The Lost Voice of the Armageddon Virus

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Cluster OneJune 10, 2017 at 13:33 ________________ Thanks for that link you …

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Cluster OneJune 10, 2017 at 13:33
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Thanks for that link you provided to the ‘Herald’ article at http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15334390.Two_former_Rangers_execs_could_still_face_the_music_after_Craig_Whyte_s_fraud_trial_acquittal/?ref=twtrec
My interest was caught by the opening paras which I give here to avoid folk having to look it up:
“FORMER Rangers chief executive Charles Green and finance chief Imran Ahmad could still face charges in connection with the Craig Whyte takeover and the later Sevco purchase of club assets, it has emerged.
Former club owner Craig Whyte, who was thought to have been the last man standing in the long-running case, was cleared of all charges in connection with his takeover six years ago.
But Crown Office sources have confirmed matters regarding Mr Green and Mr Ahmad remain under consideration and “enquiries are continuing”, despite the events of Tuesday at the High Court.”
I’m sure I’m not alone in raising a sceptical eyebrow while quietly humming ‘and the band played believe it if you like’
After the pig’s ear effort recently made in another matter, The Crown Office is not likely to expend any energy on investigating folk now domiciled overseas.

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The Lost Voice of the Armageddon Virus
My kitchen clock shows midnight.
And I am sitting here, still somewhat stunned by the sheer brilliance of Griffith’s goals.
As examples of football skill at its most sublime they are hard to beat.
That two such masterpieces of technique should have been produced within minutes of each other , under enormous pressure, is almost unbelievable.
No football afficionado in the whole world of football, however jaded and cynical he may be, could not but be enthralled by that display of technical perfection.
The beautiful game at its best.
Isn’t it such a pity that the beauty of our game should have been so disfigured by the lies of the 6th Floor blazers, and by the SMSM in support of those lies?
( It’s actually now nearly midnight+30: got diverted for a while by a text from the brother)


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FinlochJune 9, 2017 at 13:42
“This is not an MSM sports hack or even editorial job because they have nothing to gain. (Self Interest Prevails)”
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“My motivation to write is born out of the willful ignorance of the Scottish media on this story. While they reprint unbelievable PR fiction related to Rangers as news, Scotland’s Fourth Estate has gone to great efforts to ignore the tax story. It is true that no one at Rangers is likely to be faxing this story to their pet journalists, so investigating this story would require more work than normal, but the story is there for the taking.”

On a wee nostalgia trip this evening ( trying to relate my first awareness of the RTC blog to our first visit to Australia shortly after the birth of our first grandchild), I called up RTC’s blog/post of 27/03/11.
Rangers’ tax issue: bringing light to the darkness

And the para cited above was what got me hooked into the saga.

We have been atrociously served by our traditional media.

RTC’s  suggestion that the succulent lamb brigade were merely lazy might be part of the reason. After all, it’s an easy life getting £x quid per column inch when you merely reproduce a wordy PR statement after a free meal and drink.

But it goes deeper than the mere laziness of individual journalists,because there were, are, honourable individuals who tried to get to grips with the reality.

But these were shut down by their editors. 

The failure of the greater part of the SMSM to  investigate, and report the results of their investigations, is one thing, bad enough in itself. 

What is infinitely worse ,however, is the fact that the SMSM colluded in the propagandising of the Big Lie manufactured by our Football Authorities , the lie that equates the club created by Charles ( excuse me, while I hawk and spit)Green with the club that was formed when my maternal grandfather was 21 years old.

It is a very bad day when freedom of the press is extended to the point where positive support for lies is accepted.

There is an enormous story to be told: a cheating knight of the realm, a lying football club, a lying Sport governance body, political interference(karma,what?), the granting to  a new club the ‘right’ to claim to be a dead club as far as claiming the honours and titles legitimately won ( some were not) by that now effectively dead club, but not as far as accepting liability for the debts owed to the creditors of the dead club.

[As part of that story there is , as a kind of side-show, ( geez, I nearly wrote ‘side-letter’) the farce of the ‘Trial’.

When I think on the ‘Trial’ I am reminded of Dusty Springfield’s ‘Windmills of your mind’, and, God forgive me, Emma Thomson’s dad’s ‘magic .. circle? was it?…. no,no, ‘ roundabout’]

The buggering about about who killed RFC and whether any or all parties involved are just lousy wretches of liars and cheats and self-serving, cut-each-others-throats, thugs is neither here nor there in the scale of things.

What is very much here is the established fact that scottish football, you, me, every SPL club, was actually and as a matter of proven fact, lied to by those responsible for ‘the integrity of the game’

And if that is not a story, it’s hard to say what would be a story for any kind of decent journalist.


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upthehoopsJune 7, 2017 at 20:05
‘…Incredible article from 2002. Always well worth a read every now and then
http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/adam-shakes-ibrox-pillars-with-warning-of-bankruptcy-1-595808.’
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That was a great reminder,uth, of why we are so justified in scorning the ‘journalists’ who ,from the start of the ‘saga’, failed to question, to investigate, to wonder at the absurdities that were coming from SDM, and the nonsense attached to the ‘off-the-radar’ wealth of the ‘MBMB’, and all the subsequent nonsense from the SFA and the then SPL and SFL in their dirty dealings with CG and his creation of a new club dressed as the old club, and blessed as such by a cowed and fearful Sports governance body.

We can expect  there to be in this world,  dirty, deceitful , dishonest  businessmen and all kinds of shysters trying to make  buck at other people’s expense. 

We do not expect that journalists worthy of the name should be of the same stamp. May they choke on stringy lamb or drown when a glass of SDM goes down the wrong way!

As for the governing bodies of a Sport, what do we expect? Some individual personal integrity? Some insistence on sporting integrity? Of course, as a minimum.

In respect of the governing body of Scottish Football what have we had instead? Little but  lies and an abandonment of sporting integrity.

The SFA has been nailed on the UEFA licence issue. And , as a matter of legal, commercial and sporting reality, has from day one of the 5-way agreement been supporting an absurd untruth.

The acquittal of Craig Whyte and the absence of any charges against any of the other distasteful types involved in the sale of the old,now in Liquidation club, leaves my withers unwrung.

My focus has been ,and is, on the wrongdoing and abuse of office of our Football governance folk.

Let’s get them called to account, and explain to us why Turnbull Hutton used the word ‘corrupt’ about their doings.


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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……and.no 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.’
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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?


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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).’
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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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