A Roman God, a New Year, a Paycheque a Sports Jacket and that thing called football!


I read Paul McConville’s latest post where he forecasts a …

Comment on A Roman God, a New Year, a Paycheque a Sports Jacket and that thing called football! by Finloch.

I read Paul McConville’s latest post where he forecasts a financial slap on the wrist as the outcome from the LNS meeting a few days time.
Can we as a community help LNS in his task by providing a list of recent rule breaches and the penalties awarded by the governing bodies.
I understand (but might be wrong) that it is an SFA enquiry being held by the SPL so that SFA can be the appellate. If that is the case then two obvious ones which should be drawn to his attention are
1 The age breaches at an Annan youth team
2 The reversal of a cup result of Spartans versus Culter (I think it was Culter) for a missing something on the second page of a signing form.

There are more and collectively we can provide LNS with some precedents to help him see how serious our three administration entities (SPL, SFA, SFL) take any non compliance with their rules and statutes.

When we get our list together we can then send it to those involved and maybe one of the MSM will see it of interest.

OK maybe not so we’ll simply email it.

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A Roman God, a New Year, a Paycheque a Sports Jacket and that thing called football!

I don’t think we can criticise clubs for not wanting to move up, because in reality that means they don’t want to move down either.
Most of them have the real life scars of being higher at some time and managing the inevitable and stressful decline when times are less good.
It is a systemic failure in our current set up that while the rise is good when the statistically inevitable fall comes it is not a pleasant time for anyone.
(I know from a pal up north that when ICT were relegated a few years ago it resulted in redundancy for something like 25% of their staff immediately and that kind of thing hurts any business and any community).
I’d say gambling to get promoted and then business free-fall when fortunes change is not good for any business.
In our current leagues where there is so much churn (way too much in my opinion) we currently have only about 6 Premier League Mainstay clubs and maybe about 6 with no ambition at the other end.
The 30 or so remainder yo yo clubs are clinging on and managing all the uncertainties.
None of the new plans will fix that problem.
So they will just occur and occur and occur like Groundhog Day.

I’m old enough to remember the old first and second divisions.
It wasn’t perfect.
Two clubs up and two down and no pyramidical removal of the bottom club.
But you know something – it was maybe a better environment in which to run a business and to blood youngsters too.
And it coincided with Scotland producing better players too and doing better in Europe and having more youngsters starring in England.

I totally concur that all clubs should be community based.
And as part of their community youth and women’s football should be a priority.

And other good stuff too – football clubs can be such a power for good in things like positive health. The kind of thing that the guys at Spartans who are not even in the leagues are doing in their community.
And its all there to be replicated right across the country for the benefit of all.

I’m also for central funds making their way to all members to fund specific projects and initiatives.
So youth programmes should get ring-fenced budgets for this.
And a youth and community programme should be be prioritised as a necessary element of membership.
And audited to mitigate the problem of new money simply getting creatively accounted and or frittered away on wage inflation.

I’d also use the planned change to allow new pretenders into the leagues.
And not just the current best teams.
I’d factor in community and communities rather than just simply current champions.

Teams like Spartans and Gala and Cove and Linlithgow and anywhere there is a community big enough to become a worthwhile member at the lower end.
Its not rocket science and should be mostly population driven.

So say we immediately have 6 or 8 worthy aspirants. On day one of our new structure we’d have say 48 clubs to fit into leagues.
And 48 community programmes.

And BRTH some of these may never want to leave the bottom division but they still have a crucial role to play in the macro regeneration of our game because they will be training and coaching youngsters in a nationally coordinated (and funded) programme.
And they will have community coaches working their schools and working to make kids healthier too.

And I don’t get the too many clubs nonsense.
This is about communities and all the good that football can bring.

So if this means 2 top leagues of 18 playing each other twice and 1 of 12 playing each other 4 times then so be it.

And I’m all for a pyramid but after the new set up is launched I’d suggest that it might not kick in for an initial period of say 5 years to allow some stability.

So I’m not up for some “Plus Ca Change” bollocks spouting from our current crop of (mal) administrators.

But I am up for real change and think the debate should be opened before the decisions are made because there may only be one chance.

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
I heard today that Craig Graham  the Spartans chairman is awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list. 
I’m pleased for Craig and Spartans. 
Craig took a Corinthian and undisciplined club going nowhere fast, rooted it into a previously ignored community and has achieved some incredible health and social goals deep into that community using football as glue.
other clubs are now slowly learning from his vision and Scottish football is better for what he has done  
Yes he could have been and should have been knighted

but to paraphrase our old pal Red Lichtie
Scottish Football needs more Craig Graham’s. 

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
DECEMBER 20, 2017 at 09:04Given all the recent conjecture re PSC and potential new loans, I am still wondering what exactly it is that King is getting out of his involvement in T’Rangers.
Some maybes…

Its a legitimate business with amazing annual revenue generation capacity and a very committed customer base and friends on high.

