The Greatest Wee Gene Pool In The World


It is with deep regret that the refereeing arrangements for the League Cup Final have been announced,drawing once again from a limited gene pool of masons and Uncle Toms. Nick Walsh in the middle,with Beaton in the VAR beatcave,feverishly drawing lines with a set of French curves and conveniently losing the feed when K*nt throws a punch at an opponent. 

Honestly,you’d think the referees association would show some imagination about these things-much like the GB banner at the weekend about which they have humourlessly raised an official complaint. 

Good luck with that,no strict liability in the Scottish game-maybe just as well,given the behaviour of their fellow travellers at Ibrox. 

But to Walsh in particular. What happened to the rule that an official in charge of a semi-final could not then be put in charge of the following final? This is still adhered to by the FA down south,and by UEFA and FIFA in all of their flagship events. Indeed,it was the case up here too until yesterday’s announcement. Time was,we could regularly view a refereeing appointment for a semi-final with our usual abhorrence,but take some comfort that at least we wouldn’t have to overcome him in the final as well. 

Not now. 

Of course,that doesn’t strictly apply as Walsh wasn’t in charge for our game,but that of the huns v Aberdeen. At least the latter had the comfort of knowing that even if Walsh was against them in the semi and then against all precedent somehow got awarded the final,he would become their biggest cheerleader. For a day,at least.

The refereeing appointments for games involving either us or the huns have become an increasingly bad joke this season,with some of them in attendance more often than our season ticket holders. CRIAG76 wondered last night if there was a comparison available with other countries the size of Scotland,and how often referees were appointed to officiate at games involving the same team? Sadly,I couldn’t find anything for countries like Finland,Ireland,Slovakia,Denmark or Norway. I did find comparable GDP figures though,which made me weep. We will just have to go with our noses on this one,I’m afraid.

And these appointments certainly don’t pass the sniff test. But then,the referees at our domestic matches very rarely do. We can hardly complain in advance about this one or any other,especially since we don’t seem to bother about it either after the match is over. 

But the fact remains. If these are the best referees on offer in the game in Scotland,then where is the career path for other would-be men in black? There surely must be a scrum of potential rivals for the £850 plus expenses on offer for a few hours of a weekend or midweek. Yet every time we switch on the telly,it is the same old faces,the usual suspects feathering their nests. And this,I might add,is not their main employment,they all have their day jobs as well! 

It’s a wonder they can find the time for their regular ludj meetings.

Above article by BMCUWP

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bada Bing 1
February 16, 2023 1:06 am

We will need to be at the top of our game,to win this Cup, for a lot of the above reasons ☝️

Big Audio Dynamite
February 16, 2023 6:57 am

This brings to mind something that has always puzzled and annoyed in equal measure.

Why do we need to know who will be refereeing our matches, days (Sometimes longer) before the match is due to take place?
Does this happen in other sports?
Do rugby fans know who the officials are gonna be prior to matches? Do they even think about it?
Do hockey fans need to know who will be officiating at their games?
Prior to attending a boxing bout, would anyone enquire who the ref will be? Do they even care?
Do they do this in English, Welsh or Irish football?
We make these nuggets the star of the show before a ball is kicked, and then wonder why they act the way they do during the match (Witness Willie Collum’s contorted coupon as he speaks to players)
I’m aware controversy happens in other sports ..but the chat after matches in this country is invariably about the officials ..and not about the actual match you paid a fortune to be entertained by!
This week, as per, we will spend more time talking about refs, than we will spend talking about the matches themselves …surely I can’t be alone in getting pissed off with this.
Not only have they taken the beauty out the beautiful game, they seem to want to cause as much angst as possible while doing it! It’s infuriating that we make them the centre of attention.
Anyone really believe D. Ross is a linesman because it’s his favourite thing to do? He is desperate for a couple of hundred pounds? He thinks he looks good in those shocking pink tops!?
What’s that old saying about not caring what people are saying about you, just as long as they are talking about you?

If you give attention seekers attention.


Prestonpans bhoys
February 16, 2023 7:29 am


Ross is certainly an attention seeker, even last night on Newsnight he was the only person to be overly critical of the First Ministers departure. Trying to make political gains, it was obvious Kirsty Wark wanted to end the interview, jings even Salmond paid tribute.

I think the use of the c word was generous from the GB for , as a senior Tory said, a political pygmy.

Hoop hoop hooray
February 16, 2023 7:47 am

Nick Walsh was VAR when st johnstone won their appeal against the red card. In england they remove ‘incompetent’ officials. In Scotland we reward them with cup finals.

February 16, 2023 8:01 am

The fix is in lads, don’t think ill even bother watching the final tbh, it’ll just raise my blood pressure and make me angry.

February 16, 2023 9:09 am

BMCUW @ 8.55 last night / at the madam — discuss.

