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2021/22 – Inverurie Loco Works 0 v 2 Heart of Midlothian

Harlaw Park, Scottish Youth Cup, 25/11/12 Entrance – Free Attendance – 187 Pie – N/A Pint – £3.60 Greene King Icebreaker, Social Club Inverurie Loco Works Football Club Founded – 1902 Nickname – The Railwaymen Honours – Highland League Cup – 2007/08, 2008/09, Aberdeenshire Shield – 2003/04, 2013/14, 2016/17, Scottish Qualifying Cup(North) – 2004/05, 2005/06 …

2021/22 – Queen of the South 1 v 2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Palmerston, Championship, 19/11/21 Entrance – Me £18, Wee Man £6 Attendance – Reported as 0 on the official QOTS website Pie – £3.50 pie and coffee Pint – £3.20, Tennents, fan bar Queen of the South Football Club Founded – 1919 Nickname – The Doonhamers Honours – Division 2 -1950/51, 2001/02, 2012/13, Scottish League Challenge …

2021/22 -Aberdeen University 1st 2 v 2 Heriot Watt 1st

Keith Park, BUCS Scottish Tier 1, 17/11/21 Entrance – Free Attendance – 25 at biggest and 2 dogs Pie – N/A Pint – £ 3.13, Belhaven Best, Brig o’ Don Founded – 1872 Nickname – Uni Honours – Queens Park Shield -1921/22, 1922/23, 1927/28, 1929/30, 1932/33, 1936/37, 1937/38, 1940/41, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1987/88, 1948/49, 1949/50, 1950/51, …

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults # 15 -Hanging Out With Lions in Lisbon

I have had many a fitba trip out with Scotland since I took up this travelling about to watch games malarkey. I think it stands at seventeen countries to date that I have been lucky to watch club fitba in. The Netherlands is a home from home in fitba terms with eighteen grounds conquered. England …

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #17 – Connection……..Fitba is back!

This bit started out life months ago with a different original trajectory , but the piece was abandoned. This so I could concentrate on paramount stuff in life such as being a Dad, looking for work, being with the awesomely lovely lady on the banks o’ Dee and partaking in what the crux of this …

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults From The Vaults # 14- Speaking Double Dutch, Feyenoord and Willem II

In the past I have declared my love for watching Dutch fitba. Out with Scotland it is by far my favourite place to get my kicks. However, I wont lie, my admiration is not strictly down to the game itself, it is also powered by the fantastic country, welcoming people and lovely beers but I …

2021/22 – Bridge of Don Thistle 7 v 1 Ellon United

Aberdeen Sports Village, North Region SJFA Superleague, 2/10/21 Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £2 Attendance – 51 Pie – Coffee, Coke, Crisps £5.20 (you don’t get pies) Pint – N/A Bridge of Don Thistle Junior Football Club Formed – 1983 (As Wilsons XI) Nickname – Thistle Honours – None Random Fact – Since their …

2021/22-Formartine United 1 v 4 Banks o’ Dee

Harlaw Park(Inverurie Loco Works), Aberdeenshire Cup Final 2021/22, 1/10/21 Entrance – £10 for me, £0 for Wee Man Attendance – Around 400 or so(rough headcount) Pie – Coffee and Diet Coke £4.25 Pint – £3.60 , Tennents, Social Club Founded -1887 Random Fact – Tonight’s match ended the shortest reign of the old trophy with …

2021/22 – Dunbar United 3 v 1 Tweedmouth Rangers

New Countess Park, Friendly, 28/9/21 Entrance – Donation (£6 parted with) Attendance – 53 head count Pie – £5 , coffee and two sausage rolls(the very last two) Pint – £3.20, Belhaven Best(when in Rome) Sport Centre Bar Dunbar United Football Club Founded – 1925 Nickname – The Seasiders Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – …

2021/22 – Tynecastle 0 v 5 Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic

Meggetland, East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, 21/09/21 Entrance – £7 Attendance – 195 (Rough head count) and a rabbit Pie – Coffee and Irn Bru £2.20 (no room for a pie) Pint – Tennents £4.35, The Kilted Pig(across the road) Tynecastle Football Club Founded – 1928 as Tynecastle Boys Club (2005 Tollcross were merged into …

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #16 – When Real Madrid were Battered Black and Hew

