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  1. (Not the eight-hour drive, I'll come to that later). It all started with Greg Kiltie.... I'm one of those football fans who just loves the game and can happily watch any match anywhere if I can make a connection or find an interest in either of the clubs. So it has always bothered me that I just didn't have a Scottish club to follow and my TV interest had dwindled to watching the Old Firm matches and the occasional Cup final to see where the honours would go. Yawn... But then in 2016 I tuned in for the play-off match, as showdowns between a team fighting to be promoted and one fighting against relegation tend to be good games. And so, I discovered Kiltie and Killie... A young man who ran a 4-0 win in front of what looked like a fervent crowd. So next season I started taking more of an interest. Kiltie got injured and my assessment of the rest was that they were being led by a manager who was not really good enough to make them world-beaters and not really bad enough to get them into real trouble. As Lee Clark left and a new man came in, my hopes for Killie grew. He signed a bunch of players I really rated in the English game. SOD I knew from my local club Luton Town. I'd watched Alan Power be a powerhouse through an FA Cup run. And of course Kiltie would come back from injury.. I had a cheeky Leicester-style bet on Killie to come 2nd behind Celtic. The season started so badly that I Googled answers and stumbled across Killie Kickback. Everyone seemed hung-up on that defeat by Ayr before the dreadful league run even began. SOD was being slated. Power was being written off completely. Others pinned their hopes on Kiltie and Dicker being fit but no-one knew when that would be. It was not happy place. As Noel once said of Liam, all the posts seemed to be written by men with forks in a world of soup. And then Steve Clarke appeared over the hill. This was a footballing man I'd always hugely liked and respected. Someone I always thought should have been managing one of the big teams in the game, not just assisting. It is no coincidence that the day he arrived, I signed up to Killie Kickback so I could follow his journey as a fan. Since then I feel I've really lived through one of the greatest football revolutions. I wasn't there to see them live but the descriptions here made me feel part of magical moments such as Findlay's late winners, Millen's bra top celebrations and that crazy night at Ibrox. I've been educated and entertained on this forum, whether through Skydog's immediate and knowledgeable answers on every aspect of the club, Scooby Doo's ability to find the perfect gif for every occasion, Craigieboy's endless enthusiasm, the debates and fights kicked off by McLean, the insight of Zorro and many others who suggest things I instantly agree with. I joined in the excitement on the day that SpeckyHotDog returned without knowing why. I do know now and it seems part of the story of last season. I know and understand all about wee pin badges, players being spotted in Tesco, hot Dutch wives, knicker-wetting and asking "for a friend". So as you've all painted so many pictures, let me describe one. I've become adept at cajoling pubs in various places to put on Killie's Tv matches so that I've seen the Wolf tearing apart Sevco defenders, I've watched Rory shut down Celtic and Mulumbu open them up. And last May I got myself home from work just in tine to a rock pub on a Sunday afternoon where the barman said grudgingly "ok, but with the sound down as it's a free juke box". As the game progressed and I told more and more customers about the signficance of the game and of the story of Steve Clarke (and of Alan Power for the two tattooed girls who seemed very taken by him), the jukebox went off and the Rugby Park roar went up on a telly in a Luton pub 420 miles away from Rugby Park. Right until the end of SSC's speech a new crowd of long-haired disciples stood and cheered Killie into Europe. That was the moment I knew I had to be there for the next league match myself. So am eight-hour drive yesterday and I made it to the club shop with five mins to spare. And then just as I am seeking out the obligatory wee pin badge, Gary Dicker walks in with his kids to kit them out for tomorrow. Only in Kilmarnock could the second person a visitor encounters be the hero club captain. So today i shall be strolling through Kilmarnock to pick out the best spot for the Steve Clarke statue and then I'll be part of the Rugby Park roar myself. If you happen to spot someone in a local pub or in the Beattie stand (wearing a t-shirt with an Italian slogan to welcome AA) and speaking with a Luton accent (think Stacey Dooley and you've got it about right) then say hello. It's you guys who won me over. And one more thing. Bye bye Rangers.
    159 points
  2. 155 points
  3. I know this is mentioned on the Hearts thread, but if I can beg your indulgence for a few moments I'm sure you'll understand why I have extricated the sub topic. I was shown the tweet from a supporter who was a bit critical of Mulumbu's performance in that game and that it had irked him so much he felt provoked into a fairly tetchy response, citing the negativity of the original tweet. Not that Youssouf needs any defence from us, but perhaps I can redress the balance a bit, and reinforce a more positive perception of Killie fans. It was my dad's birthday on 9th December and I offered to treat him to lunch and take him to the game. A lifelong Killie fan (he achieved the 'holy grail' of being at Tynecastle in 65, Ibrox in 97 and Hampden in 2012) he had latterly attended fewer and fewer games. Sometimes this was due to finding other things to do on a Saturday, or sometimes it was the weather, but mostly, really, it was the unremitting awfulness of it. He would bemoan the standard of football on display and the absence of even one player with any genuine star quality. He accepted my offer, though if truth be told I think he was looking forward more to his lunch than the match. ( Cafe da Vinci, since you asked). As I am sure you are all acutely aware, Killie thrashed Thistle 5-1 and making his debut that day was Youssouf Mulumbu. My dad loved it! He came away raving about Killie and about Mulumbu in particular. It was a brilliant birthday for him, topped off with a cheeky wee half time dedication, for which he was duly teased later on by his pals who were in other parts of the stadium. Although my dad didn't go to OF games ( he hated the bile that emanated from both) he started attending, and enjoying, the home games again. On Saturday by the end of the Hibs match, he was absolutely enthralled. He said it was the best game he'd been at in years and it was the most enthused I'd seen him at a football match, probably since that wonderful day at Hampden in 2012. My dad died very suddenly on Wednesday. It would be easy in my emotional state to embellish or get carried away, but without any exaggeration I can honestly say that one of the very last things my dad said to me, as we left Rugby Park on Saturday still beaming from a thrilling game and a stirring Killie performance was " That Youssouf Mulumbu is worth the admission money alone" This hasn't been an easy write. If truth be told I was hoping it may have been a bit cathartic for me. It hasn't really. I'm broken-hearted just now. But Youssouf, if you're feeling a bit unloved, or under appreciated, then know this; You made such an impact on my dad in such a short space of time. You, your team mates and Steve Clarke got his Killie mojo back. But mainly you.
    149 points
  4. I don’t know if any of the players read these boards or if anyone on here is in regular contact with the players but a story from yesterday at crosshouse hospital I think should definitely be told. My sister is quite badly mentally disabled, my mum is her full time carer and has been all her life - which involves many doctors and hospital visits. During these visits my sister can become distressed, especially just now after she shattered her right leg after an epileptic fit. Unfortunately in waiting rooms, some people can stare, some people smile and incredibly some people complain when in her company. At the x-ray area yesterday a “young guy in a killie tracksuit” came in and sat near my mum waiting to be seen himself by the doctors. My sister was in a distressed state which made my mum very anxious, the man in the killie tracksuit was Ross Millen and he came over to ask if she was ok and what happened to her. He completely put my mum at ease with his genuine interest and respectful nature. Obviously I am extremely bias in this situation but I think it’s fantastic that one of our players in club colours would represent the club and himself so well. So the point of my post is to highlight this great act and to pass my sincere thanks to Ross, if that is somehow possible. The smallest gestures go such a long way with people. Thanks Ross, absolute gentleman and all the very best making it at our club!
