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    Another ***-Hammering by ex-***s Kris Boyd: ***-Hammerer ***s Kil-led within minutes — again! Murty The Manager
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    The Derek McInnes Saga Official Unveiling Ceremony 8 December 2017
  3. 52 points
    Think you just start again in Division 3
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    The Saints have saved Scottish Football from the dark side... Two precise shots from a difficult angle have blown up the grey fortress and restored faith and harmony amongst Scotland. The rebel, Derek McInnes, was defeated in Episodes I & II before Hibs suffered a shocking defeat in Episode III: Revenge Of The ***s. Episode IV has provided A New Hope: St Johnstone Football Club. Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You
  6. 39 points
    Does anyone know today's date? Just date and month in numbers will be fine.
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    How about the ***-Hammering ***: Kilmarnock continued where St Johnstone left off by assisting Aberdeen & Hibs in their push to keep the ***s out of Europe. Killie were dominant throughout the game. The defence even saved MacDonald's fumbled attempts to get Rangers some points. Steve Clarke has turned Kilmarnock into a formidable force within a few games of joining; I was glad that Hibs played Killie early into his tenure. Eight points may be a fair bit of a distance to make up; however, I don't think Killie will have any trouble challenging for the top-four with performances like that. Mooloombah(RangersTV), née Mubtumbo(Dryhorce), née Mulumbu(Birth Certificate) — Mon Dieu! Mulumbu was an omnipresent danger to Rangers; I'm praying that he won't amass many more games for Killie. Steve Clarke has turned a piss-poor side into liquid gold; Clarke has resurrected Kilmarnock to Kill the reanimated corpse of The Rangers. He has performed miracles. Steve still had another trick up his sleeve with his use of Youssouf Mulumbu. The Messianic Mulumbu will lead his ten disciples into the light of the top-six before he rises back to the EPL at Easter. Now we know why Kilmarnock wanted this new club in the Premiership: free three points.
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    Some highlights from today: 1) Boyd puts two past Sevco. That's gotta hurt, especially that he's now zoomed further up the scoring charts and is a single goal (I think) behind their top scorer. Suck it up ****! GIRFUY! 2) That second goal was better than lucky, it was superbly redirected, the keeper was all over the place. GIRFUY! 3) Mulumbu is a big ride. Cost? £0. How much have Sevco spunked on those duds? Ha feckin ha, GIRFUY! 4) Steve Clarke is a big ride. Sevco are stuck with Murty. LOLZ. GIRFUY! 5) The way that second goal stopped all those daft "party songs" about the UVF and whatever stone dead, as in -- SCHTOOMPH --, was someone to behold. GIRFUY! 6) There was a minor fracas on South Hamilton St after the match. I thought "uh oh here we go" then noticed that it was two sevconians slapping each other on their big puffy jackets. They were fighting amongst themselves! Delicious! GIRFUY!
  9. 36 points
    Scottish Football is magic. I'd rather watch a Scottish game form any league than English shite.
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  11. 33 points
    A score line like that would bring a tear to a glass eye.
  12. 32 points
    Sounds daft when you say it like that, but imagine you had the Stenhousemuir midfield behind them. Now you're talking
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  14. 31 points
    Not sure. Has the guy considered that he could get his hole and his washing machine lifted up to his flat by the same person?
  15. 31 points
    Jamamafegan helpfully highlighting the issue Scottish clubs have trying to attract fans. Comparing St Johnstone to a club who spent over £100m this Summer is genuinely one of the most fucking stupid things I've ever seen in here. If you're only following football to see the best players in the world, you'd be aswell sitting at home watching Soccer Saturday, as St Johnstone isn't for you.
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    Today marks the first time in 3 years that I've made it from one payday to the next without taking out a payday loan. Tomorrow I will pay off 2 more for good. Paid off 2 at the start of December. Moving in the right direction
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    Always amazes me how desperate the EPL fanboys are to point out how poor they think our league is (despite never actually watching it). Just let us enjoy supporting our clubs that still have an identity and some semblence of the communities they were born out of and we'll let you crack on supporting your foreign franchises in that multi-million pound soap opera.
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    He might not be able to cross a ball but top marks for Cammy Kerr. My wife is a teacher and he was in the school today, not on official club duties, to see the kids with additional support needs. He done the same last year and had remembered a few of the kids names and written them Christmas cards. Top Marks, no press presence, just a good deed.
