Reflections on Goalposts

ByDanish Pastry

Reflections on Goalposts

A recent autumn storm caused the destruction of the metal goal fame in our garden. The small goal with the weather-beaten net had fallen into disuse. But I liked it seeing it there on the grass. I suppose I half-expected, half-hoped, it would be used again. Once, it was a father and son thing and had been constructed carefully from a nice set of plans. At the time, it impressed both son and daughter no end. But that was then, this was now.

One of our trees, blown over by the recent high winds, caused the goal frame’s final demise. As I unscrewed the twisted metal I thought of the hours of innocent fun it had given us. It had been the scene of many goals and not a few great saves. My son, who is soon off to uni, smiled thoughtfully as I mentioned that this was the end of the ‘goalposts of childhood’. Perhaps he knew what I meant.

My own childhood goalposts had been ‘doon the back’. Drawn with chalk on the red brick of the ‘sausage wall’ at one end, and on part of the ‘wash hoose’ at the other. Many a league, Cup and international match was played out between those goals on the Dennistoun dirt. We once put on a parallel version of a historic England v Scotland match while the real match was being played at Wembley. Jim Mone sitting on one of the dykes had a transister radio to his ear. As we played our match he chalked up live score updates on the wall — our Twitter and FaceBook anno 1967. What a day.

We did use a pile of jackets up on the old Dennistoun cricket pitch, but only rarely. Mostly, we played on the red gravel surface at the Finlay Drive entrance. That pitch was fitted with real goalposts — like the ones they had at Hampden. Or so we imagined.

These sentimental memories of receding years accompanied my removal of the ruined metal goal frame. But, as you can imagine, it seemed an almost symbolic act. For fans of Scottish football the ‘goalposts’ that once defined the game of our football childhoods — have not only been moved, they’ve been been twisted and mis-shapen out of all recognition.

The past decades have seen a fundamental change in the way our game is run and governed, at home and abroad. Money is now king and sporting consideration is a luxury we sometimes have to put to one side — or at least, so we’re told.

At the risk of stating the obvious, sport, if it is to mean anything at all, has to be based on clearly defined rules and principles. These rules must be applied equally to all the participants, they are certainly not optional extras. However, to misquote and paraphrase George Orwell, ‘all teams are equal, but some teams are more equal than others’ — at least, when it comes to Scottish football.

The efforts by the SFA to re-interpret rules to fit the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the demise of Rangers FC in 2012 have left most of us scratching our heads. Much of the Scottish media has backed up the SFA’s efforts, something which has added to the general confusion and chaos. In fact, it’s become clear that the death of Rangers, as we knew them, has been such a traumatic event that it must be denied. The authorities and media seem to have been so besotted with one club that its loss is out of the question. And so, it’s been gifted a bizarre kind of immunity from liquidation and death that implies its on-going existence, long after it drew it’s final breath.

This situation has opened the door to a legion of businessmen on the make. They have been allowed to perpetuate the myth, with SFA blessing, that they ‘saved’ Rangers. And their unwavering message is, that they can only succeed if fans keep giving them their hard-earned cash. To those outside the blue bubble it looks like a huge con trick. If the only source of real money in football is the fans, then the Ibrox faithful have been royally fleeced.

How different it could have been if the former club had been allowed a dignified end. A year out of the game would probably have allowed fans to restart a newco of their own. They could have applied for entry into the professional leagues along with the other clubs waiting in line. Chances are they would have been given special dispensation, and walked straight into the bottom tier. Of course, they would have claimed to be the continuation of the spirit of the previous entity — but would anyone have argued against that? How different it could have been if the rules governing the game had been respected. The SFA may even have kept their dignity intact and the press not felt obliged to print half-truths, falsehoods and lies.

You’ve got to wonder why Dunfermline and Hearts fought so desperately to avoid liquidation. After all, the Scottish football authorities now seem intent on convincing us that liquidation has little or no effect on a football club. Even past sins, such as wrongly-registered players are as naught — if, at the time, they were thought to have been registered correctly. By this logic, we have to ask: if a ‘company’ running a ‘club’ bribes a referee, will retrospective action will be taken against the ‘club’. The players and the club, after all, will have done nothing wrong. And since the referee was not known to have been bribed, and not struck off, he was qualified to referee the match in question, at the time. Using the SFA thought process, the result would probably be allowed to stand. Personally, I’m not sure I follow SFA logic. They’ve ‘moved the goalposts’, and (you saw it coming) bent them into an unrecognisable shape.

Which brings me back to our garden. The old metal goal frame is waiting to be driven down to the local re-cycling centre. The twisted metal and worn-out net are useless. Ruined by forces beyond our control. There is no interest in a replacement at present. Perhaps, if we have grandchildren, they will show an interest in football. If they do, I’ll build a new set of goalposts. They’ll be straight and true, the way the goalposts of childhood should be. The way goalposts should always be.

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Tif FinnPosted on8:02 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Thanks for that noag.

I though I smelt spin.

Over on follow follow they are celebrating his departure and that he got nothing when he left.

Irvine could make them believe anything he wanted. They deserve each other.

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Greenock JackPosted on8:10 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Eco @ 7:46

It’s 12 months.
The part you are reading is pre admission (IPO).

Under an agreement dated 7 December 2012 but effective on Admission, the Company shall
employ Brian Stockbridge as a Finance Director of the Company for a salary of £200,000 per
annum and all reasonable expenses properly incurred. Mr Stockbridge is also entitled to a bonus
of 100 per cent. of his gross salary in the event that the Club wins promotion from the SFL or
otherwise transfers to another football league or to another division within a league and to
participate in any share option or other incentive scheme adopted by the Company

The agreement is terminable by the Company either for cause or on 12 month’s notice and
by Mr Stockbridge on 3 months’ notice.

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ianagainPosted on8:12 pm - Jan 24, 2014


ecobhoy says:

January 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm
On Stockbridge

It should be remembered that he is the last one who dates back to the time of Sevco 5088. He was there at the beginning – now there is complete deniability at RIFC and TRFCL on what took place in those days.

I wonder if someone is coming to knock on the Ibrox door shortly? Or perhaps CW is actually coming to town 😆
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Eco
Which summary gets my firm vote.
Clearing the decks pending?
Anyone got an account facility to search any pending court action on Craigies behalf or any Sevco 5088 action?

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slimshady61Posted on8:15 pm - Jan 24, 2014


ecobhoy says:
January 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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12 months’ notice EB – that’s the fat end of £200K so he gets his bonus back one way or another

Either way it’s another hefty 6-figure sum paid out – this is by far the best way to start cost-cutting.

Ally next?

