Terry Butcher proves that grass isn’t always greener in big-money England

09/01/2013 § Leave a comment

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Inverness boss Butcher turned down a chance to manage English Championship club Barnsley

News this week that Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher rejected the chance to head south for English Championship side Barnsley certainly seems to have a sense of irony about it. Having said that, it could also be deemed a rare act of defiance, and one in which was warmly welcomed in the Highland capital of Scotland. I, as many other Caley Thistle fans were I assume, was fearing the worst when Butcher was granted permission to speak to Barnsley.

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Tynecastle turmoil again: Will it ever end?!

23/12/2012 § Leave a comment

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A view inside Tynecastle Stadium. Home of Heart of Midlothian

The Christmas dinner of 2012 will not be tasting so good for everyone involved and connected to Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Five days before Christmas, the Scottish Premier League announced that a current signing embargo placed on Hearts for non payment of players would be extended indefinitely. So, more financial problems down Gorgie Way? A sense of deja-vu arises once more.

I am not a Hearts fan, but every season I seem to end up expressing my sympathy for those who are. Hearts is a fantastic traditional Scottish club, with Tynecastle guaranteeing an electrifying atmosphere for SPL games every other week. However for too long now the club has had a financial dark cloud hanging over it that seems to be never ending. Every week Hearts fans must sit and wonder what the next piece of news is regarding money difficulties. The players undoubtedly must ponder whether or not they will be paid on time each month. The situation has once again turned into a complete and utter farce.

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Roles reversal in Edinburgh

01/10/2012 § Leave a comment

Back on Saturday May 19, the two Edinburgh powerhouses of Scottish football descended upon Hampden Park, Glasgow for the Scottish Cup Final. As the referee blew his whistle that day, Heart of Midlothian went on to provide the capacity crowd with a staggering display of attacking football to put lifeless Hibernian to the sword and defeat their rivals by five goals to one. The finish of that game brought the curtain down to end another distinct, ┬ádramatic season of football in Scotland and rubber stamp Hearts’ domination of the Edinburgh derby for the past 10 months.
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