Largs Thistle legend George Wall writes for the News about football matters local, national and international...

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Two games in the week and two defeats. Not good reading for Largs.

Performances may have been good but better playing poor and scrapping a victory.  The Ashfield result really surprised me, but after they came back from 2-0 down to beat Kilbirnie 5-2, I should have known better.

Largs are now sitting 10th in the league after last week's loss to Talbot, with two hard cup games in the coming weeks against Johnstone Burgh and Lochee United. I think it's key progression is made in the cups. I feel you need a cup run to keep players excited and focused about the season ahead.

Regarding the Talbot game, this was a comment from one of their supporters. “We even got a soccer lesson on Wednesday from Largs and stole three points which I gladly took.” I think Largs would have rather have had the three points.

I see Glenafton, who are sitting secnd bottom of the league, have parted company with their management team of Mark Roberts and Gary Harkins. They did not last long. They were only appointed at the beginning of September and their 12 games in charge yielded four wins, three draws and five defeats.

Mark and Gary are two guys with a lot of football knowledge and experience. A tough committee down there.


Two games for Scotland too, and two draws. A few years ago I guess the country would have thought those as good results - but were they?

We never made Pot 2 in the draw for the Euros, the draw for which takes place on December 2, and I think we showed a lot of work is still required to get to the knockout stages of a major tournament.

One thing I thought strange was the lack of game time given to Lawrence Shankland against Norway.

How far Lawrence has come since he played with Morton - I don’t think many Morton fans would have expected him to reach the levels he has.


In England, Everton have been docked 10 points for breaking the financial rules of the Premier League.

It’s being reported that Manchester City and Chelsea could be relegated if they are found to have broken the rules. If that were to happen it could that being the start of a breakaway European League that was mooted before or even a Europe and Middle East League. I just can’t see Manchester City or Chelsea accepting that type of punishment.