Monday, 18 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m loving it.

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

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

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

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

Monday, 11 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Club - Your Time

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 17

Ten minutes of madness was enough to spoil a week of preparation and neither Steve Clarke nor the fans were amused.

The boss switched things up at half time and we looked to be back on track, but we were caught on the break and the sucker punch goal gave the Dons all three points.

Good to see Dicker back though, and Kiltie will get development game time starting this week.

Meanwhile in Germany, Tommy Adams did his final charity trek with our good friends from Kaiserslautern.

All the money required has been raised and Tommy has asked me to pass on his best wishes to everyone who played a part.

Monday 4th December sees the Killie Trust AGM at the Portmann Hotel (7pm for 7:30pm), all members are encouraged to attend and if you are not a member there is still plenty of time to sign up before that.

Monday, 20 November 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 16

Hearts have had major problems getting a safety certificate this week for their new stand; it makes you wonder how on earth Dens Park managed to get one!

The restricted view was possibly not a bad thing for the most part as both teams put in what can only be described as a “dogged” performance.

Normally in such circumstances we would be happy with an away point, but the two clear cut chances at the end left us feeling that all three points were there for the taking.

The away support was again the highlight of the day and hats off to everyone who made the trip to back the team.

The Trust in Killie initiative has now passed the half way mark to the first £100k target for getting a supporter director on board so that could mean some extra cash in the transfer kitty for Steve Clark going forward; although at this rate probably not in time to take on Ross County in the Scottish Cup!

Are you involved yet?


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TIK Silent Auction

Premium Package member Brendan Maguire has once again stumped up a couple of tickets to a major sporting event to help fund TIK and this time it’s rugby and the chance to see Scotland take on the mighty All Blacks on Saturday 18th November at Murrayfield (happy hunting ground!). The tickets are for premium seats and face value is £80 each so we are going down the silent auction route to try and maximise what we can get for them and give everyone a chance to bid. It’s a difficult one for us as Killie are away to Dundee that day and we don’t want to discourage anyone from watching Ayrshire’s finest...but we are sure that everyone knows a rugby fan who would love to see this, so let them know, or be their mate for life and make a bid for them!

The All Blacks are current world champions, the number one ranked team in the world and are following up the summer’s dramatic drawn series with the British & Irish Lions with some brilliant performances in the Rugby Championship. Despite a few close encounters over the years, Scotland have never beaten New Zealand in Test rugby.  However, earlier this year the Scotland 7s famously became the first Scottish team to beat New Zealand (on their way to way winning the London 7s, the final leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series at Twickenham, for the second consecutive year). New head coach Gregor Townsend has already led Scotland to a win over Australia (in the Summer Tour) – can he pick up where the 7s team left off and guide Scotland to victory over New Zealand at BT Murrayfield? It’s a 5.15pm kick-off, and they are encouraging everyone to get to their seats early to be ready for the spectacular LIGHTS OUT show!

This game is sold out.

To make a bid please email with how much you would like to bid in total for the pair of tickets and the winner will be declared on Thursday 16th November at 5pm.

Monday, 13 November 2017

2017-18 Diary Week 15

They don’t like us much in Dundee, this we know from previous encounters with the Tayside constabulary and over officious stewards at both Tannadice Street dumps.

In the name of the Good Lord Wullie, would you please build a decent stadium between you...if the Milan teams can do it so can you!

This Saturday at Dens they are putting us in a stand that was built when Moses was a boy and charging us £24 for the privilege, yet we offer far better views and facilities and charge them £4 less.

Now it is all very well saying that we should charge them the same £24, but the league doesn’t allow us to do that without charging our own fans more as well.

It would also make us as guilty as Dundee in pricing people out of the game, it’s the fans not the clubs who suffer, twenty quid is indeed plenty.

The SPFL should really do something about pricing policy and bring in some sort of standardisation.

How about each club sets its own walk up price and that’s what their fans get charged wherever they go?

Finally, well done to Jordan Jones on his international debut, sadly he won’t be going to the World Cup but it was great to see him thanking Killie on his social media for giving him the opportunity to shine…like gold maybe?