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  1. After everyone that took us down has left, Rory has stayed. Time for him to get some recognition.
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  2. 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
  3. 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
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  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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 👍
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  7. Dicker. Absolute fraud. Hope the clique are happy.
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  8. 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
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. I was going to start a new thread for this, but it always feels wildly ostentatious, so here’s as good a place as any... Last night I was sitting in the pub with friends looking at the Euro 2020 schedule and seeing my country included for the first time in a very long time. Last time we were at a tournament I think I’d just graduated, was about two stone lighter and life felt infinite. A lot has changed since then. I genuinely can’t wait to watch Scotland in the pub with friends or with my son. Meanwhile, Killie have been relegated and we’re facing at least a season in the Championship. The initial pain and anger has dissipated, and now I’m just eager to see a new team coalesce and the chance at a fresh start. I can say with some confidence that the old First Division days were a genuine joy. Football felt more real, more vivid and infinitely less corporate. We’re still a big club with a proud history and we can really make something of this chance to rebuild and learn the lessons of the past. It’s easy to get bogged down in the gossip of the day or to think everything is s**te, but there’s something genuinely refreshing in getting the chance to restart, reconnect and find pride in our club again. Much as I’m thrilled to be looking forward to a summer of football that includes Scotland, I’m also looking forward to a season of rekindling my love of Killie, seeing old faces and actually being at the ground again. Which is a mildly gin-fuelled way of saying, don’t let the bleating of rent-a-gobs like Kyle Lafferty or anyone else worry us; it’s all about players who want to be at Kilmarnock and make a name for themselves. The guys signing up now have a chance to make themselves legends, and I’ll judge each and every one of them once they’ve pulled on the stripes and shown us what they’re about. Until then, I’ll back every one that signs up. As for the rest, cheers and goodbye.
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  13. Lafferty is only here because of Bowie stumping up yet more cash for us. Don't be a dick.
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  14. Where I can, I hope I can clear a few things up here. Apologies if this turns into a tome. For transparency, The Focus Group comprises: Chair – Allen Kyle (SLO), Co-Chair – Gregg McEwan (Head of Marketing & Commercial Operations), Phyllis McLeish (Director), Cathy Jamieson (Director), Scott McClymont (Head of Media), Katrina Watson (Ticketing Manager), Peter Orr (representing KFCDSA), Iain Sherry (representing KFCSA,) and myself (representing The Killie Trust). Twelve other supporters also answered the Club’s call and it was great to see so many Trust members amongst them, stepping forward to take part in this, and all making valued contributions to the overall discussion. The object of the focus group is to make informed suggestions as to how we can work together to present a solution that’s acceptable for season ticket prices for the 2021/22 season and to come to a workable solution to cover the lost matches from this season. As a part of the Focus Group, the Trust put out an email to members on 23 March because we needed their thoughts/suggestions/ideas on the way forward. We received over 130 emails in return. I also took into account a wide range of views documented on the ‘Focus Group’ thread on here. Mirroring the poll on the ‘fan’s forum’, the overwhelming majority of Trust members stated that they would renew their season ticket when the new promotion was launched, without need for recompense for missed ‘personal attendance’ matches this season. There was widespread acknowledgement of the current financial plight of the Club, the difficult position faced in balancing a fair deal for supporters during unprecedented circumstances and the need to generate income to help sustain the Club through this very uncertain period, whilst also enticing more supporters to become season ticket holders. Respondents in general, whilst not looking for any kind of personal compensation for themselves, were also VERY mindful of others potential situations. Every one of the most popular, unsolicited ideas on this forum and from Trust members that were suggested, were taken forward by the Club as the initial proposal. This appeared at the Club’s AGM, has now been circulated to Trust members and also those who subscribe to TiK but are not members. Some suggestions couldn’t be taken forward because of contractual/legal implications or just simply couldn’t work economically, like a BOGOF offer, free under 16 tickets, Club shares getting issued as recompense, etc. Several lengthy, more detailed emails from members were forwarded to the