Originally written for Turnstiles Magazine issue 2 (Subject of the issue being underdogs) As the Swedish sky unleashed it’s most relentless of elements behind him, and with the fifteen thousand strong boisterous, drenched Red Army housed in the adjacent terraces making their presence felt , arguably the greatest British manager at the time made his …

2021/22 – Fraserburgh 1 v 2 Banks o’ Dee

Bellslea Park, Aberdeenshire Cup Semi Final, 31/08/21 Entrance – £10 Me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – TBC Pie – £4 Mince Pie and Coffee Pint – N/A Fraserburgh Football Club Founded – 1910 Nickname – The Broch Honours – Highland League – 1932/33, 1937/38 and 2001/02, Highland League Cup – 1958/59 and 2005/06, Aberdeenshire Cup – 1910/11,  1937/38, …

2021/22 – Dundee North End 6 v 3 Dundee St James

North End Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 28/8/21 Entrance – £6 me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 120 (approx. headcount taken once Dundee United fans left) Pie – £2.00 Coffee, Crisps, Ice Pole Pint – £2.60 Tennents, Social Club Dundee North End Football Club Founded -1895 Nickname – The Dokens Honours – SJFA North …

2021/22 – Bo’ness Athletic 5 v 1 Bathgate Thistle

Newtown Park, East of Scotland League, First Division Conference X, 20/8/21 Entry – £6 me, £0 Wee Man Attendance – 120, however that is very unofficial due to the large local ned troupe jumping the wall. Pie – Sausage Roll x 2 and Coffee £4 (Sausage Rolls were excellent) Pint – N/A Bo’ness Athletic Football …

2021/22 – Lochee Harp 1 v 3 Forfar West End

New Beechwood Park, East Region SJFA Midland League, 4/8/21 Entrance – £6 Attendance – 93 Pie – Closed Pint – N/A Lochee Harp Football Club Formed – 1904 Nickname – The Harp Honours – Tayside Premier League – 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86, Dundee Junior League – 1904/05, 1906/07, 1910/11, 1922/23, 1923/24, 1926/27, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1931/32, …

2021/22 – Stoneywood Parkvale 2 v 1 Sunnybank

Arjowiggins Stoneywood Park, North Region SJFA, First Division, 3/8/21 Entrance – £5 me £0 Wee Man Attendance – 48(twice counted) Pie – Didn’t bother(rare) Pint – N/A Stoneywood Parkvale Football Club Founded – 2016 Nickname – The Vale Honours – None Random Fact – The club impressively reached the last 16 of the 2019/20 Scottish …

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers #8 – Scottish Clubs in Europe. Who, How Many, and Where?

Call it geekiness, or call it too much time on my hands or maybe you could just put it down to a bit of both. I have just trawled through every Scottish fitba clubs European records over a day and a half. A pretty time consuming nonesense, but worthwhile. The reason? A few days ago …

2020/21 – Lesmahagow 0 v 1 Royal Albert

Craighead Park, Friendly, 28/5/21 Entrance – Good will donation bucket (tenner for the two of us). Attendance – 171 when counted just before half time. Pie, Burger and Coffee – £5.20 Pint – N/A Lesmahagow Junior Football Club Founded – 1885 Nickname – The Gow Random Fact – The club started off as Nethanvale Swifts from1885-1906 …

2020/21 -Forfar United 3 v 1 Forfar Albion 19’s

Guthrie Park, Friendly, 22/5/21 Entrance- N/A (Club unsure of rules in regards to admittance) Attendance – 34 committee, parents and sneaky tree dodgers like me (unofficially) Pie – N/A Pint – £3.60 (Heverlee, The Stag, close to Guthrie Park) Forfar United Junior Football Club Founded – 2020 Nickname – N/A Honours – None Random Fact …

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 15-Lecce, taking Darwin a bit too literally.

