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  1. Many years ago, Scotland were playing at Aberdeen and guys were giving Ian Ferguson absolute pelters, simply because he was a Rangers player. I pulled one of them up on it and his reply that he was a Rangers player and Aberdeen fans hate Rangers. I pointed out that he was a Scotland player in this game and he should be supporting all our players and that he should have stayed in the house if he wasn't prepared to do that. He looked quite perplexed. Some of the Aberdeen guys are absolute fannies, trying so hard to out-hate Celtic fans when it comes to hating Rangers. I'm not bothered whatsoever about what they do at club matches, but it shouldn't spill into internationals.
  2. I understand the week of football thing. My understanding is that whilst dates are set by UEFA / FIFA, kick off times are not. FFS.
  3. And while I,m on a roll,the atmosphere isn't helped when crowd noise is discouraged by shite music being played at a squillion decibels. And what to play when we score? Fech all, let the crowd make the noise.
  4. I think that the frustration level with being a Scotland fan is getting to people....me included. Let's face it, we're pish. The standard of player available to Strachan is pretty poor. I don't agree with some of his selections, but FFS, he's better than Levein. We just don't have quality in all but a couple of positions. How many of the team would get anywhere near the England side? It doesn't help that we're being stiffed off the park as well. I'm assuming that we kicked off at 7.45pm because the TV money was better than if we kicked off at 3.00pm. Someone tell me different. Ditto the lunacy of playing Gibraltar on a Sunday evening rather than at 3.00pm when you might have got a crowd. A 3.00pm KO on Saturday would have allowed the guys from further away have a day out without thinking about getting home next morning. The SFA are simply not listening to the fans on this and people are voting with their feet. And cash. The televising of games via daft wee satellite / cable companies doesn't help promote the team. For friendlies, it's almost impossible to see the game live and some pubs have given up on friendlies. The SFA have to man up to this one and accept less cash to allow more people to view the games. The strip - £55 for the top and the away top looks like it was chosen by Stevie Wonder. Shite! Away tickets - we all pay the extortionate membership fee and we should all get the same chance for away tickets, and I say that as someone with a few away "points". Ticket prices - I bought the season ticket and it cost me £36 for the North Stand. Hardly a bargain. £32 for Gibraltar last campaign. £36 for pish against a poor side (who drew with us!). And while I'm on a run - the "well done lads" from the fans at the game in Faro stuck in my craw. The team and management fecked it up true and proper and here were 10000 cheering them like they were champs. If I had been Strachan, I'd have been red-faced. I know it's great to be behind the team win, lose or draw, but this just went too far. So, after that I feel a bit better. It's a combination of things that have left many fans a bit less tolerant of pish displays. And Saturday was a pish display. Lithuania fully deserved their point and we now face an uphill struggle to be second, let alone one of the better second finishers.
  5. If you're interested in the whole spy thing, the Cold War Walking Tour by Insider Tours is an absolute must. An incredibly tall guy called Barnaby was the guide and he was excellent.
  6. Stasi Museum was Ok, but better if you can imagine the scenes from Deutschland 83 that were filmed there. Also did the Cold War walking tour which was fascinating; best 12 euros I spent in the city. If you can, get a kebab from Mustapha's - it'll be the best you've ever tasted, but be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes. For free and if you like architecture, walk up Karl Marx Allee in the old East.
  7. What's often overlooked with Vogts is that the team he took over was full of auld guys who disappeared all at the same time, leaving him with lots of gaps to fill and no one with any sort of experience to replace them. No wonder he played so many friendlies. Can't believe Strachan doesn't want a game. How often does he get the chance to work with the players, and here he is not using it? Surely he'll at least have a training weekend?
  8. The English version of the SSC charge £75 for two years but give you £5 off the price of a ticket for home games. You also get points for home games (good idea, especially for shite Friendlies) and they put 30% of away tickets into a draw for ALL members.
  9. I think that the prices for the last campaign and the general stuff-the-customer attitude (the SFAs fault) and the days of the week that games are on (not the SFAs fault) may well lead to a fair tailing off in memberships. Other than the England game (which will be a nightmare anyway as utter pricks desperately try to outprick each other to the detriment of decent coves like myself), there are hardly what you would call glamour matches. I'll join up as I want to carry on travelling abroad with a ticket in my pocket, but I can understand the thoughts of those that won't. Look at how hard they pushed the Poland game to SSC members, and they still ended up selling almost half the Celtic end to Poles, quite apart from them being in every other part of the ground. That was a reasonably glamour tie, and the casual fan wasn't really interested. As for the season ticket, I bought £42 tickets as I prefer the North Stand at Hampden as I thought that I could do without the hassle of buying them individually. I was given the princely sum of £10 off; £2 per game. Add to that, I missed one of them as my club side played on the Saturday, losing myself £40. I won't buy a season ticket again; I must have been daft. £42 for the North Stand against Gibraltar on a Sunday night. Let that one sink in. Will it be £42 for Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia? Most likely, and they'll proudly announce that prices haven't gone up. I'll chip in.....£50 for the SSC. An utter rip off and we will carry on paying it. For most, it's a £5 surcharge on every home ticket. The SFA see the SSC as a money-maker; that's simply not right. They have money from hospitality, merchandise, tickets and TV. that should be enough.
  10. Enough of the wee teasers about "the truth"! Give us the gen or at least some juicy lies.
  11. I have absolutely no problem with anyone making a few bob from selling Tartan Army merchandise, but to prevent anyone else from doing so is pish. It's a disgrace that the Adies were given a trademark and worse that they made a stash from selling it. Hopefully the two carpetbaggers taking the magazine to court get their erses felt.
  12. Unfortunately it was only a last minute thing, so I was only able to spend two nights in Tokyo, but I hope to go back next year and I'll make an effort to spend more time there. As a wee aside, two days and didn't see one bit of litter! Tokyo's a great place, and the game was excellent. Terrific atmosphere and we were seated up above the noisemakers. As a non-lager drinker, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the beer was in Tokyo. Spent a good few hours in the Beer Station which served up some excellent non-lager beers.
  13. FC Tokyo v Shimizu (?) on the 27th. A Chinese lad that supports Queen's Park has a Japanese mate is going to take me....just as well as my Japanese is unlikely to be that honed by then!
  14. Cheers, gents. I'm on holiday in Seoul and am taking the opportunity to head to Tokyo for the weekend. Good point re travelling about; I know from Seoul that working out fares is a nightmare. Looking forward to it and I'm taking in a fitba match on the Saturday evening as well.
  15. I'm spending a weekend in Tokyo and haven't got a clue what to do. I don't want to spend two days looking at palaces and shrines. I like architecture and beer that isn't too hoppy. Any suggestions?