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Tif FinnPosted on8:15 pm - Jan 24, 2014


How Brian Stockbridge spent the Rangers fan’s money.

http://www.alanhutchison.co.uk/weddings/wedding-photography-loch-lomond-golf-club/

This is freely available on the interweb and presumably he and his good lady agreed to that, or were paid to do it.

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StevieBCPosted on8:17 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Immediate reaction on Stockbridge’s exit is that ‘his job is done’.
If he was leaving because of poor performance he would have left long before the AGM.

So does this make Nash’s arrival more relevant, or just a coincidence ?

If TRFC now implodes will that ‘bad Stockbridge’ get the blame, a la Whyte ?

Stockbridge’s exit could, IMO, be the precursor to some major news in Govan – and not in a good way !

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Angus1983Posted on8:17 pm - Jan 24, 2014


rougvielovesthejungle says:
January 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

A first mention for Darren Mackie on The Scottish Football Monitor?
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Here’s a second – The Dazzler has been taking time out from imagining what it would be like to actually read Lord of the Rings to SCORE GOALS for Turra United. Although he’s not played since Christmas.

transfermarkt.co.uk puts his current value at £325K. 😯

Stockbridge going? Fan pleaser, pure and simple.

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Tif FinnPosted on8:34 pm - Jan 24, 2014


That depends on what one considers to be “in a good way”.

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ratethisthenyabampotsPosted on8:35 pm - Jan 24, 2014


If I were Mr.Stockbridge and I knew the finances at my place of work better than anybody else, and I knew that we were about to run out of money, I might take my 200k while it is there. Who knows? Next week it may not exist any more. I think this is REAL bad news for the bears, hence why it’s announced last thing on a Friday.

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ecobhoyPosted on8:43 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Tif Finn says:
January 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

http://www.alanhutchison.co.uk/weddings/wedding-photography-loch-lomond-golf-club/

This is freely available on the interweb and presumably he and his good lady agreed to that, or were paid to do it.
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I assume Brian did his own wedding video 😎

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Tif FinnPosted on8:44 pm - Jan 24, 2014


LOL

Wonder if his old chum Malcolm was there, having a wee sherbet.

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GoosyGoosyPosted on8:45 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Sometimes the hardest things to find are right under your nose
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Like
The role of DK in asset stripping TRFC
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The facts
DK has been described as a glib and shameless liar by a Judge in SA
He has been found guilty of tax fraud and fined megabucks
Therefore he is not someone who should be given the benefit of the doubt as far as money is concerned. He has lost the right for his word to be his bond
The guy has earned the right to be treated like all the other Spivs in this saga
If we look at DK from this standpoint
When he goes into print or is quoted by the MSM
He targets the Gullible
His media statements are written by spin doctors
And of course
Everything he says publicly has an ulterior motive ….money
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So
With that starting point
What is the gist of DK`s utterances in recent months?
He wants to invest in TRFC but no figure is stated.
He wants to lead a fundraising.
Mmmmm…
that’s interesting
He doesn`t want cost cutting at TRFC
Indeed
He wants TRFC to keep spending money they don’t have on players who aren’t worth it to minimise the risk of a possible 6-0 humping at Celtic Park in a few years time
That’s even more interesting
So what `s the motivation?
Not cutting costs will accelerate Administration of TRFC and make a fundraising essential
That’s one box ticked
Inferring regular humpings at Parkhead reminds the gullible of one of their core beliefs
“This Club exists to put Uppity Tims in their place”
That’s another box ticked
And
Implying that Ally needs to improve the squad with money he doesn’t have reminds the Bears of the real reason they buy STS
“To top up the warchest that keeps TRFC on top of everybody else”
That`s what ST money is really for to the Gullible
All other pesky expenses should be covered by selling tops , hospitality etc
And if that’s not enough
Sugar Daddyness should pick up the shortfall
And
DK has lots of money . He has hinted at “Investing” in the club .Even better
DK has demonstrated that throwing his money down the Ibrox drain is a good way to spend it. So for sure, DK is desperate to be a Sugar Daddy

In Fact theres only one way to describe him
DK is “A True Bear”
Someone who is only saying what they would say if they got the opportunity
For sure
The Liar King deserves the benefit of the doubt
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The Bampot View
DK has only one motivation and that’s asset stripping the corpse
He has been in league with the Spivs throughout this saga
His one remaining asset is to be a cheerleader for the next ST round
He is the last Spiv standing who has any credibility with the Gullible
I Predict
Wallace will call for early payment of next years STs He will imply that it is essential to “save TRFC from Admin”
DK will back this call from the sidelines
So how do the Fans react?
Even the many many intelligent Bears who see through him will support the call as they see no other option
Administration will follow as soon as the bulk of the ST money is in
The Spivs will claim the ST Cash and the Assets in exchange for debt owed by TRFC to RIFC
The hulk will be sold for peanuts to anyone willing to rent Ibrox
MP will be vacated and planning permission sought for alternative use
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And the Gullible?
They will understand why DK wont risk his hard earned money paying megabucks for Ibrox
They will blame somebody else
The SFA or Glasgow City Council for standing by and letting CFC orchestrate the debacle

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ecobhoyPosted on8:47 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Greenock Jack says:
January 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm
Eco @ 7:46

It’s 12 months.
The part you are reading is pre admission (IPO)
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Thanks for the correction.

@ slimshady61: I wuz wrong 😳

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Danish PastryPosted on9:03 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Tif Finn says:
January 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm
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How Brian Stockbridge spent the Rangers fan’s money.
http://www.alanhutchison.co.uk/weddings/wedding-photography-loch-lomond-golf-club/

This is freely available on the interweb and presumably he and his good lady agreed to that, or were paid to do it.
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The unchanging facial expression of Mr Stockbridge.

What will he do with his ‘big hoose’?

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on9:13 pm - Jan 24, 2014


ecobhoy says:
January 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm

On Stockbridge

It should be remembered that he is the last one who dates back to the time of Sevco 5088. He was there at the beginning – now there is complete deniability at RIFC and TRFCL on what took place in those days.

I wonder if someone is coming to knock on the Ibrox door shortly? Or perhaps CW is actually coming to town 😆
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The planning to dump the debt, re-incarnate in the SPL and carry on as before was started by SDM/MIH using Duff & Duffer(nee MCR) after Lloyds told him to deal with the MIH debt and loss making subsidiaries that the BoS had been cushioning for years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-20074388

The plan was drawn up but needed a patsy – Craig Whyte, with plenty of experience in the area of duplicity, was the man – distance and friction needed to be created between Murray and King – that happened but in one way or another through proxies they are lurking.

I suspect Campbell was given a heads up on all this early doors and when Craig invited him and Reagan for eats in October 2011 to break the news of impending doom it was only a surprise to one of them.