Board for consideration. Some more senior members pointed out that their attendance next season would be based on how confident they might feel about Rugby Park being a safe environment and a pay per view option should be considered. I’m glad that it’s now been recognised that this email IS A PROPOSAL. It will, of course, be fine-tuned and, as has been stated on here, no doubt tailored to suit whichever league we find ourselves in next season. Bottom line is, we need to generate income and the Club will have to cut its cloth accordingly. The Club very much values our support and the contributions made throughout this season. Rest assured, it is not running away from any obligations and will certainly do the right thing at the launch. Key to the success of our Club is getting as many young people to support Killie as possible. They are our financial lifeblood going forward. At the risk of letting the ‘cat out of the bag’, we (the Club) are looking at pulling together a special, exclusive event for our under 16 season ticket holders and also number crunching ticket costs to strike the proper pricing balance for children through to young adults. I think that we should be proud of the fact that we have a Club who is willing to consult with its fan base and ACT ON IT! We’ve come a long way in this regard. Whilst I totally get the fun that can be had having a rant on here and speculating wildly on all manner of issues, please also bear in mind that we have a Club willing to answer questions whenever it can to avoid negativity spreading. Please use Allen Kyle, our SLO for run of the mill stuff. Allen is fastidious about documenting queries and getting replies within a reasonable timescale. For Trust members, Cathy IS our voice on the board and is easily contactable……although I’d prefer if you maybe do it through the Trust email first to ease her burden. I’m happy to help out, like Allen, where I can. Lastly, for issues relevant to their particular areas, club staff are available to and their contact info is on the Club website. We all want the Club to be the best it can be. The Trust have worked hard to break down communication barriers. If you haven’t already done so, JOIN US HERE please. (Come on, you knew this last bit had to come!!) (Every Club Director is a member, as is our Head of Football, Club Secretary, Club Ambassador............. etc! 😉 )
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  15. I have been doing some chats with ex players/manager and Killie related personalities recently on my Instagram page. @NiftyGD_ We have already done Peter Canero and DVT, this week I caught up with Ex Killie Boss and part time comedian Lee Clark to discuss his time as Killie boss, his trip for Rolls at Troon Beach and his regrets on leaving. Hopefully you enjoy. 1. You joined Kilmarnock back in February 2016 can you tell us how did that move come about ? Did they contact you or did you apply for it after Gary Locke moved on? Well I was at a game down at Huddersfield Town when i got a call to ask would i be interested in the Kilmarnock Job. Obviously i was keen on it so the contact was made with the club and i met the board in the Park Hotel that week and within 3 or 4 days i had been offered the job which i happily accepted. 2. When you came in to Kilmarnock what did you know of Scottish football and Kilmarnock FC in general? I knew a lot about Scottish football and the players playing in it. I signed numerous players from Scotland when down south and watched many games. Scott Afrield from Falkirk was one who peaked my interest and also at the same time i was watching Craig Bryson from Kilmarnock who went to Derby, but I only had funds for 1 and got Scotty. So I had watched plenty of games up there in Scotland. 3. After joining you faced an uphill struggle in the first few months not to dissimilar to what we as a club are facing at the moment. What did you think of the squad you inherited when you first arrived ? My first few games in charge were extremely tough. After my first game v Dundee which ended 0-0 I think we had Celtic, Aberdeen and then Ross County - who were all in the top 6 at that time. So it was certainly a difficult start. The squad well tbh it was basically the Hearts Reserves !!!!! Ha ha no serious though some good guys and good pros but they weren’t very athletic /mobile/ fit, but these were the players i had and had to get a tune out of to stay up. Kris Boyd & Gary Dicker proved very important players for me as the senior players and leaders in the dressing room they believed in my work and pushed it in the dressing room and on the training ground. 