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  1. That is an absolutely horrendous piece. "Nick McPheat" (?!!) forgot to add a bit about the coverage, too. I'd suggest something like this: BBC Coverage In keeping with the tinpot chaos of Scottish football, our coverage is both tinpot and chaotic. Your nan could do a better job on OOM than Chick, Biscuits and the rest of the old boys' club. When will we notice that Dundee United not Dundee are playing Aberdeen on Sunday? Stay tuned to find out!
  2. Haha - oh, she's activated by the beach and the sea and heads straight in and bounces about barking. There's usually a window for posing once she's tired herself out though!
  3. Going by some of the Scotland threads, he also despises Scotland.
  4. England are behind the Czechs and the Russians too. If you see finals as a measure of success (as England do, and to be fair, it's a good indicator) then you have a leading group of football nations who have won multiple trophies. Obviously the South American numbers are inflated by having played far more Copa Americas, but the first group here are all multiple WC winners too: Group 1 - leading nations Brazil (14 championships, 13 other finals = 27) Germany (7 + 7 = 14) Argentina (16 + 16 = 32) Uruguay (17 + 6 = 23) Italy (6 + 4 = 10) Spain (4 + 1 = 5) France (4 + 2 = 6) Group 2 - strong nations Then you have teams who have played in multiple finals and won one title: Holland (1 + 3 = 4) USSR/Russia (1 + 3 = 4) Czechoslovakia/CR (1 + 3 = 4) In terms of finals contested, those are the top 10 countries of all time in international football. Moving on and down, and including their glorious run to last night's final, England are in a third group, with one win but fewer finals than the second group: Group 3 - minor nations with occasional success England (1 + 1 = 2); Portugal (1 + 1 = 2). We also have Denmark and Greece with one win (and a few more South American countries with a few CA wins). Of course, the other teams in this group don't have delusions of "X years of hurt", they don't hysterically make themselves favourites to win every tournament they enter, they win or get to finals away from home tournaments, and they don't claim to have great heavyweight rivalries with teams like Germany, who are so far ahead of them it's not even funny.
  5. Lovely auto-generated stuff from the BBC's "audience services" factory in Belfast, which has been outsourced to Crapita for the past 20+ years. It's been read by someone there, very briefly, but the idea that it will be used to "shape our decisions" is risible. You can be 99.999% certain that no one who works on the BBC's Scottish football coverage will see your feedback, which will make it tricky for them to take the factual correction on board and improve their efforts in future. Embarrassing them on Twitter is probably a marginally better strategy.
  6. I don't agree with you. Personally I wasn't "offended" - I was, however, amazed that the BBC stayed with the pictures for, what, 8-10 minutes? They eventually cut to the studio - then later blamed others and claimed they had to use the video feed. It was basically incompetent and badly misjudged at an editorial level. It was blindingly obvious that they could have cut away any time they liked and filled time in the studio rather than broadcasting the distress on the field like a tabloid rag.
  7. The 5 Live 606 phone in from last night is a good listen. Savage keeps saying there were "no excuses" and then trots out the following excuses: The tournament was completely unfair as the Danes had home matches and Wales didn't Wales had to fly further Wales only have 3 million people Wales didn't have enough fans at the match to cheer them on. Champagne listening, and for once Sutton is excellent as he takes each of these excuses down, and points out that Wales had an extra rest day over the Danes and had just been "pumped 4-0".
  8. If true, surprising. Every time I have been to Hampden for a Scotland match in the past ten years or so (including one campaign as a season ticketer), almost every accent I heard around me was north-east. The fact that fewer Celtic fans than Aberdeen fans are SSC members is pretty pathetic too given the overall fanbase numbers...
  9. "So how did we get to this point? Perhaps we can rewind to the mid-1980s, when Graeme Souness lured England internationals like Terry Butcher and Chris Woods to Ibrox. Whenever these guys represented their country there was a whole host of Bears tuning in. But the majority of Rangers supporters still followed Scotland. When the Geordie genius Gazza joined Rangers in 1995, a few more made the switch from the dark blue of Scotland to the iconic white top of England."
  10. I remember thinking the Killie cheddar one looked pretty daft at the time, but really it's a lot better than the random betting companies all over the place now. I hope Scottish clubs don't go down the Indonesian / South American / French route of having two dozen sponsors on each shirt. Not a great look...
  11. Tam Cerny's only 36. Get him out of retirement. We need a good shot stopper, but also a good goal-canceller who can simply tell the refs that it wasn't a goal.
  12. Very nice feeling deleting the League One bookmark this morning. Looking forward to next season and we seem to have recruited pretty well so far.
  13. Not a member myself but a pal was a few years back. Had several fantastic nights over in the Vaults in Leith, which is really atmospheric and does excellent food as well as the huge range of drams. The new Glasgow room looks nice too. I'd say it's a very nice gift. The optional extras they offer (just looked up the membership) look pretty good too.
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