L Dunsire

Hearts supporter and film enthusiast from Musselburgh. Follow me on Twitter @lauriedunsire

The Promise of Youth: Past & Present
By L Dunsire |

Much has been made in recent times about the sorry state of Scottish football and the dire situation that our game is in. The national side may have experienced a slight resurgence in form of late, however our club game has seldom been so heavily criticised. I’ve never been convinced that our game is quite [Read more]

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Czeching out the Euros & falling in love with football
By L Dunsire |

As the European Championships draw ever closer I’ve started to feel rather nostalgic, as it was this very tournament that made me fall in love with football, 16 years ago. I was a bit of a late starter when it came to having an interest in this sport. I wasn’t dragged to matches as a [Read more]

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Do UEFA Care About Football?
By L Dunsire |

“We care about football” A bold statement indeed, and one that you will often find connected to UEFA. But how much do they REALLY care about football? Many will argue that it is, in fact, money that UEFA care most about it. It wouldn’t really be a surprise, but while they chase the seemingly endless [Read more]

The SPL: Defenders of the faith or lacking perspective?
By L Dunsire |

An SPL club struggling financially. A wealthy owner no longer backing them. Players unhappy over unpaid wages. Cutbacks desperately required. The very future of the club being called into question. Looking for a new buyer and fresh investment. Crippling debt. Sound familiar? This certainly could be Hearts that I’m referring to, and it could be [Read more]

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A Message to you Rudi
By L Dunsire |

We seldom see such a perfect match in football between player and club as the one that exists between Rudi Skácel and Heart of Midlothian. He is the Romeo to our Juliet, the Lancelot to our Guinevere, the Harry to our Sally. OK, maybe that’s too far, it’s not THAT kind of love, well not [Read more]

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Diving, Cheating & Sufficient Contact
By L Dunsire |

Sone Aluko’s theatrical fall, one that ultimately resulted in Rangers taking a decisive two goal lead against Dunfermline last week, has dominated the back pages since. The former Aberdeen winger has now been punished for his actions, prompting heated debate among the Scottish football masses. While Aluko’s actions were undoubtedly deplorable, they are not uncommon, [Read more]

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Time to stop getting shirty over celebrations
By L Dunsire |

As Rudi Skacel ended Hearts’ goal drought last month, firing a typically clinical finish past Inverness keeper Ryan Esson, something considerably more poignant was celebrated by the Czech midfielder. As he turned to receive the adulation from the Gorgie faithful he lifted his maroon jersey over his head, revealing a t-shirt underneath emblazoned with the [Read more]

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12 months on at Pittodrie: McGhee vs Brown
By L Dunsire |

The start of December marked a full year since Aberdeen parted company with Mark McGhee, and ironically it also began with the same fixture that ended McGhee’s dismal reign as manager. So, 12 months on, has new Dons boss Craig Brown made significant improvement at Pittodrie? The obvious place to start is the game against [Read more]

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Blogathon – The Day Has Arrived!
By L Dunsire |

At midday today Tom Hall, of the Scottish Football Blog, kicks off his 24-hour charity blogathon, in aid of Alzheimer Scotland and the Homeless World Cup. His plan is to write an article every hour, each at least 500 words in length. The subject matter for these articles is not yet decided, so if you’d like to [Read more]

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12,000 words, 24 hours, 1 man – all for a worthy cause!
By L Dunsire |

This weekend, in the good name of charity, football blogger Tom Hall will put himself through a challenging 24 hours. Tom, who runs the popular website The Scottish Football Blog, appeared recently on the Scottish Football Forums Podcast, where he explained to us exactly what his 24-hour “Blogathon” entails. “On the 19th of November I’ll be [Read more]

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