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Issue 120 / July 2012


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o p p i H e h t m o r f Shooting I’m not one to repeat stuff in every issue (aye right) but here are the final words in the editorial in issue 118……” The players and management have a chance to be raised to legendary status if we can win the major trophy that has thus far eluded us get yourself along to Hampden and play your part in Killie creating a wee bit of history……MON THE KILLIE!” You may think that enough time has elapsed to return to normal but I simply can’t wipe the big daft grin off my big daft coupon. I honestly never thought a League Cup win would ever compare to 1997 but this really was every bit as good. I think the fact we were massive underdogs meant nobody was expecting anything so when big Dieter propelled himself to legendary status the huge outburst of celebrations was totally understandable. Our season effectively ended at that point given our mid-table safety although I’m sure KS won’t see it that way. I’d just like to give a massive thanks to every single player and every member of the management team who have cre-

ated history and completed Killie’s major honours treble. Many great players and teams from the past have tried their utmost to win this trophy but it’s the current crop of players and management who will go down as legends in the history books. The post split fixtures have just started and the best we can hope for is to finish top of the bottom six. There is still pride and some cash to play for as every league position is worth circa £90k and every penny is a prisoner at Killie these days. We have a run of three home games in a week and it would have been nice to see the club come up with a promotion to try and get more fans through the gates but I’m not aware of anything at the time of writing. That’s us completed another season of dodgy fanzines and I never fail to be impressed by the quality of articles submitted by Killie fans from all over the town/county/globe. You will see the article in this issue explaining about the improvements we are making to the Hippo for next year. The KFCSA has made giant strides over the last couple of years and rather than doing their own magazine it was decided they could help with the Hippo. The upshot will be a regular income for the KFCSA which will mean a benefit to the members as there will be more funds to help clubs, run competitions, hold events etc. Please keep sending your articles as it really does make a difference. There have been a few rumours about pre season friendlies in July. I believe we ae trying to secure games with Wrexham and Oldham however we have failed to agree a suitable date with Tranmere. I’m sure details will be known shortly and I’ll publicise anything I hear on ther websites as sson as I know anything. Hope you all have a great summer and keep sending your thoughts on anything that’s Killie related.

k c i r t t a H s ’ e i l l i K Heroes Hat-tricks have been a bit of a rarity in “the modern era”, which began on 1 January 1970 for the purposes of this article. Killie had of course scored 30 hattricks (or better) in the 1960s – the club’s most illustrious era – and this figure has yet to be matched in the years that have passed since then. There have been 27 hat-tricks in the last 41 years, but – on the “up” side – every one has seen the team win! In many ways the figures for multiple-goal exploits mirror Killie’s fortunes over all. There were nine in the 1970s as the club suffered relegation from the “old” First Division just eight years after being crowned champions of Scotland, went part-time and became a “yo-yo” team in the restructured league, bouncing between the new 10-team Premier Division and the “new” First. Eddie Morrison hit Killie’s last-ever hat-trick in the pre-restructuring top division in a 1970 4-2 home win against Partick Thistle. He got another two for a Killie career total of three, the last one coming in the “old” Division Two as Eddie grabbed 25 for Killie in the 1973/74 promotion season, but he was outgunned by Ian Fleming, who notched 33, including two hat-tricks, as Killie hit a record 96 goals in the league. Fleming added another in the following season’s League Cup for a Killie career total of three hat-tricks, making him and Morrison the third and second-last players to record a hat-trick of hat-tricks for the club. But things were about to get a lot leaner for the Rugby Park team. They finished 12th in the last-ever Division One, missing “the cut” for the new 10-team Premier Division, but finished second in the new First Division the following season to rejoin the top flight. There wasn’t a hat-trick in either season.