Originally written for The Red Final issue 141 (February 2021) Tuesday 19th of January, I found myself partaking in a common custom, watching Italian fitba. This time a clash between Roma v Spezia in the  Coppa Italia. Armed with the usual beer in hand and cat on my lap ,I watched the underdogs clinch a …

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #14 – Campionato……..Di Calcio…….. Italiano – (Secondo Atto)

April 30th, 2017, Vialle delle Olipiade, Rome. My pal (The Beats) and I find ourselves in a cafe (Bar della Musica) for a few breakfast beers ahead of the main event that weekend………the Derby de la Capitale. Or in simpler terms, Roma v Lazio, our first venture to Serie A. The elation was at a …

2020/21 – Alness United 2 v 1 Inverness Athletic

Dalmore Park, Ness Cup League 2, 19/12/20 Entry – N/A despite being Tier 1 Attendance – Unofficially 42 Pie – N/A Pint – N/A Alness United Football Club Founded – 1890 (Approx). Nickname – None Honours –North Caledonian League 1972-73, 1973-74, 2000-01, 2004-05. North of Scotland /North Caledonian Cup -1973-74, 1999-00, 2013-14 Random Fact – …

2020/21-Deveronvale 1 v 4 Camelon

Princess Royal Park, Scottish Cup Second Preliminary Round,12/12/20 Entry– Not when Jason Leitch is involved Attendance – See Above Pie – See above Pint– See Above Deveronvale Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – Vale Honours – Highland Football League – 2002/03, 2005/06, Aberdeenshire Cup –1947–48, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1961–62, 1965–66, 2000–01, 2006–07, 2011–12. Aberdeenshire Shield– …

Inane Ramblings of A Fitbawbag # 13 – The Five Year (Mis)Adventure

5th of December 2015. Quite the insignificant date for the outsider. The fifth of December in general, has had very little of note happen throughout history. In 1848 the US saw the start of the California gold rush and in 1945 the Bermuda Triangle caused one of aviation greatest mysteries when “Flight 19”, a group …

Inane Ramblings of A Fitbawbag # 12 – Campionato…….. Di Calcio…….. Italiano (Primo atto)

Just mention two words to me and they will never fail in making me instantaneously beam and conjure up flashbacks of childhood. Two simple but incredibly efficacious words, “Football Italia”. From 1992 – 2002 Channel 4 had the greatest show on earth (joint with Eurogoals). Sundays had taken on a whole new dimension. You can …

Inane Ramblings of A Fitbawbag # 11 – Do I Really Have To Support Scotland?

The national team, do I as a Scot have to support them? Given the conversations I have been involved with recently, you would think it my obligation as a Scottish born citizen to don a Scotland shirt, kilt and Timberland boots everytime a game comes up. In reality though I am as far from that …

Inane Ramblings of A Fitbawbag #10 – This is England ’20

Originally written for The Red Final Issue 140, October 2020 16th of February, Gelredome, Arnhem. Storm Dennis is seriously blowing a fucking hoolie, I had just viewed a cracking ninety minutes of fitba where the hosts Vitesse put Heerenveen to the sword 4-2. This rounding off a quadruple header of Dutchball, following visits to De …

2020/21 – Esh Winning 2 v 4 Chester-le-Street

West Terrace, Northern League Division 2, 8/10/20, 22/10/20 Entry – Both Free Attendance – 121 Hot Dog, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Coffee – £5 Pint and Orange Juice – £4 Esh Winning Football Club Founded – 1967 Nickname – The Stags Honours – Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup 2007–08 Random Fact – The club were formed as Esh …

2020/21 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion 2 v 5 Crook Town

Kingsley Park, Northern League Division 2, 14/10/20 Entrance – £5 and free Attendance – 119 Chips, Coffee, Juice, Crisps – £4.20 Pint – £2.20 Ryton and Crawcrook Albion Football Club Founded – 1970 Nickname – RACA Honours – Northern Alliance Division One – 1996/97 Random Fact – The club are more than just a Northern …

2020/21 Tow Law Town 1 v 0 Willington

Ironworks Park, Northern League Division 2, 10/10/20 Entry -£4 & £2 Attendance – 80 Sausage and chips/coffee/Diet Coke – £5.20 Pint and Diet Coke – £3 Tow Law Town Association Football Club Founded – 1890 Nickname – The Lawyers Honours – Northern League Division One – 1923–24, 1924–25, 1994–95. Northern League Cup – 1973–74 Random Fact …

2020/21 – Easington Colliery 4 v 1 Redcar Athletic

The Welfare Ground, Northern League Division 2, 1/10/20 Attendance – 105 Entry – £5 Coffee and Chips and Gravy – £2.80 Pint – £2.80 Easington Colliery Association Football Club Founded – 1913 Nickname – The Colliers, Green Army Honours- Wearside League -1929–30, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1947–48, 1948–49, Wearside League Cup 1932–33, 1945–46, 1961–62, 2009–10 Random Fact …

A Fitbawbags Guide to Fitba Literature # 7 – The Fifty Book Challenge- The Supplementary Cast

Now that I am home the challenge is over. Set the bar a bit too low at fifty as I manged over another half as many on top . Then again I was away for longer than I expected. I definitely excelled myself though. No doubt about it. Seventy six fitba books read in one …

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 9 – 200 Days and The Corona Effect

You will have to excuse the obscenities, but two hundred days without a game is fucking ridiculous. Since 1991 when my fitba viewing career started this is easily the longest period without a game by a long shot. Even during my playing days there were Dons games in the mix and sometimes watching my pals …

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 8 – Voetball, van der Ark and Vitesse.

