SFM – The Next Steps

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Scottc says: Member: (178 comments) June 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm ‘..At the …

Comment on SFM – The Next Steps by John Clark.

scottc says:
Member: (178 comments)
June 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm
‘..At the start of this month Sports Scotland lodged their charge over Auchenhowie .’
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Cost me a pound to get that info from Companies House on Thursday. But I couldn’t open the pdf file! Then I got my IDs and email passwords and webcheck IDs and passwords all hopelessly confused when I used the new experimental CH page!
Now that you’ve posted it, I don’t think I’ll bother trying to get my pound’s worth. See me, see these online thingies…. 😕
As regards the apparently late registration of the ‘transfer’ of the original contracts(signed away back in 2001 and 2002) which of course were with the old Rangers, someone in Sportscotland might have twigged that the change of identity of one of the parties to the original contract, although obviously recognised in the transfer contract, should be registered, albeit very long after the 21 days, to remove any possibility of the new party dodging out of the contract.
On the registration form it seems to say that these charges must be registered within 21 days, and that a court order is required before a late registration can be made.
Can we find out if such a court order was applied for?

And the mention of the Scottish Sports Council reminds me: I have not yet had a reply (other than an acknowledgement)to my email of 4th June to the Minister- for-this-that-and-the-other-including-Sport.

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SFM – The Next Steps
There’s Only One Willie Miller says:
Member: (2 comments)
June 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm
‘Having a former Celtic player on your phone in is exactly the sort of thing that makes fans of other clubs think that this is a Celtic minded blog.’
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Frankly, that is an absurd observation.

From the early RTC days, the concentration has been on the fact that one club with the complicity and/ or neglect of duty of those men whose duty it was to govern Scottish Football,stole sporting titles and honours and, indeed, monies, from every other club in the senior leagues of Scottish Football.

The fact that that club was the now dead RFC, and the fact that the man in office as President of the governing body was financially indebted to to that dead club, and the fact that there was a deliberate and orchestrated subversion of truth and sporting integrity, caused supporters of every club to raise their voices in protest at what the late, revered, Turnbull Hutton described as ‘corruption’.

RTC, and TSFM and , now,SFM is not ‘anti-Rangers’.

It is, and always has been, anti-corruption of the sporting ideal by those whose very duty it was, and is, to govern our game in accordance with their own laws and rules and without any hint of corruption whether related to emotional, cultural, financial,social, political, religious ties with any particular club.
There is ample evidence to support the view that the SFA, while not in the same ‘league’ as FIFA, needs investigation.

Not that our SMSM hacks know the meaning of ‘investigative journalism’.


SFM – The Next Steps
macfurgly says:
Member: (38 comments)
June 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm
‘.. in as much as someone is required to occupy the other half of the field .’
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I think you have indirectly resurrected the partial discussion that the blog had some good wee while ago on the peculiar nature of professional football business, where a club HAS to have competitors or else there is no business!

And the whole discussion of gate-sharing and whether the discontinuance of that entirely reasonable (in my view) arrangement was, in the event,a sound move.

For a game of football you need two teams.’Halfers each’ is the natural and obvious way to divide any monies generated, because without the participation of one team, there can be no match.

It may be that changes in that area of finance brought about the relative impoverishment of the clubs with smaller fan bases.

I can’t now remember when things changed.
But I think the change was deleterious to Scottish football.For, if the ‘smaller’ clubs were getting half the gate-money when they played the bigger boys,the competitive level would be raised.

I think this needs further exploration.

And I could do with a Fat Yak!


SFM – The Next Steps
I note that there are now two independent non-exec directors on the SFA Board.

The first such director (Barrie Jackson) was appointed on 12/12/11 and would, presumably, have been aware of the dirty work that led up to the ‘Armageddon’ nonsense and the 5-Way Agreement and all of that.

Did he exercise his duty as an independent director to try to keep the board from its disgraceful abandonment of Sporting Integrity? Did he go along with the deceitful Big Lie that the new club was still the old club? Did he object when the nod was given to Dave King? Did he say or do anything to try to protect Scottish Football governance from selling its soul to accommodate the ‘owling mobs (dog-whistled by a ‘gardener’ and others)?