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davythelotionPosted on9:18 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Since BS has now bailed, with no ex-gratia payment, only his contractual bunce, the MSM can now blame the current sevco crisis on yet another dear departed. Cue SDM’s continuing journey into sainthood. As the characters currently occupying the stage, or exiting with the scenery, take the blame, fond memory descends on the most culpable rogue.

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on9:22 pm - Jan 24, 2014


slimshady61 says:
January 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

ecobhoy says:
January 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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12 months’ notice EB – that’s the fat end of £200K so he gets his bonus back one way or another

Either way it’s another hefty 6-figure sum paid out – this is by far the best way to start cost-cutting.

Ally next?
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Stop right there with that Ally for the P45 type talk. The team he coaches and manages for a reduced salary *(i.e a pittance) is top of the League and heading for promotion.

* I’m assuming his pay cut has actually gone through and his clever but devious agent hasn’t gone behind his back again to ensure Ally doesn’t suffer financially.

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davythelotionPosted on9:34 pm - Jan 24, 2014


GeronimosCadillac says:
January 24, 2014 at 9:22 pm
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Either Ally has signed a new contract or he’s deferred some of his pay. You can only change someone’s salary by mutual consent. You can also defer salary but you must inform HMRC as your PAYE is based on a projection at the start of the tax year, a cut will result in a tax rebate, a deferral will transfer money due to the following year.
Whether Ally’s agent takes a haircut…that’s another story.

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buddy_hollyPosted on9:35 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Not posted for a while, thogh have been reading and keeping up.

Ecobhoy keep up the good work.

As brian stockbridge has left RIFC does that gaurantee he has left TRFC?

Remember the rumours about him putting his house n the market …? Would seem to have been nearer the run of events we are now seeing.

I expect Brian Stockbridge to get out of Dodge/Scotland very quickly into a safe haven somewhere in the english shires/france.

His work is done here he has made his money!

His sacking is a clear crowd pleaser and a squirrel to the actio, just keep following the money… although brian stockbridge will disappear with a large wedge of money, and many penny shares which he may already have sold today.

Buddy

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ianagainPosted on9:35 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Missed this tit bit.
From
http://www.thelawyer.com/analysis/market-analysis/practice-areas/litigation-analysis/case-histories/3014793.article

Apologies if posted earlier.

On and on it goes=============

The fallout from the 2012 administration of Rangers FC continues to reverberate. The liquidators’ case against Collyer Bristow had been expedited, meaning that 3 Verulam Buildings’ Cyril Kinsky QC was double-booked and unable to appear in the case. Further delays, however, meant that he maintained the instruction from Clyde & Co partner Richard Harrison along with Wilberforce Chambers’ Ian Croxford QC.

A case management conference is scheduled for 14 February, when the court will revisit disclosure matters. A full trial is scheduled for January 2015.

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ianagainPosted on9:41 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Legals have a poke around on this:

http://offshoreleaks.icij.org/search

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buddy_hollyPosted on9:45 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Like buses, two poss at the same time….

I have an opinion on the whole wage cut/120-day review/4-star hotel/pay-offs.

Are the RIFC/TRFC boards carefully orchestrating the timing of something.

AS shown by Craig Whyte (and gretna and dundee admin 2) there s a point in the seaason when it is optimal to get into financial distress as the SFA/SPL/SFL/SPFL. As the football authorities will try to take actions to not destroy the games already played in the league and to get the league to the end of the season?

Whether it be official administration or some other insolvency event someone is controlling the timing deliberately….

Admittedly it could be non admininistration/insolvency event and the eariest ever season ticket renewal, however without cost cutting on a massive scale that would only get RIFC/TRFC to about september.

Would buy time for a company restructure sale/leaseback.

Which still ultimately takes us back to the Season Ticket at Ibrox is the timiing of events for their benefit? Will the Season Ticket at Ibrox starve the SPIVS of money with the threat of no RFC for a short period? Or will they believe in the NEW structure and pump more money into another thing which runs at a loss?

Just thinking …..

Buddy

EDIT: thanks to easyjambo for pointing out an error. rian stockbridge did not seem to have any 1 shares allocated to him.

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easyJamboPosted on9:46 pm - Jan 24, 2014


buddy_holly says: January 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

His sacking is a clear crowd pleaser and a squirrel to the actio, just keep following the money… although brian stockbridge will disappear with a large wedge of money, and many penny shares which he may already have sold today.
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I’m not sure about the shares now. The full year accounts stated that there were no share options held.

30. EARNINGS PER ORDINARY SHARE
Earnings per ordinary share has been calculated in accordance with IAS 33 as follows. No share options or convertible shares are held within the Group, therefore no diluted Earnings per Share calculation is required.

That means that BS would have to had exercised his option prior to 30 Jun 2013, but that is not evidenced by his shareholding of 71,429 at that date. I suspect that he swapped his share option for an extended notice period, perhaps in the knowledge that he knew the shares were going to bomb.

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on9:50 pm - Jan 24, 2014


buddy_holly says:
January 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Not posted for a while, thogh have been reading and keeping up.

Ecobhoy keep up the good work.

As brian stockbridge has left RIFC does that gaurantee he has left TRFC?

Remember the rumours about him putting his house n the market …? Would seem to have been nearer the run of events we are now seeing.

I expect Brian Stockbridge to get out of Dodge/Scotland very quickly into a safe haven somewhere in the english shires/france.

His work is done here he has made his money!

His sacking is a clear crowd pleaser and a squirrel to the actio, just keep following the money… although brian stockbridge will disappear with a large wedge of money, and many penny shares which he may already have sold today.

Buddy
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He’s done well for his paymasters and bolstered his CV under severe pressure. I suspect he will feature again in either an AIM boost fast cash drain movie or a longer term Vampire type thing. He’s that versatile and the worst thing is he will continue to do his stuff all of his career and there is no law against it.

Screwing football fans must have been an easy gig. Maybe it was the wrong ones this time?

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Lord WobblyPosted on9:52 pm - Jan 24, 2014


rabtdog says:
January 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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i just ‘liked’ ecobhoy’s post (1.17pm) and just wanted to say that i don’t ‘like’ the demise of the scotsman… the advertising base has faded away (cars, jobs, property and more), the readership has collapsed (gone to the internet, or just gone) and people have been looking at the circulation figures for years now and shaking their heads… it would be nice if it struggled on to 2017 (200th birthday) but it doesn’t look good…
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You have to wonder about a ‘paper’ that will absolutely refuse to allow the word ‘Sevco’ to be posted on its comments section, but will allow you to call Ally McCoist a ‘prick’!

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buddy_hollyPosted on10:13 pm - Jan 24, 2014


easyJambo says:
January 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm
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buddy_holly says: January 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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easyjambo, thanks for the correction….

