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  • Bryan McAlister

    Bryan McAlister April 3, 2006, 1:17 p.m. (Message 44962)

    Re: Over 700 schoolchildren dance in Glasgow

    Actually I was suggesting the informal FUN  kickabouts in the street 
    made a great contribution to the quality of play in the past - look at 
    Brazil etc. which so far, in recent past more structured coaching 
    methods have failed to replicate.
    In message <>, Dick Daniel 
    <> writes
    >So you reckon that more  rules [like the goalie standing in First 
    >position] might solve Scottish Football's problems?  I know little 
    >about football, but I somehow doubt that is the answer.    As I 
    >understand it, Scottish football has achieved OUTSTANDING international 
    >achievements in the past, despite all the odds against them succeeding.
    >Conversely, perhaps you are agreeing with me that dispensing with the 
    >absolute letter of the rules, unless you want to play real COMPETITIVE 
    >football, would increase the fun element, to the overall benefit of the 
    >Maybe someone should form a committee and organise an international 
    >survey to find out why Scottish Football has such a bad image with 
    >youngsters, then introduce a PR exercise to sort it all out.  That's 
    >what the politicians would advise.  Should only take a few years and a 
    >few millions, to arrive at an indecisive conclusion and an ineffectual 
    >Or maybe it's just that Scotland is a small country with a small 
    >population from which to draw talent, and insufficient funding to 
    >encourage youngsters to develop their kicking technique, rather than 
    >just instructing them that pointing their toes is the supreme immutable 
    >priority for all levels of the game.
    >Dick Daniel
    >From:  Bryan McAlister <xxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxxxx.xx.xx>
    >Reply-To:  SCD news and discussion <>
    >Subject:  Re: Over 700 schoolchildren dance in Glasgow
    >Date:  Mon, 3 Apr 2006 10:06:33 +0100
    >>Actually this is a great analogy.  One of the reasons that Scottish 
    >>Football is "not very good" these days is that kids nowadays dont kick 
    >>cans around on the street. Often they are not allowed to.  The result 
    >>is our football teams are half filled (or more) with the "nearly 
    >>retired" from other countries and we have the spectacle of a non 
    >>league team (Gretna) winning trough to a Cup final.
    >>Scottish football is now not shown live on network TV and as a result 
    >>seems to be having difficulty in retaining the commercial sponsorships 
    >>that are increasingly relied on these days.
    Bryan McAlister

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