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    The Sfa Make It More Expensive To Watch Scottish Football

    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
  2. 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.
  3. Cammy Kerr was adjudged to have fouled St Mirren striker Simeon Jackson in the Dundee box with the player then stepping up to convert the penalty. Despite feeling aggrieved by this decision, the Dundee players reacted in a way they have failed to do so all season, by refusing to let their heads go down and levelling the score thanks to Kenny Miller’s first goal in a Dundee top. It was McIntyre’s side that looked more likely to win this tie but despite a much-improved performance, the team couldn’t find the breakthrough that they deserved. "I have watched it back. It is not a penalty for me, definitely not a pen,” said McIntyre. "But the referee gave it and the most important thing was my players' response to it. "It was very soft so that was disappointing but the reaction of the players was great because it would be easy to feel sorry for ourselves after that because we stated the game well. "But credit to the lads, they dug in. "For what we put into the game we deserved to win. We had the stronger chances but we couldn't find the net a couple of more times. "That was the disappointing factor. But delighted with the players in terms of what they gave us. "A far, far better tempo, the way I want to play and got ourselves into some really dangerous positions."
  4. “If we play like that then absolutely,” answered Miller after being questioned if he thought the three-points are coming soon. “That’s the kind of performance we’ve been working for in the last few weeks. It’s the performance that the manager has been demanding in training. “We’re hoping that we’re starting to see the benefits of the work we’ve been putting in in training Monday to Friday. “If we get to those levels every week then I think we’ll start winning a lot more games.” It’s been a tough start to McIntyre’s reign as Dundee boss but Miller revealed that the gaffer has been working on the basics since he took over. You can see by the way we’re playing – we’re 4-4-2, everybody knows their jobs. “There’s a lot of basic stuff getting put in, fundamentals of set-plays, organisation, and the kinds of passes that are going to be available to give us opportunities. “It’s quite simple stuff.”
  5. Both clubs have endured a nightmare start to their seasons and even at this early stage, realistic possibility that either could be playing Championship football next term is a very realistic possibility. St Mirren’s only win in the league so far since gaining promotion came on the opening day of the season. Dundee should have started their league campaign with an away victory but a howler from Jack Hamilton in the Dee goal along with a missed penalty from Sofien Moussa made it a day to forget for the away fans. This has been St Mirren’s only victory so far and their poor form cost Alan Stubbs his job very early into the season. New manager Oran Kearney overseen a point against Celtic in his first match in charge but since then he has been unable to stop the rot of defeats. Jim McIntyre has yet to pick up a point since he took over at Dundee and with so much riding on this game, every Dee will be hoping and praying that he can eventually get off the mark, beginning with a victory. A draw would buck the trend of defeats we have suffered but it has to be a win for Dundee if we want to change our fortunes on the field. Mcintyre has reported that left-back Nathan Ralph has done well in training since recovering from his injury and he will be further boosted with Paul McGowan and Martin Woods pushing for a starting place. Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off with injuries against Motherwell but Boyle should be fine while O’Dea will be monitored due to his being a head knock. The only piece of news about St Mirren is that club captain Stephen McGinn will more than likely miss Saturdays ties due to a hamstring problem. Last Meeting | St Mirren 2-1 Dundee August 4th 2018 Dundee manager Neil McCann rued Jack Hamilton's "bad error", which helped St Mirren secure an opening-day Scottish Premiership win. Danny Mullen's header gave the Paisley side the maiden goal of the league season, but Elton Ngwatala levelled. Dundee could have gone ahead in the second half after Craig Samson fouled Jean Alassane Mendy, but the goalkeeper saved Sofien Moussa's spot-kick. And Ryan Flynn robbed keeper Hamilton to set up Mullen for the winner. "He just caught himself in two minds. He'll learn from that," said McCann. After St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott had unfurled the Championship flag to mark last season's title triumph, the match inexplicably started a little before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time and the hosts seemed eager to make an early impression. The endeavour of Cammy Smith eventually led to Paul McGinn crossing for Mullen to net. And following Ngwatala's