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  1. 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
  2. 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 Of the above islands I've mentioned, I'd be in no hurry to go back to Islay, Gigha or Bute.
  3. Straight forward choice really.
  4. 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
  5. SoccerFM

    Episode 93

    A bumper podcast for you with Steven Mill and Ray Bradshaw! They have a the latest reaction to the Betfred Cup final and the Scotland Euro 2020 fixtures, plus a full round-up of the SPFL. Another chance to win some Hooch with Guess the Mark Yeardly, and a look ahead to the 2nd big Soccer FM derby of the season. Listen below on Spundcloud, or itunes and all the podcast applications Steven doesn't understand- itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/socce…d1144475017?mt=2
  6. SoccerFM

    Episode 92

    Steven and Ray were joined by Scotland legend Colin Hendry to take a look back on his career and the hatred he has for Uri Geller! Plus, there was big news about the live 100 show, a chance to win with Hooch and some chat about comedians who are convicted criminals. Listen below on soundcloud or on iTunes- itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/socce…d1144475017?mt=2
  7. SoccerFM

    Episode 91

    The boys are back with episode 91 of Soccer FM! They were joined by Scotland legend Colin Hendry to chat about Albania and tomorrow night's crunch tie with Israel. Plus, is Corned Beef decent or shite? You decide. Also we gave you another chance to win some lovely hooch with guess the Mark Yeardly. Listen below on soundcloud or on iTunes! itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/socce…d1144475017?mt=2
  8. SoccerFM

    Episode 87

    Steven and Ray are back with a Friday night podcast!If you want to hear two men trying to avoid talking about the Scotland match, then this is the podcast for you! Instead, they covered topics as funerals, meeting famous people, giving away Hooch, Stars in their Eyes and the anti-Garry Spence fan club..(They did talk about Scotland eventually)
  9. 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'' ?
  10. 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/
  11. 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/
  12. 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/
  13. 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/
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. Right, I don't know about anyone else but I am fed up with not being able to get beer after 10pm in shops and pubs closing at midnight. Started this petition to change it. Why are Scots deemed more immature than the rest of the UK? The worst part is that Holyrood made this law... Anyone else pissed off by this? Full argument below... https://www.change.org/p/scottish-parliament-extend-the-hours-of-alcohol-licenses-in-pubs-bars-and-off-license-shops-in-scotland
  20. This started as an off topic debate between me and Pandarilla. About the state of education in this country. Whether it be primary, secondary or further education. This came to the forefront of my mind last week due to the £100m initiative last week. These sorts of things are nothing new and don't do anything to improve the overall standards. These are the result of top-down group think from people who only care about increasing their budgets and maintaining their positions. Due to these interests, they are in no position to fix anything. You'll often hear people talking about "evil", "greed" or "corruption" as part of the problem when it comes to discussing the issues we have across society. However, my argument is these are symptoms as the result of incentives, ignorance or mental illness. Ignorance is simply not knowing, or not knowing that you don't know something. That is the easiest problem to solve, because all that takes is a bit of education (no pun intended). Mental illness in a political sense is continuing to believe or deny something. Despite superior evidence to the contrary. The way to solve that is through treatment. Whether it be showing someone hard facts to letting them face the full consequences of their beliefs. Incentives is what people are encouraged to do or think given the laws and systems in place. If the problems are incentive driven, then the solution is to change the incentives. This is by far the hardest one to fix, because it's difficult for most people to see and people in general are resistant to change out of fear of things becoming worse. Too often, people won't change until a crisis hits. To a certain extent we are all governed by these three things. Whether you realize it or not. For years, I've heard the "lack of money" argument come from government sectors. Whether it be education or the NHS. I believe no amount of money will ever fix the problem. Due to what the incentives are. Whether it be the Education Department or the teachers union's. The system incentivizes institutionalized failure, because only in government can you make a monumental cock up and as the result of bashing heads together for a few hours. Come to the conclusion that the solution is to increase the budget. Due to this, spending on education has continually gone up in real terms over the years with negligible changes in the overall standards.
  21. Hi all, I'm a sports producer from ITV News. We're in Glasgow looking ahead to the Scotland/England game on Tuesday. Obviously quite a historic event as first time the two sides will face each other on Scottish soil since Euro 2000 qualifier at Hampden Park in 1999. We'd really like to speak to any Scottish fans who were at the game and then in the city centre afterwards. Would be good to hear a personal perspective on what went on after the match. Give me a shout if you might be interested. Cheers!
  22. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the new Scotland fanzine, Scotland: Epistles, Bulls**t and Thistles? I've heard good things about it and want to give it a read.
  23. I am planning on having a small house party on the 18th September whilst our votes are counted with Scottish food, drink, decor etc. Does anyone know of or have any good party games we can play? I have seen that there were drinking games for the debate shows, maybe one could be created for the result show but it would also be good to have some games before this as it doesn't start until after 10pm. I'm considering pin the sporren on the kilt/Scotsman also thought about a Scotch Egg hunt. What else?
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