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  1. This is depressing news. The guys was woeful at St.Mirren and the way that he had them trying to play football was dreadful. A hard man that wants players to 'get stuck in' and plays atrocious direct football with no alternative. He's a football dinosaur. He also didn't seem to speak too positively about youth development at one of the fans Q&A sessions which can be found on youtube. I absolutely cannot think of anyone I'd less want to be in charge of a U19 team.
  2. In fairness.... that's a fairly long period of time that we're talking about for people under 40. I was born in '82 and my first fuzzy memories of Scotland were attending the Italia '90 qualifiers. My earliest memories were 'Super Ally' and 'Mo, Mo, super Mo', then I liked Pat Nevin because he was wee and tricky. Over 25 years have passed since then. Over quarter of a century - and nobody has excited like McFadden. I'd had loved to have been there to see the days of Dalglish and co. and actually qualifying for tournaments, but we are where we are. Faddy deserves credit (but certainly not 2 sentimental caps to get to HoF) for what he has done. Let's hope for some miracle that we get more like him (and even better)!
  3. Players that can change/win a game out of nothing are few and far between and that is exactly what McFadden could do. Faddy was an outstanding talent and looking back on the youtube video brings back some fantastic memories and highlights the ability the guy has. We can sit and say that he wasn't in the same league as the top guys from the 60's/70's/80's all we want, but it doesn't change the fact that he was simply a cut above anything we've had in recent times. Andy Ritchie was talking about him on 'Off the ball' at the weekend and got it spot on. He was saying about the ability Faddy had and his willingness to try things that other players wouldn't. That's what excites football fans. Sadly, I also have to agree what Ritchie on his opinion that it is probably being coached out of players. Everything is seen as such high-stakes in football and trying to get players into a certain mould that means that guys like McFadden and any type of flair player / someone who doesn't play the 'easy ball' gets forced to change their ways. I watch kids coming through at St.Mirren and any time a player loses the ball trying to beat a man, or tries to switch the play and it doesn't come off you just hear the reaction of the fans getting on the players back. It'll be the same at every ground around the country! I remember the excitement when Faddy first got in to the squads. The word 'gallus' was correctly thrown around by the media regarding him. The Iceland away game back in 2002 (?) when he was on the bench had the tartan army buzzing about the prospect of a young kid and what he could do and develop in to. We need more of that in the game.
  4. Just watched the video of Faddy's goals.... how that makes me long for having a player like that again in the Scotland set up!
  5. I think I'd prefer him to survive and have this hanging over him. His 1st game wasn't exactly inspiring. If he goes - I'd think it would be Bruce to get the nod as the new boss.
  6. As if the ridiculous pricing of the full international games isn't bad enough.... Who in their right mind at the SFA thinks it is reasonable to charge for an U16 game at the new Oriam national performance centre at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh. I had considered going along but is it really necessary for them to charge £5 (adults) and £2 (kids) for an U16 game like this? Surely it is an opportunity for fans, students, local residents and kids to pop along and see a fantastic new facility and watch the game. How much do the SFA really stand to make from charging for this? It just seems like lunacy and might be quite a small complaint in the grand scheme of things but this sort of nonsense is apparent at all levels of decision-making in the organisation.
  7. I think that's pretty much spot on. Opinions are stronger than ever and people are entrenched in their respective Yes/No camps. The idea of Scotland retaining EU membership seems like absolute fantasy to me. The complexity of the UK negotiating it's way out of the EU is complicated enough. To add in the Scotland/rUK negotiations and by that, also creating rUK/EU and Scotland/EU negotiations - it's quick to see that this would be mind boggling.There are far too many considerations for EU membership (contributions, CAP, CFP, rebate, currency, shengen, etc.) to assume that it would in any way be easy for Scotland to inherit UK membership - not to mention the drastic differences in the size of the UK vs the Scottish state. Brexit is/was a political tool for the SNP to try and push on support for Indy. It has worked marginally but not anywhere near enough so far. I can't see how we wouldn't effectively be negotiating from scratch with the EU which partly removes the pressing timeline tied to Brexit (2017/2018/2019). The real problem is that Brexit is a political tool for the SNP and it loses 90% of it's value once Brexit is officially concluded. This may then see indy support drop off (marginally or otherwise) once life outside of the EU becomes a reality. That doesn't necessary mean that the SNP should push the indyref button in advance of Brexit - as there's simply no point if there's not enough support. It looks to me that they simply don't know what direction they'll take which is probably why you have various SNP sources (Sturgeon, Salmond, McAskill) all giving varied views and timelines. They need to monitor what happens over the next 2 years before deciding on anything. My gut feeling is that nothing will happen before Brexit that will result in sufficient support for a successful Yes vote in an indyref2. That will probably lead to a situation of Brexit meaning that we're out of the EU and another Tory government in 2020. This would set the scene for SNP in 2021 elections but they have a big challenge to achieve competency in government over that period and sustain support. I also foresee a lot of unionist alliances at the 2017 council elections to act as agitators against the Scottish Government in funding negotiations and protesting against cuts from the SNP - albeit that those cuts will be coming originally from Westminster (but this detail will largely be missing). We're already seeing this with the 4 councils that have formed a breakaway from Cosla. I think that's a situation that is only going to get worse.
  8. I don't know how much the money invested in women's football has increased over the last 5/10/15 years but I would expect that the growth has been considerable. The amount of exposure the game gets and demand for respect/equality has certainly increased the visibility of the game and the Scottish women's team seem to have improved in line with that. If there has been considerable financial investment in the country then it probably shows that similar to the GB Olympic performance that if you invest in sport then it pays off. The continuity of a seemingly good manager has no doubt helped as well.
  9. Given that the region voted to Remain in the EU - I expect that by their logic they will also be imminently bringing forward a D&G referendum to remain in the EU. If not, then they should be highlighted for the sham that they are.
  10. Yep. That's what I heard.
  11. I've heard this mentioned before but never actually seen any detail on it. What is the actual law around this?
  12. Seems that Labour are just going for a cash grab now that the coup has failed. The 129,000+ members that have joined since January (mainly to support Corbyn I would guess) aren't being permitted to vote unless they pay an additional £25. Making it up as they go along! It's laughable. No doubt this will put off some of the £3 members who were enticed in by the low membership fee but it will also cash in on some of the fervent support Corbyn has for those willing to pay £25 to back their man. It'll swell the coffers at least but to what end. Corbyn is bound to get back in with even more support now and the Blairites will continue to refuse to support him.
  13. When does the leadership election / challenge or whatever labour are calling it take place?
  14. An absolute sham indeed. Just watching Eagle on the news talking about her smashes window and 'threats' and getting away concluding that the 'bullying has to stop - Jeremy has to go'. How the feck does someone get to attribute bullying to him in such a way and get away with it completely unchallenged and then have it as headline news. It bloody stinks.
  15. Secret ballot at NEC. Looking like more and more possible that Corbyn will be removed from his position.