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The inevitable has happened- Partick Thistle have beaten the transfer deadline to sign DT hero Barry Elliot. The lure of full time football proved too much and Barry has signed for what was always his second choice behind Berwick- Partick Thistle.

It was no secret that Barry wanted to come to Berwick on a permanent basis- but he always said he couldn't refuse full time football- which is exactly what Thistle have offered him.

Barry playing against his new club  

Speaking earlier this week manager Paul Smith said: 'Barry enjoyed his time with us and he wanted to come back. Partick Thistle and a first division club have both expressed an interest in him. It looks like he will join one of them, and we canít blame him for that.'

We wish him good luck at his new club and a big thank you for some memorable goals during his time at Shielfield.

SUPPORTERS BUS ONLY £1!! (28/3/01)
Berwick Rangers Travel Club will be running a coach to Dumfries on Saturday- for only £1 a head! The bus leaves Shielfield at 10:30pm, picking up at Golden Square and The Lizzy before heading to Dumfries via Duns and Kelso. Seats going fast- book now by contacting Craig Forsyth (0774 803 4811) or George Thompson (01289 307065).

Paul Smith has signed 20-year old midfielder John Elliot from Airdrieonians. Elliot has been a long term target of Smith's and he finally completed the deal today. The ex-Dundee man comes to Shielfield on a short term deal in a bid to earn a long term contract.
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Davie Watt and Kevin Magee have both been released from their contracts by mutual consent. Watt (right) joined Berwick during the Summer of 1998 and went on to make nearly 100 apperences- but lately he has struggled to even make the bench. While Kevin Magee jumped straight back into first team football, turning out as a trialist for East Fife in a 1-1 draw with Elgin City on Tuesday night.

Smoker joined Berwick from Livingston in July 1999 and went on to make over 40 apperences. His only goal for the club came in a friendly with Hearts two days after he'd signed.

Don't be surprised to see a couple more players leave before next Thursday's transfer deadline, as Paul Smith trims his 26 man squad.. 

CITY CUP DRAW (22/2/01)
The draw for the illustrious East of Scotland City Cup was made this week. Berwick have been drawn at home to Lothian Thistle, the side which knocked us out two seasons ago. Date to be announced.

This is probably our most important game of the season to date. A win would take us to within two points of Stranraer with three games in hand. With the exception of Dale Gray, Paul Smith has a fully fit squad to choose from- infact there might be a couple of surprises in tonight's line-up if the latest rumours are to be believed.

Martin Neil is fit, although Paul Smith might be tempted to rest him to prevent further injury to his troublesome knee. Gary Wood will definitely start- Kris O'Neil will probably also keep his place, not unless Paul Smith signs a certain Striker before tonight...

Willie McCulloch will retain his place in goal and the defence should be the same as Saturday. There will be changes to the midfield as Paul Smith rests players. Gordon Forrest will probably keep his place but Marc Anthony may come back into the side at the expense of Alasdair Graham or Martin Neil. Johnny Whelan did well on Saturday so he should be in from the start.

If you can't make the game, keep track of the score from 7:30pm onwards by clicking here.

Many Berwick fans are lodging official complaints against Central Scotland Police after the behaviour of the officers on duty at last night's game. The heavy handed approach employed by the long arm of the law was uncalled for and if you feel the need to complain here are full details on who to complain to.

Sergeant A McDowall

Falkirk Police Station
Meeks Road

Tel: 0131 550 2107
Fax: 0131 550 4207

We travel to Stenhousemuir this evening still in search of our first league win of the year. If we are going to have any chance of promotion, we must start winning games. Gary Wood has served his two match ban and should start upfront with Barry Elliot, who will be playing his last game for Berwick before returning to Dundee.

Paul Smith will undoubtedly rotate the team after Saturday's battle with Partick. Gordon Forrest will probably come into the midfield although Kevin Walton is missing through work commitments. Martin Neil should keep his place but there is a question mark over Mark Duthie. Willie McCulloch should keep his place in goal after an impressive debut on Saturday. The defence will be the same if everyone is fit.

The travel club are running a bus which leaves the Sports Centre at 5:00pm, picking up at Golden Square and The Lizzy. Phone Dermid Waterhouse on (01289) 330804 to book your seat.

Partick manager John Lambie has come out with some incredible quotes in this mornings papers. He also reckons his side fully deserved the win and his keeper hardly had a save to make in the second half.

He said: "I thought we deserved the win. There were plenty of chances for both sides early on. I think our keeper only had one save to make in the second half. But I was disappointed we didn't make them work more when they went down to 10 men."

Paul Smith was actually watching the game and he thinks the Champions-elect were outplayed for most of the game. Smith said: "I'm disappointed that we didn't take something out of the game. The boy Hardie, who I tried to sign last year, took his goal really well. It was disappointing to miss the penalty and have a man sent off but even with 10 men we out-played them. But credit to the players because we more than matched Thistle."

Paul Smith strengthened his squad this afternoon with the signing of goalkeeper Willie McCulloch for an undisclosed fee. Berwick fans will remember Willie's time-wasting antics during last season's infamous 3-1 defeat at New Bayview when East Fife accused Berwick of wrecking the away dressing room. Berwick fans will also remember that he is a damn fine 'keeper. Last season Willie kept the most clean sheets in the Third Division- in stark contrast to current number one Mark McLean who achieved the least amount of clean sheets whilst with Albion Rovers. This signing brings the number of goalkeepers at Shielfield up to four, with Gary O'Connor, Mark McLean as well as youth 'keeper Craig Pucko already vying for the one position.

Link: Player Profile

The groundstaff at Shielfield have got the pitch in first class condition ahead of Saturday's game with Partick Thistle. Wednesday and Thursday have been two of the hottest days of the year in Berwick meaning the snow has completely thawed and the water has drained from the surface to leave the pitch in perfect shape.

Chairman Jamie Curle said: "We expect no problems for the match on Saturday, the snow will all be gone by then and the park is in super condition. We expect a great game and look forward to as many Partick fans as possible making the journey down."

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Over the last six or seven months football's governing bodies have been working on putting a new transfer system in place. Yesterday the new system was revealed. Below are the main points.
  • Compensation of clubs, including amateur ones, involved in the training and education of a player.
  • International transfer of players aged under 18 are allowed subject to conditions. This is intended to protect young African players who are bought by top European clubs. And the football authorities must guarantee sporting and academic education for these young players.
  • Creation of one transfer period per season and a further limited mid-season window. Players are allowed to move just once a season.
  • The minimum permitted duration of a contract is one year, the maximum is five years.
  • Contracts to be protected for a period of three years up to the age of 28 and two years after that.
  • When a player breaks their contract within this period, he will be banned from playing for his new club for four months.
  • Financial compensation can be paid if a contract is breached, whether by the player or the club.
  • Creation of an effective and fast-acting arbitration panel to deal with transfer disputes. The panel will have an independent chairman and its members will be chosen by both players and clubs.
  • But recourse to the arbitration is only voluntary - can still take a case to national courts.

The pitch at Shielfield Park has failed an 8pm pitch inspection. The snow in Berwick still hasn't lifted so the league referee from North Berwick had no choice but to deem the pitch unplayable for tomorrow night. No word on the re-arranged date.

A frost bound pitch at Cappielow has seen Saturday's game postponed. Regardless of the weather, this game probably wouldn't have gone ahead anyway with Clydebank unable to field a team (see below). There's a threat of even more games being postponed with the SFA saying they'll cancel games if the foot and mouth outbreak gets worse.




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