What’s so good about Hamilton?

Whisper it quietly, but is there a little bit of optimism creeping into Scottish football? The national team is keeping its hopes alive in the European Championship qualifiers and there is a realistic chance that they could make France 2016. In the domestic game, the continued absence of Rangers seems to have had a demotivating affect on Celtic, although by the end of the campaign, they will surely regain their logical place at the head of the Scottish game. Celtic and Rangers need each other, although very few fans on either side will probably admit that. No, the positive vibes … Continue reading What’s so good about Hamilton?

Perth rejoices

They call Perth the “Fair City” and if you’ve waited 130 years for the local football team – St. Johnstone – to win a piece of silverware, it sounds like patience might also be one of its virtues. It is hard to believe that Perth is a city at all, because by modern definitions, it looks like the sort of market town you find dotted around northern Britain. But city it is – since 2012 – and right now, it’s probably one of the happiest cities around after the Saints beat Dundee United 2-0 in the Scottish Cup Final. Come … Continue reading Perth rejoices

Great Reputations: Dundee United 1982-83 – enter the “New Firm”

This year’s Scottish FA Cup final is between Dundee United and St.Johnstone. Not a hint of Celtic and Rangers. Just over 30 years ago, Dundee United won their only Scottish Premier title. It was in an era when, for the first time in years, the Glasgow duopoly was seriously challenged by what became known as “The New Firm” – Aberdeen and Dundee United. For many people, Scottish football had never been more interesting. But it didn’t last long and by the end of the 1980s, Rangers were changing the face of the Scottish game and even Celtic were struggling to … Continue reading Great Reputations: Dundee United 1982-83 – enter the “New Firm”

Edinburgh final can lift Scottish football

It’s not been a great season for Scottish football. The pathetic story of Glasgow Rangers and the continued malaise around the national team underline how far Scotttish football has declined. But the Scottish Cup Final today at Hampden Park has a special ring about it. We’ve become accustomed to old firm cup finals, but  the Edinburgh  derby Hearts v Hibernian has really divided the Scottish capital. It’s the first time since 1895-96 that the two clubs have met in the final. Hibernian don’t have a brilliant record in the competition, having won it just twice, the last time in 1902. … Continue reading Edinburgh final can lift Scottish football