Andy Harrow, Shaughan McGuigan and Craig G Telfer bring you the Scottish Football Bucket List; all the reasons you need to visit the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2 during the Premiership winter break.
A distinctive Frenchman
Players from outwith Scotland are usually a rarity in League 1, which is one of the reasons Willis Furtado is one of the SPFL’s more noticeable players. Another reason he’s so recognisable is his distinctive blond hair. Furtado has been one of Airdrieonians' most important players this term, with technique and skill to match his strong running. His five league goals have also helped keep the Diamonds out of danger and a push for the play-offs is not out of the question.
Anyone's game in Ladbrokes League 2
League 2’s promotion battle is always competitive and, as with the last two seasons, thrillingly close. Things are no different this season, with four teams within 11 points of each other at the top. Montrose lead the pack at the moment, but in-form Peterhead are just a point behind with two games in hand. Stenhousemuir and Stirling Albion make up the top four at present.
How to get a-head in football, by Jordan Garden
Footy banter videos are, without a doubt, the most enjoyable kind of content found on social media. Spectacular goals, wacky fouls, dubious celebrations – each and every video plays its part in the game's rich tapestry. There is, however, nothing quite as satisfying as a clip from the Scottish lower leagues. In a match between Berwick Rangers and Cowdenbeath in October, the contest appeared to be heading towards stalemate until the Blue Brazil’s Jordan Garden inadvertently managed to block Michael McKenna’s run in the penalty area by slipping and falling headfirst at the striker’s feet. It really has to be seen to be believed. McKenna converted the spot-kick, Berwick won -0, and the incident was immortalized in footy banter history forever.
Fans of Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Alloa Athletic, to name but three, may still be a little raw to agree, but the play-offs provide incredible moments and nerve shredding drama each and every season. They add an extra dimension to the league competition and can turn good seasons into great ones, while providing get-out-of-jail cards for those who may have endured a more lacklustre campaign. With teams now jockeying and jostling for the right to take part in them, an exciting end of term is virtually guaranteed.
East End Park
Located close to the centre of Dunfermline town centre, there can’t be too many away-game experiences which compare with a trip to East End Park. Within walking distance from the bus and train stations, it’s handily placed for reaching by public transport, and with plenty options for food and drink close by, it’s ideal for making a day of it. As for the stadium itself, it’s surely one of the best outside the Premiership, with the ability to generate a raucous atmosphere during the Pars' bigger matches.
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