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  1. Following on from the Highlands & Islands info thread: One of the perks of my job is that I get to go to the islands. What Scottish islands have you been to? Which ones did you like and why? Are there any you never wish to set foot on again? If so, why? So far I've been to the following: Mull Iona Tiree Colonsay Coll Islay Jura Gigha Bute Skye Orkney - Mainland Orkney Eday Stronsay Sanday Westray Hoy ETA: Arran Shetland Cumbrae North Uist South Uist Benbecula Eriskay Barra Lewis & Harris
  2. Seem to be mounting up! Christie, Dykes, Nesbitt, Cooper, anyone else? Add that to neither RWB playing, Hendry dropped. It's not far from becoming a FFS situation. Who can come in? How much more Scotland can this get? Why am I surprised?
  3. Morelos so much better because he is Colombian and scored more European goals than larsson did at celtic larsson is a big swedish fraud.
  4. this thread is about scotland chances at qualifying for world cup 2022 And euro 2024 and the future of the Scotland national team
  5. My squad would be as followed Marshall gordon mclaughlin Palmer SOD Tierney robertson Hanley hendry Cooper kerr Mctominay mcgregor mcginn turnbull gilmour gauld Armstrong christie fleck with forrest and fraser then up top Adams dykes nissbet shankland With the back up players being clark mccart Patterson Taylor Russel Morgan ferguson erahon Griffiths Patterson
  6. Hi all, After recently making it to the Euros, there's quite rightly a lot of excitement due to Scotland making it to their first tournament since 1998. The tartan army is notorious for their following, but all the euro games are scheduled to go ahead in the UK for Scotland. With the euros coming up soon, I'm interested to know the everyone's thoughts on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Would people travel to Qatar to follow Scotland if we make it through another qualification process? Seems like so many positives and negatives to hosting the tournament there, and with it being Scotland's first World Cup in over 20 years. Is there too much putting you off? The climate, culture, winter world cup? There is currently research being conducted at the University of Stirling on the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with views from UK football fans on their perceptions of Qatar and the World Cup. https://stirling.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/qatar-fifa-2022-world-cup
  7. Hi all, we at Football Memories Scotland have put together a brand new podcast called The Scottish Football Citizen. Each week we’ll be taking a look back at the best of Scottish football from yesteryear covering all levels from internationals to the juniors. We delve into the past looking at players, managers, big games and even the way we were back in the day. We’re looking to cover as much as we possibly can over the next while and feature as many teams as possible. Football Memories Scotland aims to help people with dementia by connecting the past and the present with images, audio and video of football in days gone by. Since starting in 2009 the project has gone from strength to strength and now we have groups up and down the length of the country. Unfortunately these groups haven’t been able to meet during the pandemic but some groups have gone virtual and continued their good work. The idea behind the new podcast is to try to engage with people who have dementia or sight issues during the pandemic as they have been hit hard by events this year – however we’re not just aimed at them, and we want to make a podcast that appeals to anyone with an interest in the game. Our first episode looks back at the 1956 Scottish Cup final between Hearts and Celtic, and we plan to release more in the new year. You can find us on Spotify HERE - and any suggestions and feedback are welcome. Our main site is HERE - we hope you enjoy listening!
  8. Anybody see Patterson playing tonight ? Is he a future prospect ?
  9. The Tartan Army Sunshine appeal are delighted to announce details of our 2020 Burns Supper. After the success of this years one at Hampden, we feel we have kept that same high quality for next year, with your MC for the night Hamish Husband again, with poetry (Burns with a football twist) from Thomas Clark (who this years Poet, Stephen Watt, says is the best around!), Music from Glasgow’s own Andy McBride (giving us some Dylan’esque tunes... check out his excellent album “Shipyard Soul”) and then dance the night away to the Science Ceilidh Band. Science Ceilidh Band >>>> Andy McBride >>>> Thomas Clark (Poet) >>>> Full details below, | 2020 Burns Night Tickets (Sat 25th Jan 2020) We are pleased to tell everyone that the tickets for our 2020 extravaganza are now on sale Tickets are £35 per person, or contact us for tables of 10 for £300 Venue Edinburgh Marriott Hotel (19.00 for 19.30 and running on till 01.00) The Night Welcome glass of Fizz, 3 course meal, words of the Bard, Live Music and a wee gift from us! During the night we'll be having a raffle where a top prize is the signed Liverpool shirt that was donated to us by none other that the Scotland Captain, Andrew Robertson If you're coming along, we've got a discounted event rate to stay at the hotel, which we'll send to the ticket buyer's PayPal address http://tartanarmysunshineappeal.moonfruit.com/shop/4590985127/2020-tartan-army-sunshine-appeal-burns-night/11319195 Unlike this year, there will be no consideration of moving venue should demand outstrip supply, so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
