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.

Archibald needs another Christmas miracle to halt Thistle’s slide
By J Bleasdale |

PARTICK Thistle go into a busy festive schedule rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, four points adrift of Ross County and Dundee with a game in hand to come against Celtic at Parkhead. It’s a similar tale to twelve months ago when the Jags were bottom of the table, and they had a [Read more]

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McInnes stays, now he must refocus and galvanise Aberdeen again
By J Bleasdale |

SIX weeks of mayhem and speculation that Derek McInnes would jump ship and join Rangers is over as he has, at last, confirmed that he is staying at Aberdeen, despite a formal approach from his boyhood team. Aberdeen confirmed in a statement, including quotes from the manager himself, that McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty [Read more]

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Time the media accepted McInnes is HAPPY at Aberdeen
By J Bleasdale |

EVER since Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha following a disastrous six months in the Ibrox hot seat, large sections of the Scottish media have went into overdrive in trying to get Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to replace the Portuguese flop. For four weeks, we’ve had to endure endless assurances that McInnes, a former Rangers player and [Read more]

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Throwback Thursday – Classic League Cup Finals
By J Bleasdale |

THREE days to go until the first major trophy is handed out as Celtic and Motherwell go head-to-head in the Betfred League Cup Final. The competition has been devalued by some over the years, particularly since the loss of a European place after the 1996/97 season, but it’s seen some enthralling Finals and had the [Read more]

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Betfred Cup Final Preview – The Phil O’Donnell Final
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN Motherwell last appeared in the Final of the League Cup in 2005, the occasion marked the tenth anniversary of former player Davie Cooper’s death. The Final became the CIS Coop Final in memory of the winger who graced the shirts of both ‘Well and their opponents Rangers. Call it fate or freakish coincidence, this [Read more]

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Why Regan should O’Neill down and beg for Michael!
By J Bleasdale |

NORTHERN Ireland’s playoff defeat to Switzerland last weekend was heartbreaking for two reasons. There’s the obvious in that their long wait to qualify for a World Cup gets extended to 32 years, and harder to take given that they missed out to a disputed penalty over the two legs. More worryingly for the Northern Irish [Read more]

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Kitted out! The best and worst of Scotland kits.
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND release their bi-annual home and away kits tomorrow. There have been some classics over the years, from the plain Italia 90 kit to the unusual blue with gold trimmed Euro 2008 Qualifying outfit, from mellow yellow of 1985/86 to the white with blue saltire remembered in Paris 2007. Then there’s been the controversial, stretching [Read more]

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Record seeking Celtic return to the scene of the last domestic crime
By J Bleasdale |

MAY 2016, the penultimate game of the 2015/16 season. St Johnstone inflict a 2-1 defeat on a Celtic side, who’d just clinched their fifth title in a row, in a bog standard end of season game where neither side had anything to play for. Little did anyone know back then that the Hoops would go [Read more]

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Barking mad Pedro on his bike as Rangers unnecessary gamble fails
By J Bleasdale |

THE dog has barked, Pedro Caixinha is cycling away from Ibrox, towing a caravan of destruction. Yes, the Portuguese manager leaves Rangers with a legacy based on crazy statements and poor results, resulting in his dismissal after less than 300 days into a three year contract. Normally, you’d feel sorry for a manager for losing [Read more]

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Robinson’s Special Ingredients a recipe for Motherwell to savour
By J Bleasdale |

STEPHEN Robinson’s appointment as Motherwell Manager back in March was viewed as underwhelming, with many blasting the club in opting for the so-called cheap option to replace Mark McGhee. Having just done enough to preserve the clubs 33 year stint in Scotland’s top flight, most pundits and bloggers, including yours truly, tipped the Fir Park [Read more]

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