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  • The SFA Make It More Expensive To Watch Scottish Football

    The cost to watch scottish football on the telly is about to become more expensive following the announcement that subscription-based channel premier sports had acquired the rights to showcase the scottish cup along with the bbc next season.

    The deal is supposed to be worth up to £20 million over six years and even with the BBC continuing to show free-to-air live matches and now including one match each from the first round to the third, does this announcement have the best interests of the fans?

    In my opinion, it doesn’t.

    This new deal brings the total number of channels that you will have to shell out a monthly fee on to a staggering three. We currently have Sky Sports showing Scottish football on their channels at £22 a month, BT Sports at £27.99 a month and it will now cost £9.99 to watch selected Scottish Cup ties on Premier Sports. In total, if you were keeping these channels for a year at their current rate, you would have to shell out a whopping £719.76. This figure doesn’t even include the cost of your own club’s TV channel which range from £49 to £96 depending on who you support. It also doesn’t consider the price of a season ticket and even the TV License we pay for.

    Sky Sports may be rumoured to be in the driving seat to net the rights to screen the Premiership in a three-year deal worth £100 million but to watch any Betfred League cup games, we will still need to subscribe to BT Sports until 2020.

    We all love to read about any new investment being brought into Scottish football but to now have our beautiful game scattered over three different channels you have to pay for is absolutely ludicrous.

    The news has been met with disapproval from Scottish football fans and rightly so. They are feeling aggrieved that it will cost much more now to watch football in their own county and are not ready to start paying through the nose to do so. With the poor standard of coverage also being scrutinised, there has been more negativity to this news than positive. 

    Unsurprisingly, the SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell is proud as punch with this new partnership.

    "The William Hill Scottish Cup is a tournament that is steeped in history,” Said Maxwell.

    “In it, the clubs and players have created countless unforgettable memories and this deal will ensure that more action than ever before will be broadcast live to the nation.

    “It will also drive significant revenue back to all the clubs who participate in the competition, ensuring ongoing investment into the game.

    "We look forward to working with Premier Sports and the BBC to help us continue to tell the stories and cover the action of our top knockout competition.”

    Unfortunately, we have become used to this kind of shithousery from the smug boys at Hampden who think every action they make is for the good of our game and should be welcomed with a pat on the back.

    Luckily for us Dundee fans, cup runs are as rare as the TV in the Bobby Cox working so subscribing to a new channel will more than likely not affect us.

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    I really only want to watch Dundee FC. Does this deal fully compensate the clubs for the first three rounds? If so could they revert to giving ST holders access to these rounds as part of their season ticket? Might get better support and maybe boost our efforts to win through these rounds.

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    9 minutes ago, BCram said:

    I really only want to watch Dundee FC. Does this deal fully compensate the clubs for the first three rounds? If so could they revert to giving ST holders access to these rounds as part of their season ticket? Might get better support and maybe boost our efforts to win through these rounds.

    I enjoy watching Scottish Football on the telly. It's normally never that very good but after years of watching Dundee, em used to it!

    I think we don't feature until the fourth round and can't see many clubs adding cup games to season tickets, especially not ours 😂

