Monday, 14 August 2017
I think we can officially say we’ve not had the best start to the season, and we face the strongest team in the league again next week, not one I am looking forward to.
The knives are out for the front line, the midfield, the defence, the management, hell even the pitch is getting it, such is the ire of the of our fans at recent results.
Sadly, I would have to agree with them all…being this bad is a collective effort…and we’re a shamble at times.
We need to find a formation and preferred starting line-up as consistency is key, but there are a few positions that Lee is struggling to fill and that is playing havoc with our game plan and rendering the good individuals we have ineffective as a unit.
In short, it’ll get worse before it gets better, it’s not pretty but we have to try and persevere.
I certainly don’t have all the answers; but I’d start with Erwin up front and Boyd used as an impact sub; Thomas and Jones on the wings with Wilson back as a defensive midfielder until Dicker is fit.
Frizzell will do better with Wilson in there beside or behind him which would leave McKenzie spare to support the front man.
Defence is a real nightmare but I think Taylor can hold his own in there with more support.
Greer has been a steadying influence but Broadfoot has had a nightmare so far so and is suspended so we need to look elsewhere for someone to partner Greer, Higgins?
O’Donnell needs to shape up or ship out, we can’t continue using players out of position to cover.
I’m happy with Jamie Mac or Bell.
We can’t keep changing the manager, being “inexperienced” never hindered Shiels, Williamson or indeed Waddell.
The pitch is too narrow and too dry, but we’re stuck with it for now.
Everyone’s an expert eh! Tell us your opinions on the Killie Kickback forums.
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Hibs Dev 2-3 Kilmarnock
It was a top of the table clash in the SWFL division 1 with the visitors coming away from the capital with 3 points.
The game was played at a frantic pace, and the young hibee's took the lead in the opening five minutes. However Killie responded immediately through Colette Fleming in her first start for the club, following a smashing run and cutback from Munro down the right hand side.
Kirsty McLaughlin then put Killie into the lead, midway through the half slotting past the keeper off the back of a corner kick.
HT 1-2 Kilmarnock
A change of shape for hibs to start the second half, had Killie on the backfoot and under the cosh. A dubious penalty decision drew hibs level ,the striker blasting high past Hunter in the Killie goal.
2-2 and it was game on, edge of the seat stuff with both sides wanting the 3 points.
Kilmarnock got the winner 15 mins from time, and it was Fleming again, who calmly put the ball past an outstretched keeper to seal the win for the visitors.
A brilliant 3 points to consolidate Killies top spot. A huge well done to Stewart and the girls.
Saturday, 12 August 2017
We have have secured, through donation, the sponsorship of Iain Wilson's home shirt for season 2017/18...and we are giving you the benefits!
Everyone who subscribes to our +PLUS+ package before 31st August 2017, and is still a subscriber on 28th February 2018, will be entered into a draw to attend, with a guest, the end of season sponsor’s lunch as guests of our Trust In Killie initiative and will receive Iain's signed home shirt.
Keep an eye out for details of future rewards!
Monday, 7 August 2017
JJ was the manager back in 2008 when we last won our opening fixture (3-0 Hamilton, thanks Dillinger), so we shouldn’t really be surprised that we came away with nothing this time around, even with another JJ in the mix.
For me it’s a formation problem, Lee has a vision of what he wants but with Power’s fitness below par and Dicker still injured we have no real support for Frizzell in there to play at his best.
We look infinitely better without the spare man in the middle and Erwin up front complementing Boyd.
Lee McCulloch has made too many good signings to single them out, and we kept hold of our best players from last year, so I’m confident that despite the sluggish start we will improve when the team has time to gel properly.
Well done to the “Trust In Killie” lads who played in the Legends match at the Open Day on Sunday past; Hooky’s Heroes beat Monty’s Marvels 4-2 and everyone seemed to enjoy the return of the popular fixture.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
The dinner dance organised by the Kilmarnock FC Supporters Association, the Killie Trust and the junior supporters club, Young Kilmarnock, was attended by the vast majority of the 1997 playing squad and management team. It featured special video messages from Marie Osmond, rock giants Biffy Clyro and of course some cup winning heroes who were unable to attend, and was sold out well in advance.
Jim Thomson of the Killie Supporters Trust said "Although not a fundraising event, such was the success of the evening that we are delighted to be able divide the proceeds between Ayrshire Cancer Support and the three supporter's organisations. Our allocation will help boost the Trust In Killie initiative, which has been set up to purchase 100,000 shares in our Club to secure a fans voice on the KFC Board".
