An Honest Game? Convince Us.


TSFM says: April 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm ‘…..No, it’s a malfunctioning …

Comment on An Honest Game? Convince Us. by John Clark.

TSFM says:
April 5, 2014 at 11:10 pm
‘…..No, it’s a malfunctioning plugin is all. Trying to fix as I write.’
Even though I had seen this message, I still got a wee shock when I saw not one, but two ‘banning’ messages in my blog email address! Gave me quite a turn.
Anyway, I was going in to that address to change my linkedline password, because I wanted to scout around for the ‘George Angus’ . But I see others have been doing the same, because the George Angus entry I’m looking at has been looked at by somebody who also looked up Stockbridge!
The Angus I’m looking at is Ayrshire based and has to do with caravan sites and such like ‘leisure’ business.
Is this the guy who is allegedly being escorted off the premises?
( I’m interested because I may have current dealings of a sort with his company)

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An Honest Game? Convince Us.
Barcabhoy says:
April 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm
‘……in my view he will be fully exposed for what he did to Rangers and to Scottish Football.’
Donegaltim says:
April 5, 2014 at 11:40 pm
‘…..Murray should be publicly disgraced for the shame, hurt and embarrassment he has brought .’
The push has to come from somewhere within the existing systems- it took a while for ‘Fred the Shred’ to be called thoroughly to account-and that was only because too many others of his like began to be afraid for themselves.
How can we get, say, the National Audit office, or even Audit Scotland to look at the tax-payers’ losses occasioned seemingly by at least incompetent if not complicit bankers in the context of an overly close relationship with a big borrower?
Anyone with any special expertise?

An Honest Game? Convince Us.
Barcabhoy says:
April 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm
‘…MIH accounts now available
1 Staggering losses of £144 million..’
Little did we know or suspect that we had a Charles Green prototype being worshipped among us for years,smiling happily as he fed sacrificial succulent lamb not only to sports journos but to the business community at large? The ‘Herald’s” business page has the headline ” Murray shifts focus to private interests”
Says it all, really.

An Honest Game? Convince Us.
Madbhoy24941 says:
April 5, 2014 at 7:40 pm
‘…As my mum used to say (and she was never wrong), “2 wrongs don’t make a right”.’
And your mum was, course, right.
But a necessary corollary is that the first wrong should be admitted and put right!
No legislators can expect to get away with selective application of a law to save one criminal, and then tightening up to prevent anybody else being advantaged. That is to move into a Nero-like governance mode of perversity and arbitrariness.
By accommodating a new club and its bully-boy board and manager etc, the Football Authorities have not a shred of credibility when it comes to deciding how other new clubs who wish the same treatment are to be dealt with. A ‘newco’ Hearts( if that, God forbid, is what may happen) would have every moral justification for seeking the support of Doncaster et alii for admission into the top tier after a wee secret 5-way agreement, and bugger what the rules say.

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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 ]

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?

Questions, questions, questions
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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