The Case for a New SFA.


Ianagain 24th October 2015 at 12:22 am # ‘….The Acme Thunderer …

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ianagain 24th October 2015 at 12:22 am #
‘….The Acme Thunderer is alive and well and in use all around the railways…
3 You will likely never hear the 3rd.’
a) that’s very cheering news…
b) but even if the name is the same, is it, can it be, the same whistle?03

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Jingso.Jimsie 23rd October 2015 at 7:40 pm #
‘….the Acme Thunderers.’
On my house key-ring hangs the ‘Acme Thunderer’ issued to my dad in 1946, when, fresh out of Erskine Hospital, he joined Glasgow Corporation Tramways as one of the (3%?) quota of war-wounded ex-servicemen that Local Authorities were theoretically expected,if not required, to employ.
As a wee boy visiting Parkhead Depot ( now for the chop, I read recently) I remember his three shift-mates:one had lost an arm, the second was blinded in one eye and had severe burns scars on his face, the third had been deafened, and my dad was minus a leg, with deep shrapnel wounds in the thigh of his other leg, and a bullet wound in his upper left arm. ( Who prates about  ‘Armed Forces day’ with any arrogant ‘proprietorial’ air?)
Surely the mighty ‘Acme Thunderer’ has not been so reduced in status as to become standard issue for our referees?
I am distraught!
Can they all be men of integrity enough to be allowed anywhere near, let alone use, such a definitive, authoritative instrument and arbiter of truth? Two blasts of which would stop a runaway tram from a couple of hundred yards!

The Case for a New SFA.
Well, that’s me home from Perth ( well, at 12.03 a.m actually) after a lovely night drive with bright moon and hardly another car on the road all the way home to south Edinburgh.  The pylons(piers?) of the new Forth crossing look absolutely fabulous, lit up like Christmas trees.
It was a very pleasant, relaxed, friendly gathering of pretty clued-up  posters on, and readers of, the blog.
Due tribute was paid to Ryan Gosling for his splendid idea that a gathering should take place ( I don’t think he was there, though).
As  bidden in our printed-off email invitations,we all wore full-face masks and those little electronic thingies attached to the throat which made us all sound like Darth Vader, and with the bright pink SFM  kaftans  and open-toed sandals, we all looked like each other as well.
No, strike that last para.Might have been something in that tea!02
Seriously, it was extremely useful to be able to put faces to names, and to confirm from those faces that we are all actual, real people whose love of the sport  fires their anger at  the way the long-term cheating of one club was allowed to take place over many years, and was not openly and honestly dealt with when the reasons for, and the means of, that cheating became known ( thanks initially to RTC ),
and we are people generally who can separate honest- to- God football rivalry from tribal baggage and who simply want the truth about the ‘rigging’ that went on to accommodate  a new club and that still allows it to claim to be the same entity that is still in Liquidation.
There are, of course, many areas of dissatisfaction with the Governance of our football  which need exploration and discussion , ranging from the lack of success of the national team down to the price of pies, but these  are overshadowed by the knowledge that our authorities at a critical point chickened out of doing their duty by the Sport and put other, baser considerations first.
Our individual clubs who, of course, make up ‘the authorities’, must insistently be reminded that that wrong must be righted in the appropriate manner, or they will forever be regarded as little more than assorted crooked business-men exploiting the public by running a rigged sport, where sporting principles give way to profit.
I hasten to add that that is not in any way a ‘Note ‘ of tonight’s proceedings, except in the very, very, very broadest sense of being my view of the drift of conversation and discussion.
Our genial host did not wear his sunglasses. And Jim Craig made some relevant and trenchant observations, as well telling a few humourous stories.
A lovely evening altogether.

The Case for a New SFA.
timomouse October 21, 2015 at 8:33 am #
‘… Three years later and one has to ask – is holding the entire system to account really achievable?

I would say not.’
So, then, do we simply roll over and aid and abet in the propagation of the falsehoods, and let the guilty carry on as before-distorting the truth and killing the notion that there is any genuine belief in Sporting Integrity?

No, we keep at least annoying the sods and giving them no respite: we do not give them any kind of recognition by supposing that we can be diverted away from the now reeking elephant in the room.

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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…… 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.’
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).’
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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