Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Be The Boss - Tam Gallacher

That's GallaCHer not GallaGHer, just to keep you right. Our man TG, midfield powerhouse for the Kickin' Squirrels back in the day, has risen to the challenge set by Davie Morris last week and has taken the hot seat for the first post split match away to Hamilton. With at least a win or two needed at this stage it is a crucial match and as far we we are aware, everyone who is fit is eligible to play so he has a sizeable squad to choose from....


Freddie Woodman - He's a decent 'keeper and as much as I rate Jamie Mac I think it would be a mistake to swap him out at this important stage of the season

Luke Hendrie - Consistent, look how we struggled when he was suspended. Decent coming forward, probably due to him spending a lot of his time in midfield.

Gary Dicker - A tad controversial as we have cover for this position in Scott Boyd, but this is a no-lose game and when Dicker plays in there we invariably don't lose (unless its against the great unwashed).

Kristoffer Ajer - Young but wise beyond his years and obviously a student of the game. Has the pace to recover if he makes a mistake, not that he makes many.

Greg Taylor - Another youngster who doesn't look out of place in the first team. Far from the finished article of course but he'll only get better the more he plays, certainly doesn't lack confidence and is not scared to go in for a challenge as that toss-pot Barton found out.

Iain Wilson - With Dicker back in defence Wilson is probably the next in line to step into his midfield role, just in front of the back four, soaking up pressure and looking to connect with other players. We've seen he's not scared to pass the ball back or to the side to retain possession if nothing else is on, some people don't like that but if you have the ball then the other team can't score and as long as he's not giving it away needlessly then it's fine by me.

Conor Sammon - Not his natural position but he's awkward for defenders to deal with (polite way of saying he's all arms and legs at times) and has a bit of pace hence I've put him out wide.

Sean Longstaff - We need to see some more creativity from Longstaff, he's been fading out of games too early, I'd give him one more chance though and this is it.

Jordan Jones - Like Sammon has quick feet and can cause mayhem out wide when he's on form, when he's not on form he can fall out of the game a bit, the presence of Kiltie should give him an outlet.

Greg Kiltie - What a difference this boy makes to the team, he seems to up the whole team's tempo and he's been sorely missed. Doesn't look to have lost anything after a long lay off but he may still be off the pace a bit in terms of fitness. I'm giving him a forward role to support the main striker as he's always a threat himself if there are any knock-ons to be had.

Kris Boyd - No words needed for the big man.

This is not necessarily a must-win game, but as I said earlier, it is definitely a must-not-lose game so we have to keep things tight and close Accies down as much as possible, without reverting to long balls and by-passing the midfield. I'm challenging my assistant (and driver) Andy Clark to take the hot seat next week when I'm otherwise engaged.

KFCSA Survey Results

The results of the KFCSA survey regarding season ticket renewal have now been reviewed and analysed; sadly, the gathering of data on match days had to be curtailed as a mark of respect due to the sudden and untimely passing of Mrs Joanne Johnston - wife of Company Secretary Michael Johnston.

• 197 non season ticket holders responded with 89% stating they'd be more likely to buy a season ticket if Michael Johnston was no longer part of the board of the football club.

• 420 season ticket holders responded with a total of 66% either undecided or stating they would not renew if Mr Johnston was still part of the board.

• Concerningly, 47% stated they will not renew if Mr Johnston continues to be part of the board of Kilmarnock FC.

• 34% of the season ticket  holders who responded would renew regardless of Mr Johnston's position.

In summary, approximately two thirds of season ticket holders who took part were either undecided on renewal or indicated they wouldn't renew if Mr Johnston continues as part of the board. Also, almost 90% of the non season ticket holders were much more likely to buy a season ticket if Mr Johnston is not involved on the board.

The survey indicates there is clearly significant customer dissatisfaction with the existing board arrangements and Mr Johnston's role in our club. Following those results a statement from the KFCSA Committee regarding season ticket renewal will be issued in the next few days.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Kilmarnock Ladies 7-0 Hearts Dev

The Senior Ladies continued their 100% start to the league campaign with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Hearts Development. Kilmarnock started the game slowly but they took the lead with their first real chance. Kirsty Munro latching onto a terrific cross field pass from Linzi Taylor before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home. The home side quickly doubled their advantage as Clare Docherty made it 2-0 on the fifteen minute mark. Linzi Taylor then got her name on the scoresheet as she finished from close range. 3-0 was to be the score at half-time after a scrappy first 45 minutes. Just a minute into the second half, however, Chloe Ponton added a fourth as she bundled home Clare Docherty's cut back before an own goal made it 5-0 to the home side. In the closing stages Linzi Taylor grabbed another and Abby Robinson rounded off the scoring to make it 7-0 with a fantastic long range effort. Overall, a convincing victory for Killie against a hard working and resilient Hearts side.

Season Diary - Week 38

The Trust in Killie initiative launch went well last week, we will see at the end of the month when the first payments come off just how well.

Make no mistake, this is the most important thing to happen at the club since the stadium debentures back in Fleeting’s day and its success will be a barometer for just how much the fans want to help turn things around.

Fifteen or twenty-five quid a month is not a fortune when you look at how little it can buy you these days, but it is still a lot to some families and as far as priorities go we understand that family should always come first.

If it’s not something you can get involved with at the moment, then you can still do your bit by joining the Trust and sharing and liking all the TIK related stuff on social media.

I weighed up my options and decided to cancel Sky and sign up for TIK instead, and if you tell them you are cancelling because they crapped all over Scottish football they won’t keep bothering you either!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Season Dairy - Week 37

Control. Such an important factor in all things football and it seems to be something that we sorely lack.

The Trust in Killie initiative launch went well on Friday night. That is about having control of our own future and safeguarding the club for generations to come.

On the park, it seems to have given way for power and athleticism and it is frustrating to watch at times.

Let’s be honest though, despite another clean sheet and a point against a top six team, Friday’s draw with Hearts was devoid of much skill or excitement. It wasn't the worst I've seen by far but it was a bit of a yawn-fest.

Watching countless players either lumping the ball up the park or running straight at the opposition until such times as someone steps in and takes the ball off them or they crash straight into them is a wee bit tedious.

Both teams were guilty of this, both teams failed to score with us failing to get a single shot on target.

Still, we have a young team, they are still learning, let’s keep our moaning to the forums and get behind them on match days.

I happened to be in a local hostelry on Easter Sunday when the Manchester United versus Chelsea match was on...and found the missing Killie generation!

Dozens of young lads in their late teens and early twenties, shouting and cheering at the TV box like they'd been born in Blackley or in the shadow of Stamford Bridge, many of whom, from their comments it would appear, have never seen a live match in their puff.

Sickening it was. I can't remember seeing one of those faces at any Killie games, never mind the Hearts game less that 48 hours previous.

I suppose you can't blame these sons of Sky as they have been spoon fed the self-appointed 'greatest league in the world' from an early age while the SPFL and SFA have steadfastly refused to accept change or the fact that we need to do better to keep fans interested and attract new blood.

