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.

Scottish Cup Semi Final Preview
By J Bleasdale |

NINETY ONE teams have participated in this seasons Scottish Cup, now only four remain as the Road to Glory reaches the penultimate stage this weekend. Fans of Motherwell, Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers head to Hampden for the Semi Finals, hoping to see their team book a return visit to the National Stadium for the showpiece [Read more]

Posted in Scottish Cup
City’s Sheikh Up finally reaching its potential
By J Bleasdale |

ALMOST ten years ago, Abu Dhabi United Group, led by Sheikh Mansour and his family, bought over Manchester City and sparked one of the biggest revolutions in the history of the Premier League. They made their intentions clear from the off when they smashed the British transfer record in 2008 by signing Brazilian forward Robinho [Read more]

Is Clarke a shoe-in for Manager of the Year?
By J Bleasdale |

THE nominations for Manager of the Year are only weeks away and many column inches in the media will be spent arguing which boss deserves the accolade of Top Dog in season 2017/18. Naturally, Brendan Rodgers will be favourite to land a second successive gong as he leads Celtic to seven titles in a row [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
Montrose v Peterhead Preview
By J Bleasdale |

LAST weekend, the Premiership title challenge effectively ended as Celtic moved nine points clear of Rangers with a game in hand thanks to a 3-2 win at Ibrox. This Saturday, another two title rivals go head to head in Scottish football – this time in League Two as North East rivals Montrose and Peterhead go [Read more]

McCannt believe Neil gets an easy media ride
By J Bleasdale |

MOST managers who have a team hovering just above the relegation zone, constantly slate their players in public and disgrace themselves by having a go at individuals in the opposition dugout would be hammered by journalists and pundits up and down the country. Neil McCann is an exception to the rule. Having overseen the clubs [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
McLeish shows his predecessor how friendly should be approached
By J Bleasdale |

MANY eyebrows were raised when Alex McLeish named his Scotland squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary next weekend. Out went underachievers of the previous regime, such as Ikechi Anya, Chris Martin, Barry Bannan, Steven Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass, all of whom are either not getting regular first team football or [Read more]

Posted in International
Why Rugby Park replay could Kill off Dons season
By J Bleasdale |

ABERDEEN’S season is in danger of imploding! Four games without a win, only one goal scored, slipping further behind Rangers in the race for second and now have Hibs loitering just one point behind them having initially been eight in front of Neil Lennon’s men. Throw in an inept home performance against Kilmarnock in the [Read more]

Why Ross would be mad to Jack it in at St Mirren right now
By J Bleasdale |

JACK Ross is one of the up and coming Managers in Scottish Football. Having initially started improving the fortunes in his nine month spell at Alloa, Ross has taken St Mirren from the bottom of the Championship in October 2016 to favourites for promotion to the Premiership inside the last fifteen months. Understandably, his name [Read more]

Celtic’s lack of investment could prove costly in Europe
By J Bleasdale |

LAST week, Celtic posted record profits of £71 million for the last financial year, leaving them with a bank balance of more than £30 million. Those results emphasises the gulf between them and the rest on the domestic scene. Those results also show that the club have got the cash to bring in better quality [Read more]

Posted in Europa League
Liam Miller – what might have been!
By J Bleasdale |

YOUNG Footballers are often told to make the most of their careers, not take their fortunate position for granted and play as long as they can. Football, after all, is a short career where players will be lucky to play beyond fifteen years as a professional before they have to call it a day. In [Read more]

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