Tag Archives: Tartan Army

Regans Aldi Experiment

12 Oct

Scotland’s whimpering exit from the European Chamionships has and will lead to a significant amount of navel gazing and given that we are talking about the SFA its bound to lead to no action.

Let me state this Gordon Strachan, Mark McGee and Stuart McCall should be safe.  Everyone could have picked a different team included other Players and with perfect 20 20 hindsight won games collected points and qualified.  Personally I find it almost inconceivable that more Aberdeen Players were not included in the squad as I do a late inclusion of Ranger’s Lee Wallace.  Form over loyalty every time for me.
Loyalty seems to be the main problem with Scotland for me.  The Players it seems can only trust the Coaching Staff to do whats right by them not the Big Wigs and Blazers sitting up the front of the Plane with extra leg room.  Clubs and Players alike must wonder if indeed the Players have decent Insurance when on Scotland duty given the cost cutting travel arrangements.  How Club Managers must have been concerned and how Clubs must have sought assurances regards the Loan of their Club’s prized assets.  This is what Gordon Strachan had to fight against in addition to Playing against three proficient Nations all of whom threw Money at their National teams Players not like Scotland looked to cut corners.  The Republic Of Ireland especially given that they had still to spend their FIFA hush money  did not scrimp or save they did not even gamble they simple treated their Players in a similar way and to same standards as Manchester United or Chelsea .  Stuart Regan treated the Scotland National Team worse than a Highland League Team on a long distance Cup Tie.  So is it no wonder that the team performed so badly ?  Blame Pitch Invaders, Bad Refereeing or indeed Dodgy Playing Surfaces all you want but if a Skilled Highly Paid pampered Player suddenly realises he is being treated badly then National Pride is not enough to keep you motivated.  The Travelling Army of Fans might bleat about being Scottish, berate Players all you want but if there is a culture of cost cutting and you are the main victim of this then maybe you wont be as determined to spend next summer being hotelled at the whim of Stuart “Ebenezer Scrooge” Regan.

If Money is tight at the SFA then cut the fat in an intelligent way.  I am not for inhumane treatment but how about a Blazer Cull.  Kill off some of the nonsensical committees and Positions.  Regan Must simply go like Sir Stephen House he has been consistently shown to be a failure.  Neil Doncaster must follow this two are not the Morecambe and Wise of Scottish Football more the Barry and Paul Chuckle!  The Tartan Army screams at clubs week in week out “SACK THE BOARD” at their Clubs yet seem to accept “Glorious Failure” at National Level.  Here is a thought Georgia Away and Poland at Home are not Glorious Failures more “indignatious Defeats”   Willie Miller said that following the Six Nil victory against Gibraltar it felt like celebrating failure and that is exactly correct and why I suggest that Willie be approached to take over from the Destroyer of Yorkshire Cricket Regan and as an additional idea why not invite Gordon Smith to replace Doncaster.  Both have Business experience both have opinions that in truth are shared by most Scots and both  would do a better job than the two incumbents.  Also the main Professional Game Board [Chairman: Rod Petrie (Scottish FA)
Members: Alan McRae (Scottish FA), Stewart Regan (Scottish FA), Ralph Topping (SPFL), Peter Lawell (SPFL), Neil Doncaster (SPFL), Duncan Fraser (SPFL), Mike Mulraney (SPFL), Sandy Stables (SHFL) and Andrew Waddell (SLFL)] should be radically changed they sanctioned the cost cutting they approved the stragigy they should be forced out of Position and new more forward thinking Office Bearers should be installed.

As the only Home Nation not to progress a complete clear out of the National Association is the only way forward.  The reasons why I am not demanding Strachan and Co to go is simple Who do you get to replace them there simply is not Prince Of Wales waiting in the Wings.  Greame Souness is probably the only candidate.  Souness has not managed in anger for a number of years and given the Bad Blood between him and the SFA I would doubt he will ever be installed as Head Coach.  If Strachan and Team do not continue then who is there Is Stuart Baxter still doing the rounds?  He was the phantom candidate for every managerial position in the Nineties surely he could return to coach the National team.

It’s a mess on the whole who ever is the Head Coach then given an aging Squad I feel that some players should frame their shirts from Gibraltar because they wont get another one.  Allan Hutton, Scott Brown Shaun Maloney and other over thirties are they really going to be fit to carry the jersey in Russia 2018 let alone to take the Nation to the next Euros in 2020.  With some great Players with Scottish Accents plying their Trade in Scotland (low travel costs) then why has the Scotland Squad been filled by Mockney Cockney Scots from the ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP.  Kenny McLean, Barry McKay, Lee Wallace, Mark Renyolds, Greame Shinnie, James Forrest and James McArthur.  All younger and leaner and not jaded by the Scottish Costcutter Association.