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    The Derek McInnes debacle has simply confirmed what most of us already knew; the Banter Years are never going away. As @djchapsticks correctly pointed out in the The Rangers Next Permanent Manager thread: I believe that a full, comprehensive list of these fuckups needs to be kept enshrined somewhere on the internet, and where better to do so than on Pie and Bovril. All contributions welcome, and will be updating the OP with the best of the moments that you can remember from the last 5 years. To get the ball rolling, here are a few of my own personal favourites from the 2012-13 season, with a large slice of help from the good folk at Rangers Media. The Banter Years 2012/13 12th June 2012: HMRC announce that they will reject the CVA and, two days later, Rangers enter liquidation. 29th July 2012: Rangers need extra time to beat Brechin in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup. The ball also gets stuck on top of a hedge. 7th August 2012: Kevin Kyle signs for Rangers, he laters recalls: “I sat down with the manager and he asked what I was looking for and I just said a crazy figure and I almost got what I wanted.” 9th September 2012: Rangers' game this weekend is postponed because of international call ups. Seriously. 18th September 2012: Queen of the South knock Rangers out of the Ramsdens Cup on penalties at Ibrox. 6th October 2012: Rangers lose 1-0 at bottom of the table Stirling Albion, who are without a manager for the day as Greig McDonald is attending a wedding. After 7 games, Rangers' Third Division record reads played 7, won 3, drawn 3 and lost 1. 23rd November 2012: Elgin City vs Rangers is postponed, after Elgin sell too many tickets and have to call off the game on safety grounds. 2nd December 2012: That Elgin fan dancing in the away end at Ibrox. 29th December 2012: Some 30,000 Rangers fans travel to Hampden to play Queens Park. They require a 91st minute winner against the ten men. There are jubilant celebrations. Meanwhile, future multi-million pound player Andy Robertson plays a full 90 minutes at left back for Queens Park and escapes the notice of the Rangers scouts. 2nd February 2013: Rangers draw Dundee United away in the Scottish Cup fifth round, and declare a boycott of Tannadice. 365 Rangers fans turn up anyway and United win 3-0. 2013/14 24th July 2013: Rangers lose 1-0 in a friendly at Hillsborough. They unveil the most minterific banner ever seen. 3rd August 2013: Nicky Law's claims that Rangers can win the quadruple are extinguished by Forfar in the first round of the League Cup 22nd September 2013: Rangers exact revenge on Forfar in the league with a 1-0 win. Ally McCoist blames the wind for Rangers not scoring more. 14th December 2013: Stenhousemuir vs Rangers is postponed due to high winds, after a burger van blows into a temporary stand at Ochilview. 4th January 2014: Ally McCoist goes to the media and complains about a fixture pile up of 4 games in 11 days, despite his side being 14 points clear at the top and having a wage bill at least 10 times the size of anyone else's in League One. 6th April 2014: The first of the big game Banter Year losses IMHO. Raith Rovers beat Rangers 1-0 after extra time in the Ramsdens Cup final. 7th April 2014: Furious backlash as Rangers' staff party goes ahead as scheduled. Ally McCoist is caught doing karaoke just hours after loss to Raith. 12th April 2014: Despite being handed home advantage in a Scottish Cup semi final, Rangers are dismantled 3-1 by Dundee United at Ibrox. 2014/15 27th June 2014: Kris Boyd returns to Rangers, he winds up scoring just 3 goals in 29 Championship games. 10th August 2014: Rangers find themselves in the Championship with both Hearts and Hibs. On the opening day, trailing 1-0 to Hearts in injury time, they pull a last minute equaliser out of the bag to rescue a point. Except Osman Sow runs up the other end from kick off and gives Hearts the win and the springboard to win the league. 3rd September 2014: It is revealed that, in 2012, Mike Ashley bought the naming rights to Ibrox for a quid. 1st November 2014: Rangers progress to the League Cup semi final, and are drawn against Celtic for the first game between the two clubs since 2012. There is genuine excitement amongst the Rangers support. 3rd December 2014: Rangers are 2-0 up at Alloa and cruising into the Petrofac Training Cup final. 3 goals in 18 minutes send Alloa through instead. 12 December 2014: Ally McCoist offers his resignation, it's all up in the air for a few days and Rangers eventually confirm this. But he carries on as manager until... 