I appreciate it can be good to watch some of the most skilful players in the world, given what's happening in our game, but I fail to understand the show of allegiance and loyalty to teams which are literally in another country, from the one we should be taking an interest and a pride in.

Things have to change or this won't be the last generation that goes missing.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Be The Boss - Davie Morris

This week's "Boss' is Hurlford's own Davie Morris, owner of local company Modway [free advert alert] who specialise in all sorts of PVC decking and joinery work. This poor guy has to sit beside yours truly at every home game and listen to me mump and moan about anything that is going amiss. Now I get to moan about his team selection as well!

"We go into Friday night's game against a team who blow hot and cold. We need to take advantage of that and take the game to them. Press high up the park and don’t give them time or space to play. An early goal to settle us down and go from there. We need a win before the split to give ourselves a better chance. Back the team...KTID."

FORMATION: 4-1-3-2

Freddie 'Fingers' Woodman – In recent games he has shown how good a keeper he is. Made a few crucial saves for us. Just one criticism, he needs to take control of his box more and talk to defenders. Good pair of safe hands.

Greg Taylor – What can you say about this kid. Improving with every game and can only get better. Good left peg and engine. Links up well with Jones.

Scott Boyd – Experience in rear ranks which we badly need. Good in the air and talker. A leader from the back.

Kristoffer Ajer – This young lad has an experienced head on his shoulders. Good all rounder and comfortable with the ball at his feet. Needs someone to go beyond him.

Luke Hendrie – Mr. Reliable. Like Taylor he has a good engine. Solid at the back and going forward.

Gary Dicker – Most improved player this season for me. Starting to be a leader in the middle of the park. Our new midfield general. Good reading of the game and passing.

Jordan Jones – Has the pace to cause any defender problems. Only thing he lacks is a final cross ball or shooting but that will come hopefully.

Iain Wilson – This young lad is growing in confidence and stature either as CD or CM  [old champ manager kicking in there dude?]. Good on the ball and in the tackle.

Cal Roberts – Hasn't had much game time but I like his drive and directness. Running at defenders and has the skill to cause problems.

Greg Kiltie - Our talisman. Good to see Greg back. I would play him in a free role just off Boydie. Give him support and go beyond Boyd for his flick ons.

Kris Boyd – The big man can still score goals but needs help and better service from wide. His hold up and link play is good but needs someone to go beyond him. Step up Kiltie.

"In this team we have pace on the wings, solid in the middle and at the back. Wingers need to stay wide to stretch Hearts, giving Kiltie the freedom in the middle of the park to back up Boyd and get the goals".

Monday, 10 April 2017

Season Diary - Week 36

Well that’s the double header against the Glasgow teams out of the way and I can’t say it’s a bad thing not having to listen to their ‘party tunes’ for a while, seeing as we have now been consigned to the bottom six.

Maybe we should find out from the SPFL how they miraculously manage never to hear any sectarian singing and employ the same method?

The midweek game against Glasgow’s new boys was a bit disappointing as they managed to hang on for a draw, that will have given them a morale boost for their trip to Aberdeen.

Our trip to Celtic Park though was never going to be easy, to the extent that Lee rested Kiltie and Boyd for the Hearts game on Friday.

We still gave them a fright with an equaliser but ultimately battling, and losing, was no disgrace.

Don’t forget the ‘Trust in Killie’ Initiative launch in the Sports Bar from 6:30pm on Friday (14th), this is the start of a new era at the club and it’s time for the fans to rally and be counted.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Be The Boss - David Shaw

Hot on the heels of KFCSA Boss James Morrison is our intrepid match reporter David Shaw. Starved of many a victory to report on, this is David's chance to tell it the way he sees it and say who he thinks should make the starting XI.

The mission is simple – go to Parkhead; destroy the dreams of 60,000 glory hunters who won’t be content until they’ve beaten every single team (4 times), and then famously burst the football coupon of every pundit in Britain (apart from a few mad Killie gamblers, of course).

But just who could accomplish such an impossible mission? Well, only eleven of the finest athletes available to mankind could ever think of taking on such a task… and if they’re not available then it will just have to be the sorry bunch that I’ve chosen below!

Seriously though, what an opportunity for Killie to inflict the first defeat on this year’s champions. I’ve gone with a 4-5-1 formation to achieve this feat. Hopefully, the following team will go down in history!

Freddie Woodman - He will most probably be the busiest player over the 90 minutes, but he could also be the biggest hero. If Woody is on his game then we may well have a chance.

Luke Hendrie - A no-brainer! ‘Mr Consistency’ is a stick-on but he will have to be at his best to cope with Tierney’s driving runs down the left wing.

Scott Boyd - Scott has done really well since arriving from Ross County and his aerial presence may reap rewards from a set-piece. He didn’t play against Rangers so will be fresh for this one.

Iain Wilson - I thought about bringing Osbourne back in to replace Ajer (who is ineligible to play against his parent club) but decided on Wilson who has been a great utility player for us. The occasion won’t faze this young man and he could be the player to frustrate the Celtic strike force.

Greg Taylor - No surprises here as young Taylor has been a revelation recently. He will need to match the runs of Forrest carefully though.

Gary Dicker - I thought about switching the Captain to centre half but felt that he would be better placed in front of Boyd and Wilson where he can organise things around him. Dicker will cover the right side of the defensive midfield partnership and his level-headedness and organisation will be key to keeping Scott Brown and co out.

Martin Smith - I’ve brought Smith in from the cold to partner Dicker. He will need to watch the runs made by Forrest and Roberts and work closely with Dicker to frustrate his opponents. Martin always gives 100% and this could be a good chance for him.

Jordan Jones - The man with the perfect first touch, and a shot that wouldn’t wake a sleeping baby. Jordan has come on to his game recently and just needs a goal. Could this be his time to shine? His manager will also want him to defend when he hasn’t got the ball and stop Celtic rampaging down the wing – this could be key to keeping the game tight.

Callum Roberts - I’m a big Newcastle fan and many Toon fans have been raving about this guy for ages. It’s just not happened for him so far but I’m going to throw him in instead of his fellow Geordie, Longstaff. If he can regain some confidence then he is more than capable of running in behind Tierney and bagging a goal. However, he also needs to defend better when he doesn’t have the ball.

Greg Kiltie - Kiltie is the man to open up any team with his driving runs. This could be his opportunity to show Killie fans what they’ve been missing for the last seven months, playing in behind the sole striker.

Connor Sammon - I’m one of Kris Boyd’s biggest fans but feel this game is not for him. He needs a rest and busting a gut on his own up front won’t do him any favours. So, I’ve chosen The Fish up front to make runs in behind their defence and hope that Kiltie plays him in. Fish fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Trust in Killie Launch This Friday!

Killie supporters can help make history next week by backing a campaign to have a fan-elected Director join the board of Kilmarnock FC.

‘Trust in Killie’ will be launched at the club’s Good Friday (14/4/17) match against Hearts. Organised by the Kilmarnock Supporters Society (also known as The Killie Trust), the campaign aims to raise £100,000 to purchase unallocated shares in the club.

