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Pochettino – what to make of his sacking?

Enoch Powell once said, “all political careers end in failure.” The same could easily be said of football managers. Mauricio Pochettino’s careers is by no means over, but his tenure at Spurs definitely is and, sadly, it looks to have ended on a lower note than we all might have expected. Football teams come in cycles and they all have...

Sports for fairer weather?

We are blessed with many things here in St Andrews: a beautiful historic home, fine lecturers, Jamie Rodney. However, where our ‘auld grey toon’ does undeniably fall short is in its climate. As a University with football pitches that the likes of Dundee United like to train on, it’s unusual that many of the games last Wednesday had to...

Charlotte’s Column

There were outpourings of anger and frustration on social media on Saturday evening, and not just from the justifiably disgruntled Sheffield United fans, but from ex-players and pundits across the UK, all of whom simply could not comprehend why VAR was getting it so wrong.

A sit-down with Clay Pigeon Club

With Welly Ball only just passed, there is perhaps no better time to draw light on the St Andrews Clay Pigeon Shooting Club. Welly Ball is one of St Andrews’ most popular and unique events, yet it is perhaps a relatively unknown fact that the ball was started by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Club. Whilst the event has grown in...

Scottish football is back where it should be

Fittingly, Celtic’s incredible win against Lazio on the seventh of this month came seven years after their incredible home victory over Barcelona. Having never beaten an Italian side in their home country, manager Neil Lennon described the victory as “historic” and that it was “just behind beating Barcelona.” It’s easy to underplay the Europa league, but Lazio are performing...

Saints romp home against overpowered RGU

The mid-November conditions my have offered up a bitingly cold afternoon, yet that didn’t deter the St Andrews Mens Rugby 3rd XI, who warmed the hearts of the fans in attendance at the Sports Centre with a confident showing against a plucky RGU outfit, eventually coming out on top 31-7. With the top two mens teams playing away from home...

Saints succeed in interesting turn of events

Over the last few months, Uni Park has become somewhat of a fortress for the Men’s 2s football team. Having not afforded a single loss in any of their home games this season, and only one away loss, they’re well on their way to a successful BUCS season. Last Wednesday’s game saw another home win under their belt. Despite...

Charlotte’s Column

Recently, a study by the Brain Injury Group at the University of Glasgow discovered an alarming link between footballers heading the ball and dementia. They discovered that former professional footballers are three-and-ahalf times more likely to suffer from dementia and other serious neurological diseases. Although the study did not look into whether it was from heading the older, heavier...

Friends close, enemies closer? A look at intra-club matches in St Andrews

As many involved in University sport will find, an odd quirk of BUCS sport is the prevalence of two St Andrews teams being in the same BUCS league for a season. The men’s cricket 2nd team being in the same league as the men’s cricket 3rd team, or in football, the women’s 2nd team being in the same league...

Witzmann the hero as Saints punch their ticket to the next round

The three highest men’s football teams may have been out of action last Wednesday, but that wasn’t enough to deter from a veritable feat of University football that took place mid-afternoon in the Sports Centre, down from the Observatory. Simultaneously at 2 pm, a feisty derby between the Saints’ 5th and 6th teams was taking place while on the...