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What a year. A lot happened in 2017, including the launch of TheTwoPointOne. Indeed, we launched on August 1 and it has been a whirlwind five months. We hope that you have enjoyed some of what we have produced in that time, and if not, we hope to convince you in 2018.
We have many things planned for the next 12 months. 2018 will be a big year for TheTwoPointOne as we strive to become the platform you want us to be. Everything revolves around our subscribers. You are the ones who mould and shape the site. We want to know your thoughts. What can we do better? What do you want to see from us?
But if you’re curious about what we’re doing, but haven’t quite had the time to check us out, this is the article for you. This is a quick run-through of some of the best content produced by TheTwoPointOne over 2017. There’s no paywall here, either. No subscription needed. Take a look and happy new year!
Football is nothing without rivalry and so we decided to document some of the best and biggest rivalries in the Scottish game. We call the series ‘The Derbies,’ and we started by heading to deepest Ayrshire for the derby between Auchinleck Talbot v Cumnock Juniors.
This is a rivalry that transcends the junior game. It’s a rivalry that is rooted in the mining past of its community, as well as the trouble which has often come along with. Both sets of fans have tales to tell and this is the story of the derby that defines the two clubs.
We came up with an idea. Every season, for just one week, there should be a Classic Kit Week in the Scottish Premiership. Every team could wear a kit inspired by a classic, with the match-worn jerseys auctioned off for charity. Limited edition runs could also contribute to a charitable cause.
They do it in North American sports, so why couldn’t we do it in Scotland? We decided to imagine what it might look like, enlisting the help of designer Emilio Sansolini to think up some kits inspired by classics from years gone by. Here’s what we designed.
Have you ever wondered what the Scottish football club of the future might look like? Football clubs now are very different to the way they were 20 years, so what will they look like in another 20 years? It’s a largely hypothetical question, of course, but we decided to look into it.
We spoke to a number of figures around the sport, including Foursquare founder Denis Crowley who founded a club in the USA based on the concept of being completely open source. Is this the future of Scottish football? What about fan ownership? Social responsibility? Stadium design?
Aberdeen hope to have a new stadium by 2020, with the Dons planning on leaving their spiritual home of Pittodrie for a ground on the outskirts of the city. The £40 million project would mark a new age in the club’s history, but how do fans feel about it?
Has enough been done to explore the possibility of redeveloping Pittodrie, much like Hearts have done with Tynecastle? What about the proposed site at Kingsford? Is that really a suitable location for a new stadium? We visited the North-East to find out.
Think of the most famous Scotland goal in history and James McFadden’s astonishing strike against France in the Parc des Princes. September 12 marked the 10th anniversary since that famous goal and so we decided to mark it by catching up with the man himself.
We also produced an animation with BAFTA award-winning film maker Ross Hogg to commemorate the goal. Such a strike deserves something cool to remember it by, and we’re sure you’ll agree this hits the mark.
There can be no denying that BT Sport have shaken up the broadcast game in Scottish football since entering the fray four years ago. Pundits like Chris Sutton and Stephen Craigan have become leading voices on the game in the country, with their coverage setting a new precedent.
So how have they done it? We went behind the scenes at a Friday night Scottish Premiership game between Hamilton Accies and Celtic to find out for ourselves. Do Sutton and Craigan like each other off camera? Is it all an act for the cameras?
Sometimes we like to have a bit of fun. So we took the rumours that often circulate about Celtic redeveloping their main stand and decided to ask renowned Glasgow architects Keppie Design to come up with a plan for the future of Celtic Park.
What they provided made us rethink what a football stadium can be, redesigning Celtic Park as a venue for social change. It’s something written into the very identity of Celtic as a club, so why not take it once step further and reflect it in the design of their home ground?
We started a series called ‘What if…? in 2017. It does what it says on the tin. This is one of the great ‘what if?’ tales of Scottish football. There was a time at which it was entirely feasible that Ronaldinho – yes, the same Brazilian Ronaldinho who would go on to define an entire era of the sport -might pitch up at St Mirren. Yes, the same Paisley club who at the time were slumped at the foot of the Scottish Premier League.
The playmaker was set to join Paris Saint-Germain from Gremio, but was set to be released from his contract before making the move to the French capital. He needed somewhere in Europe to train to keep his fitness up. This is the story of how that somewhere could have been St Mirren.
There’s something about a football match played under the cover of darkness. Maybe it’s the presenting of a blank, black canvas, but everything seems to stand out more. Colour is brighter. Even the crowd noise is louder. Football at night is often football at its most vibrant.
This photo essay by Fraser McFadzean illustrates all this. Scottish football sparkles that little bit more under the floodlights. These images from around the country, from a number of different grounds, show that.
Continuing the week of content looking at the Scottish football media we ran in September, we decided to look at the newspaper industry. Mainstream media gets a tough time from Scottish football fans. They have found themselves the target of much frustration at the coverage of our game in recent years.
So where do newspapers fit into the future of Scottish football? We asked The Times’ Michael Grant to make the case for the survival of the print media in the game north of the border. It might be the case that we need the industry more than ever before.
We also started a series called ‘The Cult of…’ with this particular piece looking at Artur Boruc. He was an antagonist, a voice for the fans and a bloody good goalkeeper. But he also reflected something bigger for Celtic. At that time, he came to represent a specific period in the club’s history.
Of course, his antics secured his cult status over five years in Glasgow, but there was more to it than that. This is a comprehensive look at why fans still sign the name of Boruc to this day.
Things are going rather well for Hibernian at the moment. Good times for the Leith club. They’re back in the top flight, are playing exciting, dynamic football and beat their Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the derby on Tuesday night. But there’s more to their success than just on the field factors.
We visited Easter Road to speak to a number of figures at the club, including chief executive Leeann Dempster, to find out the reasons behind their resurgence. There’s more to it than meets the eye. This is a club that has been reborn.
Motherwell haven’t lifted a major piece of silverware since 1991, since that famous final against Dundee United. Stephen Robinson’s side faced Celtic in this season’s Betfred Cup final as they looked to end that long, long wait for a trophy.
In the end, it didn’t end well for Motherwell, but in the build up to the game we produced this video feature, in conjunction with Betfred, looking at what the final meant to the Fir Park club and their supporters. Just how badly did they want to end that wait?
Heading into the 2017 Betfred Cup final, Celtic were still to lose a game under Brendan Rodgers. They were, at that point, seemingly unstoppable. So what would another trophy mean to the club’s support? Was this the first stage in another historic season?
We produced this video feature in conjunction with Betfred looking at the mood around the club. How does Rodgers’ side compare to Martin O’Neill’s from the early 2000s? Will the Northern Irishman stay for 10-in-a-row? Who were the players to watch out for against Motherwell?
As already mentioned, we started a new series called ‘The Cult of…’ The series will look at the various colourful characters who earned cult status in the Scottish game, and we started with James McFadden. This week, we posted part two of our series, looking at David Fernandez.
STV Sport’s Grant Russell looked back at what the Spaniard meant to Livingston, recalling how the maverick took the club on a journey that resulted in silverware at Hampden – the club’s only piece of major silverware to date. Fernandez meant so much to so many people at Almondvale. He is truly a cult hero.
Football is more than a game. It can provide hope and bring people together. It can be used to integrate people to new societies, breaking down the barriers that often make it difficult for people to feel at home in new surroundings.
This is exactly what United Glasgow do – a club founded on the very principle of its open door policy. Their motto is ‘Refugees Welcome,’ even wearing the slogan on their shirts, and it’s something that permeates through everything they do.