Part 1 The Netherlands, not Holland as the common misconception goes. A tremendous and a somewhat underrated country. Many people choose to take their jollies in hotter climes. I however cant really be bothered with the sun these days. This maybe down to me being spoiled throughout my working career what with currently being stationed down in …

A Fitbawbags Guide to Fitba Literature # 6 – The Fifty Book Challenge Part 2

Part deux. Offshore for these so the rate of churning out book after book slowed somewhat. Averaging more or less five a week, the target was still more than achieveable. More of the real books I had humphed to Africa were on the cards as the kindle is out of action when out in the …

A Fitbawbags Guide to Fitba Literature # 5 – The Fifty Book Challenge Part 1

With heading away to Angola and being stuck there for the foreseeable I decided to set myself a fifty fitba book challenge. After realising I read forty-one books(all subjects) while in lockdown at home between March 20th and June 8th, I decided to set this target. I do love fitba and reading after all. With …

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 7 – Covid, Conceit, Contradictions, Contempt and the Colts

So here we are, Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer look to have been relegated after this sorry and embarrassing saga has seemingly come to an end. Has it ended with this as a conclusion. I think we already know the answer to this. We are only half way. Now for the legal wranglings. With Hearts and …

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults # 13 – 24 Hours, 2 Countries, 565 miles, 1 Lock-in and 3 games of fitba later…..

Easter weekend, hundreds of games across the UK from Friday to Monday and home from work. What a great combination. I was to take full advantage. I was also to tick off three teams on my list for the season. Starting over the border I was potentially going to see EFL League Two won by …

A Fitbawbags Guide To Fitba Literature #4 – The Scottish Fitba Edition

I have done the general worldwide fitba literature twice and the Dons special so I felt it would be rude to not do a Scottish fitba version(minus anything Aberdeen related). As well as collecting Aberdeen books I do the same with Scottish books. This became apparent when one day realised I had over one hundred …

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults # 12-Shotts Bon Accord 3-4 Blantyre Victoria

Hannah Park, West Region League One. 11/5/19 Shotts Bon Accord Football Club Founded – 1950 Nicknames – The Bonny, The BA Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1957-58 and 2011/12, West of Scotland Cup – 1963/64 Current Division – West of Scotland Football League Conference A Random Fact – In 1995 Shotts were suspended from the …

A Fitbawbags Guide To Fitba Literature #3 – The Dons Edition

Football and reading, two of my favourite things. Combining them together makes me a contented fellow. Then when I add the team I support into the equation its this super amalgamation pastime. I have read over sixty Dons related books in my life. Still have them all too, all sitting proudly in a bookshelf in …

Fitbawbaggery From the Vaults #11 – The Millennium Dumb- Aberdeen 0 v 4 R*****s

Hampden Park, Scottish Cup Final, 27th May 2000 Originally Written For The Red Final 111 (Cup Final Edition 2014) .The issue was made up of peoples memories of cup finals and this was my first ever submission for the most underrated fitba institution in Scottish Fitba 2000. The year I had to start being a …

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults #10 – Four Four in Forfar-Forfar West End 4 v 4 Tayport.

