Peace – Not War


“All you can do as a [football] club is be …

Comment on Peace – Not War by StevieBC.

“All you can do as a [football] club is be honest…”

Admirable words.

Except they came from the manager of TRFC!  01

Looks like he has finally been afflicted with rangersitis.

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Peace – Not War
Nice one PM.
And I take it you read out your comment to ‘John’ for his input – before posting it to SFM?  😉

At the other end of the age spectrum: I tactfully stopped even mentioning RFC/TRFC to my father-in-law when he declared – in front of his daughter, who is very much clued up – that “…it was all a C@tholic conspiracy” !

Sometimes it’s better / easier / less frustrating to take the high ground.

TRFC’s actions will eventually convince even the most delusional bluenose that their club has self-harmed, and nobody else is to blame…mibbees…

Peace – Not War
Just read this curious DR article about Queens Park, and the 1 pound a week contracts, with the screaming headline;
[my highlighting]

“Queen’s Park break 150 years of amateur tradition and now face HMRC crackdown”
The grand amateurs of Scottish football could face an HMRC crackdown after handing out £1-a-week professional deals to players.

We [DR] have been investigating the failure of the SPFL…

SNP MSP James Dornan, whose Cathcart constituency covers Hampden, expressed his concern as Holyrood prepares to debate the issue of good governance across the national game next week…”

QP stated they have not had any discussions with HMRC in last 8 years.
Fraser Wishart – the CEO of PFA – hasn’t mentioned this in the SMSM before now, [unless I missed it].

The word ‘investigating’ blew Ralston’s cover: it made me immediately suspicious !

Of course, respecting minimum wage regulations is a must, but what have the SPFL / SFA / MSM / Fraser Wishart been doing all this time ?

And the other snippet which caught my eye: the lawyers who drew up these – presumably void [?] – contracts are the same as the SFA’s – Harper Macleod LLP.

Mmmmm…  09

Peace – Not War

The photo in the STV link above shows;

– Regan, a thoroughly discredited, derided individual amongst supporters of most Scottish clubs

– Mackay, a somewhat ‘controversial’ choice for the poisoned chalice that is the SFA Performance Director role, [3 in 2 years]

– they are holding up a rather insipid, Scottish top 

– they are standing in the crappy national stadium which was built to accommodate another sport – and whose most infuriating fault is the vast distance between the seats and the action !

Yet for all the negativity…the playing surface looks quite good.  14

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Cluster One 22nd December 2020 at 23:01

SPFL toast new sponsor as Glen’s Vodka backs Scottish football until 2023 SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster hailed the partnership…


I see there is some mild criticism reported in the SMSM, but Doncaster, IMO, is confirming he is tone deaf with his comments.

The game has been screaming out for Gov't. – i.e. taxpayers' – financial support due to covid, yet it continues to simply blank the opinions of its customer base / taxpayers.

I'd guess the majority (?) of fans are uncomfortable with the national team – and our clubs – being strongly associated with booze, gambling, fast food, junk food, etc.



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Extract from the BBC:

shirley, Blatter wasn't planning on a return to football next year…?!


"Fifa has lodged a criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter over the finances of a museum in Zurich, Switzerland.

The complaint relates to the involvement of Blatter and other former officials in the Fifa museum project.

It is the latest allegation of financial impropriety against Blatter, who resigned from his post as president in 2015 amid a corruption scandal.

The 84-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing.

Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban from all forms of football."



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Jingso.Jimsie 22nd December 2020 at 11:28

It was a terrible advert for Scottish football: a poor game which lacked any consistency of quality play from either team, poorly refereed…


I suppose 'beauty lies in the eye of the beholder', but I thought it was a great advert for Scottish football – especially for the neutrals.

Totally agree that technically, the footy on show wasn't the best – and neither was the match officiating.

But: 6 goals, a bit of argy bargy, controversial refereeing, individual mistakes, suspect goalkeeping – plus the drama of a penalty shoot out to make history, or not.

Too many times I have watched the technically gifted EPL 'big games' where the footy on offer was high quality… but boring as hell.

At least the Scottish Cup Final wasn't a typical, dour and overly defensive 1-0 game?


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As this is the Scottish Football Monitor,

well done to the Buddies for their epic, totally unexpected Cup win last night.

Likewise, it's good for the game that Ross County also progressed in the cup with their own big win.

At least one piece of silverware will be leaving Glasgow this season – which is no bad thing at all, IMO.

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J.J agreed: and who knows the full impact of covid on transfer fees – and the duration of any depressed transfer market.

I didn't read the full RIFC Annual Report or the full AGM notes, so may have missed it, but;

It makes sense for Robertson to state that a couple of players need selling each year: seems to have worked OK for CFC in recent years.

But, for a cash strapped club in the middle of a pandemic with few, young sellable stars in the squad – you'd think Robertson would be shouting loud about cost cutting…

except TRFC is desperate to stop 10IAR.

TRFC should be focused on short-term cost-cutting measures to counter the immediate Going Concern risks.

To state the bleedin' obvious.  indecision

Choosing to focus on winning the SPL title rather than focusing on survival is RIFC's choice to make.

…as our incompetent SFA blazers look on gormlessly… again.

If Robertson had an improved governance body as he claims to want, then the SFA would be asking searching questions of TRFC long before now.


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