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.

Throwback Thursday – Scotland v Lithuania 2007
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND go into Fridays match with Lithuania knowing that their World Cup hopes hangs firmly in the balance. A diabolical start to the campaign, including a very fortunate draw between the two at Hampden, means that Gordon Strachan’s men are playing catchup in the group as they aim to get in the playoff position in [Read more]

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Why is Tommy not the Wright man for other clubs?
By J Bleasdale |

ST JOHNSTONE fans must be happy right now. Still unbeaten in the Premiership table, Michael O’Halloran returning to the club on loan and came within ten minutes of ending Celtic’s long domestic unbeaten record stretching back to May 2016. The biggest reason for them to be happy, however, is that they have retained the services [Read more]

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Time for Aberdeen Council to allow the Don of a new era
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN Aberdeen launched their Stand Free DVD back in 2002, as part of the clubs centenary celebrations, then Chief Executive Keith Wyness spoke then about the need for the Dons to move to a new ground, with Pittodrie unlikely to pass new UEFA criteria for hosting matches in European matches cited as one of the [Read more]

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Cathro gone – what next for Hearts?
By J Bleasdale |

  SIXTEEN days since the domestic season kicked off, and just five days before the League campaign gets underway, and Scottish Football has its first managerial casualty of the 2017/18 season. Ian Cathro, the 31 year old who built up an impressive CV as a coach with Dundee United, Valencia and Newcastle, was dismissed after [Read more]

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SFF Podcast season predictions
By J Bleasdale |

SFF Podcast season predictions THE League season is now just days away. Ahead of the big kickoff, the Podcast team of Craig, John, Krys, Hamish and John B gave their tips on who they think will be lifting the trophies, getting promoted and suffering the heartbreak of relegation, plus their hopes for their respective clubs. [Read more]

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Stripping the titles – is it worth the hassle and money?
By J Bleasdale |

AFTER five years and four separate court rulings, the Supreme Court ruled that Rangers use of EBT’s from period 2001-2010 was illegal, proving once and for all that they dodged paying tax in that 9 year period. Since then, social media has went into meltdown with fans of other clubs demanding that Rangers are stripped [Read more]

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How recent history can inspire Aberdeen in Bosnia
By J Bleasdale |

THURSDAY’S Europa League Second Qualifying Round first leg against Siroki Brijeg did not go according to plan for Aberdeen. A crowd of 17,067 turned up at Pittodrie hoping for a home victory to take in Bosnia, but left disappointed by a 1-1 score line that puts the tie firmly in the balance. The result means [Read more]

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Euro flop knocks Pedro’s Rangers Cycle off track
By J Bleasdale |

EVERY year, we hear the “as low as it gets” line whenever a Scottish team loses in European competition. Last season, it was Hearts for going out to a team from Malta, the year before it was St Johnstone on the back of losing to a team from Armenia. However, Rangers shock exit to the [Read more]

Posted in Europa League
Time for Scottish Clubs to deliver again on the continental stage
By J Bleasdale |

SEASON 2007/08 was a campaign where Scottish Football showed signs of progress. Both the Old Firm were in the Champions League, Aberdeen went into the Group Stages of the UEFA Cup (since renamed the Europa League), Celtic defeated defending Champions AC Milan en route to the last 16 of the Champions League, Rangers dropped into [Read more]

Scotland v England review
By J Bleasdale |

THERE are many words that could sum up the drama that unfolded at Hampden on Saturday. At the start, there was excitement as kick off approached in this Auld Enemy World Cup qualifier. Frustration at an inept first half performance where Scotland were fortunate to still be level. Hope when Leigh Griffiths’ first free kick [Read more]

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