Strathmore Park, East Region Consolation Cup,1/5/19 Forfar West End Football Club Founded – 1892 Nickname – West End Honours – Tayside Junior Football League 1990/91 Current Division – East Region Superleague North Random Fact – Exactly a week after this I headed to Blairgowrie for another Consolation Cup tie including West End. It finished 4-3 …

Fitbawbags Interviews # 1 -Wee Man- Aiming for the Century (Or Five)

Mans best friend is a dog so they say. Well I’ll disagree. The first reason being cats are better, the second being the more important of the two reasons, the person who came up with that line surely didn’t have a fitba mad five year old to accompany them to random towns all over Scotland …

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers #2 – 181 Grounds (2019/20 End of Season Count, 32 added)

With the season not going quite to plan I failed to reach the milestone set of two hundred by the end of the season. This challenge was on course to be carried out as there were seventeen new grounds knocked on the head due to the bat pandemic which would have taken me to one …

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #6- It’s More Than Just A Game. Much More

Originally Written for The Red Final 139 1/2 Bill Shanklys quote has been getting some amount of airplay in the last few weeks due to the bat flu induced postponements. “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that” said the man from Glenbuck(Supposedly). …

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag # 4 -Boats, Thistles and One Set of Goals.

Originally written for The Red Final 139 The badge. A symbol of pride. Its stands for honour and territory. It is the reason some people get out of bed. They are the reason behind a million arguments. Some people like them old school, some prefer them modern. Some people favour them easy to draw so …

Fitbawbaggery From the Vaults #8 – That Day in the Moray Drizzle; Keith 2 v 6 Brora R*****s

Looking at it from 2020 I suppose I was always a subconscious ground botherer. Watching Aberdeen, I managed to nail twenty-seven grounds. I used to love the away days to random places like Station Park in Forfar, Dumbartons Boghead, Alloas Recreation Park and such like. The Highland League brought me five or six from days …

The Dons a Year On- 56 games, 55 grounds, 199 Goals and a Turd in a Urinal Later

I have mentioned elsewhere that I had become seriously disengaged with watching Aberdeen. The football was as poor as I had seen for many a year, we were struggling for wins at home and it just was not fun. The r*****s in the Scottish Cup, 3rd of March 2019. The final whistle blew and the …

2019/20-Fortuna Sittard 0 v 0 Emmen

Fortuna Sittard Stadion, Eredivisie, 15/2/20 Fortuna Sittard Founded – 1968 Nickname – Fortunezen Honours – KNVB Cup 1957, 1964 Current Division – Eredivisie Random Fact – The stand where the ultras congregate was renamed in honour of late ex player Fernando Ricksen. I obviously got my ticket elsewhere The night started off in nightmare circumstances. …

2019/20-DHSC 1 v 2 Rijnvogels

Sportpark Wesley Sneijder, Hoofdeklasse, 15/2/20 DOS Holland Stichtse Boys Combinatie Founded – 2007 Nicknames – None Honours – None Current Division – Hoofdeklasse Random Fact – Being a native of the city, Wesley Sneijder helps fund the club. The ground has been renamed Sport Park Wesley Sneijder in tribute. Fifth tier Dutch fitba, don’t mind …

2019/20-De Graafschap 2 v 0 Roda JC

De Vijverberg, Eereste Divisie, 14/2/20 Vereniging Betaald VoetbalDe Graafschap Founded – 1954 Nickname – Superboeren (Super Farmers) Honours – Eerste Divisie 1991, 2007, 2010 Current Division – Eerste Divisie Random Fact – Ex Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwoods last job in fitba was as manager of the club in 2014. He left after one month in charge …

A Wee Mans Half Century, Eleven Thousand Mile Fitba Odyssey

Fitba has been a constant in my life, and throughout my thirty-five years on earth. I have gone through stages with the game. There was a time where I was playing only, this was a short one-year period. This then turned into playing and watching Aberdeen at Pittodrie which gradually turned into a season ticket. …

2019/20-Rothes 3 v 1 Keith

Highland League Cup 1/4 final, MacKessack Park, 5/2/20 Rothes Football Club Founded – 1938 Nickname – The Speysiders Honours – Highland League – 1958/59, North of Scotland Cup 1958/59 and 1978/79 Current Division – Highland League Random Fact – The club play in tangerine due to buying floodlights from Tannadice Park. The colours of Dundee …

2019/20-Clachnacuddin 2 v 3 Forres Mechanics

Highland League, Canal Park, 31/1/20 Clachnacuddin Football Club Founded – 1885 Nicknames – The Lillywhites, Clach Honours – Highland League-1894–95, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1907–08, 1911–12, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1938–39, 1947–48, 1974–75, 2003–04, Highland League Cup-1947–48, 1950–51, 1981–82, 2003–04, 2013–14, North of Scotland Cup-1894–95, 1895–96, 1897–98, 1899–1900, 1902–03, 1903–04, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1919–20, …

