Monday, 7 September 2009

Sconny Botland

The man in the picture, George Burley, was manager of Hearts for about 3 months. His record in competitive games was won 8, drew 1 (against Celtic at Parkheid and theirs was a dodgy offside goal). That's the best run of 9 games the Jam Tarts have had in their 125 year history, even better than anything done in the '50s when Hearts and Hibs regularly won the League, League Cup and Scottish Cup - oops, sorry.....Hibs havenae won the Cup since 1902.

Burley was sacked as Hearts manager cos the owner, bad Vlad Romanov, is a megalomaniac who likes to pick the team himsel. Within a few months Vlad went on to sell Hearts' 3 best players including the captain to Celtic. This was too much for me to take and i've never paid to see Hearts at home again. I miss the fitba, don't see as much of my dad and have lost touch with a few peeps because of the self imposed ban but i'll no be back til the owner's gone (probly once he's stripped every last asset and flogged the ground to a property developer).

George Burley's now manager of Scotland and despite the balloons who run the Scottish Fitba Association and the overpriced, substandard guff we usually have to watch, i've long been keen on big match days out in the Weege. Most folk dinnae rate Burley as highly as i do - they're no fellow Jambos, they didnae see much o the barry way we played under his stewardship and, frankly, his record with Scotland's been fairly keech (i blame the dearth of decent Scottish players no the manager).

Scotland games arenae often memorable for the actual match but it's fab to have a day at the game wi non-Jambo footy chums. On Saturday there was me, a Sheep, a Hun, a Tim, an Arab and 3 Hibbies (trendy fuckers). We got tipsy in Glesga boozers, spraffed nonsense wi randoms and fuck me if we didnae get to see our team win for a change. Win in style. Score a coupla peaches. Spend the last 40 mins sprayin the baw and takin the tash. It was feckin magic. Okay, we were playin Macedonia not Brazil but check this oot (groovy Arabic commentary included) and tell me you wouldnae have loved to have been there. Hampden Park was rockin even at half time when we'd been shite beyond belief so when we actually scored goals the joint went bonkers.

We probly still need to beat the Netherlands on Wednesday to have any chance of qualification for the World Cup in Sooth Efrikay. We probly won't do that. But for the unrestrained joy of Saturday, i remain extremely grateful to G Burley and the team he put out. Shame Copie nutted me when the second goal went in but my egg shaped lump will recede far faster than the memory of a top day out.

Moan the Sconny Botland!

15 comments:

  1. Lucky bugger. Ahd've loved tae hiv been there.

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  2. Glad I caught up with soccer in Scotland - now I know. You never know - you might get to South Africa yet.

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  3. Wow, I think I become illiterate when football is discussed!

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  4. Does the title mean that this has now became Blons Dog?

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  5. Great writing, Naldo! It sent me a-googling.

    Good luck tonight, Scotland!

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  6. The painters gubbed a one nil win against the inventors of aw hings. boo!!!!

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  7. Ach wiz never gonna happen, but wiz great for once v Maccedonia to see a victory! A day i will savour fir a long time.
    Sorry about the Weeg kiss xx

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  8. Acht well. Their cheese may be rubbery cack and their shoes may have nae laces but i'll be supportin the Dutch in Sooth Efrikay. They play great fitba and i've had a soft spot since they were robbed in 2 finals against the hosts in 74 and 78.

    So close though, eh?

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  9. The SFA should stick with Burley.

    The alternative is Souness.

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  10. Just read your post at scunnert's: "Can you really imagine a better UK without West Indians, Asians, Irish? Can you really imagine a better North America without Italians, Chinese, Scots?"

    Personally, I'd say no, but then you carefully miss out certain topical nationalities and their fuckwit religion.

    More racist shite? If you think so, actually, I couldn't give a fuck.

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  11. Yes, Muslims, and the nationalities, as if you really needed to be informed of them, are those from countries where Islamic terrorism is fostered: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Somalia, among others.

    I am not a fascist. I have and still do welcome people from all countries and cultures, whatever their religion, whatever their skin-colour. You will find nothing anywhere in my writing about 'Chinks' or 'Nigs' or any of that bullshit. They are not the 'clear and present danger'. Now, I recognise the fact that some people do not see the Islamic fundamentalists as a threat, perhaps you are one of those people. But I believe I do see a very real threat, and I would see the same threat if it was a faction of the Presbyterian Church threatening to make me toe the line of orthodox Presbyterianism, or perhaps be stoned to death.

    Calling the concerned, decent citizens of this country 'fascists' is an act that could backfire on anyone who does so.

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  12. Are you saying that it's the Islamic mentalists fault that Scotland didnae qualify for S Africa and we might have done better if Harison Ford was the manager?

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  13. Edgar, i don't know who you are or what you believe but i agree that fundamentalists of all and no religion are a pest, sometimes a dangerous pest (as in the previous US administration, Al Qaida, the BNP). I think the threat from Islam is exaggerated by the BNP. Its repugnant leader characterises all Muslims as a threat which is a highly dangerous thing to do. I do not call all concerned citizens fascists (i'm concerned about one or two things masel). However, the BNP is the latest version of the British Union of Fascists and the National Front and as such, it is a fascist party.

    Johnny, funny you mention Islamic mentalists and Scottish fitba. I was kinda chuffed to see how many Asian cats (boys and firls btw) were at the Macedonia game - a far higher proportion than i've ever seen at a Scottish league game. I reckon most would have been Muslims of Pakistani descent (given they are by far the largest group of Asians in Scotland). I suspect that they werenae mentalists just good, enthusiastic Scotland fans like ourselves. AKB!

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  14. Hijack Polis? Teehee...right diggin yer handle, gadgie.

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