.. and they wonder why nobody buys papers


Goosygoosy june 9 2016 at 21.47 ‘…were the SFA tipped off by …

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june 9 2016 at 21.47
‘…were the SFA tipped off by UEFA..’
That would be a brilliant theory, goosygoosy-and we now know enough about Scottish Football and UEFA not to to be too surprised if it happened to be true.
It might be true, for all I know.
But I think there would have been no need of a tip-off.
I imagine that every team sheet produced to opposition clubs is carefully scrutinised by that opposition and the registration details of every player thoroughly checked-especially in the event of a bad result! Someone in the Celtic outfit would have had the job of looking for any ground of appeal against Sion. (Indeed, Celtic seem to have got quite good at that in more recent times..)

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upthehoopsJuly 26, 2016 at 07:19
“….We want to be in the Champions League every season..’ ( as quoted in the late Ken Gallacher’s report. Sadly, there are many Ken Gallacher-like journalists around today)
SDM’s  standing order to the SFA: “….We want to be in the Champions league every season, guys, whether we pay our social taxes or not.Got it?”
SFA:( up-beat) ” You can count on us, Sir David, don’t worry. We can tell porkies to UEFA if we have to .
SMSM ( deeply hurt)  ” Need you ask, Sir David? We, as ever, will see nothing, hear nothing and certainly say nothing even hinting at the truth”
How wonderfully right and proper it was that the whole deceitful hubristic attitude of the arch-cheat should have been so wonderfully punished by the death of RFC.
And what a disgrace it is that the new generation of cheats should thus far at least be getting away with their false claims to be what they are not.

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neepheidJuly 25, 2016 at 08:20
‘..So Lord Hodge’s intervention just happened to give the parties to the 5WA the time they required to cobble together their transfer of membership solution before the liquidation of RFC closed the door. ‘
This was the essence of the BIG LIE, of course.The use of words like ‘transfer’ to mislead people into thinking that that somehow legitimated the new club as being a continuation of the old, rather than the granting of membership to a new club ,for the first time!
That deceitful manoeuvre  cuts no ice. The new club was admitted to membership as a new club, and the whole of football knows that to be the case.
And it is an affront to everyone with any intelligence and understanding of ‘Sport’ that a new club should be permitted to lie about its sporting record, and in effect, steal the name and merits of a former club, now in Liquidation.
The SFA know this, and, of course , the 40 other Professional teams (and Queens Park ) know this ,too.
That they choose to live with that deceit makes them of the same scrambled mindset as the IOC: ready to countenance lies and deceit and cheating for fear of losing a few bob or of confronting the liars, deceivers and cheats.
I’ve just heard John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland ask : if the Russians aren’t banned, have they got away with it?
I ask: is the SFA and CG’s new team to get away with it?
Not without my continued publicly expressed opposition for the remaining years of my  allotted life-span.

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alexander276July 24, 2016 at 17:49
‘….This is a report on the consultation about supporter involvement in clubs. ‘
I notice that the researcher, Linda Nicholson, seems not to have been very good at ‘researching.’ she has listed a liquidated club as having ‘responded’! (Perhaps she was taught by Professor what’s his name?)
She either clearly does not know that ‘Rangers Football Club’ died,or has simply chosen (or, perhaps, been ‘forced’) to go along with the myth that “The Rangers FC Ltd” founded by Charles Green is one and the same club that Craig Whyte bought from arch-sporting cheat Sir David Murray, and must always be referred to only as ‘Rangers Football Club’ to help perpetuate the myth?
In either case, shoddy work.
See Page 56 of the Report
Annex: List of RespondentsFootball Clubs and Representative BodiesCeltic PLCDunfermline Athletic Football Club LimitedFalkirk Football and Athletic Club LimitedMauchline UnitedRangers Football Club  Scottish Professional Football League LimitedSt Mirren Youth Football Club

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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)

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” 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/ ]

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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’

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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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