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McInnes became a victim of his own success and change was necessary
By J Bleasdale |

EIGHT years ago, Derek McInnes walked into Pittodrie looking to rebuild his own reputation not just Aberdeen’s after his sacking by Bristol City a couple of months earlier. The timing of his arrival at the club was perfect as he was given five dead-rubber post-split fixtures to assess his squad. That final position of eighth [Read more]

Criticism of Saints and Gers fans celebrations example of bad world we want to escape from
By J Bleasdale |

THIS time last year was the last weekend of normality in Scottish Football. Normal in the sense that games were played in front of crowds at every stadium in the country at all levels, players got changed in dressing rooms across from each other and there were no issues over team buses. A week later, [Read more]

The final straw for Neil Doncaster, time to go
By J Bleasdale |

WHAT does Neil Doncaster have to do for SPFL clubs to vote for his removal as Chief Executive of the League? Over eleven years since he took up the post, then with the SPL before they and the SFL merged in 2013, Doncaster has presided over some of the most challenging times in Scottish Football, [Read more]

Dumbfries and Galloway – how George’s PR stunt could be costly for Queens
By J Bleasdale |

QUEEN of the South could not have had a worse start to the season. Sitting bottom of the table with just four points from nine games, all accrued against part time teams Alloa and Arbroath, and have the leakiest defence having conceded 25 goals, 14 of them in the last three games. The last thing [Read more]

World Cup draw opens up opportunities for Scotland
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND might be preparing for their first major tournament in 23 years when they play in the delayed Euro 2020 Finals in June 2021, but the quest for the Qatar 2022 World Cup begins now. In last night’s Qualifying draw, the Scots learned that they will be up against Denmark, Austria, Israel, Faroe Islands and [Read more]

Three games, one familiar theme as Scots Women’s Euro hopes crash
By J Bleasdale |

AFTER qualification for Euro 2017 and World Cup 2019, the Scotland Women’s National Team was on the rise and capturing the hearts of the nation. We all felt for them that night at the Parc des Princes when they let a three-goal lead slip against Argentina, which led to their World Cup exit in controversial [Read more]

What Scotland’s qualification means to me
By J Bleasdale |

TWENTY Two and a half years, 120 minutes and fecking penalties! Putting my own spin on Stewart Milne’s famous 2014 League Cup Final post-match interview was the only way I could summarise the emotions of last night as Scotland FINALLY ended their long wait for a place at a major international finals. As an Aberdeen [Read more]

Time for Under 21’s to end their barren run
By J Bleasdale |

THURSDAY 12 November 2020 is a significant night for the Scotland National Team as they face Serbia for a place at the delayed Euro 2020 Finals, and with it the chance to end a 22 year wait for a major finals appearance. Before Steve Clarke’s men take to the field in Belgrade, the Scotland Under [Read more]

Ebbe Skovdahl – the infectious Dane who lifted the gloom in the Granite City
By J Bleasdale |

LIFE was never dull at Aberdeen under Ebbe Skovdahl. The Dane became the Dons first, and so far only, foreign manager in the summer of 1999, and was entrusted with the unenviable task of restoring dented pride in the Granite City following two and a half years of alarming decline. During his three and a [Read more]

Scotland Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifiers Preview – Albania and Finland
By J Bleasdale |

LAST week, the Scotland men’s side took a step towards qualification for next years delayed European Championship Finals, now it’s the turn of the women’s team to do likewise. Shelley Kerr’s side resume their Euro 2021, delayed to 2022, qualifying campaign with a double header at home to Albania and away to Finland. Having won [Read more]