Spot the difference?


Paul says: February 20, 2015 at 4:14 pm Today the Scottish …

Comment on Spot the difference? by tearsofjoy.

Paul says:

February 20, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Today the Scottish Government had the public launch of research carried out by the Independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland – the report formed the basis of the Herald’s front page splash today. The Scottish Football Association were invited to attend and indeed were sent invites for two delegates – they did not attend.
Unfortunately as I no longer live in Scotland I don’t have a MSP to contact on the matter. Otherwise I’d be asking for this to be raised within the Scottish government. This is not acceptable.

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Spot the difference?

While we await the outcome of the latest bun fight from Ibrox I thought I might raise the above question on here (I get the impression there are some posters here who have some kind of philosophical bent who may be able to provide some insight ).

Due to another bout of insomnia I was wide awake from 5.00am this morning and as we always have he radio on for this eventuality I listened to Radio5 Live – who happened to have some kind of guest speaker who clearly knew about AIM and the Sevco situation and duly informed us early risers about the potential joys of the impending EGM.

After basically trashing Sevco as a potential investment opportunity he then went on to say – and I am choosing my words as accurately as possible here –
“anyway , I can’t invest in Rangers as I’m, a Catholic”.

To which his host quickly retorted “let’s not go down that route !!” and shut him up.

I can’t see any of our early posters mentioning this but I am quite sure that what I have posted is an accurate description of what was said. Is there a moral dilemma here – should I complain to the BBC ?

Spot the difference?
Best football chant ever ?

This may be another urban myth but I saw on a Hearts message board a story of Rafael coming on as a substitute (might have been his debut at Parkhead, I don’t recall exactly).

Introduced as “Rafael !!!!!!!!”

Cue Hearts fans singing “you’re shi*e , and you know you are , you’re shi*e and you know you are”.

True or not it makes me chuckle.

No offence intended , just laughing at the comedy value.

Spot the difference?
easyJambo says:

March 3, 2015 at 12:59 am

ekt1m says: March 3, 2015 at 12:31 am
Here’s the iconic image of Mackay and Bremner.

I guess that it’s very poignant that the last time I saw him was three years ago at White Hart Lane when Hearts played Spurs in the Europa League. He was introduced at half time to great acclaim by both sets of supporters.
I had the pleasure of meeting him at social events over the years : it was like being in the presence of a loved & revered monarch. Even people who never saw him play (ie me) were in awe of him. And so modest.

I remember telling a friend I was going to get a print of THAT picture and get DM to sign it for my dad. but was told very clearly not to as DM really hated that picture as he thought it portrayed him as a thug , when he (rightly , I believe now) was anything but.

My dad loved him. He’s gone but is now hopefully enjoying a chat about the greatest days Gorgie ever enjoyed with his hero.


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Stevie G – The Real Deal?
All Celtic wanted was a fair, open ballot to decide venues. Not only did the SPFL refuse to do that, they even refused to explain why.  I think that says it all, however we are just going round in circles.


All Celtic wanted was a 50% chance of not playing outside Glasgow. That and an utterly disingenuous statement that players from all clubs were being deprived of a chance of playing at the national stadium (that coincidentally happens to be 3 miles from  Parkhead) is sheer hypocrisy. You'd think Murrayfield was some kind of dilapidated shed on the dark side of the moon. 

We have an outcome (finally) that delivers a solution that's fair to everyone, overcomes the problems caused entirely by the participation of Celtic & The rangers in Euro competitions on Thursday (let's not forget that fact). But ,no,it's not enough -because Celtic didn't get to influence the decision making that led up to it. Celtic didn't get their ballot. Celtic wanted a ballot that could have seen a meagre Hearts support traipsing through  to Hampden for a ludicrously early evening kick off that was threatening to turn into a total boycott of the game. All so Celtic could have their say. 


