Good Try Mr. McKenzie


ArtesianFebruary 4, 2017 at 02:23 ‘……although every industry I have worked …

Comment on Good Try Mr. McKenzie by John Clark.

artesianFebruary 4, 2017 at 02:23
‘……although every industry I have worked in has relied on a steady stream of raw talent of sufficient quality being available to enable it to flourish and grow .That’s not the case in Scottish football ……….Until we address this fundamental issue Scottish football is going nowhere …’
Just back from Auckland last night ( Friday ), and back to my lap-top instead of the ‘stoopid wee tablet’, and have been reading with great interest some of the very good posts about the malaise in Scottish Football, as you , artesian (‘Well fan?), ably describe.

It would, of course,  be wrong of me ( or of anyone) to attempt to attribute this malaise solely to the huge, and absolutely unforgiveable, cheating of SDM.

I’m as aware as anyone else, I think, that there’s a whole barra-load of reasons for the decline in the standard of Scottish Football over the years.

Among these, a really critical one was the ‘teachers’ strike’, one consequence of which was the loss of that freely given support for schools football by those great guys ( and gals) who, as primary and secondary school teachers, gave up their entire Saturday mornings right through the season, engendering or building up enthusiasm for ‘organised’ football.

I don’t doubt that schools football is presently given a serious place in the scheme of things, but  huge damage was done in terms of the loss of the primacy of football as ‘the’ sport, in the minds and hearts of at least a few generations! And the lost ground simply has not been made up.

Other reasons are well documented: economic decline in towns that once had tens of thousands of supporters for their local team; the greater awareness of the range of other attractive sports both to participate in and to enjoy as spectators; the availabilty on TV of the ‘artistic best’ in the sport of football; and the, to my mind,  cult of phony ‘fanship’ for foreign teams (based on ‘fashion’ or TV nonsense about ‘special ones’ etc etc), and a whole lot of other factors, chief among which is the effect of ‘TV money’.

All of these factors have been present and have affected the fortunes of Scottish Football long before the cheating of SDM.No question.

BUT that cheating, in my view, set off a chain-reaction of virtually uncontrolled debt-acquisition in many of our senior clubs which fell into the borrow-easily-now, and hope- to- be-able – to-repay by success on the pitch.

The massively cheating club, as we all know, died as a consequence of its cheating ( or rather, from the fear of the gutless SDM that his cheating had occasioned such a debt to accrue to the taxman that he had to get out , and sell , for a pound! ,to the chancer who actually was the tool which effected the execution of RFC(IL) by running the famous old club into Liquidation.

The death of any football club is, of course, a general matter of regret.
But the death of RFC as member of the then SPL , and of the SFA, shocking as it was ( and it WAS such a shock , because the SMSM had failed to track the business affairs of SDM and question where the hell he was getting all this money!), gave rise to the much, much more shocking revelation that our Football Governance body was ready to lie and cheat: first, to try to save RFC(IL) by creating the myth that a new , applicant club, was RFC(IL), then by trying to bludgeon the then SPL into admitting the new applicant club to that league, and then, that effort failing, ‘persuaded’ the then SFL to admit that new club, but, to their chagrin, only to the bottom-most tier.

And then, of course, we learned that the very same Football Governance Board had, years earlier, allegedly lied to UEFA so as to be able, fraudulenty, to  award a UEFA competition licence to SDM’s RFC, thus sliding a few million quid to the unentitled club.

Now, whatever may be the malaise of Scottish Football as a Sport, it is not going to be cured by an organisation that suffers from the  malaise of being seen as a lying, cheating Governance body.
Sins of incompetence, of well-intentioned but ineffective sports governance, can be forgiven…although ‘incompetents’ have to be replaced.

The sin of fundamental betrayal of trust and destruction of the Sporting ethic are, well, damnable. And, frankly, there is no forgiveness for those-none of those- who betray an office of trust. ( or, more basically, who play their customers for suckers)

Those who have posted recently, honest and respected posters as they are, about the need to sort of move on, and tackle the ‘problems’ that Scottish Football faces, need to keep in mind the truth that  Scottish Football is presently living a lie.
And that a lie cannot be sustained forever.

It has to be faced, sooner or later.

Otherwise, there is no point to the game.

And our kids and grandweans and great-grandweans might be better advised to choose another professional sport on which to lavish their time, their money and their devotion.

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Good Try Mr. McKenzie
AllyjamboFebruary 6, 2017 at 11:48
“…….an example of how people can come to power by hoodwinking the public, and how the lies they use can be ignored and ‘normalized’ once they are in power.”
Possibly the supreme example of ‘hoodwinking’ a ( too ready to BE hoodwinked public!) was the farcical absurdity of the wee black-haired smout of a runt like Adolph getting the herrenvolk to subscribe to the ‘Aryan blonde, blue-eyed , racially ‘pure’ Germanic ideal! He was absolutely the very opposite-and nobody noticed!