Club photographer Sandy Ferguson was on hand to snap representatives of the organisations with the obliatory comedy sized cheque. Featured are Jim Thomson (Chairman, Killie Trust), Iain Sherry (Supporters Association), Jackie Stanley, Anne Clark (Ayrshire Cancer Support) and Tracey Grant (Young Kilmarnock).
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Cumbernauld Colts 2-3 Kilmarnock
The ladies got back to winning ways after beating Colts at Broadwood Stadium last night. Off to a flyer getting a penalty in the opening minutes after Linzi Taylor was upended in the box. Chloe Ponton stepped up and shot just over the bar, but she quickly made amends in the 11th minute whipping in directly from a corner, not the first time the youngster has done that his season. 1-0 Killie.
Kilmarnock were dominant across the park and increased their lead on the half hour mark through Kirsty Mcglaughlin who blasted home to open her account for Killie 2-0.
Colts had been on the backfoot for most of the half and were looking for the halftime whistle. Killie should have increased their lead throughout the half but missed opportunities.
The second half was a totally different affair with Colts becoming the dominant side using their height and strength to good use. They got their just reward after a long ball was misjudged in defence and Melissa Porter latched onto it and lobbed Hunter in the Killie goal. 2-1.
Colts kept up the pressure and Killie were cracking. Their equaliser wasn't long in coming with a scuffle around the box and Jo Morrison seemed to scuff her shot but it looped over the keeper 2-2.
15mins left to play the tension was incredible. Killie replied almost immediately after a surging run from Linzi Taylor into the box and she was sent crashing to the ground, penalty Killie 77mins. This time Mcglaughlin stepped up cool as you like, despatching the ball past the Colts keeper. 3-2 Killie.
A frantic final thirteen minutes ensued and Colts were desperate to get a draw but Killie held onto their lead. A thoroughly entertaining match full of energy and some excellent football played by both sides in this encounter. Roll on the return fixture in early September.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Boroughmuir Thistle 0-5 Kilmarnock Ladies
Kilmarnock got off to the best possible start with Clare Docherty putting pressure on the Boroughmuir keeper and forcing her into a mistake then profited by slotting home in the opening minute of the game. An excellent start and Killie never let the home side into the game for the next 10/15 minutes with constant pressure, but were unable to add to the scoreline. Then midway through the half, a Kirsty Munro strike through a ruck of players ended up in the back of the net. 2-0 Kilmarnock. Just on the stroke of halftime Clare Docherty, who had been a constant thorn in the thistle defence, scored her second of the game to give the visitors a comfortable HT 3-0 lead.
The second half was much the same with Kilmarnock on the front foot and playing the majority of the game in the opposition half. After a series of corners whipped in by Chloe Ponton, Kirsten Rolph got on the end of one and headed strongly past the keeper to make it 4-0 to the visitors. Substitutions came in the form of Taylor and Sanchez being replaced by Telford and Lyttle then Mailley, Higgins and McCluskey came on for Murphy, Munro and Ponton. With all these changes Kilmarnock carried on delivering the same levels of passing, pressing and dominance of the match. They were rewarded in the final minute with Nicole Telford getting on the end of a Laura Lyttle pass and she slotted past the Boroughmuir keeper to end the game 5-0 Kilmarnock.
Coach Stewart Hall was pleased with the attitude and a good team performance today with the team getting back to winning ways and sets us up for next weekend's Scottish cup tie at home to SPL1 team Hamilton Accies.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
All supporters are invited to attend the KFCSA Annual General Meeting in the Park Suite at Rugby Park on Saturday 24th June starting at 1pm.
As well as the normal AGM business, colleagues from the Killie Trust will be in attendance to update everyone on the Trust in Killie initiative, which will result in fan representation on the Club Board.
Club Director John Kiltie, newly appointed manager Lee McCulloch and his assistant Peter Leven will also be there, so there may be news about the new strips, stadium changes, possible new signings, and of course some chat about the first game of the season in the Betfred Cup!
Detailed minutes from last year’s meeting are available HERE
Monday, 5 June 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters' Association will be held in the Park Suite at Rugby Park, starting at 1pm, on Saturday 24th June 2017.
Formal notification will be issued shortly.
Applications are invited for Committee Members and should have a proposer and be seconded.
The current Chairman and Vice Chairman, James Morrison and David Sneddon Jnr, are not seeking re-election and applications (again with a proposer and seconder) are also invited for those positions.
