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.

How Aaron is getting Back Onside with Mental Health
By J Bleasdale |

DRESSING rooms are often the closest places in football, where the bond between players is often formed and the banter flows. Whether it’d be practical jokes or letting the manager vent his anger at poor performances, it is the place where the players come together. It can also be a lonely place. Personal problems are [Read more]

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Cyprus done, the small matter of Belgium next
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN Scotland games come around, they should come with a health warning! No matter how many times they put us through the mill, they find a new way to toy with our emotions, and Saturday’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus. As it looked as though they were going to have a draw snatched from [Read more]

Posted in International
Scotland – Women’s World Cup Preview
By J Bleasdale |

WITH the domestic season over, attentions turn to the International scene this week as Steve Clarke takes charge of his first two matches as Scotland Manager against Cyprus and Belgium. However, the crucial Euro 2020 double header is likely to be overshadowed by their female counterparts, who are taking part in their first ever World [Read more]

Clarke was a shoe in for the Scotland job, can he prove he’s the perfect fit?
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN Alex McLeish was removed from his post as Scotland manager last month, it was a certainty that his successor was going to be a Scot. After the reign of Berti Vogts, the thought of another foreign manager was never going to be accepted by a short sighted SFA and media. That approach meant that [Read more]

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Lower League Playoff Preview
By J Bleasdale |

TEN clubs, 16 matches, one aim – avoiding relegation or winning promotion! The League season maybe over in the Championship and Leagues One and Two, but the drama is far from over as the end of season Playoffs kicks off tomorrow night. Whilst Ayr, Inverness and Dundee United will be fighting it out for the [Read more]

Posted in Articles
Billy McNeill – the man who laid the foundations for Alex Ferguson
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN the announcement of Billy McNeill’s passing was made, naturally tributes poured in for the first British Captain to lift the European Cup with Celtic in 1967. Most tributes will point to the fact McNeill was a great Celtic Captain during their dominance under Jock Stein from mid sixties to early seventies, and oversaw four [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Semi Final Preview 2019
By J Bleasdale |

THE penultimate stage of this years William Hill Scottish Cup is just days away, with four sides hoping this weekend isn’t their last trip to Hampden. Fans of Hearts, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Aberdeen and Celtic will descend on the south side of Glasgow confident that their side will reach the Final on 25 May. There’s [Read more]

Time for Maxwell and Co to act before it’s too late
By J Bleasdale |

ALEX McLeish was a hero of mine when I started following football. He’d captained Aberdeen to Scottish Cup glory in 1990 and was one of the few Scotland players who came away from Italia ’90 with plaudits having performed well during that summers World Cup. For a while, he was doing pretty well as a [Read more]

Scotland Euro 2020 Preview
By J Bleasdale |

THE road to end 22 years of tournament famine begins in under seven days time for Scotland! When the European Championships get underway next June, that will be how long it’s been since we last kicked a ball in a major competition. Back then, fans were disappointed at going out of the France ’98 World [Read more]

Posted in Articles, International
Time for the clubs and authorities to step up to the idiots trying to ruin our game!
By J Bleasdale |

CAN you imagine what Celtic Park, Ibrox, Tynecastle and Easter Road would look like with 20 foot plus netting in front of all four stands? It would look ridiculous wouldn’t it on a matchday and pictures of fans are obscured by stitched up squares going up and down in front of them. It’d look even [Read more]

Posted in SFF