Scottish Football

Smith steps down from SFA

Smith steps down from SFA

By on Apr 21, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

Gordon Smith’s resignation this week, after nearly three years as Chief Executive at the Scottish Football Association, came initially as a surprise, though it seems rather less of one now that the idea has sunk in. Smith always seemed a man somewhat apart from the usual array of gruff-voiced men in suits who make up the Scottish football fraternity, and...

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County Deepen Celtic’s Woes

County Deepen Celtic’s Woes

By on Apr 13, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 3 comments

When the draw for the Scottish Cup semi-finals was made all the talk was of Rangers and Celtic being kept apart for a potential Old Firm final. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Rangers didn’t even reach the semis in the end, losing to a scruffy but deserved last minute goal in their quarter-final replay at Dundee United; but it’s Celtic’s...

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The Battle To Save Cowdenbeath

The Battle To Save Cowdenbeath

By on Apr 2, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 6 comments

Central Park, Cowdenbeath, is one of those old grounds with a bit of what they like to call “character”. Terracing surrounds the ground on three sides, set well back and a little above the pitch, while the fourth side houses the two-part main stand, half of it the old shed and half a newer stand where the older one was fire-damaged sometime in the 90s. A...

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Old Infirm? The Further Travails Of Rangers & Celtic

Old Infirm? The Further Travails Of Rangers & Celtic

By on Mar 14, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

Some ill-advised comments made by the Celtic chairman John Reid at last year’s club AGM may now be coming back to haunt him, as rivals Rangers seem to be coasting to a Scottish Premier League championship. Mark Murphy takes a look at how the two clubs have progressed this season and finds that Reid’s bullishness couldn’t have come with much worse...

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Reorganising Scottish Football: The Annual Debate Begins Again

Reorganising Scottish Football: The Annual Debate Begins Again

By on Mar 11, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

It’s springtime, so discussion has started again about how to make the game in Scotland more exciting but, as Gavin Saxton reports, none of those that are being put forward are likely to do much about the two or three elephants that live in the room that is Scottish football. As happens every year in Scottish football, there have again been calls for a revamp...

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The Stirling Albion Supporters Trust Get It Wrong

The Stirling Albion Supporters Trust Get It Wrong

By on Jan 21, 2010 in Latest, Scottish Football | 14 comments

Since the start of the age of the commercialisation within football, supporters have been pretty tolerant of much of the “progress” that has been made. Sponsors names on shirts and grounds, kick-off times being switched to suit television audiences and matches being put onto pay-TV have all been tolerated when they benefitted no-one but those that stood...

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The Value Of Shareholder Democracy At Rangers & Watford

The Value Of Shareholder Democracy At Rangers & Watford

By on Dec 18, 2009 in English League Football, Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 11 comments

When Rangers chairman Alastair Johnston extolled the virtues of shareholder democracy over supporter-led democratic ownership at his club’s recent annual general meeting, he could never have imagined how utterly his arguments would be undermined by other events during the meeting. Not even the latest shenanigans (for that is what they are) at Watford could provide...

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The Highland League Shows Itself Up In Public

The Highland League Shows Itself Up In Public

By on Dec 17, 2009 in Latest, Scottish Football | 3 comments

Not so long ago on this site we marked the passing of one volunteer at one non-league football club by reflecting on the fact that without these volunteers, there would be no non-league football. Part of the battle for smaller clubs is in getting any publicity within a media culture that continues to ignore them almost all of the time, but one small technological...

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