4. Killie eventually finished 11th place that season and faced a 2 leg play off against Falkirk. After losing the first leg 1-0, what do you remember of that night ? After the first leg, even though we were 1-0 down i remained positive. The reason why was that we were the better team in that 1st leg without being great. We missed some sitters, Tope Obadeyi in particular. We did however give away an awful goal late on but after game i sensed a determination from the players to turn it round at RP. 5. You famously or infamously took the boys down to Troon beach on the day before the 2nd leg playoff at home which thankfully worked what was the thinking of that trip ? Also what kind of roll did you have ? Jeez yeah the trip to Troon Beach was not a pre-planned one. We went in to train at RP the day before the 2nd leg of the play off and I went down to the dressing room about 45 minutes before training was due to start and It was quiet, Too quiet for me! Myself ,Lee McCulloch & Peter Leven had planned the session for a day of a little shape and set plays. I went back up into my office and just told the staff to get the keys for the club minibus and that i needed to get these lads to relax. What was a 30 minute session going to achieve the day before the game. They certainly were not going to get fitter. So i kept the energy they had built up for the game the next day, I wanted us to make a quick start and guess what we did. Regarding the Roll I had a square sausage roll it was beautiful and the game turned out beautiful too 😂😂 6. Kilmarnock went on to batter Falkirk 4-0 in the glorious sun at RP, you were certainly happy with a few runs up the touchline, how did you feel on the lead up to that day ? You also had drafted in a very young Greg Taylor that day a novice at left back which paid off big time longer term for the club. Like i said in the previous answer. I really needed the lads to come out of the traps quickly and have a fast start and we certainly did that. I was calm and tried to relax the players as we knew we were capable of turning it around. You are right though i enjoyed that day immensely! The crowd were exceptional in noise and in numbers. Greg Taylor playing was an absolute no brainer because in the last game of season vs Dundee United i had put some of the youngsters in for 2 reasons: 1 to get a look at them. 2 to save the legs of some of the senior players. In what was a poor performance Greg stood out for me head & shoulders above everyone with his quality of performance but also his temperament So playing him in the play offs was not really a big gamble for me. 7. That Pre season you brought in 11 players in the one day notably Souleymane Coulibaly and Jordan Jones that both turned out to be decent players for the club. Also you brought Ajer/Woodman/Longstaff on loan in the January, what did you think of some of those guys as players ? With Jordan Jones - i liked his pace, and how direct he was and his personality. I had to work really hard on him defensively but he listened- he was a great kid. Souleymane - we needed to bring in a goalscorer and an other option to Boydy and i felt for our budget that he would do the trick. Never in my wildest dreams did i think 6 months later he would make the club in the region of 1 million pound profit. Ajer Woodman Longstaff- i knew they were quality signings and have demonstrated it since. Playing at very high levels. 8. You decided to leave the club in February 2017. Joining the now extinct Bury FC, Do you regret that decision? and what was you’re reasons for going there? I left to go to Bury to be back in the English game with thought process of doing well there and maybe getting a chance in Premier League. The first part went well i saved them from relegation with 14 games remaining when i took over- similar to Killie position. 2 seasons after changing the squad I got small messages about the issues inside the club.Players were unhappy with timings of salaries etc and i left in the October. I regret leaving RP 100% to this day. I could and should have carried on the positive moves we were making. Also id have liked to have been in charge when BB was in sole charge to make the changes i wanted to make .Which were quite difficult in my time with the tight budget restrictions placed on the club. 9. Do you have any funny moments or stories from you’re time at the club ? I had many funny/happy moments it was a great year for me personally. The club was great, the support was superb and I loved living in the area. Funny moments were in my early days getting used to some of the Scottish sayings. An example being the first away trip coach driver on the way up to Aberdeen turns to me and says “you Ken Gaffer?” I replied no mate my name is Lee 😂 Also When talking about leaving a player out Lee McCulloch warned me “he would be greeting and chapping ma door “I had no clue what he was on about !!😂 10. What are you now upto these days ? Do you plan on getting back into full time management soon ? I am currently the Director of Football at Newcastle Blue Star in non league,I am basically helping a friend out. This entails me mainly helping with sponsorship for the 1st Team and over seeing the development of Academy set up as we have teams both boys & girls from Under 5’S to Under 23’s. I will not manage at this level as i do not know other teams or players. I am waiting for my next opportunity in full time football as a manager again. Final thoughts Lee In the light of our recent form and circumstances do you have anything to say to the Killie fans reading this interview. Any feelings still for our club? Finally I say to the Killie faithful to stay strong/positive and to keep believing. You now have a strong and good management team at the club. I know personally as I played alongside Tommy at Newcastle back in the day and I was also assistant manager at Norwich City when Tommy was the GK coach and Paul Stephenson was the 1st Team coach. Tommy is a great guy and has had great success in the Scottish game. Obviously i am very close to Paul as we grew up together and worked closely with each other at Norwich,Huddersfield and Kilmarnock.He is a top coach and more importantly at this moment a real positive person around the place. Regarding my feelings, well I bloody loved my time at the club and I still look out for the results every week, I made a mistake in leaving when I did, But my time there will always be special to me. Who knows maybe I could return one day under different circumstances to finish the job. MON THE KILLIE!! Best of luck Lee Clark
