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 …

The Dons Two Years On – What Have I Missed?

The 3rd of March marks the second anniversary of the infuriating sounds of the equally infuriating song echoing around me. “Oh Derek McInnes” was ringing out up Merkland Road East. This coming after drawing in the Scottish Cup with the new kids on the block. Yes, that is right, drawing with The r*****s was worthy …

Fitbawbaggery in Numbers # 6 – Top 5 Non-Dons Games

This year marks my 30th anniversary of heading to watch fitba in the flesh. It is thirty years since the aroma of cigars and Bovril first skelped my nostrils as I walked up the stairs at the rear of the Merkland Road End. Three decades since I first experienced the collective outburst of elation of …

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 …