    147 points
  5. In previous threads we may have given the impression that we believed Alex Dyer was unsuitable to be the Kilmarnock FC manager. This terrible slur has been retracted. We thank you, Lord Dyer for your continued efforts.
    121 points
  6. I hate that I even need to post this, but given the number of what I consider to be derogatory comments by killie fans over the past few months I dont feel I have a choice. You'll have seen me in the away end. I'm the guy using binoculars and have been for some 17 years but in response to recent comments by OUR supporters at away games; 1) Yes, I am 'that blind'. 2) No, I'm not looking at the players legs. 3) I dont need told 'well done for being at the game'. And so forth.... i'm registered as partially sighted, I cant drive, I have to hold my phone 2 inches from my face to see it- do you need anything more??? I've supported killie since I was 10, (now 37) but i'm tired of having to wash off the above and other comments as banter... i'm really tired of it and i'm starting to wonder why I bother going to away games. Thanks, Graham
    112 points
  7. I'm getting fed up. Steve Clarke took over almost two years ago. Since then, we've been organised, compact when defending and using the counter attack well. We've not been free scoring, or free flowing, but we've been effective. The league table doesn't lie. We've now played ten games, and we're third. We had the CQN debacle, a narrow defeat to Rangers and the away defeat to Hamilton. Since then, we've reverted to type. Each week, I read the same comments - 'that was dire', 'we were murder', 'the football is terrible'. We have played the same way in every game since that Hamilton defeat. Only Celtic were able to counter it, and even then, only they and Livingston even managed to score against us (in 90 minutes for you pedants). I wonder if some folk have had a visit from Tommy Lee Jones and WIll Smith and had the Locke/Johnston/Clark/McCulloch tenures erased from memory. Again, for those struggling with comprehension, we're third. It's not a flash in the pan, it's not papering over the cracks, it's what we do now. Clarke has gone, but the guy that coached the Italian national team, Juventus and Chelsea is in charge now and it's fair to say that the man does know what he's doing. We all know that we're missing a number ten, but we can't realistically change that until January. We're so solid across the back four and midfield I wonder if this is the same Killie that I've been watching for nearly 25 years. So to hear the boos when, about five minutes before we scored the winning goal, when a backwards pass was played (when the alternative was GIVING THE BLOODY BALL AWAY) really made my shoulders slump. So you'll need to suck it up, and endure effective, Europa League qualifying fitba for at least another couple of months until we sign the new Eremenko. Until then, accept that it will be 0-0 at half time, they probably won't score, and that we might. We'll pick up plenty of points in the meantime. I've started saving for next July, and I'm going to make sure I'm registered with a supporters bus ahead of time. What about you?
    106 points
  8. that was me, felt a bit sick so went down to the toilet. remember opening the door to go in, and next thing I know I woke up lying on the ground with the medics round me. was 11pm before they let me out of hospital. just got a swollen head from when I presumably collapsed and a bit of an ear problem which is still making me wobbly thanks for getting the help. I wont be able to recognise you as the whole thing is a blank, but much appreciated
    98 points
  9. Time for the players to put up or f**k off. They've got their wish and cost us a run in Europe, time for them to start looking interested. Last few weeks they have been nothing short of a disgrace, regardless of who's boss.
    97 points
  10. After everyone that took us down has left, Rory has stayed. Time for him to get some recognition.
    95 points
  11. We got our email. Really sorry for folks who haven't got a ticket. Personally I found the email very emotional. Not just being back but it will be the 1st time I have been back at Rugby Park since my father died on the morning of the 1st lockdown. For many years he had a season ticket in the East Stand. If I am ever going to cry in a ground it will be Monday night!!
    89 points
  12. Just wanted to take a minute and say big thanks on behalf of Liam Millar to all the amazing Killie fans, players and coaches. He has had a fantastic time at killie and learned and grew so much as a player. He told me how fond he was of Kilmarnock and the reception he got from the fans he really felt part of the family and said he will always remember his time here and his first goal. He said he couldn't have asked for a better first loan... not sure we’ll he will end up in the fall that’s up to LFC but Kilmarnock will always have a fond place in his heart!! On a personal note. I went to every game he played in since he was on loan travelling up from Liverpool every weekend and have to say it was brilliant and whenever anyone heard my accent they were always supportive complimentary and amazing!! A great club and even better fans!! Best of luck in Europe ! mon the Killie!!!
    83 points
  13. Just lost my dad on Friday so decided not to go tonight but this has lifted my spirits just wish he was here to tell him KTID
    76 points
  14. Could the guy in the East Stand who refered to Aaron Tshibola as "that coon", please just stay away from Rugby Park. You might find it funny or think it makes you sound big but it's not and it doesn't. It just makes you look and sound like a racist w@nker.
    76 points
  15. Reducing the Old Firm to one stand and then directing them well away from home fans after the game has been the right thing to do, eh? Leaving last night there was a tiny handful of away supporters trying to navigate through the Killie support. At the Celtic game last month I never encountered any after the final whistle. Inside the stadium doesn’t feel like you’re a gatecrasher in your own home. Outside is far safer. All in all a pleasant experience. Never change this, please.