All applications should be submitted to the Secretary Iain Sherry (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Saturday 10th June 2017.
Iain will also be pleased to provide any further information or details about being involved with the Committee.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
The season is well and truly over for us but the football continues with cup finals at all levels and internationals on the horizon.
I may or may not continue the season diary until such times as it is due back in the Scotsman, but if I miss a few here and there I don’t think anyone will mind…be warned, no 140-word restriction on rambling!
I was in to purchase my new season ticket the other day and the ladies in the shop tell me that they are going like proverbial hotcakes with many ‘new’ purchasers and many whom have returned from their self-imposed exile.
That’s great news, but it will take a long time to undo what has been done to our club and let’s not kid ourselves on that we will start getting massive crowds any time soon.
A manager would be nice though, and a chairman.
We do however have a new CEO as ex-club secretary Kirsten Callaghan steps into the breach once more…a great Killie fan and I wish her all the best.
Looking at the board room situation I can’t help but think that we could be doing with a Director of Football type person in there, quickly, so we can be on our toes for next season.
What we need is leadership and someone with some gravitas and football knowledge that can help the directors and the fans during this transitional period.
John Kiltie has intimated to the KFCSA that there could possibly be another appointment announced in the near future, but not who it is or what they are doing, I really hope they have nailed it because getting the right person on board is crucial.
Go get your season tickets if you haven’t already, and join the Trust and subscribe to the Trust in Killie initiative…I’m in!
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
The Committee of KFCSA and the Board of the Killie Trust were surprised to learn of the resignation of former Club Chairman Michael Johnston as both the Company Secretary and a Director of the Club.
Whilst many supporters did not agree with some of his actions and statements it is appropriate to acknowledge Mr Johnston's many years of service to the football club.
Having secured our top-flight status for the 25th consecutive season it is to be hoped that all supporters and the Club Board can now pull together to assist in backing the team and the Club.
There are plenty of ways to show support for the Club and the team – particularly buying season tickets, player sponsorship, advertising etc.
The Trust in Killie initiative is now more important than ever as it will guarantee a supporter representative at full board level who can convey the fans’ viewpoints to the Directors and be part of the decision-making process.
You can sign up to Trust in Killie HERE
With everyone working together and the imminent appointment of a new manager it is time for OUR club to move forward once again.
Monday, 22 May 2017
What an end to the season, I don’t know where to start!
We lost midweek at Motherwell, we hammered them in the first half despite losing an early goal and the full back up against Jones was subbed before he burst into tears, but they made changes and we failed to react.
We lost at home, again, this time to Ross County so we finished the season in eighth place just behind them.
I’d have taken that at the start of the season so well done all concerned.
There was terrible news on the injury front as top talent Greg Kiltie was stretchered off at half time and we await the results of scans to see just how long he will be out this time, get well soon wee man.
Gary Dicker won the KillieFC.com player of the year award - just for most appearances in the match report and season diary adverts! Exciting stuff as J2 nearly caught him on the last day but lost out by just a point.
Four Killie players were named in Scott Gemmill's squad for the Toulon Tournament, yes FOUR, only Celtic had as many which, along with being the only club from the UK in the top 100 lowest (#28) average age first teams in Europe, makes Gordon Parks' article about us at the start of the season laughable.
The KFCSA/Killie Trust/Young Kilmarnock dance in the Grand Hall to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our Scottish Cup win was a sell out and attended by most of the team including manager Bobby Williamson, who flew in from Kenya.
Top night, well organised, enjoyed by all.
Last but not least we had the resignation of Michael Johnston.
It is sad how it transpired, but I hope we can all eventually look forward to happier times.
Now get out there and buy your season tickets…I want to see you all back next season!
Monday, 15 May 2017
This is one of the quickest appearances as "Boss" ever as we don't normally have time to cover midweek games...so apologies to Calum McGhee for his brief stint in the hot seat! The pressure of securing our place in the top division (again, twenty five times on the trot) is over so will the new Boss decide to blood some youngsters?
After an excellent result and performance at the weekend against Inverness securing our position in the league for 25th season in a row, a fantastic achievement, I have chosen my team for Motherwell. Having played so well on Saturday I am going to stick with mostly the same team that played, but making two changes at centre forward and defensive midfield. I'd quite like to take the last two games seriously and push on and cement our place in seventh. Therefore...
Jamie MacDonald - A good keeper and glad to see him back in goals after an undeserving amount of time out of the team. Jamie has been utterly professional throughout the whole Goalkeeper saga. However, Woodman was a fantastic prospect, and will have great career in football.
