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BROKEN HEARTS: WAS IT WORTH IT?


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HAMILTON ACCIES NET U13s LEAGUE CUP TRIUMPH By COLETTE CARR HAMILTON Accies Girls U13’s lifted the first piece of silverware this season with a resounding League Cup victory over Tass Thistle.

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Goals from Morgan McCafferty and Hannah Scott saw the first half end with the Hamilton girls 3-0up, before Chloe Blair closed the game a minute before time with her effort. Coach Stuart McIntosh was delighted with the performance and win. “I thought from the first whistle, the girls played brilliantly, probably the best performance we’ve had in a while,” he said. “Everyone played their part, even the subs that came on did absolutely brilliantly. I can’t fault any of the girls at all. “It was a great team performance, and I feel like we thoroughly deserved it. It is great reward for them, great performances yearplayed and they’ve deservedthroughout to win it. the They really well today.”

McCafferty opened the scoring shortly afterwards as Muir slid her cross into the area for McCafferty to tap the ball across the line and into goal. Six minutes later, McCafferty fired home again, doubling Hamilton’s advantage as she calmly set herself up in front of goal, before neatly placing her shot to the bottom right. Three minutes shy of the break, Scott closed a great first half for the Lanarkshire side, knocking the ball through a busy six yard box to get her name on the scoresheet. A moment before full time, Blair blasted it straight into the back of the net to complete Accies League Cup Final victory. Player of the Match: Chloe Muir Hamilton Accies: Beattie, Blair, Hilson, McCafferty, McLeish, Mullen, Robinson, Scott, Stewart, Muir Photo by Ian Steele

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Germany 3-0 Scotland Saturday 15 June Essen. DEFENSIVE errors were Scotland’s downfall as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Germany in Essen, writes ANDREW SOUTHWICK.

The Scots held out until the 34th minute before Lena Goeßling ended brave resistance after being left unmarked in the area. Then two goals in a minute from Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi gave Germany a comfortable lead on the stroke of halftime. In what was always going to be a tall order for Anna Signeul’s team, goalkeeper Gemma Fay stood up well to Anja Mittag’s fierce drive in 18 minutes as the Scots saw the opening 20 minutes

through relatively unscathed. Bianca Schmidt fired a left footed strike just wide of Fay’s left hand post shortly afterwards, but after a quiet opening Scotland were beginning to find their feet. Kim Little squeezed between two defenders to get a sight of goal, but couldn’t direct her shot on target. Minutes later her free-kick found the head of Arsenal team-mate Jennifer Beattie who headed just over at the back post. Just as Scotland were becoming a threat, slack play saw Germany take the lead. Goeßling strolled into the box unmarked, took the right hand cross in her stride and poked the ball over Fay. Despite the set-back Scotland still looked relatively comfortable, and Anna Signeul’s side were four minutes from half-time and what would have been an encouraging scoreline against the sec-


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TREBLE JOY FOR CITY By LAURA MONTGOMERY LAST weekend saw Glasgow City complete a historic couple of days highlighting the development of their youth structure.

