Scotland World Cup Qualifying Preview

“File:John McGinn 2019.jpg” by Анна Джалалян is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 LESS than 90 days to go until Scotland’s 23 year wait to kick a ball at a major international tournament will be over. Ever since that dramatic night in Serbia on 12 November, the excitement to the delayed Euro 2020 Finals is buildingContinue reading “Scotland World Cup Qualifying Preview”

John Bleasdale: McInnes became a victim of his own success and change was necessary

EIGHT years ago, Derek McInnes walked into Pittodrielooking to rebuild his own reputation not just Aberdeen’s after his sacking by Bristol City a couple of months earlier. The timing of his arrival at the club was perfect as he was given five dead-rubber post-split fixtures to assess his squad. That final position of eighth place highlighted the task he had inContinue reading “John Bleasdale: McInnes became a victim of his own success and change was necessary”

Betfred Cup Final Preview – St Johnstone v Livingston

“UEFA Cup Final 2007 – Hampden Park, Glasgow” byToxicWeb is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 WHEN the Betfred Cup campaign got underway belatedly in October, very few would’ve predicted that either St Johnstone or Livingston would be even one of the Finalists let alone both. With just four National Cup Finals between them, and having twoContinue reading “Betfred Cup Final Preview – St Johnstone v Livingston”

Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir FC and supporting the local community

LIKE most clubs in Scotland, Stenhousemuir face a challenging period as they look to get through the season without fans at Ochilview, and to be able to restart the current campaign after its recent shutdown. However, the fight for the club to survive beyond the pandemic has not deterred themfrom a vital community initiative thatContinue reading “Jamie Swinney: Stenhousemuir FC and supporting the local community”

John Bleasdale on Neil Doncaster and the SPFL

This is my own personal view on leadership of the SPFL. The final straw for Neil Doncaster, time to go WHAT does Neil Doncaster have to do for SPFL clubs to vote for his removal as Chief Executive of the League? Over eleven years since he took up the post, then with the SPL before they and theContinue reading “John Bleasdale on Neil Doncaster and the SPFL”

Nostalgic touch a good way to end Only An Excuse

Credit: BBC news ONLY An Excuse used to be the thing to look forward to at Hogmanay back in the nineties and early 2000’s. Every end of year, Jonathan Watson would dress up and do great impressions of some of Scottish Football’s biggest names, from Sir Alex Ferguson to Walter Smith, from Kenny Dalglish toContinue reading “Nostalgic touch a good way to end Only An Excuse”

World Cup draw opens up opportunities for Scotland

SCOTLAND might be preparing for their first major tournament in 23 years when they play in the delayed Euro 2020 Finals in June 2021, but the quest for the Qatar 2022 World Cup begins now. In last night’s Qualifying draw, the Scots learned that they will be up against Denmark, Austria, Israel, Faroe Islands andContinue reading “World Cup draw opens up opportunities for Scotland”

No time for hangover effects in Slovakia as Scots seek Nations League Promotion

FRIDAY the thirteenth wasn’t such an unlucky day in Scotland. Thanks to the events of the night before in Serbia, the nation forgot about Coronavirus and its ill-effect on the world and celebrated the men’s National team’s first qualification for a major international tournament since 1998. You could see how much it meant to thisContinue reading “No time for hangover effects in Slovakia as Scots seek Nations League Promotion”

Crowd pilot is step in right direction

MARCH 12 2020, Rangers fans depart from Ibrox Stadium after witnessing their side going down 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last sixteen. Little did they realise at that point that they would be the last set of fans in Scotland to have attended a football match to date. The following day, footballContinue reading “Crowd pilot is step in right direction”

Scots hoping for Nations League momentum boost ahead of the playoffs

AFTER a ten month wait, international football is back this week, and Scotland will be keen to build on recent results ahead of the rearranged Euro 2020 playoff Semi Final in a months time. Little did we know when Scotland beat Kazakhstan back in November that would be the last international for quite some time.Continue reading “Scots hoping for Nations League momentum boost ahead of the playoffs”

Challenges facing the SPFL over this seasons Challenge Cup

By John Bleasdale ORGANISING this seasons Scottish Football schedule has been a logistical nightmare for our governing bodies after the COVID-19 outbreak that curtailed our game for five months. So far, the SPFL and SFA have had to organise a full Premiership card, a reduced Championship to League Two schedule and the Scottish Cup campaignContinue reading “Challenges facing the SPFL over this seasons Challenge Cup”

Time for Positivity at Pittodrie after a few weeks of misery

By John Bleasdale – @JBleasdale81 ABERDEEN have not had much luck at the start of the season. A tepid opening day performance against Rangers was followed by the embarrassment of eight players breaking Scottish Government regulations on social distancing at a local bar, with two of them contracting Coronavirus. As a result, and of the stupidity of BoliContinue reading “Time for Positivity at Pittodrie after a few weeks of misery”

Scottish Football scheduling poses congestion concerns

By John Bleasdale – @JBleasdale81 AFTER almost five months since a competitive game took place in Scotland, the waiting is nearly over with the big kick off in the Premiership twelve days away. Although, for the time being, games will be played behind closed doors, it will be a relief for the players at leastContinue reading “Scottish Football scheduling poses congestion concerns”