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      Something Bert told me that not many folk will know to this day is that the very next morning after the Rangers cup final, Jimmy Millar, the scorer of two of the Gers’ goals visited Bert's house and OFFERED Bert his WINNER' S medal - a gesture that Bert has not forgotten to this day. Jimmy felt Bert had earned it and this offer is surely the one of the greatest shows of respect any player could have had for his fellow professional.
      Unknown to Bert I spoke to Jimmy Millar, now Mine Host at the Duke's Head Bar in deepest Leith, and he recalled both the game and his wonderful gesture although he quipped 'You must be joking!' when I tried to ask him about the medal incident, which came over to me as modesty from another old timer only too happy to chat about the old days.
      The last word went to Jimmy Millar who although acknowledging that Bert Slater was the best man on the park that day observed that Rangers should have been 6 - 1 up at half-time!
      Maybe it's time to leave this story and start researching the next Memory match!
    • By Billy Campbell's Ghost
      DUNDEE v MOTHERWELL, SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 1952
      I must add that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they beat United to prevent them completing their full complement of domestic honours!  (honest!)
      What is important about their victory, and that of Hibs in last season's Skol Cup is that it proves that Scottish football is not a two horse race, or three or four for that matter for the domestic honours in the game. Even recent beaten finalists such as Airdrie and Dunfermline show that honours are within the reach of perhaps around twelve teams realistically, although this probably excludes the league as resources and quality should shine through over a long 44-game programme. It is with this in mind that fans and more importantly players of so-called provincial clubs, and I include Dundee and Motherwell in this, should bear in mind at the start of each season.
      With a mix of endeavour, skill, luck and of course a decent cup draw, anything is possible as Airdrie will testify when they trot out in Prague for their first and never to be forgotten taste of European Football.
      I'm sure Motherwell fans would agree and I know that my Dens mates who are old enough to remember the Dee's glory days will testify these nights are extra-special!
      Todays’ opponents have one over us in that they have won the Scottish Cup twice by virtue of beating both city teams at Hampden in what is fair to say was the role of the underdog both times.
      The victory over United is recent enough for us all to remember but the one over the Dee way back in 1952 was a stunning result for its day due to both the manner of victory and the quality of Dundee' s team at that time.
      This was a Dundee team that contained a number of greats, household names such as the peerless Billy Steel, Tommy Gallacher, Doug Cowie and George ‘Pud’ Hill who my old man once said knocked big George Young of Rangers over - and Geordie was twice the size of our Pud !
      I spoke to Pud whose nickname incidentally was changed from ‘Pod’ in his schooldays to ‘Pud’ by Tommy Gallacher, and he recalled the match with incredible clarity.
      He remembers George Young with great affection as someone who was a gentleman on the park and one of the fairest players in the game with no desire to be dirty or hurt a fellow professional.
      'Dundee had already won the League Cup earlier in season 1951/52 defeating Rangers 3-2 in an incredible finish and were the hot favourites to lift the second domestic cup to round off the best season in their history.'
      'I had missed our League Cup Final win earlier that season through injury and also the semi where we had thumped, by coincidence, Motherwell 5-1 at Ibrox! Not many people will know that no medals were awarded by the Scottish League for winning, and Dundee gave the players medals struck by themselves!
      'I was determined to make up for that but as the history books show it was not to be although I have no regrets as after the war I didn't think I would even be playing football let alone be in a cup final. I had suffered a couple of bad injuries, a cartilage op and tendon trouble and had not been too optimistic about my career in football.'
      Post -war crowds were still phenomenal and around 136,000 were squashed into Hampden to see an intriguing match in April 1952 where the teams lined up as follows:
      Dundee: Henderson, Follon, Cowan, Gallacher, Cowie, Boyd, Hill, Pattillo, Flavell, Steel and Christie.
      Motherwell: Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Shaw, Cox, Paton, Redpath, Sloan, Humphries, Kelly, Watson and Aitkenhead.
      Motherwell had already been in four finals only to lose them all with the last defeat only the prior season, while Dundee had enjoyed two appearances with a 50% success rate as a result of victory over Clyde in 1910 where a winning goal from John ‘Sailor’ Hunter brought the trophy to Dens.
      By coincidence John Hunter had gone on to manage both Dundee and Motherwell and eventually by the time of the 1952 final had experienced four defeats in Scottish Cup Finals. George Stevenson was now in charge at Motherwell and ‘Sailor’ had opted to stay at home and listen to the match on the radio.
      In the first half it was all square although 'Well full back Willie Kilmarnock kicked the ball off the line twice with some people still to this day claiming one was over the line, although I'm not a great fan of hard luck stories as football will never be a game of 'if only ... '.
      Pud remembers that 'Billy Steel was in good form in the first half but perhaps played too many balls down the left and didn't vary it often enough'.
      'The second half was a different story though and twice in two minute spells Motherwell stuck two past us to give an unbelievable scoreline of 0 - 4 with the goals being scored by Watson and Redpath in the 56th and 57th minutes and again near the end by Humphries and Kelly in the 84th and 85th minutes to really rub it in'
      'My main outstanding memory is a feeling of emptiness and realising we had lost and I only had a runners up medal, although I knew later and still do that that was also an achievement. Dundee at that time had the best half-back line in Scotland with Gallacher, Cowie and Boyd the outstanding trio.'
      'It would have been fantastic to have brought two trophies to Dens in one season but it was not to be. We had a great manager in George Anderson who liked players with character as his purchase of Billy Steel showed'. 'George was a gent and in fact I remember him only swearing once and even then he apologised before he said it!'
      'He was fond of saying, “we’re not running a Sunday school here!” as he knew some players would step out of line now and again! He actually tried to get a Super League started in the early fifties so none of the current thinking is particularly new – in fact George Anderson was obviously way ahead of his time. He also knew how to use the press to his and the club's advantage and nowadays would probably be regarded as a great marketing guy!
      Pud still follows the fortunes of Dundee (and United!) and his son, George junior actually had a spell with Dundee in the early seventies but didn't quite make it.
      Pud still keeps in touch with his old mates and on the day I spoke to him was off to meet Tommy Gallacher in the Boar's Rock for a 'wee drink' where they meet regularly, no doubt to reminisce on great days. If anyone sees these fine gentlemen in there one night buy them a drink from a new generation of Dundee fans brought up on stories of glory days.

