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Amurkypath says: August 7, 2012 at 23:22 ‘Please just tell me what …

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amurkypath says:
August 7, 2012 at 23:22
‘Please just tell me what the end game is. The end of Rangers?..’

The end game is the flushing out of the corrupt nexus between some in the Administration of Scottish football and the club whose own corruption both in football and civic affairs damned near brought football, not only as an organised, rule-governed sport but as an aggregation of (mainly) commercial enterprises, to its knees.
And it extends to the investigation into how that nexus was, directly and indirectly, supported by some publicly funded agencies and high profile politicos who abused their position, and by the MSM.

If such flushing out means that a particular club goes into extinction by being expelled sine die from Scottish Football, that may for some be an unfortunate consequence,but no more than ‘collateral damage’ as the military might say, not the prime objective.

If it also means the sacking of partisan ( but paid by us) cheerleaders who tell porkies on BBC radio about crowd attendance ,or about personal involvement in EBTs ,that too( two ‘o’s) will be collateral damage, over which I personally would not grieve if I were the one who fired the missile. …

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Captain Haddock says:
August 9, 2012 at 23:00
‘…I commented at the time that when a photo appeared, that the seating arrangement was not conducive to good debate or for good work to be done..no table for the rest of them, just one for those in charge, no equality, no eye contact with your colleagues. The top table ruling it all. So what was said? What threats, bribes, or other suggestions, truthful or otherwise, were used to cow the clubs into submission? …’
Captain, sir, you’ve just reminded me of that incredible seating arrangement.
It was a throw-back to a former age.
Like a 1940’s school-room, with all the wee boys ( and one girl, I think) sitting meekly and in silence being lectured at and hectored by the teacher.
There was plenty of room for a semi-circular arrangement or House of Commons style arrangement at least.

No, that seating arrangement spoke volumes about the control-freakery of a moribund, dinosaur-like culture that rules by fear and intimidation as well as by bureaucratic double-speak.

I was gob-smacked to see it at the time. And I’m still amazed that relatively powerful and successful businessmen/women can allow themselves to be treated with such disdain by not only their peers, but by their hired hands!

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Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan says:
August 9, 2012 at 21:20

‘…..The matchday experience has to be extended beyond the 90 minutes, kids have to be made to feel part of the “club” from a very early age… and above all else….. It is dead easy to forget that football– in all its aspects.. the playing, the supporting and the experiencing…… is meant to FUN!!!.’
Totally agree that 90 minutes of ‘entertainment’ is not a great return on your admission money or on your emotional commitment to a team.

Last year I had perhaps the most enjoyable entire afternoon I’ve ever had at a sporting event. And that was at a brilliantly family friendly stadium in Brisbane watching, with baby grandchildren, son, daughter-in-law, and wife, an Australian rules game.

Before the match there was heaps of entertainment for kids of all ages- including a little kind of animal farm with lambs and chickens and piglets and so on, that the little kids could pet, and face-painting, swings and such like.

When the hugely exciting game ended ( and I swear to God that there were no obscenities yelled or even uttered anywhere in my hearing), the spectators were allowed onto the pitch in their thousands, to kick ( I was going to say ‘their own balls’, but that might have been misunderstood) the footballs they had brought with them-full size or miniature- with their kids, in a brilliantly chaotic mayhem.

The paying fans and their kids really get their money’s worth of a long afternoon.

Although our clubs have improved, they have a long way to go both imaginatively and in practical terms.

Last Saturday, wife and I drove through to Celtic Park, just in time to get parked and walk along to the ground to get in 10 minutes before k.o. And we left within a few minutes of time-up.

And that was a kind of special occasion for Celtic, flag-raising and a parade of significant (still alive!) former players in the past 125 years.

But the ‘celebration’ was all on-stage, as it were, with nothing in the way of fan participation (other than as on-lookers and applauders).

I’m sure more could be done to make a match-going experience a more extensive and interesting and safe and wholesome family afternoon out.

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Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan says:
August 9, 2012 at 19:00

“…It was the poet Johnne Donne who came away with the phrase ” No Man is an Island”..”
Another superb piece! And hugely informative. thank you. BRTH.

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Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 20th August 2022 At 23:54
‘..Is it too much to ask that the pundits I (we) are paying for know the freaking rules????.
What I have often wondered is why ,when refereeing decisions are being hotly debated on TV or radio football programmes , the text of the relevant rules of the game aren’t flashed up on screen or quoted verbatim on the radio, so that the discussion is based not on what people THINK the rule says or on what they think it SHOULD say but on what the rule ACTUALLY says
(I’ m listening to Michael Stewart wittering on just now on Sportsound)

Questions, questions, questions
” There are shades of Mandy Rice-Davies in this explanation – ‘They would say that,
wouldn’t they ?’ ”
So remarks Mr Justice Julian Knowles in the judgment issued today in the case
Ghanem Al-Masarir – Claimant
– and –
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Defendant.”