As a flippant note it’s time we ditched the uninspiring unofficial Anthem of “Flower Of Scotland” and returned to the true National Anthem of “Scotland The Brave”.  Fair enough no one knows the words but history shows when we Scots stuck to the Official Anthem of history instead of the cod folk song cobbled together on the back of a beer mat the national team actually qualitfied for World Cups before we all became Mathematic Professors figuring out permuntations on how to qualify not road sweepers two games from the end of the Qualifying Leagues cleaning up the debries of a national shame.

Scotland used to look at Belgium as an example but unlike Netherlands Scotland are down and show no signs of getting up.  Weighed down by Bulky Blazers and self-interest abusing the Tartan Army and hurting the National Pride year in year out.  The Next SFA Chef must look to Asda not Aldi the nation might never be Waitrose or Marks and Spencers but the nation deserves better than the discount bulk buy its being force-fed.

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Scotland’s Shamful Supporters – Who Sainted The Tartan Army

18 Aug

Right it seems that if you criticise The Tartan Army for being abusive, offensive and generally racist then you have to be prepared for a deluge of abuse, offensive and racist comments from the tartan army foot in mouth Soldiers.

Show them this sheet music
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Or better still play it on a instrument and it kind of becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.  Sing it and you could find yourself facing down legions of louts wearing plaid.

Such is the egos of the Tartan Clad Clots that they assume the Tartan Army can do no wrong, not now not ever. You even get the excuse if we are not as bad as …. This "wee bit pregnant" style excuse fails right off the bat. Even just banter fails as the authorities and tartan army fans have ignored this reasoning from old form and Edinburgh clubs. So for the Tartan army to it now is evidence of a special kind of hypocrisy. This is not to mention the excuse of non violence well sorry words can be violent too and to compare any member of the Tartan Army to Rosa Parks and M.L.K. is nothing short of delusion.

I wonder who sainted these ambassadors of abuse. What evidence mandates the self classification of the Scottish National Teams Loud Mouthed fans. I look at scenes from the last 50 year's and I am not seeing much evidence that backs up the "Angels In Tartan Tammies" tag.

To answer my own question and to despel the accusation of West of Scotland bias. I will repeat my veiw. The lack of Supporters from the big two metropolitan multicultural centres of Scotland means that Scotland is now followed by the backward country bumpkins that defend Bernard Manning! Uneducated bigots who armed with one piece of correct if bot unused information will still manage to embaress themselves.

So with the Commonwealth Games Tickets going on sale I would urge the Tartan Army to stay away from the events next year. The games will have athletes from nations the tartan army don't like. England will be represented as will India, Pakistan and several African nations. In fact Tartan Army Soldiers a lot of the athlete's and visitors will not be like petty minded Scottish bigots, a lot of people present in arenas won’t even be Scottish.
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So why can I make the statement that the tartan army is populated by sub humans outwith the main multicultural centres of Scotland. Simple most Celtic fans do not support Scotland due to a mistrust of the SFA going back to Jorge Cadette! Rangers fans don’t trust the sfa going back to unofficial use of tv evidence to punish a Graeme Souness. That is not to mention the ethnic cleansing employed by the Tartan army to get rid of old firm fans. Edinburgh fans are similar they tend not to be so happy that to see Scotland at home they have to travel along the M8. These matches should in their view be played in the Capital not 40 miles away.

There is of course an additional reason. Glasgow and Edinburgh have large multicultural populations and have developed into tolerant societies. Now I am not going to hold up the old firm as paragons of virtue. Nor am I going to suggest that Edinburgh is a Martin Luther King City of tolerance. Yet in comparson to The shires within the shores of Scotland the advancement of Glasgow and Edinburgh is undoubted.

In Glasgow and Edinburgh folk respect the anthems of others and at least realise that if you play a verse and a chorus it is easy to assume it to be verse one. Certainty the Metropolitans don’t automatically assume that the unsung lyrics that could cause them offense is the very silent words being sung in their own heads. As I said in previous posts the Lichtenstein Anthem being booed automatically discredited any anti-Marshall-Wade-ism, unless someone shows me that the first verse of “Oben am jungen Rhein” (Up above the young Rhine) is actually a battle cry for the men of Lichtenstein to attack Dundee!

To decry a musical score is akin to the burning of Beatles records by rednecks. I wonder how many of The Tartan Army have spent the last week burning all their Nike Clothing and Footwear because England wore Nike stripes. It’s ludicrous to extend a genuine rivalry the oldest rivalry in international football to this level.

