Berwick Rangers have appointed a new manager Johnny Harvey.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters would like to welcome him and wish him all the best at the club.
Berwick Rangers FC are pleased to welcome Johnny Harvey as the Clubs new First Team Manager, following the resignation of Robbie Horn 11 days ago. The vacancy attracted a large number of applicants, and interviews were held yesterday after a rigorous short-listing process. Harvey, 36, is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest managerial prospects outside the SPFL, having enjoyed success with Edinburgh United, Haddington Athletic and most recently with Penicuik Athletic. He will take charge of the squad with immediate effect, and his first game will be this weekends Scottish Cup clash with Gretna.
Vice Chairman John Bell, who led the recruitment process, said: “Johnny made a real impact on the interviewing panel with his infectious enthusiasm, attention to detail and a real desire to do well at Berwick Rangers. After his presentation there was no doubting that he was the man for the job and we’re delighted to have secured his services”. Berwick Rangers would like to express their gratitude to Penicuik for their co-operation.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters will be represented at Saturdays cup game against Gretna 2008 by 3 members booked into hospitality.
A bargain at £25 per person for the following:
“Join fellow corporate guests as well as match sponsors pre match from 1.30pm in the JB Lounge for the William Hill Scottish Cup tie.
You will enjoy Sky football, free programme & team sheet, half time buffet with coffee or tea, watching from the enclosed Directors box or reserved centre stand seating.”
It even includes the cost of the ticket. And ask it’s a cup game out season tickets aren’t valid so we might as well have hospitality, it’s a fairly long trip down and I’ll be needing a set and a few ice cubes from the bar for my hamstring....
Hospitality can be booked via the link below if you are thinking about it.
well I started off full of optimism, hoping for at least a draw against Edinburgh. I though we might score and hold on for a win.... I knew that that wouldn’t happen but I had hope. The day turned into a day that I’ll never forget in a while but not for any good reason. The day started out with Ruth diriving me to my folks so my dad could drive the two of us to the game. I’m still unable to drive. My dad and I arrived in Edinburgh just before 2pm and parked. I walked to the ground stopping or 4 times, my hamstring aching but it needs to be worked to get better. My dad was asked for Identification for his consession ticket (he’s 81). Still tickets bought it was a curry pie and tea (bovril for dad). It was then off to take a seat in the stand. The sun was shining and we sat with our pies and drinks watching the teams training. My hamstring was aching but I had a disposable Koolpack that was surprisingly good. We were now ready for kickoff.
Well we had some chances and we didn’t take them. For some reason there is no instinct to shoot but to hold the ball and pass. It’s getting a little frustrating to watch, especially as we will then either lose the ball or have a shot from a position that isn’t as good as the first one. Grrrr. We went in at the break 1-0 down but I didn’t think it was a mountain to climb. The second half saw a tackle on Jamie Todd that has my dad convinced that Todd has broken his leg. We were sitting in the stand close to the incident and we did hear what sounded like a snap. We are hoping it might just have been studs on shin pad or something else. The poor lad was stretchered off and an ambulance arrive so it’s not looking good. This is the point when Edinburgh scored the second goal. The game wasn’t stopped and Edinburgh played on and scored. Sean Brennan the Berwick keeper picked up a yellow card for “talking” to the ref about the decision.
David Burrel was in charge today, Robbie was absent for this game. David was sent to the dressing room during the second half too.
We then conceded a penalty for the third goal.
yep, halfway home and my phone is practically bouncing out of my pocket. Robbie Horn has tenedered his resignation and the Berwick board have accepted. My hamstring is in spasm at this point but I think it’s unrelated.... All the best Robbie. A nice guy and always approachable.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters would like to thank Robbie Horn for his time at the club and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. it was a refreshing change to have a manger as open and approachable at the club. All the best Robbie.
@footballNation tweeted this:
It's #WorldAnimalDay, so we thought we'd pull up a few clubs that feature an animal on their crest.
@OfficialBRFC - Bear
@ASRomaEN - Wolf
@fckoeln_en - Goat
@swfc - Owl
Can you think of any others? (bonus points for obscurity) 🤔
I’ve gone through the the Scottish clubs and listed 49 before I’ve given up. I’m sure I’ve missed a few but it’s a time consuming process and I’m now bored... although I’m in the dark as to why Fraserburgh have an Ostrich!
I’m piecing this together from appointments in my calendar...
The first time I recall feeling a pain was the weekend of the curfew beer festival in Berwick. It was on the Saturday afternoon as Gordon, Tom and I walked from the town to old Shielfield to watch Tweedmouth Rangers play. That was Saturday the 5th of May. I had a pain in the buttock and a pain down my right leg to just above the knee. I thought I had pulled my hamstring a little. Still I manage to walk on it for the weekend and drove back home on the Sunday morning.
