Redistribution of Football Income – The Human Dilemma


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Redistribution of Football Income – The Human Dilemma
Had an interesting conversation with David Low yesterday about the situation facing the RIFC board, particularly with regard to the new revived Oldco squirrel.

Don’t want to trailer it, but we have arranged to do a Podcast on Monday morning so he can explain his assessment, diagnosis and prognosis – all contingent to a great extent on the outcomes of the forthcoming criminal trials, some unexpected Companies House activity, and to a lesser extent on the expected HMRC loss in their appeal.

I will do a written blog with the main points as a wraparound to the podcast, and the podcast itself can serve as the full and exhaustive list of views.

Like much of the Rangers saga, David’s assessment of the situation raises even more questions.

For Rangers fans, the news is not all bad though. Realism and the posing of relevant questions may not yet have infected the Daily Records and Heralds of this world, but it is gaining traction with a growing number of eminently sensible and increasingly vocal Rangers bloggers.

Watch this space.
Podcast available by Monday teatime.

Redistribution of Football Income – The Human Dilemma
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Redistribution of Football Income – The Human Dilemma
causaludendi 17th September 2015 at 3:10 pm

Cheers for that CO (your original moniker appears as the email sender – a blast from the ‘busting’ past! ? )

As a side note, all my PMs have disappeared? ? 🙁 I take it this is due to the format switch?

Sorry folks. I should have said that you can still access old PMs if you log on to It’s basically the old site.


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We are starting to put together our schedule for the radio thing. Content is important, and we are looking to solicit your assistance in lots of ways – including in the first instance some ideas for sport-based programmes.

The phone-in and interview format is fairly well established as a the bread and butter of the medium, but we are looking at ways to bring a fresh perspective.

Discussion on the blog is fine – although some the MSM outlets could nick good ideas 🙂

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The Cat NR1

Were the clubs willing parties to a fraud on Scottish football, or were they victims themselves?


If the former, that does beg the question as to whether there is any point in carrying on.

Yes there is – because the real battle here is between the clubs and their ‘customers’. The clubs can in fact do as they like. They have no emotional attachment to the sport in the way the fans do. Everything is settled by a cost/benefit analysis. This particular one deemed that following the rules correctly was the downside of the argument.

They justify it by dressing the SFA up as some kind of quasi legal guardian of the game, when in fact it is just a trade association – a cartel used as a blunt instrument to con the punters.

The Sevco 5088 Ltd/Sevco Scotland Ltd court cases may throw some light into the dark corners of Hampden’s Star Chamber.

So might we. We are still not done.
The evidence suggest strongly that the clubs are less concerned with the integrity of the game than we are.
The final outcome is dependent on our resolve. That is not in doubt at SFM. The question is;
“Are there enough of us?”

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John Clark 13th March 2016 at 1:11 pm
A priceless observation from Chick a few minutes go: ” Robert Burns died in 1796. He was closer in time to Hibs’ last Cup win than we are”.
Don’t know what point precisely he was trying to make, but it left the rest of the Sportsound chaps stunned in amused speechlessness!

I suppose that just demonstrates that Chic is as good at arithmetic as he is at telling the truth.

Give that he was born around 1954 that takes him to within 52 years of Hibs’ last cup win.

Burns is an outlier at 106 years.

Did anyone point out to Chic that it was in fact the League Cup today.

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep indeed! 15

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Apologies. Haven’t yet had time to respond, due to a current and very raging bout of man flu 05

However I will try to do so over the weekend.

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Turnbull Hutton’s attitude to the new club being given precedence over Spartans et al was that by any reasonable measure, and given their extraordinary fan-base and facilities, TRFC would have been given the spot anyway. In his view, the authorities pragmatically exercised their powers of discretion to short-circuit the entry application process.

In retrospect that became crucial to TRFC in their continuity myth-building, because the gap, even though it existed, was easier to Band-Aid over because of that fast-tracking.

I won’t rush to criticise TH too easily though. He was not too fussed over the minutiae of the OCNC debate, but he was steadfastly against what he saw as corruption in the SFA and SPL and was appalled by the calling to arms of the mob by McCoist and others. And he didn’t just pay lip service to it either. He was a consistent and generous donor to SFM, because he shared our view that in order to call itself a sport, football had to structure itself on the basis of as level a playing field as possible.

Whenever I doubt the merits of our case, I  think of Turnbull on the steps of Hampden accusing the SFA of corruption – and the subsequent absence of a visit from the Compliance Officer.

Like all good serial offenders, the SFA avoid battles they can’t win. No engagement with TH, no engagement with the Res12 group, no engagement with the SPL over their expulsion of a 140 year old club.

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