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by exile
Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: SFAQS
Topic: Tournoi International de Amsterdam 1902
Replies: 4
Views: 1900

Quite an interesting site. One of the games you would have paid to see - Uruguay versus Scotland in the 1926 World Cup Final. Uruguay were without doubt the best team outside the British Isles, winning the Olympics in 1924 and 1928 at a time when only a handful of countries had professional leagues....
by exile
Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Jonathan Pearce
Replies: 15
Views: 10861

It might fit better with the current zeitgeist to for you to write a book about disastrous seasons so we can all have a good wallow in self-deprecation. It would be hard to think of any to beat the current one even though we haven't reached Christmas yet. Most seasons have had a silver lining. 1980-...
by exile
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:45 pm
Forum: International
Topic: FM 2010
Replies: 0
Views: 2288

FM 2010

If anyone hasn't tried one of this series of games I can recommend it - not just as a game but as a repository of player data - 380,000 players/managers in the database! And I believe the data is actually fairly accurate and up to date. I've managed to get through the 1st season which culminated in ...
by exile
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Jonathan Pearce
Replies: 15
Views: 10861

Yes - if 1966 is anything to go by we'll still be hearing about it in 2054 when I'll be 95..... mind you our host here recently wrote a book about 1967 (a very good book indeed I might add!), so if England do manage it I hope we get the chance to play them as soon as possible so we can claim the uno...
by exile
Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Attendances.....again
Replies: 2
Views: 1259

Also, only just over 6,000 for a Dundee United team only a few points off the top
by exile
Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Jonathan Pearce
Replies: 15
Views: 10861

The World Cup is, curiously, generally easy to predict - take one from the host nation, Brazil, Argentina, Germany or Italy. If it's in Europe - choose one of the last 2 (or possibly the hosts) - if not, go for Brazil or Argentina. That works every time, or has done since 1954. South Africa may of c...
by exile
Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: International
Topic: New Zealand V Bahrain World Cup Qualifier
Replies: 25
Views: 13352

Yes - it's odd that since the early 90s we have done better in European qualifiers than World Cup ones, a reversal of the position in the 70s and 80s. Bit of idle speculation but had there been 13 European qualifiers for the World Cup in the era of Law, Baxter, Johnstone, Greig, McNeill, and all - w...
by exile
Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Jonathan Pearce
Replies: 15
Views: 10861

Am I the only person who thinks only a lunatic would back England at 13/2 - considering that the current World Champions can be had at 12/1. Having said that Capello might be the man to get them past the quarters for the 3rd time in history. The draw is reasonably favourable - if they avoid Germany ...
by exile
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Those Old Firm breakaway plans in full...
Replies: 40
Views: 8082

Perhaps the answer is a league consisting of
1. Celtic
2. Rangers
and playing each other every week in venues such as Belfast, Dublin or Boston.
by exile
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Those Old Firm breakaway plans in full...
Replies: 40
Views: 8082

It is actually possible that the Premiership might expand to include teams from other countries. For instance, a Premiership team in Dublin would be a fantastic marketing coup. To do so it might have to break its link with the FA. But as things are I can't see why they'd want too. They have the most...
by exile
Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: International
Topic: New Zealand V Bahrain World Cup Qualifier
Replies: 25
Views: 13352

A World Cup does need to have teams from around the World but once that is achieved (by having a guarantee of one team from each continent) then the rest of the places should be on merit. How about a qualfying tournament played in the host country the year before the finals? Unfortunately even if we...
by exile
Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: SFAQS
Topic: Clyde v Aberdeen Televised League Game?
Replies: 17
Views: 6473

Yes, it was 1977. Before that while the English settled down in front of the TV to watch their Cup Final we got swimming from Coatbridge Baths or something. England v Scotland - 1961 may not have been televised but 1963 was (I've seen it on video - Arthur Montford was the commentator) but don't know...
by exile
Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:22 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: IFFHS website
Replies: 2
Views: 1873

IFFHS website

It's worth looking at this site - they have a good set of stats and articles on the game throughout the world - starting at the beginning, they've got as far as around 1900-1910. See this for example for some good stuff on early Scottish players:- http://www.iffhs.de/?c02bc4ac1398c433ccdd52b9b95405f...
by exile
Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Rangers Managers Old Firm Records
Replies: 10
Views: 5329

If Scottish clubs start investing in nurturing home-grown talent, the players thus developed won't stay very long. The very second a Scottish player shows some ability, away he goes, and since Bosman then the return on investment is likely to be nil. It's always going to be easier to buy an establis...
by exile
Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Those Old Firm breakaway plans in full...
Replies: 40
Views: 8082

After the Unirea result a league consisting of Celtic, Rangers, the Faroes, the Shetlands, and Rockall would be about right.