Management thoughts on the King Cup Final

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Mike says –

“After the ups then downs of last weekend we have a chance tomorrow to finish the season on a high. A chance for revenge? I think not – Stirling University deservedly won the league and for that they have been congratulated. They are well run, well coached, have very good players and will only improve over the coming seasons. As I’ve said on here they have been a breath of fresh air since joining East of Scotland football but tomorrow is a Cup Final and we would be desperate to win the game whoever the opposition was.

We’ve played Stirling three times this season and the stats sit at a win each and a draw so there is maybe something to play for as well as the silverware. We go out and try to win every game we play against East of Scotland opposition and tomorrow is no different. Sam and I will set the team out to try to take the game to the students but as a couple of weeks ago shows having an attacking formation is no good unless you have a decent share of the football. Ferguson Park is a great setting for a final but it isn’t the biggest playing surface and both teams will hope it has recovered from the hammering it took from ourselves and Whitehill a week ago.

We will be without Sean Wringe tomorrow and Dr Seeley who played a big part our win at Rosewell last week comes off nightshift a few hours before the game. There is concern over one other player who is carrying an injury so Sam and I will wait until the last minute before deciding on the starting eleven. By our standards it’s been a poor season but as I stated on here previously there have been mitigating circumstances (and a very good team from Stirling). Poor season or not Sam and I have been delighted with the effort and commitment shown by all our players old and new and we’d ask them for one final effort tomorrow.

My piece on here after we got the news from Innerleithen was interpreted on the P&B as though I was ready to chuck football and head for the Dean Bridge. Do any of these people know me? My first ever game in charge of a senior team was at Meadowbank against the Aberdeen team who had previously won the European Cup Winners Cup and their manager has now hit 70. His team lost the league on goal difference this season but I don’t read anywhere that he’s ready to walk. I hit 63 yesterday and there is still a lot of football life left in me I’m afraid.

Finally in re-reading my Tuesday piece (to see how morose it was) I noticed I’d missed mentioning Chris Anderson and Scott Fusco as new signings this season. After a bright start Scott lost his place in the team and decided to have a few months away when he couldn’t fight his way back into the side. Once he gets himself a regular game (here or elsewhere) and settles down he will have a long career ahead of him. Chris Anderson seems to have been around the club for ages hence me forgetting this is his first season. A good performance against us for Gala early in the season before last had us tracking Ando and his involvement with the Under 19’s means he’s in with the bricks. He’s played (and played well) anywhere Sam and I have asked him this season and he’ll hopefully be pulling on a Spartan’s jersey for the foreseeable future.

The season finishes tomorrow but there’s part of me wishes it was just starting. If the sun stays out get yourself along to Ferguson Park at 2.00 but remember to bring your sun block.”

Mike


Next Fixture

                     
Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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