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17 minutes ago, Scooby_Doo said:

'locking out 16,000 Old Firm fans from Rugby Park.'

I expect better from Mr Spiers.

I'm assuming he means the money lost on match days during the shutdown adds up to an equivalent 16k fans.....

Thou, the need to mention specifically old firm fans is indeed poor patter from Spiers.

 

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4 minutes ago, C4mmy31 said:

I'm assuming he means the money lost on match days during the shutdown adds up to an equivalent 16k fans.....

Thou, the need to mention specifically old firm fans is indeed poor patter from Spiers.

 

Think he means giving the scum only one stand.

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Billy Bowie confident that Kilmarnock will ride out virus storm

Bowie has Kilmarnock on a strong financial footing as the Scottish game comes to grips with no match-day revenue

In a time of crisis for football clubs worldwide, Billy Bowie, the chairman of Kilmarnock, is insistent that his club will survive the coronavirus trauma and will remain “strong and stable” under his stewardship.

Bowie’s private Ayrshire-based company, Billy Bowie Special Projects, deploys a fleet of 24 industrial cleaning trucks and employs 140 people, having just delivered further profit on £19 million worth of contracts this year. But the 53-year-old’s other great concern is Kilmarnock FC, into which he has injected nearly £1 million in soft loans, with the aim of consolidating the club’s status in Scotland’s top flight.

“Kilmarnock FC has no overdraft or bank debt whatsoever,” says Bowie. “We are actually sitting with some money in the coffers at the moment and the players are all getting paid what they are due.

“Cash flow is not a problem for us. If this [the health crisis] goes on for five or six months, then yes, it could be, but the club has two millionaire directors on its board and we are both here for the long haul. We care about this club.”

Along with Bowie, fellow director, Phyllis McLeish, who earned a multi-million pound windfall through selling her company, QTS, can also help guarantee Kilmarnock’s safety and consolidation. The former Labour MP, Cathy Jamieson, makes up one of the most intriguing boardroom trios in the Scottish game. Kilmarnock’s top player salary is £2,000 a week, and Bowie insists he runs a tight ship.

“I run Kilmarnock like a business, with a budget to stick to. I’ve got Phyllis on board, and I’ve got Cathy on behalf of the Killie Trust. Cathy helps to rally the fans, who have just put in £50,000 themselves. Between the three of us, we are brain-storming in terms of bringing in funds for the club.

“My own loan to Kilmarnock at one point was £900,000 but that has been cut back to about £680,000 as things stand. Obviously, I’m not looking to have any of that paid back just now and, if I need to add to it, I will.”

Bowie hopes that, when football is up and running again, Kilmarnock will sustain their recent attendance-increase of around 1,000 fans per game. It was this percentage rise which allowed Bowie and his board to cut the Old Firm visiting fans’ allocation at Rugby Park to just one stand.

“We made absolutely the right decision to give only one stand to the Old Firm,” Bowie insists. “Cathy, myself and Phyllis looked at what was happening, and we listened to our fans, and we decided to go for it. We knew we had the fan-base out there and we said, ‘let’s give it a go.’

“My arithmetic was quite simple. If we cut the Old Firm visiting fans by 4,000 seats, then that’s 16,000 bums on seats down for the season [over four matches]. But if we could increase our walks-ups by 1,000 per game — we have 18 home games — then that more than makes up for it. And that’s what we’ve done. So far as I know we’ve not lost any money on making the decision.”

Kilmarnock had secured increasing attendances at Rugby Park by reducing allocation to the Old Firm clubs

Stability at Kilmarnock also comes via the manager’s office. The appointment of Angelo Alessio did not work but, in Alex Dyer, Bowie says he has a coach he deeply admires.

“Alex understands what Kilmarnock FC is all about,” he says. “He totally gets it. That’s what I like about him. He knows we have a budget to stick to and that we need to have a good dressing room. He is also a total gentleman. With Angelo, it just wasn’t working. He was a nice guy, but something wasn’t right. It’s all I can say on that.

“I don’t know when football will return — the end of April feels a bit optimistic to me — but this club will be OK.”

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This should put an end to some of the fantasy figures some people believe our players are on......

"Kilmarnock’s top player salary is £2,000 a week, and Bowie insists he runs a tight ship"

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1 hour ago, gordon4418 said:

hopefully this now puts paid to @fraz65 banging on about the club "losing" money by not giving home advantage to Celtic and Rangers

My understanding was that the 1,000 increase in home attendance occurred during the Steve Clarke era, when the Old Firm were still given two stands.