I had remembered the penny shares issued to the original investor, covering green ahmed and then given to others, mather, mccoist and just assumed that stockbridge was also on the list.

On a check back to that I can see he is nt there..

Buddy

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buddy_hollyPosted on10:19 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Brian Stockbridge…

Is he not also company secretary for both TRFC/RIFC.

Not my end of the world, but what happens when your company secretary leaves?

Mus you appoint another one? how quickly?

Yes I agree bian stockbridge has done exactly as asked by the board of RIFC/TRFC actig on behalf of the shareholders…

Buddy

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SmugasPosted on10:29 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Slim

3 things.

1/ at least you acknowledge that it would be just one of the occasions where CFC inexplicably get the rub of the green 😈

2/ In Kevin Keegan Stylee I would love it, just love if that was the glasgow centric scheme at play and that Dunfermline AND Aberdeen stuffed it. Laugh I most certainly would.

3/ Disappointingly I have to agree with the rest of your post – the cynical realism and the realistic cynicism therein.

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on10:29 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Lord Wobbly says:
January 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm
rabtdog says:
January 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm
6 0 Rate This
i just ‘liked’ ecobhoy’s post (1.17pm) and just wanted to say that i don’t ‘like’ the demise of the scotsman… the advertising base has faded away (cars, jobs, property and more), the readership has collapsed (gone to the internet, or just gone) and people have been looking at the circulation figures for years now and shaking their heads… it would be nice if it struggled on to 2017 (200th birthday) but it doesn’t look good…
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You have to wonder about a ‘paper’ that will absolutely refuse to allow the word ‘Sevco’ to be posted on its comments section, but will allow you to call Ally McCoist a ‘prick’!
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The establishment paper for Scotland – only these days people are bypassing their propaganda, lies and bias and have stopped buying it which is no bad thing as we march on toward a free thinking Independent Scotland.

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ianjsPosted on10:32 pm - Jan 24, 2014


1. ecobhoy says:
January 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm
1. ecobhoy says:
January 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Have read every one of your land deals posts right to the end, and have them squirreled away for future reference. Can I be BOLD. Mair power tae yer fingers ECO. 😀 😆

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ianagainPosted on10:34 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Can anyone amongst all the known numbers give an estimate now of the sum and sub total by spiv or spivo–org as to who has left and with which amount since Chico arrived?
Be interesting?
Methinks it nearly is equal to the sum raised by “institutions”.
In other words a clean sweep.
Chateaux all round.

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on10:40 pm - Jan 24, 2014


ianagain says:
January 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm
Can anyone amongst all the known numbers give an estimate now of the sum and sub total by spiv or spivo–org as to who has left and with which amount since Chico arrived?
Be interesting?
Methinks it nearly is equal to the sum raised by “institutions”.
In other words a clean sweep.
Chateaux all round.
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Having almost reduced the club to a husk (again). The way is now clear for saviours whose money is off shore and hasn’t been taxed to buy in?

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on10:50 pm - Jan 24, 2014


slimshady61 says:
January 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Who knows, we could even see a re-run of the infamous Scottish Cup Final of 1909, when the cup was withheld on suspicion that Celtic and the current Rangers’ predecessors, by a strange coincidence also called Rangers, were accused of playing for the draw so as to benefit from another round of gate money.
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But yet – you ask us to accept there is no OLD Firm? But you tell us it’s been there since at least 1909. So the game is rigged by both? Why did Eco not uncover this?

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CarntynePosted on10:53 pm - Jan 24, 2014


jockybhoy says:
January 24, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Huh, I read those articles very differently. I thought King predicted there’d be no interest from institutional investors (pre-burned) but he would pile in on the rights issue, so his money would go directly into the coffers of the clumpany and help push the mighty Gers on to the very summit of Scottish football.
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Several qoutes from yesterday’s Daily Record interview with King…

“King believes it is crucial that Ally McCoist is given 100 per cent backing to build a squad capable of competing with their arch rivals.

And he claimed the club needs funders willing to invest in that squad”. (no mention of King investing)

“I believe the club has to have funders who will invest to ensure that we can compete with Celtic when we get back to the SPFL”. (no mention of King investing)

“Unfortunately, our existing shareholders either don’t have the money or the willingness to support Ally.” (Isn’t King an existing shareholder? Yet no mention by him of any further investment.)

There have been many “Rangers men” sniffing around firstly Rangers and then Sevco in the last couple of years, but none have ventured to put their hands in their pockets except for asset strippers Craig Whyte and Chazza Green.

My gut feeling is this is not going to end well.

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CarntynePosted on11:03 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Tif Finn says:
January 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm
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They could of course be unlucky enough to draw Celtic in a cup competition, but that might be embarrassing for the Ibrox outfit.

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Morton knocked Celtic out of a cup this year.
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Very true, but I think Celtic might prepare for a cup game against Sevco a little differently….

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on11:07 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Carntyne says:
January 24, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Huh, I read those articles very differently. I thought King predicted there’d be no interest from institutional investors (pre-burned) but he would pile in on the rights issue, so his money would go directly into the coffers of the clumpany and help push the mighty Gers on to the very summit of Scottish football.
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Several qoutes from yesterday’s Daily Record interview with King…

“King believes it is crucial that Ally McCoist is given 100 per cent backing to build a squad capable of competing with their arch rivals.

And he claimed the club needs funders willing to invest in that squad”. (no mention of King investing)

“I believe the club has to have funders who will invest to ensure that we can compete with Celtic when we get back to the SPFL”. (no mention of King investing)

“Unfortunately, our existing shareholders either don’t have the money or the willingness to support Ally.” (isn’t King an existing shareholder and yet no mention by him of any further investment.)

There have been many “Rangers men” sniffing around firstly Rangers and then Sevco in the last couple of years, but none have ventured to put their hands in their pockets except for asset strippers Craig Whyte and Chazza Green.

My gut feeling is this is not going to end well.
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Whyte was SDM’s man. King and the SDM are still pals really.

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essexbeancounterPosted on11:17 pm - Jan 24, 2014


slimshady61 says:

January 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

“……. when the cup was withheld on suspicion that Celtic and the current Rangers’ predecessors, by a strange coincidence also called Rangers…”
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Slim…pure dead brilliant…sublime analogy…off to bed with a huge grin on my face…!

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Palacio67Posted on11:23 pm - Jan 24, 2014


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They could of course be unlucky enough to draw Celtic in a cup competition, but that might be embarrassing for the Ibrox outfit.

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Morton knocked Celtic out of a cup this year.
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Very true, but I think Celtic might prepare for a cup game against Sevco a little differently….
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Sorry but you have it wrong, Celtic have not played a cup game yet this year… 🙂

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ianagainPosted on11:25 pm - Jan 24, 2014


ECO

Send the lot to
Email: strobes@private-eye.co.uk

Just read my copy – duped never thought Id see the day at PE. standards slipping etc
If I catch him on the train as I very occasionally do Ill be telling Hislop to refrain from letting the office juniors rewrite PR from fanzines as its below his rags credibility.

