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  1. Guess what, I'm not apologising for moving to Scotland, filling a job using skills that the company couldn't find locally (they tried!), contributing to the economy and paying my taxes. And btw, there are plenty of Scottish people working in/near my home city of Rotterdam doing the same the other way around (mainly in the ports over there). Thankfully the vast majority of people here in Scotland have been very welcoming to me so the odd racist moron like Kenny doesn't change my positive experiences.
    36 points
  2. Ah, the old "I'm entitled to my opinion" shtick. Well, my opinion is that you're a racist troll who should be banned. So you have been.
    21 points
  3. Well, firstly, there is a lot wrong with ignorance, intolerance, bigotry and racism and just because it's an opinion doesn't make it any less wrong. This weird idea that just because it's an opinion means it's OK is a ridiculous statement. Secondly they're not posting them as their opinion but doing it under the guise of a football club. So unless they are speaking on behalf of everyone involved with the club then they're tarring them everyone involved with the club, and the club themselves, with the same brush.
    21 points
  4. Good to see someone call out the pish getting peddled out on Covid.
    19 points
  5. Fuckin hell how can that guy play golf with no legs
    16 points
  6. Traffic is down 30% this year on last. Guess the lack of any football to argue over is the main reason, or folk tend to use the site more when they are skiving at work. Ad spend is down 40% across the industry and continuing to fall. We will survive but I might need to turn the hot tub down a couple of degrees.
    13 points
  7. Keep hearing people bleating on about the injustice on hearts and thistle (Stranraer too I guess - although less vocal) BUT these teams have been bottom for large chunks of the season. It’s not like they just slipped onto bottom spot just before football was stopped. It’s a bit of a brass neck to throw your toys out the pram over possible relegation when you’ve been pish and looked doomed for most of the season.
    11 points
  8. Raab's first update was on Boris. The second was on the number of newly dead - another 900 or so. I hate the Tories.
    11 points
  9. My Casper can detect lasagne from three rooms away. Not sure about killer viruses, though..
    11 points
  10. To be fair to him, he managed to get everyone on here to agree that he is a racist idiot. Not many people manage to get all the people on this thread to agree on something so that's quite an achievement.
    10 points
  11. Remember match threads? What I'd do to read four people ask where's best to park and someone predicting Brian Graham to score a hat trick in a 2-0 win
    10 points
  12. I agree that the sponsors line is a sideshow, but the idea that nulling and voiding isn't unfair because the titles haven't been won yet just doesn't stand up. There's no perfect solution either way, but you can't seriously argue that ending it as it is an egregious injustice to Hearts, Partick and Stranraer while simultaneously saying nulling and voiding wouldn't be an injustice for Celtic, Dundee United, Raith and Cove. If it isn't possible to finish the season then some clubs are going to feel hard done by regardless of what option is taken and there's no way to avoid that, but when it comes down to it you have a choice between pretending three quarters of the season haven't happened and leaving clubs where they are, punishing clubs who've had good seasons and rewarding clubs who've had bad ones, or calling the season early based on the three quarters we have played, rewarding the clubs who've had good seasons and punishing those who have had bad ones. Both of those have an unfair outcome for someone and finishing the season would obviously be the preferred option, but I'd far rather base the decision on the significant proportion of the season that has happened and let the clubs who've been shite take the hit than wipe the whole thing and hurt the clubs who've performed well. I appreciate that League One is less clear cut because it's the only division that still has a title race while the others were inevitably going to be won the current leaders anyway, but the same principle applies. It is tough on Falkirk, Airdrie, Montrose & East Fife but it leaves them in the exact same position that null and void would anyway, so I can't see why Falkirk fans are up in arms and threatening boycotts over one but not the other. There is no entirely fair way out of this, but ending it as it stands is clearly a better option than null and void.
    10 points
  13. For anyone who can’t be bothered clicking the link, this is the statement. ‘we’ve been utterly shit all season and the ever aging Dobbie, looks like he won’t save us, we are utterly delighted the spfl have put forward a proposal that will save our dire team from their rightful relegation and fully support it as we have no ability to avoid this by playing games of football’
    9 points
  14. Released from intensive care about 20 minutes ago and dropped off with his mum at her ward. The ward she moved to yesterday aren’t allowing visitors so it’s just the two of them until they get out, hopefully tomorrow. I’m going to lie on the couch and enjoy one last lazy day for a very very very long time.
    9 points
  15. I'm all for Gerry Cinnamon and his fans getting seriously ill tbh.
    8 points
  16. What a load of rubbish.
    8 points
  17. Not a peep. Radio silence. And they wonder why they're losing 70+ clubs from their leagues this summer on top of what they lost in the East over the past couple of years. [emoji849]
    8 points
  18. 8 points
  19. Constantly amazed by peoples levels of confidence about the spread of this virus and their certain knowledge about what is going to happen over the next few months.
