Away From The Numbers


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Welcome once more to 'View From The Bay' and, with the close-season upon us, we thought this time we’d do a cricket special! Aye, so we will.


The bookies have released the odds for Division 3, and the early birds managed to get 7/2 The Fife. Stranraer are favourites, which is far funnier than anything I can write quite honestly, so no further comment on that.

Reckon the bookies should do some of those special bets on Division 3 though. How about odds on where most off-field punch-ups will happen. Arbroath’s tunnel, Arbroath’s car park, or anywhere around Firs Park must be up with the favourites (no names mentioned on that last one – we don’t want to savage anybody). Biggest diddy goalie? Sorry Muff, but Andy Reid has moved from Montrose to Forfar and must be odds-on to emulate last year’s award.

Here are some others we think might be worth a punt (or not):-

McManus & O’Reilly to score more than 100 goals between them … 4/6
EF to react to Dumbarton’s signing of Brian McPhee by bringing back Dougie Barron … 1000/1
Robbie Raeside to run more yards chasing the ball than he does shouting at refs … 5000/1

Remember, gamble responsibly.


Meanwhile, our new kits have been revealed for next season, and they’re horrible. Good thinking from the Club, ignore the winners of the Design-A-Strip competition and go with ones that look like they finished 42nd and 43rd in the Under-4’s category. Are we trying to take the heat off the knobs that wasted good money on that Olympic logo the other week or what? Mind you, the new kits should at least assure us of a few extra points over the season as our opponents will think they’re still pissed from Friday night, get dizzy and fall over.


Alex McLeish is apparently trying to convince Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor to turn out for Scotland even though, wait for it, he’s not Scottish. Right, so he’s not off the Methilhill Agbonlahor’s then? The 20-year-old was born in England but qualifies through his Scottish mother. Dundee Utd manager and prick Craig Levein has been quoted as saying that Scotland should play more English-born players. Happily though, no-one listens to the big Jessie anyway.


As I write this, we await the fixtures for the new season. The usual questions occupy our minds. Who do we open the season against, what are the big away-days and will we get Elgin or Stranraer as our local derby? This season though the big question must be - where might we clinch the Championship? And to check this, do we look at the fixtures for February or March? Ah, the dilemmas.