Sadly though I think by decrying the big city teams branding Rangers, Celtic, Hearts and Hibs as bigots/racists and bad eggs the Tartan army has failed in its much vaunted intention to police itself.

As seen at Wembly last week the tartan army is devoid of the big city fans and filled with educationally sub normal bigots who fueled by alcohol and ignorance continue to embaress Scotland.

Much lauded laws were introduced to combat ignorance. Yet they are hardly used outside Glasgow or on Non Old firm fans and not on the Tartan Army. The Tartan Army are all members of the Scotland travelling fans and as such are on a database so they are easily traced. They booed they embarrassed they caused it so BAN THEM ALL. The twenty-five thousand who misrepresented the Scottish Nation should be at least shamed by association.

Strange thought though how does Englishman Stewart Regan feel having his national anthem booed by fans paying his wages. Wonder how new league chief Neil Doncaster feels about this too. Oh sorry Regan and Doncaster have I just reminded the loudest bigots in Scotland that your not Scottish.

Watch your inboxes.

Twenty five thousand went to Wembley and three arrests showing that not only is ignorance not a excuse for breaking the law but ignorance is not against the law, well not in England anyway. In Scotland there is a task force looking into it. Maybe they should look into the self-beatification of the Tartan army. The same Government who are bringing in minimum pricing for alcohol units because it wants to reduce alcohol abuse in Scottish society celebrates, indeed uses a whiskey fuelled mob of ignorant bigots as “Cultural Ambassadors” what next Andy Murray as a stand up comic!

Scotland’s Shameful Supporters – The New Order Tartan Army

15 Aug

I don’t get embarrassed often. Then again I am pretty much unshockable.  I am shocked and embarrassed today though. Its not by a single incident though its more the accumulation of events. Sadly though these feelings I have and the history make me have real concerns.

Those who read my blog on team busses will know I already have concerns about the quality of sports fan and society in Scotland today (not John Mckay). Events at Wembley last night take these concerns further.

The seemingly acceptable behaviour of booing national anthems has not just grown arms and legs in the last decade but is now so “Scottish” that this practice sports a Tartan Tammy, ginger wig and a cheap kilt! It has developed into quite frankly racism.  Gone are the days of a welcoming band of alcohol fuelled freindly party lads. You know the photos of tartan clad, Sun burnt Jocks kissing Policewoman has gone.  It’s been replaced by the spectacle of national anthems being drowned out by fans.  Now before I get comments saying this lyric or that verse the same uneducated Scottish fans booed the Liechtenstein national anthem because it shared a musical score with God Save The Queen, so to be honest the pseudo-nationalists taking the hump at certain lyrics has been “sent homeward to think again”.

Its only football fans I hear you say. Yes at the moment but football fans are part of society too. This cultural force walks beside us day in day out. Now in less than a year the same citizens will be taking their families to Commonwealth Games events and whisper it ENGLAND will be represented and stand a good chance of winning some medals. Cue the boo boys passing on their ideals to a new generation and embarrassing a nation live on tv around the world.

It’s not national pride and surely does not reflect Scotland.  It’s just the loud mouthed self appointed cultural ambassadors Scotland has developed over the last few years have let the side down.  In the last year a agenda of anti anything not Scottish has infected sport.  Rangers hired out amazing facilities to a few European teams visiting to play Celtic in European competitions, they were accused of disloyalty to Scottish Sport. Let’s not get into the extra political agendas that were attached to this, just deal with the facts.  Rangers as a business are entitled to rent out their facilities to anyone who asks.  Also on the run up to the Commonwealth Games Rangers promoted the superb sporting facilities around Scotland to the.world.

I do have a theory the Tartan Army has lost a large section of fans and been high jacked by a new breed.  The West of Scotland branch of the tartan army has lost members, they have been replaced by members from the Provences. The members of the tartan army from the main cities Glasgow and Edinburgh has reduced and these places have been filled by provincial fans.  I have travelled around Scotland been to many games at many stadia. In my experience the worse examples of offensive behaviour are outwith Glasgow and Edinburgh. Incidentally and sorry buddies but I include Paisley in with Glasgow.  In my experience you want to experience the mindset of the 1970s complete with its sexist, racist any ist then go visit Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Tayside or Grampian.  I am not proud of this but I have heard words on a bus in Aberdeen recently that could of came from the script of “Love Thy Neighbour” in 1970s. 

Why is this the case simple the jingoistic nationalist racist disease is infecting society shocking it. As long as the Tartan Army are getting away Scot free (no pun intended) then its only natural that this behaviour is seen as allowable, god forbid normal in the rest of society.

So its time the authorities stopped seeing booing national anthems as examples of the jolly japes of the Jocks and started seeing it as an example of the behaviour we all want to rid society of.