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    • By Billy Campbell's Ghost
      DUNDEE v MOTHERWELL, SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 1952
      I must add that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they beat United to prevent them completing their full complement of domestic honours!  (honest!)
      What is important about their victory, and that of Hibs in last season's Skol Cup is that it proves that Scottish football is not a two horse race, or three or four for that matter for the domestic honours in the game. Even recent beaten finalists such as Airdrie and Dunfermline show that honours are within the reach of perhaps around twelve teams realistically, although this probably excludes the league as resources and quality should shine through over a long 44-game programme. It is with this in mind that fans and more importantly players of so-called provincial clubs, and I include Dundee and Motherwell in this, should bear in mind at the start of each season.
      With a mix of endeavour, skill, luck and of course a decent cup draw, anything is possible as Airdrie will testify when they trot out in Prague for their first and never to be forgotten taste of European Football.
      I'm sure Motherwell fans would agree and I know that my Dens mates who are old enough to remember the Dee's glory days will testify these nights are extra-special!
      Todays’ opponents have one over us in that they have won the Scottish Cup twice by virtue of beating both city teams at Hampden in what is fair to say was the role of the underdog both times.
      The victory over United is recent enough for us all to remember but the one over the Dee way back in 1952 was a stunning result for its day due to both the manner of victory and the quality of Dundee' s team at that time.
      This was a Dundee team that contained a number of greats, household names such as the peerless Billy Steel, Tommy Gallacher, Doug Cowie and George ‘Pud’ Hill who my old man once said knocked big George Young of Rangers over - and Geordie was twice the size of our Pud !
      I spoke to Pud whose nickname incidentally was changed from ‘Pod’ in his schooldays to ‘Pud’ by Tommy Gallacher, and he recalled the match with incredible clarity.
      He remembers George Young with great affection as someone who was a gentleman on the park and one of the fairest players in the game with no desire to be dirty or hurt a fellow professional.
      'Dundee had already won the League Cup earlier in season 1951/52 defeating Rangers 3-2 in an incredible finish and were the hot favourites to lift the second domestic cup to round off the best season in their history.'
      'I had missed our League Cup Final win earlier that season through injury and also the semi where we had thumped, by coincidence, Motherwell 5-1 at Ibrox! Not many people will know that no medals were awarded by the Scottish League for winning, and Dundee gave the players medals struck by themselves!
      'I was determined to make up for that but as the history books show it was not to be although I have no regrets as after the war I didn't think I would even be playing football let alone be in a cup final. I had suffered a couple of bad injuries, a cartilage op and tendon trouble and had not been too optimistic about my career in football.'
      Post -war crowds were still phenomenal and around 136,000 were squashed into Hampden to see an intriguing match in April 1952 where the teams lined up as follows:
      Dundee: Henderson, Follon, Cowan, Gallacher, Cowie, Boyd, Hill, Pattillo, Flavell, Steel and Christie.
      Motherwell: Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Shaw, Cox, Paton, Redpath, Sloan, Humphries, Kelly, Watson and Aitkenhead.
      Motherwell had already been in four finals only to lose them all with the last defeat only the prior season, while Dundee had enjoyed two appearances with a 50% success rate as a result of victory over Clyde in 1910 where a winning goal from John ‘Sailor’ Hunter brought the trophy to Dens.
      By coincidence John Hunter had gone on to manage both Dundee and Motherwell and eventually by the time of the 1952 final had experienced four defeats in Scottish Cup Finals. George Stevenson was now in charge at Motherwell and ‘Sailor’ had opted to stay at home and listen to the match on the radio.
      In the first half it was all square although 'Well full back Willie Kilmarnock kicked the ball off the line twice with some people still to this day claiming one was over the line, although I'm not a great fan of hard luck stories as football will never be a game of 'if only ... '.
      Pud remembers that 'Billy Steel was in good form in the first half but perhaps played too many balls down the left and didn't vary it often enough'.
      'The second half was a different story though and twice in two minute spells Motherwell stuck two past us to give an unbelievable scoreline of 0 - 4 with the goals being scored by Watson and Redpath in the 56th and 57th minutes and again near the end by Humphries and Kelly in the 84th and 85th minutes to really rub it in'
      'My main outstanding memory is a feeling of emptiness and realising we had lost and I only had a runners up medal, although I knew later and still do that that was also an achievement. Dundee at that time had the best half-back line in Scotland with Gallacher, Cowie and Boyd the outstanding trio.'
      'It would have been fantastic to have brought two trophies to Dens in one season but it was not to be. We had a great manager in George Anderson who liked players with character as his purchase of Billy Steel showed'. 'George was a gent and in fact I remember him only swearing once and even then he apologised before he said it!'
      'He was fond of saying, “we’re not running a Sunday school here!” as he knew some players would step out of line now and again! He actually tried to get a Super League started in the early fifties so none of the current thinking is particularly new – in fact George Anderson was obviously way ahead of his time. He also knew how to use the press to his and the club's advantage and nowadays would probably be regarded as a great marketing guy!
      Pud still follows the fortunes of Dundee (and United!) and his son, George junior actually had a spell with Dundee in the early seventies but didn't quite make it.
      Pud still keeps in touch with his old mates and on the day I spoke to him was off to meet Tommy Gallacher in the Boar's Rock for a 'wee drink' where they meet regularly, no doubt to reminisce on great days. If anyone sees these fine gentlemen in there one night buy them a drink from a new generation of Dundee fans brought up on stories of glory days.
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