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.

Time for Scottish Clubs to deliver again on the continental stage
By J Bleasdale |

SEASON 2007/08 was a campaign where Scottish Football showed signs of progress. Both the Old Firm were in the Champions League, Aberdeen went into the Group Stages of the UEFA Cup (since renamed the Europa League), Celtic defeated defending Champions AC Milan en route to the last 16 of the Champions League, Rangers dropped into [Read more]

Scotland v England review
By J Bleasdale |

THERE are many words that could sum up the drama that unfolded at Hampden on Saturday. At the start, there was excitement as kick off approached in this Auld Enemy World Cup qualifier. Frustration at an inept first half performance where Scotland were fortunate to still be level. Hope when Leigh Griffiths’ first free kick [Read more]

Posted in International
Don despair, we’ll be back!
By J Bleasdale |

PRIDE, despair, respect, hope! These are the four words that spring to mind when assessing the Scottish Cup Final that I witnessed my beloved Aberdeen lose at the very end to Celtic. Pride would describe the performance. Aberdeen gave everything they had on Saturday, were the better side for at least 50 minutes that had [Read more]

Posted in Scottish Cup
Scottish Cup Final 2016/17 Preview – Aberdeen v Celtic
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTTISH Football’s main showpiece occasion is just three days away when the best two sides in the country this season, Aberdeen and Celtic, take to the Hampden turf on Saturday in the Scottish Cup Final. This will be the seventh time the two sides have met in the Final, Celtic winning the first three in [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Final Throwback: The last time the Cup went to the Granite City
By J Bleasdale |

LAST season, Hibs ended the longest running joke in Scottish Football by ending a 114 year wait for a Scottish Cup triumph. This year, it’s the turn of another one of Scottish Footballs bigger sides outside the Old Firm to end a long hoodoo since they last lifted the famous old trophy. Aberdeen’s famine may [Read more]

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How the 1995 Cup win inspired Celtic to greater things
By J Bleasdale |

CELTIC are just 90 minutes from Scottish Football immortality. 46 domestic matches have been played across three competitions, 14 opponents have tried their luck and Brendan Rodgers side are still undefeated in the Scottish season. Even by their standards, and Celtic are miles ahead of the rest of Scottish Football on and off the pitch, [Read more]

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Betting scandal: how can the trend be halted?
By J Bleasdale |

BREAKING stories of Football figures in the game, whether it’d be players or chairmen, being investigated for breaking the authorities strict gambling rules is growing arms and legs. This weeks revelations saw Annan Chairman Henry McClelland and Inverness midfielder Lewis Horner being investigated for a huge number of bets stretching back a few years, including [Read more]

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The Lanarkshire Derby with an extra edge
By J Bleasdale |

FOR large parts of the season, more than half the Premiership table were embroiled in a relegation battle, with all bottom seven sides separated by just eight points at the end of February. Partick Thistle secured top flight football for next season by finishing in the top six prior to the 33 game split, leaving [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
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]

Posted in Premiership