Luke Hendrie - Mr. Consistent himself, a smashing player and hopefully a guy we could make a move for at the end of the season as his contract is up with Burnley. Seven out of ten most weeks, a good solid player and has been an excellent signing. Not many wingers have gotten the better of him this season.
Gary Dicker - Player of the season certainly . Not only versatile but a real leader . Next years captain for me no questions. Great professional and glad he has triggered an extra year in his deal . A role model for the rest of youngsters in the squad . Im keeping him in defence because he's been immense in there and to hopefully keep Moult for Motherwell quiet.
Kristoffer Ajer - A breath of fresh air since joining us in January. Tall and athletic and completely composed on the ball. The complete package, he has a great understanding with Dicker in defence, both complimenting each other's game well. I reckon he is the best centre half in the Premier League outside of Celtic. He will have a massive future in the game. Pleasure to watch him in the stripes on his storming runs. The Beckenbauer of Kilmarnock!
Greg Taylor - Another who has been excellent all season. Came on so much since his debut just under a year ago. A young Garry Hay style of left back and an exciting prospect to have. I think with a little more confidence in himself he will be a top player for us. A real tidy player with lots to offer next season. Straight back into the team at expense of young Wilson unfortunately.
Steven Smith - Not always his biggest fan but in this position he breaks up play well and can give it to the more creative players in the team the ball. I would like him to get in around Scott McDonald and stop him being on the ball in the final third. He will be used solely to anchor the midfield and fill in for either full back. This then allowing the four in front of him to support further up the pitch without worrying about being exploited on the break.
Greg Kiltie - Our Lord and saviour. Great to see Greg back in action and hopefully he will be back to his best soon. Exciting prospect and arguably our best player on his day. I would like him to play on the right hand side of my four in midfield. Greg can provide goals and assists from this position, in what I think is an exciting midfield who can all interchange across the park.
Sean Longstaff - A player I think will become an excellent midfielder, he ghosts into great positions and, as you witnessed last weekend, he gets shots away and gets goals. Still only a teenager he would be a player I'd welcome back next season. He has great energy and can spot a pass. Sean will be given the freedom with Frizzell to push on and support our lone striker from midfield. He hopefully will add another goal to his tally on Tuesday.
Adam Frizzell - Adam was excellent at Firhill earlier in the season and hasn't featured much since due to loan signings. I was delighted he played so well and assisted the second goal on Saturday. Hopefully a new start for him in the team from now on. Excellent ability on the ball and always looking to receive it under pressure. My man of the match last week against Inverness. Next season will be a big season for him I think in that advanced midfield position he is dangerous. Makes good decisions and is willing to get stuck in. Frizz and Longstaff work well together, both pressing while Smith anchors the midfield behind them.
Jordan Jones - JJ was extremely frustrating at the start of the season in and out of the team but he has came on so much and an extended run in the team and a few goals has helped his confidence. He is probably our most dangerous player at the moment. His pace and trickery is frightening at times and the way he skinned the boy against Inverness and finished for his goal was excellent. I'd like Jordan to get at the right back on Tuesday and give him hell for the entire game. Come inside and get shots away and get to by line for cut backs.
Innes Cameron - The young boy has had rave reviews, and with Boyd potentially missing out I'd give him his chance with something to prove at centre forward, at the expense of Sammon. He has done well recently away with Scotland U17s, scoring in the Euros for them, and is a big lad. It would be a good learning curve for him in this game against a player like McManus at Motherwell. As a lone striker I'd like him to exploit Motherwell along the channels and get centre backs turning and facing own goals. No more launching it up the park. Playing into space down the side of centre backs and supporting from midfield would be my tactics.
I'd like to keep it tight at the back and express ourselves in the forward areas of the pitch. With no big target man I want little triangles in midfield and the ball given wide to players such as Jones and Kiltie to commit defenders and slip balls in to Cameron and supporting players from midfield. Exploiting Motherwell's lack of pace at the back especially on the counter attack as it may be key. I would like to cement seventh place and that's why I have gone with such a strong eleven instead of possibly dropping a few players. I'd love to see Will Graham get some game time on the pitch at some point, as he's unlucky not to be included in my first eleven. Heard good things about him and his attitude and that he is one of our own makes it even better.
It has been a while since we have been able to do that, especially with games still to go at the end of the season.
It is probably not a good sign that the only thing we have to celebrate these days are getting meaningless end of season fixtures, which we are repeatedly told we hate!