It was a unique opportunity to talk down a share price to the disadvantage of some mug punters and to get significant control level shareholding quite cheaply. 

With an inside well-coiffeured friend in situ he had access to knowledge most people wouldn’t have access to.

There are various sub companies in the group where personal unseen revenue streams might be forthcoming.

It might even be a good way to repatriate monies from South Africa or maybe elsewhere into the UK or indeed somewhere else.

Chairman of an establishment club is also a nice position to have if you have an ego that needs constant tending and you know that no media outlet will ever look at what is really happening under the bonnet. 

Maybe there is also an opportunity to take advantage of some other directorial shareholders, who may be real Rangers men, but are just not be as incisive with the particulars skills G&SL seems to have built his wealth upon.

And finally if there is a sort of nod and wink understanding in certain quarters that when the time is right that SDM and a new consortium will come to the rescue then the shares will be worth having.

Or control of a situation that needs Blair Nimmo or Bryan Jackson called in?

But what do I know anyway?

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
John Clark – Have you been tapped up?

Fans for Judicial Review – Counsel Opinion
A few initial thoughts on the counsels view that “There is not a case in law to force the SFA to comply”.

i.e. The SFA has the right not to have a review because there is no precedent.

(I wish Paul McConville was still with us).

Firstly there may be no precedent and yes in law that makes it difficult but surely there must always be a first to make a precedent.

Could this be a first?

Then two thoughts are about following the money because that may also be a route that offers traction.

As someone who paid money to watch the game over the period do I personally and or jointly with other fans who similarly paid have the right to take action either against my club or the SFA?

Are there precedents here?

And on a larger scale if our government have provided funds in any way during the period do we as fans have the right to take action against the government or the government the right to take action against the SFA?

There will almost certainly be precedents here because Government money always comes with built-in controls and conditions attatched.

And looking forward will the Scottish Government ever agree to be seen to provide future funds to an organisation which has highly questionable internal and no external controls?

Who Is Conning Whom?
So the Derek McInnes “Tapping by Media” project failed well after the 11th hour when the media had told us he was already choosing curtains in Glasgow.
The Ibrox club and their fans were convinced by their chairman’s statement last week at the AGM and the media barrage too and last night were in shock and caught napping – hence the stupid press statement and attempt to make it known to us all that they didn’t really want him anyway and were just having a concomitant kick at the McInnes/Docherty tyres.

However that isn’t all that happened yesterday.

There was a wee meeting at Hampden called “The SFA Congress and Convention”.

Its a kind of series of regular very important meetings where everyone who is valued in football gets invited to see what a great job Stewart Regan and the SFA are undertaking on our behalf. 
And let me say that there is no doubt that some of what The Congress seeks to do and does will indeed be for the good but we the fans wouldn’t know it because we were not invited.
This is a paragraph from this weeks SFSA (Scottish Football Supporters Association) newsletter that I received having filled in their recent survey on Scottish Football.

The SFA Convention this ThursdayOn Thursday, member clubs will gather at Hampden for the 2017 Scottish FA convention to share best practice, discuss current trends and participate in workshops geared towards improving the game: scotfa.co/convention17  according to their publicity on social media. Sadly the SFA has failed to invite any representative from Scotland’s only national fans organisation, the SFSA. We had anticipated that given the huge amount of unpaid work that we do for fans and clubs and being Scotland’s representatives at the Football Supporters Europe network our presence might have been merited. Despite claiming it has invited the “football family” the SFA have missed yet another opportunity to engage properly with ordinary football supporters. Could it possibly be related to the independent academic research that we organised last month that dared to criticise the governance of the game or maybe the invite was just lost in the post?
The failure to engage with fans is nonsense.

SFSA’s recent research asked some real questions from over 16000 bona fide Scottish fans. This was an incredible response that provided an incredible insight into what we the fans really think.
I know that Supporters Direct Scotland who are funded by the SFA were there as valued guests but SFSA who have people like Henry McLeish (of the report) and Cathy Jamieson (of Bernard son) on their board were not even invited.

Given that economic analysis of revenue generation confirms that in Scotland the real stakeholders and economic generators are us the fans
We are the people (Sic) who pay for season books and buy merchandise and pies and fund the clubs and their wages.
The people who get to see English Internationals on council telly but not our own country’s.
The people whose game seems to only have Betting Company Sponsors.
The people whose administrators cannot organise things like properly numbered balls in their top cup competitions so that there are two Brora Rangers in some draws!

Why were the SFSA not invited as valued members and contributors to your Congress Stewart?

Are the real fans and their views such a threat to your Congress and Convention?

Is there a danger they might ask questions that don’t fit with your pre determined script?

And a wee hint to the SMSM
Isn’t there a story in this?

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