Friday, June 18, 2010

Well that's the 2010/11 league fixtures announced and not only are they not giving me a very exciting football odyssey (although I still have the non league ones to come), they just confirm what a difficult season East Fife have in store.

A combination of some pretty poor play last season, losing the only player we had that could regularly put the ball in the net and a horrible lack of quality signings so far, means I'm not very optimistic for the season that lies ahead. In all honesty, as it stands right now, I'd put us as favourites for either a spot in the relegation playoffs or the automatic relegation place itself.

I sincerely hope the players and management prove me dramatically wrong.

The League season kicks off on Saturday 7th August with a home match against those club killing bastards of Airdrie United. Having hopefully had two good Cup performances under our belts against Brechin City and Raith Rovers, there are a couple of positives to this.

First off, a home opener is always nice, but most importantly, having got rid of all their players, Airdrie don't have a team at present, so hopefully we can catch them cold with a lack of coherence and unity amongst whatever players they do assemble between now and the season start.

If it hadn't been for their mass clear out, you'd have backed them to be amongst the favourites for promotion back to the First Division, the yo yo club that they are. They always seem to pull themselves together or get the lucky breaks, so getting one of the games against them out of the way so soon is great.

Not so great is the fact that we then play them away from home in the last match of the season. How the hell does that work out? Excelsior Stadium hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Fife, so I wouldn't fancy our chances for going there needing something to stay up on the final day.

Our "derby" game is now Peterhead. Sigh. But at least we're at home for the New Year's game on January 2nd, so no long trip up north for the hungover masses. We find ourselves away yet again on Boxing Day though, to guess who? Airdrie Fucking United.

Looking at our run in, it doesn't make good reading. I fancy the top four to be Livingston, Peterhead, Ayr United and Brechin, with Alloa and Airdrie not being far behind. Those six teams make up six of our last seven games, with only Stenhousemuir, who should be battling away in the basement with us, providing some respite in there.

Horrendous potentially. Let's just hope we bag some points early on in the campaign, especially with four of our last six matches being away from home.

The other potential nightmare scenario for us is that the second leg of the playoff final is on Sunday 22nd May. One day after the Scottish Cup final. How can we possibly be expected to play two games in 48 hours? Shocking!

I don't want to be too doom and gloom before a ball is even kicked in anger, but let's hope that we see a rash of summer signings to warm our cockles, as the fixtures haven't done it!

C'mon the Fife.

You can view East Fife's full set of fixtures HERE.


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