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  1. 3 points
    I'm thinking the same thoughts but it's utter madness. Take Brechin out of the equation (since we don't play them again) and we've won 6 out of 23. We basically need to win the same number in the remaining 7.
  2. 3 points
    I actually like the fact that referees (genuinely) won't spot every incident or get every decision right. IMO, it's the discussion and debate around these things which underpinned the community growth around the sport....before TV ruined it all. It's the inconsistency that bothers me. These are guys (certainly in the UK) who are paid very well....more than the majority of fans and more than many of the players they are officiating over. The fact that some of them are being paid high 3 figure or 4 figure sums per game and are considered "part-time" is ridiculous. At the upper level it should be a full-time profession and they should be brought together during the week to review games/decisions and then agree how situations are treated across the board. The closest they come to that is when they're flown off abroad for a p1ss-up under the guise of conferences and professional development (and that's straight from the horses mouth).
  3. 3 points
    This thread looks to me to have been taken overt by Lord Haw Haw and his doom and gloom fraternity, designed to cause fear trepidation despondency and the demise of our great Club. Come on lads and lasses do we really fold this easily ? The season isn't over yet we can still believe can't we??
  4. 2 points
    If we’ve learnt one thing this season, it’s that we are better than Brechin. Why don’t we try thrashing somebody else for a change?!
  5. 2 points
    He probably mixed up Jim and Ricardo. Easy Mistake to make.
  6. 2 points
    This is my fear ... scratch that ... my expectation On this forum and through the board announcements to the public/club website, we all know that there is a huge funding gap ... even with championship season 1 parachute payment, current season ticket prices. In that climate, where championship season 2 is likely to bring in less money (less parachute payment for a start), how can any fan with full brain function expect the football standard / league position to be maintained / bettered while simultaneously enjoying a reduction in season ticket prices? I mean ... really?? When the time comes around I'd be willing to pay the same season ticket price again. If there is a reduction, I'll just have to go nuts in the club shop again next season.
  7. 2 points
    Perhaps he could write a column in the Highland News ?
  8. 1 point
    You and yer feckin mergers - you are obsessed mun.
  9. 1 point
    If we win our games in hand and match Dunfermlines results, and beat them we will finish above them. That’s a fact. If you accept say UTD finish 3rd, that leaves Morton also in the race, who we have 2 games in hand on and we are yet to play them too although need a goal difference swing. The return to the SPL is still possible, but I am wary of too many ‘ands’ in the same sentence being a Scotland fan!!
  10. 1 point
    Impressive - No edit. Suspect Oakley has been watching Joe's technique in training.
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  12. 1 point
    Was the assist from Joe's left or right foot ?
  13. 1 point
    Any news as I need to make my travel arrangements. I don't want to be messed about like I was in 1993.
  14. 1 point
    I hate to see all this diving, holding etc. It is against the laws of the game and it is cheating. But football is a business and at the higher levels it is very big business indeed. If players can get away with it I can understand their managers and the money men behind them actively encouraging it. I particularly hate to see our own players do it, but in the environment that exists in the game today, one can hardly blame them. The responsibility lies with the game's authorities and through them, the referees. I appreciate that the referees have a very difficult job and sometimes, often even, it can be very difficult to say whether an incident is a penalty, a dive or neither. There's not much you can do about that. But there is a lot you can do when it is clearly a dive. If it was a straight red card and a standard 6 match ban, players would soon stop trying to con the referees. And there is absolutely no reason why a player should be holding another player's shirt, holding their arm or putting their arm round the body to hold the player back. It happens all the time and it is obvious. Again, strong sanctions could wipe that out almost overnight. The rules are there - they simply need to be applied.
  15. 1 point
    We will need a feckin pitch rotation. An aquifer is a body of saturated rock through which water can easily move. Aquifers must be both permeable and porous and include such rock types as sandstone, conglomerate, fractured limestone and unconsolidated sand and gravel. Fractured volcanic rocks such as columnar basalts also make good aquifers. The rubble zones between volcanic flows are generally both porous and permeable and make excellent aquifers. In order for a well to be productive, it must be drilled into an aquifer. Rocks such as granite and schist are generally poor aquifers because they have a very low porosity. However, if these rocks are highly fractured, they make good aquifers. A well is a hole drilled into the ground to penetrate an aquifer. Normally such water must be pumped to the surface. If water is pumped from a well faster than it is replenished, the water table is lowered and the well may go dry. When water is pumped from a well, the water table is generally lowered into a cone of depression at the well. Groundwater normally flows down the slope of the water table towards the well.
  16. 1 point
    VAR, more officials etc etc. Yes, the refereeing isn’t great at times but the players don’t help at all anymore. Constant diving, cheating, claiming, time wasting, feigning injury, screaming. How Lewis Morgan wasn’t booked on Saturday i’ll Never know. But no wonder the ref’s get conned. Its cheating the fans ultimately and that’s the worst part.
