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Losses down at Hibs

Hibernian have reported losses of £840,000, down on £1.2m the previous year.   The club insists that underlying finances are in good shape with a debt restructuring successfully completed.  A share issue raised additional funds and 19 per cent of shares are now held by supporters.

Scottish league game to be played abroad?

The idea of Premiership games playing league games abroad was knocked on the head by the football authorities after an unfavourable reaction by fans.   It seemed as if globalisation in football did have some limits.

Cost of watching football static

The latest BBC price of football survey finds that the cost of watching football has remained the same or fallen slightly for most fans.   This is against a background of almost zero inflation and recent increases in earnings for many workers, particularly in the private sector.  By going to the survey, you can find comparative data for your own club.

New call for action on Scottish football

Former Scottish first minister Henry McLeish headed a review of the Scottish game in 2010.  He has now called for a new summit on the state of the game after Scotland's failure to qualify for Euro 2016.  Much smaller countries such as Iceland and Northern Ireland succeeded in qualifying.

What is the point of Dundee United?

This might seem an odd question to ask, at least from the viewpoint of the club's fans.   If nothing else they exist to compete with Dundee whose ground is on the same street and overlaps with theirs.

However, the point of this article is that under owner Stephen Thompson everything has been made subservient to a business model at the expense of sporting success.   With a managerial change taking place, just what is the job description?

Celtic turn profit into loss

Celtic have turned a £4m profit into a £11m loss in the year to 30 June.  The explanation is a failure to reach the group stages of the Champions League and a reduction in transfer income.  Revenue fell by over a fifth to £51.1m.

Schoolboy club seek league place

Total Dublin schoolboy side St. Kevin's Boys are considering applying for a place for a senior side in the League of Ireland.   It's a response to being denied a place in the new national under-17 league.  They were told that there were too many Dublin sides already.

The trend to ban football journalists

Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News has been writing a series of blogs about the increasing trend of banning 'off message' football journalists from clubs.    Newcastle United and Swindon Town have been two of the worst offenders, but Rangers and Celtic have also got in on the act.

Scottish football getting its finances in order

Scottish football is starting to get its finances in order according to the latest survey by a firm of accountants.   However, despite greater prudence, only one Premier League club expects to make a profit after player trading and depreciation.

New mascot causes social media storm

Partick Thistle don't normally get a lot of attention, but their terrifying new mascot has caused a social media storm.    If nothing else, it should put a stop to 'Partick Thistle nil' jokes.  However, if mascots are mainly meant to appeal to younger children, this one doesn't fit the bill.   It would probaby give them nightmares.