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Lowland League Team / A successful season.
« on: April 21, 2024, 03:22:31 PM »
I didnít get to as many home games this season as intended but I have kept my eyes on the results. A fourth place finish and only four points away from second position. A great achievement, not to mention the excellent cup runs this season as well. I certainly hope to see more of the Colts next season. Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Thank you, Stephen OíNeill
« on: November 04, 2023, 11:38:37 AM »
I hadnít intended posting on the forum again but having just discovered that Stephen OíNeill has left the Colts I wanted to express my appreciation of Stephenís contribution to the club. (I donít have a Facebook or Twitter account so this is my only means to do so). I have been a season ticket holder at Colts since the inception of the Senior team in 2015. In the eight years my son and I have followed the club we always checked the team sheet to see if Stephen OíNeill was listed. He has been a joy to watch right from the first season. Such a talented player. He has speed, skill and an eye for goal. When he was on top form he could go past any defender and produce assists and goals of sheer quality. Although he did at times upset opposition players and referees, it was an indication of his wholehearted commitment to the Colts. He will be sadly missed but I am grateful that I had the opportunity to witness some of his brilliant performances. Thank you, Stephen OíNeill.

Lowland League Team / Another season over. Changes afoot.
« on: April 24, 2023, 09:28:32 AM »
A very enjoyable way to finish the season. A five goal victory in the sunshine. Each season becomes more challenging but I have to admit that the plans to reposition the Lowland League as the sixth tier of football seems to me to be a backward step to suit the more powerful clubs in Scotland so that they can have a more competitive league for their B teams thus denying the majority of Lowland League teams the opportunity to reach promotion directly to division two.

On another note, this forum seems to have become my personal blog, perhaps because Twitter and other social media outlets have become the main sources of comments and discussion over the past few years. So, I think Iíll refrain from posting in the future and hopefully encourage others to make use of the forum for exchanging opinions and ideas as intended.

Anyway, onwards and upwards for the Colts.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Congratulations and Gratitude
« on: January 22, 2023, 10:41:59 AM »
Congratulations to Stewart McKenzie on his appointment as honorary President. There is no doubt that his effort and commitment to Cumbernauld Colts has provided opportunities for so many young people to become involved in football and other worthwhile activities. We never can be sure of the effects that we have on other peopleís lives but I have no doubt that Stewart and his family have had positive and in some cases life changing effects on those that they have served through their commitment to the community.

Lowland League Team / No Middle Ground
« on: November 13, 2022, 06:22:06 PM »
A great result for Colts beating the Braves 4-1 even though the game itself wasnít of the highest quality. Colts, this season, either win or lose. They are the only side in the league who havenít drawn a game. No middle ground for them. It reminded me of a much more extreme example that I first heard from my father. He told me that when Italy reached the final of the World Cup in France in 1938, the team received a telegram from Mussolini with the words ĎWin or Dieí. Not surprisingly they won. Lol. The story has never been confirmed and it may very well be an urban myth but if true it would certainly have provided some unwelcome but powerful motivation for the players. Thankfully, we have more positive motivations in the lower leagues: pride in performance and a determination to win. And there is no doubt that the Lowland league is second to none when it comes to competitiveness.

Lowland League Team / A great comeback
« on: October 30, 2022, 02:22:54 PM »
Two down to Celtic B early in the first half. Things didnít look good. But what a great comeback leading to a 4-2 victory. A deserved win to Colts and an end to our run of defeats. A really enjoyable game and a very welcome result. Let the good times continue. Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Four in a Row
« on: August 28, 2022, 06:43:54 PM »
Four away victories in a row! 16 goals scored and only 4 conceded.
What a great run! Well done, Colts!

Lowland League Team / Outplayed but we did score three.
« on: August 01, 2022, 01:22:27 PM »
As expected Rangers  B team were fast, athletic, skilful and well organised. No doubt the team contains some stars of the future. However, on the bright side, although we lost six goals we did score three. So, it augurs well for the future if we can just make sure that we score more goals than the opposition. Lol.
Our team still needs time to settle and gel but itís not made easy when team selection is hampered by injuries. Hopefully, things will come together soon and we will start picking up points.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Re: Turned up. Game cancelled. No warning!
« on: July 12, 2022, 06:39:18 PM »
I just want to thank Grant, the Club secretary, for his email apologising on behalf of the Colts club and I appreciate his explanation as to how the oversight occurred.
I am very much looking forward to the coming season.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Turned up. Game cancelled. No warning!
« on: July 09, 2022, 02:12:09 PM »
I arrived at Broadwood at ten to one for Colts scheduled friendly against Boíness. The usual entry point was closed. Two or three other supporters were also present wondering why the doors were not open. All of us checked the website, twitter and Facebook. The website confirmed the 1pm kick off. One of the supporters saw a young man in a Colts tracksuit and asked him about the kick off to be told that the game was cancelled. I texted my son to let him know the game was cancelled because he would be hurrying home from work to join me at the game. Just before I left I saw a club official leaving through the players entrance and I asked him what was happening. He said that the game was cancelled because Boíness couldnít field a team. I informed him that there was nothing on Twitter about the cancellation. He replied matter of factly ĎIs it not up yet?í