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #3 -Thirty-five Bloody Years! I Could Get Less Time For Murder

Originally written for The Red Final. Four Years Ago. Re-hashed to Suit the Same Current Climate. 1985, MCMLXXXV, the 985th year of the second millennium and the year the top division last found its way to the Pittodrie trophy cabinet which in turn is the last time the trophy has found a home for itself …

The Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #2 Destroyers, Pirates, Spartacus and eh………… Santa Claus

Originally written for The Red Final 129 April 2017 I recently treated myself to a tour of Switzerland. Not for skiing as everyone I told seemed to automatically assume, but to cram in as much football and as many different beers as possible (there are over seven hundred and fifty breweries in that wee country). …

A Fitbawbags 2019/20 Mid Season Review

Games – 30  Goals – 100  Tournaments – 20 Friendly(3), Europa League (2), Highland League, North of Scotland Cup, Lowland League (2), East of Scotland Premier Division, South of Scotland League, Scottish Junior Cup (2), North Region Super League, North Region Second Division (2), West Region Super League (3), West Regional Sectional Cup (2), East Region, …

2019/20-Banks o Dee 2 v 0 East End

North Region Superleague, Spain Park, 18/12/19 Banks o’ Dee Junior Football Club Founded – 1902 Nicknames – The Rechabites, The Dee Honours – Scottish Junior Cup-1957, North Region Superleague – 2007/08, 2008/09, 2015/16, 2015/16, 2017/18 and 2018/19 Current Division – North Region Superleague Random Fact – The club failed to gain entry into the Highland …

2019/20-Arbroath Victoria 3 v 0 Dundee Violet

East Region Premier League North, Ogilvie Park, 14/12/19 Arbroath Victoria Football Club Founded – 1872 Nickname- The Vics Honours – Angus Junior League 1928/29, 1936/37/ 1953/54 , 1954/55 and 1956/57 Random Fact – George Best turned out in a friendly v Arbroath FC in 1982. This was to mark the clubs centenary. The Irishman netted …

2019/20-Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 v 0 Besiktas

Europa League Group K, Molineux, 12/12/19 Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club Founded – 1877 (As St Lukes Football Club) Nickname – Wolves Honours – First Division 1953/54, 1957/58 and 1958/59. FA Cup- 1892/93, 1907/08, 1948/49 and 1959/60. League Cup- 1973/74 and 1979/80 Current Division – Premiership Random Fact – In May Peter Davies (71) claimed he …

2019/20-Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1 A-A 0 Tranent

Keirs Park, East of Scotland Premier Division, 7/12/19 Hill of Beath Hawthorn Football Club Founded – 1975 Nickname – Haws Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1989/90 Current Division – East of Scotland Premier Division Random Fact – The Haws first manager Jock Finlayson managed the club from 1975 to 2015. This being the longest reign …

2019/20-Largs Thistle 1 v 2 Kilwinning R*****s

Barrfields, West of Scotland Superleague, 30/11/19 Largs Thistle Football Club Founded – 1889 Nickname – Theesel Honours – Scottish Junior Cup 1993/94 Current Divison – West of Scotland Superleague Random fact –The clubs top scorer over a single season was back in 1957/58. David Cook managed the impressive haul of 87(eighty seven). Not bad at …

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults #5: From Dudgeon To Dortmund via The Dam

Sutherland to North Holland to North Rhine-Westphalia doesn’t come across as a typical football tour but I’ve been known to do things a bit differently in the past. The plan, three games played in three countries over four days. What brought this on? It wasn’t deliberate; it was part being in the right place at …

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults#4: Rot-Weiss Barmy Army- Rot-Weiss Oberhausen 1 v 1 Rot-Weiss Essen

Niederrheinstadion, Regionalliga West, 4/5/19 Sport-Club Rot-Weiß Oberhausen e.V. Founded: 1904 Nickname: Die Kleeblätter (The Clovers) Honours: Regionalliga West 1969, Regionalliga West/Südwest 1996/97 Current Division: Regionalliga West Random Fact: Between seasons 2004/05 and 2008/09 RWO managed a bizarre and rare sequence of a double relegation followed by a double promotion meaning they dropped from 2.Bundesliga to …