equaliser, chances also fell the way of Matty Willock and Smith, before keeper Hamilton had to deal with efforts by McGinn and Smith. Dundee, too, were menacing in the final third and, even before Ngwatala had lashed the equaliser in from distance, Mendy and Moussa had threatened for Neil McCann's side. Mendy was too high with a shot after escaping his marker and the Senegalese winger then capitalised on a mix-up between Jack Baird and Samson to win Dundee's spot-kick, only for Moussa to have his tame effort saved. New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs sent on Flynn in place of Ross Stewart, and the substitute's pressure on the hesitant Hamilton was rewarded as he stole possession, rounded the keeper and squared for Mullen to tap home. (Report: BBC) Line Ups St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, McGinn, Willock, Magennis (Kellerman 90), Smith (McShane 86), Mullen, Stewart (Flynn 77) Subs Not Used: Heaton, Kellerman, Cooke, King, Rogers Dundee: Hamilton, Curran, Caulker, Meekings, Kerr, Spence, McGowan (Wighton 87), Ngwatala, Madianga, Mendy, Moussa Sub Not Used: Ralph, Kusunga, Parish, Nabi, Moore, Henvey Att: 5,470 Ref: Alan Muir League Head To Head P204 W85 D42 L77 Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P104 W29 D24 L51 Top Five League Goal Scorers Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Biggest Win 9-2: Dens Park, February 29th 1964 Biggest Defeat 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Scoring Match 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Attendance (Dens Park) 34,000: 0-0, February 5th 1949, Scottish Cup 2nd Round Ticket Information Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18s: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12: £26 Two adults and two children under 12: £50 With additional children under 12: £2 Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group View full match preview
  6. Both clubs have endured a nightmare start to their seasons and even at this early stage, realistic possibility that either could be playing Championship football next term is a very realistic possibility. St Mirren’s only win in the league so far since gaining promotion came on the opening day of the season. Dundee should have started their league campaign with an away victory but a howler from Jack Hamilton in the Dee goal along with a missed penalty from Sofien Moussa made it a day to forget for the away fans. This has been St Mirren’s only victory so far and their poor form cost Alan Stubbs his job very early into the season. New manager Oran Kearney overseen a point against Celtic in his first match in charge but since then he has been unable to stop the rot of defeats. Jim McIntyre has yet to pick up a point since he took over at Dundee and with so much riding on this game, every Dee will be hoping and praying that he can eventually get off the mark, beginning with a victory. A draw would buck the trend of defeats we have suffered but it has to be a win for Dundee if we want to change our fortunes on the field. Mcintyre has reported that left-back Nathan Ralph has done well in training since recovering from his injury and he will be further boosted with Paul McGowan and Martin Woods pushing for a starting place. Darren O’Dea and Andy Boyle were both forced off with injuries against Motherwell but Boyle should be fine while O’Dea will be monitored due to his being a head knock. The only piece of news about St Mirren is that club captain Stephen McGinn will more than likely miss Saturdays ties due to a hamstring problem. Last Meeting | St Mirren 2-1 Dundee August 4th 2018 Dundee manager Neil McCann rued Jack Hamilton's "bad error", which helped St Mirren secure an opening-day Scottish Premiership win. Danny Mullen's header gave the Paisley side the maiden goal of the league season, but Elton Ngwatala levelled. Dundee could have gone ahead in the second half after Craig Samson fouled Jean Alassane Mendy, but the goalkeeper saved Sofien Moussa's spot-kick. And Ryan Flynn robbed keeper Hamilton to set up Mullen for the winner. "He just caught himself in two minds. He'll learn from that," said McCann. After St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott had unfurled the Championship flag to mark last season's title triumph, the match inexplicably started a little before the scheduled 15:00 kick-off time and the hosts seemed eager to make an early impression. The endeavour of Cammy Smith eventually led to Paul McGinn crossing for Mullen to net. And following Ngwatala's equaliser, chances also fell the way of Matty Willock and Smith, before keeper Hamilton had to deal with efforts by McGinn and Smith. Dundee, too, were menacing in the final third and, even before Ngwatala had lashed the equaliser in from distance, Mendy and Moussa had threatened for Neil McCann's side. Mendy was too high with a shot after escaping his marker and the Senegalese winger then capitalised on a mix-up between Jack Baird and Samson to win Dundee's spot-kick, only for Moussa to have his tame effort