    74 points
  16. Hi all. I’m not long home from Dingwall and have had quite a bit time to think of my response to this thread. First of all, I apologise if my commentary was below par last night. I actually said to Scott McClymont and Chris Kyle after the match that I wasn’t happy with my performance, so for that, I apologise. Some of the comments, in my opinion lack a bit of tact, something which disappoints me as we are a classy club with classy supporters, however, myself and the commentary team are no different to the players when it comes to criticism or praise. I take it all on the chin and welcome both, please continue to do that. I’m not going to lie, some of these comments did hurt a bit, I’m used to it though in my line of work but when people perhaps don’t understand the level of prep I put in to a match coupled with it coming from fellow fans, it’s slightly harder to take on the chin. I’d hope though that you’d tell me to my face, should you get the opportunity or if indeed we ever meet. I’m in an unbelievably privileged position to be able to go to matches and all I try to do is describe the action as best as I can. I have to talk more than most tele commentators as we are providing an audio / radio service as well as pictures, for that, I make no apologies as I want all our subscribers and fans to have the best possible experience so I have to aim it more at those not able to get the pictures. I think some of the comments about Alan are a bit too much but again, you pay your money and you are more than entitled to your opinion, again, we welcome this. Our new away match co-commentator, John Boyd, wasn’t with us last night as his wife is due their first child this Saturday so there was no way we were letting him travel nor did he want to. Family comes first. John should be back with us for Rangers away shortly. Alan is there for the older generation of fan as I think he connects more with them whereas John connects more with those who have a more technical mind towards the game. My vision for our commentary is that we be biased towards Killie at all times but we have to say things as we see it. If we are playing poorly it’s our job to tell you this, if the opposition is playing superbly, we have to tell you this etc etc but always keep a Killie bias however, too much Killie bias just sounds cringeworthy in my opinion. We are looking down the road of ex-players alongside John and I at away matches but it’s very much an availability thing. Once we have identified players then we can have discussions with them. Any issues you have with pictures at away grounds are outwith our control we we effectively just “piggy back” on that for our stream as does every away team. One thing I personally promise you is that, we try our best to give you the best experience as possible and when you’re not happy, we and more so myself, hurt and are disappointed in that. Those who are close to me will tell you that I am my worst critic and I am hard on myself as I simply strive to be better each week at my job. I’m never one to shy away from comments and criticism, hence why I’ve decided, with Scott McClymont’s backing, to reply to these messages. I’m sorry again to those who feel I was sub-standard last night. I’ll take all the comments onboard and try my best to make it more enjoyable going forward. KTID Gav
    72 points
  17. Try to just keep my mouth shut these days, but Jesus, this is ludicrous. Whatever way you look at it, we’re paying the wages of someone whose career was going nowhere, and he’s decided to take all that and rub our noses in it for personal gain. No doubt there’ll be one or two still saying we should support him, but let’s be honest, they’re the professional contrarians who’ll always say the opposite of the majority for kicks. Anyone else with any sense should be annoyed, but probably not surprised, at Jones’ and Rangers’ utterly classless behaviour. So there’s a conundrum. Play him and challenge him to prove he’s worth his ‘big’ move? Normally, yes, but after his Twitter games he shouldn’t get the chance to come near a Killie shirt again. At any level. Nor should he be afforded the courtesy or training facilities or games with the reserves. Discipline him, suspend him, then put him on garden leave just like he’d be treated by any other business for his behaviour. Of course the Tweet was designed by Traynor & co to drive through a cheap January move because they don’t have one jot of respect for any other clubs. So don’t play their game - let him rot. Otherwise I’ll be all too happy to boo his every moment in Killie kit. I have no issue with him signing for Rangers or any other club on a PCA. They’re utterly stupid and cause havoc in the game, they should be banned between clubs in same league, but they exist and they’ve exercised their right to use them. Equally he has every right to get a big pay jump and join his ‘boyhood heroes’ (no matter how much contempt I have for the upbringing which led to that sorry state of affairs). But he could easily have signed the deal quietly in an office somewhere, not been photographed at Ibrox, and certainly not tweeted WATP bile when he’s still a Killie employee, when we’re one point behind them, and when they’re our next league game. His utter lack of sense, class and respect is why he should be binned for six months, then he can make what he will of his career at an organisation which appears to fit his mentality perfectly. A club which is probably the most appallingly corrupt, bigoted organisation in the country. But in all that, you know what annoys me most (it’s not losing a decent but hardly irreplaceable player)? It is having to, yet again, take the constant jibes about Rangers being my ‘real team’ and Killie being ‘mini Huns’ who only sing Rangers songs. The idea that anyone really, really wants to support Celtic or Rangers but instead opts to choose a wee, less successful team has always baffled me. There are enough f**kers leaving Ayrshire every week to Parkhead and Ibrox, if any of us wanted to do that we can be there in under an hour. I know I’ve banged on about this here years ago, but I came from a fairly common ‘mixed religion’ west of Scotland family. Although I went to Catholic school and was brought to church as a wean, I gave up believing in magical superheroes in the sky as soon as I was old enough to have a say. Both my parents always made it abundantly clear that football was nothing to do with religion, and from a young age I wanted to go support my local team. My dad, despite being a lifelong Celtic fan, became a season ticket holder at Rugby Park and went with me for years as we cheered on a wide range of players from Division Two to the Premier, managing to enjoy Burns, Stark, McCluskey, Durrant, McCoist and many others along the way. It tested his patience many times, but he stuck by Killie and me - because the club we started following in the ‘80s and ‘90s was a family club untrammelled by the bigotry and nonsense up the road. I adored Burns so much, and the bitterness of his leaving was only ever really so intense because the love was so strong. Now for whatever reason fans of other clubs choose to hammer us with the Rangers stuff. The idiot of a chairman that we were saddled with recently did us no favours with his games and that ludicrous abstention, but still I hold to the idea that we’re a family club rooted in our community and that the school we went to, the faith we follow or not, the colour of our skin, the people we love, mean nothing as there is more that unites than divides us. I hate people creating division from that unity, just as I hate Jones deliberately creating an advantage for our opponents when we’re in the midst of an amazing season, I hate that this is what we’re talking about because he chose to ‘WATP’ on Scotland’s oldest pro club’s 150th birthday, I hate that we have our best manager and team in years but Scotland is still so mired in medieval stupidity that it becomes all consuming. But I still love Killie. So f**k him.
    71 points
  18. Hilarious. Nearly everyone on here wanted Dyer gone. Over 90 % in a poll wanted Wright as manager. The guy comes in signs Lafferty who if we didn't have would've seen us relegated weeks ago. No transfer window for him to work with so inherits what most on here reckon is a piss poor squad. Now all of a sudden its his fault? The blame lies with the board sacking Alessio and giving Dyer the gig unbelievably. We wanted Wright we got him and the bloke has practically admitted there are problem behind the scenes. He needs time to clear out and get his own squad . Not the clusterf**k Dyer left him.
    70 points
  19. I posted in here a while back to get ideas for a Killie themed bedroom for my boys birthday. @Lroy and @Al#1 pulled out all the stops and designed / created this for me. Delighted is an understatement! You two are class - thank you very much. I have one very happy boy this morning
    70 points
  20. I am sure I will get red cards for this but nothing new there. I realise football is an emotional thing, and AM has some good and bad personal history with Kille, however there is an unpleasant smell with the joy in which some Killie fans have greeted his departure. Unlike AD, whose departure was greeted with relief but wishes if success, it seems AM is being singled out for a bit of GTF and F You type of attitude from some of our support. While I can understand this due to the unpleasant way in which he left the club as a player, he wouldn't have given anything less than all he had to his roles here, but his efforts were clearly not to the level we need. So for me its thanks for the efforts, wish him well, line drawn and move on. His sons future or not here should be entirely separate from that of his Father and that future is now up to him and TW.
    69 points
  21. Just wanted to give a shout out to this guy. Like most on here was wholly unconvinced earlier in the season, had him down as another cheap non-league dross signing that we appear to specialise in, but he's put in a serious shift those last few weeks. Nothing flashy but gets on with the job, carries a goal threat, decent turn of pace and his crossing has improved as well. So credit where it's due, thanks Mitch 👍
    68 points
  22. Absolutely crazy. 5th in the table with a guy still new to Scottish football and who was badly let down by the board in the summer. Thanks for your efforts, Angelo.
    68 points
  23. SSC has rightly had all the plaudits for his magnificent contribution to our great season. On Sunday I think all Killie fans should give Billy Bowie a huge chant in appreciation of his stewardship and in particular in the boards stance reducing the Sevco ticket allocation. Lets kick of with One Billy Bowie ringing in the ears of the minority away supporters!
    68 points
  24. I’m a few hours shy of my 50th birthday. I’ve been watching the killie for over 40 years. I’ve seen the lows of losing to meadow bank thistle at the end of the clunie era, losing to non league Inverness thistle in the Scottish cup, relegation to the old 2nd division at Palmerston, hitting rock bottom At hampden versus Queen’s Park. Fleeting and burns brought us back, Williamson gave me the greatest day as a killie fan so far in 1997. Jefferies Kept us competitive. Shields delivered the unthinkable...a win against the old firm in a cup final. It’s been a good ride. BUT this time it’s different. This time we have a team that’s simply better than most of our rivals and as good as all. Masterminded by the best manager killie has had in my lifetime. I expect us to win most games. I’ve never really felt that before. So when I fill my lungs to blow those candles out tomorrow maybe my wish will carry some expectation amongst the typically unrealistic hope. This really could be a season to remember for any generation of killie fans. Get out and give this lot your full support. Tell your friends. This is our time.
