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    Eintracht Frankfurt

    They already played us in the centenary celebration in 1969 so I don't think embarrassment would be an issue. Not on their part, anyway. They are more likely to be honoured to be asked but incredulous that we have so little imagination as to ask them again, fifty years on. Are we a club with such little history that we have to ask the same club - based on one cup-tie - to celebrate both the 100th and 150th anniversaries? Have we really done nothing memorable since that night 54 years ago? Imagine Coleraine had invited us to celebrate their Fairs Cup win over us. I'm sure we would have agreed but might have been a little surprised to be asked again 50 years later. There's at least one thread on here in which possible opponents for a 150th anniversary match are discussed. There's options other than Eintracht if the board are imaginative enough.
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    Would you rather

    1-0 Livi, scorer Jacobs. I thought it was Kyle Jacobs who played for us but but seems to be Keioghan (spelling may vary). Ball's on the slates for the Jags...
  3. skygod

    Would you rather

    Just try to imagine an XI-a-side mixed martial arts bout, with a ball randomly flying about. That's what your missing. Thistle are looking guileless and clueless (and Sammon isn't even playing). Couldn't be less like our performance v. Falkirk.
  4. skygod

    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Or running around the penalty area with the ball in hand for as long as he likes, as long as he bounces it every four steps! You only have to look at the improvement in athletics records since the 1960s to realise how much physical performance has improved. Players are bigger, fitter and faster. But it’s no longer as technical a game with players having more time on the ball back then. The likes of Andy Kerr had far more time and space in the penalty area than Kris Boyd has now.
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    Would you rather

    The club has put on six coaches today, with a total of 344 passengers. Not many but the club seems delighted.
  6. After 7 minutes. Shared with Mike Phelan. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b39r47
  7. skygod

    Would you rather

    If only for the reason that we don't need another plastic pitch in the Premiership, Thistle. Otherwise, it would be good to see Livingston there on merit.
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    Because there is a chance that they might raise the standard of the rest of the clubs? In fact, there’s plenty of evidence that some clubs were much improved last season - Hibs and Killie, for a start, and Aberdeen, Rangers and Hearts had their moments. Motherwell did well in both cups. Just because Celtic were still too good for the rest doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a competition. Woukd you prefer that Celtic were worse and the competition was closer, but of a lower standard?
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    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Which is 24 years less than the match we keep going on about.
  10. skygod

    Pre Season plans ?

    I'm doubting my own memory now! Wikipedia says Newell scored a hat-trick, although every other source I can find says Shearer. I can't find the programme which would have had the match report (v. Dumbarton in the Coca Cola Cup). Edit - Right - I've got the Dumbarton programme. We are all wrong! Rovers' scorers were Newell (2), Mark Atkins and Shearer (2).
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    Pre Season plans ?

    Don't be daft! Shearer scored a hat-trick. http://www.kilmarnockfc.co.uk/Club?ShowPage=655
  12. skygod

    A year ago today

    Without wanting to go off-topic, Jack Ross served a decent apprenticeship at Dumbarton, Hearts and Alloa before St Mirren.
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    SPFL relegation / play offs

