Peace – Not War


Nice one PM. And I take it you read out your …

Comment on Peace – Not War by StevieBC.

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…

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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

Peace – Not War
…and about them roofs / rooves…Still silence from TRFC, whilst the Bampots are developing their structural knowledge on a daily basis.But, if RIFC/TRFC is as rooked as we believe – and assuming no other monies arrive shortly from offshore sources – then spending money on major maintenance would not be King’s first choice.  It is maybe imperative that the Blue Room keeps a focus on the squad, and to ensure 2nd place and perhaps a Cup final or win ?If the ‘planned works’ start on the roofs;- they could take longer to complete, e.g. due to weather and/or finding other items needing fixing / replacing ?- there could be a risk of an extended, partial stadium closure [?] until all works have been completed and inspected- there could be a risk – perhaps – that TRFC just doesn’t have the cash to complete any ‘unforseen costs’If your cash reserves are dwindling sharply, then an alternative solution could become an appealing, short-term fix.Like renting Hampden.But then, if allowed, would TRFC ever have the funds to refurbish – and return to – Ibrox ?Mibbees King will threaten the blazers: we have no cash, can’t fix Ibrox – so let us rent Hampden, or else the SFA will be responsible for killing off TRFC…and that’s ‘not good for the Scottish game’.If TRFC is scrabbling about in January to secure freebie / loan players, then spending significant amounts of their limited cash for H&S reasons would be painful for them.  Unless the contractor(s) foolishly provide credit terms ?  15 

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
Just a wild idea…

But, what if King declared himself bankrupt?
[Well in a court recently, he did claim he was ‘penniless’].

Of course anyone who knows of the glib and shameless one would assume King would have assets hidden, or in his wife’s name – a la wee Bazza?

Would bankruptcy effectively kill off the TOP sanctions?

At this point it seems that King’s reputation is ruined in Scotland – and with the bears and even with the SMSM?

King’s time is up playing charades as ‘the Rangers saviour’, and he must – you would think – be thinking about preserving his remaining wealth as he approaches retirement…?  09

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
Mibbees after 20 years of failure, the national team and the SFA don’t deserve a dedicated, national stadium?

And Hampden is simply not worth keeping as a football venue for mainly sentimental reasons, IMO.

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CO, I think Phil’s scoop about the manner of Nicholl’s appointment deserves a: Wow Just Wow!
It displays how dysfunctional the management structure at Ibrox has become, and you would think, it is a massive red flag.
[Apart from having no cash.]

I also have my fingers and toes crossed that in 2018 my £20 bet on TRFC finishes bottom 6 comes in – with the help of an Admin. event.

[Thanks to fellow Bampots for the tip: interestingly Sky wouldn’t accept a £50 bet for a 150/1 long shot…]

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
All the best for 2018 Bampots!

And just have to add this headline from the esteemed DR, so it must be true;

“Bluenoses out of joint as Rangers pub to be turned into gay sauna’s bar”

Couldn’t possibly comment on the article…but a couple of sentences did jump out as sounding familiar;

“…Annie Millers was one of Glasgow’s most hardcore Rangers haunts and it was a real shock for a lot of fans when it closed last year.
A lot of drinkers were hoping that someone might rescue the pub so it could reopen as it was before. This definitely won’t happen now…


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
Guessing it’s quiet as the Bampots have been out watching the footy…or getting dragged around the shops by their better half for the sales ?!

Wife told me last night about the Dembele ‘sale’.
Immediate reaction was that it was nonsense from the SMSM.

There ‘could’ be some truth in it: e.g. an off-the-record tip from either CFC or Dembele’s agent, perhaps to simply instigate a bidding war ?

But, my initial reaction to any big story is to always doubt the SMSM’s veracity: the lamb munchers were exposed a long time ago…and it’s a surprise that the DR in particular is still on sale in hard copy format. 

If he is sold for X millions, how will the SMSM / Level42 spin that as ‘bad news’ for CFC…and bad for Scottish football ?  22

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