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No place for sexism in Scottish football

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Jim Spence | 09:59 UK time, Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Hailing from Dundee, once known as "City O the Kettle Bilers", on account of the high proportion of women toiling in the jute mills, while their unemployed husbands remained at home making the tea, it would be impossible to underestimate the contribution of feisty women to my own upbringing.

That's why I'm unimpressed by those who think a woman's place is anywhere except a football field.

It's almost unfathomable why anyone could think that women can hold high offices in medicine, law, politics and elsewhere, yet fail to understand the offside law.

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Dundee fans can create success story

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Jim Spence | 11:07 UK time, Monday, 17 January 2011

Could Dundee fans run their club any worse than those who plunged it into administration?
If the answer is no, then the Dark Blues fans could be on the cusp of turning their darkest night into their brightest day.
And they could lead the way for fans elsewhere who have watched men with big egos, questionable business acumen and rank bad judgement steer their clubs to the edge of oblivion.
Dundee fans, who could shortly find themselves with the majority stake in the club, now have to get over perceived injustices, accept the 25-point penalty and drive the club on in a new way for a new age.
The old business model of running clubs is deeply flawed.

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Walter Smith on the money with blast at bankers

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Jim Spence | 20:03 UK time, Friday, 7 January 2011

Walter Smith's public frustration at his club's bankers making life difficult for him, will be shared by managers and directors up and down the land.

While there's no doubt that Rangers and many others have lived beyond their means, Smith's anger at bankers pulling the financial strings at Ibrox, will strike a chord.

Smith said: "The ironic aspect, not just for Rangers, but for everybody, is that the banks are telling us what we can and can't do. Maybe someone should have done that that with them."

One thing's for sure about Smith's old fashioned Scottish working class upbringing; it makes for a clear perspective when commenting on the pin-striped financial wizards who almost spelled disaster for the entire economy with their own financial imprudence, yet who feel no shame in lecturing others on how to tighten their belts now.

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