21st December 2014: Ally McCoist is placed on gardening leave. Kenny McDowall, with all the willingness of an Iranian hostage, becomes caretaker. 22nd December 2014: The Rangers AGM to end all Rangers AGMs. Held in a gazebo, fans stuck in the away corner of Ibrox, everybody booed. Just glorious. 27th December 2014: Rangers lose 4-0 at Easter Road to Hibs. Hearts go 15 points clear at the top. 16th January 2015: Snow stops play between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox, the fans then try to storm the main stand to protest against the board. 20th January 2015: The Charles Green-Jim Whyte hospital bed interview occurs. It's bigger than Frost-Nixon. 8th February 2015: Raith win at Ibrox for the first time since 1959, the ground's almost empty and Rangers are out of the Scottish Cup. 7th March 2015: Just a week after Hearts demolish Cowdenbeath 10-0, Rangers can only manage a 0-0 draw against the Blue Brazil. 12th March 2015: Stuart McCall is appointed Rangers manager. He starts off with home draws to relegation fodder Livingston and Alloa. 17th March 2015: Same old Alloa, always cheating. 2nd May 2015: Despite comfortably having the biggest budget in the league, Rangers contrive to finish 3rd in the Championship. 28th May 2015: After seeing off Queen of the South and Hibs, a full house at Ibrox watches on as Motherwell destroy Rangers 3-1 in the first leg of the play-off final. 31st May 2015: This is the second big game in the Banter Years. Rangers go to Fir Park knowing anything less than a 2 goal win is insufficient. They lose 3-0, making it 6-1 on aggregate. Here are just some of the incidents that occur: Lee McCulloch nearly has his eye taken out by a flag, Cammy Bell punches a looping ball into his own net, Bilel Mohsni punches Lee Erwin and Motherwell fans invade the pitch to goad the tiny allocation that Rangers were given. Rangers stay in the Championship for a second season, and their grand sweep back to the top flight of Scottish football is derailed. 2015/16 15th June 2015: Mark Warburton becomes Rangers manager. 25th July 2015: Rangers win 6-2 at Easter Road in the Challenge Cup. A good result, however their fans are preoccupied welcoming Hibs player Scott Allan (who has been linked with them all summer) to their club. This definitely doesn't come back to haunt them. 13th August 2015: Boyhood Rangers fan Scott Allan ends up joining Celtic instead. Hibs also get Liam Henderson out of the deal, he'll reappear later. 22nd September 2015: Rangers' storming start to the season is finally put on hold by St Johnstone's 3-1 win in the League Cup at Ibrox. 19th December 2015: Rangers manage to chuck away an 8 point lead and find themselves level on points with Hibs at the top of the table. 10th April 2016: Rangers win the Challenge Cup at the fourth time of asking, having wrapped up the league a few days earlier. Things are looking up. 17th April 2016: Rangers beat Celtic on penalties to reach the Scottish Cup final. This is it. The Rangers are back. We've got a title race on next season, and Rangers only have to beat Hibs in the final to secure European football and crown a fantastic season. 21st May 2016: Rangers lose 3-2 to Hibs in the Scottish Cup final. I'm biased, but this arguably might be the absolute peak of the Banter Years, solely because of what happens next. David Gray heads in a last minute winner, the full time whistle blows and thousands of Hibs fans stream onto the pitch as their side wins its first Scottish Cup since 1902. A couple of fans goad/mildly irritate Rangers players, who subsequently refuse to collect their runner up medals. A handful of Rangers fans attempt to restore order by going onto the pitch themselves, and scuffles break out. Rangers then release an utter heads gone of a statement, and claims are made that all 11 Rangers players have been attacked. 22nd May 2016: The true dawn of the statement era starts here. Rangers, sore from the defeat the day before, double down on their original statement. The website crashes as the whole of Scottish football attempts to get on and read it. 2016-17 24th May 2016: Rangers sign Joey Barton. Joey Barton immediately goes on the offensive promising all sorts of "I'll take on Celtic single-handedly" stuff. 6th August 2016: Rangers fans unveil big stadium display promising that they're "GOING FOR 55". They proceed to draw 1-1 at home to Hamilton Accies. 19th August 2016: Joey Barton gets welcomed to Scottish football by Greg Taylor, who takes a red card for the team (AKA humanity). 20th August 2016: Rangers sign Joe Garner for £1.8m, their first £1m+ signing of the Banter Years. He doesn't even last a year. 10th September 2016: Rangers go to Parkhead, they lose 5-1. 