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  1. As we awake from our slumber the reality is we are now a championship club for the first time in nearly 30 years. Some of us will be seeing this for the first time in our life’s and look forward to the experience of new grounds, new teams, new away days. Some of us of older vintage have seen it before and there are many memorable games and days away. If your new to this situation ask one of the elders what it’s like and I’m sure we will all agree that one season is more than enough outside the top league as the novelty of Arbroath on a wet Wednesday in January is nothing to look forward to in 2 or 3 seasons at this level. The hope is that this will be a short visit and will end in lifting the title at the end of the season. It just doesn’t look right when the top league fixtures are out and we ain’t in it. I would also like to think this gives us a clean slate to reconnect fans with players and those behind the scenes. Yes mistakes have been made for various reasons by people and we can all be critical but can any of us say that we have never made mistakes? Let’s try and be more positive about the new squad instead of slating players we have yet to see in the flesh, the team will make mistakes but let’s get behind them and encourage them back on track. Have a little bit of faith that the people behind the scenes are doing their best and have the best interest of the club at heart. If not give them ideas on how to improve the situation not the usual knee jerk reaction to moan. If your view is constantly negative that can have a negative effect on others. As the last 30 years have taught us we do better when we all pull in the same direction. The Fleeting years, The cup victories, playing in Europe, beating the weggies home and away, SSC. When animosity, disconnection, splits, negativity arrives then no one wins. Hovering to close to the relegation trap door on too many occasions in most of the recent years except SSC years and eventually relegation. On Monday night I will walk through the turnstiles with my old man back in my spiritual home where I have been unable to attend for over 15 months with a skip in my step an extra beat in my heart and possibly a lump in the throat. Catching up with friends and acquaintances not seen in that time (socially distanced) outside of course. Lets make this a time for memories for all the right reasons and all pull together and come the end of the season witness the same scenes when a goalless draw against Accies saw us rightfully sitting at the top table of Scottish football, the stadium bursting at the seems, the fans and the town buzzing with excitement. Together we are Killie. KTID
    64 points
  2. Absolutely superb post-match interview from Innes Cameron there. So refreshing to hear from a positive, enthusiastic Killie fan given the chance to play up front and eager to take his chance. All of a sudden I don’t think there’s a young player I’ve ever wanted to succeed quite as much. Loved his attitude, his confidence, his enthusiasm, the way he shrugs off misses and keeps going, his penalty finish. Absolutely lovely stuff to watch. Solid, positive evening all round. Keeper and defence are light years ahead of last year and central defenders are really astute signings, Haunstrup grew as a player as his confidence came back, Polworth and Alston looked interesting additions, Polworth’s dead balls look good, and Burke is an absolute star. Miles ahead from start to finish. Excellent start.
    45 points
  3. There are 2 sets of fools .. 1. a small group politicians who make stupid rules that aren't clear enough to people and not based on science but whatever they feel will make them popular. 2. Another group of morons who believe they know better than the experts.. and nothing should apply to them. Which one are you in... I'm sure the team won't miss your support on Tuesday. I can't believe after a terrible 18 months we throw away the good work by everyone, with limited exceptions. Moving your seat or being socially distanced isn't much to ask ... BtW my daughter started back working as a nurse in Chrosshouse after being off for 3 months with Covid and a long recovery... working 12 hour shifts in the respiratory ward.. she had to deal with people dying alone with no family.. not just older people but all ages. Not a lot to ask to sit apart or in different seats. Complaining about how much it cost... yes wasted spend in some areas, some folk made a lot of money, others did without and suffered terribly. But the majority are still here thanks to sacrifices made. By all means red card me but there are some selfish arseholes on this forum.