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  16. They've made a lot of mistakes, no one is denying that, however it is night and day from where we were when Michael Johnston is in charge and there are a lot of people with very short memories bringing his name up, no doubt those who supported him at the time. We've gone from an egotistical control freak who knew nothing about football and whose only interest in the club was what he could financially gain from it; that bizarrely got lucky breaks every time it looked like we were about to go to the wall - to a philanthropic good guy who equally knows little about football, is willing to throw his own cash at it, but is doing a bad job of it due to lack of leadership and being too bloody nice to people who are failing us badly; and bizarrely gets no lucky breaks at all. The only solution for me is to expand the board and bring on people who can give us the leadership we need.
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  17. Mum, Kate and I are grateful for all your kind words.
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  18. We have 99 problems but the pitch ain't one.
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  19. Interesting stuff. Guy just promoted to Serie A thinks Angelo’s methods were fine. Guys who got us relegated to the Scottish championship think it was s**tshow....
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  20. Like his playing performances his interviews are often top class , really hope he gets his wish , new contract at our club and whenever he does leave to hear us fans loudly cheer his name again and thanking him for his efforts ### WITH all but four players on the books at Rugby Park’s contracts set to expire at the end of the current campaign, the vast majority of the current crop at Killie are playing for their futures at the club over the next three games. For veteran winger Chris Burke though, that’s just the way he likes it. The 37-year-old has enjoyed another fine season in Ayrshire and if Tommy Wright’s side do go on to beat the drop and preserve their Premiership status, there will be few who could claim to have had as big an impact as the evergreen winger. A win over Motherwell at Fir Park this afternoon will ensure automatic relegation is no longer a viable concern for Kilmarnock, should Accies also drop points against St Mirren. Some players would crack under the pressure of not knowing where they’ll be playing next season – but Burke insists it is simply business as usual. “I’ve known no different during my time at the club,” he said. “There’s no pressure on them to offer me anything and I think it’s only fair that they wait until they discover which division we’ll be “For me, it doesn’t matter: the most important thing is for us to keep this club in the Premiership and then push on again next season. If you perform well then teams will want you but, at the same time, if you’re enjoying your football here then it doesn’t matter whether you’re offered a deal now or in three games’ time: the player’s decision will be the same. I don’t think another month will make any difference. “Personally, I’m looking for a six-year contract! Seriously, the first thing I want to do is to play again next season and that’s an important decision when you reach my age. I’m still enjoying it, I still love football and still play like I’m a little kid on the park with my mates. “I work hard every day for the team and this team has been great for me. I’m a Kilmarnock supporter, although I wasn’t when I first arrived. But they’re part of me now, like family. We’ll have to wait and see what happens because you never know in football but would I like to play for this club longer? Of course I would but I also have to respect their decision.” Burke added that while he would love to tie down his long-term future to the club, he concedes that there are others within Wright’s squad whose negotiations must be prioritised. He continued: “To be honest, there are other players who are more important than me as far as the future of this football club is concerned so I’d rather they had their deals sorted out before me. How long will I keep playing? That’s the great unknown. “For now, I’ll do it year by year. I already assess my body every six months and I feel fine but I strongly feel that players should be judged by how they perform on the pitch rather than by how old they are. “If you asked people watching me play how old I was then I don’t think they would say I looked like a 37-year-old. Everyone tells me to play for as long as I possibly can and that’s the ambition but you never know what’s around the corner: an opportunity might arise in a different area and you just hang up the boots. “One thing driving me on is that I really don’t want to end my career playing in an empty ground, that’s for sure. I want to end it by being clapped off the pitch – not booed off – by the fans, with my family there to see me. So we’ll maybe say one more year and then take it from there.”
