Past the Event Horizon


Now I am perhaps doing them a disservice, because the …

Comment on Past the Event Horizon by smartie1947.

Now I am perhaps doing them a disservice, because the only place I can find the itemised “Charter” put forward by the so-called “Gang of Four” is in today’s Scotsman. If it is the Scotsman’s mistake, there is no fault attached to anyone (bar the proof-reader).
If however the Scotsman’s article is simply a cut-and-paste job from an official press release, how can a qualified chartered accountant put his name to such a glaring error as the bullet-point listed below.

• We will undertake to ensure that all executive directors’ salaries and bonuses are approved by the renumeration committee and subject to market benchmarking

Unless of course rather than monies paid out for executives’ rewards, it refers to a special committee set up to try to keep tabs on how many administrations have occurred to date.

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ForresDee says: (138)

December 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm



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The buy season ticket stuff coming out of ibrox very early, I’d expect them to be on sale early April!


On that tack, Rangers website today is offering a season ticket for the rest of the season at £142.
The accompanying blurb exhorting the faithful states that their record to date reads as follows:-
Played 15
Won 15
Points 52 (sic)

Figures always seem beyond them.

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Tic 6709 says: (566)

December 11, 2013 at 11:53 am



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In a fresh adjudication, the ASA said it was confident that consumers would understand the claim was in reference to the history of Rangers Football Club, but did accept that that the club’s history was “separate to that of Newco”.
Well, 54 and died.There will be no 55.
Now i’m away out Christmas shopping, see if I can buy some history.


Poundland has some on sale and they are throwing in a football club.

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Well done PL and the Celtic Board.
As for the 250 dispersed throughout the rest of Celtic Park, I hope the regulars leave them in no doubt that any repeat of last week’s behaviour will not be tolerated. Nothing like a bit of reverse peer pressure to bring it home to these neds.

Recent Comments by smartie1947

Journey’s End?
Cant wait for Wednesday.
Game over, three days of post-match non-analysis, no more non-articles by Sounness, Smith,McLeod, McAvennie, Johnstone,Johnston,Konterman (is that enough?)).
Pure bliss.
Purgatory = a replay and the whole charade starts all over again.

Journey’s End?
Oddjob @ 14.01

If the SFA were to adopt such a policy there would be no referees available to officiate at RFC fixtures.

Look Back to Look Forward
Finloch -great blog and your Wikipedia idea is first-class. My only reservation would be the security of any content-it seems too easy for unauthorised individuals to revise entries at will.
Turning to the current refereeing controversies and “it’s who you know” attitude that seems to prevail in all things SFA, I had an old friend who was a referee in the 70s-80s. My friend (henceforth MF) had worked his way up the leagues from junior to senior football and in the early 80s had reached the required standard to take charge of Division 1 games as they were called in those days. It was a labour of love. Twice weekly training sessions and all for a pittance of a fee. MF used to look forward to games at Stranraer or Q.O.S as he made more money on the generous mileage allowance than he did on his fee.
In those days, all new Div 1 refs were assessed on every game they took charge of. Most were happy to receive a 6 or a 7 out of 10 as that was deemed an acceptable performance.  In all the games MF was acceptable bar two. On each occasion he received a marking of 2 from the assessor who was also president of the Referees Association at the SFA. Suffice it to say this individuals 2 sons were also referees, and although barred from assessing their games, he simply gave atrocious marks to those he felt were inexperienced or were not likely to rock the boat. The 2 marks of 2 were enough to see MF downgraded to linesman’s duties in the lower leagues the following season with no right of appeal. Needless to say he tendered his resignation rather than accept his public humiliation. By never receiving any adverse markings they deserved on occasions the careers of the two sons flourished.
Anyway 2 stories to illustrate that all was not doom and gloom in those days. MF was picked by a well-known referee to accompany him as linesman to a UEFA cup match in Stockholm. As was the norm in those days, the local referees association  used to get two or three of their members to take the visitors out on the town the night before the game. So it fell that a party of 6 or 7 referees Swedish and Scottish, visited this rather exclusive strip club in the capital. The management in the club could not understand how this party were getting merrier and merrier as the night wore on having bought only one round of drinks, until on their departure they found a stack of empty miniature bottles of whisky underneath the table. I forgot to mention MF’s f/t job was as a Custom’s official in a well-known distillery.
The other tale involves a match at Tynecastle at  which MF officiated. A goalmouth collision in the opposition box, involving John Robertson and the away goalkeeper resulted in both lying flat on their backs with ball bouncing near them. MF indicated for them to play on and although still on his haunches Robertson made contact with the ball but unfortunately skied it over the crossbar. MF awarded a goalkick and ran back to the halfway line, with the home crowd going ballistic. As he neared the dug-out area, Alex McDonald, the then Heart’s manager, gave him dog’s abuse claiming it was an obvious penalty. MF, swore to us afterwards that this is what he replied to McDonald, “look if he cannot score from six yards, he’s hardly likely to score from twelve”   

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
Liverpool fans have won their dispute with the Club’s owners tonight. After the walkout on Saturday over the introduction of the £77 ticket” for next season, the Club have withdrawn that ticket, frozen all prices for the next two seasons and introduced a £9 ticket for seats at certain matches.
Are there lessons we can draw on here in our fight against the SFA?

John Clark Meets “The SFA”
On the biscuit theme, surely the whole saga reeks of Jammie Dodgers!

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