    8 points
  20. Doncaster is directly saying to 40 league clubs : relegate Partick Thistle and Stranraer and we’ll give you money. That’s bribery. And morally corrupt. I trust this “vote”is an open one, so that we learn which clubs have a backbone,and which are snivelling b*****ds. And should the vote goes the right way, we can look forward to Doncaster immediately resigning. His position would be untenable.
    7 points
  21. Just got a text from the Scottish Gov inviting me to register automatically with the supermarkets for priority delivery slots with a return text, so pretty good.
    7 points
  22. no i'm the science editor for ITV
    7 points
  23. Now they're clean you should take them back to the bowling alley
    7 points
  24. You just shift the same arguments onto other clubs with reconstruction though. So we say we'll do away with relegation and promote two clubs to each division, going 14-10-10-10. That removes objections from Hearts, Partick & Stranraer, and means ICT, Falkirk and Edinburgh City go up along with the top placed clubs while Brora and Kelty get promotion without a playoff. All those clubs are now happy with it. However if it would be such an injustice for Raith to go up ahead of Falkirk without the remaining games being played that the current proposal can't possibly be acceptable, why would it be okay for Falkirk to go up ahead of Airdrie, Montrose and East Fife, or for ICT ahead of Dundee and Ayr, or for Kelty ahead of Bonnyrigg? Surely the exact same principle applies to all of those clubs? So you then look for a proposal that gets Dundee & Ayr promoted along with ICT and go for a 16 team top flight, but then Dunfermline and Arbroath can complain they had a entirely realistic chance of catching those two. Or you resolve the League One complaints by going 14-14-14 and promoting six which ensures everyone in the title race gets up, but then Clyde can argue they had a realistic chance of finishing sixth ahead of Dumbarton. You end up with some perceived injustice no matter what you do. If you try to reconstruct your way out of unfairness you'll end up with a 42-46 team league. There's no perfect solution.
    7 points
  25. Ha. I swear we should write a book about it all! In fact I deserve some sort of medal for pushing a baby out with a broken sternum and back with no painkillers Here we are out in the garden doing the Saints #passiton challenge.
    7 points
  26. The "deserve to go down" argument is utter pish. No team "deserves" to go down or win a league if it was still mathematically possible not to be in that position at the completion of the season.
    7 points
  27. It’s bizarre that people get so hung up about the chance of a bigger club nicking their players rather than the existential financial threat that turning next season into a diddy format entails. If you wait most of the year to complete these fixtures and go for an 18 game campaign for 20/21, you are asking clubs to waive up front 50% of their income for next season, at a time when there will be no government support forthcoming either. That is suicide rather than a credible solution. Thankfully there are at least some adults at the table who recognise that there is no point obsessing about playing a set of largely dead rubber fixtures, when they can instead draw a line under this mess without bankrupting half the league.
    7 points
  28. Rangers Before anyone else does it
    7 points
  29. Did you tape the Queen, mate?
    6 points
  30. I've had these discussions before (mainly when I lived south of the border, especially early 2016) with people moaning about "all those foreigners coming in". So I asked them "oh, so you want me to leave?" and then they say "no, you're fine, you're working for your money". Then I replied saying "so do the vast majority of Eastern European, Middle Eastern, South Asian etc. immigrants". Usually I didn't get a response to that.
    6 points
  31. You're not who they mean though - you're from Western Europe and not obviously Muslim. You're a "good" foreigner. Racism seems particularly weird at a time when a disproportionate number of those "millions of young men" are working in hospitals, exposing themselves to a potentially fatal virus while they try to save our lives, or are working in retail, food supply or transport.
    6 points
  32. How the f**k are "millions" of young men flooding into the country? That's absolute pish.
    6 points
  33. The West of Scotland Football League.
    6 points
  34. Just out of interest - has anyone seen any official response from SJFA to the fact one of their regions, to all intents and purposes, no longer exists? Their last activity on twitter, was on March 17, to announce the Junior Cup semi-final draw. Since then, nothing of any note in junior football appears to have occurred worth making a comment upon.
    6 points
  35. 6 points
  36. If this does pass then surely a wee change to the ole ole ole song required. "We are the mighty Rovers, and we got voted up!"