13th September 2016: In attempts at 'clear the air' talks after the defeat, Joey Barton and Andy Halliday get into a massive spat. Barton is sent home from training. 19th September 2016: Marquee summer signing Joey Barton is banned from training for 3 weeks. 25th September 2016: Rangers go to Pittodrie, they lose 2-1 from a last minute free kick. Warburton rages about the free kick being given. 10th November 2016: Joey Barton leaves Rangers, with his autobiography firmly promoted. 16th November 2016: Martyn Waghorn, carrying a fish supper, is called "shite" by a schoolchild. Waghorn confronts the kid, who doesn't back down. It goes viral on Twitter. 23rd December 2016: Rangers fans hijack the generic Glad All Over chant to serenade Joey Garner, they try to take it to #1 in the Christmas charts. In their infinite delusion, they believe that they're close to doing so, when in fact they've only managed to get the song to 31st. 1st February 2017: Ian Cathro's Hearts beat Rangers 4-1. That is not a typo. Ian Cathro's Hearts beat Rangers 4-1. 10th February 2017: Mark Warburton resigns. Except he hasn't. Except he has. Except he hasn't. Except he has. This goes on all night, and eventually it's revealed that Warburton tried to jump ship to Forest and the Rangers board called his bluff. All in all, a PR farce. More statements released. 19th February 2017: Murtymania is running wild. Graeme Murty is the new caretaker manager. Rangers lose to Dundee. He does a headstand. Hilarity ensues. 24th February 2017: Rangers lose at bottom of the table, can't buy a win Inverness CT. Perhaps this Murty isn't all he's cracked up to be. 11th March 2017: Pedro Caixinha becomes Rangers manager. His first task is to watch Rangers take another pumping at Celtic Park, but wait... 12th March 2017: Rangers snatch a late point at Parkhead. Murty is now the messiah in the eyes of Rangers fans for drawing with Celtic, which shows just how hurt they must be. 7th May 2017: Rangers qualify for Europe with a win at Firhill. Some invade the pitch to celebrate. "The Banter Years are over!", they proclaim. 2017/18 19th June 2017: Rangers, starting their European journey, are drawn against Progrès Niederkorn, minnows of the Luxembourg league. 29th June 2017: In mildly embarrassing circumstances, Rangers are only able to take a 1-0 lead with them to Luxembourg for the second leg. The fans also throw paper at the Progrès keeper and will eventually be fined by UEFA for this. 4th July 2017: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Rangers lose 2-0 to Progrès Niederkorn on the night and go out of the Europa League 2-1 on aggregate at the very first hurdle. This is the JFK moment of the Banter Years, everyone will remember where they were. 12th August 2017: Rangers welcome Hibs to Ibrox for the first match between the two sides since the 2016 Scottish Cup final. The fans smell blood and with Neil Lennon in charge of Hibs this has the feel of an Old Firm game. Remarkably it's kept off TV, but Hibs win 3-2 (again) and Neil Lennon gestures to the fans. 13th August 2017: Club 1872 suffer a severe cranial detachment about said gestures and release a statement applauding their fans for not being provoked. 22nd October 2017: Rangers lose in the League Cup semi final against Motherwell, which is not really what any of their fans had expected, despite of Louis Moult being a far better footballer than anything they have to offer. Cardoso suffers a broken nose from a Bowman elbow and, you guessed it... 23rd October 2017: Club 1872 suffer a severe cranial detachment about said elbow and general refereeing performance. 26th October 2017: After snatching a draw from the jaws of victory at home to Kilmarnock, Pedro Caixinha is sacked. A loyal servant to the Banter Years. 18th November 2017: Graeme Murty, somehow still in charge as caretaker of Rangers at this point, oversees Rangers' first league defeat to Hamilton since 1926. 24th November 2017: Not to be outdone from his last stint as Rangers caretaker, Murty again goes to bottom of the league on a Friday night and loses. This time to Dundee. 3rd December 2017: Graeme Murty masterfully guides Rangers to two consecutive victories in the space of a week over Derek McInnes' Aberdeen to haul Rangers into second. 4th December 2017: But what's this? After 5 weeks of deliberation, Rangers have decided that they want Derek McInnes. The media tapping up goes into overdrive, it appears that Rangers have got their man until... 7th December 2017: Derek McInnes decides to stay at Aberdeen, Rangers release a pathetic 'didn't want him anyway' statement and use the word concomitant.