    68 points
  25. Dicker. Absolute fraud. Hope the clique are happy.
    66 points
  26. You are right. It is an open forum and football is all about opinions and being respectful of the opinions even if you disagree. I'm definitely not trying to be the big 'I am' here and, anyone who knows me will vouch that the profile that comes with being the democratically elected chair of this fans organisation doesn't sit easily. I'm consistent in preaching the gospel about trying to unite all our fans to join the Trust. To try and make us a bigger and more effective organisation in helping our Club and our supporters. I'd love our Trust to be the trailblazers in initiatives and community related projects and not be in the wake of Hearts, Motherwell, St. Mirren etc in this regard. Not easy when there's constant negativity hitting the Club on all fronts. Our aim has always been to do what we can to help the Club to be all it can be. I believe that every person on this forum cares about our Club and could maybe do that wee bit extra to make us better. This can't be done in a piecemeal fashion. There has to be a level of organisation. That organisation is the Trust. If you don't want to join, there'll always be something you might be able to contribute but we've created the mechanism for you to do it. I've always believed in meeting our biggest critics head on in an effort to turn the tide. DrewWylie did appear, just not at the time I'd initially arranged and I wasn't aware of that until much later. I contacted him to reschedule and hoped there would be a 'cease fire' until we had the chance of a blether face to face about his constant and completely misinformed criticism of the Trust and, in particular, our representative on the Club board. After nearly two whole days on Thursday and Friday working on stuff with various people from the Club, it's disheartening to read the 'same old, same old' on the forum from him. He rightly said in his PM to me that he 'didn't see what this was going to achieve' so I won't be wasting both my time and Cathy's again with further dialogue. The Trust will move on apace, leave these dinosaurs in our wing mirrors and we will attempt to communicate our business to one and all in a better fashion in the hope that it'll encourage others to join and help. I'm available to discuss all Trust stuff with anyone and everyone to achieve this. Ironically the Trust pay for these forums in their entirety to allow criticism to be levelled and everyone's opinions on all matters to be aired. Justified criticism I'll hold my hands up to and try and make us better. Lies, misinformation, back stabbing and abuse I'm quite prepared to take on and call out. Unfortunately, it comes with the role.
    65 points
  27. 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
  28. I think the fact that our manager is being talked about because of his skin colour says everything about what it wrong with the world right now. I couldn’t give a f**k what nationality or ethnicity or race or even gender our manager is, as long as they deliver results and performances on the park. And they’re not an Ayr fan or course.
    62 points
  29. Can’t believe the negativity on the match thread. NO team could function as normal without FOUR centre halves missing ffs. Have these people only supported us since SSC was appointed? We are fifth in the SPL in what is our 27th consecutive season in the top flight. Get a feckin grip people!! KTID
    62 points
  30. Kilmarnock Football Club wishes to express its great disappointment at comments made by the SFA’s Head of Refereeing, John Fleming, in relation to our player, Jordan Jones. In a letter to the Dundee Supporters’ Association (DSA) regarding one of the penalty incidents against Dundee, Mr Fleming has stated: “The two-match suspension offered to the player has been accepted by the club which, in my opinion, clearly indicates the player committed an act of simulation during the match". "On accepting the two-match suspension, the club, in my opinion, are accepting the player committed the act, solely to deceive the referee." In our statement on the matter, we made it clear that Jordan denied committing an act of simulation and denied any intention to deceive the referee. The sole reason for not challenging the charge was that we had no additional substantive evidence to submit for consideration so therefore took a pragmatic view to accept the penalty and move on. Having taken this decision and accepted the penalty, we expected this matter to be closed. It is unprecedented for the SFA’s Head of Refereeing to make remarks of this nature. The original correspondence from the DSA to the SFA and Mr Fleming expressing concern over the suitability of Steven McLean to take charge of Kilmarnock matches was completely baseless and cast unfounded aspersions on the referee’s character. It is highly ironic that after another organisation has cast aspersions on the integrity of a match official, it is our club which has been the subject of negative remarks by a senior officer of the SFA. A formal complaint has been submitted to the SFA and we expect the matter to be investigated fully.
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  31. We have sourced someone operating multiple accounts on here posting names of those they think have tested positive, and we know at least one of those names is definitely wrong. That leaves us open to getting shut down with potential legal implications. Please leave the speculation to the social media channels...and if you are going to slander someone or falsely accuse them of something then please be big enough to put your real name to it. We hope that anyone who has tested positive is not badly affected and recovers soon.
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  32. James Fowler has taken a bit of stick based on previous windows. Now he has settled in to his role and had time to assess etc we can now clearly see a plan for signings going forward. So far we have made some quality signings (on paper) and rumours of a few more good deals getting done. Assuming he gets a few others over the line the squad is looking very strong and one I would be confident has the ability to get us another top 6 finish. Starting to feel quietly confident about the season ahead. Hopefully the good news continues to come!
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  33. There are times when I find football quite a chore. When I find football forums and chat hard work. When I find I don’t really have the mentality to manage the ups and downs of football. And when I find myself veering towards the more negative and downbeat instincts which football can accentuate without you ever fully realising that it’s happening. Sometimes I think I’d be a better person without football. Then we pump Rangers and I realise that’s all bollocks, that I love Eamonn Brophy and SOD, and Stuart Findlay is the greatest guy there ever was. God bless you Killie, you drive me insane. But in the end I’ll always love you for nights like this.