Youngsters lifted the Under 13 League Cup, Under 15 League Cup and also the Development League Cup last weekend, against much fancied and more experienced opposition. Add to this the first team winning the Premier League Cup last month, culminates in a very successful first half of the season for Glasgow City FC. Commenting on the achievements of our youth teams, Head of Youth Amy McDonald was understandably delighted. She said: “Our Under 13’s and 15’s approached the game with the level of professionalism often shown by our own first team. They played with technical ability, tactical awareness but most of all belief and desire. “I would also like to thank everyone that came to support our teams at the finals. The atmosphere created within Toryglen Football Centre was fantastic; creating memories which will last a lifetime for our young players. On the success of the club and the development squad, Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said June is shaping up to be a memorable month for the club. He said: “There is no doubt that the weekend has shown the country we are now beginning to make an impact at all levels. On Sunday the development team capped off a memorable couple of days in June. “Going into the weekend matches all three teams were regarded as underdogs. “The Under 13’s got the show underway with a great performance against a team they had lost to heavily just seven weeks e late o n a s S c o t l a n d fell to a 3-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Photo by Mirko Kappes earlier. The beauty of football eh? “I believe that result gave the Under 15’s a found the defence napping and raced in ond best team in the world. However, two goals in a minute put to lob a ball over Fay. As it rebounded off boost and by all accounts they too were very the woodwork Hayley Lauder was first deserving winners. paid to that. “Sunday saw the development team take Leanne Ross’ poor first touch was to get back to nudge the ball away from on a Spartans team not too dissimilar to their pounced on by Da Mbabi, who nicked danger. Senior Cup Final side. Our players showed Mittag continued to be a threat and a huge desire and worked very hard to enthe ball off the Glasgow City defender and found herself one on one with Fay fired over in 72 minutes. sure this was never going to be a formality. A rare foray forward almost saw the which she took full advantage of. “The pleasing thing for me was seeing A minute late, Da Mbabi again was the Scots pull one back with ten minutes to players such as Amy Anderson, Leigh Ferinstigator; playing a one-two with Babett go. Both Caroline Weir and Brown got a rol, Lauren Kelly, Amy Docherty, Jodie BranPeter and and giving the goalkeeper little touch inside the area but neither could nan, Caitlin O’Hara and Lauren Ray all parput enough on the ball to steer it over the ticipate and not look out of place in what was chance with a fierce strike. their first senior final at such a young age. Leonie Maier twice threatened early line. “A tremendous amount of credit has to in the second half. Her pace managed Germany: Angerer, Schmidt, Bartusiak, go to the senior players who helped these to get her down the left into space but youngsters through the game. her shot whistled past, then a minute Peter, Krahm, Mittag, Mbabi, Marozsan, “Finally, whilst it was a great weekend, it later she raced in front of Frankie Brown Goeßling, Maier, Kebler. Scotland: Fay (Cpt), Lauder, Beattie, must now be a platform to go forward and to meet a low cross but couldn’t direct it Brown, L Ross, Love, Sneddon, Crichton, produce more first team players, as after all, goal-wards. this is what really matters. Evans, Little, J Ross Germany hit the post as they kept up “Going by the weekend the future is bright Subs: Lynn, Weir, Malone, McSorley, their assault on the Scottish goal. Mittag Thomson, Murray, Mitchell. for Glasgow City FC.”

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Hearts fans have their say as the Tynecastle club fight to By CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL

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DMINISTRATION has stalked Hearts for years. A dark, lurking creature, withdrawing to the shadows of a dark corner after each cup win or European qualification. Poking it’s unwelcome head into the public consciousness when players wages weren’t paid or tax deadlines were missed. In my time as a Hearts supporter, I can’t recall a time when the financial management of the club was far from the news. As a youngster Wallace Mercer and his proposed merger was the talk of the day but I wasn’t old enough to comprehend it all. Then along came Chris Robinson and his cold, detached approach to the club’s fate, willing to sell off the stadium with no long term plan for relocation. Tynecastle was saved by a Russian born millionaire based in Lithuania. Not just saved, soon propelled to the top of the table with a batch of international quality players. Questions were always there, but could easily be dismissed as xenophobia or bitter retaliations from journalists stung by Romanov’s latest outburst at the Scottish media. The management of on-field affairs was a growing frustration to the fans, managers came and went but at least the funds were there for all the contracts that had to be paid up when Vladimir lost his patience. But now he has lost more than his patience. A fortune has disappeared, his sporting interests abandoned. Perhaps it was not always destined to be thus. The financial climate has claimed many a victim. Administration in 2013 does not validate the accusations of financial skulduggery that have dogged Vladimir Romanov since he arrived in Scottish Football. Administration is here in 2013 though. The creature has emerged from the shadows and sunk its teeth into Heart of Midlothian. The wound is a deep one, 15 points to be deducted before a ball is kicked. No players can be signed but we’ll accept offers for anyone. Whatever the playing squad looks like at the start of the season, it has quite an obstacle to overcome. To look on the bright side, at least we know the situation from the

