Happy New Year from your Semi-Literate Blogger

Firstly I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everyone at TCN from readers, bloggers, Jas a Happy New Year. Best wishes to all your close one’s also.
2012 was a special year, many memorable moments both in & outside the club. Thanks to those that made a difference and helped make the internet bampot voice louder & stronger.
Secondly, I would like to be the first to be happy to accept the title of the “semi-literate” blogger, like the tag “Internet-Bampot” I’m sure this can be used even more to push the voice of us bampots and distinguish the dinosaur like main stream media. Sorry MSM.
So with my best wishes and my acceptance speech, onto more pressing matters.
League reconstruction.
I believe that the suits involved in reconstructing our national game are missing one key ingredient in developing our leagues. It’s very obvious that the power’s that be are full of self-interest, looking for opportunities to line their own pockets no matter the cost for the everyday punter.
Without us fans pressing our clubs for sporting integrity, it wouldn’t have taken much for SevCo to be pushed up the leagues, all with eyes firmly on more TV money & increased gate receipts.
One thing which I feel is lacking from the mooted proposals on reconstruction is REGIONALISATION of the lower leagues.
I feel that we should look towards opening up all leagues within Scotland from Junior, Highland and Amateur football and merging these with the professional & semi professional sides at the top division.
With these teams merged under one umbrella, rationalise the lower leagues to ensure that the clubs that would normally struggle financially from travelling twice per season covering the country are then covering a smaller area/region meaning more away fans can attend games also. Hopefully this will see clubs saving on travelling expenses and also gaining with possible increased away numbers.
With the fixtures being regionalised, more derbies can be on offer, a better product will be on show, creating additional interest and again possibly additional revenue for said clubs.
Scottish football’s bottom two tiers could be split between north & south, similar as to the Conference League North & South.
Main 3 leagues in my opinion would consist of –
Scottish League North
Scottish League South
Scottish Premier League.
South & North compete in separate league systems, set promotion at each winner earns a place in SPL & then each runner up & 3rd place sides enter a play-off system with a play-off final set for Hampden Park to win a 3rd place promotion.
This is just a draft idea, I understand that it may not be as easy as written down however with careful thought and planning I feel this can be achieved and would work out very worthwhile for Scottish football as a whole.
Why should smaller clubs & supporters have difficulties in travelling to games?
Make it easier for supporters and they will come back to football.

Comments

  1. Good article. I think a system that allows Senior and Junior sides a pathway to the SFL is a must, the way you did it could work. Sadly the people in charge know very little about football.
    Good read fellow blogger
    Blogger 🙂

  2. Good article. I think a system that allows Senior and Junior sides a pathway to the SFL is a must, the way you did it could work. Sadly the people in charge know very little about football.
    Good read fellow blogger
    Blogger 🙂

  3. Thanks for the input. If those that make the decisions rid us of their self interest, think about how their decision making affects the lifeblood of the game, we’d all be better off.

  4. Thanks for the input. If those that make the decisions rid us of their self interest, think about how their decision making affects the lifeblood of the game, we’d all be better off.

  5. Your’s is just one of many workable Ideas I have heard from supporters. Major problem is the powers that be are not interested in what the life blood of the game have to say.

  6. Your’s is just one of many workable Ideas I have heard from supporters. Major problem is the powers that be are not interested in what the life blood of the game have to say.

  7. Totally agree. Been knocking this about for a cpl of years now and think it makes complete sense. Create a 10 team premier (thinks its the easiest way of ensuring meaningless games whilst playing 4 times give you 36 league games per season). 1st and 2nd claim the first two Euro places automatically whilst 3,4,5 and 6th place play off for a third Eruo spot. invite two non league clubs to join the SFL to make up 2 leagues of 16. 1 northern division and 1 southern division. Each team plays each other twice, giving them 30 league games. (additional cup competition, only to include these two leagues, can be used to bolster the amount of games per season). The winner of each division play in a final for the automatic promotion to replace the 10th club in the premier league, whilst the runner up and the two divisional runners up play off with the 9th placed premier league club for the second promotion / relegation spot. The catchment area separating north and south divisions can easily be ajdusted depending on the teams involved in those leagues. this effectively means that lower league clubs with very little income are not being asked to travel the length and breadth of the country at least twice a season but are getting the chance to play against bigger clubs with bigger supports.

  8. Totally agree. Been knocking this about for a cpl of years now and think it makes complete sense. Create a 10 team premier (thinks its the easiest way of ensuring meaningless games whilst playing 4 times give you 36 league games per season). 1st and 2nd claim the first two Euro places automatically whilst 3,4,5 and 6th place play off for a third Eruo spot. invite two non league clubs to join the SFL to make up 2 leagues of 16. 1 northern division and 1 southern division. Each team plays each other twice, giving them 30 league games. (additional cup competition, only to include these two leagues, can be used to bolster the amount of games per season). The winner of each division play in a final for the automatic promotion to replace the 10th club in the premier league, whilst the runner up and the two divisional runners up play off with the 9th placed premier league club for the second promotion / relegation spot. The catchment area separating north and south divisions can easily be ajdusted depending on the teams involved in those leagues. this effectively means that lower league clubs with very little income are not being asked to travel the length and breadth of the country at least twice a season but are getting the chance to play against bigger clubs with bigger supports.

