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by lbb
Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 4
Views: 3156

I don't think Hibs were losing week in, week out for a number of years. As you say, Hibs were involved in some humdingers that season, were generally not relegation candidates at the beginning of a season and it was a real shock when Hibs went down in 1997-98 (though not as much as it was for Hibs f...
by lbb
Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Relegation
Replies: 4
Views: 3156

Relegation

Is there a point for a club's supporters where relegation becomes desirable and more preferable than survival? I ask this question having watched Dunfermline Athletic a couple of times this season on TV and having read the statistics for their encounter with Dundee United at the weekend - 1 shot on ...
by lbb
Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: SPL 2/ Pyramid structure
Replies: 13
Views: 8039

I can see what the existing SPL get out of it. About £130,000 each per annum for a start if the £1.6M annual payments made to the SFL stop as they would do with a breakaway. I'm sure I read somewhere that one of the motivations for SPL 2 might be that they will be able to claim all the SPL payments...
by lbb
Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: 'Authorities powerless to punish bigots'
Replies: 6
Views: 3745

As I say, making a definitive list sounds attractive and easy when you say it quickly but my guess is that it would be a lot more difficult in reality. Rangers, as a club, for example, might wish to include 'The Sash' in any banned list but supporters would be able to cite legal precedent in the fac...
by lbb
Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:41 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: 'Authorities powerless to punish bigots'
Replies: 6
Views: 3745

As Ian Blair explains: "What we need is for a clear definition of what would be a breach of rules as far as the issue is concerned." I imagine such a 'clear definition' is, or will be, a minefield for Scottish fitba' legislators to sort out. Even UEFA's decision i) only went through on appeal, ii) i...
by lbb
Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: Football Books
Topic: Celtic Minded 2
Replies: 2
Views: 6401

An interesting post. For Kilmarnock read Kilmasonic as I've seen on some forums. There is an unhealthy culture among some Celtic fans and I'm not sure their club does enough to discourage it and, indeed, through endorsed literature and the like it almost seems to be fanning the flames at times. I re...
by lbb
Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:09 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: A game of two halves
Replies: 4
Views: 2710

Re: A game of two halves

I note that the Sunday Herald claimed a victory for the new non-sectarian singing policy at Ibrox and that in the Sunday Mail, the Rangers 'operations executive' Laurence McIntyre said that any sectarian singing yesterday had come from the AWAY support. Aye, right. The 'Poorest excuse of the season...
by lbb
Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:24 am
Forum: International
Topic: World Cup
Replies: 41
Views: 32705

Eriksson's success with England came fairly early on - the 5-1 win over Germany and recovering the mess left by Keegan. But the win in Munich was only his fifth or sixth game in charge and that's a long way away now. I thought at the time of his squad selection that it was wafer thin and he was leav...
by lbb
Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: International
Topic: World Cup
Replies: 41
Views: 32705

It's been a poor tournament so far, in my view. I can't help but feel they might have to review the places given to each association. There's been a lot of teams who have not really contributed much to the tournament - Serbia, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Iran, Angola, Japan, Togo, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, S...
by lbb
Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:05 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: 2006-07 fixtures
Replies: 2
Views: 2026

The fixtures are just last year's in reverse sans split. 'Computer generated', my eye.
by lbb
Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: TV, DVD, Video & Film
Topic: Setanta
Replies: 82
Views: 75337

1. I was just looking to establish that the Old Firm weren't the bad guys in this instance. IIRC, the excitement reached such a fever pitch that the SPL, in particular Roger Mitchell, sent Sky away with a flea in their ear which naturally didn't help when it came to asking them back to the table. An...
by lbb
Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:02 pm
Forum: TV, DVD, Video & Film
Topic: Setanta
Replies: 82
Views: 75337

The SPL are claiming it's their best TV deal ever. But at £13.625M per season at current prices and lasting until 2010 it doesn't seem to be any better than the £12.5M per season they knocked back from Sky at 2002 prices. My memory is a bit hazy on this but weren't the Old Firm all for accepting th...