And that  they should listen  to men who preached ‘eugenics’ who were themselves less than physically perfect specimens of humanity, like the club-footed Goebbels, or the insane Hess, and the whole lot of dirty, evil bast.ards who variously made up the Third Reich’s ‘1000 years’ elite.

Gott strafe their unhallowed memory!

And, similarly, Gott strafe our lying, deceitful SMSM and , double strafe our rotten deceitful Football Governance people who created the Big Lie of Scottish Football.

Which, like the herrenvolk of the 1920s and 30s, our general public are only too ready to swallow because ‘it’s what the papers say!’

How many radars had the German press?
better question: how many journalists in the German press were NOT radars?
and in relation to the Scottish Press, what answer would we truthfully get in response to the same question?

Good Try Mr. McKenzie
bluFebruary 6, 2017 at 11:26
‘…Looks like it was a minor detour into matters football AJ. See link for la list of Guardian articles.…’
Maybe a detour, blu, but by no means ‘minor’.
It was a brilliantly simple  piece of factual reportage that the SMSM  as a whole ought to have been capable of, and indeed had a duty to emulate.
No matter how ‘facts’ are used , they remain facts.
It was no ‘nationalist propaganda’ that killed RFC, but the worst type of exploiter of the ‘ Union Flag’ in his frankly disgusting cheating of Scottish Football.
Small did what every honest ‘journalist’ should do. State the facts, first, and then, perhaps, go on to give his/her ‘interpretation’ of the facts.
As has been frequently noted on this blog, ‘facts are chiels that…etc etc.’
There is simply no getting away from the legal, commercial and sporting  fact that the RFC of our fathers and grandfathers, greatgrandfathers, simply are no more as a member of Scottish Football! And it doesn’t matter a damn if 500 000 000  people world-wide choose not to accept that fact!
Reference has in previous posts   been made to Galileo Galilei whose ‘eppure si muove’  may be loosely translated as ‘ it doesn’t matter a bugger if everybody on earth thinks the sun goes round the earth; it is still the earth that moves round the sun!
And all the Regans and Doncasters and Dave Kings and BBC Radio chiefs and Radar Jacksons and ( God, how tedious to list them all..) deniers of that fact cannot, with all their denial, change the fact!

Good Try Mr. McKenzie
jimboFebruary 4, 2017 at 21:21
‘…John C, that seems ages you’ve been in Australia. When you due back? I miss your late posts when I can’t sleep’
Bit of a left-handed compliment, that! 0319
I’m back from Auckland- but only back to Birkdale/Brisbane. Went to NZ as a way of extending the Oz visa, and I’ll be here for another couple of months.

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
My brother and I, auld men now that we are, meet occasionally for a pint or three.
We tend to pay homage to our late dad by visiting one of the pubs he used as a young man afore the war ( he lived in digs near Partick Cross) , or one of the pubs he used when we were kids during his working life at what  used to be Glasgow Corporation Tramways Parkhead depot,  or the pub he used in Tollcross in his retirement days.
So I feel for the patrons of what had been Annie Miller’s pub in Ropework lane.
If and when the new owners of the premises tart it up gaily as a feeder bar for their adjoining sauna, I expect that it will no longer be a ‘Rangers’ pub,a place of shared enjoyment of football memories and celebration of former days of glory.

Like the historic Rangers Football Club, Annie Miller’s is dead. Ceased trading in 2016. No longer exists as a ‘Rangers’ pub, any more than the Rangers Football Club of 1872 exists as a professional football club entitled to a place in Scottish Football.
That’s the reality.
There isn’t even a ‘Scottish Football Pubs Association’ prepared to create and propagate a lie  that ‘Annie Miller’s’ lives on, there have been no white or green knights/knaves rushing in to found ‘continuity Annie Miller’s’, no running-dog SMSM types betraying their avocation by propagating untruths…… convicted criminals begging, borrowing and making false promises about good times to come if only other folk will produce the readies…
Annie Miller’s is dead and gone.
Only a lie sustains TRFC Ltd.
And those who drank in Annie Miller’s know that.
And the evil men of the SMSM and the SFA know it, too.
May 2018 see them confounded, and their untruths exposed.

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
FinlochDecember 30, 2017 at 20:42
‘…Craig took a Corinthian and undisciplined club going nowhere fast, rooted it into a previously ignored community and has achieved some incredible health and social goals deep into that community using football as glue.’
Beautifully expressed, Finloch.

