Tackling sectarianism in Scottish football

This week in the Scottish Parliament, MSPs voted for the repeal of the 2012 Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.  This law was introduced by the SNP Government against strong opposition, and now that the SNP is a minority government this is the first serious attempt, led by Labour, to reverse the Act. The OBFA, as it’s more snappily known, is widely considered to be a poor piece of legislation.  The goal was to crack down on sectarian and violent behaviour at football games, which reached — Read more →

The Scotland team I’d pick

Scotland had the narrowest of defeats draws against England on Saturday, with four minutes of ecstasy produced from Leigh Griffiths followed by a lasting moment of agony from Harry Kane from which I’m still to recover. It was almost one of the Scottish football results of this century, but alas we were foiled. The truth is though that for most of the match we were poor.  England were too, and that’s why the game finished as close as it did, but we weren’t a team — Read more →

Ross County 2016-17 Season Review

It’s fair to say that 2017-18 was a mixed season for Ross County.  Coming on the back of our 2nd top six finish and the amazing achievement of lifting the League Cup, from the start there wasn’t much chance that we’d manage to top last season.  But while there were lots of reasons to be concerned through the season, in the end we finished strongly and took 7th place – which I’d certainly have taken at the start of the season. It all started so — Read more →

Scottish football play-off records

As the season draws to a close, teams up and down the country are getting ready with anticipation, or perhaps dread, that their teams will be involved in the SPFL promotion/relegation play-offs. Since the 2005-06 season, teams in what are now the Championship, League One and League Two have been involved in play-offs to decide which teams should move leagues – and in recent years new play-offs have been introduced to include the Premiership and the regional leagues below our senior tiers. Rather incredibly, 35 — Read more →

FIFA 17: Review

A beautiful, but flawed, game

After years of winning the best football game title, the FIFA series has come under severe pressure from its’ old foe Pro Evolution Soccer.  FIFA 17 was the latest effort by EA Sports to set itself apart as the true football simulation – but what it’s shown is that even with new bells and whistles, it’s not quite champion material. FIFA 17 is largely the same football game you’ll know and love, with little changing in the grand scheme of things since it made it’s — Read more →