It follows an agreement made last year with Kilmarnock FC’s board which would see a Supporters Society representative take a seat on the club’s Board of Directors. As well as giving fans a real voice in the operational running of the club, the elected Supporter Director will ensure there is a meaningful link between the board and fans, whilst providing a stepping stone towards greater community ownership. Now, with due diligence completed and with the full support of the club, the Trust in Killie campaign will be launched at Rugby Park next Friday.

Jim Thomson, Chairman of the Killie Trust and John Kiltie, Director of Kilmarnock FC, will be joined by ex-players at the Sports Bar to get the 'Trust in Killie' campaign officially underway.

Fans will be able to sign up for Standard (£15 per month), Plus (£25 per month) or Premium (one off contribution, limited to 20 contributors) packages, with benefits ranging from their name on the Trust in Killie history board, to entry into prize draws for ‘money can’t buy’ memorabilia. Once the £100,000 is raised, the cash will be invested into the club through the purchase of unallocated shares, and the Killie Trust will take a seat on the Board. This will be filled by a Supporter Director elected by members of the society.

Jim Thomson said: “After many years hard work, much negotiation and considerable due diligence, the Kilmarnock Supporters Society is delighted to finally be launching our fundraising campaign for a seat on the Board of Directors. This is an historic opportunity to affect meaningful change in the club we all love and care passionately about, to re-energise the supporter community, and to safeguard the future of the oldest professional club in Scotland. We’ll also be unveiling details of our Trust in Killie History Board which will carry the names of the first fans to sign up for the campaign.”

A spokesman of Kilmarnock FC, added: The Board of Kilmarnock Football Club have been working with The Killie Trust to help shape 'Trust in Killie' and are delighted to support this initiative. The inclusion of a Supporter Director on the football club board is an exciting prospect for us, the supporters and community.

Date: Friday 14th April 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Sports Bar, Rugby Park

The launch will be attended by:

• Jim Thomson - Chairman, Killie Trust
• Andrew Millar - Secretary, Killie Trust
• Peter Telfer - Board Member, Killie Trust
• Garry Hay - Ex-Player
• Gary Holt - Ex-Player
• John Bourke - Ex-Player
• John Kiltie - Director, Kilmarnock Football Club
• Billy Bowie - Director, Kilmarnock Football Club

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Brownings Say Aye tae KillieFC.com!

Brownings the Bakers have announced a partnership with KillieFC.com which will see them as the main sponsor for the online portal which incorporates the The Kilmarnock Supporters' Society (Killie Trust), The Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters' Association, FC Kilmarnock Ladies, Young Kilmarnock and the website and forums itself.

Brownings were a major sponsor and supplier of Kilmarnock Football Club until April 2016 when the two businesses parted ways.

John Gall, Managing Director of Brownings the Bakers said: "As a lifelong Killie fan and local businessman I have always relished the fact that I have been able to contribute to the club. Times have changed and we are no longer directly involved with the club, but now we have the opportunity to support Kilmarnock and the supporters in another way. When we were asked to sponsor the KillieFC.com website it was a very easy decision to make".

The partnership kicks off from today and will see Browning’s branding across KillieFC.com.

Jim Thomson, Killie Trust Chairman said: "The Killie Trust are delighted that Browning's the Bakers, such a prestigious local family company, have agreed to sponsor the KillieFC.com community for the foreseeable future. This financial security will allow the online portal to expand its vision to be the best football supporter’s website in the country and we're proud to work in partnership with Brownings towards this goal."

James Morrison, KFCSA Chairman added: "The website has come on leaps and bounds since all the fans organisations joined together online. It is great to see an award-winning business like Brownings financially supporting a community project such as this."

Monday, 3 April 2017

Be The Boss - James Morrison

Not much time for this week's "Boss" as we have a midweek fixture at home to Glasgow's newest team Sevco. KFCSA Chairman James Morrison has volunteered for a short tenure in the hot seat and here's what he has planned...

As we approach the final three fixtures before the infamous 'split' it does seem that a couple of things have happened under interim manager Lee “Jig” McCulloch:

A. We have stopped playing Lockey’s Lotto or Clarkey’s Bingo each week which means we’ve been playing a fairly settled side.

B. All games have been close so far with only the game at Perth being decided by more than one goal.

So with the next visitors to Rugby Park being a team from Govan under new management what changes (if any) should be made? I’m assuming that Stevie Smith will not return fit in what has been an injury-plagued season and this line up would start in 4-2-3-1 but could easily change to change to 4-4-2.


Freddie Woodman - This will be the biggest test yet for the youngster from Newcastle with a serious work out also likely at the weekend. Like others I feel sorry for Jamie Mac (particularly as my business sponsors his away strip!) but young Freddie has only really cost us one goal which was at Dens Park.

Lee Hendrie – Our most dependable right back since Gus and here’s hoping we can either sign him permanently or on another loan deal next season.

Scott Boyd – Reliable and dependable and Ross County’s loss has been very much our gain.

Kristoffer Ajer – Been outstanding since he joined in January. So committed and a leader and motivator which is quite something for a lad so young. Whilst I’d prefer to develop our own talent I’d love to see him spend next season with us on loan.

Greg Taylor – The next “Hooky” in so many ways and an obvious choice for our Young Player of The Year. One wee point is I wonder who he’ll tackle on Wednesday night with no Barton to crunch?

Gary Dicker – Seemed to be doing alright this season until he formed the defensive partnership with Ajer but has been terrific ever since both in defence and midfield. Player of The Year for me – and for lots of other Killie fans.

Rory McKenzie – Does a lot of unseen work in tracking back and blocking tackles. Frustrates many fans but clearly has the skill and ability as shown in the Perth match I mentioned earlier where he scored from about Dunkeld!

Jordan Jones – May be adventurous to play him in this game but his defensive game has improved as has his directness. His Man of The Match game in the Highlands on Saturday convinced me he should start.

Sean Longstaff – After Saturday I can only think this lad will be wearing gloves in May! Seriously he looks shattered after 15 minutes every game but his running and passing could well hurt a fragile Rangers back-line.

LEFT WING (Second Striker)
Conor Sammon aka The Fish – Wish he’d use his obvious physical presence a bit more but has done really well since re-joining his beloved Killie. Another lad I’d hope will be here next season.

Kris Boyd – Written off so many times by fans from both Govan and Killie in the past few seasons but he keeps proving his doubters wrong by doing what he has always done and that’s putting the ball in the net.

The only real decision I had was whether to start Greg Kiltie but I’d bring him on after an hour perhaps for Longstaff or possibly Rory depending on how the game is going. #KTID

Season Diary - Week 35

You should know by now what I always say about a point away from home, so I won’t repeat myself other than to say we should probably be happier about it than Inverness will be.

We started well and Boomer did what Boomer does, then Killie did what Killie does, and failed to maintain a lead.

As so often proves to be the case when we venture north, it was a better day out than football match, as both teams failed to impress in what turned out to be a bang-average kick about.

One bright spot for the away support was the re-introduction of Greg Kiltie in the second half, and instantly we looked to have more creativity emanating from midfield, no offence to Rory whom he replaced, he has talent as well, just in other areas.