    Agree with cammy_boy. Thistle don't score a lot of goals and, if Livingston score, I wonder if they have what it takes to get through.
  14. As voted by members of The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast. The first thought was ‘is there 12 goalkeepers good enough for the list?’. Of course, in the end there were, but with no representation from the Championship, Ross County or Dundee. Last year the top three were Craig Gordon, Joe Lewis and Tomas Cerny. None of those three have enjoyed as strong a campaign but there is a few new entries with the second tier of goalkeepers impressing and the general standard across the top tier being ‘okay’. Note: Putting these lists together is a fine balancing act, with current form, potential and previous seasons taken into consideration. Debate and criticise the selections at your leisure. 12. Scott Bain (Dundee/Hibs/Celtic) 11. Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) 10. Gary Woods (Hamilton Academical) 9. Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen) 8. Tomas Cerny (Partick Thistle) 7. Jamie MacDonald (Kilmarnock) The 31-year-old’s days at Rugby Park had seemed numbered. He was dropped for Freddie Woodman towards the end of last season then watched on as Killie signed former favourite Cammy Bell before the summer transfer window shut. It is testament, therefore, to MacDonald’s ability to get his head down and work his way back into the team and perform to a high standard when he is there. He has done just that this season. Under both Lee McCulloch and Steve Clarke he has performed to a high standard. At one point this season MacDonald, it could be argued, was the best goalkeeper in the league. He had a whole portfolio of spectacular saves or crucial interventions to earn Killie points. There was a swift rebuke of Esmael Goncalves in a 2-1 over Hearts, an unbelievably strong wrist to thwart Josh Windass in a 1-1 draw at Ibrox or a reflex denial of a goalbound Kenny McLean volley. Last season he was dropped unfairly, even if Woodman impressed. But there was no chance the same fate would befall him this season. It will likely be MacDonald’s favourite campaign since moving to Rugby Park. He has been one of the busiest keepers in the last few years but his shots against per 90 minutes as fallen from 5.58 to 4.03 since 2015/2016, while goals conceded per 90 has fallen from 1.64 to 1.21 in the same timeline. It us understandable then that no longer cuts such a disconsolate figure at times. Best moment: His injury-time penalty save at Ibrox. It kept the scores at 1-0 and allowed Kilmarnock to go up the other end and snatch an equaliser deep into stoppage time. What the stats say: Only Ross County’s Scott Fox (10) has conceded more headed goals than Jamie MacDonald (8). 6. Ofir Marciano (Hibs) 5. Trevor Carson (Motherwell) 4. Wes Foderingham (Rangers) 3. Jon McLaughlin (Hearts) 2. Joe Lewis (Aberdeen) 1. Craig Gordon (Celtic) (Joel Sked, Scotsman) https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/competitions/premiership/the-12-best-goalkeepers-in-scottish-football-right-now-1-4392988
  15. As voted by members of The Terrace Scottish Football Podcast. In 2017 we wrote that there wasn’t a great depth of quality in the wide areas in Scottish football. A year on and it has improved slightly. One only has to look at a trio of players who didn’t make the list. Patrick Roberts, one of the most talented players in the league, has been hampered by injuries and fell down the pecking order at Celtic. Colleague Jonny Hayes was second on the list last season but drops out completely as a broken leg sustained at Dundee in December followed on from a slow start at his new club. Then there is Brandon Barker. This writer (who voted for him) is not sure why the Hibs winger didn’t make the cut. Perhaps an erratic end product or, again, injury. But one thing is for sure, there are wide men operating in Scotland who excite and entice fans out their seats, plus there is a great variety. There are strong runners, mazy dribblers, crossers, bye-line hitters and inverted wingers. Some even fit into more than one category. So which 12 have made the list? 12. Chris Cadden (Motherwell) 11. Lewis Morgan (St Mirren) 10. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) 9. David Milinkovic (Hearts) 8. Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) 7. Josh Windass (Rangers) 6. Jamie Murphy (Rangers) 5. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) 4. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) 3. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) It is ironic that the Northern Irishman missed the end of the season due to a twisted testicle as it is something he has been doing to opposition full-backs all season. Both Aberdeen and Rangers have shown an interest in the player, back when he could have been described as raw and picked up on the cheap - or so they and Ayr United manager Ian McCall thought. Like so many under Steven Clarke, Jones has kicked on and found a consistency which has pushed the winger from frustrating to promising to fully-fledged. The player recently tweeted his thanks to Killie, talking about his fear of starting a new journey 150 miles from home when he moved in 2016 and how it was his last chance he couldn’t waste. He’s made the most of it. The 23-year-old is easily one of, if not the most exciting player in the league. When fans go to games they want to see players who transfix, those who, when they have the ball, you can’t take your eyes off them. Jones is that player. Former England international Chris Waddle said that when he was at Sheffield Wednesday he would hear a clattering when he got the ball as fans got out their seats, ready to be taken in by his ability to beat opponents. Jones is of that ilk. He twists and turns as if performing some interpretive dance, weaving past opponents, happy to go either way, while he packs a punch with his shooting as he showed with a fabulous goal against Hibs. Because he is still relatively inexperienced in terms of game time, an improvement in his decision making will see him reach the top level. Best moment: The player made his Northern Ireland debut in November in a World Cup qualification play-off encounter with Switzerland, a reward for his work at Killie. Stat: With 399, Jones leads the leagues in dribbles — 119 more than anyone else. 2. Daniel Candeias (Rangers) 1. James Forrest (Celtic) (Joel Sked, Scotsman)

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