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  34. After last Sunday's game against Celtic, I came across a guy from a Celtic fan site spouting pish about the behaviour of the Celtic fans and how they'd been stitched up by the press etc. I started a discussion with him and, it turned out, it was a guy I went to school with. To his credit, he then said write an article and I'll publish it in full with no editing and tell us your side of the story. It's a lengthy read, so some of you might want to skim over it. I have to say, though, that so far the majority response on the site is supportive; Celtic fans who know they have a problem and that they need to step up and deal with it. As Others See Us As a Kilmarnock fan, I left Sunday’s match with Celtic at Rugby Park not only disappointed at the result but also angry at some of the scenes I witnessed around, and inside, the ground on the day. Perhaps, I was a little more sensitive than normal because I’d taken the plunge and decided to take my young nephew along to his first Old Firm encounter and I’d specifically chosen this game rather than one against the other ‘Ugly Sister’ to ease him into the unique protocols and rituals of these particular fixtures. I did this for a number of reasons. Firstly, as a Killie fan, I’ve never enjoyed the distorting effect of the Glasgow giants on the Scottish game but I’ve always had a particular distaste for Rangers and everything the club stood for. Culturally, politically and sociologically, I’ve always had more in common with the ‘green’ than the ‘blue’. And, although, I have acquaintances from both sides of the chasm, I only have actual close friends on the Celtic side. Indeed, one of my closest friends (not a celebrity, an ordinary fan) is so well-known amongst the Celtic support that it’s almost impossible to walk into an Irish pub with him, anywhere in the world, without the first round appearing magically on the bar. Secondly, I’ve attended too many Hun hate-fests to want my nephew exposed to the vile behaviour of what always seems to be such a sizeable proportion of the Rangers support, rather than a few moronic individuals. In short, I just believed that he would have a better experience going to watch Killie vs Celtic rather than Killie vs Rangers. Despite this, I know that some people reading this will still reject it as some kind of bitter rant from an institutionalised, west of Scotland bigot who has bought into the pro-Masonic, anti-Catholic narrative of the corrupt Scottish media/football authorities/political elite… and all the other usual bollocks. However, I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to those that care about their club and who are able to think for themselves. Which brings us to Sunday. Those of you who have been to Rugby Park will know that it is situated in a relatively nice residential area. Unlike most other football grounds in Scotland, it is not in an industrial or commercial area, with limited housing close by. It is, then, not a suitable place for grown men to be urinating in the street like cattle. Christ, it would be bad enough at any ground with children and women milling about but, after parking my car on Dundonald Road, we witnessed one old man (clearly a pensioner) emerging from his house to remonstrate with a clearly drunken Celtic supporter relieving himself on to the fella’s driveway. He was told to “Get tae f**k back intae yer hoose or Ah’ll be pishing on you, ya auld c**t.” Surprisingly, perhaps, none of the ‘greatest supporters in the world’ who witnessed this scene said anything to their fellow supporter or apologised on his behalf to the old guy. As I walked past, perhaps stupidly, and definitely (I admit) sarcastically, I told him that although we “might not be as cultured as Baillieston or Shettleston, but we do have toilets inside the ground at Kilmarnock.” When he threatened to boot my seven year old nephew’s arse, I stopped and turned only to be eased away by another Celtic fan (presumably his mate) who assured me they’d sort him out and get him into the ground. Fair play to the boy for intervening but, personally, if my mate was so blootered he was behaving like that, I’d have put him back on the bus. Inside the ground, I spoke to the other season ticket holders around me about the incident. Two had come to the ground from the opposite direction via Rugby Road and they claimed that there were half a dozen Celtic fans pissing in the street at that end of the ground. I have no way to verify these claims because I didn’t witness them but I have no reason to disbelieve the people who told me either. My nephew then got his first look at the Green Brigade gathered at the north-east corner of the Chadwick Stand. Now clearly, there’s some diversity class that I’ve missed during my police and teaching career (and believe me, I’ve been on a few) but I fail to see the psychological imperatives that provoke seemingly grown adults to ponce about in paramilitary fancy dress (including some in face-masks) as if they are the Second Coming of the Visigoths (or, indeed, the Huns). In my police experience, it really was the quiet ones you had to watch. Those that feel the need to portray themselves as some kind of rampaging, revolutionary people’s army are clearly inadequate in some way, needing the protection and anonymity of the herd to be a ‘face’ (especially if they’re too scared to actually show it). I truly hope, that to most decent Celtic supporters, these people are considered an embarrassment to the Club. I can just about understand the Green Brigade’s need to chant pro-IRA slogans as a response to the jingoistic British nationalism and vile sectarianism of Rangers and, perhaps, Hearts fans. To feel the need to do it at Rugby Park – whose supporters don’t give a toss about such matters and where it is a redundant gesture – is verging on the deranged. If you want to support a football club, just do it. If you want to be a hero in a glorious struggle against overwhelming odds, put your money where your muffled, hidden mouth is and toddle off to Palestine and take on the Israeli army. At least there, you’ll be doing us all a good turn. Of course, they then compounded their ludicrous behaviour by setting off flares inside the ground. To indulge themselves in this way is just a further expression of the entitled attitude that fans of both Old Firm clubs have that they’re big enough to do whatever they want and there will be limited, if any, reaction from the authorities. A bit like pissing in the street, perhaps. Then we had the coin-throwing incident… Social media, including this site was awash with conspiracy theories from Celtic fans. It happened in front of the Kilmarnock dugout; which means it was in front of a home stand; which means it was a home fan; and the authorities probably know who did it so are deflecting attention away from that. Look! Look! You can see the Butcher’s Aprons hanging behind Boyd near the dugout. Now, I know that Killie fans have a reputation for being critical of our team but this, I believe, would be the first instance in our history of us throwing coins at our own players. And ‘Butcher’s Aprons’ at Rugby Park? Give me a break! Of course, it soon became clear. That ‘dugout’ is disabled seating at Rugby Park. In front of the Moffat Stand. The Moffat Stand filled with Celtic fans. And the Union Jacks were nothing more offensive than security tape. Aah, but; aah, but… Boyd brought it on himself by warming up in front of the Celtic fans. Yeah, there’s nothing more infuriating to a died-in-the-wool Bhoy than an ageing, slightly-overweight footballer in a tracksuit doing some stretching exercises. Not antagonising anyone. Not making any gestures. Stretching. Really, Celtic apologists; get a f**king grip! Perhaps what actually incited the Neanderthal coin- thrower were the chants of ‘Dirty Orange bastard’ and ‘fat Orange bastard’. But that clearly couldn’t have happened because - as we all know in Scottish football – only the Rangers fans are bigots… These conspiracy theories also ignore the fact that all subs at Kilmarnock warm-up at the goal ends of the stadium – home and away players. And this is the first instance, I can remember of any of our players or away players having coins thrown at them as they warmed up. It is a similar incident, I suppose, to the fan who threw a Bovril at Eamonn Brophy after he’d scored about two weeks ago. Who was that against? Oh, yes. Rangers. That’s fine company you’re keeping. I have very few complaints about the game itself. Celtic were, marginally, the better side but were running out of ideas and didn’t look like scoring until Broadfoot’s fully-deserved red card reduced us to ten men. One small point, though. If Broadfoot’s red was because he endangered an opponent, then how much more dangerous was Brown’s tackle on Taylor in the first half - a two-footed lunge, both feet off the ground, and studs into the calf of Taylor’s planted, standing leg. Never mind, though, those are the decisions you have to accept as a supporter of a non-Old Firm club. I don’t even have any massive complaints about the Celtic supporters who jumped the barriers at the Chadwick Stand when Brown scored. I can understand the euphoria of a last minute goal. Except that the last time you graced Rugby Park with your presence, Stuart Finlay scored a last minute winner. We were exuberant. We were euphoric. We didn’t feel the need, however, to jump onto the pitch to show it. But then, of course, we are not the ‘greatest fans in the world’. What I did have a problem with was the dozen (or thereabouts) morons who decided they needed to get involved from the Moffat Stand at the opposite end of the ground. Here, however, I agree with this site that the stewards and, particularly, the police did not react quickly, or effectively, enough. That aside, the rotund gentleman who waddled up the pitch, with the crack of his arse showing as his trackies nearly tripped him, is very lucky it was a laid-back Stevie O’Donnell he wandered up to and gave a w****r sign to. The ‘photography fan’ who wandered about the pitch for 90 seconds getting selfies with Celtic players was also in danger of creating a response from home fans that could have erupted into a much more serious incident. If your fans want to excuse this behaviour then fine, go ahead but please, in future, spare us the sanctimonious claptrap about how you are very different from the Sevconians. The Celtic players, too, should have a look at themselves in the cold light of day to consider whether they reacted to these provocations in an appropriate manner. And the broken seats? Again, it’s merely exuberance. Presumably the same exuberance after the ‘Stuart Finlay game’ that led to broken seats. Then it was a design fault. A sign of the poor standards at Rugby Park. Well, I sit in the East Stand. Seats of the same design. Same gaps between them. And, believe it or not, we do score goals at Rugby Park – including last minute winners (have I mentioned Stuart Finlay?) – and I have yet to see the ‘exuberance’ of the Killie fans damage any seats. The fact that it is becoming a regular occurrence for the Celtic board to get the chequebook out after visits to others’ grounds should tell you everything you need to know. Again, a startling resemblance to our friends from Ibrox… You know, whether you believe me or not, I’m speaking as a friend. And a friend should tell you when you’re going wrong. So that you can be better. If you want to be better. And that means, I’m afraid, calling out your own supporters when they get it wrong. It might also mean, and I realise how difficult this might be for some, grasping the nettle that is the Green Brigade. Celtic fans – real Celtic fans – it’s over to you.
