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Scottish Championship


Scottish football dilemmas

Aberdeen: There is nothing specifically Scottish about the choice between reducing the size and quality of a squad and maintaining a league position.   However, Scottish football faces broader financial problems and being in Scotland provides an opportunity to address them.

Rally Round Rovers

A community campaign called Rally Round [Raith] Rovers has been established to provide additional backing for the financially stricken club.   It has attracted the support of former prime minister Gordon Brown who is the MP for Kirkcaldy.

Raith Rovers face financial challenges

Raith Rovers are the latest Scottish club to admit that they are facing tough financial times.  A loss of £80k was incurred in the year to June 2011 and a similar loss is projected for this season.   These may not seem large figures given the losses run up by some English clubs, but they have to be placed in the context of turnover.

Thistle sign up to Friday football

In attempt to boost its flagging fortunes, Scottish football is experimenting with Friday night games and the first one is tonight between Partick Thistle and Morton.

The club have had to address a parlous financial situation in recent seasons, and have even lowered the number of police at Firhill on match days in order to lower costs. That has led chairman David Beattie to paint a rather bleak picture for the future of first division clubs.

Thistle pull through

Partick Thistle went through a difficult financial time last season and directors were forced to step in to provide an additional £100k to see them through the campaign.   Before then, the club almost went to the wall in 1998 before the Save the Jags campaign.   It isn't easy in the Glasgow football market with the dominance of Celtic and Rangers.

Queens struggle to pay bills

Queen of the South have had only one home game since November 13th and are struggling to pay their bills.  However, the players' wages have been paid and talk of the club going into administration has been dismissed by the chairman.

Fans are rallying round the Doonhamers.   The Barflies'  supporters group has raised £6,000 and a Facebook campaign aims to raise £50,000.

Queens fans rally round

Queen of the South has been hit very hard by the winter weather in Scotland.   A number of key home fixtures were postponed, particularly over the festive season.   The club now has cash flow problems and may have to go part-time, although the chairman insists that there is no danger of them going into administration.   Fans have rallied round with a Facebook campaign and are looking into ways of raising funds.

Part-time football one response to big freeze

The harsh winter weather has hit already cash strapped clubs in Scotland hard.   Dumfries club Queen of the South is thinking about going back to part-time football as a response.   They have not staged a home game since November 13th, the worst record since the winter of 1962-3   They are hoping that a cup replay will go ahead tonight and that virtually their only geographical rival Annan Athletic will win.

Jags need more through the gate

Partick Thistle need to raise £100,000 by the end of the season to avoid administration.  It's not a lot of money and levels of debt are relatively low, but cash flow is the problem.  Attendances have been dwindling as they have been elsewhere in Scotland and more fans are needed through the gate.

What went wrong at Dundee

A Different League has posted a frank and revealing interview with Dundee chief executive Harry MacLean.  As well as giving some insights into the situation at Dundee, he also discusses Scottish football more generally which he see as 'a declining product'.