"We have to maintain the highest levels of discipline and standards of behaviour. If we don’t, we will be weak as a group." - Mark Warburton  

How much did our demotion hurt us?

Written by: 1972
Wednesday, 4th May 2016

When I compared aspects of support and attitudes in Scottish football to our English brothers yesterday, the reference to the infamous 5 way agreement sparked anger once again at a shameful episode in the recent history of Scottish Football.

Of course, we at VB have covered the 5 way agreement before, and the shameful conduct of SFA Chief Stewart Regan during “negotiations”.


No one to date has effectively captured exactly what that decision to demote us has cost the club over the last 4 years, and I’m no mathematician, but I hope you’ll excuse me laying out some of the impacts as I see it.

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Wings Over Liverpool

Written by: D'Artagnan
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

For many of us the refusal of Wings Over Scotland, aka Rev. Stuart Campbell, to accept the truth or facts is nothing new. However his continued apportioning of blame for the Hillsborough disaster on Liverpool fans themselves - despite the ruling of the Hillsborough inquest jury only last week' marks a new low, even by his normally low standards.

It has taken 27 years of courageous fighting by the families of those who lost loved ones to establish those truths and facts. And it was a brutal fight where for most of it they were very much the underdog. They had to scale a mountain where every step of their climb was hindered by a Police Force lying as a collective, a press fabricating stories and politicians briefing against their loved ones.

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England v Scotland – A Tale of Two Leagues

Written by: 1972
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

In Scotland we love to slate the English game, and have done for as long as I can remember, but in Scotland we can most definitely learn a thing or two about dignity from our brothers across the border at least from the conduct of fans in the last week.

As the football community in England came together to support Liverpool after the courts had finally attributed blame at the authorities for Hillsborough, someone in Glasgow was vandalising Ibrox with an offensive slogan about the Ibrox disaster.

As Leicester were winning the title last night, there was a genuine warmth across the media and other fans for the club, their players and support.

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Written by: 1972
Thursday, 28th April 2016

On the 15th of April 1989, I stood at the terraces of Celtic Park as Rangers played St Johnstone in a Scottish Cup Semi Final. As news started coming through the radio of what was happening at Hillsborough, many of us stood in silence, helpless as the Liverpool support faced the kind of horror our support had in 1971.

At the time, we had no knowledge of the circumstances, and many will recall on that day, there was a small crush amongst our own support as some of the crowds entered the stadium. Fortunately it passed without serious incident.

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Bring It On

Written by: 1972
Wednesday, 27th April 2016

While the aftermath of the League win, and cup semi-final win have not gone as planned, they have served a purpose to indicate weaknesses in our team. What we need to understand is that these weaknesses are not new, and that it was not possible to create a perfect team in one season.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Peter Houston at Falkirk has been there a year longer, as has Alan Stubbs with both managers appointed in 2014.

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