Monthly Archives: September 2018

Next Man Up

Dave MacKay (Pic. courtesy of Stirling Albion)

The latest incumbent of the proverbial “hot seat” at Forthbank has left the building following a truly toe-curling 3-0 defeat to Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill. The Wee Rovers had a single point and an extremely negative goal-difference pre-match, but that mattered not as they cantered to a three-goal victory against a thoroughly dis-spirited looking Stirling Albion side. This horror of this performance and result, allied to Stirling being on a run of 3 wins in 21 matches, saw things come to a head. Without much ceremony, an incredibly brief statement simply stated the obvious i.e. Goodbye Mr MacKay. Nobody was surprised, and reaction amongst Stirling fans has been fairly universal – there was no other decision to take.

Was a bit of a strange time under MacKay. He replaced the disastrous “project” that was Stuart McLaren and, really, things didn’t get much better. In his first full season, we started well and led the table after a dozen or so games. Unfortunately, the wheels kinda came off and despite a brief spurt to make the play-off spots we slumped again and only just hung on to achieve post-season action. However, we lost both legs to Peterhead in the semi-final and actually ended the season on a run of nine matches without a win. Moving on, an uninspired off-season, with a lack of anything remotely resembling a “marquee” signings, tempered expectations somewhat for the new campaign.

One win in four in the league-cup was then followed by two wins in eight in the league (plus defeat at Alloa in that nonsense tournament with the Welsh, Irish, English non-league sides). Worst of all was the manager’s continual bemusement after defeats. Time and again he just had no answers and you got the feeling that whatever happened next week would be down to luck more than judgement. Sadly for Dave that luck ran out for good at in Coatbridge.

Who next? Well, time will tell. Whoever it is we need to finally find someone who can lead us out of the doldrums. For far too long we’ve drifted. For too long we’ve watched sides get promoted who we should be getting promoted ahead of. Stirling is a decent sized town and has the potential for so much more. Those who turn up to watch the side deserve so much more than has been delivered over the last few years.

‘Mon the Beanos and thanks for reading.

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Daniel Thomas – AKA PeeWeeToms

A few months ago a vlog by a lad called Daniel Thomas appeared on my YouTube suggestions. Out of curiosity I clicked the link and began to listen to Daniel’s story. Dan, known affectionally as “PeeWeeToms” was suffering from a rare form of cancer called a Sarcoid Carcinoma. In layman’s terms it seems that people normally get one of these two types i.e. a sarcoma or a carcinoma. However, poor Dan was one of only 16 cases recorded world-wide to have both. I won’t go into the details of his condition as I’d probably get my facts wrong. The blog below was one of the first Dan published, and gives you an introduction into what he was going through.

In a nutshell, Dan had an incredibly rare terminal cancer. He was going to die, probably within months at most, and there was next to nothing medical science could do for him. However, Dan was an incredible fighter and he simply wouldn’t take no for an answer. Every avenue was explored. He’d be given hope only for the latest round of scans and tests to show that hope didn’t really exist. But undeterred Dan kept looking for answers. All the while his tumours became more prevalent and his body more infested by cancer. Nothing was stopping it.

Despite all this Dan maintained a remarkably upbeat persona. No doubt we saw him in his better moments. Most of the time he was in pain and suffering terribly at the hands of this vicious disease. Over the last month or so there was a heartbreakingly marked change in his appearance. Weight loss was shocking and he began to look like the end must be near. Yet, instead of giving in and accepting his fate he fought more than ever. He fought right up to his final breath. Even at the end he kept death waiting until he was ready to leave.

Rest in Peace, Daniel.