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Duo to Return for Second Trial

Reports have emerged in Scotland that teenage Ayr United duo Robbie Crawford and Mark Shankland are to have a second trial at Blues next week.

Crawford (18) and Shankland (17) trialled with the u21 players last month and have done sufficiently well to be invited back to trial with the first team next week.

Crawford is in line to be the young player of the year for the Scottish Second Division side who are remain just outside the playoffs in sixth place. Shankland is Ayr’s youngest ever goalscorer having netted aged just 17 years and 17 days against East Stirling in August 2012 and has been tracked by Premier League clubs in England.

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29 Responses to “Duo to Return for Second Trial”

  • mark says:

    Excellent Dan, possibly more exciting young players who might apply their trade at our club……..kro

    • Ali Duncan says:

      This is pleasing that we’re looking at these kind of young hungry players to blend in with our current crop.

      Hopefully Mitch, Will and Callum sign new LONG deals at the end of this capmpaign.

      • Ali Duncan says:

        or campaign even.

        It’s also so pleasing that Lee can clear the decks in the summer regarding the older pros and try to bring in more of these type of young, fit and (also cheap) keen players. Clark has proved he can cultivate raw talent and I look forward to seeing how he develops even more promising youngster over the summer and into next season.

        • mark says:

          totally agree Duncan this is where our future lie’s now, keep our fingers crossed that those three players you mentioned sign longer contracts mate……they have been joy to watch them grow.. Shame about Will hopefully he will come back stronger, from reports out he making good progress……

        • Mortonsblue says:

          You mean like Mullins, Ambrose. Lovenkrands, Robinson and Elliot? I wonder who signed them in the first place?

          • Paul Carter the visionary he says:

            You mean those signings we were all praising at the time? So they haven’t worked out Id agree but lots more have especially the loanees. Unless you know a manager who’s every signing works out?

          • Ali Duncan says:

            In fairness Darren Ambrose has had injury problems and Elliott was a Hughton signing.

          • Mirkwood says:

            And Robinson has put in some sterling shifts since he was an “emergency” one-month signing.

        • steve says:

          Hopefully Clark won’t be here next season.

  • dave mann says:

    there must be some potential there if lee wants to see them again.
    it would just add more youth to our squad, and if they do inpress
    we could have them back for next season and lees lads would
    be stronger and ready to pounce on the rest of the championship
    next season.KRO.

    • Ali Duncan says:

      Classic – I love that you’re on board with Lee’s Lads Dave. It reminds me of that General Melchett line in Blackadder Goes Forth about liking a word and asking Darling to make a note of it as he’d like to use it more often in conversation.

  • Paul Carter the visionary he says:

    Brilliant work by Lee and his team.

    Just the right age to develop and bring through like he had with the other kids.

    Just hope he gets some kind of budget to wheel and deal with in the summer as Im sure he’ll spot a few bargains out there.

    On the subject of Ayr United has anybody else on OP watched Blues play a competitive match there or is it just me :)

  • Paul Carter the visionary he says:

    Correct in 1974

    • Ali Duncan says:

      You and about three others there I would guess.

      Reminds me of being on holiday in Perth as a kid and me and the old man went to St. Johnstone v Real Valladolid in a pre-season friendly. The gate was about 400 and there were zero away fans in attendance. Tidy little ground actually and the Saints fans were really friendly.

      • Paul Carter the visionary he says:

        No Ali, there were a few Blues made that trip. Got a hazy memory of John the Driver taking a mad coachload up there. All that way for a midweek nil-niller but a bit of history as that game was Blues only competitive game in Scotland. I went on the Scotland pre season tour some years back at Livingston, Motherwell and Partick which was a great crack.

        • Euston 9.18 says:

          Think BLUES were suppose to play celtic or rangers on that tour.

          But the police got involved & politely in Scottish terms remarked…..

          “No fecking way Jimmy” !!

          • Paul Carter the visionary he says:

            There were some Rangers fans at all our games on that tour, mates of some of our more ‘fervent’ fans lol. I remember Cardiff were in Glasgow at the same time as us but for all the Internet rumour no clashes happened. None that I heard about anyhow.

  • dave mann says:

    ive got no problem with lees lads because its him thats brought them threw
    and he deserves all the credit.
    trouble is though we might need a play room as well as a dressing room if
    we carry on at this rate.
    there getting younger and younger but you wont see me having a problem
    with that. keep them comming lee. KRO.

    • mark says:

      nor me dave happily watch these lads, lets hope they dont get too young otherwise we have the youngest team ever…………..lol

      • Ali Duncan says:

        And make most on here I’m sure feel like old geezers. Maik Taylor was always my marker – as long as he was in the team I felt young.

    • Blueboy 88 says:

      Why does Lee Clark deserve all the credit ?

      Hancox & Reilly have both been within the Birmingham City youth system since the age of 8 ,
      & Packwood joined the academy at the age of 14. Thats over 25 years of nurturing , coaching, &
      support offered by by the clubs youth & academy systems.

      A bit of respect to all concerned is due.

  • dave mann says:

    it would be interesting to know what is the youngest team ever to get
    promoted to the premier league, because next season we will become
    that youngest team ever, no danger.
    over confident, frankly i dont give a dam!!!! KRO.

  • steve says:

    Lets wait and see if he still brings in young inexperienced players if our circumstances change.I only see relegation with a squad of players from Scotlands lower divisions.

  • Tony says:

    Bob Latchford, Dave Latchford, Kenny Burns, Trevor Francis, Joe Gallagher. Malcom Page. eeerrrr
    should we not keep this in perspective?.

    • mark says:

      are you still stuck in the 70’s era Tony, you named some great players, players I can say I have seen .. but we are now in 2013 move on chap…otherwise you will end up eating yourself up…..support your team, if you don’t that your loss….43 years difference…mate you making me feel old…


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