Enough is enough


An email from the Scottish Football Supporters Association is in …

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An email from the Scottish Football Supporters Association is in my inbox:
“We want an audience of fans who care about our game to come and hear first hand when the results are revealed at Firhill Stadium (6.30pm for a 7pm start) on Tuesday 7th.
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE AROUND JUST 50 TICKETS LEFT FOR WHAT WILL BE A HUGE EVENT. It is free and tickets will be on a first come basis. Get yours here.”
The ‘results’ referred to are of course the results of the survey ( Not the SFA funded  in-house ‘supporters direct’ mob)  but of the  survey independently commissioned by the Scottish Football Supporters Association(SFSA) and conducted and analysed by German academics with huge experience of the German football experience.
I plan to be at Firhill ( at which ground, incidentally, my late sister’s father-in-law was a groundsman away back in time).

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Enough is enough
AuldheidNovember 21, 2017 at 12:36
‘..when the football authorities try to force that idea into the heads of other supporters when it conflicts with sound and reasonable football rules the football authorities are supposed to apply..’
What RIFCplc/TRFC Ltd and their supporters and the SMSM say is neither here nor there, whether they are consciously lying to the rest of us or are have been shocked into delusion by the emotional blow of losing their club.
The Truth is that neither the SFA nor the SPFL can  legitimise the Big Lie.  Rangers of old is no more. It has not been, and cannot be , resurrected.
TRFC Ltd is a 6-years-old football club, utterly unconnected with RFC(IL)- legally, commercially and in relation to football honours earned.
If there were any kind of link to be made, it would be the shameful one of being linked in cheating: RFC(IL) was,until its Liquidation,in the control successively of master-cheats SDM and CW,   and TRFC Ltd and RIFC plc are also in the control of cheats, some of whom,indeed,  were on the board of the club that is now in Liquidation.
One would almost feel compassion for the common run of supporter, being so badly let down by the same unpleasant types of businessmen.

Enough is enough
HomunculusNovember 19, 2017 at 23:22
‘…The new stand at Tynecastle is looking the part, at least on TV.’
Lord, it made my feet itch to be on that pitch, it looked so superb.And when I think of how good I was on the ash pitches in Carntyne in 19 fifty feckin 4, I wonder what my slide-rule passes  would have been like on a surface like that!21

I listened to  Sportsound (before the radio commentary on the match), and I have to say that Richard Gordon kind of disappointed me by appearing to focus on the ‘safety certificate’ delay, rather than on the really positive and celebratory aspects of a significant community and sporting occasion.

An occasion made possible only by the sheer determination of honest people to save, by honest means, their historic club from death by Liquidation, the prospect of which had been  caused by a sleazeball ‘owner’
There was another sleazeball of an owner of another club……a club to save which the very  Sports Governing body threw out the rule book and all adherence to a belief in Integrity and honesty in sport.

Which sleazeball was not at all criticised on BBC Radio Scotland at any time!

They were too feart to do that.Or, perhaps, too emotionally involved, too stuffed with succulent lamb.

Enough is enough
TrisidiumNovember 19, 2017 at 13:40
‘…The ‘same club’ myth will survive of course. In the same way as Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Loch Ness Monster do.I have no issue with those who subscribe to any or all of these’

HomunculusNovember 19, 2017 at 15:13
‘…I have absolutely no issue with people believing whatever they want, ‘
Of course, having an attitude of amused toleration of other people’s views is all very well, and commendable: but only where those views are not allowed to be translated into realities and practicalities that are damaging to us.

The very governing body of a sport facilitated the creation of the Big Lie that a shilpit,6-year-old club playing out of Ibrox stadium has a record of sporting achievement second to none.

It is a lie that strikes deep at the very heart of football as fair competition, an un-rigged sport, in which  after honourable and fair sporting competition, victors are awarded well-merited honours and titles.

It replaces that idea with a grubby, venal, ultimately self-defeating idea that ‘honours and titles’ can be bought from the record of a defunct sporting entity.

It is a patent absurdity.

And, forbye, although we may compassionately indulge the fantasy of the TRFC Ltd supporter, God bless him, whose intellect may have been permanently weakened by the hugely unbalancing emotional shock of the death of the club he used to support, the SFA Board and the Board at Ibrox can be offered no such indulgence.

Those guys (and the one gal) KNOW damn fine that they cheated us all, both by not dealing appropriately with the cheating RFC (IL) , and by allowing false claims from RIFC plc/TRFC Ltd to be something that they are not. 

And the SFA, I believe, knows that if they opened themselves to  investigation from outside ( before the shredding machine got further work to do!)  damning material would be found.

If only we had had some ICIJ-type journalists when SDM first started his spending spree of (very largely)our money!

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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?

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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