I am wary of heaping too much expectation onto the returning player. We know he has the ability, but there are probably not enough games left for him to get into top gear.

Friday, 31 March 2017

The weekend preview

It's Ayrshire Derby weekend as our 23s travel to take on local rivals, Ayr United. This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides for some time and it should be a cracker.

The seniors are also in league action as they welcome Renfrew to Rugby Park. They will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result last week at the hands of Hibs Development.

The 15s are also at home as they face Glasgow City. The two sides have already met this season as they matched up in preseason. City won on that occasion but our girls will be looking to push on as the league season is now underway.

The Blues have no game this weekend whilst the u13 Whites have two. They welcome QoS on Saturday before travelling to Kilwinning on Sunday.

Good luck to all the girls. Let us know if you'll be going along to any of the games to support the girls!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Be the Boss - Denham Kirkpatrick

We are going for the father v son angle for the second time after the Lyon boys matched up against each other in February. This time Denham Kirkpatrick is following in the footsteps of his offspring, KillieFC.com's match reporter Gary, and is looking to show him how it's done. You'd think that the elder statesman of the family would be the one to opt for the more traditional 442 but Denham is ripping up Gary's tactics board and packing the midfield as Killie head out on the road to the Highlands.

"I’ve been a Killie fan for over 40 years, the intrepid under 20’s reporter Gary Kirkpatrick is my youngest. Goodness his birth almost made me miss the ‘97 cup final, but of course I would have been at the hospital had he been born on May 24th. This is a game we really need to take something from but it won’t be easy, Caley will be saying this is a game they must win so it’s all to play for."


Freddy Woodman - Like most Killie fans I feel for Jamie, but Freddy has not done a lot wrong since he has come in so I’ll stick with him. He looks a top goalie in the making.

Luke Hendrie - Luke has definitely solved the right back problem big time. I hope he likes it so much he stays around a lot longer. One of the few of Clark’s successes.

Scott Boyd - Can’t say I’m totally convinced about him, tends to have some switch off moments which are costly. But the competition isn’t pushing him so I’ll stick with him. If Dicker wasn’t such a big loss to our midfield, I’d play him here instead.

Kristoffer Ajer - No doubt this boy will be a player. Still needs to stick into his work but by the sounds of it he is very keen to improve. Even though he’s not ours, he still looks gutted after a bad result and I like that attitude. A mazy run goal would be great.

Greg Taylor - He always looks as if his face is tripping him but the wee guy just keeps improving. Targeted by every team in the league for high balls, he never gives up and gives as good as he gets. The Barton tackle is only a small claim to fame for this boy. Great crosses into the box as well.

Rory McKenzie - No player seems to split the Killie support more than Rory, some just can’t see his worth. But he’s got a great engine and we will likely need his hard work in this game. Coming in off the wing running at defenders is his best asset.

Gary Dicker - What a signing he has been, comfortable on the ball, just an all round good player. Need I say more, he must be one of the first names on the team sheet. Cool, calm and collected on the ball and industrious off it.

Stevie Smith - He’s not fit that often which is my bugbear about him. I often wonder about players that are always injured, is it a lifestyle problem, who knows. But if he’s fit he adds steel and he has a sweet left foot. Terrible lack of pace but not so found out in the middle.

Sean Longstaff - Another with a great engine and an eye for goal as well. Always gives 100% and runs himself ragged, but he’s a decent player too. Can’t fault him since he came in, I think he deserves his place.

Connor Sammon - The good thing about the Fish is that he adds to the attack and helps with Taylor’s lack of inches in defence. Not the most elegant of players but he’s rediscovered his form since coming home. Fair to say he looked like a fish out of water when he was at Hearts.

Kris Boyd - You can’t knock Boydie’s goal record, he misses some but he always comes back for more. Takes some abuse from opposing fans as well but he usually gets the last laugh. Down side is we look like we’re playing with ten men when we’re under pressure as he looks cut off.

"Hopefully Kiltie will be fit enough to be an impact sub, possibly for Sean or Rory. I reckon that team is flexible enough to change to 4-1-4-1 or 4-4-2 when needed. Lee McCulloch has struggled to react to other teams changing it so far, but hopefully he’s learning and we can strike it lucky in the shadow of the Kessock Bridge."

Monday, 27 March 2017

Season Diary - Week 34

We have a tough few weeks ahead of us with Inverness away, a couple of teams from Glasgow and then Hearts at home on Good Friday.

Celtic Park has never been a happy hunting ground for us, but the SPFL title could be theirs by then, which may affect their concentration, and there is no reason we can’t get points off the other three teams mentioned.

The good ship Killie at last seems to have steadied a wee bit, not before time, but it will be difficult to carry any kind of stability forward with so many players leaving again in the summer.

McCulloch, or whoever is in charge at that point, will have to rebuild the squad once again.

The Trust, with the support of the club, will be launching its ‘Trust in Killie’ initiative on the Friday night in the Sports Bar before the match, with a special event planned for the next day at Rugby Park, stay tuned for more details.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Season Diary - Week 33

For half an hour against the Jags it looked like we were going to give them a real doing, then we just seemed to cave.

The players went about their business with a real sense of purpose in the early stages of the game but when nothing came off we started punting high balls to a forlorn Boomer, and you know when that happens its normally goodnight Vienna.

Longstaff was being pushed off the ball too easily and big Conor literally looked like a fish out of water at times, we were not at the races and heading for certain defeat with a matter of minutes to go.

Credit to the players though for not giving up when most of us had.

A speculative effort by the floundering Sammon was helped into the net by Cerny in the Thistle goal and suddenly it was payback time again for the many times we’ve been robbed.

The fans rallied after we lost the goal, the players responded albeit we were more lucky than good, still, more vocal support wouldn’t go wrong.

Also nice to see us having first choice full backs for a change. Hendrie and Taylor are now first picks in everyone's "Boss" teams, despite both formerly plying their trade in midfield.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Be The Boss - Iain Sherry

We're keeping it in-house again this week with KFCSA committee member Iain Sherry who does the majority of our interviews for KillieFC TV. If you fancy the opportunity to "Be the Boss" then get in touch HERE and let us know. Over to our current gaffer...

This week we are back at Rugby Park to play a Thistle side who have been in great form in recent weeks. Last week's win against County may have been fortuitous but we have been due some luck, especially after the 'Well and Dons games. This will be a stern test and with our home form being  poor we'll need to be on top of our game against a side which we have drawn twice with already this season in the league. Their talisman striker Doolan needs one for 100 goals for Thistle, so let’s hope he has to wait a bit longer. The home fans deserve some cheer so hopefully this Saturday will see a long overdue Killie victory.

 FORMATION 4-4-1-1

Freddie 'Fingers' Woodman - The youngster has not done badly since joining Killie, I say we continue with him. Although, Jamie MacDonald should never have been dropped in the first place, a ludicrous decision by our former manager.

Luke Hendrie - One of our most consistent performers this season and has made this position his own, we need to try and get him signed for next season.

