Season 2018-19

Season Diary

July 31st 2018... Here we go again! Not much to report on the signings front as Steve Clarke concentrated on consolidating the squad we had to give us a level of consistency. Ndjoli has been loaned in for six months and seems to have a bit of pace about him, and goals. Millen was brought in as cover for internationalist O’Donnell, but we have not really seen enough of him to pass judgement. Mulumbu remains unattached although he is rumoured to be training with Sunderland (who isn’t these days?) and the manager remains, quite rightly, tight lipped about anyone he is trying to sign, although midfielder Diego Poyet still seems to be training with us. We’ve had a slow start but topped our group in the League Cup and I remain confident that Clarke will continue to get good performances and results from whoever he selects. If you don’t have your season ticket yet now is the time to get it…Killie are back.

August 7th 2018... It has been nine years since we took all three points from our opening fixture and despite a slow start on Saturday we reversed that trend in style. The goal, as ever, came from Boyd, only it was defender Scott this time and not Boomer who stuck it away. Ndjoli entered play as a substitute late in the game and scored a sublime effort to seal the win but really it could have been more. We go into week two sitting fourth in the table…or joint top as I like to see it, only one goal off the pace. It looks like we will be signing Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann from Watford this week but so far there has been no other transfer news; he is only 24 so maybe Steve Clarke sees him as an understudy and not just a back-up to Jamie MacDonald. Remember if you sign up for the Trust or subscribe to TIK before the Hearts game you can win a signed Jamma top!

August 14th 2018... You know my mantra by now, any point away from home is a good point, whether it is a good game or not. If the Chris Burke effort had gone in we would be up there with Hearts, but it is still good to be second equal and undefeated going into next week’s cup match against that new lot from Glasgow. News of Lee Erwin heading to Iran came as a bit of a shock but understandable if the reported wage increase is true. He has a fantastic first touch and I think he still has unfinished business at Rugby Park, so if he leaves then it is with our best wishes and hopefully we might see him back one day. I hope Eamon ‘the Wolf’ Brophy now gets a more sustained run in the team…the wee man shoots on sight and seems liable to score at any time. That said, I have no doubt that Steve Clarke may still have an ace up his sleeve.

August 21st 2018... A bad day at the office on Sunday and as much as I feel that we held our own for the most part, we probably did not deserve to go through on the day. You can’t win them all unfortunately, and as tough as it is to take it on the chin from the new kid on the block, we just have to pick ourselves up and move on. Social media can be a great thing, the number of debates started and problems solved on the Kickback forums are too numerous to mention, but some fans just take it too far. The players will be the first to admit they didn’t perform as well as we know they can but they don’t need some muppet on Twitter telling them they are not even trying. Jordan Jones had two to three players on him all day, and the one time he got through the ball ended up in the net. Killie fans want him to stay, slating him on a public forum where he engages with fans will not help matters…how about showing some support when we’re down?

August 28th 2018... Saturday’s match must go down in the win Collum, for Willie and his ego. Having seen the Gary Dicker incident again I am still clueless as to how that could be construed as a red card offence, yet their goalkeeper lifting his hands and shoving a player over in the box was deemed only worthy of a chat. There are too many other instances to mention, for and against us to be honest, a draw would have been a fairer result in my eyes. In general terms we still seem to be lacking creativity in the midfield areas which is curtailing opportunities up front, the goals are drying up. We know we have the backbone of a good team but the addition of a Mulumbu type player could make a huge difference. Clarke has a real job on his hands persuading players to come here with our pitch and wage budget, we can but hope that his reputation will swing a few deals our way again.

September 4th 2018... What a difference a week makes as a refereeing decision goes our way, we have signings galore and we managed a win in the Granite City for the first time in years! With Kris Boyd benched, Eamonn Brophy led the line and was judged to have been impeded early doors, which saw us with a numerical advantage for the wolf’s share of the game. The wee man stroked home a free kick to put us one up and things never looked back. Aaron Tshibola, midfield controller, deputised well for the suspended Gary Dicker and fellow ‘new’ signing Greg Stewart doubled our advantage in the second half with a contender for goal of the season on the counter attack. Steve Clarke showed his contempt for the SFA and their disciplinary panel during the week and next in the firing line was our Aberdeen hoodoo, which was also blown away. A big up to the board, the manager, the players and the travelling fans…good to be a Killie.

September 11th 2018... It is good to be able to talk about our own players on what is usually an international break for us. Stephen O’Donnell featured in both Scotland’s matches, starting against Albania and was arguably one of the best players on the pitch. I will be very surprised if he has not done enough to retain his place for the Israel game. We had a lot of fans worried about the lack of signings during the transfer window but it would appear that the wealth of talent Steve Clarke now has at his disposal should dispel their fears. We have not even seen some of the new players yet, and both Jack Byrne and Bright Enobakhare come with impressive reputations. With Greg Kiltie, Dom Thomas and Rory Mackenzie also knocking on the manager’s door again, the competition for places is intense. We could struggle a wee bit for a centre half at times but I am sure Clarke will address that in January. It looks like the fears of Boydie's testimonial dinner turning into a Sash Bash were unfounded, which can only auger well for the match to follow. Fans were understandably concerned when the dinner was scheduled to be held in Glasgow and one of the nominated charities was a Rangers one, but reports coming in are favourable from anyone who was there.

September 18th 2018... We have complained that much about refereeing and decisions by the SFA of late that I am starting to wonder if we are becoming paranoid or they are all out to get us! Maybe we should not bother playing matches and allow someone at the SFA to decide who is getting the points…Saturday being a case in point. It was a great first half of football, full of highs and lows, but the outcome was settled by a dodgy penalty against us and then not getting a decision at the other end. Fair play to Hibs they are a good side and Mallan is quality addition for them, but we have enough quality of our own to be winning such matches and it is frustrating when we end up feeling cheated. We will win more games than we lose playing like that and it is great to be able to feel that Sunday’s game against Celtic is not a foregone conclusion. It will be tough, but I have faith that we have the players to get a result.

September 25th 2018... It appears that my faith paid off in no uncertain terms due to a manager who knows what he is doing and a squad that just won’t give in. We are now unbeaten against the champions in four consecutive matches for the first time since the sixties and for the first time in years the league is looking interesting. I had a good feeling when the ‘Trust in Killie’ History Board was unveiled before the match by Steve Clarke and Trust Chairman Jim Thomson declared that this was only the beginning and better was still to come. And so it did. Aaron Tshibola proved that the manager had opted for the right #27 to sign and Mulumbu blotted his copybook with our fans with a petulant display that saw our respect for him rapidly diminish. It hard to single out players when you put in such a good team performance but Chris Burke was also outstanding, what a work ethic he has, and Stuart Findlay could be the shrewdest signing Clarke made this summer. Their goals were just reward for the effort they put in and their determination to get a result for the mighty was an inspiration to their team mates and the fans watching as well. We saw the best and worst of the Celtic support as they joined with us in a tribute to Tommy Burns in the 51st minute, and then threw smoke bombs on that damaged the pitch and proceeded to wreck seats again. With shocking referees and no control over the so-called big teams…the SFA are a joke.



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