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on11:25 pm - Jan 24, 2014


essexbeancounter says:
January 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm

January 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

“……. when the cup was withheld on suspicion that Celtic and the current Rangers’ predecessors, by a strange coincidence also called Rangers…”
======================================================================
Slim…pure dead brilliant…sublime analogy…off to bed with a huge grin on my face…!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why? He’s just told you that both parts of the Old Firm played for a draw to get Double Bubble on the Gate money. That’s Entertainment!

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Resin_lab_dogPosted on11:30 pm - Jan 24, 2014


buddy_holly says:
January 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

AS shown by Craig Whyte (and gretna and dundee admin 2) there s a point in the seaason when it is optimal to get into financial distress as the SFA/SPL/SFL/SPFL. As the football authorities will try to take actions to not destroy the games already played in the league and to get the league to the end of the season?

Whether it be official administration or some other insolvency event someone is controlling the timing deliberately….

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Points wise, Only Forfar would suffer a 1 point disadvantage if all TRFC fixtures played to date this season were simply stricken from the record, since everyonbe else in the league is showing -3 for all TRFC matches.

Would be delicious if TRFC were made victims of their own success: insolvency led to deletion of games!

Not holding my breath.

But I would propose that if that 1 point was crucial in determining a league place, the prize money be aggregated and shared between the 2 clubs and the 2 league positions.

… I know I know…. there’s no rules… but if SFA insist on making up rules on the hoof they might as well make up sensible ones!

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Rufus Otis and HugoPosted on11:42 pm - Jan 24, 2014


I’m surprised at the timing of Stockridge’s departure. I was sure he would be kept hanging around until it was time for ST renewals and then punted as a crowd pleaser to the gullible.

Maybe the situation is more desperate than any of us are aware.

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BrendaPosted on11:50 pm - Jan 24, 2014


What is the earliest date the gullible can be asked to cough up for season books?? Or do the normal rules not apply ???

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GeronimosCadillacPosted on11:54 pm - Jan 24, 2014


Brenda says:
January 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

What is the earliest date the gullible can be asked to cough up for season books?? Or do the normal rules not apply ???
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Only when they know which League they will be playing in. So come on Donky and Regan sort the rules out so that they can sell Championship priced tickets regardless of their soon to be new owners “fitness” or the clumpany’s solvency.

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MartinPosted on12:01 am - Jan 25, 2014


I’m not sure what efforts are put into keeping the famed marble staircase at Ibrox looking its best but whatever polish is used these days the hallowed steps seem to have been turned into a slippery slope.

Brian Stockbridge is just the latest in long list of characters to find that if climbing those steps required effort, time and guile, getting down only requires a helpful push.

I can’t comment on Brian Stockbridge’s ability as a financial director but I imagine that it’s a job that would be made considerably easier when working with a company which generated significantly more cash than it was compelled to spend.

There are other issues which surround Brian Stockbridge’s engagement with Rangers. He is connected with Charles Green’s consortium and in that regard was the last man in situ.

It remains to be seen whether or not his departure draws a line under that particular episode or opens the door to further revelations. If I was a betting man, I’d go with the latter.

One thing that is certain is that the current Rangers manager has thrown his considerable weight behind the current CEO. No real surprise there, we’ve seen this kind of thing before. It all looks good until the inevitable happens and the marble staircase finds another startled fast moving victim.

Today on Sky sports we have Mr McCoist saying: “ The chief executive is the man I am supporting at the current time, I think I have to do that. He has asked for 120 days and we have to get behind him.”

In pantomime style if I may. Look out Graham he’s behind you!

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ianagainPosted on12:21 am - Jan 25, 2014


I love stats.
Update 3 I think. Almost all bad. Couldn’t run a car crash better
They cant help reveal the raw reaction in the market

Time/Date

Code

Headline

Source

Impact

17:59 24-Jan-2014 RFC Directorate Change RNS 0.00%

15:15 15-Jan-2014 RFC Holdings in Company RNS -5.92% Down

09:50 15-Jan-2014 RFC Holdings in Company RNS -5.92% Down

12:47 24-Dec-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS -0.30% Down

10:52 23-Dec-2013 RFC Director’s Dealing in shares RNS -1.18% Down

15:21 19-Dec-2013 RFC Result of AGM RNS -2.90% Down

10:45 19-Dec-2013 RFC Annual General Meeting statement RNS -2.90% Down

07:00 17-Dec-2013 RFC Annual General Meeting RNS -5.35% Down

07:00 11-Dec-2013 RFC Board Committees RNS -9.61% Down

07:00 10-Dec-2013 RFC Holdings in Company RNS -9.21% Down

13:32 06-Dec-2013 RFC Statement by The Chairman RNS -7.52% Down

07:00 28-Nov-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS -6.29% Down

07:00 26-Nov-2013 RFC Notice of AGM RNS -3.29% Down

18:00 22-Nov-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS -1.17% Down

12:30 22-Nov-2013 RFC Appointment of Chairman RNS -1.17% Down

12:34 21-Nov-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS -0.46% Down

07:00 20-Nov-2013 RFC Appointment of CEO RNS -2.62% Down

07:00 14-Nov-2013 RFC Appointment of Director RNS -5.27% Down

17:45 13-Nov-2013 RFC AIM Rule 17 Update RNS -4.15% Down

15:51 12-Nov-2013 RFC Comment on Press Speculation RNS -3.04% Down
12:26 12-Nov-2013 RFC AIM Rule 26 Update RNS -3.04% Down

07:01 07-Nov-2013 RFC Appointment of Director RNS -3.81% Down

07:00 07-Nov-2013 RFC Annual General Meeting RNS -3.81% Down

07:00 16-Oct-2013 RFC Directorate Change RNS +1.02% Up

18:26 14-Oct-2013 RFC Notice under section 338 of the Companies Act 2006 RNS +3.23% Up

07:00 14-Oct-2013 RFC Statements by Craig Mather and David King RNS +3.23% Up

07:00 10-Oct-2013 RFC Directorate Change RNS +3.68% Up

17:32 04-Oct-2013 RFC Notice under Section 338 of the Companies Act 2006 RNS -0.83% Down

07:00 04-Oct-2013 RFC Notice under Section 338 of the Companies Act 2006 RNS -0.83% Down

16:00 03-Oct-2013 RFC Change of Rule 26 Website RNS -1.86% Down

07:03 01-Oct-2013 RFC Notice under section 338 of the Companies Act 2006 RNS -3.26% Down

