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.

Scotland v Russia Review
By J Bleasdale |

LAST night was Scotland’s last chance of clawing back any chance of qualifying for Euro 2020 through the conventional route. Having suffered the calamity of Kazakhstan, we needed three points against Russia to be in the running for a top two position in Group I. After a bright beginning when John McGinn netted eleven minutes [Read more]

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Why Tierney had to take Arsenal move
By J Bleasdale |

ONE of the longest running transfer sagas of the transfer window is almost at its conclusion as Arsenal look set to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic. Having first bid £18m a month ago, then £25m in installments, the Gunners finally had a bid accepted, believed to be £25m up front, for the Celtic left back [Read more]

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SFF Podcast team Predictions 2019/20
By J Bleasdale |

F-bomb John Premiership winners: Celtic Premiership runners up: Rangers Top six: Aberdeen, Hibs, Hearts and Motherwell Relegated: Livingston Playoff: St Mirren Championship winners: Dundee United Playoff (2nd-4th): Inverness, Dundee and Morton Relegated: Arbroath Playoff (9th): Alloa League One winners: Falkirk Playoff (2nd-4th): Raith, Dumbarton, Airdrieonians Relegated: Peterhead Playoff (9th): Stranraer League Two winners: Edinburgh City [Read more]

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Managerial delay Kills off Killie’s European Adventure
By J Bleasdale |

EIGHTEEN years of waiting for European Football at Rugby Park, obliterated after 180 minutes against part timers from Wales! This is not what Kilmarnock fans expected after 19 months of hard work under Steve Clarke, who took them from a relegation battle to third place last season before taking the Scotland job. It took four [Read more]

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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]

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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]

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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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