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get go. Last season Dunfermline had the rug pulled from under them when they went from sniffing around the first division promotion places to fighting for their first division status. On the business side of things, Administration leaves Hearts a more enticing prospect for bidders. Up to six groups have been credited with an interest and here is the problem, We’re in no position to refuse but will we just take anyone? Perhaps the best thing for Hearts isn’t owners that can guarantee SPL survival in the short term. This is a chance for Hearts to sort themselves out once and for all. Take the opportunity to start afresh, run the club within its means and come up with a proper business and football model. If we can’t overcome the 15 point deficit,

and have to battle Rangers in the First division the season after next then so be it. When I talk about football and Hearts I want to debate the merits of a second striker over five in midfield. Not balance sheets, CVA’s and liquidation. My son was born 6 weeks ago, in 5 years time I want to take him along to watch a match. I don’t particularly care about what division they’re playing in at the time. As long as there’s eleven players in maroon shirts, some promising Scottish talent and maybe a cult hero or two from abroad then I’ll be happy to take him along to his first match. The most important thing is that Hearts are still here, playing football and with the support of the fans. And any financial nightmares are banished once and for all.


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projects, that they will rally round and fight tooth and nail to keep their club alive. This is a fantastic thing to witness and not all clubs are fortunate enough to have such By MATT WARD caring and passionate fans. However, I would like to remind some onday’s press releases indicat- fans that not every supporter of the club has ing that the Heart of Midlothian spare money lying around unaccounted for owners had finally accepted that the which they can just hand over to the club money had indeed run dry came as or any other organisations, at the drop of a hat. no surprise to anyone. The majority of us have monthly repayNonetheless, the news was still a sore ments such as mortgages, credit cards, one to take for everyone connected with the student loans, nursery/school fees and car football club. loans to name a few and times are tough. These types of news headlines and ruSo its been disappointing to read on mours have been brushed under the carpet social media sites some fans trying to, in for many years, but the writing has sadly my opinion, pressure other fans into parting been on the Tynecastle Stadium wall ever with their hard earned money. I appreciate since it was reported that the players and that when the headlines came out about the staff’s wages were more frequently being state of things down Gorgie Road, tensions received late. were high and some fans were quick to voice I’m not a financial specialist and don’t claim their opinions about the best way forward. to have all the answers, but whatever the This is because people care and are expost mortem results produce regarding the tremely passionate about the club and that full extent of the dire mess that the club is is understandable, but I feel this could be in, Hearts fans have shown in the past, and channelled differently. will no doubt show it again through fundraisIf someone can’t purchase a season ticket ing events, donations, ticket sales and other

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ONDAY’S announcement that Hearts have entered Administration comes not only as little surprise but also perhaps the first step in protecting a Club founded 139 years ago. Quite simply Hearts have been run into the ground by the current board to the extent that there is literally no cash in the Tynecastle bank accounts. Certainly it is my opinion as a long-life Hearts supporter – although no finance expert – that the directors should have called ‘time’ at least a year ago when HMRC first threatened to wind the club up. Instead they have battled away and used up every revenue stream in an attempt to keep the wolf from the door. However the overriding conclusion for me is that the directors were always reluctant to renege on the debt to UBIG who were effectively the paymasters of the club. Had it been a British bank Hearts would have been in administration in 2004

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when the club was being forced to sell off Tynecastle to repay Bank of Scotland. The irony is that owing huge sums of money to UBIG/UKIO has not only kept the club alive but also nearly killed it. It strikes me that the hardest part of the administrator’s job is to get the business into a trading one given that many cuts have already taken place. The question is now - was it worth it? In truth I had no chance to ‘believe’ in Romanov because he sacked John Robertson within months of arriving and the chaos reigned from there. We had success with two Scottish Cups and a second-place finish which briefly brought Champions League football to Edinburgh – ironically against AEK Athens who are now also in major financial trouble. However, the two Cup wins were in spite of Romanov - particularly last year - and for every pound he spent he effectively cost us more with his maddening (and often just mad) interference. Would I have swapped ‘5-1’ for ‘profit’?

