We’re doomed! Doomed I tell ya! But were not though are we? It was a dreadful result and the team had a dreadful day. Everything went wrong and it seemed like one of those days where nearly everybody’s off day came on the Saturday. The day started off well for me, a drive down to Berwick with no stops, roadworks, massive lorry convoys halting progress. We arrived in Ample time and had lunch. Off to Shielfield and pottered around handing out Quality... there was talk around the ground of a Berwick resurgence and how we could win this one. I was hopeful too but I’ve been here before and will be here again. Sadly Berwick are skint and it shows. It’s no coincidence we are at the bottom and Edinburgh and Peterhead are at the top end of the table. I’ve also written before about this so there’s no point in raking over the ashes, but we are what we are. There’s no massive investment looming and the town isn’t full of rich people. There’s also plenty of other causes that people invest their time and money in and there is only so much to go around.
Anyway we (myself, my dad and Gordon) had a quick chat with Sean Brennan and Shea Dowie before the game to organise the keeper sponsorship/support we are going to offer Shea. A great attitude from both the keepers and we are more than happy to help. I m hoping to catch up with them next week and nand over the donation and get the questions answered that we have for them.
well most fans had barely managed to get their bum in the seat before Peterhead scored. Ereick were just not on the ball. Wayward passes and event pass and tackle seemed to be a stretch. Brennan didn’t have the best of time in goals but the defence didn’t seem to help him. Back passes were bobbling, short, too long, making him constantly scramble under pressure. We just fell apart. The stats show 48% possession for Berwick which isn’t bad, but Peterhead let us have possession because they knew we were going to do nothing with it. By the 36th minute it was 3-0 and the game was over. Berwick were no real threat. 5 shots and 1 on target. Peterhead had 19 shots and 11 on target. We just never managed to get into gear and were always on the back foot. Next weeks game is against Queens Park at Shielfield. This is a game I now fully expect to win, they are not too far off us in the table and I’m hoping that Johnny will have Berwick raring to go. Let’s hope the team bounce back and get better organised and concentrate more on their passing and timing. It’s still very early days for a new manager and he’s trying to to get away from the long ball game and it will take time but hopefully we will get there.
We are delighted to offer support to Tweedmouth Rangers by sponsoring After central midfielder Kurt Yule. We are alway happy to help when we can and wish Tweedmouth Rangers all the best.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters are supporting the Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife this festive season. https://giftofchristmas.wixsite.com/appealfife why don't you help this year by donating a toy for a child? Even a packet of crayons will help. There is an amazon gift list on their webpage to make it even easier to assist.
Gift of Christmas Appeal FIFE is now in its 3rd year.
It aims to ensure that every child and young person in Fife, aged 0-18 years, has gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Gift of Christmas Appeal FIFE is run by 4 Fife mum's and a dad, with 11 kids and several jobs between them, who give up their time for free to run Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife.
It is a Registered Scottish Charity (SC047029) It has over 60 drop-off points across Fife and nearly 10,000 members of its Facebook group page.
With a help from its supporters, donators, volunteers, drop off points, beneficiary organisations, local press, warehouse provider and everyone else who has taken the time to help along the way, Gift of Christmas Appeal Fife can make a real difference to the lives of many many children and families across Fife at Christmas.
2018 drop off points open 1st November 2018!
we are delighted to sponsor the home shirt of the reserved team keeper and we are hoping to offer a little more support to Shea Dowie in the coming weeks.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters are delighted to offer support to the seniors in their final game of the year by sponsoring their match against Glasgow Rangers Seniors. We wish the lads all the best!
well, I picked up my dad and my friend Ewan and headed off to Broadwood. I took the wrong junction on the motorway and had a wee loop diversion but got there in plenty of time. We had a bit of a struggle getting into the ground, Clyde have gone cashless at the turnstile and the guy said they were using contactless. If your paying cash you have to go to another window to buy a ticket.
Then present that at the turnstile. Not great for the concessions, my dad doesn’t have a bank card. The card machine was broken anyway so we had to go to a different turnstile but we managed to get in.
well it was Ewan’s first Berwick game and it had everything in it! We were 3 up at halftime. An incredible performance. We seemed to take the chances that we would usually miss, Clyde however missed the chances I think they would usually score. Clyde had 3 off the woodwork in the first half. Berwick rode their luck a bit but still going in at halftime 3 up was some achievement. The second half however saw Berwick lose the lead. Clyde pulled it back. Berwick did have their chances and had shots off the woodwork. It was a oddly disappointing and satisfying game. I would have happily have left with a point but 3 up at halftime had all the fans expecting a win. Still 7 points out of the last 3 games is quite the achievement. The trialists are turning out to be a real find for Berwick, really turning the team around. Brennan pulled off another few good saves, had a bit of a dodgy looking kick out at one point but overall another very good performance from the young keeper. Then it was the customary detour and wrong turn on the way home. Peterhead at Shielfield next week. I think we could win that game if we can hold it together.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters are delighted to offer support to Shea Dowie the reserve team keeper. Shea has been included in two match day squads so far this season at the time of this article. That means seven Berwick Reserve players have now featured in a competitive first team squad during 2018/19. Hopefully things are looking up for the reserves and there’s a path into the first team.
