Save Our Hearts 2 – Jambo Special

June 26th, 2008 2 Comments »

Heart of Midlothian Football ClubThere are murmurs among the discontented but apathetic Hearts support that there might be a return of the Save Our Hearts campaign which was in full swing when Chris Robinson planned to sell Tynecastle to Cala Homes and move the club to Murrayfield.  It’s been discussed in private on Kickback and they have now made the discussion public.

Here’s my suggestion:  Get a time machine and continue the campaign from when The Pieman left the club.

I think it’s difficult for fans of any most clubs to believe that Hearts fans have done the square root of bugger all since Vladimir Romanov ripped the soul from their club and made them the laughing stock they are.  Some of them still think he’s going to pull through and build a stadium, wipe the debt and win them the Champions League.

Anyway, I support the efforts of the few Hearts fans who are actually attempting to do something, they should be applauded for attempting to save the club they (misguidedly IMO) follow.  It’s easy to sit and mock from afar when your own club is in secure financial shape with a benevolent if not exactly inspiring owner (and I should know) but remember 18 years ago, Hibs went down a similar road that Hearts are on now.  It took the efforts of the Hands Off Hibs campaign to avoid being taken over by someone who was happy to wipe the club out.  The point is that the fans have to make that effort.  Who knows, it might not be too late for the Jambos to save what’s left of their club.  Time marches on though…..

In other news, Romanov’s chief attack dog Charlie Mann is to part company with Mad Vlad.  His employer, Weber Shandwick “are to cease any involvement with Hearts’ majority shareholder from the end of this month.”  Public Relations will now be dealt with in-house.  No reason given, make up your own but first here’s a quote from Mr Mann in 2007, “Don’t worry, things aren’t as bad as you fear…. When you see people like me walking away, that’s when to worry!”

Strangely, Charlie will be part of the panel, along with Hibs Blog favorite George Foulkes for a Talk 107 debate/discussion/pagger about Hearts on Friday 11 July from 6.30pm.  It’s going to be live so let’s hope George Foulkes is in his usual state.

Finally, I’d like to report on the imminent departure of Shaggy Fail but Hearts managers getting the heave-ho is hardly news is it?

Beards in football

June 21st, 2008 8 Comments »

There’s a new article at about beards in world football. There are a few you’d expect and some others you may not have seen before. Comment on it here or send suggestions for new beards.

Abel Xavier looking in the mirror

Never mind the hair, Abel, sort out your frickin’ beard.

Hearts new manager favourite to be sacked

June 17th, 2008 6 Comments »

George BurleyWilliam Hills have given odds on the first SPL manager to be sacked next season and guess what?  The favourite hasn’t yet been appointed.  But yes, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the new Hearts manager is the least likely to see the season out.

Personally, I think it might be worth against it because at this rate it doesn’t look like they’ll even have a manager for next season.

The odds are as follows:

9/4 Next Permanent Hearts Boss , 7/2 Jimmy Calderwood, 9/2 Jim Jeffries, 9 Mixu Paatelainen, 10 Mark McGhee, 12 Craig Brewster, 12 Gus McPherson, 16 Gordon Strachan, 20 Walter Smith, 25 Craig Levein, 25 John Hughes, 25 Billy Reid

A pound each on a few outsiders mightn’t be a bad bet, or it would be if it weren’t for Vladamir Romanov.

Rangers fans moan about SPL fixtures

June 16th, 2008 11 Comments »

RangersThe SPL Fixtures for 2008/2009 came out today as expected.  Amazingly, they’re not as bad as they usually are.

However, Rangers have already started complaining about next season, months before a ball is even kicked.  According to the Evening Times, “Rangers fans chief Jim Templeton today reacted with fury as the SPL unveiled the fixtures for the new 2008/2009 season.”

