Pat Fenlon is a Winner   Leave a comment

Pat Fenlon has today been unveiled as the new manager of Hibernian. The Dublin born manager takes over from former boss Colin Calderwood who won 12 of his 49 games in charge. In a direct contrast Fenlon has won 5 league titles and 3 cups in 9 years as a manager, this led Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie to label the Irish manager as ‘a winner’ and as such many Hibs fans will be hoping for Fenlon to turn around the clubs fortunes.

Rod Petrie had this to say regarding the appointment of Fenlon: “Results in the last 12 months have not been what any of us wanted, but we’ve got a new manager now who has got great experience, he’s a very determined character, he’s a leader, he’s a winner. Read the rest of this entry »

Hibernian Edge Through in Cup Thriller Against Local Rivals   Leave a comment

Scottish FA Youth Cup – 3rd Round
Hibernian 2-1 Heart of Midlothian (AET)
Saturday 12th November 2011, Easter Road Stadium

7 points clear at the top of the under-19’s league table Hearts were the favourites to progress at the expense of local rivals Hibs. However failure to turn their dominance into goals proved to be their ultimate downfall as Ross Caldwell netted a brace to knock Hearts out of the cup.

Hearts started brightly from the kick-off and pushed upfield to win a corner after just 26 seconds and also before the five minute mark Jason Holt produced a dangerous cutback which flashed across the 6 yard box, however there was no player ready to pounce and send the ball into the back of the net. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Torres Really Back?   Leave a comment

Remember the days when Fernando Torres was a real threat on the pitch. Whether it was scoring the winner in the European Championship Final of 2008, or the countless games where he tormented Nemanja Vidic. Of course a lot has changed since those days.

Torres was hampered by a series of injuries, most notably the knee injury which required an operation in April 2010 and is now wearing the blue shirt of Chelsea after a £50m move to Stamford Bridge from Anfield. The burden on the player after commanding such a fee is unfathomable. The same happened with Kaka following his £56m and failed to light up the fans with his usual array of skills and great vision. Read the rest of this entry »

UK Government Coalition Will End in Divorce   Leave a comment

The famous Downing Street press conference which may have influenced Tim Farron when he likened the coalition to a temporary marriage. Photograph: Charlie Bibby/Financial Times

Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron attacked the Conservative Party at the Lib Dem Party Conference, policies on tax and the riots came under-fire from the MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale.

Mr Farron is no stranger to criticising the Conservatives as he said this about the coalition in June last year:

“Why would David Cameron have given us such a good deal? The answer is, first of all, we are providing some cover for them. The reality is that David Cameron has a toxic brand….His brand, including most of his MPs, are toxic.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nine Black Alps: Album IV   Leave a comment

Manchester based rock outfit Nine Black Alps are set to return in the near future with their fourth album. They are currently recording the album in singer and guitarist, Sam Forrest’s home. The band have supported big names such as Biffy Clyro, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Weezer and it is of no surprise when looking through their back catalogue of grunge, pop-rock and intricate melodies.

It is the first album that the band have recorded since the departure of bassist Martin Cohen to focus on his new band Milk Maid. Has this had any effect on the bands sound and how have they coped recording without a bassist? Sam was happy enough to answer a few questions about the new album.

“Myself and David have been taking it in turns playing bass guitar. James did all his drums in one day because he can do that sort of thing” the frontman said and he continued “the songs were all written in the winter before Martin left the band properly, so I’m not sure the sound has changed too much. I wouldn’t expect a whole new bass sound. All of our albums are kind of different to each other, yet all stay in a similar style. We haven’t finished it yet so it’s a bit early still to know what it sounds like or how it’s different to what’s gone before.”

David Jones playing the guitar: Copyright - Nine Black Alps

The band have not yet got a name for the album with Sam saying that these things are “usually left until the last minute” along with artwork. In terms of influences for the album there may be an extra bit of speedy poppiness.

“There is the usual influences that we get called up on quite a lot from Nirvana poppiness to Sonic Youth weird tunings and feedback. The album is a bit faster than our previous two though. I’ve been listening to lots of Wavves and Jay Reatard which might have given it that speedy poppiness on some of the tracks but at the same time there is a lots of distorted sludge running all the way through it.”

And the one thing that all the fans around the country are waiting on is details of a UK tour in support of the album.

“It’s kind of tricky, we’ll probably do something when the album comes out which will hopefully be in the winter. We’re looking to do the right kind of show and don’t really know what this is yet. We’re in no hurry as getting the album right is the most important thing at the moment but we’re hoping to play live before the end of the year.”

The members of the band are clearly motivated and are looking forward to pleasing the fans with a new record and a couple of shows. Hopefully by then the album will have a name and the band will be receiving the hype they did when their first album came out.

The Politics of Scottish Football   Leave a comment

If you ask people throughout the world to name a Scottish football team, they would most likely answer with either Celtic or Rangers.

The Old Firm meet today for the first time this season and already the controversy which surrounds this fixture is back. Celtic have withdrawn their co-operation with the Daily Record following the headline on the back page of Saturday’s edition which read “Who’s More Hated at Ibrox (is it Lennon or the Taxman?)” Celtic released a statement on their website which read:

“For this newspaper to treat the matter in this insensitive and ill-judged manner is astonishing. There is no question, on the eve of a Rangers v Celtic match to use ‘Lennon’, ‘Hate’ and ‘Ibrox’ in a newspaper headline is extremely irresponsible. Neil Lennon, his coaching staff and the Celtic players are very disappointed at this reporting and have jointly decided that they will not be co-operating with journalists from The Daily Record.” Read the rest of this entry »

Blink-182 new album leaks   Leave a comment

Neighborhoods album artwork

The long-awaited follow-up to Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled album, which is released in-store and online on the 27th of September has leaked online. Despite previewing no fewer than 3 of the 14 tracks on the album fans could evidently not wait to hear the record in full. Read the rest of this entry »

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