And while this site is so absorbed in the question of "sporting integrity" – I didn't see much outrage about the fact that the Scottish football authorities have signed a contract that is prejudicial to the majority of its member clubs – ie the contract clause that favours the new OF in perpetuity AND also requires games with crowd potential of 20K to ALSO be played in Glasgow. Where's the sporting integrity there ? But that doesn't matter – it's all about Celtic not getting to have a coin toss with Rangers for a face saving exercise.


JPP: Perverting Justice?
. If that is the case then it seems crazy for the SPFL not to go down the fairest route, unless they deliberately don't want to be fair, which we can't rule out as it stands.

But they did go down the fairest route. 

They had to get the games played on the same day but avoid a doomsday scenario in Glasgow.

Ergo, move one to a perfectly suitable venue (which had already been in the frame as a potential new national stadium). 

Not only that , it removes the need for one team's supporters to travel. Marvellous. 

The only thing "unfair" about it is Celtic wanted a ballot to have a 50% chance of avoiding playing outside Glasgow. It is ridiculous for Celtic to try to weasel out of playing at Murrayfield by saying players from all sides should have the chance to play at Hampden. Utterly disingenuous.  Celtic are quite happy to be the beneficiaries of a contract that says all their league cup semi final games MUST be played at Hampden. How's that for "sporting integrity".  Is that not “unfair”. Incredibly Unfair ?

The football administrators are there to administrate and have done so (albeit very belatedly to any degree that takes on board the needs of the fans). And as Hearts fans were told, it's only a 45 minute drive – so where's the problem ? 

JPP: Perverting Justice?
With fans of all sides (other than Rangers, as thing stand) currently having strong grounds to complain about where their game is to be played; and for want of the capacity of our governing bodies to have anticipated this shambles, or to be able to come up with a mutually acceptable compromise solution, the only fair option is to ballot in order to determine venues.


Hearts have never complained about playing at Hampden and it did not feature in their "astonishment" at the proposed farce. This was about the timing of the KO – unprecedented in its timing and inconvenience factor. 

I was "astonished" that SPFL/SFA/Hampden thought it more important to hide behind a contractual clause for this ludicrous proposal. The OF clubs didn't question it – why should thy , they are both playing what is effectively a "home" fixture. But to suggest there should be some kind of ballot is effectively saying what we all know : it's all being dictated by and for the OF.  For Celtic to say HMFC somehow has an advantage at Murrayfield is utter nonsense and completely disingenuous. Not only that , if Celtic TRULY believe that to be the case ,then it is abundantly clear that Celtic have enjoyed the very same advantage every time they've played at Hampden. Talk about hypocrisy !

JPP: Perverting Justice?
Oh dear , first it was the immovable contract clause (that gives the new OF unprecedented privilege unheard of anywhere else in football) and now it's all about making sure they retain that privilege. It's utterly pathetic.  For 140 years Glasgow teams have had all the cards stacked in their favour : play all the big games in Glasgow with Glasgow based refs (some even known to be supporters of said teams) – but move one game and it's not acceptable – and this from a team who have contributed to the fixture chaos because of THEIR Europa league games. 


When all is  said and done – this it what it has always been about ; Who was going to blink first , Celtic or Sevco.  As a Hearts fan who would have had no possibility of attending under the original proposal (and I know MANY more in the same boat) I don't care where it's played. We now our place.

The Vice Closes
I’m struggling to see why the UK national anthem riles (some ) Scots. It isn’t anti Scottish, Scotland/the Scots don’t get a mention and as for a folk song , that dirge Scotland has adopted ? I don’t like it, never have but why people see what they do in itis beyond me.

But to the meat of the matter, that irresistible force : sectarian singing. The hypocracy that surrounds Celtic on this matter is staggering and the number of CFC fans that take the moral high ground on this matter equally so. CFC fan sing pro IRA songs – we all know it, we’ve all heard it. So let’s stop pretending otherwise. 

The clubs have voted to exempt themselves from punishment by the footballing authorities , so quite clearly they don’t care. The police cannot and never will deal with this effectively. Let’s stop pretending we are outrgaed by this – we are not because if we were we’d be shouting from the rooftops about it. So, it goes on, and on , as it ever will. That truly is “Scotland’s Shame”.

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