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by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Scotland World Cup 2010 Group 9 qualifying fixtures
Replies: 2
Views: 4165

I can see us getting to the last game needing a point to reach 2nd place. And then either losing, or making 2nd place and being the worst 2nd placers and not making the playoffs!
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:45 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Compulsory beliefs for Scottish football fans
Replies: 0
Views: 3086

Compulsory beliefs for Scottish football fans

1. Good football is boring. Brazil might pass the ball to players in the same coloured shirt but Scottish fans would never put up with this for 90 minutes. 2. Jimmy Hill's a (insert expletive) 3. Only English fans are racist. We only hate the English! 4. One day, we will get through the group stage ...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:37 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Compulsory beliefs for English TV football pundits
Replies: 8
Views: 6975

Compulsory beliefs for English TV football pundits

1. No player in the World that hasn't played in the Premiership can be any good. So - the average Wigan player must be better than Pele 2. The best goalkeeper in the World is the current England keeper. 3. Except when playing Brazil, none of the opposition would get a place in the England team. 4. A...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 7391

Didn't quite make myself clear - in 1968 and 1970 we had 3 teams which progressed through 2 rounds (which I'm taking as being about the same as reaching the knockout stages in the current setup) Taking your book "Very Heaven" as describing the best season ever in Scottish football - I wonder what th...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: Football Books
Topic: Greatest Ever Footballers
Replies: 10
Views: 7279

People are being a bit harsh about this book. Of course we have our opinions about who is the best player. Especially ones we have never seen play! But can we back them up with statistics? Is it possible to come up with an OBJECTIVE list of the best players? Best's non-appearance near the top of the...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: Football Books
Topic: 'Very Heaven' now available to order
Replies: 7
Views: 14822

Was going to tell you about that one! I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone who wants to read about a time when we Scots actually expected to win things - and occasionally, actually did. You said in the book that the Vojvodina players were protesting after the final whistle o...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Hansen
Replies: 5
Views: 6954

I saw Hansen with Lineker after the England-Croatia manager. He had considerable trouble keeping a straight face. He told Lineker - "If England had qualified you'd now be telling me they are favourites". Hansen is paid by the BBC as a pundit on English football, he couldn't keep his job if he spent ...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Sportsreel - 1965 - Scotland 1 Italy 0
Replies: 3
Views: 4879

As you point out in your book (which I've bought and very much enjoyed) football sold itself short on TV in those days, considering that a big match could get 40% of the population watching (2million in Scotland, 20 million in England). Far cry from today when the big clubs such as Man U earn far mo...
by exile
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Scotland-Italy
Replies: 35
Views: 13368

In 1957 Scotland were BOOED OFF THE PITCH after qualifying by beating Switzerland......
by exile
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:27 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 10135

Back to the Lyon match - Rangers are making a habit of not getting the result they need on the last matchday, even at home - does this mean a lack of "character"? Bring back Jock Wallace! Gullane sands and all.
by exile
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: International
Topic: Arsene Wenger
Replies: 2
Views: 4089

Actually "1-0 to the Arsenal" is a quote from the film "The Arsenal Stadium Mystery" of 1938 - said by George Allison, as himself, in the movie. Arsenal had a reputation at the time for soaking up attacks for most of the match and then going upfield and scoring from a single chance - "lucky Arsenal"...
by exile
Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:06 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Scotland-Italy
Replies: 35
Views: 13368

Well - in 1982 we had Sweden in our group - but as we both had been in the 78 World Cup we were entitled to be seeded, surely! 1974 - Czechoslovakia - worst team in the World Cup in 1970, non-qualfiers for Euro 72 - but more or less the same team won the Euros in 1976! 1978 - we had to beat the Euro...
by exile
Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Why England will win Euro 2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Difference between England and Scotland - we're both ***e - but we KNOW we are.....

(though I do wonder - some of the comments after the Italy game didn't sound like we'd just lost at home, something that even bad Scottish teams are not in the habit of doing over the decades)
by exile
Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: "That could have been the hardest of the groups."
Replies: 17
Views: 6552

The way Celtic were going to qualify was by picking up 7 to 9 points at home and at best maybe 1 or 2 points away. In this regard Benfica and Shaktar were a good draw, there was always every chance of beating these teams at home. Also, Milan are having a poor season domestically so they were a littl...
by exile
Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:32 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 7391

Comparisons

It's difficult to make a meaningful comparison over 37 years. In the late 60s there were only a handful of genuinely professional leagues in Europe. Scotland was not alone in having part time players in its top division. Italy, Spain, England - these were then and are now the elite leagues with virt...