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  21. I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that Billy Bowie has made mistakes, as well as getting things right. He’s presided over real highs and very real lows. And while he (and we) very happily lap up the highs of the Steve Clarke era, it was a clear error to give Dyer the job full time after a dismal period in interim charge. Misplaced loyalty perhaps. He then compounded that error by leaving Dyer in charge far too long after he should have made a change, though that was clearly impacted by the racist halfwit at the very time change was coming. No one disagrees about pretty much any of that at this stage. As owner he’s done a huge amount to keep us afloat, and I believe he has the club’s best interests at heart, but is far from infallible. In a similar vein, Alex Dyer is a thoroughly decent man who shouldn’t have been put in the position he was, and arguably should have had the wisdom not to put himself in that position, but you can’t expect anyone in any job to voluntarily walk and give up their livelihood, that’s wildly naive. He gave it his best shot, but was nowhere near ready for managing us. He’s now gone and that is absolutely the right thing to give us, and him, the best chance for the future. So they both carry their share of blame, and I doubt very much that they need us to tell them that. But absolutely none of that excuses the behaviour of some of our ‘experienced’ players, who’ve been given the very easiest ride possible and should be ashamed of the way they’ve conducted themselves. Broadfoot and Dicker sell us short week in, week out. I really don’t give a damn about the context, Broadfoot’s behaviour during Alessio’s time in charge is one of the most disgraceful things in our club’s history, and I honestly don’t think that’s an exaggeration. I’m stunned at the easy ride he’s been given. No player is bigger than the club; no player gets to choose their manager; no player gets to dictate training. Broadfoot was rightly binned, and it is one our club’s most shameful episodes that we vindicated his behaviour by re-signing him. He’s a disgrace and an embarrassment to the club, irrespective of how Clarke managed to squeeze a few good performances out of him. It bred a culture where the ‘senior pros’ could dictate training, manager’s behaviour, and it’s the rot at the very heart of our club. We’re second bottom because we’ve relied on Broadfoot and Dicker despite them showing they’re more interested in an easy ride than they are about our club. We have a central defender and a central midfielder who are utter immobile, make constant mistakes, berate youngsters, show f**k all leadership despite all their talk and have given us the softest, most gutless spine to any Killie team I’ve ever seen. I’ve never doubted that Bowie is trying to do the right thing (though I don’t think he’s surrounded by enough knowledge and experience to get it right more often), I’ve never doubted Dyer was ‘working hard’ but hopelessly out of his depth. But damn right I doubt some of our ‘senior pros’ and the role they’ve played in our collapse since Clarke’s departure. Ultimately, whether we sneak survival or crash down, they need to be moved on as soon as possible, whatever league we’re in. Burke aside, we need to get these guys out and radically change the culture which is a rot in our dressing room. We’re not a charity for aged nearly-beens and should have higher expectations and respect for ourselves. Either ‘We are Killie!’ means something or it’s an empty platitude for idiots. Honestly, I’m amazed they still have supporters. I’m furious with their behaviour and the damage they’ve done with their gutless behaviour and equally gutless performances.
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  22. Excellent, what's your address?
