The Caledonian Braves are a club like no other. Previously plying their trade in the South of Scotland and Lowland leagues as Edusport Academy, Scotland’s youngest senior club were formed in 2019, as part of the innovative fan led Our Football Club campaign, which gave supporters from across the world the opportunity to buy in … Continue reading “The sky’s the limit” for Caledonian Braves
From fans dripping in Sergio Tacchini and Adidas Sambas through to Everton’s Dominic Calvert Lewin and Tom Davies popping up at the New York Fashion Week, fashion and football have been closely intertwined since those first Casuals burst on to the scene in the late 70s. Fuelled by the likes of Copa90, Mundial, and Scotland’s … Continue reading Back to the Future: The Rise of Retro
I’m almost certain that when fan Iain Hall made the comparison between current Livingston player Scott Pittman and former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Guillermo Amor he did so with his tongue nestled deep within his cheek. It was however perhaps the most amusing amongst a number of responses from fans and former player’s alike when … Continue reading Remembering Guillermo Amor
Evan McFarlane highlights the digi-social promotional techniques Scottish football can adopt from MLS. Can the SPFL call upon a cast of footballing characters, club volunteers and unique match day experiences in a more effective way, influenced by the American approach? There are a lot of positive things happening on the digital side of Scottish Football … Continue reading Home Of The Brave Shows Home Of The Banter How It’s Done
We all believe to some extent that footballers are invincible and live lavish, stress free lifestyles with more girlfriends than problems. However, they can face stress, anxiety, fear and doubt on a regular basis just the same as you and me. It is easy to forget that every year thousands of players face the harsh reality of being told that their services are no longer needed and that their club is going to release them.
How would you feel? Imagine how disheartening it would be for you to walk into your workplace only to be told; "sorry we don't want you anymore" or "we can't afford to keep you". This can be reality for some of us on occasion but the majority of football players in Scotland face this sort of challenge every single year.
Former Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock, Ayr and Falkirk player Conrad Balatoni is now, like many other footballers, facing the prospect of unemployment and has to decide whether to continue to chase his dream or move into the supposed 'real world'.
Pure Fitbaw spoke to Balatoni in an attempt to understand what it's like to be a football free agent.
Pure Fitbaw goes Behind the Scenes at Partick Thistle, with an exclusive interview with the Jags' Commercial Manager, Ross Quaile.
In one of Pure Fitbaw's most important pieces of published work to date, Paige Beresford lifts the lid on the challenges facing aspiring female sports journalists in a male-dominated industry.