The first competitive home game of the season is always worthy of getting out the bunting, especially when the visitors are from relatively close by. This was the lure for my Italian friend Stefano from Ancona and I as it took us to Great Grimsby, or Cleethorpes if you want to get picky, as Grimsby … Continue reading Great Grimsby
This piece will be submitted to the Aberdeen programme for use in the Europa League Third Round second leg versus Croatian visitors, HNK Rijeka. It will be spilt into two articles for their use, but bundled together here for your reading pleasure, I hope! With having twice been an opponent in recent seasons, it is maybe … Continue reading Jugoslavija, Hrvatska and the modern European game
This is a relatively short piece I have put together for the Aberdeen match programme when they welcome Georgian side Chikhura Sachkhere on Thursday 1st August having already played the first leg in Georgia. For those who ventured out to Georgia for the first leg, I am hopeful that they will have returned full of … Continue reading Georgia and Chikhura Sachkhere
A skip through South West Luxembourg, the hotbed of Grand Duchy football, whilst enjoying a trio of European ties. The day before the First Round of the European Draws were made in Switzerland for the 2019/20 season I decided that given the Edinburgh sides had let me down, I’d head overseas to catch a game. … Continue reading A Little Grand Duchy Tour
If you have ever seen Roberto Benigni’s film, Life is Beautiful, the funny first half of the movie is set in Arezzo, which is a real gem of Southern Tuscany. It is a wonderful region of Italy, perhaps the most famous, and also the most visited in its entirety. Yes, Firenze and the Torre … Continue reading Tuscan jousting, Arezzo style!
This article has been penned with a view to appearing in the Football Weekends magazine in August or September, hence the reference to last season when the dust has yet to settle on the present one! History was made at the end of the last Scottish season with a Highland League club stepping into … Continue reading All Cove
The six venues chosen for this summer’s U21 European Championships in Italy is a curious mix, strandling two countries too! The North East pairing of the Friulian cities of Udine and Trieste are quite a distance from the other four. Reggio Emilia and Bologna form the “central” pairing, but it is the appointment of fourth … Continue reading Cesena and San Marino