The 1976/77 season was a bit of a disaster. Killie won just four matches and accumulated only 17 points, finishing bottom, but at least Ian Fallis got a hat-trick in a 6-1 home win against Ayr United, the last Killie player to get one in a derby. Iain “Cowboy” McCulloch scored his only Killie hat-trick as Killie failed to bounce back in 1977/78, and John Bourke did the same the following season, although this time another second-place finish saw Killie return to the top league. There would be only four hat-tricks in the 1980s – Killie’s most inglorious decade, both for hat-tricks and in general, although Bobby Street got the decade off to a good start with all the goals in a 3-1 home win against Hibs on 5 January 1980 as part-time Killie “survived” in the top league. The next Killie hat-trick was scored by Brian Gallacher as the Scottish League experimented with the League Cup format, with four fourteam sections deciding the semi-finalists. It wasn’t popular, with just 1,046 at Rugby Park to see Gallacher’s hat-trick against Airdrieonians, and the competition has been settled by knock-out ties ever since. Killie stumbled on in the First Division for another five seasons without a hat-trick until the very last match, when of course Willie Watters scored five against Queen of the South at Palmerston as a 97thminute penalty kept Clyde in the league and sent Killie down. Willie got another two in the Second Division, the last Killie hat-trick of the 1980s and the first of the 1990s, making him the most recent Killie player to notch a hat-trick of hattricks. John Sludden then got one in the Challenge Cup and Bobby Williamson

became the last Killie player to score two trebles, getting one in the First Division and another in the Scottish Cup. The 10 Killie hat-tricks since the club returned to the top league have all been “singles” for the scorers. John Henry got one against Morton as Killie won the Scottish Cup in 1997, Ally McCoist did the same against Hearts in 1998 – Killie’s first top-league hat-trick since Bobby Street in 1980 – and Paul Wright’s only senior hat-trick came at a fog-bound Love Street in a 3-1 Boxing Day win in 2000. Gary McSwegan then got four against Hibs in 2003, but Kris Boyd went one better the following year with five against Dundee United. Colin Nish got a hat-trick against Livingston in 2005, and three of the last four Kilmarnock hat-tricks have come in the League Cup thanks to Steven Naismith and most recently the two Dubliners, Connor Sammon a year ago and Paul Heffernan in this season’s glorious competition, with Kevin Kyle getting Killie’s last league hat-trick to date in April 2009. Heffernan’s hat-trick was the 164th in Killie’s history. Details below. Home matches in BOLD CAPITALS, away matches in caps lower case, with the one “neutral venue” hat-trick indicated under “Competition”. “Div. One” and “Div. Two” refer to the two Scottish divisions prior to reconstruction for the 1975/76 season, “SLC” = Scottish League Cup, “SPL” refers to the post-reconstruction top league in its many guises.

Killie’s all-time hat-trick heroes (I list only those who got three or more – a hat-trick of hat-tricks, so to speak). Culley 10 Kerr 8 Maxwell 8 Campbell 7 Cunningham 6 McIlroy 6 Collins 4 Robertson 4 Fleming 3 Maitland 3 McInally 3 McLaren 3 Morrison 3 Watters 3 Weir 3 As for the opposition, Killie’s biggest “victims” have been Queens Park and Airdrieonians, who have both conceded eight hat-tricks, with Airdrie United also conceding one. As for this season’s SPL, Dundee United have conceded seven (curiously, there has only been one Killie hat-trick against Dundee), while Hibernian and St Johnstone have both conceded six. There has never been a Killie hat-trick against either Celtic or Inverness Caledonian Thistle. 8 Airdrieonians (also one against Airdrie united) 8 Queens Park 7 Dundee United, Falkirk 6 Hibernian, St Johnstone, Morton, Hamilton, Clyde, Partick Thistle, Raith Rovers 5 Ayr United (also one against Ayr), Dumbarton 4 Hearts, Motherwell 3 Dunfermline 2 Rangers, Aberdeen, St Mirren There’s more on this (and Killie, Scotland and football in general) on my blog, thefuturesbrightitsblueandwhite.blogspot. com, and an article will also appear on Wikipedia.