  9. Kraljski
    Right priorities first and foremost. May I reciprocate your good wishes by the same from me and mine.
    Now to business. And they call you a semi-literate blogger. Well, sir, be ye of good faith because those that do are clearly wholly illiterate. I am of the opinion that a goldmine of stupid ideas combined with being deaf, blind and full of bumproduce is an essential qualification to make official comment on anything football in Scotland. I have heard little or nothing from the mouths of the suits that could be reasonably used in argument against your basic proposals. To improve and increase the involvement of all levels of the game is more than a worthy idea. A match and mix is as valid an opinion as I have heard in a long time. At least it is worthy of debate. Unfortunately those that make decisions are impervious to discussion. That is no reason to stop banging that particular drum.
    Nor should we get tired of trumpeting the tune of regionalisation, at least at the lower and intermediate levels. The advantages would be significant , not least financially as you suggest, both for clubs and supporters. However, I also believe it could do wonders for the standard of the game too. I am an avid follower of Sgorio. For those of you who do not know the programme, it is the football channel on SC4. It was famous a few years ago for setting a unique record viz. the lowest monthly viewing figures ever for any British television programme. The number was exactly zero, honestly! I am certain it has raised its game since those days and an old Celtic favourite, John Hartson, is a regular summariser. They show live games on a Saturday at the unusual time of 3pm, imagine! They also do a highlights programme on a Tuesday which includes the main Spanish league games as well as the Welsh league matches of the previous week. You may be wondering where I am going with this. Well, in a sense there is a divide in Welsh football in that there are teams like Swansea, Cardiff and Wrexham among others, in one or other of the English leagues. Then there are the other twelve semi professional clubs in the Welsh league. In spite of the differential, the local football is reasonably well supported, of as good a quality as many Scottish Premier clubs and, perhaps very importantly, much more practically priced. Matches are also within reachable distances and do not entail excessive journey times, all possible if regionalisation was introduced as you recommend. So my use of the Sgorio scenario was to indicate that your proposal is not so far fetched.
    As regards the division of leagues and the mix of existing levels, there is much in its favour. Currently, the SFA fiddle around with so much “splits” one would be convinced Margot Fonteyn to be at its head rather than the wimp that is. If there is such fondness for splits among the SFA reconstructers, why not try one that might not only work but may even improve the game. The idea of mixed leagues, more competitive games, less cost and travel and a better opportunity for some sort of meaningful success, seems one more than worthy of serious consideration. That is why, to harp back to my comments on the previous article by Blogger, we must keep up constant pressure on the “decision makers”. We can not allow them the slightest movement on the hook never mind let them off it altogether. Rather we must nail them to our mast through the power of the internet. Soon that will be the most powerful force on the planet from which they will have no escape. We must never ease up.
    Kraljski, you are clearly a man who loves his football and whose heart is in wanting the best for all of those in the game. It is people like you that give me great hope that the real changes that will improve football in Scotland will come to be. It is not so much for me who am in the final stretches of life and have had my times but rather for the younger generations and those still to come who have not yet witnessed the glory days of our fine sport and or had the occasion to have genuine pride in our nation’s football teams.
    H H

  10. Kraljski
    Right priorities first and foremost. May I reciprocate your good wishes by the same from me and mine.
    Now to business. And they call you a semi-literate blogger. Well, sir, be ye of good faith because those that do are clearly wholly illiterate. I am of the opinion that a goldmine of stupid ideas combined with being deaf, blind and full of bumproduce is an essential qualification to make official comment on anything football in Scotland. I have heard little or nothing from the mouths of the suits that could be reasonably used in argument against your basic proposals. To improve and increase the involvement of all levels of the game is more than a worthy idea. A match and mix is as valid an opinion as I have heard in a long time. At least it is worthy of debate. Unfortunately those that make decisions are impervious to discussion. That is no reason to stop banging that particular drum.
    Nor should we get tired of trumpeting the tune of regionalisation, at least at the lower and intermediate levels. The advantages would be significant , not least financially as you suggest, both for clubs and supporters. However, I also believe it could do wonders for the standard of the game too. I am an avid follower of Sgorio. For those of you who do not know the programme, it is the football channel on SC4. It was famous a few years ago for setting a unique record viz. the lowest monthly viewing figures ever for any British television programme. The number was exactly zero, honestly! I am certain it has raised its game since those days and an old Celtic favourite, John Hartson, is a regular summariser. They show live games on a Saturday at the unusual time of 3pm, imagine! They also do a highlights programme on a Tuesday which includes the main Spanish league games as well as the Welsh league matches of the previous week. You may be wondering where I am going with this. Well, in a sense there is a divide in Welsh football in that there are teams like Swansea, Cardiff and Wrexham among others, in one or other of the English leagues. Then there are the other twelve semi professional clubs in the Welsh league. In spite of the differential, the local football is reasonably well supported, of as good a quality as many Scottish Premier clubs and, perhaps very importantly, much more practically priced. Matches are also within reachable distances and do not entail excessive journey times, all possible if regionalisation was introduced as you recommend. So my use of the Sgorio scenario was to indicate that your proposal is not so far fetched.
    As regards the division of leagues and the mix of existing levels, there is much in its favour. Currently, the SFA fiddle around with so much “splits” one would be convinced Margot Fonteyn to be at its head rather than the wimp that is. If there is such fondness for splits among the SFA reconstructers, why not try one that might not only work but may even improve the game. The idea of mixed leagues, more competitive games, less cost and travel and a better opportunity for some sort of meaningful success, seems one more than worthy of serious consideration. That is why, to harp back to my comments on the previous article by Blogger, we must keep up constant pressure on the “decision makers”. We can not allow them the slightest movement on the hook never mind let them off it altogether. Rather we must nail them to our mast through the power of the internet. Soon that will be the most powerful force on the planet from which they will have no escape. We must never ease up.
    Kraljski, you are clearly a man who loves his football and whose heart is in wanting the best for all of those in the game. It is people like you that give me great hope that the real changes that will improve football in Scotland will come to be. It is not so much for me who am in the final stretches of life and have had my times but rather for the younger generations and those still to come who have not yet witnessed the glory days of our fine sport and or had the occasion to have genuine pride in our nation’s football teams.
    H H

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