Celtic’s Champions League windfall is a bonus for Scottish football, not a handicap

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Bigboab1916September 6, 2017 at 21:50 ‘….and you would expect them to …

Comment on Celtic’s Champions League windfall is a bonus for Scottish football, not a handicap by John Clark.

bigboab1916September 6, 2017 at 21:50
‘….and you would expect them to be challenging again and accumulating debt if they need to as they could simply take another wee vacation if they fell on their arses in debt,..’
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Hey, steady,bigboab! less of the ‘again’:the new club has never been liquidated before.19

But I know what you mean; the personnel in charge of the new club are of pretty much the same stamp as those who had been in charge of the liquidated club, that ceased to exist as a participator in Scottish professional football.

They would, I think, be quite up for pulling the same kind of ‘get rid of debt’ stunt because there is an excellent precedent to be followed.

They would happily dump their debt,set up a new club, and with the SPFL’s  and SFA’s blessing and encouragement, which could hardly be withheld, carry on claiming to be a hunnert-and-whatever-year-old club ,laden with sporting honours.

Trouble is, there’s no evil sod in any bank or other financial institution ready now, as HBOS was in relation to RFC(IL), to put his bank’s money at risk by lending to a new club in financial difficulty.

TRFC cannot raise a penny by borrowing, except from private individuals.

John Clark Also Commented

Celtic’s Champions League windfall is a bonus for Scottish football, not a handicap
Oh, the devil that’s in me!
Under my other email identity I am on ‘linked line’.

And literally just two minutes ago I accessed the email address that I must have used to sign up, and lo and behold there is this from linked line ” Do you know Sevim Cesim?”

Sadly,I do,but not personally.
And , sighingly, if I were maybe forty years or so younger I would have made it my business to get to know her!

But I know who she is, and I emailed her a few years ago.

Emdy else remember?


Celtic’s Champions League windfall is a bonus for Scottish football, not a handicap
ps.
I , John Clark(e), occasional poster on the blog known as The Scottish Football Monitor, assert my rights under the relevant international convention, to exclusive ownership of and title to the use of the title ” Nemesis is a girl I like” as the author-to-be of a book of that title.
PmcG-don’t even think of using that title! Or anyone else.19


Celtic’s Champions League windfall is a bonus for Scottish football, not a handicap
jimboSeptember 5, 2017 at 20:58
‘… A lot of posters on here would rather look at a blank page than join in with a discussion. Snobs! ‘
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There are three points, jimbo, that I think I can make fairly.

First, I am not authorised in any way to speak for or on behalf of the SFM, but can only express my understanding of its nature.

Secondly, that understanding is that the blog is not a one-club supporters blog.

Since it’s about football, of course, the folk who read it and contribute to it will be football lovers.

Chances are, though, that their love will not be the chaste, abstract, love of a student of the beautiful game, but the down and dirty love of  passionate supporters of particular clubs!!

Accordingly, and by common consent, ‘triumphalism’ of a kind to be found on club blogs , is not really relevant, and, unlike an honest defence against unfounded and unjustified attack, is not really welcome, because it’s a distraction.

Thirdly, not everyone who either agrees or disagrees with the substance of someone’s post might feel comfortable in putting his/her disagreement in writing.

I myself discovered this afternoon, when I started to respond to Stevie BC’s post about the deficiencies of Scottish Football,that I actually don’t know enough  about the state of affairs immediately before the Henry McLeish report, and Stewart Regan’s appointment.

I remember, of course, that many in the SMSM had been very critical of the SFA, and that Regan’s appointment as CEO had been hailed as an opportunity for dramatic revivification of the game.

But I realised that I could not say anything of significance.

Except that everybody’s energies were diverted by the early revelations about the plight of the cheating Rangers, and the later information that there was dirty work afoot even before the Liquidation.

So I did not complete the post, because I could not meaningfully add to the discussion about the malaise that was affecting Scottish Football before the Administration and Liquidation of RFC.

Be of good cheer!

( And wasn’t Darryl very good this evening in his PR attempt to woo the supporters of the club that you (I think?) support, with his fulsome praise of ‘Brendan’ in developing players who helped restore some hope to the national team?)

God forgive me, but I immediately thought : a) the SFA strategy is to make ( as a certain university professor tried to tell foreign students was the case!) the charges against the Football Authorities of deceit and complicity in wrongdoing  no more than  a trifling little matter of inter-club  west of scotland sporting rivalry, ha ha, all good fun;

and b) that the said Football authorities are getting quite frightened.

Nemesis is a girl I like!


Recent Comments by John Clark

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????.
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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
between
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?


Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 18th August 2022 At 09:30
‘..I see that Graham Spiers is interviewing Alex Thompson on Friday 26th August.’
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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.’
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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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