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s n o i t c e Refl Hi Sandy I know that you will receive lots of stuff on this, so here is a very brief summary: “My daughter Caroline & I started off with breakfast in Dunblane and a lift from my wife (thanks Maureen) who dropped us outside Clockwork just before 12.00. Several drinks and a light lunch later, we meandered up to Hampden in the company of a great guy (Dan) who happens to be a Celtic supporter. The game takes care of itself; suffice to say that it almost felt surreal as we are not expected to beat Celtic in Glasgow! Possibly the best bit was later at night. We arrived for a few refreshments at the Tappit Hen pub in Dunblane, where we are well-known Killie fans. There was a bit of karaoke going on. Neither of us can figure out how it came to pass that the whole pub ended up singing Paper Roses, but it was f***ing brilliant!” Best wishes Dave Howie

I bet you wish you were here now!”, so read a dozen texts after the final whistle. Of course I did, the memories of the ‘97 cup win and the celebrations on John Finnie street were as clear as they had been for years, although that clarity was a minor miracle based on the amount of scotch I had consumed during the match! Of course I wanted to be amongst the delirious celebrations I was watching on the internet stream. Thank god for a proxy which allowed my to revel in the celebrations (and in the sad bbc commentators faces on the final whistle). The game kicked off here at 11pm local time. I had been back for the semi but with the cup final on a Sunday it was going to require me to take about 1 week off work and I just couldn’t take the time. If I’m honest, I also didn’t want a repeat of the least two league cup finals I had attended. I thought there was a wee chance we could sneak it but I just didn’t have the faith as I should Hippo says – Superb mate and I never have. My day was a pretty standard Sunthought I’d say a Lague Cup win would day and the game was preceded by a be better than a Scottish Cup win……but couple of other matches which I could this was every bit as good if not better. never recall any details on now. I settled Perhaps the after match celebrations in down to watch the bbc stream with a the town were better back in 1997 how- large glass of Talisker and the usual nerever the game itself was far more enjoy- vous optimism. In the back of my mind able. We were probably more relaxed as I was just thinking about the two games we were underdogs….. I was as relaxed against Rangers that I had watched from as a newt come midnight!! the same seat, we could do this couldn’t we? I had thought about inviting some friends round to watch the game but I’m

no company for others at times like this. I wish I had though, we could have had a new branch of the supporters club by now! The first few minutes were not good and then it got worse with big Momo, as he hit that awful pass I thought that was it, then Cammy came to the rescue. Was it a sign, no it was too early in the match wasn’t it? The rest of the game is a bit of a blur to be honest, the Talisker was rapidly consumed and as the game went on I become more confident. It was starting to feel that it just might be our day. Deano then had his chance. I leapt to my feet screaming as he fluffed his shot…NOOO! How could you miss that!! The game wore on. I started to think extra time and penalties. The boys had done good. At least we could be proud of their efforts no matter what the result. Then we broke. The ball went out to the left, Johnson took the pass, moved to the line and swung a cracking cross in. And, wait, there was a wall of yellow in the box, could it be, it could! Big DVT smacked the ball into the back of the net!! I reckon I woke my entire building up with my celebrations. That’s a fair feat as we are 46 floors and I’m on the ground! The next minutes were the longest ever. Then the extra time, where did all that come from? And then their penalty shout. Reminded me a lot about a certain one they were given before, a dutch fellow that looked

a bit like a horse. Karma? I’m not a big believer but as I’m in Asia maybe it’s time to accept that perhaps this just does happen. It would be amiss to talk about my memories of the game without mentioning the sad loss of Jack Kelly. I noticed something not quite right about Kenny at the final whistle, I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time but it really just appeared that there was something wrong. Now we know that, sadly, he had become aware of the tragic circumstances occurring at exactly the same time his team had given the whole town a joyous occasion. It has been said in many places that Jack was able to see his son reach such a highlight of his career, hopefully there is some comfort for the family in this fact. The text’s came flooding in. Yes, I do wish I was there to celebrate but at the same time I was just so happy for the town and for all the fellow Killie fans who like me have waited so long. I started supporting the team the year we got relegated to the old 2nd division. Went to every game home and away until I left the country, witnessing our rise back to the top league. We, the fans, deserved this. Being over 10,000km away must have been really hard before technology. It’s pretty easy now. Facebook, twitter, YouTube and others all make it feel as if your not far away. Yes I wish I was there but really, I did feel like I was.