07:02 01-Oct-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS -3.26% Down

07:01 01-Oct-2013 RFC Annual Results and Notice of AGM RNS -3.26% Down

07:00 01-Oct-2013 RFC Change of Adviser RNS -3.26% Down

17:49 20-Sep-2013 RFC Holding in Company RNS -2.16% Down

17:46 20-Sep-2013 RFC Holding in Company RNS -2.16% Down

17:45 20-Sep-2013 RFC Holding in Company RNS -2.16% Down

18:10 17-Sep-2013 RFC Holding in Company RNS +1.19% Up

17:00 12-Sep-2013 RFC Withdrawal of requisition for general meeting RNS -3.05% Down

07:00 10-Sep-2013 RFC Further to requisition of general meeting RNS -5.62% Down
18:10 04-Sep-2013 RFC Further to requisition of general meeting RNS +3.93% Up

13:00 02-Sep-2013 RFC Further to requisition of general meeting RNS +10.76% Up

07:00 28-Aug-2013 RFC Further to requisition of general meeting RNS +16.18% Up

15:25 22-Aug-2013 RFC Further to Requisition of General Meeting RNS +3.63% Up

07:00 21-Aug-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS +1.89% Up

07:00 21-Aug-2013 RFC Further to requisition of general meeting RNS +1.89% Up

16:40 20-Aug-2013 RFC Departure of Charles Green as Consultant RNS +1.58% Up

11:40 19-Aug-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS +1.42% Up

14:30 13-Aug-2013 RFC Holding(s) in Company RNS +2.89% Up

16:00 05-Aug-2013 RFC Directorate Change RNS -0.48% Down

13:15 05-Aug-2013 RFC Appointment of Broker RNS -0.48% Down

16:48 02-Aug-2013 RFC Requisition of General Meeting RNS -0.95% Down

12:43 02-Aug-2013 RFC Appointment of Consultant RNS -0.95% Down

10:00 19-Jul-2013 RFC Withdrawal of General Meeting Requisition RNS -6.80% Down

07:00 19-Jul-2013 RFC Director Shareholding RNS -6.80% Down

07:00 12-Jul-2013 RFC Appointment of Chief Executive Officer RNS -12.14% Down

13:12 09-Jul-2013 RFC Appointment of Director RNS -3.21% Down

11:12 09-Jul-2013 RFC Appointment of NOMAD and Broker RNS -3.21% Down

07:00 09-Jul-2013 RFC Directorate Changes RNS -3.21% Down

07:00 06-Jun-2013 RFC Update re General Meeting RNS -2.70% Down
11:20 05-Jun-2013 RFC Share Transfer Agreement RNS -3.57% Down

15:13 30-May-2013 RFC Board Change RNS -1.77% Down

07:00 30-May-2013 RFC Conclusion of Independent Review RNS -1.77% Down

18:13 16-May-2013 RFC Requisition of General Meeting RNS 0.00%

10:32 16-May-2013 RFC Comment re Press Speculation RNS 0.00%

07:00 24-Apr-2013 RFC Directorate Change RNS -4.49% Down

07:00 24-Apr-2013 RFC Response to media speculation RNS -4.49% Down

07:00 22-Apr-2013 RFC Director Declaration RNS -4.89% Down

16:55 19-Apr-2013 RFC Directorate Change RNS -3.74% Down

07:00 15-Apr-2013 RFC Response to Media Comments RNS -9.44% Down

07:00 02-Apr-2013 RFC Rangers Wins League RNS -0.37% Down

07:00 04-Mar-2013 RFC Interim Results RNS -0.50% Down

07:00 01-Mar-2013 RFC Sponsorship Agreement with Blackthorn Cider RNS -0.50% Down

16:04 28-Feb-2013 RFC New Kit Deal RNS -0.50% Down

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John ClarkPosted on12:50 am - Jan 25, 2014


slimshady61 says:
January 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm
“… and Stephen House patrolling the touchline on the look-out for offence..”
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And all kidding and swanking and football matters aside, and I am thinking of post-1918 Germany, we have to watch the stephen houses like he was a bloody would-be fascist dictator, trying to tell the Scottish Government that they HAVE to change the law on corroboration.Tail wagging the dog.
I would sack him immediately as being the kind of ‘policeman’ that we associate with the less democratic nations of the world.
Really bad news.

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John ClarkPosted on12:59 am - Jan 25, 2014


ianagain says:
January 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm
‘…Anyone got an account facility to search any pending court action on Craigies behalf or any Sevco 5088 action?..’
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Regrettably, no I’m afraid.
But, as a matter of off-beat, OT, interest, Queens Park FC Ltd have a wee bit of court business on 28th January before Lord Tyre against a company called HPM Properties Ltd
Any Spiders around to comment? Just for interest and light relief?

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CastofthousandsPosted on12:59 am - Jan 25, 2014


Slightly off topic but the symmetry is fascinating.

One of Charlotte’s unusual tweets was for a film advertisement. ‘I know what you did last summer’.

The relevance was not particularly obvious at the time but for some reason it has popped into my head and I was inclined to read the Wiki synopsis of the story. Basically a series of characters are bumped off on the pretext of an initial crime. Having seen the parade of Ibrox entrances and exits the plot line has a ring of familiarity. There is no definitive info in it but it does suggest that Charlotte not only had insight into past irregularities but future ones also. If you’ve nothing better to do on a Saturday morning you might be inclined to give it a read, merely to add colour.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Know_What_You_Did_Last_Summer

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ianagainPosted on1:01 am - Jan 25, 2014


john clarke says:

January 25, 2014 at 12:50 am
slimshady61 says:
January 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm
“… and Stephen House patrolling the touchline on the look-out for offence..”
—————-.
And all kidding and swanking and football matters aside, and I am thinking of post-1918 Germany, we have to watch the stephen houses like he was a bloody would-be fascist dictator, trying to tell the Scottish Government that they HAVE to change the law on corroboration.Tail wagging the dog.
I would sack him immediately as being the kind of ‘policeman’ that we associate with the less democratic nations of the world.
Really bad news.
======================
Being in Engerlund not up to speed on this John.
what’s going on. they trying to remove corroboration from the statute? For why?
Take it offline if needs be, probably be a distraction unless you think otherwise?

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ianagainPosted on1:13 am - Jan 25, 2014


Martin says:

January 25, 2014 at 12:01 am

I’m not sure what efforts are put into keeping the famed marble staircase at Ibrox looking its best but whatever polish is used these days the hallowed steps seem to have been turned into a slippery slope.

Brian Stockbridge is just the latest in long list of characters to find that if climbing those steps required effort, time and guile, getting down only requires a helpful push.

I can’t comment on Brian Stockbridge’s ability as a financial director but I imagine that it’s a job that would be made considerably easier when working with a company which generated significantly more cash than it was compelled to spend.

