• Season 2023-24
    Season 2023-24

Killie FC

Season 2023-24

Season Diary for 2023-24...

June 2023

Killie go into the close-season with the following players under contract; Daniel Armstrong, Fraser Murray, (with a new 2 year deal), Kerr McInroy, Rory McKenzie, Joe Wright, Kyle Vassell, David Watson, Bobby Wales, Steven Warnock, Innes Cameron (with a new 1 year deal).  

Paul Sheerin is named assistant manager as James Frew, Ltd replaces Browning's as the primary shirt sponsor for 2023-24.

In player news Robbie Deas joins from Inverness & Brad Lyons re-signs. Both players get 2 year deals. Alan Archibald also joins Del's backroom staff.  Killie's new Hummel red away kit makes the national news with a tribute to Darvel man Sir Alexander Fleming being featured on the kit.

July 2023

Killie Get Off to a Flier Against Annan Ath

Killie get 2 friendly matches in N Ireland against Linfield and Glentoran with Killie falling 0-1 to both teams.

On the eve of the opening League Cup fixture at home to Annan, Killie bring in Stuart Findlay on loan from Oxford Utd, 

The complete squad changes are as follows coming out of season 2022-23.....

In: Matty Kennedy, midfielder (Aberdeen); Kyle Magennis, midfielder (Hibernian); Robbie Deas, defender (Inverness Caledonian Thistle); Kieran O'Hara, goalkeeper (Colchester United).

Loan in: Will Dennis, goalkeeper (Bournemouth); Corrie Ndaba, defender (Ipswich Town); Stuart Findlay, defender (Oxford United).

Out: Scott Robinson, forward (Partick Thistle); Calum Waters, defender (Greenock Morton, loan to permanent); Ash Taylor (Bradford City); Chris Stokes, defender (Morecambe); Cameron Mulvanny, forward (Kilmarnock); Jon Craig, defender (Clyde, loan to permanent); Alan Power, midfielder; Blair Alston, midfielder; Lee Hodson, defender; Dylan McGowan, defender; Harvey Gilmour, midfielder; Kirk McKnight, defender; Sean Clark, defender; Kabir Chahal, midfielder; Joe Spencer, defender; Aiden Boon, forward.

Loan ended: Jordan Jones, midfielder (Wigan Athletic); Zach Hemming, goalkeeper (Middlesbrough); Luke Chambers, defender (Liverpool); Ben Chrisene, defender (Aston Villa); Christian Doidge, forward (Hibernian); Lewis Mayo, defender (Rangers); Jeriel Dorsett, defender (Reading); Ryan Alebiousu, defender (Arsenal).

Loan out: Aiden Glavin, goalkeeper (Auchinleck Talbot).

Killie beat Annan 3-0 to get their season up and running with Armstrong (Pen), Murray & Cameron all on the scoresheet. Killie then sign defender Lewis Mayo on a three-year contract after paying Rangers an undisclosed fee., followed by forward Marley Watkins, who joined the club on a one-year deal.

Next up Killie win at East End Park with the final score Pars 0-2 Killie, as sub Vassell scored a screamer.

Killie then bring in young Full-Back Tom Davies on a season long loan from Cardiff City, before Killie need a Late Findlay goal in a Killie 2-2 Raith Rov's league cup tie (Raith won 5-4 on Pens) Killie did advance as an unseeded team with a 1-2 win at Cliftonville with their "prize" being a home tie against holders Celtic in the round of 16. 

August 2023

Killie Celebrate their Opening Day Win Over Rangers

To open Aug Killie re-sign Liam Donnelly to a new 2 year deal and then send  Kerr McInroy out on a season long loan to Partick Thistle.
On Aug 5th Killie open their Premiership campaign with a surprise but well-deserved home 1-0 win over Rangers. Brad Lyons netting the games only goal, in a game that McInnes saying he could'nt single out one player as the team to a man were fantastic. 

Two very similar performances were to follow... Hearts 0-0 Killie & Killie 1-0 Celtic in the League Cup.

