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About Firhillista

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  • Birthday 01/11/1955

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  1. Firhillista

    The Gaffer

    I get that people are angry and frustrated - there's been nothing to cheer about for a year or more - but.... Caldwell can only play the players in the current squad. That's the same players who produced the results that resulted in Alan Archibald being sacked. He's tried to get the defence - one of the worst in the league - to play more cohesively. There's been some small improvement, but Saturday showed that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Who else can he select from that squad for the defence? Melbourne is no improvement on Penrice. Scobbie's hardly played in months and seems to be nursing an injury. Jeffries - remember him? - is an untried youth player from Dundee, who seems to have disappeared from the scene. He's stuck with these players until January. That he took McGinty off at half time is, I think, really significant - his comments after the game show that he felt that we weren't competing for the ball in our own box and, presumably, he felt that McGinty wasn't delivering. It almost certainly cost us the game, but the message to the players is crystal clear. Seems to me that Caldwell is playing a longer game - he needs to assess what he's got in this squad before January. And every player in the squad needs to know that they're playing for their contract. Is Caldwell a good manager? I've no idea. And neither does anyone else at this point. He cannot be judged on the basis of three games, nor on another four or five. The board will give him the season and so they should. Fans are totally pissed off at the moment and they have every right to be, but it's going to be brutal before it gets better. For me, he should stick with Sneddon, Penrice, McCarthy, Bannigan, Fitzpatrick and Coulibally, the rest should be moved on or considered squad players at best. It is, as they say, going to be a long season.
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    Souleymane Coulibaly

    Read this. https://www.kingfut.com/2018/08/23/coulibaly-responds-to-aahly-advisor/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
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    Team rebuilding

    Apparently the management team at Hearts have been playing him at centre half - he replaced Soutar in his first appearance. At 6'2 he's certainly got the height. Maybe he's the backup centre half we need.
  4. 'Most teams' would have beaten Celtic yesterday? What, most teams in the Championship? Most in Scotland? The world? 'There is nothing we can take from this game'? Seriously? If you can see nothing positive in yesterday's performance then I pity you. Maybe you're supporting the wrong team. Although your definition of 'support' and mine are wildly different.
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    Team rebuilding

    I was ready to file this story under 'clever windup', given it started from the same source which had us in for Charlie Mulgrew this time last year, but I'm not sure now. Anyone can edit a Wikipedia page, but Transfermarket is independent, or am I wrong about that?
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    1971 League Cup Final

    Charlie Smith wasn't even that good. Kept out of the team by a certain Ronnie Glavin...
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    Motherwell 30/9/17

    Barton and Edwards in midfield will result in similar results as this in the future. Neither of them can run a midfield. Without Osman and Bannigan not back to his best, we're going to struggle. For anyone not at today's game, don't be deceived, that was the worst display from Thistle since coming back into the Premiership. We absolutely need to improve massively on that.
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    Rangers Lite At Firhill 15 And 19 September

    Maybe it's me, but I really don't get the angst about Old Firm fans in the Jackie Husband. I've been watching Thistle play Rangers and Celtic at Firhill since the'60s and I've NEVER attended a game where there were more Thistle fans than Old Firm ones. That's NEVER in close on 50 years. It's simple: there's more of them than there are of us. It seems to be being suggested that we artificially manipulate that by limiting the number of Old Firm fans who get into Firhill so that the Thistle fans outnumber them: that way we'll shout and sing louder than them and Thistle are more likely to win. As I said at the beginning, maybe it's just me, but that strikes me as pathetic: I've spent nearly 50 years supporting Thistle in the face of being outnumbered by the usual Old Firm crap, having more of them in the ground than Thistle fans isn't going to put me off.
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    Sportsound And Tommy Wright

    I get why Tommy Wright's St. Johnstone take the plaudits for being a top six team, getting into Europe and winning cup competitions - it's pretty much exactly what we want for Thistle. But I still agree with Jagfaelivi - they're a nightmare to watch. If we're playing them and the Jags aren't playing well (not a difficult scenario to envisage) there's nothing on the park worth watching. The Saintees (dreadful nickname) will simply close the game down, waste time and see it out for the three points. It would make your eyes bleed. I think the reason they never get beyond their first contact in Europe is that European teams by and large aren't fazed by St. Johnstone's style - yes, their players are closed down, but they just retain the ball and move it about until they can do some damage. (Which is what Thistle should have been doing on Saturday, rather than booting the ball as far up the park as possible every time a Saint's player came near. Yes, Adam and Niall, I'm looking at you...)
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    St Johnstone At Mcdiarmid Park

    Far too early to think there's an issue. Huge difference between playing Hibs on their first game back and Hamilton playing them today. We competed against Celtic. We should at least have got a draw today. Yes, there's improvements we can make - still got concerns about Barton, not convinced he's the player we all thought he was. Still feel we'll be fine in the longer run, but we'll just have to accept it's going to be another poor start to the season.
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    St Johnstone At Mcdiarmid Park

    We've been overrun in midfield. Again. For an area of the park where we're supposedly strong, we seem to really struggle to compete. Not sure that Barton AND Osman is the best setup for us. Need more drive in there. (Not hugely optimistic for the second half...)
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    Nice Little Earner?

    Apparently, we've planning permission (I say 'we', but I don't really know what that means) to build on the Bing and we're just waiting for a developer to take it on. According to Maxi, allegedly...
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    Hibees Away. First Game

    Midfielders were getting caught in possession because they had no-one to pass it to. We need more movement and quicker passing, but more than that, we need more attack-minded players in the squad. We've sorted out the defence, we need to get the attack resolved. The four musketeers - Doolan, Erskine, Lawless and Spittal - are great, but Edwards is currently the only player in the squad we can replace one of them with during a game (I'm not counting Nisbet because, young, undeveloped player that he might be, I'd rather he moved on) and when Edwards gets suspended, then Spittal and Doolan injured, well...
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    Hibees Away. First Game

    There first goal was a fluke - we were playing well until then, although not 3 at the back. After they equalised, they started to close us down, we started to get sloppy, then Doolan went off and it's good night Vienna...
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    Welcome To The Pleasure Dome

    It isn't pre-season, it's a competitive game in one of the two cup competitions that both our goalie and manager think we should be aiming to qualify for the final of. All of Archie's teams are full of nice, laid-back guys: it's a profile he seems to seek out. He's certainly indicated he doesn't want to bring in a player who won't 'gell' with the group. But we need players in this team who really, really don't like losing. Is Archie prepare to sign players like that. Or do they all have to be nice guys?