looking for an away draw against lower league opposition, especially those in the bottom two divisions. However based on past history, I wouldn't get my hopes up too high. Discounting Ayrshire's wee team, we haven't drawn a minnow away from home in 20 years when we played Stranraer away. It was the first game we played in defence of the cup we won the previous year. Arbroath away would be for me the perfect draw but I've been saying that for over 10 years. We haven't played them away in the cup since 1921. The last time we played the other minnows away who are still left in the competition: Albion Rovers-1934 Alloa-2000 in a reply but haven't drawn them away since 1920 East Fife-1965 Montrose-1969 Peterhead-& the 4 Highland League teams never Maybe this will change tomorrow night and we'll finally get a cup draw to get excited about.
  8. What was your first game?

    My dad, my grandpa and wee brother went to a few games in the late 70's early 80's but I have no idea what my first one was. I tried to find out years later but all my grandpa could remember was that we were all at a Scottish cup game v the team from South Ayrshire in 1981. The first game I remember attending was v Hearts in May 1982 when we were both challenging for promotion. It was a nil nil draw which featured on Scotsport the next day. All I can remember was some old guy running on the park in the first half and kicking the ball. He got lifted but he ran out and did it again in the 2nd half! My first away game was v Motherwell in the Scottish Cup in February 1988. We drew 0-0 and lost the reply at Rugby Park despite leading 1-0 with 20 minutes to go.

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