That said, I don’t want to say anything which could be construed as negative as that could send some über fans off the deep end.
Instead I will congratulate both Lees and the sixty odd players who have pulled off what almost every pundit predicted at the start of the season we wouldn’t do…and avoid relegation for the 25th year in a row.
Shame on them.
Do they know who we are?
Given we do not have our troubles to seek its high fives all round to the management and players…well the hell done…and that’s not a prediction for Tuesday’s match hopefully!
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
This week's "Boss" is Irvine Beat FM's Wednesday Night Sessions presenter Ben Grant. Ben is a life-long Killie fan and long time member of KillieFC.com. Ben and wife Lauren are members of the Killie Trust and he's never been backwards in coming forwards as they say...
With a possible play-off place mathematically just about out of reach its time to get over that line and allow the rest of the 'Bosses' a bit of creative freedom in the remaining articles. Coming off a loss against Sky Sports Pundit Neil McCann's Dundee I've made two changes in midfield that will freshen things up and hopefully be enough to find the win at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Jamie McDonald - Our only option now, I was completely against dropping him when Woodman arrived but Freddie put in some great performances and any reservations I had were quickly put to bed. Jamie is a great keeper and will be a safe pair of hands in nets.
Luke Hendrie - Right back has been a bit of a problem area for quite some time but Luke has made this position his own and is probably one for first names on the team sheet.
Stevie Smith - Never thought I would find myself wanting Stevie Smith in any Killie team. Identified as a complete journeyman who looked average at both his times at Rangers. It surprises me how well he's played for us. Leads the team well and a great influence on the younger players in the squad. Would have been at defensive midfield was it not for Greg Taylor's suspension.
Karleigh Osborne - My first choice here was Gary Dicker but again the Taylor suspension has forced me to move him back into midfield, where I prefer him anyway to be fair. Osborne's had a few scary moments but with Addison (who also had more than a few scary moments) gone, we are short in this department - and surely he can't be all bad or we'd never have signed him in the first place? May as well get something for the wages we're paying, who knows, maybe he'll have settled in by now.
Kristoffer Ajer - Looks the absolute part in our defence since arriving in January. An absolute cert for me and I reckon he will be a player we will see Celtic sell on in the future for a great fee.
Gary Dicker - I was in two minds where to include Gary, and I had opted for centre back until, again, I heard that Taylor was out. Dicker has been remarkably versatile and deputised well in defence, but we do seem to lack a certain something when he's not in the midfield so maybe its not such a bad thing that he's going to have move back in there. Solid and dependable, he brings the best out of Ajer in defence, so hopefully he will have the same calming influence in the midfield and we'll stop lumping long balls forward.
Jordan Jones - One of the few signings made by Clark that actually looks a decent player. Able to supply balls into Sammon and Boyd up front from the wings
Greg Kiltie - The best talent we have in our squad, a player who will go far I'm sure. Can make things happen in attack causes defenders problems all game and now with his injury problems behind him should be back in the starting XI.
Cal Roberts - Used more as impact sub since arriving, after Saturday's performance I would mix things up and replace Longstaff with Roberts here. Looked decent against Celtic earlier this season and a good time to freshen things up and give him another chance.
Conor Sammon - Great to see The Fish return was a big fan and followed his progress everywhere he went. Links well with Boydie and allows him to stick to being in around the penalty box to score the goals.
Kris Boyd - No brainer, experience + goals = must start for me. Boyd has taken a bit of stick as he has got older but you can't fault him. Knows where the goal is and that's what we need.
Monday, 8 May 2017
If there is a hard way to do anything, Killie will find it! All we needed was one goal on Saturday and that would have given us a point that would see us out of reach from the play-off spot…but no, it wasn’t to be.
As it now stands there is a 26% chance that we could still have to go through the same nerve-racking end we endured last season. I hate statistics, especially when there are negative connotations.
Dundee just looked more up for the game from the outset and despite a high number of shots on goal as we tried to get back into the game, we were woeful in midfield and toothless up front.
Some of our most consistent players were having an off day and nothing big Lee changed seemed to make any difference. Woodman is now offski but a note to the rest of the players…there are three games to go…you are not on holiday yet.
The club AGM is this Wednesday and despite it being massively late yet again, we are still not safe, we still have no manager and we still have no Chairman. Despite this, as circumstance would have it, I see the ‘board’ getting an easy ride as per usual.