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  35. 4 Brownings Season ticket holders chose the new strip... and the away one. It was all meant to be released after the last game of the season but Covid has now delayed it with the manufacturers being temporarily closed down. We are doing all we can to get it in the shops ASAP as it obviously helps us start using the sponsorship to the benefit of the company, but it’s all out with KFCs control. We need adult, kids, home and away for sale ASAP but we will take whatever comes first. Incidentally, the area covered by the Brownings logo is the same area as was used by QTS On a final note... some of the personal comments about myself, my family and Brownings have been really hurtful but I’ve been told this was always to be expected. Being a lifetime Killie fan obviously makes no difference in this new social media world that we live in. A huge thanks to all who have supported Brownings through the new strip launch and through my companies retail shops... which in turn helps pay for this sponsorship to our beloved club. YNTTK Posted on Facebook and various social media Killie sites .
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  36. I sent a mock up to the club for this kit deal that had a pattern in the material that was Morse code for "bye bye rangers" over and over again.
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  37. Got to say whilst respecting their right for people to have a different view really feel recently some comments about Gary Dicker have been overly negative. A Gary Locke signing, yes he actually made a decent one. Dicker for me has been one of the key players in our recent seasons. History will record him as the captain of our record ever league points total winning side. Up there with the cup final captains. A guy who has lived apart from his family for large spells of the week all his time at Killie. I have no doubt he has a huge commitment to the club. Shown recently by helping on the day to create the fans standing area. Ok there might be question marks about his role in the Alessio saga however we don't know if that is true or not and he may have been right. He is getting a bit older and that may/will influence his performance levels and he won't go on forever. I hope we don't forget however his contribution to the club over many seasons which I think has been outstanding. Just think sense of perspective is required here. When he does go I hope he gets the reception he deserves for his years of service.
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  38. Respect: an easy word to throw around, harder to put into practice. There are those who insist that Angelo Alessio is disrespecting Steve Clarke, disrespecting Scottish football, by trying to adapt the way Kilmarnock work and think. Who is he to tell a side that defied expectation to finish fifth, then third, there might be another way? Let’s reverse the question and ask about the respect that we, the Scottish football collective, have shown Angelo Alessio, this man whose English is easy to lampoon and who left an open goal by losing to the Welsh part-timers of Connah’s Quay in his first assignment. To hear Kirk Broadfoot, who had a good kick at the Italian on his way to St Mirren in midweek, you’d think there is nothing a squad of game but largely modest players can learn from a figure who won a Uefa Cup at Juventus while working under coaches like Giovanni Trapattoni and Dino Zoff. Who, in eight years as Antonio Conte’s lieutenant, helped deliver Siena back to the top flight, won three scudetti with the reborn Old Lady of Turin then brought league and FA Cup success to Stamford Bridge. Doubts, of course, are permitted. Alessio hadn’t been a manager in his own right for more than a decade, had only ever set foot in Scotland for Juventus’ 2013 Champions League game against Celtic, and had never met either of his deputies, Massimo Donati and Alex Dyer. There are questions about the appointment and the man himself, but is it asking too much for people to actually listen to his answers? “When there’s a change when things are going well, it’s difficult to accept the need,” says the 54-year-old from near Salerno in Italy’s deep south. “At the same time, it’s important every one of us stays faithful to our credo, our convictions. If you arrive in a team where things have gone badly, it’s much easier to change. When you arrive in a place where things have gone well and for the most part the players are under contract, it’s not like you can say, ‘Right, let’s change more than half the team’. “I didn’t do that. It wouldn’t have been right to. But at the same time, you need to bring your own solutions. We put more emphasis on the tactical side than on other aspects of training, but every coach in the world will make those kind of decisions based on their methods. Ultimately, my job is to get the most out of every player and find solutions on the pitch.” Alessio says he wishes Broadfoot “all the best” and is “disappointed he left”, pointing out that the centre-back was his captain for the League Cup game against Hamilton on August 17. Kilmarnock went through after extra-time and have since drawn with Aberdeen and beaten St Johnstone without conceding, a steadying of the ship from Connah’s Quay and the first two league games that saw them lose narrowly to Rangers and horribly to Accies. “We needed that first league win. The team wanted it, we all wanted it,” says Alessio of last week at McDiarmid Park. “We’ve had some problems because results make you work in a certain way. Bad results make you work worse. We’re on the right road now, but we need to get better. A lot better. “I want to see a compact team capable of managing every situation. We’ve had to do a lot of work with results being as they were. Now we have the opportunity to keep working, but also to believe more in what we’re doing.” Alessio is enthused by the prospect of easing the burden on Eamonn Brophy via Osman Sow and Harvey St Clair, the strikers who arrived at the end of the transfer window. Alessio knew the Scotland under-21 man from their shared time at Chelsea, while Laurentiu Branescu and Dario del Fabro were sourced through Juventus. Former Hamilton and Motherwell left-back Stephen Hendrie has arrived after Greg Taylor moved to Celtic, and centre-back Connor Johnson has joined on loan from Wolves. “This window was very difficult,” Alessio admits. “Lots of conversations happened, and then at the very end, deals got done, but we now have our face as a team.” As far back as January, Alessio told Italian media that he himself was on the move, uncoupling himself from Conte long before the one-time Italy manager took charge at Inter. “I didn’t want to have any regrets in the future about not trying,” says the man who led Imolese, Massese and SPAL in the Italian third tier before hooking up with his fellow ex-midfielder. There were rumours of an offer to coach the Juventus under-23 team, but the nature of this task appealed. “In the last two years, Kilmarnock have achieved extraordinary things, and now we all must understand the need to work even harder. I’ve accepted the exact opposite of a job where things are not going well, but that’s something I find stimulating. “Working eight years with Antonio, I know what it means to have to stay at the top. Every year we had to do it all over again. It’s a very difficult thing to do, but what we knew was that every year we had to work harder and the same goes for Kilmarnock. “I know the situation and it’s a big challenge after Steve Clarke. But for me, it’s normal to be under pressure. Of course it’s not easy: I’m Italian, it’s another culture, another tradition, different football. But I think now, step by step, our team is building, we are building. I don’t think the players’ desire to learn is a problem. The problem comes when you can’t find solutions.” Whatever training ground emphasis he puts on running, Alessio knows what it is to graft. He was one of 11 siblings — six boys, five girls, “a whole football team” — in an age when silver spoons hadn’t quite reached the Amalfi coast. For years he plugged away with the local amateurs, yearning for the break that arrived at Avellino. “I’d been on so many trials, but I just loved playing; it didn’t matter whether it was in the biggest stadium in Serie A, or some country dustbowl. For me it was the same thing, because I had this big passion. “At 18, I did a summer with Avellino and that was me. I caught the last train. It’s difficult to go straight from the amateurs to Serie A, believe me, but sometimes what you want arrives when you least expect it.” Alessio has three grown-up children, a management engineer, a fashion designer and one who studies in London. His wife is due to join him, but for now he lives “a quiet life” across the road from Rugby Park, working long hours with the odd escape for fresh sea air at Troon. “I always knew this would be a difficult year, for many reasons,” he says. “We’re still building our season and our path. It will be made up of sacrifices, dedication, sweat and difficulty. We need to be patient and really understand the job.”