    41 points
  4. Gutted to announce my time on #Killie TV 📺 has come to an end. Would like to thank all at @KilmarnockFC for the opportunity. Wish the club all the best and can’t wait to get back to Rugby Park to cheer on the boys from the stand. To clarify. This wasn’t a financial decision. I never took a penny from the club for my services for 2 years and would of been happy to continue on that basis. It’s the clubs decision and one they are entitled to make. Certainly no bad feeling towards anyone at the club from me. Rather than pastures new or anything like that, not something I would be interested in pursuing. Back to following Killie home and away for me. #WeareKillie
    40 points
  5. Irrespective of how this has been handled by our club, and to be fair, clear and constant communication throughout would have eased a lot of concerns amongst supporters, I’m still amazed that the SPFL get away unscathed from scheduling this as the first fixture. Killie at home to Inverness for example would have minimised impact on fans due to the number who may have traveled. In a football climate where cash is king, this fixture is a huge source of income for us and the fixture date could effectively cost us £100K in lost gate receipts. Taking money out the equation, the governing body has a responsibility to look after clubs and promote the sport in our country while encouraging supporters to attend. They have the biggest fixture outwith the premier league and they schedule it for the worst possible time. I would loved to have seen Kilmarnock and ‘our opponents’ go public with this and call out the powers that be for being totally inadequate at their jobs, yet again, and ultimately putting fans last.
    38 points
  6. Some of the commentary on this thread is getting ridiculous. Those who were able - throughout the Covid crisis - to maintain their season ticket holder status DO deserve priority over tickets this season. These are the people who have allowed the club to maintain itself in circumstances approaching some kind of normality. To start demanding that these folks should give up the privileges they have paid for is more than unfair. Even more unfair is suggesting that these people are somehow a different class from the average, working-class fan. Believe me, I am very much an average, working-class fan who was brought up in a struggling household in Springside. Maintaining my season ticket over the past two seasons has meant sacrifices in other areas of my life. I will not be written off as some posh twat who is lording it over real fans because I now get priority in ticket allocations. All of us want every Killie fan back at RP as soon as possible but, until that happens, surely those Loyalty Season ticket holders should get first option on tickets. About time we stopped looking for issues to divide us. This, of all times, is when we should pull together as a support. Even if that means, for a short time (hopefully) that those supporters who dug as deep as they could to keep the club solvent get a little bit of reward for their efforts.
    38 points
  7. You acquainted with a certain popular ditty by a Mr Robert Zimmerman, about times, and how they are a-changing? Even before the pandemic pubs were closing at a phenomenal rate. Socialising, and drinking habits have changed markedly in recent years, so it’s eminently sensible the Killie business model for revenue streams was reviewed. It may not be to universal approval, but everything that Bowie et al are doing to the environs of Rugby Park is a substantial upgrade. The superstore and the portacabin do not even bear comparison. The Blues restaurant relocated on the ground floor of the hotel is way better than the previous incarnation, in every aspect from quality of food, to surroundings and service. The new Pavilion is excellent. Really nice inside, great selection of food and drink and its dual purpose will mean it brings in revenue on match days for those looking their pre-match pint, and still be a good source of income during the week. Venues like this have to appeal to as wide a clientele as possible and it’s clearly been designed with this in mind. There’s no point in trying just to cater solely for the ‘traditional’ pre-football pub goer-there’s other options for that nearby and it would do neither the Brass&Granite, for instance, or the Park any good if they were effectively in direct competition with each other. If the Pavilion and The Blues do well, the football club will surely benefit in the long run. Yes, I know MrBowie will too, but maybe he’s entitled to see some return on the considerable outlay. I’ve seen quite a bit of sniping about the work going on and I’ll confess it baffles me. The area around the stadium is already looking much improved. Add in the training pitches and memorial garden, and by the time all of the proposed work is completed I am struggling to think of any ground in Scotland with a more functional, pleasant and welcoming environment, for fans attending games and folk spending their money. It may even help in player recruitment too. Everything that is happening off the pitch is with onfield improvements very much in mind. I am not saying that this regeneration won’t be without its flaws or its detractors, but you can’t deny the intentions are right. If all of this is what supporters “need to wake up to” then I’m sure we could think of much worse. Anyone want to return to the days of “They know where we are”? It’s inevitable that progress will leave some people cold. I hope not too many feel like this. There is definitely some sense of a new era dawning at Rugby Park and it would be a shame if some felt unable to buy into it. These things do happen though. Even to the aforementioned Mr Zimmerman after he ‘went electric’. He didn't do too badly though.
