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BvB and me

How Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund became a part of life for me and my son. By Hugh MacDonald

By Hugh MacDonald

East End boy

I should support Hibs. But I love Celtic. And I look out for Brechin. However my soul belongs to West Ham United.

By Alastair McKay

The making of Pat Nevin

Pat Nevin has always been a man apart, as a footballer who loved the arts and a tricky winger with a phenomenal appetite for the hard graft of defending. Now one of the most respected pundits, he recalls his early journey from Easterhouse to Stamford Bridge.

By Simon Hart

Grounds for optimism

Fixtured life recommenced on August 6. Daniel Gray and photographer Alan McCredie witnessed it in Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Alloa, Falkirk, Gorgie and Perth.

By Daniel Gray

One year in a hotel

It wasn’t just poor performances on the pitch that led to David Moyes’ early exit from Spanish football management.

By Euan McTear

Rover’s return

Owen Coyle’s managerial trajectory once looked set to propel him from Falkirk to the very highest level. After 17 months in MLS, he is back in the English Championship with Blackburn Rovers. Can a manager once regarded as a perfect fit for the Scotland job get his career back on track?

By Chris Tait

No regrets

From turning down Rangers to playing with God, via naked sauna parties in Helsinki and kangaroo courts in Swindon, Grant Smith has seen it all. And his story is far from over.

By Paul Brown

I confess

I wince to think of the things I could have achieved in the time I’ve spent on Football Manager since becoming addicted 20 years ago.

By Adrian Searle

A question of empathy

The aftermath of this year’s Scottish Cup final says much about the state of the game – and the state of the country.

By Gerry Hassan

Offensive and unjustified

The pitch invasion which marred the end of this year’s cup final could have far-reaching consequences for the Scottish game, consequences which supporters do not deserve says Christopher Marshall

Stand up for your rights

The quest for a family-friendly match-day experience is ruining Scottish football for the average fan. No standing, no booze, no pyro often means no atmosphere and no enjoyment. Why are supporters in Scotland treated so differently from those in other countries?

By Martin Stone

The Heartbreaker: The story of an unfulfilled Norwegian genius

‘The Garrincha of the Nordics’ was regarded as the most scintillating player of his generation in his home country and for a brief period wowed fans in Scotland. But few people outside his home country and the Scottish club he graced are likely to know much about him.

By Nils Henrik Smith

Our national debt to Nasko Sirakov

Euro 92 is remembered as the first European Championship finals in which Scotland participated. Perhaps less well remembered is the agonising nature of our qualification.

By Andrew Galloway

The history makers

It was under John Robertson that Inverness Caledonian Thistle made history by becoming the first club from the Highlands to be promoted to the SPL. However there are strong claims for the side managed by his predecessor, Steve Paterson, to be regarded as the club’s best-ever team. Here we analyses the players, the tactics, the formations and the performances of both squads.

By John Maxwell

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