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About Merkie84

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  1. Regardless of what format we all think is best, can we please get calling the division below the top flight the "Championship" into the sea.
  2. Boxing Thread

    I have said it many times before, if relatively low key sports like diving and ski jumping can have 8,9 10 judges, why can't boxing? Do as they do and discount rouge cards at either end. I can't remember the last time I watched a fight with reasonable scoring!
  3. Boxing Thread

    A shame because again we are talking about scorecards instead of a good close fight. I thought Taylor dug in well in the championship rounds.
  4. Boxing Thread

    Choose fight but Taylor ot a homer on the scorecards there! I thought he was maybe 2 or 3 behind after 6 .
  5. I had no idea this game took place. When was it? LOVE this thread!
  6. Fair enough, never crossed my mind as a way to get to the football. In saying that I once went to a match in Beijing and the vast majority of the 30,000 ish crowd arrived on "boris bikes" . The shared ones. The streets were filled with mountains of discarded yellow bikes at kick off time! Hell of a walk from the train station to Kingswells. Not convinced walking is feasible, so car, bus or bike it will have to be!
  7. Summer Football

    Exactly this. The Summer v Winter argument is totally moot. We already play summer football. Eiefa have already decided this is when outback teams start their European campaigns. Aberdeen started durin the first week of Wimbledon. Rangers were a week or so before that. Some of our clubs now have competitive fixture in all 12 months of the year. The debate is how to accommodate all the fixtures. Personally I wouldn't keep the cups short and scheduled as they are at the moment. Have a longer break over winter am doing have the league start earlier to give our clubs some competitive games over summer. Alternatively, don't give our European qualifiers a bye throughout the group stages of the league cup.
  8. 3 Best & Worst signings your club has made

    Worst signings 1. Robbie Winters for Billy Dodds plus cash. Winters was distinctly average and Dodds went on to be a regular for Scotland 2. Jackie Macnamara. Absolute past it Charlatan and wage thief. lived off his reputation of what he achieved at Celtic and contributed sweet FA with an Arrogant attitude. Never been so angry with one of our own after the QoTS semi debacle. 3. Calvin Zola A big useless tree. Best signings. 1.Hans Gillhaus. Signed to PSV Eindhoven as a replacement for Ruud Gullit, and was an integral part of their treble winning season including the European cup. Signed to Aberdeen after being relegated to the bench the following season after the acquisition of Romario. Played at Italia 90 for Holland. On his Debut for Aberdeen scored a brace including an overhead kick. The following week scored the only goal in a match v Rangers. 2. Charlie Nicholas. I just remember the buzz around school when he signed. Definitely the most exiting signing ever. A genuine household name. At one time the highest paid player in the U.K . Finished joint top scorer in the Scots Premier leaugue. Those who have only watched football through the sky TV -/ Champions league era will scarecely believe Aberdeen and Scottish football could attract such a high calibrate of player. Modern football really is terrible. 3. Duncan Shearer. Bought from Blackburn where he played alongside Alan Shearer, headline writers had fun at dons fans expense with " Shearer moves from Blackburn to Aberdeen" type headlines. Abolute hero, prolific scorer and scorer of important goals. His half volley to clinch the dons 3rd in the nervy first leg relegation playoff and his goal in the 1995 league cup final are 2 of my favourite moments supporting the dons.
  9. When will indyref2 happen?

    Remember when the last referendum started, the first year or so of the debate was about what the question should be, a straight yes no, or a series of different constitutional options. SNP expected to go for full Indy, tories anti everything and labour and lib dems were expected to back " devo plus" or "devo max "etc. It came as a bit of a shock when they fully backed what was essentially a Tory position. I think if deco max had been an option it would have won handsomely and is what I would have voted for. A gradual teasing apart of the ties of union would probably be more palatable to a lot of people than a big upheaval. From that point of view I came to the conclusion that if I believed some extra powers to Scotland would be benificial, then surely 100% of powers would be even better, certainly than no change at all. Next time it will be an even starker choice, we are starting to see the Tory power grab of Holyrood powers. We are starting to enter the constitutional end game where there will only be 2 choices, full independence, or the closure of the Scottish parliament and Scotland fully demoted to a region of "one nation" GB . I can't see any other alternatives long term.
  10. You might be on to something! There are already cycle lanes between Kingswells and Westhills. Maybe a huge multi story bike park like they have in Amsterdam might solve the transport problems!
  11. Exactly why I think it is a terrible idea, open invitation to II bike thieves. Wait until later the match starts then you have a leisurely 90mins and more to help yourself. Plus a lot of grounds , including tyncastle, involve walking down narrow streets full of people on match day, so again, not ideal on a bike. Plus going to the match often involves a few refreshments , which inhibits balance which is kind of an important part of cycling! It'll never catch on!
  12. I quite like this but it does raise the question: Had anyone ever in the history of Scottish football ever cycled to a match? Seems a bit wierd to me, and I like cycling!
  13. I suppose not . The real problem here isn't Hamden, it is the lack of any stadium in Scotland with a capacity of 30,000.
  14. I think we should keep Hampden for big internationals and cup finals but bin it for Scottish cup Semis unless both clubs want it there. Especially if the authorities insist on 12.15 kick offs for TV. A rush for tickets and 20,000 inside Tynecastle where generally those with the highest loyalty points will get tickets will be a far better match to attend than 30,000 inside Hampden with a load of day trippers.
  15. When will indyref2 happen?

    The 3 lions aren't even lions, they are leopards. https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/when-did-the-leopards-on-the-royal-arms-of-england-become-the-lions-depicted-today/