Boy, that took me back a wheen of years- Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, John Profumo and all that.
I mention it partly from nostalgia for that period of my life, in which Cabinet Ministers who lied to Parliament were not able to brazen it out, but mostly because of the delight I would feel if I were to hear a Judge of the Court of Session say those words in relation to the out-thrust-chin and/or whining , aggrieved assertions by the Ibrox Board and the SMSM that ‘it’s the same club’!

Oh, for a ‘litigation-expenses-worth’ of a Lottery win!

[the case is about whether the Kingdom of Saudi is immune under The State Immunity Act 1978 and cannot be sued in the UK in an action for damages etc brought by a Saudi national granted asylum in the UK some years ago who claims that the Saudi government authorised the hacking his iPhones etc, eavesdropping on him remotely by means of ‘Pegasus’, harassment of him , and the ‘ beating him up’ in London.
If you are interested the link is
https://www.judiciary.uk/judgments/al-masarir-v-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia/ ]

Questions, questions, questions
Further to my post of 18th August 2022 At 12:22, I had to look up where exactly the New Town Theatre is.
I had a chuckle to myself when I discovered that The Strand’s New Town Theatre (venue 7) is in the Freemasons’ Hall, George St Edinburgh!
Unbidden , a couple of lines from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” sprang to mind:
” I grow old…I grow old
I shall wear my trouser bottoms rolled”
Incidentally, the last Festival Fringe thingy I attended was Spiers ‘chatting’ with Stuart Cosgrove-in 2015, I think.
Cosgrove was flogging his new book “Detroit ’67” at the time. I bought a copy , of course, and he happily scribbled ‘ To John Clark, SFM ‘ seemingly aware of the blog.
I’ve half a mind to go see Thomson. I wonder is he flogging a book?

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Wokingcelt 18th August 2022 At 09:30
‘..I see that Graham Spiers is interviewing Alex Thompson on Friday 26th August.’
As to which ,Wokingcelt, Spiers had his chance in 2012 to speak the truth about the Big Lie created by the football authorities and eagerly supported and propagated by the football hacks of the SMSM and the BBC. And didn’t take his chance.
Alex Thomson began well and bravely enough, but either his courage failed him or he became so disgusted with the Scottish media sports hacks and editors that he despaired of their biased/frightened/ partisan/ lying hearts being willing to tell the plain, simple sports AND business truth: namely, that RIFC plc is not the holding company of RFC of 1872 foundation, but of the football club that was set up by CG’s consortium and newly admitted into Scottish football in 2012, and that it’s a monstrous fiction that TRFC is 150 years old and laden with sporting honours.
It’s with this in mind that I read a piece by Alistair Grant in ‘The Scotsman’ this morning, and laughed hollowly, as you will too, I’m sure when you read this excerpt in which he quotes with approval these words of the First Minister:
” Hurling abuse at journalists is never acceptable. Their job is vital to our democracy and it is to report and scrutinise, not to support any viewpoint”
Apparently, BBC Scotland editor James Cook was the target of abuse at some hustings in Perth on Tuesday evening, being called among other things ‘a liar’.
I know him not.
But he works for BBC Scotland, which propagates , deliberately, an untruth- in a mere matter of Sport!
I don’t know Alistair Grant either: but I have never heard him, or read of him, ripping into any of the Scottish football hacks for failing in their ‘vital to democracy’ job of ‘reporting and scrutinising’

Questions, questions, questions
Big Pink 17th August 2022 At 11:47
‘..The workaround is to click on the “login” menu item at the top of the page.’
Well done, that man! It’s good to be able to post, and thanks for the ‘workaround’

I had wanted to post yesterday[Tuesday, now] because, pursuing my curiosity about how the Board of the SPFL can( apparently] accept that 5 of the member clubs, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee, Dundee United, and Hearts, could without Board authorisation, commission a ‘review’ into the business of the SPFL, I had read in the Scotsman that
” As a follow-up to the [Deloitte] report, an innovation and strategy group of representatives from Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers has now developed a five-year strategic action plan”

All of a sudden, two clubs that were not part of the ‘commissioning’ group are in there , grubbing away!
Is the SPFL Board really and truly operating as a Board of Directors?
What kind of numpty organisation is the SPFL?
Geez, it’s surely bad enough to be defenders and promoters of a lie: to be in addition useless toss-pots that are not in charge as any kind of board of directors should be is quite, quite telling.

Not immediately related to that, was I alone in thinking that the ‘Asset and Undertaking Transfer Agreement’ between the SPL and the SFL occasioned extinction of the SFL?
I learned today that the SFL was never an incorporated company registered with Companies House.

If you look up Scottish Football League on CH, you will see that there is indeed a company of that name; but
incorporated only on 27 June 2012, with share capital of £2.00, 2 shares both owned by the SPFL! with Neil Doncaster as CEO.
Not at all sure why the SPFL should want to own a new SFL?
Anybody explain?

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