Football as a glue of ‘community’

Of community trust,

of basic honesty,

of the  Corinthian spirit,

of sporting integrity….

and of all the virtues that the SFA has so spectacularly abandoned, in its determination to insist that Charles Green’s Sevcoscotland is entitled to call itself the Rangers of 1872

That such an incredibly monstrous perversion of truth of any kind, never mind sporting truth, is being, and has been for 5 years, propagated by our Football Governance body and supported by the SMSM is stark evidence of a deep, deep corruption at the heart of our sport, and, worse, at the very essence of our ‘free’ Press.

in this little country of ours.

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
And since I’m talking to myself while all you guys and gals are snoring your heads off, can I just mention that in the local newspaper this morning there was a piece about school sports.

It seemed to be about the ‘pick’ of the best players.

I didn’t have time today to read the whole thing ( and it’s too late to disturb the household to go looking for the paper!) but it seemed to be related to the use by ‘soccer’ teams of the American  Football  concept of who gets to pick the best player in the ‘draft’.

I have only the haziest understanding of that concept.

But in so far as it might relate to attempts to create genuine ‘sporting’ , on-field, equality of talent, it must have something to recommend it.

Even the Americans realise that in order to make money out of sport,there has to be some concept of genuine ‘sporting competition’

Auldheid reminded us, quite movingly, of the joyous nature of our game as we all experienced it.
We all knew instinctively what was fair, and what wasn’t.
Remember how our street game teams were picked?

The two ‘captains’ tossed for first choice.Whichever won the toss would pick the ‘best’ player. The other guy would pick ‘the second best’ and so on.

And, if it appeared that there was an imbalance ,or if there was an odd number of players, then it would be agreed that a ‘John Clark’ would play the first half for one side to give them the extra man, and the second half for the other side, to try to be fair in the use of that useless lump!

( who, I may say, was actually quite good at lifting the wee ba’ from the street up onto the pavement, one hand on the lamp-post outside the Thomson’s house on Cuthelton Street, and bringing it to the goal at the lorry entrance to the Domestos depot ( formerly Donald Clarke’s steel kind of place, which in 1947 sirened One o’Clock,with the siren they used ‘during the war!’)

And it is these kinds of memories that fuel my contempt
contempt for the cheating bast.rd of a knight of the realm who killed the RFC of my day

contempt for the SFA who, like some referees,not only did not ‘see’ that cheating but went further and assisted in that cheating

And who continue to propagate the lie that the football club that cheated its way to death by Liquidation is somehow the same club as a five year old creation that they themselves have lied into existence.

And as for the the whole lot of the successive boards of either Sevco 5088, Sevcoscotland, The rangers football Club Ltd, RIFC plc  how can they be described otherwise than as  scavengers of carrion? Feeding as they do on the dead flesh of a once proud football club?

It gars me greet…
Quietly and solemnly, into my glass of “Goose IPA, 5.9%, made from hops from Idaho” ( And actually quite surprisingly pleasant, reminiscent of McEwan’s pale ale.

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
It’s 11.43 pm in Scranton,PA,  and we have just come back from being wined and dined  in tremendously good company in a friends-of-the-son’s home.

I am therefore in a cheerful frame of mind. (Mind you, sitting in the back seat of the car I had one of those A9 moments of absolute fear, when the driver overtook another car on a blind bend, before I realised we were still on a dual carriageway!)….

For one reason or another, it suddenly strikes  me that I don’t actually know ( or remember) when it was that the concept of ‘transfer windows’ was introduced, or why it was introduced.

On the face of it, it’s as much of a restriction of ‘trade’ on ’employers’, as the pre-Bosman situation was on freedom of employment was on ‘workers'(players).

Is there a decently worked out rationale for the concept?

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
easyJamboDecember 27, 2017 at 17:49
‘..I think that the document will only be a restatement of the resolutions that were approved at the AGM (Resolutions 10 & 11).’
You’re perfectly right, of course, eJ: it was only the official recording  of the AGM resolutions.

I think I for one (in my general ignorance) tend to think that any plc of which a director has been taken to the Courts( in an unprecedented action by the Takeover Panel) would have every form or document that it submitted to Companies House rigorously examined, cross-checked, double-checked, treble checked ,even, in a way that ,for example, the SFA does not do with documents submitted to it by its trustworthy gentlemen members.

The Takeover Panel has a lot riding on how the Law stands in its approach to the Panel’s need for support in their regulation of rogues in the market-place.

So I tend to look at anything touching on RIFC plc that seems even a wee bit different as something worth exploring.

Largely tongue-in-cheek, of course: -we’re not likely ever to be told anything confidential by CH! But if they say something will appear, and then it doesn’t appear when promised, then it allows one to ask why. Keeps them on their toes!

And we know that when even the gentlemen of our free Press are not above behaving with less than complete honesty when it comes to TRFC Ltd/RIFC plc  there may (God forbid!) exist a ‘protective of companies’ mindset in CH, rather than a ‘get the baddies’ approach.

Who knows?

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