It Takes Two to Tangle


Just before I go to bed, as a hopelessly trapped …

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Just before I go to bed, as a hopelessly trapped PAYE civil service pensioner, can I just remind ourselves that whether or not RFC ( still languishing in liquidation) illegally evaded paying tax is NOT the primary focus.
It does not matter a damn in terms of football integrity .
They lied to the SPL and to the SFA about the payments they were making to their players. End of story. They ought to have been kicked out of Scottish Football if the rules had been applied.
They cheated big time.
But worse, that cheating was KNOWN to people in the SFA, over many years.
And not dealt with.
And wholly disregarded in the frantic, panic-stricken ‘Armageddon’, ‘Civic unrest’ response by the SFA to the death of a club, a club most favoured by lying referees and prejudiced ‘Peter Thomson’ BBC radio sound-alikes over the years.
I doubt if anywhere else in the world of football an individual club so flagrantly in breach of its National Association’s own Rules has been so protected and defended by its Association.
With the backing of the ‘media’.
A great wrong has been done and, in effect, covered up. What was the old phrase? -‘cover your work’?
The football crime is of more relevance to this blog than any tax-evading/avoidance scam.
Let’s not forget it, because we all in one way or another, were victims of it, whether in sporting terms or in hard cash terms.

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enough is enough says:
July 11, 2014 at 12:08 am
‘….It’s probably obvious, but can someone explain the joke to me? (I was blonde as a child)’
It puzzled me with its cleverness as well. But I think Torre Andre Flo’s ebt is the reference ‘ How’s the cash, Flo?’.

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Castofthousands says:
July 10, 2014 at 12:02 am
‘…..I think they must have looked like payments from Ranger’s perspective as well since they decided not to register side letters with the SFA as part of the players remuneration details. ‘
CoT, there is no question but that SDM/RFC believed they were at the madam.And there is a delicious irony in the fact that , according to the UTTT, they were not in breach of tax legislation.Had they played a straight bat as honest brokers, they need not have killed their club by selling it for £1.00 to a third rate chancer.
But they KNEW in their minds and hearts that they WERE at the madam, feared that the game was up,and chickened out.
The sole and entire blame for the death of RFC lies at the door of SDM. And Media attempts to exculpate him are just nonsense.
But that’s an internal matter for the blogs of and supporters of the new club.
Our concern is quite, quite different. It matters not what the tax legislation says: SDM/RFC were guilty of
serious cheating under the Rules of the SFA and SPL over many years. Cheating that ought to have been spotted by the Administrators who are so good as to be able to spot the absence of a signature on a routine form, but appear not to know about the practice of a club in routinely not disclosing all payments made to its players even though the best administrator in the world had ,while employed by that club, personally benefited from that practice.
The rottenness was there. Is still there. And is still to be rooted out.

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The decision ( surprising though I find it) of the UTT does not, of course, change anything of fundamental interest to this blog. Whether SDM and the pornographic ex-lawyer and assorted others were or were not breaking tax laws and cheating the taxpayer is really neither here nor there. Our focus was, is, on the cheating of the football community by breaking Football rules and thereby gaining illicit unfair sporting advantage in a crime that was second only in gravity to match fixing.
The baddies in football terms are still baddies, and that still must be attended to properly.
What Lord Doberty has to say about the interpretation of tax legislation does not change that one little bit.
The taxpayer may not have been illegally cheated but Scottish Football and Scottish football clubs were most certainly cheated , by a combination of bad people in RFC and inefficient and complicit men in the SFA, aided by complicit propagandists in the SMSM.
Remember, the tax saga was no more than an entertaining side show. The real story is the corruption of our game by its very administrators.
The UTTT decision does not let them off the hook in any way shape or form, and does not legitimise the 5-way secret deal or the subsequent supportive actions by the Football Authorities.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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