    6 points
  37. I know there's a lot of bluster from Ibrox about wanting to finish the season, but surely it's all a pretence? Secretly, isn't a premature end to the league a gift to Rangers: the best outcome they can hope for in an otherwise pretty rank season? They were going to be pumped out of Europe, weren't even in the Scottish Cup, and had zero chance of winning the league – every Rangers fan had given that up months ago in an implosion of fury. Now here's an opportunity to grab something precious: to foment doubt about Celtic's otherwise inevitable ten-in-a-row. Plus they'll be able to issue statements about the unfairness of it all, the bias of the governing bodies etc, the sort of thing that triggers the masses, hides mismanagement and sells season tickets.
    6 points
  38. Exactly, it's a joke. Sporting integrity apparently doesn't matter when: folk throw coins at refs, when morons scrap outside the stadium, when a TV company gets upset, etc. EDIT: To be even-handed about this, the league is just as bad when it comes to other derby games. When Hearts and Hibs both end up top or bottom they try to balance those games too. I assume the same applies to the Dundee clubs; I'd have to check the league history. It's ridiculous. It's basically saying to everyone else that it's fine for Hamilton to have to go to Rugby Park for an extra game but not fine for Hearts to have to go to Easter Road. Absolute sham of a league.
    6 points
  39. Sorry for shuffling in but I just need to reshare this piece I wrote in the Largs v Kilsyth programme in 2018 (yes, I want them in too). "A BRIEF HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN KINTYRE REGULAR READERS will recall me writing about Dunoon’s junior heritage, when I visited Cowal after getting my first car. Last summer I travelled to Oban and Campbeltown, the latter which left me with a burst tyre and an overnight stay! Both towns have a vein of footballing success spanning decades; the former’s team, Oban Saints, have reached the Scottish Amateur Cup semi-finals two years running and are in next week’s quarter-final, but I feel, for this programme, Campbeltown and Kintyre have a story worth telling… The Kintyre peninsula’s footballers have perhaps benefited from their geographic isolation. The top club of the early 20th century, Academicals, withdrew from the local juniors in 1913 after being barred from the Junior Cup for travelling reasons – to instead host Rangers, Morton, Hamilton Accies and other big names in friendlies! Academicals midfielder Neil McBain would later play for Manchester United, making three appearances for Scotland and being the oldest player ever to feature in the Football League, aged 51 years and 120 days for New Brighton against Hartlepools in 1947. Kintyre sides such as Campbeltown United, Academicals and Argyll Colliery dominated the Mid-Argyll league of the 20s. United hosted Tranent – previous winners – in the Junior Cup fifth round of 1935, rejecting a request to play closer to the central belt. Their record run ended there, but Tranent beat Petershill in the final that May. Kintyre retained a junior presence after the Second World War. In those days, Kintyre teams were seeded to face each other in the early sounds of the cup, before facing the rest of Scotland as late as the fourth round. Contrary to popular belief, Ardrossan Winton Rovers did not fly to face Drumlemble on November 5th 1960. Four seasons earlier however, Aberdeen Mugiemoss did charter a flight to Kintyre’s Machrihanish Airport for their visit to United on 5th January 1957, in the Scottish Junior Cup fourth round. After a score draw, the replay to Aberdeen resembled a scene from Robin Jenkins’ classic football novel The Thistle and The Grail: with few fans travelling north, a phone link was set up between Linksfield Stadium and United’s local Kinloch Bar – which happened to be closed between 2-5pm. The fervent fans instead loitered around the streets with a runner relaying updates – which were also chalked into the road surface! United battled for a 3-2 win to reach the fifth round, the first time for a local side since 1938. Loanhead Mayflower ended the run, in front of a record 3,500 at Kintyre Park. But local football was on its last legs, with the local league declining from six members in 1953 to four in 1957. Kintyre’s last hurrah was the Junior Cup first round of 1961/62, as Campbeltown Hearts lost 0-11 at home to Dundee St Josephs, while Drumlemble were beaten 1-5 at Linlithgow. That October 14th, the local league closed down. The Kintyre Amateur Football League amateur league continued as once-junior side Campbeltown Pupils reformed, winning the league and cup in their first season back. The industry that defined the area changed: Argyll Colliery closed in 1967, though a NATO fuel depot and the opening of RAF Machrihanish reshaped the local economy. The base itself produced a side to challenge Pupils’ dominance, though before long Pupils first transferred to the Mid-Argyll League in 1971, and then the Scottish Amateur Football League in 1977/78 – winning the Seventh Division undefeated with 122 goals scored in their first attempt. It would be the beginning of a golden era for Kintyre football. At their peak during the late 70s and early 80s, Pupils had 400 season ticket holders – as an amateur side! – and attracted crowds as big as 700 to Kintyre Park. Their record Scottish Amateur Cup run came in 1980, where they beat Fenwick Thistle and Arden Villa on the way to the quarter-finals before losing at eventual winners Newarthill Hearts, while local rivals Carradale and Tarbert – not to mention Oban Saints – also competed in Scotland’s most prestigious amateur league. 