John Clark Meets “The SFA”

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Bogs Dollox 16th February 2016 at 2:19 pm # He …

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Bogs Dollox 16th February 2016 at 2:19 pm # He seemed to suggest that the referees are drawn from a narrow base i.e. the professional classes of lawyers, accountants etc and that advancement is not always down to ability.
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I’m sure many of us have seen and still see advancement in the workplace which is quite frankly undeserved and down to other factors. The Scottish Refereeing fraternity will be no different. The media never help of course, because their outrage at poor refereeing can be selective at times. Treating people like Hugh Dallas as some kind of mystical demi-god doesn’t help either. Rightly or wrongly Celtic fans perceived Dallas as being against their team. I am in no position to say that is true and there is every chance it isn’t, but he was involved in several major controversies. The more he was involved in the better a Referee he became according to  the media.  In my humble opinion had Dallas had a history of controversy against Rangers, we would never hear of him now. I know of only two Referees in Scottish football history who have been publicly hung out to dry. One was Mr Hugh Callaghan, who Rangers complained should have sent off a Celtic player but didn’t. The other was Mr Kevin O’Donnell who Hearts complained should not have allowed a Celtic goal. Neither game was televised.

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Re these rumours (and I accept they are only rumours) about the latest Ibrox loans being secured against future season ticket sales. People who have made millions tend not to do it by throwing good money after bad. Giving Rangers money with no guarantees definitely comes into that category. If the media wanted to find out the terms under which this money was loaned I have no doubt at all they could. After Whyte put Rangers into Administration they had no problem finding out all sorts of things. Before Administration they couldn’t care,  because they were happy to go with the party line that everything was well funded by mega rich people who were doing it only for the love of Rangers. Sounds familiar doesn’t it!


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neepheid 14th February 2016 at 5:05 pm #
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At the height of the period when David Murray’s Rangers were effectively the Bank of Scotland Works XI the Daily Record often told us an elite European League was imminent, that Rangers would be part of it, Celtic would not be part of it, and the rest of Scottish football would be left behind forever. How ironic that Rangers have since completely crashed and burned, and not one other senior club from that period has. There was never going to be a European League that Rangers were going to be part of, but it was all part of the decades long fantasy that the entire Scottish establishment bought into, part of which was to put Celtic and the rest of Scottish football down with equal fervour.  

I stop short of hoping newspapers go out of business. A lot of good people depend on them for a living, but the days of me contributing to their cause are long gone. 


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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 2, 2018 at 11:07

Wow! I know we are not meant to put much store on the thumbs up or down, but two people have given thumbs down to this post! Who on earth could find fault with a post respecting the dead from the Ibrox disaster?

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A bit puzzled at the thumbs down myself A.J, but there’s nowt queerer than folk as they say!


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On this day in 1971, the Ibrox disaster happened during a Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox. 66 fans died in a crush. Some of us remember that day, some of us may even have been there, while some of us would not even be on this earth at the time. 

We are all football fans. Nobody should go to a football match and never return home. Rest in Peace.


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CLUSTER ONEJANUARY 1, 2018 at 19:27

“If they move out of Hampden, the SFA are in danger of leaving themselves hostages to Rangers and Celtic,” said Queen’s Park president Alan Hutchison.

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I am a Celtic shareholder and if it was up to me (which it is not), I would tell the SFA here and now that Celtic Park is unavailable for any future fixture.  However I know that will not happen, but I doubt there is anything they could do to force Celtic to allow them use of the stadium.  


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ALLYJAMBOJANUARY 1, 2018 at 12:18

I see, too, that PMGB is issuing challenges, in two posts, to the Ibrox based boards to issue denials of what he is telling us.

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I see it is alleged £800k is owed to suppliers. In my view unless any of it is due to a financial behemoth such as one of the big six energy suppliers, then we are unlikely to see any winding up requests heading towards court. It simply wouldn’t be worth the risk for any small supplier in Scotland to do that. Having said that I find it remarkable anyone is willing to extend them any sort of credit at all, or are they worried about the bully boys on that score as well?

I’m sure the SFA will want to satisfy themselves all is well though. I am also sure a herd of pink elephants takes off from Glasgow Airport at 20:00hrs tonight with the moon as their destination.


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