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 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]

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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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