Podcast Episode 3 – David Low


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upthehoops says:
April 18, 2014 at 9:05 am
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Para Handy says:
April 18, 2014 at 8:58 am
When I was younger the prospects of the Berlin Wall falling were laughable but it happened. Is it really so preposterous to discuss future changes in European football that might involve big clubs like Celtic?

I think the reunification of Germany is slightly different from a football club moving leagues, UTH. However, I agree that future changes to European football are worthy of discussion.

As I said in the original post, CFC would not physically leave Scotland and IMHO this would have a detrimental effect to those clubs who are not invited to take part in the other league or new competition.

If FIFA do start to allow clubs to move between associations, then I see this only as a move towards the franchise system seen in pro sport in North America. Could you imagine if someone wanted to start a Club in let’s say Dublin, that could compete in this new European league? What is there to stop them buying an existing club and moving it from its current home to Dublin (for ice hockey fans think Quebec Nordiques becoming the Colorado Avalanche)?

If memory serves, Cardiff and Swansea cannot qualify for Europe via their national association’s cup competition because they also play in the English competition so they no longer take part in it. Should CFC move to the English league you would have to assume the same would apply. Once again, Scottish football becomes devalued.

All this talk of Euro-leagues, etc., is bonkers. Without local and national rivalry, football will die. Yes, it would be great to see your Club playing the top teams in Europe every week but as PTD has already pointed out, would any Scottish club make it into the top 20 in Europe consistently?

Before we look to fix European football, can we sort out the fankle we have in Scotland first please?

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It would appear that lazy “journalism” is not restricted to the SMSM…


Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
Billy Boyce says:
May 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for sharing this. It also begs a number of other questions.

– Given that setting up such Trusts takes time and from the sounds coming out of Ibrox, that is in as short supply as money, what are the timescales involved?
– If the Club/Company/Band of Brothers (delete as applicable) suffers an insolvency event between now and next season, how will the relationship between the Trust and the new Club/Company/Band of Brothers (delete as applicable) be set up and managed?

Probably more but a start…

Oh and while I am at it, I wonder if the SPFL/SFA will be having a wee word with the journalist of the year about wasting their time? Darryl might be Mr Unpopular around Hampden at the moment!

Podcast Episode 3 – David Low
Although a different country and a different sport, compare and contrast the decisive nature of the NBA’s leadership with that of any football association:


The debate is also interesting from the perspective of many instances of “private” comments made by directors, managers and players here in Scotland which have been dealt with inconsistently at best.

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sannoffymesssoitizz says:
April 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Views on fan ownership model from East Stirlingshire
Interesting viewpoint and I would say a few shrewd observations. I was once in favour of fan “ownership”, not fans of the blazer and brogue variety but fans from the stands.

However, I no longer consider that to be important or indeed effective. What is needed is a governance model that:
– takes the fans into account
– involves them in the decision making processes
– gives them if not an equal say and vote in all matters, allows for it in areas that directly impact on fans – prices, facilities (inlcusinf safe standing), etc.
– enforces openness and accountability in the areas of finance, the SFA & the SPFL

The list could go on but I think that would be a fair start…

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T’internet is a wonderful thing. Here is a brief synopsis of what is needed to become listed on ISDX:

How to join ISDX:

The admission process for issuers is clear and transparent (unlike some organisations we know).

ISDX Growth Market

The ISDX Growth Market is our market for earlier stage, entrepreneurial companies (well they are only three years old).

To join the ISDX Growth Market, all companies are required to meet the following specific admission criteria:

1. Appoint and retain an ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange Corporate Adviser at all times (Neil Patey, perhaps)?

2. Demonstrate appropriate levels of corporate governance including having at least one independent non-executive director (need to buy another blazer and pair of brogues)

3. Have published audited financial reports no more than nine months prior to the date of admission to trading (I am sure Deloitte’s will be happy for the work)

4. Have at least 12 months’ working capital (Over to you DCK)

5. Have no restrictions on the transferability of shares (other than caveat emptor)

6. Issue shares which are eligible for electronic settlement (just remember to keep paying the leccie bill)

7. Companies must also publish an ISDX Growth Market Admission Document, which is less onerous than a full prospectus. More information about the content of an ISDX Growth Market Admission Document can be found in the ISDX Growth Market – Rules for Issuers. (I am sure the 120 day plan could be brought up to date for this)

8. Under certain circumstances, for example if raising more than €5 million, companies may be required to publish a full prospectus for approval by the UK Listing Authority (UKLA). The company’s appointed Corporate Adviser will confirm where this is necessary. (Nae tother a ba given the excellent, well documented business acumen of the current Board)

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Although not to do with Scottish football, IMHO this is an excellent way for fans to protest.


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