Knicker chucking — please ask your other half for all the details.
I was only reporting on the event — shocked from a health and safety viewpoint.

The size of some of them — I’ve seen smaller parachutes …
It looked like one of the scenes from “A bridge too far”.

Regarding the much needed updates / improvements for P/head?
As Old Board Yoda would have said — had he existed — the force is strong in that one.
Heading for full one Yeti territory — the Abominable No Man with all the issues / problems / challenges.

All I can say is take a look at the rebuilding of Anfield over the past 5 years.

Main Stand has been doubled in size and 80% plus of the existing ticket holders in the area haven’t noticed a thing.
Even better results with the ongoing total rebuild opposite the Kop.
New stand is more than double the size of the current one and 95% of the existing seats are still in use.

We will have it easy — build the complex bit of the new Main Stand behind the existing one while still using the existing seats — L/pool and their builders had the whole situation working like clockwork.
Build the new roof above the existing one and dismantle the old one when the structure is in place — that is what they did.

As for the poor condition of the existing ground — that is what happens when you give PL £20mill plus when he was the CEO. If his wages had been halved we would have plenty of money for hot water and food kiosks that worked efficiently plus a tidy up for the tarmac prairie that surrounds us.

In other news our friends in Govan have put in an application for planning permission to build flats on one of their car parks.
Desperation does that to you — makes you nimble and inventive.

Our board might be shamed into action if their efforts deliver a backlash from the support for similar efforts.


St tams
February 16, 2023 9:24 am

Bobby, until our board take the SFA to task regarding these refereeing appointments and the VAR fuck ups and I don’t mean “behind the scenes “, publicly.
They will continue to shaft us.
End of.

16 roads
February 16, 2023 10:26 am

It’s ridiculous that in the year 2023 I’m dreading a game of football, not due to the capabilities of the opposition, but because of corrupt officials and VAR.

The least we expected with the introduction of VAR was a degree of transparency, and clarity, instead they’ve somehow managed to cheat even more blatantly with zero accountability or repercussions.

February 16, 2023 10:35 am

16 roads,

Agree, and that’s why I won’t be watching the Final.

On another note, watched the Arse v Citeh last night and, De Bruyne was getting pelted with all sorts as he walked round the ground past the Arse fans after being substituted. This making people go off at the nearest touchline is going to end up with someone getting seriously injured. Scap it and go back to the old system, even if it takes longer – safety 1st etc.


February 16, 2023 10:47 am


That was highlighted in one of the papers today. Some of them came damn close-and a bottle of water weighs nearly as much as a half brick.

February 16, 2023 10:51 am


The VAR discrepancies have been obvious from Day One and the Hearts non-penalty. We have had FOUR months to get something done about it.

Ref that day? Nick Walsh.

16 roads
February 16, 2023 10:56 am

CT/Bobby M – Indeed.

Furthermore it’s taking them about 6 hours to actually make a call after the VAR check, which in turn is greatly disrupting our team’s flow and play.

Think Matt O’Reily recently highlighted this fact.

February 16, 2023 11:05 am


Correct. Much longer than usual. I counted it fairly recently,about seven minutes for three goals.

February 16, 2023 11:14 am

Correct. Much longer than usual. I counted it fairly recently,about seven minutes for three goals.

When I was at the St Mirren league game a few weeks ago there was a stoppage of about 3 minutes for our first goal and just under 2 minutes for second goal in first half. They added 1 minute stoppage time at the end of the half.

A few weeks later I rewound VAR incidents on Sky. Total time was 5 minutes 20 seconds. (I know it’s anal but hey ho.)
3 minutes were added.

Other sports stop the clock for reviews. Simple solution that football could easily adopt.

February 16, 2023 11:21 am


Anal,my arse!

Totally pertinent to the conversation. And the added time you mention should also include injuries,substitutions,time-wasting etc.

The only time it is applied properly is when our opponents have a chance of taking something from the game.

February 16, 2023 11:22 am


At the madam? Sorry,but it was an open door!

February 16, 2023 11:27 am

Superbru Update

Round 26 was finally completed with Motherwell’s win last night in the SPFL. And………………………..

We now have a new leader in the individual weekly points total. Surpassing the previous target of 14.5 achieved by Melvin Udall and Ayrshire Tim we have this week’s winner:-

1st- The class of 67 – 15.5 points (one of 12 who got the Well score exact)
2nd- Apple- 14 points
3rd= Call Me Gerry
One Malloy
Hopeful Hoops- all on 12 points

Our wooden spoon seems to have been awarded to one of our absent participants- Craig 76 – because he had predicted the result of the Well v Saint Mirren game earlier this season but did not predict any of the other ties. Unlucky!

