Date: 8th August 2016
That was the football week by the SFSA Reporting team
A review of all the main talking points you need to reflect on this week.
Aberdeen 1 – Out of Europe again
The second best team in Scotland have crashed out of Europe again. This time they certainly have justification for feeling hard done by, given how honking the referee was. It was a tough one to take; but the reality is that Scottish Football has fallen to the bottom basement of Europe. Nights against Bayern and Real Madrid are just a fading memory not just for Dons fans; but for all of Scottish Football.
Aberdeen 2 -GBLT
Meanwhile the new GBLT Aberdeen Supporters Club – Proud Dons have backed the SFA’s programme ads that hope to drive more from that community into football. Sounds like tokenism – ads in programmes to folk who are already at the game. When the SFA start going to Clubs and gets involved in GBLT events such as Gay Pride we might believe that they want to do this!
Stranraer – Sponsorship
Have just renewed their sponsorship with Stena Sealink and claim it is the UK’s longest running sponsorship at 29 years. We are not sure about that and think there might be another one of a similar length. Well done as it is great to see a local company really backing an important community club in such a way.
Hearts 1 -Tom Daley at Tynecastle
The day before Tom Daley started his claim for an Olympic medal his Scottish cousin Jamie Walker managed to win a golden penalty by diving in the Celtic box. Celtic captain Scott Brown ripped into him calling him a cheat. The issue in question is will the SFA do likewise with a letter from the compliance officer – you would expect so.
Hearts 2 – Ann Budge wrong this time
We think that Ann Budge is fantastic and has done an amazing job. However, we didn’t agree with her rant that there are too many wee clubs and her idea to cull them. An Albion Rovers fan loves the club just as much as Hearts fans do theirs. Clubs like the Rovers cause the big boys little hassle and they can’t be held liable for the demise of the game. Theses wee clubs also often produce international players, Hearts own Craig Levein rose up from Cowdenbeath and Gordon Durie at East Fife, Steve Archibald at Clyde and most recent David Robertson from Queens Park. Given that Division 2 clubs only get between £30,000 – £40,000 in pay outs from the league every season it is not much to ask to keep these clubs going as part of the professional structure. Take them away and the loan system crumbles and the excitement of cup shocks too. Maybe Ann was just thinking about getting rid of wee clubs from Malta?
Partick Thistle – Erskine on his third trip to Firhill
Erskine never really go a chance to show what he could do at Dundee United; but is showing great early season form back at Firhill. Many commentators aired the view this weekend when talking about him that some plays just seem to gel at particular clubs. Of course Thistle Legend Chic Charnley was there 5 times, 4 times as a player and once as a coach. So is Charnley the record boomerang signing or is there a player out there that can beat his record?
Dumbarton – trouble at the rock?
Lots of journalists calling us this week asking what is going on at the club. The ground has been up for sale for years and the owners according to the Herald are based in Belize. The Sons were part of the Bet Butler betting group that went into administration last year. As usual it seems that the fans are last to know!
Dunfermline Athletic – the Pars are back
After the most torrid of times at the hands of a despot owner it is great to see a great club come back to the fore with them raising the league championship flag at East End Park. With another inspiring fans centric leader in Chairman Ross McArthur at the helm we say welcome back.
The Cup Final Report
A report that says very little and Rangers send out a statement that also says very little but tells the world that they are not happy. Fans of both Rangers and Hibs should be unhappy at the whole thing as no body asked them anything about it. The notion that the report suggests that the Scottish Government will get involved in legislation directed at fans seems a tad unlikely given their previous experience!
In Engerland – innovation from the FA
The Football Association (FA) has partnered with more than 170 further and higher education institutions to grow the number of grassroots players and clubs.
Through its relationship with British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Association of Colleges (AoC), the football governing body will deliver football programmes for more than 70,000 grassroots players over the next year through its College and University Football Hubs project.
Participants will have the opportunity to play for a further 250 grassroots teams that are being created as part of the scheme, while another 3,140 students will be encouraged to get into the game through volunteering, or acting as administrators, coaches or referees. Read More http://www.sportsmanagement.co.uk/Sports-news/latest/FA-participation-grassroots-funding-Kelly-Simmons/326044
In Europe – Infantino does himself no favours
When the USA is hunting a fugitive who is avoiding extradition on fraud charges for his time at FIFA you would have thought that the man who replaced Sepp Blatter would have avoided him like the plague. Instead he ends up going to Brazil and has his photograph taken with the rogue! The jury is still very much out on Infantino given his own time at UEFA. Watch this story run and run.
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