Greg Taylor - Surely young player of the year another who has performed well and made this spot his own?

Kristoffer Ajer - Kris has come into Killie with a great attitude and professionalism and has been a stand out. Well mature beyond his years.

Scott Boyd - Has been a good addition to the Killie squad this year, and his experience is needed in a young back four.

Gary Dicker - Another who has done well this season and who is the best midfielder in Killie's team which has been our weak area all season.

Sean Longstaff - The Newcastle loanee has done well since January and scored important goals for us always keen to get forward to give the opposition defence problems.

Stevie Smith - If fit then Stevie Smith would fill this spot which has been a problem all season. His experience is vital although there are other candidates, none have secured it as their own.

Rory McKenzie - Another position which has proved somewhat troublesome to fill with several players having been played there. I've gone for Mackenzie as he has started to get among the goals in recent weeks.

Conor Sammon - After having had a hard time at Tynecastle, the Fish seems to be happier back in friendly territory. A good foil for Boomer, Sammon is another guy who we should be looking to get to Rugby Park on a longer term basis, as I doubt he has a future in Gorgie.

Kris Boyd - The goal machine once again proved his worth at County and despite his advancing years showed when it comes to finishing he is still one of the best. Let's hope he stays fit for the rest or the season.

Season Diary - Week 32

We headed to Dingwall on Saturday without the influential Dicker and McKenzie due to suspensions, so we started with a bit of a makeshift team.

That said, Lee did try to replace like for like by drafting in Wilson and Roberts.

It was our turn to don the Dick Turpin masks though and send our far-travelled fans home delighted to have weathered the storm and snatched a late unexpected winner.

It was veteran Boomer who delivered the goods again breaking more records in the process, it’s almost a weekly occurrence now!

Kris is the only player to have scored 100 league goals with two teams, although one of them no longer exists.

It was a great result.

Not so great was the U20’s getting knocked out in their cup semi-final on Sunday.

It was 1-1 at the end of normal time but an offside goal for Rangers in extra time knocked the stuffing out of them and there was to be no way back.

Excellent effort but sadly no reward.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Be The Boss - Gary Kirkpatrick

This week's "Boss" is none other than our own Gary Kirkpatrick. Yes, we're keeping it in house for this one, that's what he gets for not being available for the Development match report! Gary is a student of all things sport journalism at UWS and works not only with us, but the Kilmarnock Standard as well. It must be a real drag having to watch all that football as a part of your studies eh! Still, who else better to take on the team in a week when we have some big names suspended...

After the delight of a rare away victory in the league up in Perth, a fair bit of optimism surrounded our great club and support for our interim manager Lee McCulloch stepped up a notch - the departure of Lee Clark seemed like a distant memory. But as a staunch Killie supporter, I know all too well that we can’t get too carried away. And that was the message big Jig got across to his players in the run-up to the Motherwell clash, anticipating a fierce response from the Lanarkshire club after Mark McGhee’s sacking.

Saturday’s game started off fantastically but ended in bitter disappointment. ‘If you need a win, come to Killie’ was a phrase that did the rounds following the loss. So we head to Ross County this weekend in what is always a hugely difficult fixture. We’re missing key players in Dicker and McKenzie so Jig needs to rally his troops and show the fans that we really can compete for a top six place this season.


Jamie MacDonald - In my opinion, we need this guy back between the sticks. Woodman seems shaky, indecisive and overall, he lacks crucial first team experience. We can’t afford to have MacDonald sitting on the bench throughout an important end of season period. The number of points Jamie rescued for us last season is probably quite astonishing. He is a vital component of the team and we need him for the run in, starting in Dingwall.

Greg Taylor - It’s quite impressive to see a 19 year-old hold down a regular starting place with a top-flight club. Taylor is growing as a player at full-back and has showed he has a big future in the game. Keep it up wee man.

Kristoffer Ajer - What a player this boy is going to develop into. He shows such calmness and composure on the ball and his passing ability is second to none. One of the first names on the team sheet right now and because he had Adam Rooney in his back pocket versus Aberdeen recently, I’m predicting a similar outcome with Liam Boyce (hopefully).

Scott Boyd - I’d probably have Gary Dicker in this position but due to Stevie Smith’s injury (no surprise there), we’ll need someone reliable in midfield so that’s why ‘the other Boyd’ starts against his former club. Let’s hope his nostalgia is thrown to one side and helps keep County at bay.


Luke Hendrie - One of the easiest decisions I’ll have to make. Hendrie is a class act and has been a consistent performer for us this campaign. The on-loan Burnley defender seems to be enjoying his stay here too and I think we all hope this guy is here following the summer window.

Martin Smith - With the absence of Gary Dicker, young Martin has a huge responsibility to slot in seamlessly and do a job in midfield. He featured a few times under Lee Clark at the beginning of the season so he has some experience under his belt. I’ve watched him in the U20s recently and he’s a fighter so hopefully he can put in a determined performance.

Sean Longstaff - From what I’ve seen of him, he’s a very hard working player and runs around like a dafty. His boundless energy is a key attribute in the middle of the park. He is still a young lad and makes mistakes but he’s bagged a couple of goals for us since his arrival. Hopefully he can get another against County.

Jordan Jones - He frustrates me a lot. I remember thinking during the Betfred Cup in the summer that we’ve captured a very decent winger here. But while he shows glimpses of skill and quality, he’s very inconsistent and can’t seem to take a simple corner. Jones only just gets into my team because I still feel he has something in his locker and something to prove.

Adam Frizell - Frizz is a talent alright but with McKenzie, Kiltie and Longstaff in front of him, he’s found it difficult to hold down a regular place. However, he’s a big player for the U20s and has something about him that can unsettle oppositions. He might not have the stamina and steely determination of McKenzie but if he collects the ball in the final third, his creativity can be dangerous.

Conor Sammon - The Fish has really surprised me since his return to the Ayrshire Killie. He endured a torrid first half of the season at Hearts but looks at home again. He puts himself about and got himself a goal against St Johnstone. I hope he continues in this vein and contributes to our top six push.

Kris Boyd - For all of the criticism I have directed towards the Killie legend, big Boydie is still the best source of goals at the club. He can’t really run and can’t really jump but he knows where the goal is. He’s one goal away from 100 league strikes at Killie and I really hope he smashes in one or two on Saturday. C’mon Boomer, show us your worth against the Highlanders!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Season Diary - Week 31

Lee showed some consistency in not changing his starting line-up this week, and I’m going to show some by reiterating my belief that we should give him until the end of the season and only then make a decision on whether it suits him and suits us.

We were slow out of the blocks on Saturday but as soon as we started playing the ball on the deck we were all over Motherwell and should have been three ahead going into the break.

The opposition shuffled the pack at the interval though and we never reacted which turned the game, and the score line, in their favour.

Although Boomer consolidated his credentials with his 200th top flight goal, I’d have replaced him earlier just to give them something different to think about.

Hindsight of course is a great thing, maybe next time the sun makes an appearance Woodman will wear a bunnet!


