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.

Betfred Cup Semi Final Preview
By J Bleasdale |

FOUR teams, one venue, one aim! Yes it’s the Semi Finals of the Betfred League Cup this weekend. On Saturday, holders Celtic take on Hibernian at Hampden, which also hosts the second Semi Final on Sunday when Rangers face Motherwell. It promises to be two interesting ties for various reasons. The Celtic and Hibs match [Read more]

Posted in League Cup
Why Strachan and the SFA were right to end their partnership
By J Bleasdale |

BRUSSELS, October 2012. Scotland are limping to a 2-0 defeat in Belgium in the final game of the despairing Craig Levein reign when the Tartan Army unfurl a banner entitled “Strachan: Save Our Scotland!” They got their wish in January 2013 when the SFA appointed the former Celtic, Coventry, Southampton and Middlesbrough Manager as Levein’s [Read more]

Posted in International
The Tenth post-Mortem into another failed campaign
By J Bleasdale |

ON last weeks Scottish Football Forums podcast, I predicted that one of the likely scenarios from Scotland’s remaining two World Cup Qualifying matches was that we’d beat Slovakia to give ourselves a chance of the playoffs – then blow it by failing to beat Slovenia. Unfortunately, my prediction was spot on! This isn’t something I [Read more]

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Throwback Thursday: The last time we qualified for the World Cup
By J Bleasdale |

TONIGHT, Scotland face Slovakia in a must-win match to keep alive their playoff ambitions for a second bite at World Cup Qualification – and bring to an end a twenty year wait to play in a major international tournament. In a campaign that began disastrously, with just four points from the first four matches, Gordon [Read more]

Posted in International
Will the Scotland turnaround be complete or is it another false dawn?
By J Bleasdale |

TWELVE months ago, it looked like the Road to Russia was shut on Scotland. Two appalling results, a lucky home draw with Lithuania and a resounding 3-0 thumping in Slovakia, put the Scots World Cup Qualifying campaign in serious jeopardy and looked as though was going to push Manager Gordon Strachan out of a job. [Read more]

Posted in International
Will Coyle be Owen County a debt of gratitude for reviving his managerial career?
By J Bleasdale |

JUNE 2009: Owen Coyle’s managerial stock is high having achieved an unlikely promotion to the Premier League with Burnley, a club who had less than half the resources of their main Championship rivals. He was approached by Celtic, then seeking a new boss to replace Gordon Strachan. Coyle rejected his boyhood heroes to have a [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
Why ditching McIntyre is a big risk for Ross County
By J Bleasdale |

THE sacking season is well and truly underway as the International break looms large. Yesterday, Peter Houston became the first Championship casualty of the season after a dreadful start to their campaign. By lunchtime today, Ross County followed suit by giving Jim McIntyre his P45 after a run of six Premiership games without a victory, [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
Houston’s Crash-landing and Robbo’s unhappy return – desperate times for Championship Pair!
By J Bleasdale |

BEFORE a ball was kicked in the Scottish Football season, Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle were touted as two of the four main contenders for promotion to the top flight along with St Mirren and pre-season favourites Dundee United. The Bairns had been knocking on the door of a Premiership return for the first time [Read more]

Betfred Cup Quarter Final Preview
By J Bleasdale |

EIGHT teams, four ties, one step away from Hampden. It’s Quarter Final week in this seasons Betfred League Cup and there are some tasty matches in store as each side vies for a place in the Semi Finals at the National Stadium. BT Sport are covering three of the matches across each night from tomorrow [Read more]

Posted in League Cup
From Paris to Palmerston: the rise and fall of James McFadden
By J Bleasdale |

  JAMES McFadden was a modern day icon amongst the Tartan Army during the 2000’s. After bursting onto the scene as a teenager straight into the International setup under Berti Vogts, McFadden had a talent that no other Scottish player showed at that time. He had a swagger, a wand of a left foot, the [Read more]