Allan, Baz & Brief Website History!
Allan, Baz & Brief Website History!
The most famous URL in Ayrshire was owned and operated by Killie fanatics Allan Auld and Barry Richmond for many years before being gifted to the supporter's groups to help them consolidate and grow the fan base of Scotland's oldest professional football club. Allan is a Killie exile who now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Yvonne and two step-daughters whereas Baz, his wife Kitty and daughter Erin, hail from Hurlford which is just a stones throw away from Kilmarnock.
Allan created "The Killie Experience" website in February 1999 at Geocities before moving the whole thing to its own killiefc.com domain in November of the same year. The following August (2000) after the Association's KTS (Kissin' the Squirrels) magazine was cut, Allan invited Baz to become a co-publisher of the site, and that's when it all started getting out of control!
The site 'moved' to the Rivals.net network as their Killie representatives in January 2001, and stayed there and built up a fair sized community until Rivals.net decided in their infinite wisdom to pull the plug on their Scottish sites around May 2002. There was no question that killiefc.com just had to continue, so after one false start, it moved once again to an independent host and a dedicated server that would be able to cope with the traffic and resultant bandwidth problems caused by the site's popularity.
Surprisingly after leaving the country-wide network the viewing figures actually increased and killiefc.com was recording circa 45-50,000 'hits' monthly during the playing season, despite losing the traffic of rival fans. The now famous/infamous (delete as appropriate) "Killie Kickback" forums are as popular as ever despite the advent of social media such as Facebook and Twitter...although we did bow to convention and you can find us there as well.
Friday August 21st 2015 was the dawn of a new era and the 'new' killiefc.com was launched as a portal for all the Killie fans organisations (Trust/KFCSA/YK). Ian, Steven and Claire at local company PlanB put everything together and there was a 'soft launch', or phase one if you will, just after the start of the football season. There is still loads of backfilling to do... the hard work is just beginning but it is, for all Killie fans involved, a labour of love.
In the early years we took votes at the end of the season up until 2005-06 when we moved everything over to the forums and instituted a points system based on "Man of the Match" polls after every game. This gave a truer reflection of the season as a whole and the most worthy winner of the award. There have been many trophies, and awards handed out to young players, here is a list of the winners to date:
E-Mail thread on prior year's voting - HERE
Novemeber 1999 the Killiefc.com URL purchased.
Killiefc.com had its one millionth unique daily front page "hit" in March 2005, second millionth on
October 20th 2006 and the third millionth hit on January 13th 2008.
In 2002-03 the website sponsored midfielder Stevie "Baggio" Fulton.
In 2004-05 the website sponsored midfielder Allan "Magic" Johnston.
In July 2010 we crossed the four million mark of unique daily front page hits.
In July 2013 we crossed the seven million mark and prior to changing format the 'old' killiefc.com racked up more than 9.6 million unique front page hits in total...which pretty much knocked any other Killie website out of the park...many thanks to all our members for their continued loyalty.
In August 2015 the site 'changed hands' and became a portal for all the Killie fans organisations.
DROA is the site's annual registration holder.
Please note that all photos which appear on the site are copyright Scottish News & Sport (SNS 1999-2002), www.wireimage.com (2006 onwards), Tom Brown (who sadly passed away May 2007), Sandy Ferguson (who also sadly passed away in September 2017) and Ross Mackenzie and are used with full permission. If this website infringes on any copyright whatsoever, please email the network webmaster. Any un-credited shots are copyright killiefc.com. A special thanks to the late Sandy Ferguson for all the hard work and effort that he has put in over the years, Killie fans the world over owe him a debt of gratitude for the quality of his images and his willingness to supply them to killiefc.com purely out of the goodness of his heart.
There are many fans who contribute to the site but we would like to give a big thank you to all the moderators on the Killie Kickback Fan Forums, especially Craig Benson and Roy Ferguson. Sandy (The Killie Hippo) Armour for many articles and all the effort he has put in with events down the years. Blair Miller and Alan McDougal who have saved the website with their coding expertise on many occasions, Stuart Little who has supplied many old programme images for our history archives, and finally Alan Walker and Martin Le Roy (who designed our new logo) who help moderate the forums and much more.
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