  21. 29 points
    No sure a night doing gear is the correct advice here if I’m honest. Mizfit, if you really don’t want to go to the Granny’s house then don’t. From what you’ve said about her on here she is an absolute roaster. However, if you love your burd then maybe could you not consider sucking it up for a few hours, for her? I posted on this thread nearly a year ago, when I was in a terrible place in my life. All I wanted to do was push people away. I read my post back earlier and I can’t believe how much has changed for me in the last twelve months. I got a promotion in work, I’ve moved from a flat to a bigger house, giving my kids a garden to play in, have a fantastic circle of friends in my life, a group which I probably don’t deserve as they pulled me from the brink when I had tried to cut them off, and I’ve been going out with a girl for the last five months who makes me happier than I can ever remember being. If someone had told me how my life would have ended up today when I was sat on here 12 months ago, crying whilst I typed my post out, I would never have believed them. As wanky as it sounds, I’m really proud of myself.
  22. 28 points
    It's some years since I last tabulated this, and I can't find the old thread, but comparison of attendances per head of population again shows how strongly Scottish football performs. At top division level only the Faroe Islands - where 1 in 20 attend - and Cyprus, marginally ahead of us at 1 in 50 territory, see more people through the gates on a given matchday. For the leagues overall Scotland ranks top. Looks like our media's love affair with "dwindling attendances" and "poorly performing crowd" remains a myth. Top division matchday attendances as % of population (2016-17 / 2017) 5.36% Faroe Islands 1.80% Cyprus 1.55% Scotland 1.52% Iceland 1.03% Norway 1.03% Portugal 1.01% Netherlands 0.75% Belgium 0.74% Denmark 0.74% Sweden 0.65% England 0.60% Spain 0.60% Switzerland 0.59% Montenegro 0.56% Luxembourg 0.50% Israel 0.46% Germany 0.41% Austria 0.37% Czech Rep 0.36% Italy 0.34% FYR Macedonia 0.34% Northern Ireland 0.33% Croatia 0.33% Slovenia 0.32% Bosnia-Herzegovina 0.31% Albania 0.31% France 0.28% Greece 0.27% Finland 0.26% Serbia 0.22% Slovakia 0.20% Poland 0.19% Eire 0.17% Belarus 0.16% Bulgaria 0.16% Hungary 0.14% Georgia 0.13% Kazakhstan 0.12% Turkey 0.11% Estonia 0.11% Moldova 0.10% Romania 0.09% Latvia 0.08% Azerbaijan 0.07% Lithuania 0.06% Russia 0.06% Ukraine 0.06% Wales 0.05% Armenia No figures for Andorra, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Malta, San Marino League system matchday attendances as % of population (2016-17 / 2017) 2.11% Scotland 2.07% Iceland 1.37% Norway 1.36% England 1.33% Netherlands 1.15% Portugal 1.08% Sweden 0.92% Denmark 0.92% Spain 0.89% Belgium 0.87% Switzerland 0.84% Germany 0.61% Austria 0.60% Italy 0.56% Israel 0.51% Czech Rep 0.45% France 0.44% Bosnia-Herzegovina 0.42% Slovakia 0.38% Slovenia 0.37% Croatia 0.35% Finland 0.33% Serbia 0.28% Poland 0.23% Eire 0.23% Hungary 0.21% Belarus 0.19% Bulgaria 0.19% Georgia 0.17% Estonia 0.15% Kazakhstan 0.14% Romania 0.13% Latvia 0.12% Lithuania 0.10% Russia 0.10% Ukraine 0.10% Wales
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    Big shout out to Mikael Lustig for his dive. Trying to con a penalty in the 93rd minute when you're 4 down takes a cracking level of commitment to cheating.
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    Just checking in for a quick trajectory update, VT. How's that working out for you?! Back. In. Your. Box.
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    Mary Berry is a smug leather-faced p***k.
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    HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH1HQJQJJ1J1BJAJJAJAJJAJJAHAHAHHAHAH That is all. Ah f**k it naw it isny. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA What a fucking destruction. Enjoy your title St Mirren. Never forget what we did for you today. This mob are cooked.
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    Look son, we're playing Sevco. That means it's THEIR turn to call us mini-f******, or mini-**** or whatever rancid, bigoted mince comes into their otherwise empty heads, because that's they way they operate. I dunno why, maybe Tommy Burns? Could be Billy Stark or George McCluskey? No-one knows. Anyway. You wait your turn and when we play you, THEN it's YOUR turn to call us mini-**** etc. Again, no-one knows why, least of all you. But that's how you operate. Know your place, scum.
  32. 24 points
    I'll never forget you wee man.