    37 points
  8. 2-0 Killie with both goals coming from Boaby Flumpherty, a 42 year old plasterer from Irvine who was named in the team after an admin mistake with his ticket application resulted in him being signed on a two year deal. Boaby said after the match " I had e-mailed the club concerning my ticket not turning up, they told me to come in before the kick off next thing I know Burkey has floated a beautiful cross to me at the back post and I've buried it. The second came about when I found myself in space as I scanned the Frank Beattie Stand to see if anyone was in my seat. The club secretary has launched an investigation to locate Boaby's ticket and check he was properly registered as a player. Celtic are rumoured to be preparing a bid.
    34 points
  9. The sports bar lay empty all week and was busy for maybe 3 or 4 hrs on a Saturday match day (much less midweek). I think merchandise turned over 500k last season and with a much increased range in a fantastic new shop that will likley increase this year. Theres also a far higher profit margin in clothes over beer (of which a huge portion of a pint is tax) I get that having a bar is a good thing for on match days but its just not set up to make any money really and the locals of the area never used it. The hotel extension will offer a great space for pre match pints at the ground even if the profits dont got to the club (directly anyway as BB is clearly investing into the club infrastructure).
    31 points
  10. Ordered the new away kit yesterday (got an email to say its getting delivered today too...Which is tremendous turnaround!) Anyway, with that coming I thought I would put the past couple of seasons' kits into the loft with the others and took the opportunity to get a quick pic of them all while I had the box out... Those 'keeper tops though...! Edit: the new one has arrived. I think this might be a new favourite, it's more purple/lighter than I though it was - for anyone on the fence...definitely nicer in person!
    30 points
  11. We heard you the first 500 times. We get it, you aren’t happy. Plenty of folk are in the same boat but constantly going on about it isn’t going to change a thing.
    28 points
  12. We are all aware these games are about giving players game time to build up fitness, familiarise them with new teammates and systems, and to prepare them for the season ahead, right? It’s just some people seem to be getting a wee bit wound up with chat of players being “hauled off”. It’s a glorified training session. Calm the f**k down.
    27 points
  13. My apologies, I appear to have wandered into the "January Transfer 2019" thread...
    27 points
  14. Which is about 50% of their season-ticket holders. Hearts can only get 50% of their season-ticket holders in versus Celtic. We are getting 100% of our season-ticket holders in yet this thread is full of moaners. The allowances are not like for like and one club’s allowance can't be compared with another's.
    26 points
  15. I'm probably in the minority but I think that is absolutely horrific haha. Golf shirt is class though.
    26 points
  16. At the risk of ripping a big ole bandage off… - Congrats if you’re going to the game. Enjoy! Consider me very jealous. - There are very, very few ‘bad views’ at Rugby Park. You’ve got a seat. Congrats. Enjoy! Consider me very jealous. - You’ve had to wait a bit as a small team work their way through a complex situation, but you’re going to the game. Congrats. Enjoy! Consider me very jealous. - Many people lost loved ones over the last two years because of an insane global pandemic. Many of those who didn’t lose loved ones have had to mange really complex shielding arrangements. It’s been s**t. It’s also been s**t for football clubs deprived of their main purpose and income. But hey, you’re going to the game, so congrats. Enjoy! Consider me very jealous. - Sometimes the task of managing things like this is really f**king tough for what is ultimately a small company trying to keep all customers happy. I feel for them, and for people a bit frustrated. Sometimes more than one thing is true at once. Go easy on those trying to get it right. It’s often the first time they’ve faced something and rarely have anything but good intentions. And above all else, whether you’re at the game, watching on tv or listening in, let’s hope we all enjoy a win. Football ought to play a minor role when it comes to dealing with global pandemics and the business of trying to protect people and keep them alive. So if you’re there, congrats. Enjoy! Consider me very jealous. The club will, I hope, keep learning and getting better at this stuff.