There are other issues which surround Brian Stockbridge’s engagement with Rangers. He is connected with Charles Green’s consortium and in that regard was the last man in situ.

It remains to be seen whether or not his departure draws a line under that particular episode or opens the door to further revelations. If I was a betting man, I’d go with the latter.

One thing that is certain is that the current Rangers manager has thrown his considerable weight behind the current CEO. No real surprise there, we’ve seen this kind of thing before. It all looks good until the inevitable happens and the marble staircase finds another startled fast moving victim.

Today on Sky sports we have Mr McCoist saying: “ The chief executive is the man I am supporting at the current time, I think I have to do that. He has asked for 120 days and we have to get behind him.”

In pantomime style if I may. Look out Graham he’s behind you!
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Theres bound to be a wheen of these but I recommend these guys.
http://www.stopslip.co.uk/

Other non push products are available.
Always watch your back.
Keep safe.

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Paulmac2Posted on1:19 am - Jan 25, 2014


One thing Dave King has got right is this from today’s interview:
“They had one share issue last year where they managed to line up some institutions to invest.”
…………………..

Funny that I haven’t seen anyone in the SMSM ask Dave…or tell us how much [he] invested in the share floatation opportunity he had at Govan? oh that’s right he is not fit and proper…then again who is to say he is not behind an anonymous nominee…helping to count the cash out the back door…whilst fronting his anger at the front door and suggesting he would like to get involved…

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ianagainPosted on1:24 am - Jan 25, 2014


TSFM
Our first podcast.
Guest presenter.
Charlotte.
That would get an audience.

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Bill JacksonPosted on1:38 am - Jan 25, 2014


Off the wall but here’s a thought folks?

Remember Craigy’s last speech on the steps of Ibrox? …… basically it was a case of “It’ll be alright on the night folks”. Add this to the early doors meeting in Geneva between CG, DK, et al.

Anyway, …. let’s say he’s managed to prove his ownership of the assets and ….. let’s say with BS going we’ve seen Ticketus getting their money back and …… with DK changing his belief that the Ibrox team will go insolvent to, the Ibrox team need funding to challenge CFC ….

What’s the chances that next week Craigy re-asserts himself as lord supremo of all things Ibrox and immediately sells all to DK?

Will it provide enough separation from oldco to accept DK as new supremo? Will it satisfy the SFA requirements that CW is not involved? Will it see the necessary impetus to sell the STs early?

How likely?

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redlichtiePosted on5:02 am - Jan 25, 2014


ianagain says:
January 25, 2014 at 1:24 am
TSFM
Our first podcast.
Guest presenter.
Charlotte.
That would get an audience.
=================================================
Doesn’t the proposed podcast timescale fit in with CW’s purported future appearance to “rock Scottish Football”?

Charlotte and CW exchanging pleasantries and discussing areas of mutual interest. Wouldn’t that be something? I’d tape that one! 😈

Scottish Football needs TSFM to come clean….I think we should be told! 😛

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YerevanPosted on5:44 am - Jan 25, 2014


Glenn Gibbons being rather forthright about McCoist.

http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/latest/glenn-gibbons-rangers-job-has-worn-down-mccoist-1-3281442

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scottcPosted on6:30 am - Jan 25, 2014


Resin_lab_dog says:
January 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Points wise, Only Forfar would suffer a 1 point disadvantage if all TRFC fixtures played to date this season were simply stricken from the record, since everyonbe else in the league is showing -3 for all TRFC matches.

Stranraer surely? Forfar have played them 3 times in the league and given up nine points. Stranraer have taken a point from them and would presumably lose that.

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pepperamiPosted on8:50 am - Jan 25, 2014


Yerevan says:
January 25, 2014 at 5:44 am

I’m amazed my friend that quite frankly is the best article I’ve ever seen written on Mcoist only he forgets to mention how much Mcoist has made from sevco through salary and bonuses also the shares he obtained for a penny.

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upthehoopsPosted on9:11 am - Jan 25, 2014


Today’s Herald front page is claiming Stockbridge left with a £200K settlement despite the club announcing to the Stock Exchange he received no payment.

I heard 10 minutes of a rather triumphant Radio Clyde last night getting the boot into Stockbridge and basically saying ‘that will show him not to mess with the mighty Rangers’. A caller to the show pointed out he had a contract, but that was dismissed out of hand – Rangers say he got nothing so he got nothing, end of! Imagine a caller to the show suggested Rangers just sack all the useless players ripping them for thousands a week? I suggest Radio Clyde would be the first to shout about those players having a contract.

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SmugasPosted on9:19 am - Jan 25, 2014


Can’t help but raise an eye brow at this one. McCoist in todays Herald in article headed “Murray*2 and King go ex directory” OK I maybe copied the headline wrong but the quote is genuine.

“I’m delighted Dave (King) is still interested in the club. Same for [former director] Paul Murray and [former owner and chairman] Sir David Murray because they are people whose opinions will be valued by Rangers supporters. We have always said you never leave the club, you always watch and take an interest. I’m delighted Dave, Paul and Sir David have the club’s interests at heart.

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rougvielovesthejunglePosted on9:21 am - Jan 25, 2014


The bare minimum Stockbridge ‘walked away’ with is 12 months salary which must be where the Herald are getting their figure of 200k.

We mustn’t forget that somewhere along the line, prior to his departure stage left, he would also have got his ‘fair’ and considerable share of the IPO pot.

These French chateaux don’t pay for themselves.

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ecobhoyPosted on10:11 am - Jan 25, 2014


@TSFM

Don’t know if you are aware but approx 8 hours of postings from yesterday afternoon until midnight appear to have disappeared. There also seems to be a problem with missing ‘Forward’ links from page 66/67.

Cheers – eco

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ecobhoyPosted on10:14 am - Jan 25, 2014


@TSFM

Ignore previous post as I rebooted and problem solved – perhaps a cache issue as their seems to be a lot of cash probs about just now 😆

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MartinPosted on10:31 am - Jan 25, 2014


Interesting piece in the Herald today.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/football/mccoist-expects-rangers-chief-executive-to-approach-king-in-search-of-funds.23272765

Mr McCoist may have given his support to Graham Wallace and his 120 day review but he has an idiosyncratic way of showing it.

“The chief executive has said that he is certainly looking for future investment,” said McCoist. “I can’t speak for Graham but if there was a potential investor, Dave King or whoever, it’s safe to say Graham would sit down and talk to them”.

I’m sure the current CEO is only too happy to have these useful tips on what he should do placed in the public domain as it provides a handy reference if they were to somehow slip his mind or be replaced by an alternative Idea.

What’s particularly interesting about the article is the mention of (whisper it) Sir David Murray in the quotes attributed to the Rangers manager.