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  23. I'm sorry to say that last night I was advised that a good friend from my days in Wigtownshire had passed away. After an exchange of messages with his son, John, I offered to tell this tale to his fellow Kilmarnock Supporters. Towards the end of 1990 the bank that I worked for appointed me to the manager's job at Whithorn. An area that was totally new to me and 80 miles from Rugby Park. As the job mainly involved dealing with the farming community, an early priority was to get to know those in and around the industry, and the manager and principle auctioneer at Newton Stewart Cattle Market certainly came into that category. He turned out to be Alastair MacMillan and, like me, the annual buyer of a number of Killie season tickets. In his case, six, for himself his wife, Jean, and their sons John, Ally, George and David. With one of my colleagues at Newton Stewart branch being David Sneddon Jnr we had between us the makings of a supporters club. More on that later. Alastair was a very persuasive man, as suited his profession, and within three months of my arrival in the area I found myself attending my very first Burns Supper, at the tiny village of Mochrum, as a guest speaker. I can't even remember which role I had but my closing line was to toast Ayrshire's two prominent Burns, Rabbie and Tommy. On Killie's return to the Premier League an early highlight was our early visit to Ibrox where the massive visiting support were ecstatic when Bobby Williamson tapped home the winner in added time. Alasdair and the family more than any because the Sunday papers included long distance photos of the goal from the other end of the pitch, where the could all be identified behind the left top corner of the net. A call was made to the paper concerned and a blow up of the photo was obtained, framed and placed in pride of place on the wall of his office. It was Killie reaching the Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers later that season that prompted us to follow through on forming a 'one day only' Newton Stewart Kilmarnock Supporters Club and to organise a bus to Hampden. A notice placed in the Galloway Gazette brought forward other Killie supporters, including Lindsay Ker from Port William, who I had known previously in Stewarton. The upshot was that we took 37 fans to Glasgow and the next week's Gazette thought it worthy to report that that was 4 more than traveled with the NSRSC. Alastair used his powers of persuasion to entice many of us to attend a Barrhill Angling Club Sportsman's Dinner where he was to be MC and Jim Baxter one of the stand up speakers. Suffice to say that when it came to Slim Jim's turn he was too relaxed to either stand or speak. John also told me the tale of his dad's day out at Tynecastle in 1965. His mother had insisted on packing jam sandwiches into his pockets for his half-time snack. His story was that the terracing was so packed that he couldn't get his hands into his pockets. I don't imagine he gave his missed snack a second thought. Thanks for the memories, Alastair. Rest in Peace.
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  24. This is one of those things that is going to have a section of our support clutching their pearls, crying about 'tradition' 6-figure sponsorship, Rugby Park is still in the title, everyone will continue to call it that. For me, this is just an example of Bowie putting more into the club again, and he gets the publicity of his company being on anything official about the stadium IMO - this is a win win at best, who cares at worst
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  25. Maybe end up at Dundee, linked up well with Adam.
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  26. I think we need to really get behind Tommy Wright. At the time of his appointment on this Forum over 90% were in favour of his appointment. I think what is becoming obvious is that there is something clearly wrong within the dressing room and has been there for some time. My suspicion is a group of players have been undermining the manager probably really ever since Steve Clarke left. I think this is probably continuing under TW. With no transfer window other than to sign Lafferty and what a difference he has made. Without him we were down no doubt. What can TW do I think he has just had to make the best of what he can. He can't just bin probably most of the squad and replace with others. I suspect if we could eavesdrop into a conversation with TW and JF on Tuesday morning it would probably go something like " right time to get rid of most of these jokers and build a proper team". I agree at times some team selections and substitutions have been baffling but we are scoring a shed more goals than our previous 12 or so games. TW has also got an incredible record with St J over 10 years, with European football, Scottish Cup wins, top 6 regular finishes on a limited budget. However he did this by building his own team, this Killie team is not his team. Its an inheritance of players you wouldn't wish on your worst football enemy. So whatever happens on Monday night I am right behind TW and I still think given time he will prove to be a very good manager for the club. Ps - I was one of the 10% who didn't vote for you!!
    43 points
  27. 7 points clear, with only 6 to play for, Greg Kiltie is your KFCSA/KillieFC Player of the season. The minor placings are still up for grabs, so we'll continue to run the poll during these next two games. Congratulations Greg. A very fine achievement.
    43 points
  28. Frame both cup final programmes with tickets signed by the respective goalscorers. Missus tells you "They're no going up anywhere in this house..." Have a son. Take him to first Killie game, aged 2. Slowly build the obsession levels until he bleeds blue and white. Start his own wee collection of memorabilia, including a 2018/19 season planner signed by the whole team, and a ball signed by same. Dig frames out from back of cupboard, blow off the dust. Innocently show the wee man, now aged 7. Quietly ask him when his maw is nowhere to be seen if he would like them up in his blue and white, football-themed room. Once he's on board, get missus to reluctantly concede defeat. Job's a good un.