I left Broadwood thinking what a waste of my time and the time of the other supporters. I would have thought that there would have at least been someone outside the stadium to inform supporters that the game was cancelled or better still information on the website, Facebook or Twitter.
Very disappointing.

Lowland League Team / Disappointing news indeed
« on: June 29, 2022, 01:35:53 PM »
I just saw the news that Stewart McKenzie is stepping down from his position as club chairman. As a supporter of the Senior team I am saddened by his departure especially when one of the reasons appears to be North Lanarkshireís agreement with Broomhill to allow them to groundshare. I donít know the ins and outs of that situation but it is concerning that it was a factor in Stewartís decision to go. Colts have so much input into the community here in Cumbernauld with football teams of all ages open to males and females as well as their involvement in charity work both locally and further afield. Hopefully, North Lanarkshire are aware, that the people of Cumbernauld value the work that Stewart has done over the years and should be very cautious in making decisions that could put in jeopardy the success and effectiveness of Cumbernauld Colts.

Lowland League Team / A new era begins
« on: June 21, 2022, 09:11:04 AM »
A new management team and a new squad (with a few familiar faces). Exciting times ahead.
The opening friendly against Stranraer was always going to be a challenge. Stranraer were certainly a very good side and they do look like a team that will do well this season. For Colts it was an opportunity to try out players, positions and formations. It takes time for a team to settle and gel but thankfully there are quite a few pre-season games to begin that process. Iím looking forward to the new season.
Hopefully, with the departure of Clyde (who, in my opinion, never seemed fully committed to Cumbernauld) we might see some new Cumbernauldian supporters at Broadwood.

Lowland League Team / Best Wishes to James Orr
« on: April 21, 2022, 08:55:41 PM »
I havenít been on the forum this season but as a supporter of the Colts from season 1 in 2015 I wanted to express my gratitude to James Orr who has managed the team from day one up to now. He and Craig McKinlay, together, assembled and coached Cumbernauldís only genuine senior team, a team that over the last seven years has provided such great entertainment. It has not been an easy task and I suspect that James has devoted much of his time and energy to overcoming all the challenges that come with a Lowland League team on a limited budget with a high turnover of players combined with frequent injuries. Despite all that, the Colts have for the most part punched above their weight in the league and have in their trophy room, to their credit, the Lowland League Cup.
My gratitude and best wishes for the future.

Lowland League Team / It never rains but it pours
« on: August 07, 2021, 09:18:49 AM »
After the last evening game at Broadwood when the players needed water breaks because of the sunshine and heat, yesterday evening was a marked contrast: torrential rain in the first half matched by a torrent of goals, unfortunately all at the wrong end. Four goals down in 35 minutes to Stirling Uni! I think that must be an unwelcome record for the Colts. Thankfully, in the second half the Colts moved into gear and it looked as if we would win the second half 1-0 but in the closing minutes the Uni scored another two goals. A 6-1 defeat and at home. I suspect that might be a record league defeat for us. Perhaps, the only consolation is knowing that the team playing last night was made up of almost all July signings, new to the Colts team. The Uni with their speed, youth and enthusiasm exploited the lack of cohesion and understanding among our players who are just at the early stages of learning to play together. Hopefully, it wonít take long to form a cohesive unit because we do have good players.

Lowland League Team / Stalemate in the Sunshine
« on: July 22, 2021, 04:04:51 PM »
I never expected to see an evening football match in Scotland that included breaks for water during each half. Certainly a novelty but a necessary one during this heatwave. As league leaders we certainly showed why we were at the top. (Ok. I admit it. We had only played one game previously) Anyway, it was an intriguing game with chances created at either end. Perhaps a goalless draw was the correct result. It was pleasing to see the blend of new and old both in terms of age as well as length of service to the Colts. Holding Bonnyrigg to a draw is a very good sign especially during the early phase when the Colts team is in the process of taking shape and gelling. I canít make Saturdayís game but Iím looking forward to attending as many home games as possible. I think that this yearís Colts team will be a very entertaining one.

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