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.

World Cup Throwback – France 98: When the Scots took centre stage!
By J Bleasdale |

TWO long decades have passed since Scotland’s last appearance at any major tournament, and the pain at missing out doesn’t ease any. Five European Championships and five World Cups have passed us by as campaign after campaign ebbed away into failure. Instead of getting ready to face the World’s best, we’ve become the warm up [Read more]

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World Cup Throwback – the shocks!
By J Bleasdale |

EVERY World Cup produces a shock result here and there, often propelling an unlikely side pushing to the latter stages of the tournament. From Cameroon’s defeat of Argentina at Italia ’90 to Costa Rica humbling Uruguay and Italy en route to the 2014 Quarter Finals, the World Cup has seen so called minnows emerge from [Read more]

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World Cup Throwback: The Iconic Players
By J Bleasdale |

THREE weeks today, the 21st World Cup gets underway when Russia take on Saudi Arabia in Moscow. With the eyes of the World watching over five weeks of competition, it’s the chance for the best players to take centre stage and showcase their talents to show everyone why they are the best at their trade. [Read more]

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World Cup Throwback: Italia ‘90
By J Bleasdale |

EVERYONE remembers their first World Cup. What got them excited about it, the memorabilia they collected and, most importantly, what teams and players caught the eye during the course of the tournament. My first World Cup was Italia ’90! Technically, two World Cups had passed by since I was born nine years earlier. However, I [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Final Preview – Motherwell v Celtic
By J Bleasdale |

ONE of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the Scottish Football calendar is just days away as Hampden Park gets ready to host the 2018 Scottish Cup Final. Unlike their counterparts down south who devalue their showpiece event by proclaiming a 17th place League finish as a greater achievement than Wembley glory, the Scottish Cup [Read more]

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Premiership Playoff Preview
By J Bleasdale |

ONE Hundred and Eighty minutes to go before the SPFL season checks out for the summer, two sides looking for the bullseye of Premiership football for 2018/19. For the fans of Livingston and Partick Thistle, it promises to be two legs full of excitement, nerves and passion that comes with the Premiership Playoff Final. They’ll [Read more]

Gers Handling of Graeme was Murtyfying
By J Bleasdale |

GRAEME Murty will be feeling many emotions after being sacked as Rangers Manager today. He will be sad at losing the job he assumed on a caretaker basis on two occasions before being installed as Manager until the end of the season. He will be disappointed at how things have transpired over the last few [Read more]

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Thrilling climax in store for Leagues One and Two
By J Bleasdale |

THIRTY Five games down, just one to go! There is much to play for at both ends of the League One table this weekend, whilst League Two also has much to play for in the race to get out of the bottom tier of the SPFL setup. League One has, arguably, had the most intriguing [Read more]

Old Firm Title Showdown makes SPFL even more Amateurish
By J Bleasdale |

TWO weeks ago, the SPFL created a farce by dithering over the release of the post-split Premiership fixtures. The scenario of Celtic clinching their inevitable seventh title in a row against arch-rivals Rangers was the excuse used by the people who run our game as the reason to delay revealing the last five rounds of [Read more]

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Which of Lambie’s old clubs will rip up the form book on road to survival?
By J Bleasdale |

JOHN Lambie was one of the great characters of Scottish Football! His passing last week brought back many memories the man from Whitburn created in his time as a manager. His ability to get the best out of unfashionable players at unfashionable clubs with his unique methods are legendary in the game, and you always [Read more]

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