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    Sky coverage this afternoon - 'Let's go over to Ibrox to hear how St Johnstone have turned things round. Charles Paterson...' 'Yes, Saints have been getting on top and fully deserved to go ahead etc etc' 'And it's a former CELTIC STRIKER Denny Johnstone...' FFS. Everything that is wrong about Scottish football coverage. Their Old Firm mindset means that their first thought and most important element is that a former Celtic player, one that never actually played a game for them, had scored against Rangers. Not a St Johnstone player. An ex-Celtic player. It's fucking soul destroying. Oh, another goal and back to the obvious ***. It's 'extraordinary' apparently...7th placed team has gone 3-1 up against 3rd placed team. This must never have happened in the history of football, ever, anywhere. (He didn't even mean Cummins actually scoring a goal) What a shower of utter c***s our media is.
  35. 23 points
    It's not just Celtic fans who hate rangers from birth, it's every non-rangers fan who hates Rangers from birth. PRobably something to do with the way your club, and it's supporters, conduct themselves.
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    Of all the shite ever written on P&B, this is definitely up there
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    Oooft. Belter. Whilst your here mate, I have won the Nigerian lottery. Just need to borrow a small processing fee. Will pay u back double tho promise x x
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    4-0.. Good grief. How are Hearts supposed to compete in next season's Champions League when they're not being tested domestically?
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    Still undefeated domestically against a full team of actual proper grown ups.
  42. 22 points
    Obsessing over the sex life of an anonymous poster on an Internet forum is quite disturbing behaviour tbh.
  43. 22 points
    My sister had a wee boy yesterday on what would have been my dad's birthday and named him after him
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    Let’s get one thing out of the way once and for all, you seem fixated on my club. To repeat, I do not have any input into the running of the club. I used to, I no longer do. Therefore I comment as a fan of the club, and as a fan of the non-league game in Scotland. Try and remember that. You obviously have a close working relationship with the SJFA Exec Committee, you know what the agenda was that much is obvious and people can speculate as to who you are but it’s a fairy unprofessional approach to go arguing the toss on here instead of engaging with member clubs in a meaningful manner to gauge their current opinion on the Pyramid. To not do that for 5 years (and counting) is reprehensible. I’ll pull no punches, you appear to be the living embodiment of a dinosaur and one which will do untold damage to Junior clubs as the gradual slide into insignificance continues. The landscape has changed forever and whether you like it or not, the Lowland League and the Pyramid is the future, it’s not going away and it will evolve, other clubs will follow Kelty’s lead if the SJFA refuse to integrate. That’s a fact, no ifs and no buts. As such, working with other members clubs to make the Junior grade better as you suggest is just an exercise in flogging a dead horse, why would people put efforts into something that has no long term future? In the East you are one or two clubs away from a trickle of defections turning into a tide. We have reached the point that there is little left to lose, the centrepiece of the grade is a sponsorless Junior Cup which costs clubs money to take part in and which brings the fixtures to a grinding halt almost every year when bad weather hits. We still don’t have fixture lists. We still have fixture chaos in May/June. We still don’t play under floodlights. We still have a re-instatement rule. Meanwhile, everyone can look over the fence and see the LL being run on a more professional level, with clubs benefitting financially from full SFA membership and Scottish Cup participation, with a chance to progress to the SPFL. It’s not perfect, but Junior clubs participation can shape it’s future. Bottom line is, more and more people are waking upto the fact that they support a football club, not a grade of football (just look at this thread as evidence and others over the last couple of years). If by looking over the fence they see that there is something on offer that will help progress the club on and off the pitch then that will be something that they will seek, whether by moving through the gate as part of an overall integration of the game, or by jumping the fence. The SJFA have the chance to bring the Junior clubs into the Pyramid in an organised and agreeable manner, there are various ways to achieve this, but in light of your comments and lack of consulation, I have little faith that will happen.
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    I'm amazed, with all the Internet users constantly referring things to their solicitors, that there aren't specialist "online dispute" lawyers, in the same vein as the old InjuryLawyers4U. Daytime telly is crying out for some fresh adverts. "Have you been called a nonce by a man who's only identifying feature is the silhouette of an egg? Has a Russian chatbot masquerading as an American teenager labelled you a 'cuck' or a 'snowflake'? Call us today!"
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    Well new year started well. Our wee girl was born today. Over the moon doesn't even describe it.
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    He's got a point TBF. When I was at Hampden seeing my beloved ICT lift the Scottish Cup trophy for the first time in the clubs history all I could think about was "Well this is pleasant but my goodness, wouldn't it be better if Rangers were playing instead of ICT?"