I was still hobbling around on Friday the 18th of May when Gordon and I went to see Ian McMillan in Kirkcaldy and I manage around the fife show the next day. I think by this point Viv the masseuse who comes into work had seen me and I had my first ever massage. I think I had another couple of sessions with her and she said it was likely to be piriformis syndrome – the tightening of the piriformis muscle in the upper thigh that was pulling my hamstring tight and pulling on my sciatic nerve.
The next stop was a doctor’s appointment on the 29th of May. The doctor also said it was Piriformis syndrome (after I mentioned it) and sent me away with some pills and told me to look up exercises online and continue with Viv as there was a few weeks wait for a physio appointment, unknown to me at this time was that the pills I was prescribed weren’t painkillers but an anti-inflammatory and I “probably” should have been give some painkillers to go with the anti-inflammatory I was prescribed.
So more hobbling and limping about at work and the next event I remember is going out with Stuart and Ewan for a drink after work on Friday the 8th of June. I wasn’t drinking I was on the anti- inflammatory pills but I could go out and see the guys and get some dinner. I had to leave early (7?) as my leg was becoming really sore and my stomach was hurting (likely from the pill I had just taken). I manage back to work where my car was parked after stopping several times in pain. I waited at work for a bit and the pain eased so I drove home. The pain returned and I was due to go see the Rolling Stones in Edinburgh the next day, sadly that didn’t happen.
The next couple of weeks I continued on and had a couple further sessions with Viv. She said I had the tightest muscles she had ever seen in her 25 odd years of seeing people. At this point I took a week’s holiday to try and rest up, popping back into the department on Wednesday the 13th of June for a day’s first aid training. Still limping at this point but able to manage. Still continuing on with my exercises for my piriformis I drove myself and my dad down to Berwick for the Berwick Rangers open training session on Saturday the 23rd of June. My leg was sore but ok while sitting and driving.
My next appointment with Viv was Thursday the 28th of June. This was when she identified that there was something wrong with my back and suggested I see a chiropractor she knew. Ruth phoned immediately and we had an appointment for the following Monday. We were going down to Berwick for a week’s holiday but we could delay that, treatment was more important. By this point I must have been to the doctors again because I had an MRI scan booked in for the 14th of August I cant quite remember when though.
I know that the MRI was booked when I had to go to the out of hours doctor in St Andrews when I was in real agony, rolling around on the bed clutching my leg. Ruth phoned NHS 24 and they told me a doctor would phone back in around 3 hours. An hour later (or less) I was in the car Ruth driving me to St Andrews, I couldn’t wait for the phone call I was in real pain. I’m not one to grumble at the slightest thing, I had a kidney stone several years ago and the pain was on that level but without the
easing when the stone stops moving. People have likened the pain of a kidney stone to that of childbirth, so up at the top end.
The out of hours receptionist was a real downer. I was crouched in front of his counter rocking back and forth in real pain and all he could say was that I couldn’t see anybody, I had to call NHS 24. I said I had but it would be at least 3 hours for them to get a doctor to call me back. A shrug was his reply and the woman next to him glanced up from her paper to tell me to call NHS 24 again. At this point a doctor walked by and immediately took me in to her office and prescribed me stronger painkillers and said she would put me in for an MRI scan. She said she had been there all day and seen no other patients. NHS 24 called back several hours later....
Whatever she gave me worked to ease the pain, I think it was diazepam but by this point I wasn’t sure. I know I was on a cocktail of drugs by this point and out of hours had been called again the following Saturday I think and morphine was prescribed.
At some point during all of this I lost my ability to lie down and had to sleep/rest by sitting on the bed pushed against the wall and resting my head on some pillows propped on the radiator and window ledge. I had also developed another symptom that comes from trapped nerves. My right thigh had become very sensitive to the touch - it was like sunburn and rather painful. Fortunately, it only lasted for a couple of weeks.
The next few weeks were easier but still painful. I was on a lot of Tramadol and other painkillers, still seeing Viv and Frankie (Chiropractor) and waiting for my NHS physio and MRI results. I had missed all the pre-season games of Berwick Rangers and all the cup games. I had been looking forward to taking my dad to them but there was no chance I could travel, not even as a passenger.
I had to chase up my MRI results. I had been to the doctors the week after to get my return to work extended and get even more pills. The doctor actually seemed annoyed that I had been for an MRI as they are expensive...... I said sorry, but I didn’t know and I didn’t request it. The last time I was at the doctors was for my kidney stone several years ago. I don’t know how the system works. He didn’t have the results and after a further week I phoned and still nothing. Another phone call to the surgery and the results still weren’t there. I was getting a little worried, was it something really bad? At this point the receptionist asked where the MRI was done and I said Ninewells, Dundee. Well it turns out she had to login to the Ninewells system as the results aren’t put into my file from there as it’s a different region! I then waited for another couple of days for the doctor to phone me back about the results. After a long days wit he called at 3pm and said he couldn’t really tell me anything because the results had to be reviewed by a neurologist.. he did say that there were notes on the MRI and there was nothing major. Trapped nerves at s1/s2 and a bulge and compression at L5. This is the area that Frankie identified as causing the problem so I was happy that he was on the right track and knew his stuff.
