That's Scots for annus horribilis. The consensus is that 2010-11 was about as bad a year for Scottish football as you could possibly contrive. Winter took two months out of the schedule, abusive fans and managers drove the referees to strike action, Dundee FC was nearly liquidated, Queen of the South couldn't host a complete night game, players trooped through the courts, someone mailed letter bombs to Celtic, the national team was hopeless. All of which means that next year should be better, and less interesting.
And no one cleaned up the bottles! This shot of Buckfast and Tennent's empties comes from My Football Travels and was snapped at Beechwood Park, Auchinleck, East Ayrshire, after a junior game.
On the upside, Arbroath won the Third Division, the first time in 133 years that they have finished first in any division. And they have ambitions for next season.
Morton host Dunfermline today. The Pars can nail down first place with a win, so you know they'll be motivated.
And you know who else is motivated? Cowdenbeath is motivated. With two games to go they trail Ross County by three points. If Cowden win both remaining matches, and Ross County lose both of theirs, Cowden are in and County go to the relegation playoff. How likely is that? Well, today Ross County visit superior Falkirk, while the Blue Brazil host lowly Stirling. Then next week Ross County and Cowdenbeath meet. So it could happen.
Further proof that there is no off-season in soccer, the semi-finals of the Renfrewshire Cups take place midweek with Morton hosting Carlton YMCA on Tuesday and St Mirren playing Gourock Thistle Wednesday. The final should be played in July.
[Dunfermline win and clinch promotion. Ross County and Cowdenbeath both win. County have eighth spot sewn up, unless Cowden can beat them by 22 goals next Saturday. Dundee and Queen of the South both win, dropping Morton to seventh place. Morton can still finish fifth. Manita of the Week: Motherwell 0 - Rangers 5.]