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Archives for April 2009

Cheer when an opponent shows skill

Jim Spence | 17:24 UK time, Friday, 24 April 2009

In a week dominated by talk of football finance and the Old Firm heading to England to maximise their revenue, I met two great Glasgow football fans who lifted my spirits and made me remember what it is I love about the beautiful game.

Brothers Davie and Ronnie Jackson from Rutherglen are probably heading towards bus pass age, but their joy and fervour for football shone as brightly as mine the first time I was lifted over the turnstiles.

Both are Clyde fans. Both had chucked an old rucksack over their shoulders and took a cheap day ticket to Dundee to have a gander at the two football grounds, because that's what football fans do.

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Old Firm dominance is depressing

Jim Spence | 10:57 UK time, Friday, 17 April 2009

Is it just me, or is the news that four Old Firm players will battle it out for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award depressing?

Players like Lee Wilkie, Rob Jones and Jack Ross among a host of other unsung pros have made huge contributions to their teams this season, yet all their efforts will go unrecognised in the public arena.

Only the churlish would suggest that Celtic's Gary Caldwell and Scott Brown along with the Rangers pairing of Steven Davis and Pedro Mendes are not worthy nominees, but I wonder what criteria is being applied by Scotland's players when they make their nominations.

You have to go back twenty years to 89/90 season to find Aberdeen's Jim Bett as the last non Old Firm winner.

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SFA all at sea over "Bevvygate"

Jim Spence | 16:16 UK time, Friday, 3 April 2009

When is a matter which is closed not really closed? Ask the SFA.

In their Alice in Wonderland world, words mean what they want them to mean, not what you and me think they mean.

Yesterday, chief executive Gordon Smith's statement on 'Bevvygate', the now-infamous drinking debacle by members of the Scotland squad, concluded by saying: "We now consider this matter to be closed."

However, if a week is a long time in politics then 24 hours is an eternity in the world of Scottish football's governing body.

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