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An amalgamation of lanarkshire clubs may be more of a challenge to hearts and hibs maybe, but unless there are some bored sheiks hanging around, no one is challenging the old firm.

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Equally as good or as poor a case in the East I'd say.  Dundee & Dundee United and Hearts & Hibs are two examples.  There's also 3 senior clubs in Falkirk.   The whole would be less than the sum of its parts as Goggles & Flippers suggests in the case of the forced marriage in Inverness.

Its not how football works. 

 

 

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Hmm, I think Wallace Mercer and John Boyle made similar suggestions. They weren't very well received. 

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In the West we are deeper in the shadow of the OF. Although it is natural emotionally to hold allegiance with a local team, the life of Scottish provincial clubs is being squeezed incessantly by the Glasgow giants. Rodgers now has the temerity to comment on every other club’s business and on whether Scotland should be playing friendlies.

Nor is Scottish football working and that’s largely down to the stranglehold the OF have on Scottish football’s finances. Only a large club/business can wrest some of that control back, hence should we not at least contemplate an amalgamation?

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12 hours ago, Hope Springs said:

Is it time clubs amalgamated to become a big enough challenge to the Old Firm, especially in the West of Scotland

 

No. 

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Not unless the new team is called motherwell football club, plays at fir park and wears claret and amber.

 

Editing to add this, if motherwell were to vanish tomorrow, I would probably lay off football for a while but inevitably end up following one of the other Lanarkshire teams, simply due to my firm stance on supporting your local team. So my reason isn't because I dislike any of the other clubs, it' because I support Motherwell. 

 

Another edit. I would also point out that the other Lanarkshire clubs don't bring in much more that 1k home support on average, many fans of each club would drop off and refuse to follow the new club, probably leaving a club the exact same size as Motherwell. Worth it? No. (For Motherwell at least). 

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14 hours ago, Hope Springs said:

Is it time clubs amalgamated to become a big enough challenge to the Old Firm, especially in the West of Scotland

Why not merge the Old Firm together and then the rest of us only have one team to challenge?

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6 hours ago, Dodge said:

Why not merge the Old Firm together and then the rest of us only have one team to challenge?

Why not merge both of them into liquidation then Scottish football can progress and the other 40 teams can enjoy it

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It's a topic that rears its head every now & then, but my view is that if a club is living within its means and there's a level of support there that allows it to do so, then why change things?

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Absolutely not.

If Motherwell FC ceased to exist I would be lost to the club game. I simply have no interest in following any other club.

I live in Ayrshire now and I will always have a soft spot for Ayr and Killie but I dont have the emotional investment in them required to follow your team through thick and thin.

I might go to the odd game but Id more likely find something else to do with my time and concentrate on following the national team.

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22 hours ago, Hope Springs said:

In the West we are deeper in the shadow of the OF. Although it is natural emotionally to hold allegiance with a local team, the life of Scottish provincial clubs is being squeezed incessantly by the Glasgow giants. Rodgers now has the temerity to comment on every other club’s business and on whether Scotland should be playing friendlies.

Nor is Scottish football working and that’s largely down to the stranglehold the OF have on Scottish football’s finances. Only a large club/business can wrest some of that control back, hence should we not at least contemplate an amalgamation?

You're at it

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I reckon if Motherwell were to disapeer I'd go to Bellshill games. Not been to one since the old Brandon was done away with. Which must be at least 20 years.

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16 minutes ago, Busta Nut said:

I reckon if Motherwell were to disapeer I'd go to Bellshill games. Not been to one since the old Brandon was done away with. Which must be at least 20 years.

Look at my spelling there. Atrocious!

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5 hours ago, ONeils4oyarder said:

Friday night fitba' tomorrow...playing away at Carlukes park against Royal Albert

mind n put bricks in yir pockets,its the most windyist park iv ever had the honour of playin shite on ,due to the slight breeze comeing from tinto hill 

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18 hours ago, smiddy said:

mind n put bricks in yir pockets,its the most windyist park iv ever had the honour of playin shite on ,due to the slight breeze comeing from tinto hill 

Don't be ridiculous. You never get a SLIGHT breeze coming off Tinto. From one lives at the foot of it. I'll give you it might be slight by the time it takes to reach Carluke.  

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