Thursday, 17 April 2014

How Much can a Scottish Team receive from the Champions and Europa League group stages?

Well, it is not as easy as it seems, first of all, we have to work out at what stage they start, what crowds they'll get, how far they'll get and how much they'll receive from the TV Market pool. Simple Enough? Then let's get started.

To see how much, I am going to use the examples of the Current Top Four in Scotland.


First of all, let's say that the Champions qualify for the Champions League,  In Prize Money, alone, they would receive £1.75m  for reaching the Play-offs, then another £7.2m for reaching the Group Stages, presuming they have a 5 points from their group and are bottom they would receive another £1.6m in performance money. 

The "Market Pool" for TV revenue in the UCL is £6.8m for Celtic. Celtic's Average Attendance for CL games in 2013-14 was 50,000, assuming they charged £25 a ticket, that give Celtic's Attendance money as £7.475m. That means the total would be £24.825m.


Let's say that the dons are 2nd and play three qualifying rounds to get to the groups. From the Groups they will take 4 points. In Prize Money they would receive £1.417m for reaching the group stage and will get an extra £250k for having 4 points. Assuming Aberdeen have an average of 15,000 to qualifiers and 18,000 to groups stage matches, the Dons would generate, presuming they charged £25 a head, £1.125m from the Qualifiers and £1.35m from the Group stages. With the TV market pool for Scottish Clubs at £1.1m Aberdeen would generate £5.242m.

Dundee United

The Tangerines are favourites to win this years Scottish Cup and this assumes that they do. In Prize Money United would receive £1.417m. United would have another £250k from the four points. Presuming United's Qualifier Average Attendance was 11,000 and Group Stage Average was 13,000, United would generate (charging £22 for Qual and £25 for GS) £726k for the Qualifiers and £975k for the Group Stages. With the TV pool being £1.1m, the men from Tannadice would generate £4.468m.


The Steelmen are most likely to finish 3rd and unlike their east coast counterparts they would have to play four qualifiers to reach the Group Stage. That would mean Motherwell would receive £1.516m in Prize Money. The Lanarkshire side would have another £250k in performance money. Assuming Motherwell have an Average Attendance of 8,000 for the Qualifiers and 10,000 for the Group Stage, the Steelmen would be charging the same prices as United, and therefore would receive £704k for the Qualifiers and £750k for the Group Stages. With the TV Money of £1.1m, Motherwell would receive £4.32m from the Europa League.
If you want to see more of this type of thing (or not), then please tell me what you think in the comments below. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

More Scottish Football Reconstruction

My View has always been for either a 12 or a 16 team top flight. Lets keep the status quo right now.
1)Premiership- 12 teams (38 games) would be the status quo but with the addition of split gates for a larger chance of a rival to Celtic (or The Rangers in 10 years time). £18 a ticket is a more reasonable price.

2)Championship - 12 teams(44 games) would be a good idea as in England the Championship plays 46 games, this also means two more clubs will be a full time. Also a permanent TV Deal should be made as quite alot of people would like to see maybe 20-30 Championship games a season especially if it is a big game like Hibs vs Hearts, Dundee vs Hearts, or Partick vs St Mirren. Two teams Automatically go down and one more in a play-off. £15 a ticket.

3)National League - 18 teams (34 games) - Two Go up and three play-off places, and two go down with two play-off places. £12 a ticket.

4)Highland League - 18 Teams (34 games) - One Automatically goes up and three teams play in a play-off for the second spot. Two down.
Lowland League - 16 Teams (30 or 37 games) -One Automatically goes up and three teams play in a play-off for the second spot. Two down.

5)Caledonian Championship (North) -16 Teams (30 games) - Made up of Junior Clubs from North and East Regions. One Up Auto, 2nd-5th in play-off.
Lowland Championship - 18 Teams (34 games) - Made up from East and West Region clubs. One up Auto, 2nd-5th in play-off.

6)Caledonian Conference (North) -16 Teams (30 games) - Made up of Junior Clubs from North and East Regions. One Up Auto, 2nd-5th in play-off.
Lowland Conference - 18 Teams (34 games) - Made up from East and West Region clubs. One up Auto, 2nd-5th in play-off.

7) Regional Level- Highland and Islands, Lanarkshire + Central, Tayside (inc NE Fife), Forth, Ayrshire + South and Grampian

Another Aim would be for more Sunday Night TV Games, around 6.30pm on a Sunday to ensure higher attendances.

If it was created for 2013/14 it would look like this 

Premiership: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee Utd, Hearts, Hibs, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Partick, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren
Championship: Alloa Athletic, Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton, Dundee, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Morton, Hamilton, Livingston, Queen of the South, Raith and The Rangers (based on current leagues tables)

National League: Airdrieonians, Arbroath, Ayr, Brechin, East Fife, Forfar, Stenhousemuir, Stranraer, Albion, Annan, Berwick, Clyde, East Stirlingshire, Elgin, Montrose, Peterhead, Queen's Park, Stirling Albion

Highland League: Brora, Buckie, Clachnacuddin, Cove, Deveronvale, Formartine, Forres, Fort William, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie Loco Works, Keith, Lossiemouth, Nairn, Rothes, Strathspey, Turriff, Wick

Lowland League: Dalbeattie Star, East Kilbride, Edinburgh City, Gala, The Gretna, Preston Ath, Selkirk, Spartans, Stirling Uni, Threave, Vale of Leithen, Whitehall Welfare, Duns, Coldstream, Wigtown and Bladnoch and Civil Service Strolliers.

Caledonian Championship: Culter, Dyce, Hermes, Banks O' Dee, Deveronside, Stoneywood, Stonehaven, Maud, Ellon Utd, Banchory St. Ternan, Longside (all from North Juniors)
Lochee Utd, Carnoustie, Tayport, St Andrews Utd, Ballingry (All from East Juniors)

Lowland Championship:
Craigroyston, Lothian Thistle, Tynecastle (All from East of Scotland League)
Newton Stewart, St Cuthbert, Nithsdale, Heston, Crichton, Lochar (All from South of Scotland League)
Bo'ness Utd, Newtongrange, Bonnyrigg Rose, Linlithgow Rose, (All from East Juniors)
Auchinleck Talbot, Irvine Meadow, Clydebank, Kilbirnie, Petershill, (All from West)

Caledonian Conference: North Region and (Tayside & NE Fife) East Region Junior Clubs
Lowland Conference:
Leith, Easthouse, Kelso, Ormiston, Burntisland, Peebles, Eyemouth and HRA (all from East of Scotland League)
Mid Annandale, Abbey Vale, Fleet Star, Creetown (South of Scotland League)
Hill of Beath, Saucie, (East Juniors)
Rob Roy, Hulford, Cumnock, Arthulie (West Juniors)

Regional Set Up - Juniors and Amatuer

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Sorry not posted in a while, had a lot of work on my plate and will do until June.

Anyway, I am on Strava (see stats below) and I am wondering, if anyone is up for it to start my own Strava Club. Tell me in the comments what you think.