Famous Tartan Army Magazine Issue 12 Out Now!

The team at On Fields of Green are delighted to announce that the digital Famous Tartan Army Issue 12 is out now, on Calameo. This issue focusses on the Women’s International Team as they try to reach the Finals of the Women’s European Championships in Malmo next year. Continue reading “Famous Tartan Army Magazine Issue 12 Out Now!”

Scottish Football’s Moneyball Moment

The central theme of Michael Lewis’ 2003 book Moneyball – a book made all the more famous by the 2011 film of the same name starring Brad Pitt – is a relatively simple one.

It says that by circumventing the established wisdom in sport – that buying big is a guarantor of success, achievements can be realised – even exceeded – by looking beyond traditional theories of value and worth in order to compete successfully against richer, more fancied opponents. Continue reading “Scottish Football’s Moneyball Moment”

The Green Eyed Monster

Today I fully expected to be writing something for the run-up to the Scotland game in Cardiff, but I made a promise to myself when I started this blog that it would focus on the wider issues facing our game, that I would reflect the mood and try and touch on what was making the headlines and prompting discussion.

Tough as it is, when I want to move on from it, there is still one story which drives all others before it, and that’s the continuing saga of Rangers. Continue reading “The Green Eyed Monster”

A Man’s Game?

When Karren Brady took on the role as Managing Director at Birmingham City, she was only 23 years old. The appointment was ground-breaking, for her sex as much as for her age.

When the club was promoted to the EPL she became not only the youngest serving Managing Director in the top division, but the only woman who’d ever held such a high profile post at a club. A consummate professional, a world class operator, even then, she would have been forgiven for thinking she’d gained acceptance by the footballing world, but she’d have been wrong. Continue reading “A Man’s Game?”

In The Shadow of Stein

William Shakespeare, that quintessential Englishman, coined perhaps the most famous quote there is about greatness, when he said “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” He was right. Winston Churchill, the great icon of Britishness, said “Good and great are seldom in the same man.” He too was right, but his somewhat pessimistic outlook was coloured by the times. He lived in a world where the appellation was attached to men like Stalin, even, by some, to Hitler. He also knew the heart of darkness, as he was, himself, no stranger to its seductive ways. Continue reading “In The Shadow of Stein”

The Trouble With Zombies

Early this morning, I got sick on the way into work. I looked out of the bus window and there was a zombie in the middle of Argyle Street, kneeling in a pool of blood, eating a human being.

I have no way of knowing whether the victim was male or female; all I saw was an arm being held up and chewed on, teeth pulling flesh from it like you or I would eat something from a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken. It was awful. I vomited. A girl in front of me screamed. The creature barely noticed. It got on with eating, and people in the street ran past.

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A Genuine Embarrassment

Before a ball had been kicked in anger in Scottish football’s 2012-13 season, Scotland’s journalistic geniuses had already pretty much written off the game. The top and bottom divisions need not have even bothered to start. They were decided beforehand. Celtic would win the SPL. Rangers FC would win Division 3.

It was foregone. It was a done deal.

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Creative Commons

When Craig Levein changed his tune on Steven Fletcher last week, welcoming him back to the international fold after saying he never would again, I thought that would be the subject of my first blog on the National Team.

It’s a big story, a huge story, and I am sure I’ll write about it in the run-up to the coming international double header  … but for now I want to focus on another of the issues at the heart of the Scotland team, and Craig’s team selections. It’s this; what the Hell is the issue with Kris Commons? Continue reading “Creative Commons”

More Than A Sports Story

There cannot be a single football fan in Scotland, indeed there can barely be any person in Scotland, who is not aware that this summer marked the moment where a decade of financial skullduggery came to an end at Rangers, and sent our game into what some said was a death spiral.

Luckily, they were wrong, but as the full scale of what has happened at one of the biggest clubs in the land has become clearer, the enormity of it begins to sink in. This scandal transcends sport. Continue reading “More Than A Sports Story”

From Russia With Love

Tonight in Russia, Celtic did the whole of Scottish Football proud …

They billed this season as the Year of Armageddon. This was the year the Beautiful Game in Scotland was supposed to stagnate. It hasn’t turned out quite the way the doomsayers thought it would. Two of our sides went out of Europe having given good accounts of themselves against decent teams; Motherwell fell in Spain, whilst Hearts gave the men from Anfield one almighty scare. Continue reading “From Russia With Love”