  10. Scott Allan comes on to PLZ tonight along with former Hibees Tam McManus and Alan Rough. They discuss Hibs, Scott Allan explains why Porteous can go on and star for Scotland, while Tam McManus also reveals which Old Firm star used to scrub his boots. We also find out who some of the stingiest former Hibs players were. Watch here and feel free to subscribe for more:
  11. THE EVENT An evening with Colin ‘Braveheart’ Hendry, who’ll give his take on the national team from the time of his debut, going through ‘Football Coming Home’ (phew – it was close!) and taking us into the ‘Carnaval de Paris’, all complimented with some tunes from a ‘young and upcoming DJ’ Guests will have the chance to put their questions to Colin, along with the opportunity to take part in the raffle, to win some outstanding items on the evening Where Classic Grand 18 Jamaica Street, Glasgow G1 4QD Time 19:15 (for 19:45 start), with the chat until 22:00 and continuing beyond that with the tunes! We understand that this is the same day as TRSNMT Festival, but Colin will be finsihed by 22:00, and the event location is within easy access of Glasgow Central and Queens Street, with trains across the central belt running up to 23:30. Objects of The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal The objects of the association shall be to promote the welfare of children in need in the countries we visit to watch Scotland’s national football team play, in such ways as are charitable in law. All monies raised via the sale of these items (excluding PayPal fees) are used by The Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal to donate wherever Scotland are playing an away game, with no costs being used by the Steering Group to run the charity. Cost £20.00 – which include a ‘pie and a pint’ VIP EXPERIENCE (very limited availability) £25.00 VIP Experience also gives you the chance to chat with Colin, have a picture taken with him and if you bring an item with you, be signed by him - to be fair to others in attendance, signed items limited to ONE per ticket purchased IMPORTANT INFORMATION No under 18's due to licensing laws No refunds unless the event is cancelled No physical tickets will be issued – we will use your PayPal receipt as proof of purchase
  12. Straight forward choice really.
  13. I am looking for some help. I am looking to find fans of any club in Scotland who have come from Europe, who have settled here and now have adopted a team and go and watch them regularly. For more information please get in touch. Many Thanks
  14. Willie Miller commenting on the lack of enthusiasm of the Scottish midfielders to track back with opposing midfield runners. When asked to name names '' Souness '' Did we detect animosity for another Liverpool '' Anglo'' ?
  15. With Sky TV, BT Sport subscriptions becoming increasingly expensive, looking at the option of watching Czech Football - free app, £3 for whole weekend of football. Cheap, good quality, provides an enjoyable alternative/option while sitting on the sofa watching Final Score. https://thefootballblether.com/2017/12/04/bohemian-armchair-football/ https://thefootballblether.com/2018/01/09/czech-first-league-mid-season-review/
  16. Dilemma facing fans as prices escalate on tickets, trains - increasingly seen as a "consumer" by SFA, so are we best to look elsewhere for our football fix, is our £££ spent better in Europe? https://thefootballblether.com/2018/01/22/the-supporters-dilemma/
  17. General overview of Scotland's place on European Football stage, the pro's and cons of following Scotland versus European Football. Discussion on Scotland's place in Britain, Supporters Club, ticket prices, Czech Football and much more. https://thefootballblether.com/
  18. Is the SSC too expensive, is it delivering value for money or should hard earned money be better spend on trips abroad? Ahead of the upcoming renewal subscriptions, looking for thoughts, comments etc. https://thefootballblether.com/2018/01/22/the-supporters-dilemma/
  19. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40836601 Don't know if this is right place for this but... Henry McLeish thinks we should put the needs of the national team ahead of the clubs and uses Iceland, Wales, Norn Irn, RoI and Albania as examples of countries that qualified for Euro 2016 when we didn't. Personally I could not give a rats arse about the national team or international football; one of the few things I'd pick up from the "good old days" is I'd limit the fucking international breaks to a game on the Wednesday without shutting the league down for 2 weeks. By all means, improve the player development programmes but not for the benefit of the national team, for the benefit of our clubs; his suggestion it will only take 2 or 3 years is bollocks. I'd suggest 10 -15 years. in the meantime, however, I do not want to see my club forced to play inferior Scottish players instead of better foreign players for the benefit of a national team I have no interest in.