To be fair to Billy Bowie and John Kiltie, things seem to have improved since Johnston has taken a back seat in recent months, surely though that is an indication for them as to the direction the club could be going in if the company secretary were to depart the board completely?
The club and the fans have been sleepwalking through the latter part of this season and complacency on both fronts could spell trouble for the mighty. We have to waken from this stupor and start making hard decisions which will hopefully build on any opportunities we can create for ourselves.
Join the Trust, contribute to the ‘Trust In Killie’ initiative if you can…the club can’t do this alone.
Friday, 5 May 2017
Cathy has served as both the local Member of Parliament at Westminster and Member of Scottish Parliament at Holyrood for 16 years. During that time she held Ministerial positions in both parliaments. Cathy is now Chief Executive of a Children's Services organisation in the UK and Ireland and serves as a voluntary Director of Scotwest Credit Union
Being passionate about supporter involvement and ownership, Cathy joined the Killie Trust at the outset in 2003. She is on the Board of the Scottish Football Supporters Association and keen that Scottish football can learn from what is happening elsewhere in Europe to give fans a greater voice in the game.
The Killie Trust launched the Trust in Killie (TiK) initiative in April. TiK aims to raise £100,000 for the purchase of shares to secure a Supporter-Director on the board of Kilmarnock Football Club and provide funding for the club on an ongoing basis thereafter. The Trust will outline TiK in a presentation at the Kilmarnock Football Club AGM on Wednesday 10th May.
Jim Thomson, Chairman of Killie Trust said, ‘Cathy’s drive, knowledge and network will complement and enhance those of the existing Trust board members to ensure that the TiK vision becomes a reality as quickly as possible. She is an exceptional talent to have with us at this exciting time.’
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
This week's "Boss" is Robert Scott who was recruited from the ranks of the "killie fc 1869" Facebook group for Killie fans. All we can say is according to young Robert there are a lot of no-brainer selections in the team...that was handy! 😆
Freddie Woodman - Speaks for it's self this one after last week's performance. Two outstanding saves from that wee cretin Imrie. Getting better with every game.
Luke Hendrie - As with Woodman this is a no-brainer as he has made the spot his own and with the talk of the other 90 right backs being released then he has to be in there.
Gary Dicker - Formed a budding partnership with Ajer. Once again Dicker was outstanding against Hamilton with a couple of vital blocks and is for me the player of the season. A leader from the back and a model pro to the young boys.
Kristoffer Ajer - Ajer has been great since coming in and there is a future international in there for me. Great in the air and not scared to put in a challenge.
Greg Taylor - No-brainer this one, young player of the year for me and his maturity is well beyond his years. Solid defensively and can attack as well.
Sean Longstaff - Longstaff again has been great since coming and has great vision for a pass as well as chipping in with a goal or two.
Steven Smith - Stevie is in there as the more defensive of the two central midfielders, and that wand of a left foot speaks for itself.
Conor Sammon - His pace out wide can cause problems to most full backs and although he is not the best at crosses, he seems to be in the right areas to pick up scraps as proved last week for his goal.
Jordan Jones - My man crush if I'm honest. He has finally shown his potential in the last two or three games and he is grabbing goals as well - which was the part of his game he was missing. A nightmare for full backs too, and he will only get better.
Greg Kiltie - Need the wee man on from the start to show his outstanding talent. Unfortunate with injury this season but the one player for me who can change a game in a flash and if given the nod he can be the match winner.
Kris Boyd - Boomer for me here as he is always going to be a goal threat and a nuisance for centre halves with his power and grit. Should link well with Kiltie and for me the only man for this role.
Saturday isn't a must win. I reckon a point should be about enough but none the less let's go out and get the win and put in a performance!
Monday, 1 May 2017
I don’t know exactly how often we hear in the media about how ‘bad’ our support is, but it is all too frequent.
Hamilton reported that we had just under half of the 2,482 attendance, but in all honesty, when you consider that there were many Killie fans in the main stand as well, there were probably more of us than them; which merited not one mention.
The fantastic support was rewarded with a goal from a cool corner, the fish putting another one in the net, and notice was posted that we now have the ability to win ugly…possibly for the first time since Stevie Fulton retired.
Dicker was outstanding in a resolute defence as both he and Freddie Fingers pulled out all the stops to ensure a clean sheet, leaving us a whisker from guaranteed safety.
We should really try and clone the Irishman, because he’s sorely missed in the midfield when he’s deputising at the back! I'm delighted to see him extend his contract.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
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.
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
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
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
"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."
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER (Tracking Runners)
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
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 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
"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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!