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    Heelan League 2019/20

    New season, new thread

    Fixtures oot. First set below

    As Vintage said in another thread 17 teams this year so a free week for someone every week. First one for the Can Cans


    Sat 27 July

    Brora Huns v Fort William
    Deveronvale v Nairn County
    Fraserburgh v Wick Academy
    Inverurie Loco Works v Buckie Thistle
    Keith v Formartinks
    Lossiemouth v Huntly
    Strathspey Thistle v Clachnacuddin
    Turrah v Rothes

    No Fixture – Forres Mechanics FC

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    The fixture list, on first viewing, has not been kind to The Cans.

    I think Nairn last season went a fair few months without a home game on a Saturday - major financial hit. Part of the problem is that they need to get finished in time for the pyramid play-offs and so there are no matches when the "better" weather arrives.

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    Ive never understood why they don't play more midweekers early doors instead of cramming the postponements from winter into a small window at the end of the season. March/April is always rammed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacman1903 View Post
    Ive never understood why they don't play more midweekers early doors instead of cramming the postponements from winter into a small window at the end of the season. March/April is always rammed
    Corporate sponsorship income takes a massive drop for midweek games. Clubs operate with part-time volunteers in corporate areas who tend to have day jobs, and getting corporate clients rat-arsed on a school night is pretty unattractive.

    17 clubs means that fixture-swapping will be possible to allow Saturday matches where there's been an early postponement (I hereby predict that there will be no more than 3 fixtures at Claggan Park between November and February). If managed sensibly, it has the potential to help alleviate the crazy fixture log-jam in March if the winter's been tough.

    Another potential benefit of getting **** FC out of the league.

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    Ah good point. Cash monies

    I wouldn't mind doing another corporate. Rothes was a bloody good day oot

    Their board hated sevcove

    Ab-mad Heelan League Corporate day oot anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacman1903 View Post
    Ah good point. Cash monies

    I wouldn't mind doing another corporate. Rothes was a bloody good day oot

    Their board hated sevcove

    Ab-mad Heelan League Corporate day oot anyone?
    Buckie is meant to be good. I can vouch for Forres. Most are around 50-60 I think.

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    The Kynoch Park one is good by reputation (I've only ever done the sponsor-the-ba Boardroom one), with very flexible shutting times on occasion.

    The fitba radges with whom I occasionally travel have spoken about a day there. Clubs on the rail route have a definite advantage from a nae-driving viewpoint.

    https://keithfc.com/match-day-hospitality

    We're having a maintenance day on Saturday with a barbecue breakfast to kick it off and beer once everything's been painted, sown, mown, flung into a skip, nailed doon, graiped, watered, unbent, adjusted, calibrated and taken oot of the skip again 'just in case it comes in handy'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57vintage View Post
    Corporate sponsorship income takes a massive drop for midweek games. Clubs operate with part-time volunteers in corporate areas who tend to have day jobs, and getting corporate clients rat-arsed on a school night is pretty unattractive.

    17 clubs means that fixture-swapping will be possible to allow Saturday matches where there's been an early postponement (I hereby predict that there will be no more than 3 fixtures at Claggan Park between November and February). If managed sensibly, it has the potential to help alleviate the crazy fixture log-jam in March if the winter's been tough.

    Another potential benefit of getting **** FC out of the league.

    Just had a quick look. Nairn played 6 out of 17 league games at home on a wednesday and only a couple between October and February. Two out of their first three home games were midweek. They only played two away league matches midweek. The drop in corporate monies would have been horrific - as would the effect on normal, saturday fans. Uncle Bob's would have suffered as well!

    The past couple of years, travelling down to the central belt for midweek matches has been a bit of a pain - but I think that Aberdeen would be quite happy with that as the corporate income must be much much greater on a saturday.

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    Nairn have had it tough since Narden pulled out of sponsorship and they seem now to be associated with St Ninian. I have it on the inside track that the Narden lot seem to have an agenda to disadvantage County at every opportunity. WTF?

    It's a shame, since Nern's fans rallied round to build the Davy Johnston enclosure and have given great support down the years to their local club.

    Sugar daddies are an unsustainable basis for running part-time clubs, proven time and again.

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    Whens Keith v Forres?

    Could be an idea. I could generate a few folk.

    Fits a table Vintage? 12?

    Then up to the Ploo after

    Edit- Balls, 4th of Jan. I spend Christmas and New Year offshore
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacman1903 View Post
    Whens Keith v Forres?

    Could be an idea. I could generate a few folk.

    Fits a table Vintage? 12?

    Then up to the Ploo after

    Edit- Balls, 4th of Jan. I spend Christmas and New Year offshore
    That one is already down for an 11 am inspection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57vintage View Post
    Nairn have had it tough since Narden pulled out of sponsorship and they seem now to be associated with St Ninian. I have it on the inside track that the Narden lot seem to have an agenda to disadvantage County at every opportunity. WTF?

    It's a shame, since Nern's fans rallied round to build the Davy Johnston enclosure and have given great support down the years to their local club.

    Sugar daddies are an unsustainable basis for running part-time clubs, proven time and again.

    Agreed.

    Nairn did very well in the first season after their departure but struggled last year. I think it was the suddenness of their departure that caused all the problems - players on big money that the club just couldn't afford. I've heard a few stories about that new enclosure as well - the support did a great job raising finance. Maybe the McIntosh brothers wanted it called after them or Narden?

    Les Fridge is still employed by them - not sure what he does though.

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    The first season after the Narden lot withdrew, Nairn played very good fitba with committed young loons who looked to be enjoying their game. I thought they had the same energy about them last season, but they had tough luck against us. If they keep them together, they'll progress, but nowadays as soon as a player looks half-decent, one of the well-financed clubs picks them up.

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    Spartans 2 Keith 1 yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57vintage View Post
    Spartans 2 Keith 1 yesterday.
    So, any idea who scored that Maroons' goal, Mr V?

    I believe it was Michael Selfridge.

    I have had no reports on the match, but I'm willing to bet that Selfie's counter was a mazy, yet carefully-planned 40-yard dribble, with uncomprehending defenders, midfielders and Highland games athletes left floundering in our man's wake, before a deft 20 yard chip from out wide swerved past the flailing, helpless, bamboozled custodian.

    That's just based on last season's experience of the boy, like. He may have added further skills and tricks to his armoury, and will be able to practise them in the coming season without the threat of dismemberment from the pelvis down by Eric Watson.

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    Spartans ony ees Vintage. Have you had a report yet? Worth a punt for the league?

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    I pay scant attention to anyone but two teams, but they gave us a real drilling, 3-0 in Keith, about 8 years ago in the Scottish Cup, when we had a pretty decent squad.

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    Keith loons harmonising at Kynoch Park in advance of their new album. Stadium rock gets no better. A four-man partnership almost rivalling the legendary Winton-Simmers-Duncan-Christie line-up of 1973.

    https://vimeo.com/345921879?fbclid=I...ztwpjOupeECB5I

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    Keith 5 Islavale 0 yesterday.

    Community Cup attracting the Boardroom Brasso.

    The clean sweep is on.

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    Wick academy got a doing 5-1 yesterday against Nairn St Ninian

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