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Reflections from Killie Couldn’t sleep on the Saturday night so was up till silly o’clock. Went to bed around 2 and woke up at 6:30 to the sound of my daughter being sick. Got that sorted and went back to bed only to get woken up again around 8:30 with her vimiting again ..... that put the haw maws on her first ever football game Ran a couple of errands and headed to the Weston with junior in tow all decked out in blue and white. After a pint and a couple of rolls it was onto the bus and off to the game. Got to the turnstile and was asked by a woman if I had a spare ticket as she and her son (around 6yo) were in different stands. Did a swap with my daughters ticket and after another seat swap inside the ground the mother and son ended up sitting together next to us.... even after a steward tried to get involved and feck everything up!!! -- god I hope he was a Celtic fan!!) When the final whistle went I was up on my seat for the duration of the celebrations and unfortunately I could see the events elsewhere taking place and I still feel a bit guilty that I was so happy while it was going on. Back to the bus and got dropped off at Blacks Bar, into the Wellington for a quick beer then onto John Finnie St for the party. Was up the road at 9:30 absolutely buzzing and doing the rounds of various forums. Quote of the day: “My body should be ashamed of itself” -- My 7yo daughter while watching the Killie fans celebrating without her. Chubbs

RIP Arthur Campbell We mentioned in the last issue that great Killie fan Arthur was in poor health, sadly Arthur passed away on April 17th at the ripe old age of 86. I attended the funeral and was touched by the lovely words of son John during the church service. Arthur was a great family man and a massive Killie fan, something that was mentioned at various points during the service. Arthur had been awarded the KFCSA Fan of the Year award last year and it is very humbling to hear the minister saying how much he loved the award. Our sincere condolences and best wishes go to Arthur’s family and large circle of friends at this very sad time.

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y a d e h t Dick of When I left Hampden I honestly didn’t believe there was anything on God’s earth that could make me any happier……then I saw Lennon’s post match interview. The wee twat really can’t help himself and my grin got even bigger the more that he whined. He lacks class, talks crap and generally has a rant to cover his own shortcomings…….a Scottish version of Neil Warnock if you like. His captain Tatty heid Broon is cut from the same cloth and to hear and see their bitterness made the victory even sweeter….GETITRIGHTUPYE A fantastic and well played to my many Celtic chums who said we totally deserved it. KS had the tactics spot on and

his brave substitution of Dieter for Harkins ultimately won us the game. Come on MJ get the DVD sorted out so I can get another guid greet at a Killie cup win.

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Hippo's Review Once again we have arrived at the end of another long hard season and the final issue of the Hippo for a few months. It appears more and more nowadays that the football headlines are all about referee performances, financial collapse and phsychotic ginger managers however we will try and include some on-field issues as well!! If you rewind to last summer you may remember a bit of uncertainty around the place. We had lost our three most influential players in Eremenko, Sammon and Bryson so when Kenny Shiels was given the manager’s job on a rolling contract he had a bit of wheeling and dealing to do to try and emulate our excellent fifth place finish. On the squad front KS was saying he wanted to bring in fresh young players who he could develop into valuable assets for the club. Obviously this had to be balanced by bringing in some experienced guys and given his budget restrictions I think he did well. Bringing in son Dean on loan from Doncaster was probably the key signing for KS although it did mean he had to fork out extra pocket money for his son. Our pre season fixtures included a jolly jaunt to Northern Ireland and a couple of defeats from Premiership sides Blackburn and Sunderland but performances were decent at times. One obvious aspect to our play was that KS was going to continue the passing game mentality. As stated before it is the right way to play the game but it will cause several heart stopping moments for the East + West stand punters. August was a decent month for us in general as we went unbeaten in our opening four games. Our first goal of the season,