What is his “fury” about?  They have 3 away games out of the first four in the season.  Let me repeat that, 3 out of four, not 3 in a row.  Rangers play Falkirk away, then Hearts at home, then Aberdeen away, then Celtic away.  That’s two away games in a row and he thinks it’s a conspiracy.  Where do they find these guys?  I know the self styled Hibs fans leaders tend to be jumped up officious little men too but this guy really takes the Jaffa Cake.  It’s almost worth reading the article as you can just imagine the small minded bigot getting really angry in an Ian Paisley style over this perceived injustice,  veins popping out his blood engorged head because they have to play two away games in a row.

Actually if you take it further, Rangers have 3 away games out of their first six games.  To me, from moaning the way they are, it sounds like they’ve given up before the league has started, and no wonder with the negative team Walter Smith is continuing to build.

They appear to be the only team in the league who are making a big hoo-ha about the SPL fixtures this year.  Could it be that for the first time the SPL has not simply given the Old Firm the best fixtures?  They’re simply not used to not being pandered to.

It seems, from trawling the message boards etc. that all teams seem to have some minor gripe.  That’s to be expected, not everyone is going to have a perfect fixture list.  For Hibs, we get a derby at New Year for the first time in ages but yet again, it’s away from home.  But that’s a minor complaint compared to the nonsense we’ve endured over the last few seasons.  Kilmarnock and Inverness over the festive period, no New Year derby, playing teams three times away from home etc.

Here are the fixtures for the Hibs Fans cribbage tournament which takes place before league games:

Sat 9th Aug … Away v Errshur Killie

Sat 16th Aug … Home v Bairns

Sat 23rd Aug … Away v Caley Fistle

Sat 30th Aug … Home v ‘Well

Sat 13th Sept … Home v Arabs

Sat 20th Sept … Away v Accies

Sat 27th Sept … Home v Huns

Sat 4th Oct … Away v Dons

Sat 18th Oct … Home v Gunts

Sat 25th Oct … Away v SDB’s

Sat 1st Nov … Away v St Midden

Sat 8th Nov … Home v Caley Fistle

Wed 12th Nov … Away v Arabs

Sat 15th Nov … Home v Dons

Sat 22nd Nov … Away v ‘Well

Sat 29th Nov … Away v Bairns

Sat 6th Dec … Home v SDB’s

Sat 13th Dec … Home v Accies

Sat 20th Dec … Away v Huns

Sat 27th Dec … Home v Errshur Killie

Sat 3rd Jan … Away v Gunts

Sat 17th Jan … Home v St Midden

Sat 24th Jan … Away v SDB’s

Sat 31st Jan … Home v ‘Well

Sat 14th Feb … Away v Errshur Killie

Sat 21st Feb … Away v Caley Fistle

Sat 28th Feb … Home v Bairns

Wed 4th Mar … Away v Accies

Sat 14th Mar … Home v Gunts

Sat 21st Mar … Home v Dons

Sat 4th Apr … Away v Arabs

Sat 11th Apr … Away v St Midden

Sat 18th Apr … Home v Huns

SPL fixtures 2008/2009

June 15th, 2008 2 Comments »

SPL logoThe SPL have used a company called Optimal Planning Solutions to work out the fixture schedule for next season after they completely botched it up over the last few seasons and resorted to blaming fictional “fixtures computers”.  Criticism has mounted over the last few years and since it now seems to be affecting the Old Firm too, something has been done.

This year the SPL claims to have taken the following into account as things to avoid:

  • Celtic or Hamilton playing away from home on the first game of the new season
  • Clubs having to play four out of five games either home or away.
  • Long journeys in midweek or over the festive period.
  • Clubs having to play two successive home or away matches several times.
  • A lop-sided home or away balance to midweek matches.
  • One club having three home or away matches against another.

Notice there is no mention of attempting to get an Edinburgh derby at New Year.  Still, if they manage all of the above, it’s got to be an improvement on last season’s woeful fixture list.  We’ll see what happens tomorrow.

No doubt the SPL fixtures copyright Nazis will be out in force, attempting to shut down any website who publishes the fixtures without their overpriced license.