Posted: 1/24/2019
Title: AUCHINLECK TALBOT AND BONNIE SCOTTISH FITBA

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      I love the names of Scottish Football (Fitba') Clubs, from top to bottom.

     When I was a child pre internet I used to read the football scores and try and find out which towns they belonged to, and looked at Thomas Cook railway timetable to find out how to get there by train. When Junior team Auckinleck Talbot won 1-0 over Ayr United at Beechwood Park in the Scottish Cup I couldn't wait until the 5th round draw. They have a big tie at Tynecastle, home of Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh. Lord Talbot de Maldehide gave the club land to built their ground, so they named the club after him.  Junior clubs in Scotland are part time pros outside the main league structure, and NOT youth clubs as elsewhere.

        Hearts were named after a Walter Scott novel. Big time clubs such as Celtic were named by founder Brother Walfred and Rangers were named after an English rugby club.  There is no town, district or even street in Paisley named St. Mirren who were named after a local patron Saint Mirin. St. Johnstone in Perth also named after a local Saint John.

       Greenock Morton, Stenhousemuir, Partick Thistle, East Fife, Raith Rovers,  Ross County...go look them up. Clachnacuddin, Cove Rangers, Civil Servant Stollers, Queen of the South ,Kirkintiloch Rob Roy, ... and Berwick Rangers actually play in England....and lots more. If you are teaching maths or geography its a great idea to ask students how to get from one club to the other by train, and the cheapest fare., now they have internet.

        I just read that the Premier League contribute £7.6 BILLION to the English economy and pay £3.6 billion in tax revenue, 50% more than two seasons ago.  686,000 foreign fans come to watch EPL in a season and the £1.1 billion earned by the EPL from overseas TV rights dwarfs the £900 million that the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 earn COMBINED !!

        15.442 primary schools in England are engaged in the Premier League primary schools programme.

        You cant keep David Beckham out of the news. The owner of the Inter Miami MLS franchise has just joined his Class of '92  bretheren as a 10% owner of National League club Salford City. He joins, Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes as part owners. City have made 4 promotions in the last 5 seasons and are now just behind Leyton Orient and Solihull Moors in third place. The top two join the English League pyramid and Division Two next season.

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