The Board of the Killie Trust and the Committee of the KFC Supporters Association, on behalf of all Kilmarnock Football Club fans, would like to pass on their sincere condolences to our Company Secretary and former Chairman, Michael Johnston following the sudden and unexpected passing of his wife, Joanne. Our thoughts are with Mr Johnston and his family at this extremely sad time.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Ladies Shaping Up Well !

"Ahead of Sunday's game against Hibs, we caught up with manager, Stewart Hall on how the senior squad is shaping up"

Are there any new additions to the senior squad?
We have made four new signings so far. Rhona Higgins formerly of Kilwinning and Jillian Campbell who was recently at St Rochs have joined that squad. The other two have played across the pond. Linzi Taylor has just finished a football Scholarship in Tennessee at Martin Methodist College. Costa Rican Internationalist, Fabiola Sanchez has also joined. She has played full time in Japan.
How will these players effect the squad?
These players will really strengthen the squad. Rhona is a big presence up front which brings a dynamic that we did not have last season. Jillian is a very technical midfielder with a good understanding of the game which brings more strength and depth to the midfield. Linzi is a very versatile player who can play anywhere across the defence and can also step into midfield. She has the range of passing that can unlock any defence. Fabi is another that is versatile and has bags of experience for such a young age. Her knowledge and ability make her a very strong asset to the squad.
With the first few competitive games out the way, how do you feel they went?
The first two games have been very good. We are through to the next round of the League Cup after a positive performance against Queens Park. Coming away from the game with a 6-0 victory was hugely encouraging. Our first league game away to Thistle Weir showed us how tight this league is going to be as they proved to be very tough opponents. Although we came away with a 4-1 victory and the three points we were made to work extremely hard for the victory.
You've previously said you want to challenge at the top end of the table. Do you feel the squad are capable of this?
With the strength and depth we now have in the squad we most certainly have the potential to do so. But we have to realise, having the potential doesn't mean we will. We've still got a lot to work to do and a long way to go before we can think of ourselves as promotion contenders.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Be The Boss - Andrew Partridge

This week's "Boss" is Andrew Partridge whom we don't really know anything about - so we'll let him tell you himself! "I’m a 17 year old secondary school student from Stewarton Academy. I’ve been a season ticket holder at Rugby Park for just under ten years or so and I’m often seen depressed and tearing my hair out in the Frank Beattie Stand." There you have it then...now over to his team selection and tactics for Saturday's rearranged match...

This week we’re coming up against lacklustre Motherwell whose defence has been nothing short of hopeless lately, 17 goals against in the past four games? Eek. This needs exploited, pace on the flanks with deadeye Boyd in the middle will cause ‘Well a lot of trouble. After a good performance in Perth, the boys should be champing at the bit for this weekend.


Jamie MacDonald - Absolutely nothing against Woodman, I just feel MacDonald deserves a chance to show us what he’s got. He’ll be determined to have a good performance to show Lee how class a ‘keeper he is. And anyway, Motherwell don’t seem to be too much of a threat in recent weeks so we should be fine.

Gary Dicker – Need an explanation? Team would fall apart without him.

Kristoffer Ajer – Works very well next to Dicker. His height makes him effective in the air and his long stride and pace make him difficult to beat on the ball. Been excellent for us so far. Scary but exciting when he ventures forward.

Scott Boyd – The last of my defensive trio. Going for experience with this one.

Rory McKenzie - I’m pretty quick to get on his back, especially after some of his woeful outside of the box shooting, but he has a very high work rate, is very quick and has started scoring more often. Should be able to supply the ball to Tyson or cut inside to have a pop at goal effectively.

Stevie Smith – Very capable when the opposition is going forward and will be key to stopping Motherwell getting to our back three through the middle. Will link up well with McKenzie going forward.

Sean Longstaff – In addition to being pretty fast, Sean has a high work rate and presses the opposition well, created the chance for McKenzie’s wonder goal against St Johnstone by pressing their keeper. He also seems very confident going forward, and should be able to create some chances for himself and Boyd.

Jordan Jones – Now, I’m a big fan of JJ, it just hasn’t clicked completely for him yet I think. Reminds me slightly of Tope Obadeyi. Mainly there for pace and to take on his man. A lot of potential in my opinion.

Nathan Tyson – PACE!!! And he has to score eventually, right? He doesn’t seem great at holding up the ball, so hopefully this will force him to play facing the goal where he can utilise his quickness.

Cal Roberts – Another fast one. Fantastic for taking on his man and whipping in crosses to an awaiting Kris Boyd, or alternatively cutting inside. So much potential.

Kris Boyd – He shouldn’t have to work too hard in this formation. He’ll have to hold the ball up every so often and offload it to Tyson or Roberts, or play it back to the centre midfielders. This should allow him to get into his poaching positions and bag some goals.

Season Diary - Week 30

Lessons were learned from last week’s narrow defeat and we started the game with what looked to me to be our best XI (minus Kiltie) I have seen all season.

Some sublime vision from McKenzie and a great cross from Taylor feeding the Fish saw all three points come home to Ayrshire…but it was a real team performance and a well-deserved win.

This if course starts the call from some corners for Lee McCulloch to be named boss straight away, before someone else comes in and nabs him, and some saying the opposite, because of his associations with that new team from Glasgow.

I’m definitely sitting on the fence on this one!

I think he more than deserves the chance, but there should be caution on both sides as there is no need to rush an appointment.

Lee (and Peter) has already shown loyalty to the club, maybe he needs to have a long think about whether he wants his first full time managerial gig having that pariah Nancy as his boss!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Be The Boss - Ewan Paton

This week's Boss is Ewan Paton (@naearmbands1) who is a multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University. You can follow his blog HERE for a series of updates from the sporting world. The job at Rugby Park is still up for grabs...here is Ewan's team selection for St Johnstone away...

Formation 4-4-2

I've gone for hard working and determined players this weekend as we travel to one of the trickiest away grounds in the league. After the drama of last week with Lee Clark leaving and then collapsing to defeat against Aberdeen, this game matters that wee bit more and Lee McCulloch must get a performance out of the boys so that we don't come away empty handed.

Freddie Woodman - I'm as big a Jamie MacDonald fan as the next Killie fan. However, having spoken to Lee Clark in person a few months back, I certainly trusted his judgement and I think it's clear to see that McCulloch feels the same way after starting him in his first game as caretaker manager. I feel that Woodman is quicker and has better distribution than MacDonald, as well as being a good shot stopper too so that's why he gets the nod from me.

Luke Hendrie - This is an easy choice for me. Luke has been a consistent performer all season and I'm sure I'm not the only Killie fan who was happy to see him extend his loan until the end of the season.

Gary Dicker- He should never have been moved back into Midfield going into the last 10 minutes against Aberdeen- it completely upset the rhythm of the team when Addison came on to allow him to go into the middle. He has the composure and positional awareness to be a top centre half for us for the remainder of the season.

Kristoffer Ajer- Dicker and Ajer seemed to have formed a decent partnership at the back and as well as both being strong enough to physically compete with the opponents strikers, they are both comfortable with the ball at their feet. The 18 year old's mazy runs have also impressed me.

