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.

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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Throwback Thursday – Scottish Cup Last 16 Shocks
By J Bleasdale |

THE Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup takes place this weekend, with 16 clubs all vying for a place in the Quarter Finals. This stage, formerly the Fourth Round until 2008, has thrown up some surprising results over the years, and the underdogs this weekend will be holding onto hope that they come overcome the [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Fifth Round Preview
By J Bleasdale |

SIXTEEN teams take to the stage this weekend looking to earn a place in the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup. Nine Premiership sides, four Championship teams and one representative from League One take up fourteen of the slots in this weekends ties, with the rarity of TWO non-League teams extending their unlikely Road to [Read more]

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Regan took the Michael over O’Neill, now he must walk!
By J Bleasdale |

DUST had barely settled on Northern Ireland’s gut wrenching World Cup playoff defeat to Switzerland when the SFA made an approach to speak to their manager Michael O’Neill. Having taken a nation from 127th to 20th inside six years, to their first major Finals in thirty years and within touching distance of the World Cup, [Read more]

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Throwback Thursday: The biggest Scottish Cup last 32 shocks
By J Bleasdale |

THE Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup commences this weekend with 32 teams battling it out to keep alive their dreams of lifting the famous old trophy. With the big guns entering the competition, minnows dream of causing an upset by knocking a Premiership side out the Cup. The managers at Fraserburgh, St Mirren, Inverness, [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Fourth Round Preview
By J Bleasdale |

ONE of the most eagerly awaited dates in the Scottish Football is almost upon us as the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup is ready commence, meaning the big guns enter the competition. It’s been nearly six months since the competition began with two preliminary rounds in August, and now 32 clubs are ready to [Read more]

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SPFL: The Best of the Rest so far
By J Bleasdale |

TOP flight clubs may be on their mid-season winter break but there’s still a lot going on in Scottish Football to keep punters talking over the next two weeks. As the country’s top players jet off to recover ahead of a frantic finale to the season, it’s business as usual in the other three divisions [Read more]

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The Scottish Premiership Mid-Season Review
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND’S top flight clubs have reached the midway point of their season, with all but four clubs (the St Johnstone v Motherwell and Hamilton v Kilmarnock fixtures are to be rearranged) having played each other twice in their 22 games this season. As the players dust themselves down over the two week January shutdown before [Read more]

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Archibald needs another Christmas miracle to halt Thistle’s slide
By J Bleasdale |

PARTICK Thistle go into a busy festive schedule rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, four points adrift of Ross County and Dundee with a game in hand to come against Celtic at Parkhead. It’s a similar tale to twelve months ago when the Jags were bottom of the table, and they had a [Read more]

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McInnes stays, now he must refocus and galvanise Aberdeen again
By J Bleasdale |

SIX weeks of mayhem and speculation that Derek McInnes would jump ship and join Rangers is over as he has, at last, confirmed that he is staying at Aberdeen, despite a formal approach from his boyhood team. Aberdeen confirmed in a statement, including quotes from the manager himself, that McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty [Read more]

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