Battling Kilmarnock inflicted Celtic's first cup loss under Brendan Rodgers to set up a Viaplay Cup quarter-final meeting with Hearts. During his first spell at Celtic, Rodgers picked up this trophy on three occasions, along with two successes in the Scottish Cup. But his side struggled to create openings against their energetic Premiership hosts and Marley Watkins touched in the only goal on 59 minutes. Kilmarnock, who beat Rangers at Rugby Park on the opening day of the league season, pressed bravely and worked with unflagging spirit. Despite having just 30% of possession, Derek McInnes' side had the best of the few chances there were. Defender Corrie Ndaba twice went close in the first half, with an early volley and a header in stoppage time. After the break, Kyle Magennis had a shot pushed round a post by Joe Hart.

Watkins Nets the Winner Vs Celtic

Watkins started the move that led to the goal with a strong surge down the left and he was in the right place to divert Danny Armstrong's shot across goal into the net. Kilmarnock goalkeeper Will Dennis was seldom troubled, making a few routine stops.

To close out August Killie travel to Fir Park and fall 1-2 despite taking an early lead through Marley. In a game of 2 halfs McInnes said in his post-match comments... "If you can't win it ... then don't lose it" This is exactly what Killie had done conceding the Well winner in the 97th min. Missing from the Well loss was Corey Ndaba who had been outstanding in Killie's prior 3 matches

Brad Lyons then gets his first International call-up, and joins Matty Kennedy in the N Ireland squad.

Killie go into Sept 1st's "deadline-day" needing a striker and back-up for Ndaba..... so we will see how that pans out! Also, Killie announce breaking a 30 year record with season ticket sales reaching well over the 5,000 mark.

Killie finish the month with 4 points from 3 matches, and were 7th in the Premiership table.

September 2023

A "WTF" Moment For Killie Against the Staggies!

Prior to the Staggies mome match Killie completed the season long loan for striker Andy Dallas from Barnsley. Killie lose 0-1 at home to the Staggies, but were denied a perfectly good leveler from Findlay, however Kevin Clancy awarded Killie a penalty which Danny unfortunately missed. Clancy should have allowed Stuart's goal to stand ratheri than blowing "to quick" for the spot-kick.

Killie could/should in all liklihood be unbeaten having conceded in the 97th min at Fir Park, and being denied at least a draw from poor refering against the Staggies so the International break would be a long one for killie.

After the international break, where Stevie Clarke's Scottish National Team qualified for next summers Euro's in Germany, Killie came back from 2-0 down at Rugby Park to snatch a Scottish Premiership point against Hibernian and deny Nick Montgomery a debut win as boss. A Will Dennis own goal and a Dylan Vente strike either side of half-time had Hibernian in control, but Killie were given hope by Kyle Vassell's first-time finish, before Joe Wright headed home a Danny Armstrong corner to the delight of the home fans. 
McInnes said after the match,... "Our bravery, our commitment and our spirit got us a point, which was the least we deserved."

It was a Zak Rudden 92nd-minute strike that rescued a point for 10-man Dundee as they clawed Killie back in a Scottish Premiership at Dens Park. Danny Armstrong's late strike - his second goal of the day - looked to have given Kilmarnock all three points when he tapped home Andrew Dallas' cross at the back post. But Dundee, who opened the scoring through Amadou Bakayoko's early strike before Josh Mulligan received a straight red card, fought back when Rudden smashed home in a goalmouth stramash.

In three of their last five games, Killie had conceded in 90+ minutes. and that horrid trend continued as Alex Lowry's dramatic stoppage-time winner earned Hearts a Viaplay Cup semi-final place at the expense of Killie at Rugby Park. Matty Kennedy went agonisingly close for the hosts before Jorge Grant stepped onto a well-weighted lay off to sweep Hearts into a half-time lead. Derek McInnes' side showed great determination in the second 45 and converted their attacking intent into an equaliser as Brad Lyons' forceful header beat Zander Clark.

To close out Sept it was a Kyle Magennis' own goal secured a point for second-placed St Mirren against Killie in the Scottish Premiership. The opportunistic Brad Lyons headed Kilmarnock in front after he forced an error in the St Mirren defence. Magennis also limped out of the action to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Killie confirmed that Bobby Wales  would join Alloa Athletic on a loan deal until January 2024 after signing a 2 year contract.