Rory McKeown at Tannadice, ended up winning the KFCSA goal of the season. We opened with three draws plus a convincing win over Hibs however we suffered our first defeat at the end of the month with a 2 – 1 loss at Inverness. September started well with a home win against the Pars and a draw at Aberdeen followed by a Heff hat trick as we battered Queen of the South in the League Cup. I wonder if any one of the 3091 fans in attendance sensed this was the beginning of something really special?? We ended the month with two losses against St Mirren and the tax dodgers. October saw us lose to St Johnstone before a memorable 3 – 3 draw at home to Celtic. My only regret here is that we had a mad 10 minutes or else we may have got rid of the poisoned dwarf who is a constant stain on the Scottish game……many Celtic fans are beginning to realise what a dick he really is. We also managed a home win over East Fife in the cup, did anyone in the 4029 crowd start to dream as that was us in the semis all of a sudden? The draw saw Killie drawn to play the scum at Hampden, history in the making as it was the first ever Ayrshire derby played out side the county borders. November only saw us

play three games but in a way they probably summed up our whole campaign. We started by losing 6 – 3 at home to Inverness, our worst performance for many a long day. Our next home game saw us beat the tax dodgers for the first time in the new Rugby Park. Pasca’s nonchalant head flick will be remembered for a long time as will is comments about doing it for a laugh as he thought he was offside. In between times we managed a draw at Easter Road but the trend seem to be that we raised our game against the top six and flopped against the bottom six. December was a bit of a mixed bag with a win at home to the sheep, a draw away at the arabs then ending the year on a low note with defeats against Celtic and St Johnstone. The year had ended disappointingly but in all honesty the talk among the fans was one thing and one thing only….we must beat the scum in the semi. Anything other than a win didn’t bear thinking about and as the big day got closer the nerves became more frayed. 2012 started well with a win over St Mirren then we knocked Dundee out the Scottish Cup and managed a draw at Aberdeen. That left only one “prep” match before the semi and it couldn’t have gone much worse. We got gubbed 3 – 0 at

home by the seemingly doomed Pars and the only excuse available could be that the players minds ere elsewhere….. just like every single Killie fan. January 28th arrived with Kilie fans travelling from all over the globe to head up the M77 to witness a bit of Killieshire history. We all know how the game went with the filth trying to destroy the whole occasion. Thankfully justice was done and a fine day was had once the tension had lifted. We had another League Cup final to look forward to and in all fairness it couldn’t get any better than then semi…..or could it? We seemed to suffer a bit of reaction to the League Cup exploits by getting knocked out the Scottish at Easter Road and losing league games to Dundee Utd and Hibs. Our only win of the month was another memorable OF victory as we beat the tax dodgers at Ibrox. We also managed a couple of draws but it seemed we were saving our best performances for the top two. We entered cup final month looking to get a few results to get us in the right frame of mind. We started by drawing at home to St Johnstone then travelled north to Inverness where we got a 1 – 1 draw although KS had put out a slightly weakened team. Sunday March 18th and our day in the sun had arrived. You will see the “Day in

the Sun” article in this issue so we won’t go into great detail but it was a day never to be forgotten. Given our league position this was pretty much the climax to our season as we had very little to play for. We were obviously still on a high as we faced high flying Motherwell the following week and had a comfortable 2 – 0 win. We then ended the month with a 4 -2 defeat at Paisley, a result that flattered the hosts. Our final pre-split game was when Celtic came to town needing only a draw to win the title. We got gubbed 6 – 0 with a performance much the same as Rangers at the end of last season. I should have been raging but in all honesty I’ve still got the cup final grin on my face. That all left us in seventh place with nothing at stake for the rest of the season other than the opportunity to blood some youngsters maybe. Overall the season will be remembered for our historic League cup win and rightly so. The manager has done more than enough to earn an extended contract and I’m sure he will face another fight in the summer to hold on to some of our players. His son will be the focus of other club sbut he has stated publicly that he is enjoying his time at Killie so I’m quietly confident he might stay. Both Bell and Kelly have rightfully earned plaudits with some excellent performances and both will attract attention in the summer. We will sell I’m afraid and some inside info indicates that Cammy may have a £350k get out clause……..I hope that proves to be a vicious rumour. As far as budgets are concerned I’m hoping that the pathetic threats from the chairman were just that and KS should be given the same budget. It goes without saying that all clubs are suffering financially one way or another and players are going to have to be realistic when it comes to negotiating new contracts…..roll on the summer sales!! REVIEW OF THE REST At my age the capability of the brain is severely restricted and when it comes to football my

