The first step in the future development of Scottish football was taken today when my former Subbuteo training team, Club 12, gained official recognition from the Scottish Premier League. Club 12, used as a holding formation when I was practising Subbuteo skills for set pieces has a difficult introduction into top flight football – and will no doubt be at a disadvantage in some matches when playing full sized human players. However, after years of careful defensive organisation I expect them to take points off Ross County, Aberdeen, and Hibernian – who I anticipate will fail to score against a carefully organised defensive formation of Subbuteo players.
If Club 12 is successfully introduced this season the SFA has undertaken that in order to ensure costs are kept down in Scottish football all current club names will be replaced from next season with numbers to ensure that the Cup draws can cut down on unnecessary administration – no longer will an SFA official, employed solely to read teams from a list, require to be involved. This redundancy at the top of football in Scotland will ensure its long term health and vibrancy.