Tuesday, 16 January 2018

2017-18 Diary Week 24

There was some Killie recognition from the SPFL this week for manager Steve Clarke and veteran striker Kris Boyd.

The duo scooped awards following our remarkable resurgence in December which really made people sit up and take notice.

I am not one to put much stock in such plaudits normally, because all too often we get ignored, but in this case, I think both thoroughly deserve the credit.

Clarke has also impressed the fans with his handling of the press, he doesn’t take any nonsense.

When Sky interviewed him about the recent bid for Jordan Jones it was amusing to see him try and not laugh at the derisory offer.

The sense of entitlement and the pure seethe from the Sevco rank and file is quite astonishing.

Maybe they should remember where trying to buy titles got them previously?

The rumour mill is still in overdrive with talk of Naisy, a new goalie and a central midfielder from the EPL all quoted.

It would be nice to see a fresh face or two, but if SC is happy as is, that’s good enough for me.

Club legend Boomer launched a charity dedicated to helping people with mental health issues, if you see any links on social media please like and share to get the message out there.

Monday, 15 January 2018

2017-18 Diary Week 23

The winter break for us seems to be little more than a time for speculation.

We have all heard the stories about Jordan Jones going to Glasgow’s newest team, but surely the winger has more ambition than that, and how can they afford him?

We are not taking IOU’s from that lot, we’d never see a penny of it!

The signing talk from our own perspective seems to surround Kid Goals who appears to be on his way out of Norwich.

Don’t get me wrong, it would be a fantastic signing and I’m sure that he’d be a star player for us again, but I think it’s just a bit too soon for it to happen.

He’s reputedly on £50k a week and could still easily play at a higher (paying) level than the SPFL, maybe next year though.

Our manager is going to get mentioned for any and every position which becomes available as long as he’s with us, this week it’s the Scotland job, I think we’d better just get used to that, if no one wanted him it would be time to worry more!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2017-18 Diary Week 22

It looks like the tactic to take on the new improved Killie is quite simply to keep the ball away from Mulumbu, Dicker and Power!

Or if you are Hamilton just make a fist of keeping your pitch playable.

We really missed the Wolf (Brophy) at Easter Road and it upset the rhythm of the team, but it takes more than that to stop Boomer scoring.

Hibs dominated without a doubt but we defended resolutely and only a mistake by Jamie Mac let them in. It was a bad one but the fans got right behind him and his gratitude was plain to see.

Story of the day though was the Howard’s Samo ‘abducting’ an Australian and taking him to the game where the Burns’ lads got him in and showed him the ropes...despite their bus breaking down!

Great teamwork and solid work by the 20/20 keeping Harley away from the dark side.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 21

Three in a row at Fortress Rugby Park, tongue firmly in cheek there if we are honest, but its looking tasty going forward!

It seems like a long time ago now and we have a match on Wednesday night that will also not be easy, but the blue and white army is definitely on the march.

We hammered Rangers in the first half and then lost a goal against the run of play and the second half was starting to look like more of the same, nothing was falling our way.

We don’t do giving up any more though and eventually the pressure paid off with a quick time double from Boomer that shut all sorts of people up.

The boss did something similar at the AGM last week when he totally nailed all the speculation linking him with a move to Glasgow, the press trying to upset the squad, must try harder.

Have a great Killie new year everyone.

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…and we’re feelin’ good.

Monday, 18 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 20

Back to back wins at Rugby Park, unimaginable only a few months ago it would seem.

Not forgetting a creditable fight back and point in Dingwall with a good showing from both players and fans who trekked north in the deep of winter.

There is a lot of talk about winning ugly, but you can only respond to the team you are up against, and they were plenty ugly.

Motherwell did what they thought they had to do and kicked lumps out of anything that moved while lumping the ball up the park at every opportunity to cut out our midfield.

It was frustrating to watch at times and their tactic appeared to be paying off although the statics show that we had more possession and more shots on goal over the 90 minutes.

We stuck to our task and the other Boyd probably kept himself in the pans for next week with a well taken goal just before half time.

I’m loving it.

Some of the top six and Euro chat is a bit worrying though, we need to cut ourselves some slack and I’ll be happy to finish anywhere outside the bottom three this year.

We have already seen some minor miracles in terms of improvement but there is being positive and there is lumping unneeded expectation on the team.

I have a feeling we are going to do just fine, but we are in this for the duration and it is important that Steve Clarke is given time to re-build his squad from the ground up and we should not get caught up in putting instant gratification ahead of long term success.

A great effort by Killie and Motherwell fans who decided to “Bring a Gift” to the game on Saturday to bring some festive joy into the lives of those less fortunate, well done to the KFCSA, Trust, EACHa and the club of course for making this happen.

Monday, 11 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 19

The home hoodoo was well and truly bust at the weekend as the mighty cracked in five against Thistle and moved us up into eight place, within three points of a top six slot.

Hopefully that will put an end to all this stuff about the pitch being to blame for our terrible home form.

I think to be fair that the majority of us would rather we moved back to grass, and that the board have every intention of doing that when we get our new training facility up and running.

Meanwhile, we should just get on with what we’ve got, the surface is perfectly acceptable and hats off to unsung heroes Mark Gallagher and Yeti for the sterling job they do in keeping everything up to scratch.

Look out for KFCSA and Trust Xmas raffle tickets which are on sale now.

Details are also at www.TrustInKillie.com of how to get your name on the TIK History Board, if you are not already on it or are looking for a fantastic festive gift for someone special, like yourself!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 18

Goals from Findlay and Brophy saw Killie do what we have done of late and take all three points from Perth, mind you they tend to win on our patch as well.

With Jones out, a few players used the opportunity to stake their claim in the first team and have given the boss a pleasant problem come Saturday against Thistle with J2 back in contention and Mulumbu probably fit.

Changed days indeed. Once again, the travelling Killie support proved that rain, hail or RTA they will be there to back the team and it would be fantastic if we could recreate some of that atmosphere at home matches as it really spurs the players on.

Let’s try and get as many fair-weather fans there against Glasgow’s second biggest club at the weekend…time to noise up your mates who don’t go as much any more and let them know that Killie are back and their presence is required!

The Trust AGM had its traditional low attendance, which to be honest is slightly disheartening every year, but in reality, as long as we are signing up members and getting subscribers to TIK, doesn’t really matter.

The good news is that active membership is up 380% on last year and at an all-time high (479) and by the next financial update we will be on the cusp of £60k in the bank and the countdown to reaching the first milestone and a supporter director on board is well and truly on.

Trust in Killie is a long-term project and getting as many fans on board as possible is a massive move towards the club having a sustainable revenue stream out with traditional realms for the first time ever.

It is going to allow the club to invest in areas which we would otherwise have to ignore and be hugely beneficial to the support who are putting the money in.

This is the way forward…Trust in Killie, trust in yourself.

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