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  29. You and who else ?
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  30. That's what this place has turned into, more so of late. That and character assassinations of players, coaching staff and board members. We're down that's it, we've dodged bullets in the past but you only get away with it for so long. You can't change the past and all we are doing is going over the same arguments about who's to blame. We all have our own opinions and I of course have mine, but it's time to move on. Let's see what happens between now and next season. Hopefully a good summer, new heroes in the blue and white stripes and us lot back in stadiums to roar them on. Sometimes you've gotta go down, but it's important we come back stronger and together and keep the faith.
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  31. It seems funnier from the Celtic end.
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  32. Can mods delete my account please.
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  33. 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.
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  34. Most of the folk who contribute on the Facebook pages are absolute melts. Banner is totally justified and with no fans in the grounds, the board need to know the fans calls for a change of manager are serious
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  35. And that he’s the fittest in the team, never been beaten in pre-season, would play anywhere for the team, has excellent work off the ball that helps the team Wouldn’t fit in with the agenda though would it.
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  36. Shop is extending opening hours until 4:01
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  37. 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.
    40 points
  38. 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
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  39. 5 things come out of this 1. Killie are considered to be a big club with potential. 2. Tommy Wright seems to be a big draw for players. 3. The fans rightly seem to be highly regarded by players. 4. Another player with hunger and desire to do well with the club. 5. When players hear of Killie's interest, even with other options, they are wanting to get a deal done quickly. A pattern is emerging here....
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  40. Just get to feck , pointless !! Gave away goal a pen and stood like the invisible man for every one in the shoot out !!!
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  41. Software getting updated at some point in the next day or so. If you can't get in that's why it will be. Fortunately Twitter can't ban us in here. So we'd just like to add that the SPFL should get tarred and feathered for the way they've went about all the issues surrounding covid-19.
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  42. Worried about noise or traffic, don’t buy a feckin house next to a football stadium you utter melts.
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  43. He has received a lot of praise from pretty much every single person associated with the club - that stands for a lot. I am happy he’s gone because he is nowhere near good enough now, but I don’t buy into all of the criticisms directed at him as a person/captain. As he says, the entire squad/board/coaching staff are to blame for the predicament we are in. It’s not just his fault. I know the ‘s**t show’ comments were quite unprofessional, but in the very same article it painted the picture of his life which seemed quite a sad and lonely one. Now that was his choice of course, but I don’t think we can forget that he did seem to genuinely care for the club. There is no doubt that his stock went down after those comments about AA, but I respected him at the time for speaking out - after all he was the captain and he echoed the voice of the changing room as a whole. Where I lost a little bit of respect, was when he failed to speak out in the same way against AD who fared much, much worse than AA. A poor football player at this point, but by all accounts overall, a pretty good guy and a good ambassador in time gone past for the club. Wish him well.
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  44. It was stated on another thread that he refused a contract extension to play in playoffs. He flew to Paris after Hamilton game, this season hes been a waste of space, a waste of a wage, a waste of a signing and signed by Dyer to try and appease the supporters when things were going pear-shaped. His lack of professionalism washed with Clarke and Dyer as he would produce on a Saturday. Wright doesn't have that relationship with him and quite right to bench him if not pulling his weight.
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  45. 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
  46. 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.
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  47. Just bought a season ticket having decided against it last season -good to be back.Was going to leave it until August but the week’s signings and the response from the Club re Lafferty means I want to be part of it sooner rather than later…
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  48. We like Hearts are the worst team in the league and would deserve to go down. No ifs, no buts no greeting about it.
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  49. This is all bollocks. Given the games are being played behind closed doors why is a fixture schedule that important? If a game needs to be played on a Thursday morning or a Monday afternoon etc then just go ahead and play it. The postponed Kilmarnock v Motherwell game could be played this afternoon. Why all the pissing about - just get the games played.
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  50. Looks like Dyer and the boys might not be as hopeless as some folk would have had you believe at the start of the season. We look really comfortable and confident now imo. Some of our passing moves in the last few games have been excellent and players like McKenzie, Pinnock etc have been really effective when coming off the bench. Long may it continue
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