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.

Betfred League Cup Final Preview
By J Bleasdale |

ONLY five months into the domestic season and already the first major trophy in Scottish Football is up for grabs this weekend as Scotland’s top two sides, Aberdeen and Celtic, go head-to-head in Sunday’s Betfred League Cup Final. Unsurprisingly, Hampden is a sellout, which completely justifies the SPFLs decision to award a 50:50 allocation to [Read more]

Posted in League Cup
Strachan’s Softies sent home the think again as the Road to Russia gets set to close
By J Bleasdale |

THIS TIME – that was the battlecry from the SFA’s marketing department to promote the World Cup Qualifying campaign, a bid to end two decades of waiting since our last major tournament appearance. Well, “this time” is heading swiftly towards the same as every other time we’ve attempted to qualify for a major finals since [Read more]

Posted in International
England v Scotland – Wembley Woes or Winners?
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN the World Cup Qualifying draw in St Petersburg last year threw together the Auld Enemy, the cheers could be heard loud and clear from Thurso to Gretna as Scotland fans got the game they wanted – their fiercest rivals in a competitive double header that could lead to the Worlds greatest sporting event. Over [Read more]

Posted in International
Desperate Times already for Dundee?
By J Bleasdale |

SINCE their return to the top flight two seasons ago, Dundee have survived comfortably in the Scottish Premiership, finishing 6th and 8th respectively thanks largely to the goals of Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings. Paul Hartley even turned down the chance to replace Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Cardiff two years ago to focus on establishing [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
Betfred Cup Semi Final Preview
By J Bleasdale |

THE penultimate round of the first major tournament of the season takes place this weekend as the remaining four teams in this campaigns Betfred League Cup do battle for a place in November’s Final. There are two intriguing games in prospect for different reasons taking place at Hampden this weekend. Firstly, Championship side Morton, participating [Read more]

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Throwback Thursday – Scotland v Lithuania
By J Bleasdale |

TWO days to go before Scotland’s second World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania at Hampden, where Gordon Strachan’s side will be aiming for a morale boosting win ahead of the trip to Slovakia next Tuesday. Although this is the first World Cup clash between the sides, there have been four previous Hampden clashes between the sides [Read more]

Posted in International
A double header that could make or break or World Cup hopes
By J Bleasdale |

INTERNATIONAL week is upon us again and players will be reporting to Scotland duty to prepare for a crucial period in their bid to qualify for the World Cup. Gordon Strachan’s men face a double header within a four day period, starting with Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday night before, arguably, the tougher challenge of [Read more]

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Why Aberdeen and Rangers fans need to move on – as do the media!
By J Bleasdale |

SUNDAY saw the return of one of Scotland’s most volatile fixtures out with the Old Firm and Edinburgh derbies. Aberdeen and Rangers met for the first time since 2012, caused by the latter’s spell outside the top flight following their financial collapse. As with the first Old Firm League match two weeks ago, the media [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
Why Dens Park victory could be springboard for Dons season
By J Bleasdale |

TODAY was a massive test for an Aberdeen side under pressure following an indifferent start to the season. Out of the Europa League in the third qualifying round, the same stage as the last two seasons, and just one win in the first five League games, the Dons faced a tricky test against a Dundee [Read more]

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Tough times for St Mirren sees them a million miles from top flight return
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN St Mirren took the step to relieve Danny Lennon from the managerial role two years ago, it was done on the basis that he had taken the club as far as he could. It was a move that surprised many outsiders, given that Lennon had preserved the clubs top flight status each of his [Read more]