on instant demand, or pledge money to the Foundation of Hearts at this current juncture, for whatever reason, does that make them any less of a fan? Of course it doesn’t. Many fans, including myself, have ploughed savings and wages into the club and supported the team home and away for years on end. I appreciate that the club needs our help right now, but some fans just physically can’t give anymore at present and shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for that. I think that its imperative that the fans stick together during this, the most difficult time in the clubs history, and work together in anyway they can in helping the club in its hour of need. Finally, with administration now appearing to be the next turn on this rollercoaster ride of being a Jambo, please spare a thought for the staff at Tynecastle who have done nothing wrong, juggled plates for months, don’t earn footballer salaries, but are now unfortunately staring down the barrel. Here’s hoping for a speedy outcome so that we can all help in rebuilding Hearts and moving the club forward in a more healthier state, whatever division we find ourselves in. We’d all want both but the sad truth of the Romanov reign is that with the money invested we could have had so much more not one or other. Could we as supporters have done more? I’m told we could have by a number of outsiders but I am not so sure. I am a shareholder but one of just 8-9% who are not ‘Romanov’ and there was always the feeling that a boycott of any form would simply see him walk away and leave the club riddled with debt (a debt which was never reduced from the peak of the Robinson era before him) which is of course what has happened now. Romanov was always a roller-coaster which would come to a bumping end. Is this the start or the end? No can foresee that but it is a relief in a way. The agony of the unknown is over and we can now just hope that Hearts can flourish once more and return some dignity to the famous maroon shirt.


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THE REBUI BEGINS Ambitions now higher at the Steelmen By KRIS JACK LET’S face it, last season’s “Best of the Rest” squad was never going to turn out in full number come the opening day of the season, or take part in the Europa League campaign that they earned as Steelmen. With so many of the stars of the last few seasons out of contract, it was inevitable that pastures new would be sought, and so it has come to pass that arguably four of the most beloved of McCall’ Marvels have shot off in their different directions. First to go was Darren Randolph to Championship side Birmingham City, where it looks like he is now only a first choice selection for the Blues away from being top pick for the Republic Of Ireland. Giovanni Trappatoni has had him travel for games with England and the Faroes in recent weeks, and if he can stake a claim for the Stoke-bound Jack Butland’s jersey in the Midlands, then he should rightly be travelling with his country on a far more regular basis. Nicky Law went from being the King of Fir Park elect to the pantomime villain when news of his move to Ibrox filtered through. While being pilloried for a perceived lack of ambition, the SPL Team of the Year member has opted to stay in Scotland and ply his trade for Ally McCoist’s side’s assault on the Second Division. If his attitude is right, ie the opposite of Sandaza, Kyle, Black et al, then by all accounts he should be the player of the season in SFL 2 next term. However, coming up against the Third Division’s finest last season didn’t really see the ex SPLers in Super Ally’s side perform to their best. Law has vehemently stated on Twitter that it was the club’s history and not the financial reward that swung his decision to

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go to Govan. He now has a season in the Second to prove himself right and the doubters wrong. Preston North End managed to pip Rangers to the signature of Chris Humphrey, with the Jamaican International stating that it was now the right time to move on with his career, after a cracking four years at Fir Park. While not everyone’s cup of tea, his pace always had opposition sides on the back foot and when he wanted to, he was capable of browning the pants of left backs the SPL wide. With his distribution improving season upon season, he has been an integral part of Motherwell’s relative success in recent years, and his departure will make any Well attack next season seem like they are in slow motion. The PNE fans already seem to have taken to him if Twitter is anything to go by, so a watchful eye will surely be cast towards Deepdale to see him progress. The latest player to wave goodbye to Fir Park can be seen as being a costly loss as well as being a money spinner. When Stuart McCall unearthed Henrik Ojamaa in January 2012, his impact was instant, earning almost McFadden-esque idolisation from the fans. With Henrik, there is never a lost cause, with his constant running and harrying being responsible for him coming away from last season with the most assists in the SPL. While his game lacked goals last season, his contribution alongside Michael Higdon was unmatched. Finding a player with his tenacity and temerity is going to be the hardest task for Stu Mc this close season in my opinion, as the Sherrif has mosied on to Legia Warsaw for an undisclosed fee. While making a six figure sum from a player that cost nothing to bring in is a fantastic bit of business, finding a like for like player may end up not as fruitful.