Still loaded with painkillers and such I’ve now progressed through August slowly getting better with the odd setback chucked in such as a change of anti-inflammatory that caused my ankles and legs to swell up. Hampering my progress.
By this point I could travel in the car as a passenger without a great deal of discomfort so my dad was taking my up and down to Berwick to watch the football. I was glad to be getting out of the house. I had also had a skype interview with BBC look north during my worst time, appearing on screen while on morphine... The interview was because I had won the raffle for front of shirt sponsor at Berwick Rangers and given it to Northern Soul Kitchen, a community kitchen just starting out in Berwick.
I was also down to Berwick for the seaside festival on the 11th of August. By this point I was needing to get out and walk a little to build up my strength and stamina again. It was tough but an ice cream on the prom is a great motivator...
Next target was the Berwick food and Beer festival. Again still unable to drive Ruth drove us down. Gordon would join us on the Saturday as would Ruth H, I had completely forgotten to mention it to Tom Kelsey, oops..
We arrived at the food and beer festival around 11am. My plan was to stay to around 9pm. There are plenty of seats so I could sit down for most of the time. By 1:30pm I was done and ready to go. People kept commenting on how pale I was and I was pretty sore and shaky. Luckily Ruth’s parents were there and they could take me away. I couldn’t manage the walk to their car so they had to come and pick me up. Ruth’s sister Beth was there and she carried my bag into the flat for me, clearly seeing that I was done. This was my big comeback weekend and I had stuffed it.
I was sore but at least I could lie down by this point, a great relief.
The rest of September was 2 steps forward and 1 step back. But all in an upward track. I was reducing my painkillers and I think I was off tramadol completely. I had my own pain management scheme in place as the doctors hadn’t offered anything, it’s pretty much a different doctor each time I visit.
The last couple of weeks have been tough again though. My hamstring is giving me some real pain and hampering the exercises I need to do to loosen my back. Frankie has said that my back is loosening nicely now though. Because my hamstring is so painful I can’t lie down at all, I’m sleeping/resting at night sitting on the edge of the bed crouched over a bedside cabinet wit pillows and cushions piled on top of it. This of course means my ankles and legs are swelling up, which means my hamstring is getting pressure, which means my back isn’t getting fully exercised.....
I did go to the doctors about my ankles swelling up, it started when my medication was changed to a gentler type a few weeks ago – common side effect fluid retention in ankles and legs.. The doctor told me to stop taking the pills and give it a couple of days, if it was still the same come and see them. Well a couple of days came and went but it was about 2 weeks before I could make another appointment... So my current situation is swollen ankles, very sore hamstring and a back that’s loosing off but now becoming sore and tighter in other areas because I can’t lie down and I’m crouched over a bedside cabinet at night. I’m still waiting for my first appointment with the NHS physio and my appointment with the Neurologist to set out my path to recovery. At least in the last few weeks I’ve been able to do some work from home, otherwise I would be going round the bend by now. I’m also thankful for a workplace that allows such a length of time off, if I was working in an Amazon warehouse or sports direct I would have lost my job by now. Very thankful too that we have a bit of cash saved in the bank to pay for Viv and Frankie. I’ve spent around £1600 on treatment so far and probably another £400 on supplies like hamstring supports, neck cushions, heat pads etc. I’m also very lucky that Ruth and my parents have been able to take me to appointments, I’ve had around 40 trips to Frankie so far and 4 or 5 trips to the doctors and a visit to Ninewells. Viv visits me at home. Next visit will be number 16.
my “bed” in Berwick.
Well it’s time to sell raffle tickets for the Christmas prize draw. I have 50 to sell but i can’t get out of the house and I’m still off work so it’s 50 raffle tickets for me then...... Let’s consider it a donation to the club.
we travelled down on Friday afternoon for this game. It would be a fairly early start on the Saturday for me with the trust meeting, manager talk in and then the game and I wasn’t sure that travelling down early on the Saturday would be the best given that my hamstring/back combo is still not sorted.