Mr McCoist is delighted that he among others mentioned is still interested in the club (I know) and his opinions apparently are valued by Rangers supporters.

“I’m delighted Dave is still interested in the club. Same for [former director] Paul Murray and [former owner and chairman] Sir David Murray because they are people whose opinions will be valued by Rangers supporters. We have always said you never leave the club, you always watch and take an interest. I’m delighted Dave, Paul and Sir David have the club’s interests at heart.”

I wonder how Rangers fans will react to that statement. It will certainly be a good indicator of just how effective the air-brushing of history has been if Sir David Murray has been rehabilitated.

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Paulmac2Posted on10:32 am - Jan 25, 2014


So Stockbridge gone…who is the new FD?…or is there not enough cash left to warrant an FD?

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No1 BobPosted on10:43 am - Jan 25, 2014


http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jan/24/tenants-shard-vertical-city-empty

This article about The Shard, the largest building in Europe, is in today’s Guardian. This paragraph caught my eye:
“The five star Shangri-La hotel, which was originally scheduled to open last summer, has yet to welcome its first guest, while the Shard’s 25-floor office complex currently has just one tenant, on the 14th floor – Duff & Phelps, an insolvency practice that few outside the business world have heard of.”

Hands up everyone who has heard of Duff & Phelps.

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wottpiPosted on10:45 am - Jan 25, 2014


Paulmac2 says:
January 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

So Stockbridge gone…who is the new FD?…or is there not enough cash left to warrant an FD?
——————————————————————————————————————————-
Paul Murray
Kieron Pryor
Dave King
Malcolm Murray
Neil Patey 🙂
et al……………….

Surely there are plenty Financial wizards out there with Rangersitis who would step in and do the job for nowt just to get the club back on the straight and narrow.

Then again miybes naw!

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theoldshedPosted on10:53 am - Jan 25, 2014


We are told that the old firm rivarly is missed, and Scottish football is a drag without it, hence the need to resurrect a club Frankenstein-like, whose owners destroyed itself through its own greed and chicanery. How about this opposing view from doctors, ambulance drivers, and front-line police, not to mention social workers. So are we really supposed to look the other way why all sorts of devious practices are employed (including misinformation peddled through the mainstream media) to artificially facilitate as quick a return as possible to this:

The Sunday Mail investigates: True toll of Old Firm mayhem
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+Sunday+Mail+investigates%3A+True+toll+of+Old+Firm+mayhem.-a092772333

p.s. If the Scotsman group is going under I feel genuine sympathy for every one of their honest and hardworking members of staff. However, I used to buy the Scotsman daily, and Scotland on Sunday, until the towed the MSM party line by failing to carry out their duty to categorically refute the “same club” bulls.it, so perhaps if they had shown a bit of courage their readership might have held up, or even increased.

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GeordieJagPosted on10:59 am - Jan 25, 2014


TSFM,
I’m still halving the same problem accessing yesterday’s comments and with the links between recent pages that Eco reported earlier. It’s been like that since yesterday evening so I’m still waiting to catch up with the BS departure discussion 🙁

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No1 BobPosted on11:06 am - Jan 25, 2014


So, farewell Brian Stockbridge, we hardly knew you.

Brian’s exit was inevitable once his boss at Zeus Capital, Richard Hughes, bailed out a couple of weeks ago. We do not know who sold out yesterday but I would guess that it was one of the other shareholders that Brian represented on the board. Once they had sold out there was no reason for Brian to hang around any longer so he has walked away with 12 months salary on his back pocket.

A Chateau for that man!

I listened to the podcast of last nights Sportsound and the glee in Billy Dodds voice was something to behold. Their saved, their saved! The Rangers Men have won! Sadly for Billy and the others who believe this I think that the ‘Gers’ have just moved from one fire into another.

Step forward Laxey Partners and Damille Investments II Limited. Let the sale and lease back begin.

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slimshady61Posted on11:07 am - Jan 25, 2014


upthehoops says:
January 25, 2014 at 9:11 am
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The statement from RFC was quite precise – it referred to no bonus or ex-gratia payments being made to Stockbridge. Nowhere did it say his contractual obligations had been waived or simply not met. So on that basis he would have walked with 12 months’ salary.

If his conduct warranted his dismissal, it is difficult to see why the clumpany didn’t just dismiss him without any pay.

Certainly in most walks of life videoing and releasing to the public evidence that may bring the company into disrepute would be considered gross conduct worthy of instant dismissal.

But of course as Glen Gibbons makes clear today in the Scotsman, this is no ordinary company….

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coatbrigbhoyPosted on11:26 am - Jan 25, 2014


GeordieJag says:
January 25, 2014 at 10:59 am

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TSFM,
I’m still halving the same problem accessing yesterday’s comments and with the links between recent pages that Eco reported earlier. It’s been like that since yesterday evening so I’m still waiting to catch up with the BS departure discussion 🙁
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I logged out of the site,then came back in and it sorted itself

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Resin_lab_dogPosted on11:30 am - Jan 25, 2014


scottc says:
January 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

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Resin_lab_dog says:
January 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Points wise, Only Forfar would suffer a 1 point disadvantage if all TRFC fixtures played to date this season were simply stricken from the record, since everyonbe else in the league is showing -3 for all TRFC matches.

Stranraer surely? Forfar have played them 3 times in the league and given up nine points. Stranraer have taken a point from them and would presumably lose that.

______________________________________

Apologies and thanks.
You are entirely correct.
(In my defence I was quoting from memory, and will confess to a limited recollection of the endeavours of the lower leagues clubs, now that ICT have ascended to dizzying heights of the SPFL)

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TorquemadaPosted on11:32 am - Jan 25, 2014


I came across a very interesting talk on the psychology of greed and entitlement on TED Talks by an American psychologist called Paul Piff, who set up a game of rigged Monopoly to see how people behaved in specific situations.

On the toss of a coin, he gave one of the two players the advantages of double money to start, double rewards, two throws of the dice, etc, etc, and then interviewed the inevitable winner after the game. The extraordinary thing was the increase in aggression, greed and arrogance that occurred on the winners’ part during the game. They became loud and began to exhibit signs of dominance and superiority.

Incredibly, these disgusting traits continued to be exhibited afterwards. In discussing how they had won, the winners completely disregarded their built-in advantages and explained their victory in terms of strategy, skill and nerve, and became dismissive and almost contemptuous of their opponents.

I’m sure I’ve witnessed such behaviour myself on the part of beneficiaries of a rigged game but for the life of me I just cannot think where. 🙄

http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_piff_does_money_make_you_mean.html

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GeordieJagPosted on11:35 am - Jan 25, 2014


Thanks Coatbrigbhoy, sorted. Now for some catching up 😛

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