Killie finish the month with 7 points from 7 matches, and were 8th in the Premiership table. 

October 2023

Derek McInnes is Named Manager of the Month

Killie opened October with a 3-1 defeat to Celtic' 3-1 that was marred with VAR controversy as Deek believed Hatate tried to buy a penalty during the clash. David Watson scored his first senior goal for the club. Killie had missed a sitter when trailing 1-2 as big Joe mis-headed wide, but in truth Celtic ran out worthy winners. 

Congratulations were in order as Brad Lyons (right) made his international debut for N Ireland on Oct 17th

Killie went into the Livi home match without a win since opening day on Aug 5th, and were now sitting in 9th place only one point above the play-off position.  It was Danny Armstrong continued his impressive start to the season who drilled the hosts in front at Rugby Park via a deflection off Sean Kelly, who levelled 19 minutes later against the run of play by netting his third penalty in as many games.  But Killie restored their advantage just before the break, Armstrong turning provider with a wide free-kick cushioned in by the head of Vassell. In a one-sided second half Kyle Vassell added his second and his side's third - moments after hitting the bar with a back-post effort - by glancing another superb header into far corner.

It was to be back-to-back home wins for Killie in a huge boost to what was a tight Premiership table. Killie were excellent and dominated the Dons game, creating numerous opportunities while restricting Aberdeen to few. Del said after the match: .....  "It''s great to see both strikers (Vass & Marley) getting on the scoresheet."

Killie finish the month with 13 points from 10 matches, and were 4th in the Premiership table. 

On Oct 24th Killie confirmed that former director Laurel Chadwick had died at the age of 94.

She will go down in history as one of the all-time Kilmarnock greats for her key role in the redevelopment of Rugby Park as well as her work outside of the game to improve equality within the country's boardrooms.

Chadwick originally joined the board alongside her son-in-law and chairman Bobby Fleeting and held the role for six years before departing in 1996. During that time, she oversaw the transformation of Rugby Park and was honoured with a stand named after her - the Chadwick Stand.

Chadwick became a pioneer in Scottish football when she was named the nation's first female football director in 1990.

November 2023

Super-Sub Innes on Target Vs Well

On November 1st many Killie fans woke to the sad news as they learned of the passing of KillieFC.com's moderator Craig "CB" Benson. He had over twenty years of assisting on this site's forums. Gone but not forgotten!....KTWD... Craig!

It was managerless St Johnstone who picked up their first Scottish Premiership win of the season after surviving a Killie comeback and a sending off. The division's bottom side made a dream start to when Nicky Clark fired home with just 44 seconds on the clock. It wouldn't be long before the hosts had their second, with the striker again finding himself in the right place to double the lead. Kyle Vassell's finish gave the visitors hope, as did a red card for Dara Costelloe after a VAR review, but neither of those could prevent a Saints first win of the season. 

After their deflating defeat in Perth, the last thing Killie fans wanted to see was their in-form goalscorer Kyle Vassell, trudging off the park with heads bowed However, first-half substitute Innes Cameron scored his first Scottish Premiership goal of the season as Killie returned to home comforts against Motherwell. Innes had big boots to fill, but did so confidently with a thumping finish early in the second half, as Killie comfortably saw off Murderwell.

There was fitting round of a applause for Craig "CB" Benson in the third min of the match!

Killie then fell 0-1 at Easter Rd  having had a late spell of pressure, but missed Kyle Vassell's presence up front and were unable to truly test David Marshall, failing to register a shot on target until the 90th minute.

Killie did announce in November that they are aiming to revert back to a grass pitch at Rugby Park for the start of the 2025-26 season.

To close out November the Staggies could find no way past the Killie rearguard and had to settle for a point in a dour 0-0 draw in Dingwall. 

Also of note was, that Killie were drawn at home to Dundee at home in the Scottish Cup 4th Round, and that David Watson has committed his future to the club by penning a contract extension which will keep him at Rugby Park until June 2026.

Killie finish the month with 17 points from 14 matches, and were 6th in the Premiership table. 

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