Monday, 30 January 2017

Season Diary - Week 26

There were many Killie fans wandering around the town on Saturday night unsure as what to do with themselves, we have almost forgot what it is like to celebrate a win!

Boomer set yet another top division record with a ten second fastest ever goal, and almost immediately it all started going Pete Tong.

Osborne was unfairly booked, got a dunt to the head and then lost the plot a bit, so he got substituted early doors.

As it turns out that was a good decision by the gaffer but we could have done without the ironic cheering when the lad walked off. With Dicker deputising well in defence, and Ajer showing his value, we turned the match around and thoroughly deserved the last gasp winner.

Credit also to Wilson, although his correct decision to retain possession and pass the ball back didn’t go down too well with some. A word to the wise, you keep the ball, you’re in control.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Be The Boss - Taylor Lynn

This week's "Boss" is KillieTalk TV's Taylor Lynn. Taylor does his own Killie VLOG (we think that's what the kids call it) and he volunteered to take the job on this week amid so many personnel changes. Brave indeed!

Following last weeks poor performance in the Scottish Cup I think that most fans can agree with me that there needs to be a few changes in the team. I'll be going with a 4-2-3-1 formation

Jamie MacDonald - I don't see why he was dropped last week, I think that Freddie Woodman should have been kept for "lesser" league games if they were ever to arise. I think MacDonald should be back in for Saturday

Luke Hendrie - Luke has been one of the best players Clark has brought through the door, in my opinion, and has been solid at right back therefore for me he keeps his place.

Scott Boyd - Scott missed out last week. I guess give new boys Karleigh Osbourne and Kristoffer Ajer a chance. I felt that the two new centre backs starting together in such a big game was a bad call by Clark and I think that Scott Boyd should come back into the side.

Kristoffer Ajer - Again, in my opinion, he played the better of the two centre backs last week and deserves to keep his place, if Addison is back fit I would have him here instead but I'm not sure if he is or not so for Ajer starts along side Scott Boyd.

Greg Taylor - Is it just me that thinks that Greg Taylor has been so consistent this year? I can't remember him having a poor game, for me I'd put him as young player of the year (so far anyway) so I'd have him also keeping his place for Saturday.

Gary Dicker - Gary Dicker has put in some good performances recently, in particular Inverness and Partick Thistle where he was being played out of position. So for me he should remain in front of the back four for the game against Ross County.

Steven Smith - Throughout the course of the season so far, I think that Gary Dicker and Steven Smith have developed a good relationship whilst playing in front of the back four and I can see them improving playing together, however I would like another player brought in for that position.

Nathan Tyson - With his amazing pace, I'd like to see Nathan Tyson be played on a wide role, I think it could have the same effect as it did with Josh Magennis and hopefully can finally hit a good run of form.

Sean Longstaff - I felt like Sean had an okay game last week, not amazing, but every time he got the ball he wanted to play it forward which is promising and I think he deserves a second chance playing behind the striker for Saturday.

Adam Frizzell - I would have someone different playing here but due to Jordan Jones' poor performance last week there is nobody else that can fulfil this position. I do prefer Frizzell to be down the middle but I think he deserves a chance over Jones who hasn't been at it the last couple of games. Hopefully this can be Frizzell's time to get a run of games in the first team as I think he's ready to make the step up.

Kris Boyd - I know this is a bit of a controversial call, but due to the departure of fan favourite Souleymane Coulibaly, I think this could be the game for Boyd to get back amongst the goals. He has scored five goals in his last seven games against the Staggies so hopefully he can put the ball in the back of the net again on Saturday.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Season Diary - Week 25

Back at the start of the season when we made an early exit from the League Cup and it was put down to fielding too many new players.

I never thought we’d be experiencing the same sixth months later!

Individually the new players looked decent enough, but as a team we didn’t offer much going forward and that has to be rectified soon.

I don’t like the idea of our best player from recent seasons being benched unless he is being transferred, and I don’t fancy losing McDonald with no permanent replacement signed.

I also don’t see why we are not starting our top goalscorer, in his proper position, and utilising the blank firing Tyson’s pace down the wing instead…but what do I know?

On Sunday the youth team showed a bit more cup fight in their quarter final against the Yahoos.

The first half was forgettable, derby nerves let’s say, but the second half made the weekend.

McLean scored a bullet header, they equalised straight away.

McLean scores a penalty, Wilson yellow carded and they score one back.

Wilson then red carded, another penalty, McKay saves it, extra time.

Ten man Killie lose a goal early, but a Whittaker brace in the closing minutes wins it for Ayrshire’s finest.


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Season Diary - Week 24

It looks like there is going to be an organised season ticket boycott next term as the Supporters’ Association ramp up their campaign to get Michael Johnston off the Club Board.

We are fast running out of time to turn things around and I would urge all Killie fans to seriously consider what the fan’s group have to say in the coming weeks.

No one wants to deprive the club of money but if you pay in game by game then over the piece you will actually contribute more; and with any luck the situation could be resolved before the season starts.

So, the more we stand together on this the better chance there is of things getting back the way they should be, and efforts concentrated on repairing the damage already done.

What is ultimately more important…keeping your seat at Rugby Park or having our football club to support?

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Meet The Manager - 17th January

The KFCSA have asked us to notify you that there will be another Meet The Manager evening next Tuesday in the Park Suite at Rugby Park. It's your chance to ask questions to Lee Clark about anything you want. Transfers, squads, whether he'd sign Messi or Ronaldo if given the chance, you could even ask him where he buys his trainers.

Come along to the Park Suite at 7pm where BBC journalist John Barnes will be your host for the evening as we once again Meet The Manager.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

FC Kilmarnock Ladies unveil new seniors manager

With preseason just days away, Kilmarnock Ladies Football Club are delighted to announce Stewart Hall as the manager of the senior team. 

Stewart worked with the side last season, but he will now take charge ahead of 2017. He has been working tirelessly throughout the winter break to ensure the team are ready to go on Tuesday and has made great strides in assembling next season's squad. 

Of his new challenge, Stewart said: "I'm really looking forward to this season as I think the league will be hugely competitive again this year. With Queens Park coming down and the likes of Partick Thistle and Renfrew coming up it should be a great league. The ambition for this year is to further the good progress that happened on the park last season and keep the team moving in the right direction. With this being said, I hope that the improvements do continue so that the club can challenge for promotion to the SWPL 2."


Monday, 2 January 2017

Season Diary - Week 22

When the team lines were released on Saturday I could not have been the only person to have a WTF moment.

Our one fit centre-half on the bench and two defensive midfielders (Dicker and Wilson) charged with the task of stopping Doolan getting his customary goal, someone was having a laugh, no?

The irony that we kept a clean sheet after that towsing at Tynecastle will not be lost on anyone.

I have to give credit to the players for the effort they expended in what must have been a difficult game in more ways than one, the weather was atrocious for starters.

But, they stuck to whatever game plan Lee Clark had devised and won an acceptable point away from home.

We have apparently asked to loan three Newcastle second string players after the break, we certainly need the midfield boosted but a defender or two wouldn’t go wrong!