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Uefa right to tackle football's financial madness

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Jim Spence | 21:04 UK time, Friday, 28 May 2010

portsmouth_595.jpgThe stench from chickens coming home to roost in our national game both sides of the border is overwhelming.

In the week that UEFA announced that by 2012 all clubs would have to be run on a break-even basis, the foul stink of financial crisis in the game has seldom been more pungent.

Years of mismanagement and reckless indifference by the game for its' financial wellbeing are everywhere to see.

Finally the clubs are trying to clear up the dirt, but it's a herculean task.

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One singer, one song - but can you name the tune?

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Jim Spence | 15:35 UK time, Friday, 21 May 2010

What's your favourite football club anthem and why is it sung anyway?

Last Saturday's Scottish Cup final got me thinking about this.

'Love is in the Air' and 'Beautiful Sunday' both belted out at Hampden by Dundee United fans are now firmly part of the mood music at Tannadice and they capture the club and fans perfectly in my humble opinion.

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Dundee United must kick-on from Cup glory

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Jim Spence | 11:37 UK time, Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Lifting the Scottish Cup was indeed a fitting end to Dundee United's centenary year.

About 27,000 Arabs returned from Hampden victorious and the city partied long and hard through Saturday night and Sunday, with pubs and clubs rocking until the early hours.

I'd been asked to introduce the team and coaching staff from the balcony of the City Chambers to an ecstatic crowd in the square below and the United anthem "Love is in the air" had seldom seemed more appropriate as tears of joy were shed by thousands of Arabs.

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A fitting time for United to lift the Cup

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Jim Spence | 18:00 UK time, Thursday, 13 May 2010

It would be a fitting end to Dundee United's centenary year celebrations to bring the Scottish Cup back to the city for only the second time in their history.

Formed in 1909 as Dundee Hibernian to serve an Irish community which numbered one in four of the city population, the club changed its name during season 1923/24 to Dundee United in an effort to attract a wider base of support.

A generation which now knows only of the club's success as a top-flight outfit need only scan the history books to see that the first 50 years were often perilous times for the Tannadice outfit, which flirted with extinction on several occasions.

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Is the price of youth football too high?

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Jim Spence | 18:51 UK time, Thursday, 6 May 2010

Can Scottish football really afford to run youth systems any longer?

As another batch of young hopefuls see their dreams shattered on being released at professional clubs, is it time to make radical changes to the way we treat our young players?

Livingston owner Gordon McDougall said this week his club are ahead of the pack when it comes to rearing their own.

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