2019/20-The Spartans 1 v 3 East Stirlingshire

Lowland League, Ainslie Park, 25/10/19 The Spartans Football Club Founded – 1951 Nickname – N/A Honours– Lowland League – 2013/14, 2017/18, East of Scotland League-1971–72, 1983–84, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2008-09, 2009–10, 2010–11 Current Division – Lowland League Random Fact – The club were originally formed as a graduates of Edinburgh University club. This practice …

2019/20-St Cuthbert Wanderers 3 v 3 Heston Rovers

South of Scotland League, St Marys Park, 23/10/19 Saint Cuthbert Wanderers Football Club Founded-1879 Nickname – The Saints Honours – South of Scotland League – 1927–28, 1928–29, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1980–81, 1995–96, 2015-16. South of Scotland Qualifying Cup– 1971-72 Random Fact – The club are named after Saint Cuthbert of …

2019/20-Sunderland 5 v 0 Tranmere Rovers

Stadium of Light, League 1, 22/10/19 Sunderland Association Football Club Founded-1879(as Sunderland and District Teachers) Nickname – The Black Cats Honours – First Division/Premier League – 1891/92, 1892/93, 1894/95,1901/02, 1912/13, 1935/36. FA Cup– 1936/37, 1972/73 Current Division– English League 1 Random Fact – Legendary Aberdeen manager Dave Halliday is Sunderlands third top scorer ever and scored …

2019/20-Auchinleck Talbot 6 – 1 Lanark United

Sectional Cup Final, Beechwood Park, 13/10/19 Auchinleck Talbot Football Club Founded – 1909 Nickname – The Bot Honours – Scottish Junior Cup – 1949, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015,2018, 2019. West of Scotland Superleague/Premier League– 2005–06, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2018-19. Ayrshire First Division -1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, …

2019/20-Newmachar United 3 v 2 Glentanar

Charlie Gordon Park, North Region Second Division, 12/10/19 Newmachar United Junior Football Club Founded-1987 Nickname – United Honours – None Current Division – North Region Second Division Random Fact– I played my first ever away game of football at Charlie Gordon Park circa thirty years ago Plan A of Kilwinning R*****s v Troon was knocked …

2019/20-Huntly 0 v 0 Formartine United

Highland League, Christie Park, 9/10/19 Huntly Football Club Founded – 1928 Nickname – The Black and Golds Honours – Highland League – 1929–30, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 2004-05. Highland League Cup – 1948–49, 1951–52, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96. Aberdeenshire Cup – 1960–61, 1985–86, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1999–00. Qualifying Cup – 1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1999–00 …

2019/20-Deveronside 0 v 0 Benburb

Scottish Junior Cup Second Round, Macduff Sports Centre, 5/10/19 Deveronside Junior Football Club Founded – 1977 Nickname -The Side Honours – North Region (North ) League Winners -1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1999-00 and 2000-01 Current Division – North Region Superleague Random Fact – I managed to tick off their old ground …

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers #1 – 250 Clubs and Counting

After visiting Macduff for the Scottish cup tie between Deveronside and Benburb I noticed when adding Benburb to my list of teams seen in the flesh they were the two hundred and fiftieth team I have seen. The list is as follows………… AUSTRIA AUSTRIA VIENNA MATTERSBURG RAPID VIENNA CROATIA HNK RIJEKA CZECH REPUBLIC BANIK OSTRAVA …

Inane Ramblings of a Fitbawbag #1 -Are you going to the Dicks Arena on Saturday?

Bellfield, that’s where Aberdeen were going to be moving to from Pittodrie. This was the start of the clubs chairman Stewart Milnes crusade to move Aberdeen away from the spiritual home of Pittodrie. It didn’t happen. Then December 14th, 2015, the 112th AGM, Pittodrie the venue, the soon to be ex home or so we …

Fitbawbaggery From The Vaults #2: A 2000 Mile Highland Fling 2015/16 and 2016/17

Originally written for the Red Final circa December 2017 (edited to suit) As I walked out of Dudgeon Park a real sense of disappointment hit me hard. A feeling I hadn’t felt since John Robertson bagged that late winner at Hampden in 1996. The reason, I had completed my Highland League mission. Eleven months over …

2019/20-Bathgate Thistle 1 v 7 Armadale Thistle

East Of Scotland Cup, Creamery Park, 31/8/19 Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club Founded: 1937 (Became a community club in 2013) Nickname: Thistle Honours: Scottish Junior Cup 2007/08 Current Division: East of Scotland Superleague South Random Fact: One of the club sponsors is advertised on entrance to Creamery Park. “The Bathgate Union Jack Rangers Supporters Club” …