    24 points
  17. Lets hope he scores a load of goals that we can call the Burrell Collection.
    24 points
  18. Similarly, why are so many fans fearful of teams we haven’t seen playing together? Most have been gutted of their best players. The rest have just swapped players among themselves. A potential signing for us gets mentioned and he’s dismissed as too old/slow/useless. Then when he signs for a rival he becomes Ronaldo and everyone starts crapping themselves that we haven’t signed Messi yet. Take a look at the other squads - I’d be trembling along with the rest of you if we we’re going into the season and that’s all we had at our disposal, but it’s not. We have one piece of the jigsaw missing and the number 9 jersey has been left open so we can fill it. And TBH I would be a very happy man if I didn’t have to read another hand wringing “we need a proven goal scorer” post between now and the start of the season. TW & JF have went about their business in a quiet and methodical way. Most signings have come completely out the blue. There’s been none of the leaks we usually sufferer while we ditherer over terms. The Walker/Hamilton keeper situation demonstrates we have a plan A, Plan B, plan C when it comes to identifying and bringing in players. And if anyone thinks TW has a huge blind spot where a striker should be - why did he go and sign Lafferty last season? Could it be he knows the importance of goals and the importance of bringing in players who can get them? Everyone just chill. Tommy’s got this.
    24 points
  19. That's the spirit, glad to see the fans are right behind the team. Also if you think guys like Stokes etc are uprooting their families from England fir a pittance then you are mistaken. Likes of Robinson etc will be on more money than many of our players last season. We also haven't completed the squad. We are undefeated pre season with an entirely new team. I think I'll hang fire before hanging the team and board out to dry.
    23 points
  20. Yes, but that's the way it's being done at present. What we have to do, as I think has been stated elsewhere, is prove that we can be trusted, both tonight & Saturday. Wear your mask, sit in your allocated seat, in general don't be a dick! If we can manage this then the local authority won't have any reason not to increase the crowd to a higher, more reasonable capacity. Let's just make sure we don't give them that reason!
    23 points
  21. I take it everyone who claims to be not interested or think that the tournament is irrelevant wont be coming to the final if we get there?
    23 points
  22. John Barnes coming in will be a great addition to Killie TV after Andy Bargh decided to move on to pastures new. One of the best commentators about in my opinion and he will be a joy to listen to. Gav has never been the lead commentator for home games. In my opinion he’s the best stadium announcer in Scotland and certainly far more than a fan with a mic, He is used on a regular basis on open all mics on the BBC as a as well as Andy was. I don’t understand why Gav receives the levels of criticism that he does. He does so much for the club and doesn’t deserve some of the personal stuff that’s sent his way especially given he goes out his way to engage with supporters. Ask any of the ex players on Killie TV what he’s like to work with. I have know him for over 25 years and probably the most passionate Killie fan I have ever met.
    22 points
  23. I pay my trust money every month and happy to do so, I think generally they have done some great things. My biggest concern is that the position of Cathy has become too cosy and engrained with BB and Phyllis and she is not the voice of the fans on the board but more so she is there to soften/sweeten things between the club and fans. It appears a nice to have position a lot of the time.
    22 points
  24. I've said before that I have no regrets over buying a season ticket last year and given the circumstances the club did enough to allow me to watch the games I was entitled to, so I'd rather not get over involved in this debate. However, I'm not for letting anyone try to tell me that I've done well out buying a season last year. It's great that we could get around 4000 season tickets sold this year, but in my view, it was more important that the fans did what they could last year as it wasn't difficult to predict that the club would get no additional revenue due to Covid-19, so the 2700 people who did so last year should not be painted as privileged in any way.
    22 points
  25. Think the Trust should pause its financial contributions to the club until it gets assurances over its management. What's the point in handing over thousands just to see it squandered on sfa fines. The club doesn't deserve supporters given the way it behaves.