Attendance at home old Firm games is significantly down on last season. On a very quick calculation, I make it an average Old Firm home attendance of 8,500 this season (v Rangers 9,191, v Celtic 8,307, and v Rangers 8,096), compared with 11,800 last season. 

The debate is around whether the enhanced home supporter experience is worth the loss in revenue from these games. 

Edited by fraz65

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Brilliant interview !! Glad we’ve put to bed the notion that clubs lose money when ‘locking’ out the scum!! 
Once all this s**t is over I have no doubt that rugby park will be absolutely rocking 

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A positive interview given the current circumstances and good to hear from BB at this time.......the line about AA seems to confirm again that was various problems but currently legal agreement /constraints as to any more detail getting publicly revealed

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4 hours ago, gordon4418 said:

The biggest shareholder in the club is directly quoted in a news article:

“My arithmetic was quite simple. If we cut the Old Firm visiting fans by 4,000 seats, then that’s 16,000 bums on seats down for the season [over four matches]. But if we could increase our walks-ups by 1,000 per game — we have 18 home games — then that more than makes up for it. And that’s what we’ve done. So far as I know we’ve not lost any money on making the decision.”

i'll take his word over yours.

I'm looking forward to you presenting the data that walk-up home attendances are up 1,000 this season when compared with last season. 

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15 minutes ago, gordon4418 said:

i dont have to present anything, the biggest shareholder in the club has just been quoted as saying we havent lost any money as a result for the decision, I'll trust the work of the man who has access to the actual facts and figures over a guy on the internet

Ok. 

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7 hours ago, C4mmy31 said:

This should put an end to some of the fantasy figures some people believe our players are on......

"Kilmarnock’s top player salary is £2,000 a week, and Bowie insists he runs a tight ship"

Did anybody think differently? 

There was maybe talk that we should push the boat out for a Mulumbu, a Stewart or a Bachmann. 

That is exactly the figure I would have said. 

 

Edited by skygod

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7 hours ago, fraz65 said:

And quite frankly I couldn't give a s**t about football at the moment. 

Then why are you posting on a football forum?

Edited by Wee_Eck1979

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Reassuring interview and fair play to Mr Bowie for sinking his own money into the club. 

Two things though... Who the heck in our squad is worth £8k per month? And secondly we are stuck with dyer - crap football manager but nice guy.

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7 hours ago, fraz65 said:

My understanding was that the 1,000 increase in home attendance occurred during the Steve Clarke era, when the Old Firm were still given two stands.

Attendance at home old Firm games is significantly down on last season. On a very quick calculation, I make it an average Old Firm home attendance of 8,500 this season (v Rangers 9,191, v Celtic 8,307, and v Rangers 8,096), compared with 11,800 last season. 

The debate is around whether the enhanced home supporter experience is worth the loss in revenue from these games. 

Based on your figures we have lost on average 3300 OF fans per game comparing this season to last.  9900 over 3 games.  BB reckoned on losing 12000 in those games (4000 each game by only letting them have one stand).  If we have an extra 1000 walk ups at our other games we are actually better of than the original figures quoted in the article.   

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9 minutes ago, gjkillie007 said:

Reassuring interview and fair play to Mr Bowie for sinking his own money into the club. 

Two things though... Who the heck in our squad is worth £8k per month? And secondly we are stuck with dyer - crap football manager but nice guy.

Burke? 

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1 hour ago, skygod said:

Did anybody think differently? 

There was maybe talk that we should push the boat out for a Mulumbu, a Stewart or a Bachmann. 

That is exactly the figure I would have said. 

 

With a small squad and the top wage being £2k IMO there will be players in the squad earning a lot more than they should be. The club have said the budget was increased and we seem to be sitting with the sixth highest wage bill in the division. 

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25 minutes ago, gjkillie007 said:

Reassuring interview and fair play to Mr Bowie for sinking his own money into the club. 

Two things though... Who the heck in our squad is worth £8k per month? And secondly we are stuck with dyer - crap football manager but nice guy.

Power, Findlay, O’Donnell, Brophy, Dicker will probably all be on close to that you would have thought. 

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5 minutes ago, Skora11 said:

Power, Findlay, O’Donnell, Brophy, Dicker will probably all be on close to that you would have thought. 

I’m not sure Brophy will. In negotiations now they’d likely to be putting him in that region. IMO it’ll be Dicker, Power, some of the loan players and possibly Broadfoot. 

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