I suspect not.

Will the second non-exec director re-call the Board to paths of righteousness, and insist on the restoration of integrity, on the need to bite the bullet, to come clean, ‘fess up to their deceit, and publicly acknowledge that Sevco5088 etc etc (God,it gets tedious repeating all the charlatan’s names for the new club!) was never and is not now RFC(IL).
And that the Bryson nonsense was indeed nonsense, and that certain honours and titles should be stripped from RFC(IL)’s official reco rds, and that Sevco etc etc will not, in SFA publications of any kind, be referred to as if they were the pre-Liquidation RFC.
The second independent director, Gary Hughes, says ” I look forward to working with the Board,the management team and all the major stake-holders to help create a successful and a sustainable future for our national game”.

No doubt he does. But he must realise that an organisation with deceit and duplicity and cowardice at its heart can have no successful and sustainable future.
Just as the much-vaunted Independent Judicial Panel was no more than window-dressing (Bryson!), I very much think that the trumpeted news that there are now two ( not actually legally required) non-exec directors is no more than an empty gesture by a thoroughly discredited organisation.


Recent Comments by John Clark

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
My brother and I, auld men now that we are, meet occasionally for a pint or three.
We tend to pay homage to our late dad by visiting one of the pubs he used as a young man afore the war ( he lived in digs near Partick Cross) , or one of the pubs he used when we were kids during his working life at what  used to be Glasgow Corporation Tramways Parkhead depot,  or the pub he used in Tollcross in his retirement days.
So I feel for the patrons of what had been Annie Miller’s pub in Ropework lane.
If and when the new owners of the premises tart it up gaily as a feeder bar for their adjoining sauna, I expect that it will no longer be a ‘Rangers’ pub,a place of shared enjoyment of football memories and celebration of former days of glory.

Like the historic Rangers Football Club, Annie Miller’s is dead. Ceased trading in 2016. No longer exists as a ‘Rangers’ pub, any more than the Rangers Football Club of 1872 exists as a professional football club entitled to a place in Scottish Football.
That’s the reality.
There isn’t even a ‘Scottish Football Pubs Association’ prepared to create and propagate a lie  that ‘Annie Miller’s’ lives on, there have been no white or green knights/knaves rushing in to found ‘continuity Annie Miller’s’, no running-dog SMSM types betraying their avocation by propagating untruths……and.no convicted criminals begging, borrowing and making false promises about good times to come if only other folk will produce the readies…
Annie Miller’s is dead and gone.
Only a lie sustains TRFC Ltd.
And those who drank in Annie Miller’s know that.
And the evil men of the SMSM and the SFA know it, too.
May 2018 see them confounded, and their untruths exposed.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
FinlochDecember 30, 2017 at 20:42
‘…Craig took a Corinthian and undisciplined club going nowhere fast, rooted it into a previously ignored community and has achieved some incredible health and social goals deep into that community using football as glue.’
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Beautifully expressed, Finloch.

Football as a glue of ‘community’

Of community trust,

of basic honesty,

of the  Corinthian spirit,

of sporting integrity….

and of all the virtues that the SFA has so spectacularly abandoned, in its determination to insist that Charles Green’s Sevcoscotland is entitled to call itself the Rangers of 1872

That such an incredibly monstrous perversion of truth of any kind, never mind sporting truth, is being, and has been for 5 years, propagated by our Football Governance body and supported by the SMSM is stark evidence of a deep, deep corruption at the heart of our sport, and, worse, at the very essence of our ‘free’ Press.

in this little country of ours.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
And since I’m talking to myself while all you guys and gals are snoring your heads off, can I just mention that in the local newspaper this morning there was a piece about school sports.

It seemed to be about the ‘pick’ of the best players.

I didn’t have time today to read the whole thing ( and it’s too late to disturb the household to go looking for the paper!) but it seemed to be related to the use by ‘soccer’ teams of the American  Football  concept of who gets to pick the best player in the ‘draft’.

