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.