Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?

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John clarke says: March 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm On the 4th …

Comment on Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed? by Haywire.

john clarke says:
March 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

On the 4th March, I watched this man furiously scribbling away on his A4 pad (didn’t know the provenance of the pad at that time!), and I can assure all and sundry that he copied, more or less, every word.

In passing, although living in England, I would like to hope that we (US) could get together for some sort of social gathering/meeting/swally at some time in the future – not too far off.

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Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?
I steeled myself to wade through the tears on McMurdo’s last Blog. I never thought that I would ever see him say this, “It appals me that cretins like you are in the Rangers support.” And that’s as a result of them winning their League. Things must be bad!


Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?
JLeeHooker says:
March 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

I’m an E (but I tell everyone that I am a D) 😳

With an answer like that, you must be a closet Sevco supporter! (I’m joking, honest!)

Next, thanks to RLD for bringing some semblance of order to the age related proceedings.

With regard to the feedback on age groups generally, apart from being well amused at some of the rep(lies), I am not surprised at the predominance of the more mature person, at least I think that was what my daughter called us. Although anticipated, I’m a bit disappointed that we don’t have a few A, B and Cs to provide a bit more of a balanced view on the current state of Scottish Football.

However, I shall be interested to see the Poll results from TSFM.


Scottish Football: An Honest Game, Honestly Governed?
Another thing which I was wondering about lately, especially when my daughter remarked on my enduring interest in matters TSFM, was the age profile (I’m putting this as politely as poss.) of our significant posters. I know what sort of age group I fall into, and it is pretty obvious, from the comments about their youthful activities, that quite a number of our other posters would fall into the same “just before the Civil War” era as me.

However, I would be interested in knowing the broad age group into which our posters fall. I suspect I know what that will be, but please surprise me! I am in the 65 to 70 group, and Killie got three points today!


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For all those interested, today’s edition of ‘Private Eye’ has another comment by ‘Slicker’ regarding the ‘astounding’ success of the Sevco Share Offer – could be another world record!

To John Clark – happy to be of assistance.


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John Clark 26th August 2021 At 00:16

I’m not saying that I will send it, but I’m minded to do so, when I look at it tomorrow and perhaps edit/re-write, but I have drafted this letter to the editor of ‘Private Eye’.

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Well done John! More power to your elbow! It is certainly considerably better than I could have managed. I hope that you have not had second thoughts as to sending it this morning – please get it in the post today. Needless to say, my subscription to the Eye will be in question if we don’t get some sort of decent response.


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John Clark 22nd August 2021 At 23:16

Haywire 22nd August 2021 At 17:16
“….John Clark may wish to crack heads with ‘Slicker’ or Ian Hislop”
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Welcome back, Haywire.
I don’t subscribe to ‘Private Eye’, but I buy the occasional copy.

I think that that little piece ‘“Rangers International was delisted from the AIM market in 2015 after it failed to appoint a new nominated adviser after a boardroom coup. Twice-disqualified director Craig Whyte sold control of Rangers in 2012, after the original club collapsed into administration.” was actually deadly!

Okay, it doesn’t give the fully comprehensive account [ Hislop is, I think, the kind of Englishman who equates ‘Britain’ with ‘England’ and would as readily talk about the ‘Jocks’ as others might talk about ‘Paddies’: that is, he shares the view that anything north of Watford is only of occasional relevance]
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Hello again John,
I think that you are being a bit tough on Ian Hislop, especially since, despite his accent, he is not English! He had a Scots Father and Grandfather. To make things even more complicated, he was born in Swansea. Whatever, he could certainly have played for Scotland, but I suspect that his singular lack of interest in any sport would make that scenario pretty unlikely.
I should also mention that, based on a number of documentaries he has written and presented over the years, he definitely takes more than an interest in matters well north of the M25.
Regarding the article in the ‘Eye’, I appreciate what you say in relation to the negative effect on the Share Issue, but the inference is, yet again, that Whyte sold the club to Green and, as a result, the good ship R——rs missed the iceberg, did not go aground in the Suez Canal and sailed on into calmer waters.


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John Clark 22nd August 2021 At 00:06

Jingso.Jimsie 21st August 2021 At 10:55
“….As an aside, why ask the club when it’s the holding company that’s issuing the shares? Could & should do better PE!”
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Good one, Jingo.Jimsie!

If they are going to write about a ‘Rangers’ they should at least know the whole truth about the club they think they are writing about!
The ‘5-Way Agreement’ is just the kind of potential scam that Private Eye used to love digging into!
It’s interesting that someone mentioned to Private Eye that the shares issue failed. I wonder who and why?
And why did Private Eye run with the story (albeit half-arsedly and ignorantly)?

Why not fire off a letter to Ian Hislop?
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Hello again Boys and (possibly) Girls,

I haven’t posted for at least a year or two, but I do take in the blog on a relatively frequent basis, especially if there has been something nefarious going on in Scottish Football (i.e. most of the time).

However, I have returned to the keyboard for a particular reason. I note the comments above regarding the item in the last edition of Private Eye outlining the Sevco Begging Bowl fishing expedition, risibly known as the latest Share Offer. I share everybody’s views on the Blog with respect to that item. However, I’m somewhat surprised that nobody has raised an eyebrow at, never mind mentioned, the other article about the Cry for Cash which was in an earlier edition of the Eye.
I would have flagged this up much earlier, but other matters intruded and I have had considerable difficulty in logging on (now sorted by our excellent blog dwellers!)

The article I refer to was in No. 1552 edition of 23rd July. It is in the same column, “In The City” on page 42 (not 94). It is headed, “PLANET FOOTBALL: RA—ERS”.
The first two paras deal with the Share Issue, but the third gives the ‘background’. It reads,

“Rangers International was delisted from the AIM market in 2015 after it failed to appoint a new nominated adviser after a boardroom coup. Twice-disqualified director Craig Whyte sold control of Rangers in 2012, after the original club collapsed into administration.”

And that’s all there is, with no mention of liquidation, sale of assets, new club, tribute(!?) act, etc. I am really surprised at how limited in detail this piece is when you consider some of the more excoriating exposes we have seen in the Eye over many years. I may have to threaten to cancel my subscription. On the other hand, perhaps John Clark may wish to crack heads with ‘Slicker’ or Ian Hislop.

Regards to all


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As noted by our hero, John Clark,

JC

“In my view as one speaking as someone who has no Sky, Virgin, Youtube or football club TV subscription.”

I don’t often comment but I have considerable sympathy with John’s view of some of those ‘media outlets’. I am amazed that many of the contributors to this Blog, who will rightly condemn SFA/SPFL/Sevco, etc., for the disgraceful management of Scottish Football, will still happily fund the empires of people like Murdoch and Branson. It’s almost as bad as buying ‘stuff’ from Amazon (the tax-free company)!

Wake up and smell the coffee, chaps!


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