Give me someone with a point to prove


This ‘Dundee United period’ of our history will be remembered for years, but despite Sunday’s Cup Final win, the fondness of the memory is yet to be established.  If we drop the ball tonight, the League Cup will look like little more than the consolation prize.

It’s been a while since we’ve had to play an important game without Stefan Johansen.  Add this to the fact that we are also without our two recent recruits from United and you have the makings of an experimental midfield.  Given a choice, I’d prefer to have a player with a point to prove than someone marking time.

Billy Beane has appointed official adviser at AZ Alkmaar. Former Oakland Atheltics’ (baseball team) general manager who was the inspiration for Michael Lewis book, Moneyball, will be cutting his teeth in Dutch football. Like the Oakland A’s, Alkmaar have to figure out a way to compete against teams with greater resources.

The lesson from Moneyball is seldom understood. It’s not about buying low and selling high, or imposing some-or-other financial prudence, it’s about measuring things which are really important in the game but not yet being measured.

Moneyball tactics from three years ago are not Moneyball tactics anymore, perpetual innovation is the lesson. Good luck to AZ.

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  1. Bada bing



    Regarding being able to pay to get in….it would certainly be easier for guys like me.



    Being able to come on here and ask for advice is a huge help.



    Not everyone has that and id be surprised if there were not potential supporters that do not go because it is not straightforward and is perhaps daunting for some.



    From the clubs point of view, perhaps they have guidance from the police regarding the way entry to the stadium is sold so they have cctv footage or card details of whoever bought the tickets.


    Perhaps they like to use this method because of problems fans have caused and they think it helps to prevent bother?


    Im not saying it has come about because of ourselves.


    There has been bother over the years with so many clubs fans and i was thinking this may be a part of why things are the way they are now.



    Just something i wondered about it all.

  2. So the next task for the courts is to deal with DK’s petition to find him fit and proper to act as director…

  3. sunny calmachie on

    Hearing there are a couple of milk bottles hanging about London Road,


    Reports are that it is the Brigton Dairy,



    got my coat, and now away to the game,

  4. Philbhoy



    Zaluska, Guidetti, Scepovic, Wakaso, Fisher, McGregor, Henderson are on the bench.

  5. Deary me these ice cream puns are poor!



    Anyways – here’s hoping the team are on double-nougat tonight as as a win-bonus.

  6. Best of luck to the bhoys and of course our friends in Dortmund


    Or anyone playing rubentus

  7. Further to my whinge today about people selecting their team for the games,I also hate people predicting the scores.


    So there.




  8. weet weet weet(GBWO) on

    A large pothole has appeared on London road



    The police are looking into it
















    That must make the gambling difficult for you…

  11. martyistheman on




    18:55 on 18 March, 2015


    There’s a wig blowing about London Rd police are saying not to approach it,it’s aff its heid.:0)





  12. starry plough


    19:13 on


    18 March, 2015





    Why don’t you make a list, we’ve no had a list for ages:))









    That was short and sweet.

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Tough shift tonight for Brown and Bitton.



    Don’t expect much help in midfield from Forrest, Commons and Stokes.



    Really hope I’m wrong, for once!



    19:13 on


    18 March, 2015





    That must make the gambling difficult for you…



    Not at all.You just go into the bookies,write out your bet,and put it on.


    In saying that,I hate bookies as well.

  15. A bit worried about the midfield tonight.Did not work for us earlier in the season with the two.Wee Jamsie is not the best in helping out.Anyway,we will see.If the forwards are on their game,it might not matter.


    Still a wee bit worried though.

  16. starry plough


    19:22 on


    18 March, 2015





    No teams and scores on a fitbaw blog..alternative:))



    Something a bit more interesting to others,like recipes,Haute Couture,whats the big story in Hello magazine,whats David Beckham up to this weather.


    Diversify young man,diversify.The blog will thrive.



    Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen CSC

  17. glendalystonsils on

    A tanker of boiling water has overturned in the Gallowgate. Police are reported to be kettling the spillqge.

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