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10 years ago this week…. June 15th 2003 The final of the London Queens Club ATP World Tour concluded in a straight set win for Andy Roddick over Sebastien Grosjean. The American pulled off a 6:3 6:3 win against the French internationalist. The Canadian Grand Prix took place on Sunday in Montreal. The race was won by German, Michael Schumacher. All three Brits in the race, Coulthard, Wilson and Button retired with problems to their car. June 17th 2003 Nuno Capucho was captured from FC Porto in a transfer fee worth £800,000; he went on to play 22 games for the Rangers, scoring a total of 5 goals. Coincidently, his last showing of his 188 Porto appearances came in the Uefa Cup Final, where he was part of the side that triumphed over Celtic 3-2 on the night. Capucho’s time at Rangers would prove to be a torrid spell as he went the whole 2003/2004 season without winning silverware. June 21st 2003 Lennox Lewis fought his last fight in his career with a win over Vitali Klitchko in Los Angeles. The Brit was awarded a TKO after a cut to Klitschko’s eye forced him to retire; the fight was stopped in the 6th round. Lewis never officially retired until February 2004 but this was to be his last battle, after wimping out of a battle with Scotland’s Duncan Ferguson. Danny Collins

However, with the two signings that have been made so far, it may be that McCall and Black and the board have gone all Moneyball on the Well fans. While Law and Ojamaa had creativity to burn, they were less than prolific on the goal front last term. Step in free agents Paul Lawson and Iain Vigurs from Ross County. Lawson will likely be the creative spark in the middle, a hybrid of Law and Ojamaa if you will, while Vigurs, with nine goals and the same amount of assists last season, will hopefully bring goals as well as flair to the midfield. Good with either foot and from set pieces, Vigurs has been exceptional for County, and I’m sure he will be looking to replicate the form that saw The Staggies have a great first season in the SPL, as will Lawson. As per the press release accompanying Vigurs’ signing, more signings are expected in the coming weeks, which will no doubt put the panic merchants amongst the Well faithful’s minds at rest. Players coming in will likely be subject to others going out and with Tom Hateley and Michael Higdon still mulling over the offers they have been made by the club, it would be no surprise if a right back and frontman will be required very shortly. As much as Higdon has been a joy to watch as he banged the goals in for the last two seasons, I feel that Motherwell have got the best of him. Without Law, Ojamaa and Humphrey next season, he will not have anywhere near the same kind of service, whether he stays or whether he goes. A record breaking 27 goal haul, leading the Well to a second place finish is more than a brilliant return from the big man and he would need so etching extra special to even think of replicating that next term. And then there’s Faddy. A free agent who burst back to life after numerous injuries, to propel The Well to second spot and the Eu-

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ropa League. Back to fitness, he was no doubt the catalyst for the final push, with starring roles against Celtic, Hibernian and Inverness to secure a runners up berth. Has he done enough to put himself in the shop window for another move? Who knows. While being majestic and mercurial for the most part since his return, there was no denying that he was capable of the odd stinker too. With Celtic always being linked with a move for him, and bids from Dundee United and Ross County for his signature, Faddy does seem to be a wanted man in Scotland. However, if he wants to go back south to pick up where he left off, European Football and a starring role at Fir Park might be his ticket back down. A six month contract would no doubt sell season tickets, as he spearheads The Well’s Europa onslaught, bringing guile, experience and that little bit of magic he can pluck out of nowhere to the side. Of course, him signing on again will be down to funds more than anything, and depending on who else is coming in, the Ojamaa sale may free up the coffers to keep him in Claret and Amber. The signings that are yet to be made will be well speculated until their signatures are inked. Rumours of Scott Arfield, Peter Leven, Lee Miller and even Mark Schwarzer have been doing the rounds, as is the wont of those in silly season mode. Whoever else does come in will have massive boots and gloves to fill to keep the expectations of the MFC fans high. With a rebuild comes a different take on things and it will definitely take time to gel. The fans need to allow for this to happen. As galling as it is to have said cheerio to those who are moving on, there is a palpable excitement about the next chapter for Motherwell FC. In McCall we trust.


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A winning weekend for Glasgow City GLASGOW city completed a treble success at the weekend, as they lifted the League Cup at U13s and U15s level, and also the Development League Cup.

Head of Youth Amy MacDonald said: “Our Under 13’s and 15’s approached the game with the level of professionalism often shown by our own first team. They played with technical ability, tactical awareness but most of all belief and desire.” Head coach Eddie Wolecki Black was equally as delighted. “There is no doubt that the weekend has shown the country we are now beginning to make an impact at all levels.” © Graeme Berry More on page 3


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