Friday, October 15, 2021

In the Service of Fools

Given the recent heightened focus on the refereeing standards in Scotland, I was asked to update a previous blog from 2010 that included suggestions for changing the way refereeing is managed in Scotland . Having had a look at original my thoughts are “ here we are again”, for the very same reasons the blog was penned in 2010. Why?...

The Stella Dallas of Europe

Leaving aside for the moment the Shadenfreude-laden giggling as first Celtic, and then Rangers departed the Champions League this season, it is worthwhile taking time to think on the reality of Scotland's latter-day bit-part status in the game. There are Celtic fans who try to rationalise it by pointing out that for them, the Stein years were a wonderful exception...

Here we go again

I think everyone on SFM knew that when the new club won its first trophy, whatever that trophy was, the old "same club" mantra would surface. Over the years, and since the nature of the debate is in the "santa exists" ballpark, we have largely discouraged discussion of it. On the "old club" side, that reluctance to debate is largely...

A Level Playing Field?

I must admit I am surprised that nothing has been done about the TRFC party guys. It is especially puzzling that other clubs who have had games cancelled and players suspended as a consequence of breaches haven't pointed out the apparent lack of consistency. In August of last year, following a non-socially-distanced night out after an Aberdeen v Rangers game,...

We Got it Wrong

After nearly two months experience of our new shiny Forum platform, it has significantly failed to impress users at SFM who have - almost from day one - hankered for a return home to the familiar blog format. Of course we wanted to give the new format as much time as possible to bed in, and to give our members...

Moving On Time?

Football is indeed a funny old game. In a year of pandemic misery our national sport has lifted the spirits of a tired and cynical nation. Dominic Cummings is leaving number 10, the Brexit deal hasn’t been done, lockdown is on the horizon in the West of Scotland, etc. BUT all we want to do is talk about and relive our...

Fergus McCann v David Murray

How Celtic Turned the Tables on their Glasgow Rivals by Stephen O Donnell: A Review by Auldheid. Stephen’s previous publication, Tangled Up In Blue provided a detailed history of the rise and fall of Glasgow Rangers FC PLC from 1872 until their demise in 2012. Clearly a lot of research had been done to cover the period in such detail and...

The Last Thing Scottish Football Needs Right Now ..

.. is More Secrecy We all now know Lord Clark’s judgement on Friday has kicked off an arbitration process to solve the case raised by Hearts, Partick and their sleeping partner, Stranraer. He seemingly had no option and did this because it is the “pre-decided” SFA procedure for football disputes. Accordingly three qualified persons will be chosen from an existing SFA list...

About SFM

SFM is a community of football fans who want to see the game in Scotland run fairly and in a manner that befits true sporting endeavour