Small Price to Pay?

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It’s nearly my bedtime here in Queensland, after a day …

Comment on Small Price to Pay? by John Clark.

It’s nearly my bedtime here in Queensland, after a day of incredibly , tropical rain ,battering down for ten or twenty minutes at a time, stopping as suddenly as if a tap had been turned, and beginning again a short time later as if the tap had been turned on again.
But, I have to report that I have not yet received a reply from UKAD to my query to them of 15th February, and my reminder of 8th March,as to whether the SFA had ever received monies from them to help in th fight against doping.
I had an idle moment, so I had a look at what they say about themselves in their annual report and accounts (have a read at
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09078008 ).
Nothing there, of course, on whether they paid any money to any organisation in particular. Just the usual self-congratulatory self-assessment of how wonderful they have been in fighting sports corruption, meeting their targets and such like crappy crap.
But, and going a wee bit off topic, I was intrigued to see that the name of the Comptroller and Auditor General ( who audits arms-length-from-Government agencies) is one Amyas  Morse.
Those two names to me shout out ‘Integrity’.
Amyas Paulet was, of course, the man who, as Mary Queen of Scots jailer, risked his career and possibly his life, by telling Good Queen Bess that if she wanted her cousin done to death quietly by him, she could take a running jump to herself, if she wasn’t prepared to give him an order in writing.( Which , of course, the cowardly woman would not do)
And Morse, of course, is the (fictional) quintessence of the incorruptible police officer.
Oh, that the names of those in our Football Governance and in the Press and BBC in recent years conjured up such images of incorruptibility!
But, as we know, the names of those bearing office or function in Football Governance, and those reporting on football, are forever to be associated with betrayal of Sporting integrity, of cynical mendacity, and necessarily, of a lack of personal moral worth.
(One such name, coincidentally, was the name used by a detective in a popular TV series in which John Thaw ( ‘Morse’ in a more cultured series) starred.

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Small Price to Pay?
jean7brodieMarch 20, 2017 at 14:30
‘…Hi JCI scoured the same site when you sent your emails to them and could, like you, find nothing of any import. And yes it was all‘ crappy crap.’Hope you are still enjoying yourself down under. ..’
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yes, jean7, thank you.
Actually, the daughter-in-law is not well, and we have come in very handy in looking after the grandweans and letting our son carry on working.Up and down all day with weans to daycare and school and back ,washin’ machine never aff, shopping to be done, meals to be made for all.
Keeps us alert and fit, if thoroughly knackered!
But extremely glad to be here.


Small Price to Pay?
Cluster OneMarch 19, 2017 at 21:36
“…Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up.Andrew Thornhill QC was declared bust ……”
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Good link, Cluster One.
It prompted me to look at the Insolvency Register, where there is this entry:

”                          Surname Date       Date OfBirth        Court              Number         Start Date          Type 
ANDREW ROBERT THORNHILL           04/08/1943         HIGH              0001100       08/03/2017       Bankrupt  ”
which is probably our man.
In the abstract ,since  being declared bankrupt is apparently no bar to carrying on in one’s profession, what else would a chap, perhaps an expert in these matters, do but shed personal debt , first making sure that no one can legally claim assets that you have access to.
Remember, the law has very little to do with moral truth, and very often, hee-haw to do with ‘justice’


Small Price to Pay?
By Jane Lewis
BBC Scotland “In the process, the Hoops racked up 22 consecutive league victories – a run that was only halted on Sunday, when rivals Rangers held them to a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park..”
‘ Midfielder Callum McGregor says being so close to sealing the title at this stage of the season is a “great achievement”, but insists, even if Celtic wrap up the title this weekend, the champions want to preserve their unbeaten record for the remainder of the campaign.
“It’s that relentlessness to go and get there – it would be great to get over the line maybe this or next week,” he said.
“Of course, the manager is always saying to everybody, be relentless in every game that we play.’
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I have not met, nor am I likely to , meet ‘the manager’.
If I were to meet him, I would tell him that there was not much in the way of ‘relentessness’ in the very, very poor performance against a piss-poor TRFC.
I will say no more, except to remind myself of the reasons why the term ‘Old Firm’ was created by (perhaps) a slightly more journalistically honest breed of newspaper men  in my grandfather’s time.


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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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