I have only the haziest understanding of that concept.

But in so far as it might relate to attempts to create genuine ‘sporting’ , on-field, equality of talent, it must have something to recommend it.

Even the Americans realise that in order to make money out of sport,there has to be some concept of genuine ‘sporting competition’

Auldheid reminded us, quite movingly, of the joyous nature of our game as we all experienced it.
We all knew instinctively what was fair, and what wasn’t.
Remember how our street game teams were picked?

The two ‘captains’ tossed for first choice.Whichever won the toss would pick the ‘best’ player. The other guy would pick ‘the second best’ and so on.

And, if it appeared that there was an imbalance ,or if there was an odd number of players, then it would be agreed that a ‘John Clark’ would play the first half for one side to give them the extra man, and the second half for the other side, to try to be fair in the use of that useless lump!

( who, I may say, was actually quite good at lifting the wee ba’ from the street up onto the pavement, one hand on the lamp-post outside the Thomson’s house on Cuthelton Street, and bringing it to the goal at the lorry entrance to the Domestos depot ( formerly Donald Clarke’s steel kind of place, which in 1947 sirened One o’Clock,with the siren they used ‘during the war!’)

And it is these kinds of memories that fuel my contempt
contempt for the cheating bast.rd of a knight of the realm who killed the RFC of my day

contempt for the SFA who, like some referees,not only did not ‘see’ that cheating but went further and assisted in that cheating

And who continue to propagate the lie that the football club that cheated its way to death by Liquidation is somehow the same club as a five year old creation that they themselves have lied into existence.

And as for the the whole lot of the successive boards of either Sevco 5088, Sevcoscotland, The rangers football Club Ltd, RIFC plc  how can they be described otherwise than as  scavengers of carrion? Feeding as they do on the dead flesh of a once proud football club?

It gars me greet…
Quietly and solemnly, into my glass of “Goose IPA, 5.9%, made from hops from Idaho” ( And actually quite surprisingly pleasant, reminiscent of McEwan’s pale ale.


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
It’s 11.43 pm in Scranton,PA,  and we have just come back from being wined and dined  in tremendously good company in a friends-of-the-son’s home.

I am therefore in a cheerful frame of mind. (Mind you, sitting in the back seat of the car I had one of those A9 moments of absolute fear, when the driver overtook another car on a blind bend, before I realised we were still on a dual carriageway!)….

For one reason or another, it suddenly strikes  me that I don’t actually know ( or remember) when it was that the concept of ‘transfer windows’ was introduced, or why it was introduced.

On the face of it, it’s as much of a restriction of ‘trade’ on ’employers’, as the pre-Bosman situation was on freedom of employment was on ‘workers'(players).

Is there a decently worked out rationale for the concept?


It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
easyJamboDecember 27, 2017 at 17:49
‘..I think that the document will only be a restatement of the resolutions that were approved at the AGM (Resolutions 10 & 11).’
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You’re perfectly right, of course, eJ: it was only the official recording  of the AGM resolutions.

I think I for one (in my general ignorance) tend to think that any plc of which a director has been taken to the Courts( in an unprecedented action by the Takeover Panel) would have every form or document that it submitted to Companies House rigorously examined, cross-checked, double-checked, treble checked ,even, in a way that ,for example, the SFA does not do with documents submitted to it by its trustworthy gentlemen members.

The Takeover Panel has a lot riding on how the Law stands in its approach to the Panel’s need for support in their regulation of rogues in the market-place.

So I tend to look at anything touching on RIFC plc that seems even a wee bit different as something worth exploring.

Largely tongue-in-cheek, of course: -we’re not likely ever to be told anything confidential by CH! But if they say something will appear, and then it doesn’t appear when promised, then it allows one to ask why. Keeps them on their toes!

And we know that when even the gentlemen of our free Press are not above behaving with less than complete honesty when it comes to TRFC Ltd/RIFC plc  there may (God forbid!) exist a ‘protective of companies’ mindset in CH, rather than a ‘get the baddies’ approach.

Who knows?


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