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.

The right call needed to halt The Bairns slide
By J Bleasdale |

TOWARDS the end of the naughties, Falkirk Football Club were an SPL (now Premiership) side. They had also just reached the Scottish Cup Final and had played their first, and to date only, match in Europe. As we get ready to go into the 2020’s, the club sit Fourth in League One and are looking [Read more]

Why Glasgow Two’s Europa League performances are a boost for Scottish Football
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTTISH Football has taken a battering over the years on the Continental Stage. Time after time, most of our sides have been going out of Europe before the summer has ended, whilst Celtic have had mixed fortunes in both failing to qualify for the Champions League and suffered some hammerings off some of Europe’s best [Read more]

Posted in Europa League
Scotland v San Marino – previous Hampden meetings
By J Bleasdale |

THE Road to Euro 2020 through the conventional route might be closing for Scotland, but Sunday’s visit of San Marino represents an opportunity to build confidence ahead of the Nations League Playoffs in March, and their second chance of ending a 22 year wait for a major Finals appearance. It’s the fourth time the minnows [Read more]

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Fernando Ricksen – the divider who united rivals in his illness battle
By J Bleasdale |

FERNANDO Ricksen the player divided many. Loved by Rangers fans, disliked by rival fans, an editors dream for newspapers such was his character on and off the pitch. Fernando Ricksen the fighter of Motor Neurone Disease united the footballing world. Diagnosed in 2013 and given 18 months to live, he fought bravely against the disease, [Read more]

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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]

Posted in International