    22 points
  26. What abuse? There’s plenty of criticism on here, some of it is a bit OTT but plenty is legitimate and constructive. As somebody else said earlier, there is no other walk of life in which a business could provide such consistently poor customer service but then the customers are the ones who get called bed wetters, moaners and idiots when they challenge it. I travel to home and away games from East Lothian and put a ridiculous amount of money into following this club - I’m more than entitled to demand better than the utterly crap service that we consistently have to put up with. I’m not having a go at individual staff who I’m sure are doing their best, but I do have an increasingly big problem with those at the top and how the club is being run.
    21 points
  27. We got tickets at lunchtime without e mailing. All near each other with roughly the same entry time. One thing I would say is that Cathy is taking the brunt of this and is the only one trying to help. The other two Directors and the SLO are nowhere to be seen. Totally unfair for one person to take the strain while the others are keeping their heads down. Surely thE SLO should be in there demanding answers and keeping us informed.
    21 points
  28. Did we sell all our tickets yesterday? Seems a non-issue to me.
    21 points
  29. I think those that renewed last year and didn't exercise the option of a refund have every right to be front of the queue for such tickets. I do agree with the 2nd point though, hopefully they have a plan if all 2k tickets aren't sold by those that have renewed.
    21 points
  30. Based on the organisation shown by the club so far this season, I predict we'll be leading the league but blow it by simply forgetting there's a match on entirely at least once, forgetting to take our kit to Inverness, and our team bus somehow ending up on the ferry to Arran while trying to get to Hamilton.
    20 points
  31. Alright....I'll bite. This is the exact attitude the justifies why the club shouldn't accommodate extra people; there's already enough 'attitude' to deal with amongst those who are attending. Take a fecking chill and wait it out - we'll all be back some point soon - it's not the club that's restricting us just now. There are many things they are to blame for, but this ain't one of them.
    20 points
  32. I never ended up buying one last year as my job was on a very shoogily peg (and still is to an extent) and reduced salary. Decided to go for it this year and bought me and two kids. I have no issue whatsoever with those who paid up for feck all last year getting some perks this year.
    20 points
  33. Exactly. Put it this way, there are 2700 fans who have had a ticket for the football for a year who haven't stepped foot inside Rugby Park since. In what world is it anything other than fair to give the people who have been ticket holders waiting for a long time with no return anything other than first crack?
    20 points
  34. Perhaps the data they obtained from the league cup games showed this arrangement didn’t achieve the best utilisation of the available seats. I don’t think they’ll have done it because they felt they needed more work or just for s**ts n giggles. A lot of things at the moment are going to be trial and error. Some fans appear to be perversely inclined to disagree with every decision the club takes and also appear to believe this contrary attitude marks them out as free thinking rebels or the champions of customer service. TBH I find it all a bit petty and small minded after the last year and a bit many have endured. There will be many good Killie fans missing out because their finances dictate buying a season ticket simply wasn’t an option. Meanwhile others are whining about not getting to sit in their usual seat or at being asked to turn up a wee bit earlier. A bit of perspective is needed.
    19 points
  35. bottom line with all these attendances is that whoever is in charge has no f ing clue and just making it up as they go along
    19 points
  36. This how I see it. We are facing the prospect of some season ticket holders missing out on the Ayr game. The reasons for this are that the FB stand is supposedly out of bounds to supporters for public health reasons, while the club have made the bizarre decision to render the Moffat stand unusable at the worst possible time. However it then transpires that the FB stand isn’t totally out of commission to fans and that you can in fact sit in it if you’ve paid enough money. So nothing to do with public health after all. I can easily understand why people have questions. Whether it’s right or wrong, the club need to realise that perception matters, especially at a sensitive time like this where capacity is restricted. If they would just learn to be transparent about this stuff then they’d save themselves a lot of hassle.
    19 points
  37. Pathetic? Have a word with yourself. I’m not normally one to get involved in petty squabbles on here but I will respond as a point of clarification. My post has nothing to do with his boy being there. I am just pointing out that Councillor Reid was in the Frank Beattie stand that we were told was off limits for season ticket holders. I am unsure as to him and his sons membership of the chairman’s club but I’m not prepared to speculate. However, it doesn’t look good when you are the council leader and your council/ governing party is mandating stadium limits and you are in the stadium in an area that wasn’t designated as accessible by supporters. I don’t really have anything to else to add as I don’t want to get personal or political as I said in my original post.
