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  1. Linlithgow Rose 2017-18

    TC's hangdog, tortured-poet demeanour seems to lead people to assume that he's lazy, but his work-rate is actually very good. He doesn't get enough credit for it. He crops up all over the place and tracks back well. It doesn't come naturally to him, but in a way that's all the more impressive because he chooses to dig in and pull his weight for the team. All he lacks is pace, but on the smaller pitches of Junior football, against slower defenders, that's not such a problem. If it hadn't been for his goals last season, Rose would have been in serious relegation trouble right to the end. Him, Batchy and Leiper were the players that kept them up with what became a deceptively big margin.
  2. Choose Juniors

    Scheduling is a joke, I was at the Largs - Talbot match last season that was about 2 months after Largs' previous match. Compared to the downsides of senior football, it's no biggie, though from my relatively outsider perspective it's the worst aspect of Junior football. You been to the toilet in a Junior ground lately? I can't think of a bad one I've seen in quite a while. Most are better than the likes of Tannadice. I know the fixture pile up is silly, and it skews competitions come the end of the season. But the upside for me is more games on sunny evenings after work, instead of freezing cold December afternoons. I had a great time doing a bit of groundhopping last Spring. My club have just installed excellent modern floodlights, and there are an increasing number of matches being played under the lights. Some auld committee buffers don't like it, but so what. I can't think of a ground that's a "deathtrap"... the roof at Bathgate has seen better days but apart from that I bloody love Junior grounds. How many Junior grounds aren't clearly superior to dull modern one-stand affairs like East Fife and Dumbarton have? Of course there are problems, I was having a bit of fun and singing some praises, not carrying out a deep analysis of the game! Fact is, I came to Junior football in my late 20s, and I wonder if a lot of the dyed-in-the-wool crowd realise, regardless of the problems, how good they've still got it.
  3. Choose Juniors

    But they don't, and it does, and on a sunny evening last spring I sat near two guys talking amiably about parent council, and a dog that never gave up hope of getting hold of the ball, and ate a really good pie and watched a decent game of football in a little ground by the river, before taking the train home. There's so much negativity on this forum, and there's a lot about Junior football that could be better, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded that it's special. Who do you think is having more fun in the sooside, the fans of Pollok or Queens Park?
  4. Choose Juniors

    FWIW, it was written by John Hodge.
  5. Choose Juniors

    Junior football is special. You either know it, or you don't.
  6. Choose Juniors

    With apologies to John Hodge... Choose league football. Choose a businessman's plaything. Choose segregation. Choose deceiving yourself that eleven millionaires you'll never meet will ever give a shhit about your team and aren't trying to get a move to Bristol City. Choose talking like an accountant so you can pretend you understand what the fucck is going on. Choose having your bag searched like you're a criminal and getting lifted for having a can of juice. Choose paying thirty quid to sit in a pishy wee tip-up plastic seat that makes your arrse hurt with legroom designed for a midget. Choose telling yourself that the bampots spewing bile about a religious war in another country that's got fucck all to do with anything in Scotland in 2017 aren't bothering you. Choose stewards with all the brains of a white pudding supper thinking they're special cos they're wearing hi-viz. Choose four quid hot-dogs made of beaks and claws in some shhite-hole factory somewhere, and telling your kids they'll get a drink after cos it's two fuccking pounds for a wee silver pouch of nasty sweetened piss. Choose getting stuck in traffic then parking eight fuccking miles from the ground, and choose not being feart of the wee guy who says "watch your car, mister?" Choose leaving the dog and the wee ones at home. Choose replica gear, club credit cards, official tyre partners, executive boxes, naming rights... Choose league football. But why would I want to do something like that? I chose not to choose league football. I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got the Juniors?
  7. Ah true, but still, if half of what should be their fan base weren't getting on a ferry to Scotland every week, and most of the rest watching English clubs on TV, they ought to have similar revenues to a club like Aberdeen. I thought United were terrible, but I didn't realise until after the game just how much of a youth team it was. I thought at the time they were just resting some of the better players. I'd give them the benefit of the doubt in that their game management is still very undeveloped, but I agree it didn't look good.
  8. Well something good came of their songs after all!
  9. It wasn't an under 19 competition, it wasn't Linfield's u19s, and those young lads representing United could have done with the support. It doesn't get said often enough, but the noise from the front of the Eddie Thompson stand is usually very good. That would have helped them, especially in balancing out the 85 minutes bigotfest. I can understand fans skipping games against colt teams but not against a team like Linfield. But it's not a big deal, and nearly two thousand is not a bad crowd.
  10. Challenge Cup 2017-18

    That's a number that won't have pleased the visiting fans. They'll think it was a conspiracy.
  11. Took in this game. Have to say, I was a bit disappointed at the small crowd - your team were playing a motivated, experienced, street-smart team backed by a loud and obnoxious support, and they could have done with some backing. There was a swell of noise with about 5 minutes to go and it definitely transferred to the players, some of whom had been playing with a distinct lack of intensity. It was interesting to see the difference in skill level, which told in the end. That this is by far the biggest and the best team in a region of 1.5 million people, in a football-mad country, is an embarrassment. The laughable state of Northern Irish domestic football is yet another side-effect of the tribal-based twattery prevalent in the province. There's no way Linfield should be losing to a Scottish second-tier club's makeshift reserve team. Other notable feature, as someone who grew up in the era of greatness of Dundee United, was sadness at how far they've fallen. When I think about the players who have worn that shirt... it's just sad. Oh, and apart from the most pleasing get-it-right-up-ye winner, the highlight of the night was when the Linfield fans sang "Steven Thomson, you're a [email protected], you're a [email protected]", and the United fans applauded.
  12. I'm disgusted there's no recognition of Jossie's Giants.
  13. Linlithgow Rose 2017-18

    The Rose had the better of the first half. That's what I said, and they did. Scotland defended the crosses well and hit twice on the counter attack. Second half was a different story. Even then, one of the goals was a wild deflection.
  14. Linlithgow Rose 2017-18

    Rose have had the better of the game, but are susceptible to Scotland's pace and touch on the counter attack, which led to both goals. Rose have put plenty of balls into the box but Scotland have defended them well. In a competitive match Scotland would've been down to 10 men early for an over the ball challenge while chasing a ball. Enjoyable game.
  15. Linlithgow Rose 2017-18

    Prestonfield looking sharp under the new floodlights tonight.