The trust meeting went well, various discussions on how to support the club among the various things talked about and then the managers talk in. I enjoyed the talk in, it’s a good way for fans to ask questions and get a honest frank reply from the manager. All are welcome to the talk in and a fair few had turned up. A good selection of questions were asked and good answers returned. So may not like the answers but it lets fans know what’s going on and that a lot of hard work is involved in managing a football team on a part time basis. Talk in finished I was off to get the camera to record the game and get some lunch from the van in the ground,
well we were under the cosh with Clyde having most of the possession and a few good shots, one off the post but we had 2 in the net in the first half!. Sadly however this came tumbling down in the second half when Clyde put in 3. The real sickened was the goal in the 92nd minute that the Keeper Brennan couldn’t keep out despite 2 great saves. The ball fell to the Clyde man who stuck it home. Clyde had 61% possession in the game to our 31% and 15 shots on target to our 5. This of course prompted some “debate” on social media about the team/manager as you could imagine it would. Losing from 2-0 up is hard but Clude are a quality side and showed it in the second half.
As sad as it is all we can do is hope for league survival. It’s no coincidence that the teams with the least amount of money are propping up the bottom of the table. Yes the teams inexperience showed again but that all we can muster with the money we have. Again it’s not an excuse it’s a reason but we should all have realistic expectations. Is frustrating. I have travelled hundreds of miles this season and had little reward but I also believe Berwick are lucky to have a team playing at such a high level given the size and location of the town and being one of the poorer regions in the uk with the lowest wages. it’s slim pickings to raise funds from such an poor economic region. Edinburgh City and Cowdenbeath have had recent investment and we are losing out to them. Hard to compete with a team in Edinburgh offering £500 a week. We need to be realistic and offer support. Yes it’s tough but what else can be done? Sack the board? But who do we replace them with? There is no millionaire out there wanting to invest in Berwick and a football club is a money pit at this level.
well it was a 0-1 loss away at Peterhead last week. Another bit of a defensive error by all accounts but not a battering. I didn’t go to that game, I’m still struggling with my back and hamstring and it’s a bit too far for my dad to drive. I’ll be down on Saturday for the Clyde game though thanks to my wife driving me down. It will be a long day for me on Saturday but we are planning on going down on Friday night and staying over. The Supporters Trust are having a meeting in the morning and I’ll need to attend, I’ve missed the last couple because of the state I’m in. It’s been moved to an earlier time because the meet the manager event is on at Shielfield at 11:30am. The trust meeting has been moved to Shielfield so it’s easier to attend the managers event after. I’m also cameraman for the game so I’ll have to stay after the game and recorded the managers interview. I’ll need to make sure I’ve packed all the things I need, Painkillers, hamstring support, back support, packed lunch......
Who knows how the Clyde game will pan out, I still have hope of a win but Clyde are in the top half of the table and will be looking to maintain their playoff position and not let it slip away. Our defence is wobbly but perhaps the latest addition will be enough to pull them together. We are short on goals though but hopefully if the defence is sorted we can start moving the ball better and getting into a few more shooting positions. We really need to take our chances though, we have been a bit guilty of overthinking it at times and not having a shot at goal when we are in a position to do so.
Still when Saturday comes and all that........
The day started out with my dad coming to collect me as I still can blinking drive. My ankles have swollen and my hamstring is playing up. We arrived in Berwick around 1:30pm having negotiated the lorries on the Edinburgh bypass and the breakdowns on the way. I was to be cameraman for the day so we popped in to the wee bar to say hello and then I went to get the camera. I dropped off a card for my dad’s 81st Birthday on Monday and asked for a few signatures and i was duly obliged. Camera equipment gathered my dad and I headed into the stand. My dad was no doubt pleased as this would give him early access to the chip van for his chips and curry sauce.....
I setup the camera and a chair to sit on while filming. It might be a slightly different camera angle than people are used to but there was no chance I could stand to film. My dad and I then went to the chip van. We had to wait! Luckily i had my walking stick to lean on. The reason we had to wait was because Ladbrokes tv were filming the chip van! Still we passed the time watching Ouzy modelling some retro kits. It wasn’t too long before we had our food and we went back to our seats and await the start of the game.
well let’s cut to the chase, we got stuffed in the first half. Defensive mistakes lead to the goals. The second half saw us have a few attempts but Elgin were coasting, no need for them to chase the game.
I really don’t know what’s going on, it seem like the basics have been forgotten, the inexperience showing it’s ugly head. We need a good defender with experience to pull the defence together. We could also do with a couple of wingers or wide players to fill the gaps that are created on the field. I’m fairly sure that Robbie Horn knows this but realistically with no funds to compete we are always going to be in the position we are in. Somebody commented that if Robbie was at one of the other teams in the league he would have been sacked by now because of his record. But he’s not at another team and if he was and with a bigger budget would his team have the same record? Doubtful. Berwick simply don’t have the funds to compete with the teams at the top end of the table. We need to face this and get behind Robbie and the team. We can be thankful this season for Albion Rovers. As sad a tale as it is for Albion Rovers it’s a blessing for Berwick. Hopefully the team can pull together and we can start gaining points.