saved. New St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs sent on Flynn in place of Ross Stewart, and the substitute's pressure on the hesitant Hamilton was rewarded as he stole possession, rounded the keeper and squared for Mullen to tap home. (Report: BBC) Line Ups St Mirren: Samson, McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, McGinn, Willock, Magennis (Kellerman 90), Smith (McShane 86), Mullen, Stewart (Flynn 77) Subs Not Used: Heaton, Kellerman, Cooke, King, Rogers Dundee: Hamilton, Curran, Caulker, Meekings, Kerr, Spence, McGowan (Wighton 87), Ngwatala, Madianga, Mendy, Moussa Sub Not Used: Ralph, Kusunga, Parish, Nabi, Moore, Henvey Att: 5,470 Ref: Alan Muir League Head To Head P204 W85 D42 L77 Home P100 W56 D18 L26 Away P104 W29 D24 L51 Top Five League Goal Scorers Tommy McDermott: 8 Alan Cousin: 8 Johnny Bell: 7 Alan Gilzean: 7 Ray Stephen: 7 Biggest Win 9-2: Dens Park, February 29th 1964 Biggest Defeat 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Scoring Match 3-10: Carolina Port, February 2nd 1884 Highest Attendance (Dens Park) 34,000: 0-0, February 5th 1949, Scottish Cup 2nd Round Ticket Information Adults: £24 Concessions: £16 Under 18s: £10 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12: £26 Two adults and two children under 12: £50 With additional children under 12: £2 Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
  7. David Turnbull’s wonder goal was all that separated both sides as Motherwell collected all three points to leave Dundee and also St Mirren firmly in the bottom two. Darren O’Dea’s header in the early part of the match came off the bar and despite numerous penalty claims, the Dee were unable to find their first goal in four matches and their fifth straight defeat. In spite of this, McIntyre was encouraged by what he had seen. “The way we lost the ball before the goal was really disappointing but it was a lot more positive and a lot like I expect us to play in terms of doing our jobs and doing the ugly side of the game,” he said. “We switched the play very well and that got us into wider areas, but it was just the final bit. “It’s going to take them a wee while to get used to what I expect, the demands that are going to be placed on them every day, not just at the games. Slowly but surely, they are starting to get to grips with that. “But, having said that, we need to pick up results as well because we don’t want to get detached. It’s important we get a result next week.”
  8. Throughout this season, Dundee have lacked that extra bit of fight that’s needed sometimes to get a result and have suffered because of that with nine defeats in ten matches. However, Spence has said that his new manager has come in and told the squad of players exactly how he wants them to play from now on in. “The gaffer wants the training to be high intensity and there’s been plenty hard work. It’s been really good and everyone’s been flat out,” said Spence. “He’s come in and told us exactly what he wants straight away and that’s what you want as a player. He’s trying to get us organised and he’s wanting us to do the dirty side of the game that we’ve been lacking this season. “We’ve all got ability but it’s the other side we need to bring. The main thing he’s said we have to do is the basics.” “We’re known for being a good football team but we need to bring more than that. The top teams do the dirty side, the hard work and in every game, we need to be a bit nastier, street-wise and more aggressive. “We do have that in us and we’ve proved it before, that we can do the dirty side. “In the past we’ve gone to Parkhead and drew 0-0 with Celtic. That was with a different kind of performance, when we got the result through hard work and a good shape.”
  9. Our season has a distinct lack of positives around it so far and sadly the fact that we are still in touching distance of ninth place is the only plus sign that seems to be going for us right now. Despite this, Darren O’Dea can’t take any comfort when looking at the league table and seeing there are other teams in our position and struggling because unless this squad start picking up points, they could very well disconnected from the rest of the teams very quickly. “I am not interested in looking at the league and thinking we’re OK” said O’Dea. “We can’t look at the table and take consolation from the fact we are not detached. We are miles away from the amount of points we wanted at this stage, 10 games in. If you keep looking at the table, losing games but thinking you are OK it only takes a week or two and then you’re not OK any more. “You can be detached very quickly in this league so nobody here is looking at the table thinking we are all right. You can’t be sitting here thinking that we will click one day and suddenly blow a team away. “That’s not going to happen. We are going to have to scrap and fight for every single point we can get our hands on. “Once we do that then slowly and surely we can start looking at playing our way out.”
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