brain only has time for Killie. As far as our SPL rivals are concerned I only have snapshots of their season so please don’t chin me if some of this is wholly inaccurate…….any way here are my thoughts on the other 11 wallopers: ABERDEEN – From a distance it seems the fans are unhappy with the manager, unhappy with the chairman and the team on the park is pretty sh*t…..happy days. They have just lost the Scottish Cup semi final to Hibs and they have finished in the bottom six, I wonder if wee Craig will still be there in the summer or if he will jump on a one way saga bus to a Largs retirement home? CELTIC – I’d like to thank Neil Lennon for his infamous “treble” interview where he intimated that it was a formality. It was a huge inspiration to both Killie and Hearts in gubbing them in both cups. The truth of the matter is that Killie won an unblemished cup, Hearts/Hibs will win an unblemished cup and the bigots won a tainted title……the sooner we see the back of Lennon the better for Scottish football as a whole. DUNDEE UTD – Peter Houston has done a good job with the arabs in my humble opinion. Much like Killie they lost a whack of their best players but Houston has been very shrewd with his replacements. Any manager that can get Jon Daly as a nominee for POTY must be doing something right!! Regardless of how the league table ends up I’d say that Utd are definitely the third best team on their day and they will also have to fight off clubs chasing their young talent in the summer. DUNFERMLINE – I was pleased to see the Pars come up last year but hey have been a huge disappointment both on and off the park. It should be pointed out that like us they have a ridiculous amount of debt and there was no money for Jimmy Mac to try and help them survive in the SPL. The timing of his sacking was a bit strange and JJ would need a miracle to keep them up. Assuming they go down

it will be interesting to see how they readjust financially to life in League One, badly I suspect. It will also be interesting to see if JJ is up for the fight to get them straight back up, again I have my doubts. HEARTS – I can’t help but smile when I think about this lot although I do feel sorry for the crap their fans have to put up with from their owner. Incredibly some of them still support Mad Vlad so perhaps his madness is spreading. My thoughts for this season are all directed towards the Killie players who headed there. They all may have got a wage rise (when they are paid) however all have gone backwards in my book. Kyle has packed them in and is reportedly going to be a Financial advisor. From what I can see he must have been financially advising Rangers for the last twenty years or so!! Mehdi has been a bit player whilst Hamill has done ok but is getting some dogs abuse from the Jambos on their website…… thoughts at the time were he;d be better staying at Killie and I stick by that. HIBS – A strange lot because all I can think of is Pizza + chips at their pie huts but that’s just my belly ruling my head. On the field they have been pretty poor although being a lowly team they will also get plenty of points from Killie. At the time of writing they are sitting second bottom but it would take a miracle for the Pars to catch them. Much like Killie they may well have a season that will be remembered for a cup win although I fancy Hearts to beat them. They simply don’t seem to have recovered from the loss of Colin Nish!!! INVERNESS – It’s going to be good next year for the Howard boozehounds with jaunts both here and Dingwall. Butcher does a decent job up there but they have been disappointing to me this year. They were always hard to beat at home however, with the exception of Killie games, they have lost a lot. I’ll use this opportunity to ask the SPL not to schedule us to

go there in December again!! MOTHERWELL – Arguably team of the year as they have showed a consistency rarely seen by the provincial teams, although it should be pointed out they haven’t beaten us all season. McCall has done well and the fact they were pushing for second place for a while has to be commended. He probably won’t have much in the way of funds come the summer but they always look like a top six side to me these days. RANGERS – A classic case of a club run by egotistical individuals with no regard for fans. Who knows how it will all end up but the SPL better not bend all the rules to suit this corrupt lot…….you do the crime you do the time as they say. This season can be summed up in one word – cheerio. ST MIRREN – Danny Lennon has improved them this year but ultimately their end position will be much the same although relegation was never an issue really. They try and get the ball down and play on the deck and can look decent on their day. Thomson has been a decent signing and will get his fair share of goals. Killie always take a good crowd up there and it’s a decent boozehound day out. ST JOHNSTONE – A good season considering every home game has a “closed door” atmosphere. I reckon their front two have been the main reason for their top six finish and they will struggle to keep Sandaza and Sheridan for next year.

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