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  1. Word Association

  2. Relegation

    Managers are like horses and courses that in a sense they need to be at the right place in the right division at the right time. True there are guys like Neil Warnock or Sam at Everton , who seem to wander from club to club and sort them out. I forget the guys name, but he managed Accrington Stanley for years, with a limited success , He went to Rochdale and failed, now back at Stanley and they are top of their league. Now this guy could get blood out of a stone, he has the smallest ground. A very small budget. It is said on a Sunday morning, he travels the parks in Liverpool looking for talented footballers. I am told there are a lot of good managers in Scotland with lower league teams. Lets get one of them when the time comes. Every year as the season ends many good teenaged players are released by Premiership clubs in England and Scotland, Managers will be looking at these lists of players. to find gem.

    As John Mackenzie ( the founder of this topic ) has not been well lately I would like to take the opportunity to wish him a very speedy recovery. I hope we win the cup to cheer the guy up a wee bit,
  4. Scottish cricketers 'robbed'

    As a Qualified umpire I can only say that LBW decision was a total disgrace. If Iwould have given that in the Lancashire League I would have been sacked from umpiring any more. Also I am quite surprised that a very good Irish team is not in the mix. Having said all that I feel that football has gone too far in widening the finals . I got shot down in flames on another forum for suggesting the same. Scottish cricketers and Irish cricketers can qualify to play for England as Owen Morgan and others have proved. Arguably although born in India Douglas Jardine ( a Scot ) ranks amongst the best captain ever to lead England . I would be happy to see Dorrington and possibly Sharif qualify for England.
  5. Can we have less hype in future

    To be quite honest I have no love for Rugby Union. I am not too bothered about a sport that needs 30 players on the field at any one time. I see it as a sport for upper class public school boys, or was once. My view is that as a professional sport they should look to reduces the wage bill, by following the format used by Rugby league and having no more than 13 players on both sides. When rugby is at its best , the teams have room to pass, and the game is not controlled by grunt and bang forwards. The ruby sevens show this. Regarding the hype I suppose living in Scotland I respond to the frenzy generated by the media, for anything that is a challenge for Scotland. : when I lived in England there was far less media interest in the matches between the two nations, if there was I never noticed it. As far as I am concerned they can chop up the sweet chariot for firewood. Nice to see the Emerald Isle on top.
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  7. Relegation

    Charles makes good points about the scourge of the money men . Remember Hearts and the money bags who took them over. The sacking of George Burley , when Hearts were on a roll which many felt would take them to the top of the league Then the guy with the money started picking the team. Followed by a complete collapse of Hearts which was well documented. The play off at the wrong end of the table I am sure is not on the cards, unless the Greek Gods smile on Dumbarton in an unprecedented way. Sensible planning for next season has to be the order of the day. I am sure the board are prepared for that. ICT started this season in shock mode, quite unprepared for the steely resistance of some long term members of this division, St Mirren I am sure will leave us,, and I am sure the relegated team from the Premiership , will not be as good as them. Next season will be very interesting and I am sure we will be more solid than this year. What you don't want to do is get promoted with a weak side and a cash strapped board. A team going up does not want to be a whipping boy, as is Brechin in our division It needs calm cool head at the top, I look forward to next year
  8. A bit of History

    thanks Charles
  9. On the question of Derby games

    The old Vale of Leven too
  10. Relegation

    It seems to me that teams in the top flight of Scottish football appear to be very durable One or two new faces come and go, but the same suspects are always around 1975 - 76 10 team league 32 years ago 1 Rangers 2 Celtic 3 Hibernian 4 Motherwell 5 Hearts 6 Ayr United 7 Aberdeen 8 Dundee United 9 Dundee 10 St Johnstone Not much changes - except Ayr have nosed dived. In another 32 years , will much have changed ?
  11. A bit of History

    When I have longer than 5 seconds , (incidentally it took George Jones of Bury less than 5 seconds to score against Notts County in the F A cup ) . I digress I will delve further into my complete history of British football to see when next a local team appeared in the Scottish cup rounds proper Was the Bon Accord club ( defeated 35.0 by Arbroath ) An Highland league club or was it the forerunner of Aberdeen ? Thanks to Charles for his input most appreciated
  12. A bit of History

    I noticed in my record book the following which was news to me Not Caley Thistle, but certainly Inverness and certainly Thistle Scottish Fa Cup Third Lanark 9 Inverness Thiele 3 1893 - 94 Third Lanark were a 1st Division team Sottish FA cup 1896 -97 Dundee v Inverness Thistle 7 - 1 Probably the first time an Inverness team played a team still playing
  13. On the question of Derby games

    The commentators at the Rangers Celtic match claimed the fixture was the oldest in football. I was very dubious because I though Celtic were not in competitive football in the early days. I got out my history books and noticed that in a competitive match - The first derby with teams still playing today ( In either England or Scotland ) was a third round Scottish FA cup fixture , between Rangers and Partick Thistle Date 1878 -79 Rangers went on to get to the final at Hampden, drew 1. 1 with Vale of Leven. Rangers failed to turn up for the replay claiming they scored the winning goal in the first match which was disallowed. The SFA awarded the cup to Vale.
  14. Highland Derbies Next Season

    Derby games are surely a good thing. The Interest they generate in the locality makes the season. better.
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