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.

Isreality sets in for Scots in Haifa
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN the UEFA Nations League was created, all the talk was that it would make things easier for Scotland to qualify for the European Championships. When we were drawn in Group One of the League C pot with Albania and Israel, for once we were given a very kind draw. Yet again, the National team [Read more]

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Griffiths National excuse masks issues that need resolving
By J Bleasdale |

WHAT is it with Scotland strikers and declaring an end to National Service, all because they fell out with the manager? Mo Johnston, Duncan Ferguson, Kris Boyd and Steven Fletcher all called time on their International careers for various reasons, and sometimes temporarily, when they were at the peak of their game. Now Leigh Griffiths [Read more]

Posted in International
This weekends footy tips
By J Bleasdale |

THE football season is almost two months old and most sides are beginning to find their rhythm to set themselves for a solid campaign, whilst others are still searching for that winning formula. With that in mind, now is as good a time as any for fans to have a flutter. Check out football tips [Read more]

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Semi Final Farce sums up the incompetence of Scottish Football’s Governing Bodies
By J Bleasdale |

THE Betfred Cup Semi Final draw threw together two mouthwatering ties between four of Scotland’s biggest clubs. A rejuvenated Hearts were paired with Brendan Rodgers all conquering Celtic side whilst Aberdeen were drawn to face Rangers. The prospect of two of the biggest rivalries outside of the Old Firm and Edinburgh Derbies in the last [Read more]

Posted in League Cup
Podcast team Predictions – Season 2018/19
By J Bleasdale |

John B Premiership winners: Celtic Premiership runners up: Hibs Top six: Rangers, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Hearts Relegated: Livingston Playoff: Dundee Championship winners: Partick Thistle Playoff (2nd-4th): Inverness, Dunfermline, Dundee United Relegated: Alloa Playoff (9th): Morton League One winners: Raith Rovers Playoff (2nd-4th): Dumbarton, Brechin, East Fife Relegated: Stenhousemuir Playoff (9th): Stranraer League Two winners: Clyde Playoff [Read more]

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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]

Posted in World Cup 2018
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]

Posted in World Cup 2018
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]

Posted in World Cup 2018
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]

Posted in World Cup 2018
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]

Posted in Scottish Cup