Welcome to Issue 12
You can order it here

Young hearts run free
By Daniel Gray

No thanks to the men
While Scotland’s women are flourishing on the international stage, at club level it’s a different story. It is high time the SFA and the men’s game stepped up their support.
By Dani Garavelli

Women’s game at crossroads
While excitement grows over Scotland’s World Cup adventure, the constant player drain from our amateur set-up and a failure to piggyback on the men’s game is throwing up some serious questions.
By Richard Payne

When Shettleston was the only game in town
An unforgettable – mostly – Junior Cup run more than 50 years ago was the start of a football journey that led from Greenfield Park to the Westfalenstadion.
By Hugh MacDonald

No big surprise on Planet Talbot
The foundations of Auchinleck’s fairytale run to the Scottish Cup fifth round were years in the making.
By Alan Robertson

Follow, follow, we will follow Berwick Rangers twitterfeed
The Wee Rangers going viral shows us the power of the social media channels for clubs like Motherwell all the way up to Roma and Bayern Munich.
By Simon Meehan

Culture club
Good managers often fail by underestimating the importance of, and trying to change, what makes a football entity tick.
By Paul Grech

Stars and Hoops
The global football landscape is shifting, and Celtic’s efforts to gain a foothold in the North American Soccer League were an acknowledgement that they can’t afford to be left behind.
By Graham Ruthven

How Gillie found his way home
In his later years, the Dundee and Spurs legend emerged from the shadows to receive the acclaim he merited.
By James Morgan

The Don’s last home
Thirty years ago, Don Revie died in an Edinburgh hospital. Right until the end, Scotland played a big part in his life.
By Daniel Gray

Mr Lambie stands tall
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone – it took too long to pay a permanent tribute to one of the greatest figures in the history of Partick Thistle.
By Kenny Pieper

The famous ten: unsung heroes
It wasn’t all about the Famous Five. Mark Poole suggest 10 people who were just as important to Hibernian’s success in the 40s and 50s.

Saint wears it ‘Well
You can take the boy out of Fir Park… Ian St John rose to the heady heights at home and abroad with Liverpool but Motherwell is the closest club to his heart.
By Andy Ross

Darby and Joan football
Like an endearing older couple, the Highland League potters away and gives us a glimpse of everything the game can be.. Words by Daniel Gray.
Photographs by Alan McCredie.

Hampden lost and found
The quest to reveal the original home of Scottish football – and the campaign to save it.
By Ginny Clark

When Killie were kings of Scotland
They never had it so good in the Ayrshire town as they did in 1965, when Willie Waddell took a leaf out of Herrera’s book and gave the Rugby Park side a title-winning team.
By Andrew McFadyen

Where’s Big Brother when you need him?
1984 and all that – there was something in the air that year when Dundee United, Celtic and Nottingham Forest were bundled out of Europe in highly suspicious circumstances.
By Mark Godfrey

Ground down
Meadowbank Stadium’s demolition sparks poignant reflections on the capital’s footballing fortunes and the life of the peripatetic supporter.
Words and photographs by Colin McPherson

We’ll support you evermore
Research into the parent-child relationship offers an insight into fans’ attachment to clubs, where the bond runs just as deep.
By Robin Lawson

Any takers for Theo Snelders in Brunei?
There was a certain charm to staying part of the Scottish football family in far-flung corners of the world before the internet.
By Christopher Sweeney

Our Blessed home
McDiarmid Park has been St Johnstone’s base for 30 years. Former striker Roddy Grant shares his highlights with fan Ed Hodge

Marooned in England
Even a miles-to-goals ratio of 5,500-to-1 wasn’t enough to dampen the spirit of York Hearts supporters’ club.
By Gavin Aitchison

In bad faith
Armies of unpaid interns and ‘volunteers’ are subsidising the Scottish game. It is an abuse of fans’ loyalty and an attack on the livelihoods of experienced professionals.
By Greg Gordon

VAR: The death of football
Controversy is the lifeblood of the game, and technological intrusions will take the edge off the rough and tumble of the 90 minutes.
By Rab MacWilliam

The scientific approach
Players at all levels and ages need the professional expertise of knowledgeable and skilled practitioners, if they are to be allowed to develop properly.
By Neil Gibson

Pitch perfect
The Terrace podcast has had a long and fascinating evolution. Making its TV offshoot has been a whole different challenge.
By Craig Fowler

The secret of Hutchie Vale’s ‘wee hut’
It has produced 24 national team players, a rugby icon and Iceland’s World Cup hero: inside Scotland most fruitful football academy. By Richard Winton

A black and golden era
In a magical pre and post-war period East Fife won three League Cups in seven years and the Scottish Cup as a second-tier team and regularly had players capped for Scotland.
By Bryan Kay

Goodwin vs Villa: The battle of the nutmegs
New York City FC’s first ever match was against Saint Mirren and will be remembered for the contest between Jim Goodwin and David Villa
By Euan McTear

Football but not as we know it
There’s a lot to be said for futsal as a sport in its own right, as well as a means of improving skills. The world knows this. Now it’s slowly taking root in Scotland.
By Stuart MacLennan

The civil war of 1980
Aberdeen’s ties against Liverpool in the European Cup may have resulted in predictable failure for the Scottish side but the meetings left their mark on both sides, and their fans.
By Scott Fleming

On the up Down Under
Little known in his homeland, former lower leagues journeyman player Tom Sermanni now stands on the brink of his third World Cup as an international coach.
By Craig Stephen

Trials and tribulations
The starlit youth career of one of Scotland’s most promising young players opens a window on the highs and lows of becoming a professional.
By Sam Phipps

What next after Njarðvíkur
James Dale’s travels have taken him from Reading to Stirling University, Forfar, Brechin and Iceland, on the way beating Rangers and going a season winless.
By Cam Melling

Teenage kicks
Mark Burchill was once a young sensation in a hurry at Celtic. Injuries thwarted his playing career but now he has found satisfaction helping Eddie Howe as a Bournemouth scout.
By Sean Cole

Making a mark in Germany
Ex-Rangers defender David Bates has come a long way since he used to mop the floors at Raith Rovers and play for Brechin in League One.
By Martin Domin

Fantasy football
What if a game of football decided the fate of a people?
By Duncan McCoshan

Fir Park goes bonkers
Motherwell were reeling after being hit for six, then it was Hibs’ turn in a match that featured the worst hat-trick ever.
By Paul Macdonald

Celtic: six of the best strips
By John Devlin

Banding together
Combining club badges with pop and rock group logos, Bands FC are bringing their travelling football and music exhibition to Fife this summer
By Dominic Stevenson

Poetry
The Season’s Final Whistle.
By Jim Mackintosh
The Death of the Lager Lovelies.
By Kevin Graham