St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters are fond of a keeper, we sponsor Sean Brenan’s kits this season and have sponsored his home kit for the last couple of seasons. Sean was also the winner of the St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supports outstanding performance award a couple of years ago in season 16/17 for his standout performance in an away game to Forfar.
So as we are so fond of keepers we are going to offer further support. We approached Sean to ask about his gloves, the hidden expense of a keeper, that additional thing that you have to buy that an outfield player doesn’t and can cost a fair bit. Sean has a deal with s1goalkeeping.co.uk who provide his glove at a discount rate as part of a sponsorship deal and Sean suggested that we support Shea, the reserve team keeper. As a board member of the supporters trust who financially support the reserve team this was a good fit and a nice gesture from Sean to think about Shea in this way. Of course we are going to have to have an interview/chat with both Sean and Shea for the website. Gordon, a member of St Andrews Berwick Rangers Supporters has suggested an interview in the style of Shoot! Magazine….
We are hoping to catch up with the keepers in the next few weeks and badger them with the following Shoot! Style questions.
What do you do when you are not playing football?
What's your favourite song?
What is your favourite car? (or What type of car would you like to own?)
What is your favourite meal?
What is your favourite holiday?
Right-handed or left-handed?(Right footed or left-footed?)
boot size and glove size?
Are there any other footballers in your family?
Who told you that you should be a goalkeeper?
Who is your footballing hero?
What is the best moment in your career so far?
What’s the worst?
What is your match day routine for a home game?
What’s in your kit bag for a match?
Do you have any pre match superstitions? Lucky socks for example.
How do you wind down after a game?
When do the Christmas decorations go up in your house?
Well the day started early as it seems to these days. Still it’s nice to take the dog for a walk on the beach and pop into BearClaw brewery in Spittal to let my dad have a look around and taste a couple of samples. Then we were off to Shielfield to see what was on the cards. I volunteered my services and 50/50 draw tickets was the job needing done. So off to the stand we went to get early access to the chipvan for lunch before the hungry hungry fans arrived. Fish and chips for me so Pippa (dog) could have a bit of fish and then off to sell tickets.
i barely got my bum in the seat before East Fife scored and then five minutes later another one! It looked like we were in for a proper hiding, East Fife had a few decent chances but we held on to half time. The second half was a different game, Berwick were confident, winning tackles and had several good chances, we scored one eleven minutes after the second half started and we really should have scored again. Chance after chance went begging, some overthought, some not though out at all. It was frustrating to watch but satisfying too. It turned into a decent game and I know a couple of East Fife fans were uneasy for the remainder of the second half. East Fife had their chances too but Berwick looked a threat. Unfortunately we never managed to convert any of the chances we had and we are now out of the Scottish cup. Still a good performance in the second half and a team with desire and putting in the effort.
well the day started out early, I left the house at 7:30am to pick up my dad and get down to Berwick in time for the Supporters Trust AGM at 11am. We arrived just after 10am giving us a bit of time to potter around before the meeting. The usual trust stuff at the meeting, accounts, memberships etc and a few interesting points. The club have cut their deficit from £80k last year to £40k and are looking at plans to turn the club from a plc to a community club. Johnny Havery gave a good talk about his direction for the club and what he expects. Former Berwick Rangers goalkeeper Gary O’Connor was the guest speaker and gave a great account of his time at Berwick and other clubs. His time at Doncaster Rovers was short lived though as the chairman was jailed after paying somebody to burn down the main stand to claim the insurance.....
AGM done it was now a time killing exercise for my dad and I. We shuffled around the club before heading out to the park, essentially to keep an eye for the chip van opening.... sausage and chips for my dad today, no curry! Food consumed I was off to the black and gold to sell some 50/50 draw tickets. before returning to the stand for the game.
Albion Rovers looked a decent enough team and put Berwick under a lot of pressure, we managed to soak it up with a bit of luck thrown in. Healey scored in the 33rd minute, a shot off the bar landed favourably in a congested box and he slotted the ball home. 1=0 and a great relief. Albion Rovers still looked dangerous though but a penalty in the 66th minute was enough to keep them at bay. Sean Brennan had a couple of great saves to keep a clean sheet and we secured e valuable points. Results elsewhere saw us move up a place in the table to 8th. A long way to go but steps in the right direction.
As a club we are very short of volunteers on match days. We are especially short this Saturday due to illness and holidays. The club need volunteers to sell 50x50 tickets , to man the concession turnstile and bar work. Any one interested please be at the stadium at 1pm on Saturday.
I have volunteered my services, I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. You can’t support a part time club and not help out when they need it if you are in a position to do so.