Greg Taylor - Another academy product who has become a first team regular. Greg has really sealed the left back position and although he's really going to have his work cut out against a good St Johnstone attack, he can still get forward to help on the counter attacks.

Steven Smith - A player who frustrates the life out of me but really has to be in the side. On his day he can be a real asset with his quick closing down and harassing style of play. Will need him to battle against a hardy St Johnstone midfield on Saturday.

Sean Longstaff - Of the trio we signed on loan from Newcastle, Longstaff has impressed me the most. He looks like a determined runner and has a bit of a creative spark. While we're still desperately missing Kiltie in this role, I think Sean can fulfil the void until he returns. He also has an eye for goal and his two so far should give him confidence to add a few more to his tally.

Rory McKenzie - Personally, I'm a big fan of McKenzie and I think a lot of his hard work goes unnoticed. He's always the first to get slated when the team are struggling because maybe he doesn't quite have the creativity going forward as say Kiltie does, but his running, tackling and all round determination means he will be doing his best to press high and track back all afternoon on Saturday. Rory also took his goal well against Aberdeen and caused them problems for most of the game.

Nathan Tyson - I feel sorry for the veteran striker. When Boydie was out injured a couple of months ago, Nathan led the line well and his hard work, in particular against Inverness at Rugby Park, merited a goal. I think his physical presence, agility and good work ethic will suit the team in an away game where we won't have as much of the ball.

Conor Sammon - I was delighted to see The Fish return to the club in January on loan until the end of the season. He hasn't exactly set the place alight since returning in the 3 games he's featured in, but after watching him track back on the left wing for the majority of the first half on Sunday, my idea is that we start him up top but when tracking back if he needs to go with the full back, then Tyson can swap with him up front, so it's a fairly versatile option.

Kris Boyd - It's a no-brainer for me. He's in decent form at the moment and is still the best finisher in the team despite being in the twilight years of his playing career. If we get any chances inside the box, there's only one man I want to get them and that's Boomer.

Season Diary - Week 29

Another week, another manager! Farewell Lee Clark and good luck to Lee McCulloch who has taken the job in the interim.

It is easy to look back and say that substitutions on Sunday cost us the game, but on paper replacing your injured defensive midfielder with an even better one and bringing a solid centre back in to shore up the defence to close out the game didn’t seem that nuts.

The game of course is not played on paper and it turned out that the defender wasn’t so solid and changing the back four was a mistake, such is life, you take your punishment and move on.

Technically, given the thrashing they gave Motherwell only days previous, it wasn’t the hammering many predicted, but that didn’t dampen the rage at the end of the game.

Controversially I think that Woodman was partly to blame for their first goal, he should have moved to the ball and given a shout, that said, there was no shout so Addison should have blootered it out of the park immediately, sorry Tank, that one’s ultimately on you.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Queens hit for six as Ladies march on in the Cup.

Queens Park 0 - 6 Kilmarnock
Today marked the start of the competitive season for the seniors as they faced Queens Park in the SWPL 1 League Cup.
The match was played in perfect spring conditions on Lesser Hampden - a huge pitch and a good surface.
Kilmarnock started on the front foot and had several chances to open the scoring. Kirsten Rolph soon had the ball in the back of the net but she was deemed to be offside - a dubious decision.
Kilmarnock finally opened the scoring after Rhona Higgins flicked a header on to Linzi Taylor. Taylor then kept her composure before squaring it across goal for a tap in for Kirsty Munro.
Laura Lyttle got the away sides second of the game with a rocket from 20 yard out which left the keeper rooted to the spot.
Kilmarnock dominated most of the first half and kept Queens attacks to a minimum with a steady and solid performance from the back line.
Killie's third goal of the game came from young Chloe Ponton who found herself in space inside the Queens eighteen yard box. Ponton cleverly controlled the ball in the air before volleying across goal, past the keeper.
Half Time: Queens Part 0 - 3 Kilmarnock
There were no changes made at half time and Kilmarnock kept on the front foot for large spells of the game.
Midway through the half Abby Robinson and Nicole Telford came on to replace Chloe Ponton and Rhona Higgins.
After some more good play, a cross ball from Taylor found Robinson in the middle who excellently finished first time.
Not long after, Robinson got her second of the game when after some excellent build up play from Jillian Campbell she found Nicole Telford. The ball was squared across the goal to Robinson on the stretch to finish into an open net.
The sixth and final goal came from Lauren Steel, who capped off a fine performance with a goal. After some neat build up play working the ball from the back, a wonderful cross from Kirsty Munro found Lauren Steel free at the back post to side foot a volley into the bottom corner.
This was a fine performance performance all round from Kilmarnock Ladies who have secured a place in the next round of the cup.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Turn Your Back Protest Postponed

The Committee of KFCSA were shocked and surprised to learn of the sudden departure of Manager Lee Clark from the Club yesterday. We wish Lee well in his new post with Bury FC.

In order to avoid any possible off field distractions for Interim Manager Lee McCulloch's first game in charge on Sunday it has been decided to postpone the planned "Turn Your Back" protest in the 18th minute.

The Committee will consider when it would now be appropriate to hold such a protest.

We wish Lee McCulloch and the team every success and would ask fans for their continued support of the team in the weeks ahead.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Be The Boss - Alistair Lyon

Well last week's "Boss" Adam Lyon nearly called it spot on, even the formation change with two up front, which is quite impressive. Not so impressed was his old man who spotted the article getting advertised online and bemoaned the fact that in over 30 years as a Killie fan, no one had ever asked his opinion on the team! Well they have now...and for the first time ever we get a father succeeding his son and taking over the KillieFC hot seat...over to Alistair...

Well it's been a decent few weeks that have seen us not quite burst, more slither, in to the top 6. Hopefully we can keep that going to see our highest place finish for a few years and I think I've got just the team to do that. For me it's all about a change in formation that can be either attack or defence minded so it's 3-5-2 or 5-3-2.

Jamie McDonald - I'm not party to what's going on behind the scenes but on the pitch Jamie's done nothing wrong. Nothing against young Woodman I just don't know why there has been a change.

Luke Hendrie - We were lucky last year with our loanee right back and I think we've been even luckier this year. Our most consistent performer and I just hope he's fit. If not one of the other twelve right back's will have to step in.

Iain Wilson - When he was dropped in at the deep end he was there to be counted. I don't know yet if he's a midfielder but he can play at the back.

Gary Dicker - The man people are talking about. I actually felt he was having a good year in midfield but at centre half he's been superb. My decision to go 3-5-2 is down to the fact we are continually overrun in midfield. Gary has shown amazing composure on the ball and I'm building the team around him.

Kristoffer Ajer - Because we have to play him but also because he has been superb. I think it was Adam who said last week that he runs out of defence like the legend that is Momo Sissoko. No bad thing.

Greg Taylor - Reminds me of Hooky. He'll do

Sean Longstaff - A good goal threat and hopefully a good future in the game for him.

Adam Frizzell - How can you go from a man-of-the-match performance against Celtic to getting no more game time? A pocket dynamo.