Overall, we have the same top 3 but 2nd and 3rd places have been swapped:-

1st – A thing of beauty- 151.5
2nd- Ayrshire Time- 141.5
3rd- Leggy- 141.

The class of 67’s performance has moved him up 22 places to 14th. We now have 56 of our 68 posters on 100 points or more.

Everyone’s involvement and donations are appreciated but I am going to monitor our bottom 3 participation rates over the next few weeks. The wooden spoon award will go to someone who is proving bad at the old predictions game rather than someone who stopped predicting after a number of rounds. You don’t have to be predicting every week or every game but the wooden spoon will got a fairly regular predictor.

And, to encourage we now have a new weekly target of 15.5 points to aim at, which will net you a good money prize, regardless of how often you predict.

Next set of predictions are due in by Saturday 18th at 3 pm. Many thanks for your continued support.

February 16, 2023 11:38 am


15.5/18 is just ridiculous. Well done.

February 16, 2023 11:51 am

Fairly long article from Swiss Ramble about the Man City charges.

February 16, 2023 12:13 pm
February 16, 2023 2:51 pm

Sinn Fein is the most popular political party in Ireland. So much for the theory that the Irish working class has turned away from Sinn Fein’s left-wing politics. Irish Republicans now “stand on the threshold of another trembling world.”

February 16, 2023 3:03 pm


Looks like a fairly healthy lead. When’s the next election due in Ireland?

February 16, 2023 3:17 pm

Bobby, sadly the next Irish general election can be as far away as March 2025. Next time I hope that Sinn Fein fields enough candidates to ensure an overall majority. The people were robbed of victory last time as Fianna Fáil, Fianna Gael, and others with vested business interests in keeping Sinn Fein from office combined to form another coalition government. They are even taking turns in being Taoiseach.

Our day is coming 💚🤍💛

February 16, 2023 3:56 pm

Afternoon all,

I never like to slag referees, but come on. !!!

Cup Final,

Walsh – Referee, Rangers Academy Coach

Linesmen ( Sorry Assistants ) Now defunct with Var, so Hee haw towards final decisions.

4th Assistant – Collum. – Again a nothing job !! Get the Subs numbers right 👍

VAR. – The big one. – Mr Crown Bar — Beaton

Free bar, I’ve already heard. !!!!!

And this is going to be fair ????

We’ve got to be on it big time 👍👍👍

Still, COYBIG 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

February 16, 2023 5:55 pm

Juranovic sitting in front of a back 3 for Union Berlin in Amsterdam versus Ajax.

February 16, 2023 6:00 pm

Shaw preferred to Maguire or Lindelof at centerback in the Camp Nou.

February 16, 2023 6:01 pm

Shakhtar 1 Rennes 0

February 16, 2023 6:07 pm

First touch of the young Barca players is a joy to watch.

February 16, 2023 6:14 pm

Only 1 goal in 8 European games after 25 minutes.

February 16, 2023 6:22 pm

Bassey playing center back for Ajax.

February 16, 2023 6:23 pm

Rashford with superb effort, saved by keeper.

February 16, 2023 6:25 pm

Mourinho’s Roma adept at diving, There’s a surprise.

February 16, 2023 6:30 pm

Abraham misses easy chance for Roma.

February 16, 2023 6:32 pm

Pedri injured and off for Barca. Big blow.

February 16, 2023 6:34 pm

Penalty to Shahktar. 2-0

February 16, 2023 6:35 pm

Braga 0 Fiorentina 1

February 16, 2023 6:36 pm

Brilliant header from Luka Jovic.

February 16, 2023 6:39 pm

Watching the Golazo Show on Paramount Plus in the U.S. Shows goals and highlights from all 8 European games. Only 3 goals by HT so far. 4 American commentators forecast the total number of goals after 90 minutes. The lowest estimate was 40! Americans really struggle with low scoring games!

February 16, 2023 6:48 pm

Shahktar, playing their home game in Poland, have a really respectable crowd.

February 16, 2023 6:55 pm

Brilliant Raphina effort just goes wide. Man U with 18 successive European scoring away games.
Qarabag miss pathetic penalty.

February 16, 2023 6:57 pm

Sancho misses sitter for Man U.
Barca 1-0

February 16, 2023 6:58 pm

Alonso header

February 16, 2023 7:00 pm

Rashford 1-1

February 16, 2023 7:01 pm

Rashford’s speed is fantastic.

February 16, 2023 7:03 pm

Another Raphina missile, saved by De Gea.

February 16, 2023 7:03 pm

Jura with superb free kick, saved by Ajax keeper.

February 16, 2023 7:04 pm

Rennes score. Shahktar 2-1

February 16, 2023 7:07 pm

Man U up 2-1

February 16, 2023 7:08 pm

Can’t see past Man U for the Europa Cup.