2019/20-Kelty Hearts 5-0 Spartans

Lowland League, New Central Park, 27/8/19 Kelty Hearts Football Club Founded; 1975 Nickname; The Hearts, The Maroon Machine Honours; East of Scotland Football League-2017/18, East of Scotland Superleague-2014/15 and 2016/17 Current Division; Lowland League Random Fact; The highest win for the club is 14-0 and has been achieved three times v Burghead Thistle, Lochore Welfare …

2019/20-Islavale 7 –0 Whitehills

Simpson Park, North Region Second Division, 25/8/19 Islavale Football Club Founded – 1949 Nickname – The Vale Honours – North Region League winners: 1970–71, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99 Current Division– North Region Second Division Random fact – Colin Hendry of being a hun, a stalker and a general lowlife fame played for Islavale previous to starting …

2019/20-Dungannon Swifts 3 – 1 Glentoran

NIFL Premiership, Stangmore Park, 17/8/19 Dungannon Swifts Football Club Founded: 1949 Nicknames: The Swifts Honours : Irish League Cup 2017/18 Current Division: NIFL Premiership Random Fact: Aberdeens Niall McGinn started his career at the club and hails from Dungannon (Any Dons connection is good for me) The final day of the holiday and the final …

2019/20-Dundalk 5-0 Finn Harps

League of Ireland Premier Division, Oriel Park, 16/8/19 Dundalk Football Club Founded; 1903 Nicknames; The Town, The Lillywhites Honours; League of Ireland 1932–33, 1962–63, 1966–67, 1975–76, 1978–79,1981–82, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1994–95, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018. FAI Cup-1941–42, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1957–58, 1976–77,1978–79, 1980–81, 1987–88, 2001–02, 2015, 2018. League Cup-1977–78, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1989–90, 2014, 2017 Random Fact ; …

2019/20-Beith 4 v 2 Largs Thistle

Bellsdale Park, West of Scotland League  Cup, 12/8/19 Beith Junior Football Club Founded; 1938 Nickname; The Cabes Honours; West of Scotland Premier Division –2009–10, 2017–18. Scottish Junior Cup 2015–16, West of Scotland Cup -1965–66, 1966–67, 2008–09, 2018-19 Current Division; SJFA West Premiership Random Fact; The Club are a phoenix club of Beith FC who were members …

Fitbawbaggery from the Vaults #1 – Go Ahead Eagles 2 v 1 Almere City 18/1/19

Go Ahead Eagles Founded; 1902 Stadium – De Adelaarshorst, Deventer Nickname; The Pride of the IJssel Honours; Eredivisie-1916–17, 1921–22, 1929–30, 1932–33 Current Division; Eerste Divisie Random Fact; Originally named Be Quick which is an even more bizarre name than Go Ahead they were forced to change their name as unbelievably some other Dutch mob had …

2019/20-Cliftonville 4 v 0 Barry Town United

Solitude, Europa League Preliminary Qualifier Leg 2, 4/7/19 Cliftonville Football & Athletic Club Founded; 1879 and the oldest in Ireland Nickname; The Reds Honours Irish League; 1905–06 (shared), 1909–10, 1997–98, 2012–13, 2013–14 Irish Cup; 1882–83, 1887–88, 1896–97, 1899–00, 1900–01, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1978–79 Irish League Cup; 2003–04, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 Current Division;  NIFL Premiership Random …

2019/20-Peterhead 0 v 2 Aberdeen

Balmoor Stadium, Friendly, 3/7/19 Peterhead FC Founded;1891 Nickname; The Blue Toon Honours; League Two – 2013–14, 2018–19 Highland League, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1988–89, 1998–99 Highland League Cup, 1962–63, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1980–81, 1988–89 Scottish Qualifying Cup Winners, 1946–47, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1997–98 Current Division; SPFL League One Random Fact; The Blue Toons highest defeat of …

2019/20-Blyth Spartans 3 v 1 Stranraer

Croft Park, Friendly, 29/6/19 Blyth Spartans Association Football Club Founded; 1889 Nickname; The Spartans or Green Army Honours; None Current Division; National League North Random Fact; Ali Dia or “George Weahs cousin” that hoodwinked Graeme Souness into signing him for Southampton played for Blyth before his infamous fifty-three minutes for the Saints Once upon a …