Dean Hawkshaw - This boy looks like he's got a good engine and isn't afraid to tackle. I think he suits this narrow midfield.

Kris Boyd - Past it? Lazy? No good? Rubbish! Club legend, two goals in three games. First part of the season absolutely no service. Get the ball in the correct area and he'll score. Just remember he single-handedly kept us up three seasons ago until he made the worst choice of his football career.

The Fish/Joshua Umerah - I've not seen either of them play yet a hard one to call. Hopefully the fish can recreate his last season but ultimately this position is Greg's as soon as he's fit.

So that's my team/formation. No wingers as they don't deliver consistently enough but they'll be on the bench ready to come on when we need to change the shape, push Ian Wilson in to midfield and go 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1.

'Mon the Killie!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Season Diary - Week 28

In a change from the norm Clark started with two up front for the rescheduled fixture at Dens Park with Boyd and Sammon getting the nod.

Boomer was fastest out of the blocks again for us with a fortunate dink around the keeper and by all accounts we appeared to be the stronger team.

Sadly, an uncharacteristic mistake by our young loan goalie who wandered off his line, cost us a goal and two points as we replicated last week’s result away to Accies.

I didn’t actually make the game due to a prior engagement but I am not going to moan about it being moved as it is just your luck, and to be honest I think there is credit due to both clubs in moving the match to a Saturday; likewise for moving the upcoming Motherwell match from midweek to the weekend.

Monday, 13 February 2017

KFCSA Season Ticket Survey

On 17th December 2016, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of KFCSA handed over a petition to Kilmarnock Football Club directors Billy Bowie and John Kiltie; the petition contained almost 3000 signatures from Killie fans seeking the removal of former Club Chairman Michael Johnston from the Club Board.

The Association has now received an acknowledgement of the petition and has been asked to supply some further details and information for consideration. The Committee will report on developments.

Following the SGM of the Association on 26th November the Committee have been investigating whether an Escrow account (into which fans could deposit season ticket money) would be feasible and manageable.

It was envisaged that fans could pay into such account to demonstrate to the Club their willingness to purchase a season ticket providing Michael Johnston was not on the Club Board.

The Committee's enquiries indicate that the operation of such an Escrow account would be extremely difficult for a number of financial compliance, legal and operational reasons. The Money Laundering regulations alone would create issues considering the anticipated numbers of people who would be paying and depositing funds.

Whilst checks, enquiries and considerations will continue the Committee feel that, given time constraints, other methods of progressing the matter should be pursued.

Accordingly, the Committee of KFCSA is now looking to clarify the likely number of:

A. Existing season ticket holders who would support a season ticket boycott if Mr. Johnston continues on the Board

B. Those non-season ticket holders who would purchase one if Mr. Johnston was no longer part of the Board.


Iain Sherry 

Email: 1965ktid@gmail.com

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Be The Boss - Adam Lyon

Despite what was a disappointing draw at Hamilton last week, it seems that Lee Clark might finally be providing the team that he promised we could be proud of at the end of last season. Even though the football is not up to the highest standard that the team is capable of, the effort of that players cannot be faulted. We’ve had some mixed results against Dundee over the years, so hopefully we can take a big support up to Dens and get the three points we need to lift us up the table.

Formation is a basic 4-4-2

Freddie Woodman - Although there have been some grumblings from the Killie support about the lack of game time for Jamie MacDonald, the young man from Newcastle has really impressed since his loan move in January. He has made some outstanding saves in the past couple of games, and so deserves his chance to shine in the second half of this season. And anyway, big Jamie deserves some rest after the marvellous few years he’s had at Rugby Park so far.

Luke Hendrie - Possibly the most constant performer over the course of the season, Hendrie should always be the first name on the team sheet. You don’t see many full backs in Scotland who are equally as good in both defence and attack, but Hendrie is certainly one of that dying breed. Plus, if Jones is having a terrible game, we always know that Hendrie will be there to dig him out a hole.

Gary Dicker - It seems to me that we’ve been playing Gary out of position the whole season. When he moved to centre back in the Ross County game, we looked as solid as we have all season. So whoever told Gary Dicker to play at centre mid when he was young, they’re an idiot! The chemistry between Dicker and Ajer in the past few games has looked as good as Ant and Deck, Laurel and Hardie, or even Jim Jeffries and Billy Brown…at a push.

Kristoffer Ajer - The chalk to Gary Dicker’s cheese, ‘big Ajer’ has been a revelation at the back since joining on loan from Celtic. He is a prime example of a case where a player is far too good to play for a certain team. He has been touted to be the next Virgil Van Dyke, and it’s clear to see why. Defensively, he stands solid and imposing, a physical barrier for every striker in Scotland. Going forward, he reminds me of the great Momo Sissoko, striding forward on these mazy runs that can excite even the dullest of fans. It’ll be a sad time indeed when Kris leaves us for what is sure to be a very bright future indeed.

Greg Taylor - Just like his compatriot on the right flank, young Greg has been a star over the season so far, and there is better to come from the lad. Even though his performances have been so good over the course of the season, I wouldn’t care if he was shocking for the remainder. That tackle on Joey Barton has enamoured him to me forever and I won’t hear another bad word said about him, or else I’ll make Pasca look like a saint.

Sean Longstaff - Quickly becoming a fans favourite among the Killie faithful, Longstaff has scored some important goals so far, the winner against County and our only goal at the weekend. With his energetic running and an eye for goal, he is certainly looking like a good find by Lee Clark, but we’ll have to see how long his good spell can last!

Iain Wilson - A player that has come on leaps and bounds this year, he looks like a player with the experience of someone twice his age. Wilson will definitely be a key player next season, and so it is important that he gets as much game time as possible this season. His range of passing is phenomenal for someone who looks a bit ‘gangly’, which is the nicest way to describe him. They always say that you should look for experience over both but in this case, we seem to have both already.

Adam Frizzell - The wee man has really come on leaps and bounds this season, and should be starting every week. After his man of the match performance against Celtic, he should have been one of the first names on the team sheet. However, Lee Clark doesn’t seem to rate him, a huge mistake in my opinion. He can be used to fill that Kiltie-sized hole in our hearts at the moment.

Jordan Jones - Possibly the most frustrating player in the entirety of the Scottish leagues, Jordan has one good game in every ten. He has been marginally better in recent weeks; however, we still need him to find that consistent form that we know he can provide. He can link up well with Greg Taylor at left back and could cause some serious problems for the Dundee defence.

Kris Boyd - Our main striker now, Boomer has been in good form recently and hopefully he can keep this going against Dundee. His effort in the past few games has been exemplary and a true example to the rest of the team. Although he won’t be scoring any overhead kicks against them like Souley did earlier in the season, I would still back Boydie to find the back of the net at Dens.

Conor Sammon - The fish is back, and ready to score goals. Big Conor is a perfect match for Boomer up front, as the fish can run while Boydie gets into the right positions to bang them in. Sammon could also be a huge asset at corners, if only Jordan Jones could actually get them past the first man. If the two front men could link up well, then I think our attack force could be lethal for this game and for the rest of the season as a whole.