|BARRY ELLIOT SIGNS FOR
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-
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
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
|SMITH MOVES IN FOR ELLIOT (26/3/01)
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.
|WATT AND MAGEE RELEASED (21/3/01)
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
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.
|BERWICK RANGERS VS STRANRAER
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
|THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW (14/2/01)
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
Sergeant A McDowall
Falkirk Police Station
Tel: 0131 550 2107
Fax: 0131 550 4207
|STENHOUSEMUIR VS BERWICK
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.
|LAMBIE: WE DESERVED TO WIN (11/2/01)
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."
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
|EAST FIFE KEEPER SIGNS (9/2/01)
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.
|PITCH IN SUPERB CONDITION (8/2/01)
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.
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."
|NEW TRANSFER SYSTEM
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.
|ARBROATH GAME OFF (5/2/01)
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.
|ANOTHER GAME OFF (2/2/01)
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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