  20. This might get a roasting but I believe long-term rebuilding is the only way forward for the national team. I wanted to take the question. Berti Vogts took Scotland over in 2002 and capped well over 30 players. Although he was there for 2 and a half years, He virtually had to build a new team after Craig Brown's era. He capped both Craig Gordon and David Marshall and also Darren Fletcher and James McFadden. He also unearthed Graham Alexander and several others. 5 years later Scotland nearly qualified from the toughest group of all time for Euro 2008 beating both France home and away and were the victims of a referee decision which was largely unjustified (honest). This remains the last time we had a national team which everyone was fighting for. Nearly all the players in the team were from the Vogts era. It is true that Smith and McLeish got results from this. Under Vogts, young players were thrust right into the starting team and were given matches in lots of friendlies. We had to go through some pretty dire results in those particular matches. Although I believe Craig Brown would have capped several of the players above, he would not have started them. With this in mind Vogts also is the last manager to take Scotland to the play-offs. The group we qualified from included Germany, Iceland, Lithuania and the Faroe Islands. This might have seemed an easy group at the time but today take the fact that Scotland drew 1-1 with Lithuania at Hampden and would probably come behind Iceland in the group who are a strong team in Europe. The period watching Scotland under Berti Vogts was the first time I followed the national team. It was bad to watch and the results were dreadful but now I am older, I can see what he was trying to do. He was a nice guy, respected the Tartan Army and gave new players a game. He tried to produce attacking football and didn't sit back (against the Dutch at Hampden and Germany at Hampden). In my opinion he produced the perfect balance for us long-term in making a team for Smith and to a greater extent McLeish in becoming a competitive side whilst giving players an opportunity. Today I believe that something similar if not as on a huge scale is the only way forward. To do this we need to build the team round a core group of five players much like Vogts did with Fletcher and McFadden. This would be Tierney (left-back), Robertson (left-wing), Burke (right-wing), Gauld (attacking-mid) and McGinn (centre-mid). These five players can then be supplemented by the odd late-bloomer, experienced crop and further players from the youth ranks. Although this is not popular, I would forgo qualification for at least the next tournament (2018 and possibly 2020) and look towards make a team overall towards 2022. Scotland has to be a fun experience for everyone and by doing this would take the pressure off to be perfect. Also I would look into the the scapegoat dynamic which involves around Scottish Football which is clear is a big thing. Clearly there needs to be some kind of mediator between all different types of stakeholders - media, fans, players, coaches, clubs etc.
  21. Usually I want to take action about things but wondered what people might think of this. I can appreciate youth football might sometimes not bring debate. I was doing some research. 10 years ago in 2006, we reached the European Championship finals at Under 19's level. This was our best performance since 1982. We lost to Spain 2-1. En route to this final in qualifying we drew with France 1-1 and Portugal 2-2. Three of those countries were finalists in this year's European Championships. This was the team that started in the final: McNeil, Cave-Brown, Wallace, Cuthbert, Grant, Ferry, Conroy (Gilmour 78), Cameron (Dorrans 74) Adams, Elliot, McGlinchey. Out of the entire squad, only Wallace and Dorrans have become Scotland players but in the squad. Two players missing from the final in Snodgrass and S.Fletcher are first picks. Garry Kenneth won 2 caps and Fox and Reynolds have been called into squads 6 of the players in the squad were part of a Celtic U19 team that won the Youth Cup and League. These were Grant, Conroy, McGlinchey, Cuthbert, Ferry and Fox. Only McGlinchey became a full international but for New Zealand! Shortly after this tournament, with the next Under 19 age group, we beat Bosnia 6-0 and Germany 1-0 who had Mezut Ozil in their team. A Germany who were already building their youth development structure that included Ozil in their team. What this goes to show is the big problem happens between 19-22. Undoubtedly some players will become late bloomers and people have to be dedicated. However this is the pattern that I feel needs to be identified if we are to have any chances of going further forward, My thinking believes it is because we focus on competitive attributes and winning matches than developing individual technique by the time it comes to adulthood we don't have as much of a technique as other nations. The problem I feel extends to other sports but mainly in society and in education because this age range (19-22) is also when players stop playing football and even sport because education ends and thus opportunities to play don't come forward. Thus also because the elite were selected and lesser players ignored, those players tend to drift out of the game and the ones who were selected therefore are not selected for the national team due to the way the manager wants to play (a long ball back to the wall job) and the way Scottish Football is structured. I feel taking aspects from other athletes are one way forward.
  22. Good morning, See a few teams on here are looking for new players .Our app Find a Player is totally free to use and saves the trouble of searching websites, Facebook groups etc. Find players/setup events/find events to play in. Have a look here! App link: https://bnc.lt/FindaPLayerCN Thanks, Campbell @ Find a Player.
  23. Link BBC Great stuff, hopefully get an easier pot for the next draw should we keep improving! in other home nations England - 14th Wales - 22nd NI - 42nd Other nations of interest ROI - 62nd Poland - 35th Germany - 1st Georgia - 138th Gibraltar - No Ranking
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