  17. 1 point
    Certainly don't want to go down that road. That's why I'm willing to pay same price for my 2 season tickets (one being for Junior Caman) again next season. I was at Hampden on the peak on 31/03/15. Was also at the trough at Dunfermline 5-1 loss on 12/08/17. Let's get our club out of this situation by backing them now and next season.
  18. 1 point
    What’s an aquifer maybe someone on the forum could enlighten me
  19. 1 point
    Rain, rain go away. Come again when we're away!!
  20. 1 point
    Fair enough ... asking him/her if he/she was 8 was what got me blocked I think
  21. 1 point
    A great game in the end. The best thing about refereeing performances like these is that they unite the North Stand against a common enemy, the crowd come alive and the team can feel the support willing them on. I still don't see the second penalty as anything more than cynical opportunism. But I have noticed that most teams in this division ( apart from Brechin ) have that level of professional cynicism built in. Defenders know just how much they will get away with, forwards go to ground easily, all part and parcel of why this is a hard league to get out of. Calder had a great wee spell, put over a couple of great crosses and we really should have players attacking those. Can't remember who put one cross over that must have only been 3 yards out and there was no one either in the the centre or back post. Ridgers penalty save was an important factor in us getting anything out of this game. 2-0 down at that point, to an unjust penalty at that, and I don't think we'd have come back. Having said that, St.Mirren could have been out of sight long before...turns out not all superheroes wear capes, but pretty sure Ridgers had the rest of the costume on under his day-glow kit. Their second goal was a cracker, but I always felt we could get one back. We seemed to go more route 1, Oakley came into the game more when MacKay came on, and we generally looked more threatening. Our first goal seemed deceptively simple. Our equaliser even more so. I genuinely think if the game had another 10 minutes to go we'd have won it. We should take heart, although we were under the cosh, we came back and deservedly so. This is the sort of performance and fight we need from the off next season
  22. 1 point
    Having just watched the highlights, they have confirmed what I thought at the time. Second St Mirren penalty was not a penalty and referee, in my opinion, saw the St Mirren player fall and guessed he was pushed. There seems to be a trend of referees guessing decisions these days, and not just at this level. I find that incredible as they cannot give a decision unless 100% sure. What would help is if refs would come out and say this after games but by not speaking, they just compound the poor decisions they have made. The foul that led to the second St Mirren goal was certainly never a foul as the player clearly dived ( I was right in line with this in the main stand and thought this at the time). Why a foul can be given for this, and a booking, when the tackle on Doran went unpunished is beyond me. No doubt refs will complain that they cannot win but they need to understand that a lack of consistency in decision making harms their cause more than anything else.
  23. 1 point
    By next season our budget will be even less and the footfall the same - every season we perform worse our small support will dwindle - we've seen it this season already. Couple that with the reduction in TV & competition revenue then its unlikely we will be challenging, especially as we have several players out of contract and are unlikely to be able to offer deals they will accept - meaning more new players to integrate and probably lesser quality than those going out. Get what you pay for - sometimes in business you have to speculate and gamble to get the rewards - so by having our stock in order during the summer and signing some decent quality players with a proven record we could have won this league - nobody has been very impressive or overly consistent other than St Mirren.
  24. 1 point
    I think we should put out a Select XI from our Walking Football and FFIT Fans teams.
  25. 1 point
    At least ICT Gaz can just copy and paste !!
  26. 1 point
    Really hard to believe so many fans happy with a 5th place finish in the Championship after the promises and statements by members of the club during the summer and given our budget and number of Premiership 'quality' players who are failing to deliver consistently - we have enough experience to be better than where we are. The winning of a mediocre cup, while a nice bonus for fans and a bit of a confidence boost its not worth being too excited about. The season so far and if we finish 5th or lower can only be seen as a disappointment and the start of future struggles as the chance for an immediate return and minimizing loss of revenue and fan base is missed through mismanagement off and on the field.
  27. 1 point
    I really think that 3-5-2 is the way forward . If or when we are "safe" I would experiment.
  28. 1 point
    Three years ago was Dreamland - just be thankful that we lived the dream, slap yer chops, breathe in reality, stabilise the club, start dreaming again - and who Feckin knows ?
  29. 0 points
    Hope for the best, sure...but be prepared for the alternative.
  30. 0 points
    I think there will need to be a reduction in pricing next season as the club cant expect to keep season ticket prices the same. The only reason they got away with the fiasco this season was the promise of the return to the premiership.
  31. 0 points
    My fear is that we don't/won't have the resources to maintain the personnel we have, let alone build on it, in the Championship next season. Factor in that many of the cuts that were needed (and which we were mislead into believing had been made) didn't happen...hence the need for the substantial "gifts". Can't see that money coming in again, nevermind it being increased to fund improvements for next season....so really hard cuts WILL be needed next season. A season to steady things would have been a wise move given the lack of funds, but that's not what Muirfield Mills aimed for, it's not what was budgeted for and it's not what was sold to fans. We've had all the "shaking hands and kissing babies"...but Muirfield Mills have not delivered on a single meaningful promise...not one. Why should/would fans expect it to be any different next season?
  32. 0 points
    It seems things have reached stage 3. Only depression and acceptance to go.
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