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  39. Jordan Jones with a header.
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  40. After being on the wrong end of the worst refereeing display I have ever seen, our European aspirations damaged, there were no flares, coins, Buckfast bottles, invasions, broken seats, death threats, player or official assaults. Instead, the fans got behind the players all the more until the very last whistle. You know, the way sane people should act. We are a credit to the club and to Scottish football and I fully expect that to be widely reported tomorrow. Cough. Do I f**k.
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  41. A decent read in the Daily Record (miracles do happen). How can any of the knuckle draggers argue with this? Hopefully this will also dispel the fears of the doubters among our own support as well. They've done the sums and they are willing to take the chance...
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  42. Hi Pompey supporter here. This seems to be dragging on a bit with you signing our full back Brandon but I hope the transfer doesn't go through and he stays here. In fairness to him he deserves a move because he has not really been given a chance here and he is a really good young player. I think he has only stayed at the club this long because he is a Pompey boy and it was his dream to play for his home town club. You can have our manager Kenny Jackett though because it just doesn't make sense letting a good young player who has come up through the ranks go when clubs now more than ever need to be bringing their own players through. I am a bit of a Kilmarnock fan myself because like most kids at school we had teams we chose to support in other leagues and for some reason I chose Kilmarnock and now 60 years later I still look for their results. Also I had a friend in the navy from Kilmarnock and someone I worked with until very recently were also Killie fans. So I wish you all good luck for next season and I wish Brandon a happy and successful career at Kilmarnock.
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  43. It was only a few years ago I remember looking at the league table, with us propping it up as usual, and wondering if we would ever get out of the mire. Season after season, we were relegation fodder. Each new manager appointment was a disaster, with several overhauls of the entire playing squad, meaning there was no affinity with the players. It felt like the latest bunch of mercenaries in blue and white stripes, who you knew would soon be shipped on, rather than a team of Killie players. Off the pitch, things were worse, with Michael Johnston at the helm and every decision made by the club feeling at odds with supporters. There was a clear divide and animosity between the board and fans. We pandered to the old firm and regularly embarrassed ourselves in the media. We were still crippled with debt, and it seemed only a matter of time until we were relegated and suffered the resulting financial difficulties that may have killed the club for good. I remember thinking about all of this and thinking it would surely be years and years and years until we were ever back on a positive footing, if ever. Now you look at where we are now only a few years later, and it's so far beyond what any of us would ever have thought possible that it's hard to believe. Competing for Europe. A settled team where you love every single player and feel they bleed blue and white. The best manager in Scotland, who speaks out against sectarianism. A board who do exactly what the fans want them to, clamping the old firm and running the club for the fans rather than purely for profit at every turn. It truly is remarkable. The longer this goes on, I dont find I pinch myself any less. I absolutely love being a Killie fan at the moment, more so than at any other time. Long may it continue!!
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  44. Ach no need to put the boot into the Welsh. They are a tiny club with a tiny budget and they battled for their lives. Fair play to them. Pleased to come away with the win.
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  45. Sometimes, life has funny way of lining things up in front of you. Work, once again, needed me to travel to Glasgow, Scotland. The work aspect of this trip will be considerably different this time, but one thing was going to be the same. Kilmarnock FC had a home match. This is where things get a bit “thank you universe,” as the Killie match was on a Saturday. Well, it just so happens that when I began looking into booking my travel, it just made sense to travel to Scotland a couple days early, not only from a five-hour time differential point of view, but also from a monetary point of view. It was looking considerably cheaper to fly up on a Friday evening to arrive Saturday morning prior to the week I was to be there than any of the other options. Thank you Universe. I flew into Glasgow, directly this time, on a Virgin Atlantic 747. Flying over to the UK this time of year is a bit easier than at the end of winter, like last time, due to it being the end of the window when most go on holiday. The flight was fairly full, but not packed, and I lucked out in getting a row all to myself. The food options were better this time as well — pulled pork with mashed potatoes and beans — and I was even able to sleep for a good four or five hours. That last bit was needed, and one of the most important aspects of preparation for day one in Glasgow. This was an overnight flight, arriving in Scotland at 9:30 a.m. Kickoff in Kilmarnock was scheduled for 3 p.m. My flight arrived a bit early, so once I was through customs, I decided to sit for a few moments with an Americano coffee and square away my cell phones. My work phone works very well over here, my personal one does not. Due to wanting to maintain a separation of personal and work information, I have to carry two phones, which can be a pain. It turns out to be a pretty helpful thing over here. I can stay connected with the world, when not on the wifi somewhere, by using my work phone as an internet hot spot for my personal phone. It, if nothing else, lets me stay attached to the personal social medias I have back home. I just needed to find the best way to get from the airport to the hotel, and check to see if they had a room available this early in the morning. Thankfully, public transport in Glasgow (trains, buses, and taxis) are plentiful and affordable. A train would have gotten me close to my hotel, but I chose to go the slightly simpler route and just get a taxi. I also need to remember to chose my words very carefully. Come to find out, my cab driver was also a football fan, and was going to the Celtic home match. He couldn’t understand why I wanted to go down to Kilmarnock for a “footy” match while Celtic were playing at home. Here comes my big mistake, as I reminded him that Kilmarnock beat Celtic last weekend. It was at this point that I wondered if I would make it all the way to the hotel or get dropped off on some random road in some random neighborhood, miles from where I needed to be. Thankfully, he was just kidding about kicking me out, but we didn’t talk much after that. My hotel is in City Centre this trip, not the West End, but I am much closer to Glasgow Central Station, the train station I need to get down to Killie. I had the perfect amount of time at the hotel, changed, relaxed for a few minutes, checked in with folks, got a bit of work done, and headed out. It is only about an eight-minute walk to the train station, and the sun was trying to shine. Folks along the street were certainly looking at me weird, and then I realized it was because I was walking through town with a big purple scarf on that read Orlando City. While waiting to cross the street, I even chatted with a few folks about Orlando City, football, America, politics (without question, everywhere I have been in town, this trip and last, people want to talk about Trump and American politics), and everyone wanted to know why I was going to Kilmarnock for football. The train station was just as busy as I remembered it. Tickets were secured, and I had timed my arrival pretty well as I only needed to wait about 10 minutes for the train to arrive. Once on board, there is certainly only one thing to do, wait for the snack cart to come buy and get yourself a Tennent’s Lager. The train ride takes about 30 minutes, and then it is another 15- to 20-minute walk through residential streets to Rugby Park. I have to say, it was just as amazing to round the corner and see the park this time as it was last time. A quick walk through the gates at the back of Rugby Park, and you quickly find yourself standing in the front lot between the grounds and the Park Hotel. If you remember my first trip to Kilmarnock, the Park Hotel was where so much happened pre-match. This time, the hotel bar provided everything pre- and post-match. I met my friend Dougie at the bar, and the kind gentleman had