J Bleasdale

I am a football fan with a passion for writing, briefly studied journalism before other priorities got in the way. Enjoy blogging as its my way of expressing my thoughts on Scottish Football. Even though I'm an Aberdeen fan primarily, I'm happy to express my impartial views on other clubs.

Scottish Cup Semi Final Preview
By J Bleasdale |

THIS weekend sees the penultimate stage of Scotland’s most prestigious knockout competition as the Semi Finals of the 2016/17 Scottish Cup take place at Hampden. Fans of Hibernian, Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers descend on the National Stadium, hoping their club can take the next step to lifting the oldest trophy in British Football (it should [Read more]

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Faith in Archibald pays off for Jags
By J Bleasdale |

PARTICK Thistle were many people’s tip for relegation at the start of the season, as they have been for the previous three Premiership campaigns. As they’ve done since they returned to Scotland’s top flight in 2013, they’ve survived the drop to the Championship and even avoided the dreaded playoff scenario. The big difference this season, [Read more]

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How Celtic made Six in a row their easiest yet!
By J Bleasdale |

FOOTBALL is often described as an unpredictable game. One thing that is predictable these days, however, is that Celtic are crowned Scottish Champions, such is the financial gap between them and the rest. On Sunday, the Hoops clinched their sixth consecutive Premiership title with a thumping 5-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle, often a difficult [Read more]

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Why this weekends Highland Derby is the ultimate six pointer
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County were elected to the Scottish Football League back in 1994, few could’ve predicted the impact both clubs would have on our game. In the 23 years, they’ve climbed the Leagues, established themselves in the top flight and even collected a major trophy apiece along their amazing journey, with [Read more]

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How Motherwell’s dip stems from a Manager who’s lost the plot
By J Bleasdale |

MOTHERWELL fans take pride in the fact their club has the third longest run in Scotland’s top flight, bettered only by Celtic and Aberdeen. However, their 32 year reign is under threat following a run of dismal results and performances that leave the Fir Park club just two points above second bottom Inverness and just [Read more]

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Is Clark exit a blow or boost for Killie?
By J Bleasdale |

AFTER one year and one day into the job, Lee Clark decided to exit Kilmarnock in favour of League One strugglers Bury. Clark departs Rugby Park with the club narrowly in the top six and just four points ahead of Hamilton, who occupy the dreaded playoff position, having overseen 22 player arrivals in just two [Read more]

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Why a manager isn’t the only thing Rangers should change
By J Bleasdale |

FRIDAY nights events at Ibrox will go down as one of the biggest PR disasters in the history of Rangers Football Club. At around 9pm, they publically announced that they accepted the resignations of Manager Mark Warburton, his number two David Weir and Head of Recruitment Frank McParland, only for Warburton to declare 40 minutes [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Fifth Round Preview
By J Bleasdale |

SIXTEEN teams one dream! Yes, it’s Scottish Cup Fifth Round weekend and the road to Hampden gets ever closer for the eight sides who will advance to the Quarter Finals of the famous old competition. Unlike our spoilt counterparts down south, the national Cup competition means something to the clubs up here and are all [Read more]

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Return of the Premiership – what’s in store?
By J Bleasdale |

FRESH from their mid-season break and last weekends Scottish Cup ties, Premiership action returns this weekend. Although the title race is already effectively over, with the fat lady well and truly warming up, there is still enough interest to keep punters betting on outcomes such as who will finish best of the rest, take up [Read more]

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Is Ryan Christie worth the gamble?
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN James Maddison’s loan deal expired at the beginning of the month, Aberdeen needed to fill the gap with another creative midfielder capable of unlocking a sturdy defence and winning a game with a piece of skill and brilliance. Initial talk was that the £6million man from Norwich would be allowed to continue his development [Read more]

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