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Odds & Ends: Here Comes the Weekend!! Edition

Fingers crossed for a quality club.

Fingers crossed for a quality club.

  • I normally choose to ignore the periodic, “We’re going to England!” nonsense from both sides of the Old Firm, but when Newco F.C. lost to Annan Athletic last weekend it did raise a question?  If Newco move to England who will they replace in the Nationwide Conference?
  • Speaking of developments in the SFL’s Third Division, did anyone else notice the scoreline in the Stirling Albion F.C. v. East Stirlingshire F.C. match last weekend?  Despite only being separated by three points in the table, Stirling Albion hung nine goals on the visitors, including an own goal and two scored on penalty kicks.  Jordan White had four goals for Albion and Mark Ferry added another two.
  • I’m sure things will change as the league begins to sort itself out, but it seems to me that this might be the most “wide open” MLS season in a long time.  I would welcome this as it might give the Revolution time to get themselves together and make a run at the playoffs.  Pssst…if you’re a betting man get some money down now on Toronto’s Ryan Nelsen as your “Coach of the Year” for 2013.
  • Some quick math tells me that four points from their next three matches will guarantee Ross County a top six finish in their first SPL season no matter what any of the clubs chasing them do.  GREAT SUCCESS!
  • First Division Dunfermline Athletic F.C., a fixture in the Scottish game since 1885, could be out of business within weeks over an outstanding tax bill of £130,000.  Such is the state of Scottish football that a club that was relegated from the SPL only last season could go out of business over what is a week or two’s wages for a top world footballer.  It’s just sad.
  • Scotland manager Gordon Strachan continues to widen his search for players (though not as “wide” as to include Dingwall…) for the national side.  The roster named to meet Wales an Serbia contains three as yet uncapped players.  Dundee United (and former Ross County youth player) Gary Mackay-Steven, Liam Bridcutt of Brighton & Hove Albion, and George Boyd of Hull City.  The England-born Boyd’s inclusion is the most intriguing- he’s already 27 and has played the majority of his career below the Championship level.
  • Highland Derby this weekend- ‘MON THE COUNTY!!

5 comments on “Odds & Ends: Here Comes the Weekend!! Edition

  1. Daryl U
    March 15, 2013

    George Boyd’s inclusion irks me somewhat, I honestly can’t see why Scotland managers consistently take English players with less top-level experience over Scottish players, many with vast SPL experience. He should be in the prime of his career and he’s effectively been binned by Peterborough! Puzzling inclusion

    • weefuse
      March 15, 2013

      I wanted to be indignant about this, but then I realized that pretty much every US manager in recent memory has done the same thing- a player who can’t make the starting 11 at a club in the Moldovan Third Division gets a call-up before an MLS player who’s been putting in solid shifts for years. Also, why can’t Adam Moffat get a cap before somebody like George Boyd?

  2. Daryl U
    March 15, 2013

    That’s exactly who i was thinking of! Boyd is nominally a winger, but both he and his ex-manager at Peterboro’ concede that pace isn’t something he’s blessed with, how exactly is he an upgrade over anyone else? He’s called up GMS for goodness sake, what does he need a paceless winger for?

  3. weefuse
    March 15, 2013

    Just for the hell of it:

    -Jim O’Brien (Barnsley)
    -Scott Arfield (Huddersfield)
    -Paul Caddis (Birmingham City)
    -Paul Coutts (Derby)

    All Scottish-born, all with bags of Championship level experience (at least) and not a cap among them. Maybe they’d all be crap, but there’s only one way to find out…

  4. Daryl U
    March 16, 2013

    Caddis I liked the look of at Celtic as a youngster, he was at Swindon for a bit. A colleague down south was a Swindon fan and couldn’t say enough good things about him!

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