Can Butcher put sunshine back on Leith?

16/11/2013 § 4 Comments

Terry Butcher plans to rejuvenate Hibernian and make Easter Road a venue to fear again

Terry Butcher plans to rejuvenate Hibernian and make Easter Road a venue to fear again

Alas, a new manager at Hibernian. The club’s 10th gaffer since the Scottish Premier League began back in 1998. Now called the Scottish Premiership since the start of the 2013/14 season, it is Terry Butcher who becomes the latest football boss to walk through the Easter Road doors, bringing assistant and wily old fox Maurice Malpas with him. The pair elected to leave high flying Inverness Caley Thistle in favour of stuttering Hibs. But on the other hand, the signs are there that Rod Petrie and co in Edinburgh may have conjured up their greatest bit of business in years.

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The worst Hibs team in history?

23/08/2013 § Leave a comment

Several Hibs players look perplexed during the 7-0 home defeat to Malmo in Europe

Several Hibs players look perplexed during the 7-0 home defeat to Malmo in Europe

Following Hibernian’s miserable start to the 2013/14 season, it’s fair to say things are not all rosy at Easter Road Stadium right now. An embarrassing 9-0 aggregate defeat to Swedish side Malmo in UEFA’s Europa League qualifiers kicked off the campaign and part of that double header saw Hibs lose the home leg 7-0 in Edinburgh. Arguably the team’s worst result in its proud history.

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A case of Proud Edward’s Army in Zagreb

07/06/2013 § 4 Comments

A Robert Snodgrass goal was enough to see Scotland defeat Croatia

A Robert Snodgrass goal was enough to see Scotland defeat Croatia

Scotland have always had a reputation of doing things the hard way. We always seem to rise to the occasion and perform better against, what seems on paper, stronger opposition. All of that was once again underlined this past Friday night in Zagreb.

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Canadian Women’s Soccer: A sleeping giant?

12/03/2013 § 1 Comment

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Vancouver Whitecaps’ Girls Elite Squad take on Columbus FC in the Metro Women’s Soccer League, January 2013, at Simon Fraser University: Ross Armour photo

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and arguably can take its place as, and be branded, a global phenomenon. Yet as so often is seen, it is only the men’s professional side that is given intense coverage. In Canada, that theme is no different, despite a Women’s World Cup in Canada on the horizon as soon as 2015.

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That’s what friends are for: Mark McGhee teams up with Gordon Strachan at Scotland

11/02/2013 § Leave a comment

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (right) chose to bring in Mark McGhee as his assistant coach of the national team

New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (right) chose to bring in Mark McGhee as his assistant coach of the national team

When Gordon Strachan was announced as the new Scotland manager on January 15, 2013, with his appointment also came immediate pondering from the Tartan Army on who would be the first to join his backroom staff. Would it be Garry Pendrey, the Birmingham City legend who assisted Strachan at Coventry, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough? Or perhaps Gary McAllister, the Scotland legend who enjoyed an illustrious playing career and has been linked with the main national job on numerous occasions. In the end, it was neither, and wee Gordon chose to bring in another long-time friend— Mark McGhee.

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Jackie McNamara- This is your moment

10/02/2013 § Leave a comment

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Jackie McNamara unveiled as the new Dundee United manager at Tannadice

As Scottish football brought in what is hoped to be another prosperous new year in 2013, Jackie McNamara would have found himself sitting with a similar heir of optimism. At the start of January, McNamara’s Partick Thistle side sat at the top of Scottish Football League Division 1, looking odds on to gain promotion back to the SPL for the first time in 10 years. Thistle were scoring goals for fun under McNamara, in his first senior job in management, preaching an openly attractive attacking style of play. Indeed all things seemed rosy enough that on December 18, 2012, the former Celtic and Scotland star was given an early Christmas present with an improved contract deal offered to him by Thistle chairman David Beattie. However, at times in life, you have to seize the moment, and McNamara may well have done that just as the end of 2013’s first month was concluded.

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With success comes sacrifice: An insight into the life of a competitive highland dancer

07/02/2013 § 24 Comments

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Dancers compete in the World Adult Championship Sword Dance at Cowal Gathering, August 2012: Glen McGregor photo

It is a common ideology that active dancers are some of the fittest people in our world and are in the greatest shape possible. Both of those views could indeed be argued to be the truth. But for dancers actively competing at the highest of levels and those regularly performing on the competitive stage— the life of practice is far from easy. Be it through the physical or mental aspects, dance is an art that can bring highs or lows to an individual at any given time. Nevertheless, with success often comes sacrifice, and that aphorism is especially true in the highland world.

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