a pint waiting. Quick back story here: Dougie was the friend of the gentleman I met at the first Kilmarnock FC match, who took my information down to pass to his friend (Dougie) who was going to Orlando for holiday and was planning to go to an Orlando City match. I met up with them at the match, and did my best to help them experience an American soccer match. I don’t know how much better it gets than drinking cold Founders All Day IPAs out of the trunk of a car in a hot parking lot, getting to hang out in the Publix Fan Zone (with free food, water, and cookies), and end up on the Jumbotron (sarcasm, folks). But alas, I tried. The end result of all of this is that Dougie and I have stayed in contact throughout. Now back to our original story line. The Park Hotel is a complete oddity to me. It is basically on the grounds of Rugby Park, and the players and staff are easily found in the bar/common area prior to the match. What made today even more special was that the club was having its Ladies Day. There was an entire section of the Park Hotel — I am assuming it was the ballroom or something equivalent — that was reserved just for the ladies, and if you are not familiar with Ladies Days around Europe, it is an absolute spectacle. The women come dressed to the nines, some in fancy attire, some looking like they are going to go party at one of those super exclusive clubs with velvet rope dividers in the super fashionable part of town, but they all looked amazing. I have no earthly idea what was happening in the area reserved for them, but it certainly sounded like they were having a blast. Dougie’s wife and two daughters stepped out a few times to say hello, as did some of the other gents’ significant others. While the ladies were having their fun, the gents were at the bar doing exactly what they did in March, drinking pints, eating a pie, talking shop, throwing a few quid at the betting pool or raffle to help support the supporters’ club, and enjoying the afternoon. The Infamous Killie Pie, a pint, and a bag of homemade Scottish treats The match was held in sunlight. Can you believe that? This time it was to be Kilmarnock FC vs. Motherwell FC. This match — I will say primarily due to it being played in slightly warmer weather so I wasn’t focused on freezing, and also being played in the afternoon vs. an evening kickoff — gave me a slightly better look at Scottish football. It is much more physical than what I am used to watching in person, it is much more over the top, and it is a bit more chaotic. My seats were a little better as well. By the way, the ladies who were taking part in the Ladies Day festivities had an entire section reserved for them. Looking at the picture above, they are one section to the right of the section below my vantage point (i.e., they had nice seats). The ladies also appeared to be having a ton of fun, and this certainly seems like something that would be amazing to do at Orlando City. As you can see from the picture, it is an artificial surface, and you can also tell by the way the ball loves to skip and take odd bounces. As I mentioned before, this game was very much played over the top. Both teams played relatively quick balls over the top to streaking players, hoping to catch back lines off guard and get a breakaway, maintain possession for a few seconds and let the midfield catch up and get into scoring positions, win a free kick through a defensive foul, or win a corner. This tactic was the vast majority of play for both sides, and it worked well for Motherwell first as can be seen in the highlight reel below. Unfortunately for Motherwell, the game turned when Curtis Main, who scored the first goal, missed a penalty kick. Kilmarnock then rattled off two goals in four minutes before halftime, and sealed the win with a successful spot kick in the second half. Goals from Chris Burke, Greg Stewart, and the successful penalty conversion by Eamonn Brophy meant that the walk back to the Park Hotel after the match was a joyous one. I tried so hard to maintain once we got back to the Park, but to be honest, travel and pints and travel and more pints were starting to take a hold of me. In other words, I was getting really tired and needed to head back to the hotel. I finished my pint with Dougie, said goodnight to everyone drinking around us, and walked up to the desk at the hotel to kindly ask them to call me a cab. It was just cold and windy enough that I didn’t want to brave walking back to the train station. I waited for my cab up front, but wasn’t quick enough when it arrived, as a couple of folks just said they were me, and jumped right in. This was perfectly fine, because I had just spent enough time outside in the cold to wake up and catch a bit of a second wind. As I walked back in, thinking if I should go sit with Dougie and crew for one more pint, I heard a voice yelling. I looked around all over the lobby to see a man with a goatee pointing at me, yelling for me to come over and talk. As I approached, he introduced himself to me and said he had to take a picture with me, because we were bearded brothers. I gladly agreed, on the condition that he would take one with me. It was just then that he realized that I wasn’t from around those parts. He asked all the important questions about why I would come down to Killie for a football match. I explained the circumstances of the last trip, and how I now have a big soft spot for the whole Kilmarnock FC experience, and as much as catching a match at Celtic Park or Ibrox would be amazing, if Killie is at home, I will gladly reach out to my friends and take the train down. This man is rock and roll, has two Harleys and two Triumphs, and is Lord Provost of East Ayrshire. We took four pictures together, all the while chatting about Kilmarnock, the match, metal music, and how I need to reach out to him the next time I am in town. Provost Jim Todd I can assure you, before I leave Scotland I will connect with this fine gentleman and see what happens from there. I only wish I had accepted his offer for a pint. I think I was on the edge of delirious, which you can see in my facial expression above, that I didn’t even realize what I was politely declining until it was to late. I also completely forgot to get a Kilmarnock jersey, or scarf, or anything. I even forgot to get my picture in front of Rugby Park with my Orlando City scarf to post up. The fact of the matter is, once again, Killie took me on a whirlwind ride. I even got an escort back to Glasgow Central Station. There are other clubs in Sottish Premier League Football, including clubs that see Champions League play almost every season. There are sights to see all around Glasgow. I have missed them all, and gladly so. The town of Kilmarnock and Kilmarnock FC have a new fan. I will be watching from afar. I will cheer with you, I will cry with you, and I hope nothing but success for this club. I have much to learn, and I will certainly get there. Orlando City is my first true love, it is my home club, and I will bleed purple forever. However, as pretty much everyone I know have a love overseas, I think I have found mine. And you Celtic friends, sorry, not sorry.
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  46. After reading the statement it's hard not to feel that it's a little sad what brought about the demise. He's 65 and his wife has just died. The only person he probably had to lean on. It's taken its toll and he's correctly just decided he cannae take the pressure and stress anymore. Life it too short. Great for killie, but it's a tad sad what brought about the demise in the end.
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  47. Get lost with this p!sh! The whole squad deserve to start with a clean slate, some might be quicker at buying into Wright's philosophy than others, some might be more suited to his ideas. Some of these players had looked good playing for a different manager and may find that form again now we have a good manager.
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  48. That's just disgusting. You have a very short memory. He was part of 2 of the best years I have ever had watching Kilmarnock since i started in the 60s. I think it was inevitable but these things should be handled with some dignity on all sides. Good luck to Alex Dyer going forward
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  49. Not sure where you have read that about the u23s mate but all the best anyways. I really Wanted to wish the killie fans and club all the best. Like I said before Liam really appreciated his time here gave everything in every game and will always remember the fans and they way they welcomed him in. Kilmanock FC will always have a place in my heart! #wearekillie https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/academy/381892-liam-millar-returns-to-reds-from-kilmarnock-loan
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  50. Just so everyone knows the roofs on the snack bars are not for jumping on.
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