A spectre is haunting Scottish Football


Auldheid says: November 22, 2014 at 1:23 am The punt …

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Auldheid says:

November 22, 2014 at 1:23 am

The punt the football authorities will be taking is do supporters care enough even when evidence of malpractice is clear to withdraw support from their clubs.

In short how many don’t care if they are watching a bent game if caring means they have to stop supporting?

Even shorter. How addicted to football are we?

Nail on head Auldheid. And I think that the evidence is that the fans do care, but just not enough. That is a choice everyone is entitled to make, and maybe it is a symptom of my increasingly curmudgeonly bent that I liken it to the enthusiasm in some quarters for WWE.

Perhaps our campaign should continue to have Scottish Football rebranded as “entertainment” (a curious word given the flagship event would not have been out of place in the Coliseum) instead of “sport”. πŸ™‚

Seriously though, there is a clear message from the press and the clubs (who have personal financial interests in play) that sectarianism is good. That enough people don’t care about that is a major cause for concern, and my opinion is that unless the clubs at the centre of that seriously go to war with it, then financial sanctions should be imposed.

The Old Firm may be good for a limited number of pockets, but it is absolutely and unequivocally not good for this country.

Maybe that is what TSFM should continue to highlight – the shameless exploitation of sectarianism and the hypocrisy that goes along with it.

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My apologies to the late Roy K. It is late after all and I was reminiscing – sitting in the half landing beside my box of Bronco, in the cold, looking up at the window of our warm living room πŸ™‚

Didn’t Roy die in a horse-related accident?

A spectre is haunting Scottish Football
A half buried thought that has been around in my head since Ashley’s Keegan fiasco and the emergence of Roy Kinnear.

Kinnear is being mentioned in horror by the bears tonight, but we may remember that Dermot Desmond was also a champion of the wee wellied one (post Dalglish and pre O’Neill). Is there a connection?

Given the distaste for McDowell’s Celtic provenance on FF tonight (although in fairness there are more temperate heads contering that) what kind of reaction would we get if a connection existed?

A spectre is haunting Scottish Football
jean7brodie says:

December 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Big Pink says:

My mum used to put that toilet paper in our half landing toilet – just for me. Yes it was hard, but I WAS a cowhand after all

You had two toilets?!!! Snob πŸ˜†


Come to think of it, we had FOUR toilets. I think they keys fitted all of the half-landings πŸ™‚

To think they demolished those mansion closes πŸ™‚

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Were the clubs willing parties to a fraud on Scottish football, or were they victims themselves?


If the former, that does beg the question as to whether there is any point in carrying on.

Yes there is – because the real battle here is between the clubs and their ‘customers’. The clubs can in fact do as they like. They have no emotional attachment to the sport in the way the fans do. Everything is settled by a cost/benefit analysis. This particular one deemed that following the rules correctly was the downside of the argument.

They justify it by dressing the SFA up as some kind of quasi legal guardian of the game, when in fact it is just a trade association – a cartel used as a blunt instrument to con the punters.

The Sevco 5088 Ltd/Sevco Scotland Ltd court cases may throw some light into the dark corners of Hampden’s Star Chamber.

So might we. We are still not done.
The evidence suggest strongly that the clubs are less concerned with the integrity of the game than we are.
The final outcome is dependent on our resolve. That is not in doubt at SFM. The question is;
“Are there enough of us?”

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John Clark 13th March 2016 at 1:11 pm
A priceless observation from Chick a few minutes go: ” Robert Burns died in 1796. He was closer in time to Hibs’ last Cup win than we are”.
Don’t know what point precisely he was trying to make, but it left the rest of the Sportsound chaps stunned in amused speechlessness!

I suppose that just demonstrates that Chic is as good at arithmetic as he is at telling the truth.

Give that he was born around 1954 that takes him to within 52 years of Hibs’ last cup win.

Burns is an outlier at 106 years.

Did anyone point out to Chic that it was in fact the League Cup today.

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep indeed! 15

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Apologies. Haven’t yet had time to respond, due to a current and very raging bout of man flu 05

However I will try to do so over the weekend.

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Turnbull Hutton’s attitude to the new club being given precedence over Spartans et al was that by any reasonable measure, and given their extraordinary fan-base and facilities, TRFC would have been given the spot anyway. In his view, the authorities pragmatically exercised their powers of discretion to short-circuit the entry application process.

In retrospect that became crucial to TRFC in their continuity myth-building, because the gap, even though it existed, was easier to Band-Aid over because of that fast-tracking.

I won’t rush to criticise TH too easily though. He was not too fussed over the minutiae of the OCNC debate, but he was steadfastly against what he saw as corruption in the SFA and SPL and was appalled by the calling to arms of the mob by McCoist and others. And he didn’t just pay lip service to it either. He was a consistent and generous donor to SFM, because he shared our view that in order to call itself a sport, football had to structure itself on the basis of as level a playing field as possible.

Whenever I doubt the merits of our case, I  think of Turnbull on the steps of Hampden accusing the SFA of corruption – and the subsequent absence of a visit from the Compliance Officer.

Like all good serial offenders, the SFA avoid battles they can’t win. No engagement with TH, no engagement with the Res12 group, no engagement with the SPL over their expulsion of a 140 year old club.

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