    19 points
  38. People who pay more get bigger perks, who knew? This has come as a great shock to me.
    19 points
  39. Absolutely spot on. For example the food in the Park Hotel whilst M.J. was running the show was awful. I stayed along the road and never went due to that. The food on the occasions I’ve been recently has been excellent. I’ve also used the beer garden outside the Hotel several times recently. Again it’s well run and I didn’t think the drink was too expensive. Visited the superstore on Friday. What a major facelift the shop has had. Much bigger, much more modern, and whether you like some of the kits or not, they were selling quickly. Some families were spending hundreds of pounds and leaving with 4 or 5 tops. Both my son and I left with new gear we love. To round this off the wife has just come in and told me we’re going to the Park Hotel tonight for dinner....happy days 😀
    19 points
  40. You wont get anything for cup games as there are not included in your season ticket. Bit of a poor way to behave if you ask me. Club are restricted like every other club. What are they expected to do. I renewed my season ticket despite covid then renewed again despite not knowing when or if I would be in the ground again. Being first in the ballot is for making that cash sacrafice and is a small thank you from the club. Its not as if its free tickets. I can undertsand people requesting their money back at the end of last season as they may not be able to afford it but to ask for money back if your not picked in a ballot is just pathetic.
    19 points
  41. This is utterly inexcusable. The Club Secretary (I'm assuming they would be responsible for matters like this) simply has to be shown the door for this. Completely unacceptable. At a time when money is tight we absolutely need to progress in this cup. Utterly ridiculous from the club. The fans are stepping up to support the club financially and then we are let down by sheer and utter incompetence from the club. Whoever is to blame has to pay with their job unfortunately.
    19 points
  42. JOHN BARNES JOINS KILLIETV... Whilst there has been plenty of transfer activity on the pitch at Rugby Park this summer, Killie TV has made a signing of its own. We’re thrilled to say John Barnes will become our lead commentator for home games this season. John is a well-known voice to Killie supporters and has served as a distinguished broadcaster for Westsound and BBC Scotland. He has covered Scottish football across the decades, providing commentary on hundreds of matches across his career. A respected and knowledgeable journalist, John brings a wealth of media and presenting experience to this season’s broadcasts. John will make his Killie TV debut behind the mic in our cinch Championship opener against Ayr United, and will be joined by Garry Hay in the commentary box.
    18 points
  43. I asked the club not to send me a digital ticket as I won’t be attending. They responded saying that it would be reallocated to another STH. I don’t know if this means somebody purchasing after 1800 yesterday. It’s worth taking the trouble to let the club know if it’s going to help out a fellow supporter. tickets@kilmarnockfc.co.uk
    18 points
  44. Having a large section of away fans makes the derby what it is. I get we don't have much choice but don't know why anyone is happy about there being no away fans.
    18 points
  45. Lighten up FFS. It's a wee bit banter.
    18 points
  46. Honestly it's amazing how some of you make it through the day. What clearer example do you need that a soft carton like a capri-sun pouch. All supermarkets sell Capri-Sun and their own make alternatives or you could opt for cardboard cartons. This really isn't difficult.
    18 points
  47. And please, don't anyone get any ideas about fundraising to pay this fine.
    18 points
  48. We had folk moaning yesterday about the result in a friendly match. Today one of two winnable trophies this season is irrelevant 🤦‍♂️ It is possible to focus on the league and win this cup you know. They are professional footballers who are used to competing on multiple fronts. I for one want to win the league and the wee diddy cup and I’ll be celebrating that cup win (if it happens) like it was the European Cup final.
    18 points
  49. Just find it so sad every time we start feeling good about our self we muck it up.
    17 points
  50. Punted out the cup last season as we couldn't stick to Covid rules, f**ked the cup this year as we couldn't stick to basic registration rules. Club secretary has had a f**king mare. One things for sure, they can pay this fine themselves.
    17 points
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