1200 fans came to Kintyre Park in August 1983 to witness Pupils lose 1-3 to a Celtic XI featuring David Moyes, Peter Grant, Owen Archdeacon and Bobby Lennox. That year, Pupils were joined in the SAFL by Campbeltown Boys. Boys’ greatest achievement was winning the Premier Division Two in 1996, before Boys and Pupils merged during 2010/11. In 1988, Kevin Gilchrist became the first local player to be capped for Scotland’s amateurs since pre-WWI. Three seasons later, Pupils were inaugural members of the SAFL Premier, admitted due to their Kintyre Park facilities; they would later be joined at the top table by Argyll foes Oban Saints. Pupils won the SAFL’s top tier in 2000: the triumphant side opened that season with a friendly against Kenny Shiels’ Coleraine, drawing 3-3 and prompting the Irish side to comment “Pupils have several very good players who would do well in Irish senior football”. Despite local success down the years, like many amateurs Pupils now battle to keep young men interested in football. Just a few weeks ago, they returned home from East Kilbride’s Claremont after a 0-5 defeat, having signed five names on the day: their Twitter bemoaned uncommitted players. Where once there were ten Argyle teams in the SAFL (and twelve leagues), there are now six sides and just THREE leagues, though Carradale ply their trade in the Greater Glasgow League. The Kintyre league ceased in 1998. But young players can give the peninsula hope. Pupils’ 2005s currently sit top of the Dunbartonshire YDL with three games left. Perhaps with the growing pyramid system, an ambitious young Kintyre side could compete at an even higher level – and give us new trips, preferably burst tyres not included! This article was written thanks to the following: “Scottish Junior Cup 1960-1968 and 1950-1960”, both by Stewart Davidson, "Kit and Caboodle: A History of Football in Campbeltown” by Alex McKinven, and the National Library of Scotland’s archives of the Campbeltown Courier and Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald.
    6 points
  40. Send her round my way, if she wants to show support then she can clean my car.
    5 points
  41. Shafted by an organisation that has nothing to do with them and has, in the end, made allowances and came to a compromise to best protect their members? I think it's more the case they've shafted themselves
    5 points
  42. 24 points still to play for so I can completely understand why St Mirren, Ross County and Hamilton and probably a few others would vote to relegate Hearts now. If I was a cowardly f**k lacking in integrity I would be voting Hearts to be relegated too.
    5 points
  43. Reading this is taking me right back to August 2013. Taken about 4am, his Mum was critically ill and whisked away for surgery, I was given this wee boy to hold for a bit then he was whisked away to an incubator. Eventually after a long wait both were fine and I got to go and spend time with him. Incredibly vivid memories. It all goes so bloody fast from then onwards.
    5 points
  44. Just following on from the clubs statement I'd just like to say thanks to a few people. First of all George, the chairman of the club. As everybody knows he is Mr Cumbernauld United and has been at the club for many years. Its been a pleasure working for him and he is what junior football is all about. Our aim together was to get Cumbernauld in to the top league and I think we were on track to do that this year after narrowly missing our last year. I hope he has many more successful years ahead at Cumbernauld as he thoroughly deserves them for everything he puts in. Secondly the committee, Kirky, Nessy, Robbie and Eric. More proper junior guys who I now have a friendship with and will enjoy having a beer with at the games instead of them shouting at me. Kieran and Wilson, my coaches who have been absolutely superb and so supportive of where we we taking the club and the way we wanted to play. Also, Billy and Jp previously who were also huge in where the club is now. Next, everyone else who I've met through junior football, the other managers, committees and fans. It really is a special grade with some special people and without doubt a family. I've made some special friends and also fallen out with some people but I hope i leave in the best spirit. Lastly, the players. We have built up a wonderful bunch of boys at Cumbernauld who are not only talented but great boys. I thank them for their efforts and support and cannot wish them more for the future. The club is in great hands with the players they have. With the reconstruction of the leagues I had a chat with George last week and let him know my circumstances with the effect of whats happened in the past few weeks going forward I wouldn't be able to commit as much as I needed to as manager. After a few days of thought on his advice we both agreed that bringing somebody new in would be the right way forward for the club in the new set up. I think it will be great not just for the club but for the junior grade as a whole with so many ambitious clubs, managers and players. The last few weeks the country has faced will have a massive effect on most people and I have been no different. I hope when this is all over, the clubs will go from strength to strength and thrive in the new setup and I will hopefully see a few of you at some games in the coming years. All the best, Andy
    5 points
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