The Real Battle Begins?


Youtawknaboot says: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 15:43 ‘..jc…is the author of …

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youtawknaboot says:
Friday, November 30, 2012 at 15:43
‘..jc…is the author of that p*sh peice…elderslug HK..?
btw there are only 2 of 3 guys named,who was the 3rd ?.’

No, I’m afraid not.

You’ll find the whole piece in the Celtic View dated August 21st 1996, page 15.

The other journalist that is mentioned is Spiers, ‘just ‘topping the previous two’, in Matt’s opinion.

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jimlarkin says:
Monday, December 17, 2012 at 23:40
‘[isn’t that why all the ‘pre-season’ friendlies got cancelled]’
What a very useful reminder!

A reminder that sensible clubs have people on board who actually look at the rules and try to abide by them, even if it is only to make sure they aren’t penalised, rather than from any higher motive.

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paulsatim says:
Monday, December 17, 2012 at 22:02
‘Their saviour, Charles Green, is now charging them £10m for 20%. What a great guy.’

I really love this blog!

What a brilliant observation, paulsatim.

And, when you think of it, what a shocking indictment of the type of ‘entrepreneurial’ supposed ‘fans’ who, at the time it mattered most, did not put their money where their professions of loyalty were!

And, given that most of these ‘entrepreneur’ types are actually sharper than sharks’ teeth when it comes to seeking profit at all and any cost, perhaps the fact that they lost out to CG is an indication that they were somehow put at a disadvantage in the administration process?

It would of course be arrant nonsense -and, heaven forfend, defamatory!-to suggest that the administration process was conducted in anything other than a scrupulously fair manner, fully in accordance with law and all accepted professional codes and practice.

As the Blue Knights and Singaporean gentlemen bidders and United States truckers would surely asseverate.

But hark the sound, emanating from east to west! As of the spitting of blood.
What may this portend?

I wait, and wonder.

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StevieBC says:
Monday, December 17, 2012 at 22:44
‘Dear Santa,
for Christmas could you please bring me a new blog post for the ‘TSFM’ website…’
“Santa, to write it, could you find an Italian football journalist with a particular knowledge of the Scottish Press scene and of SFA , SPL articles, rules, constitutions etc AS WELL as a pride in his dislike of succulent lamb matched only by his contempt for fellow ‘professionals’ whose chins are aye dripping with mint sauce?

Thank you.
PS. I think you should ditch your Aberdeen FC colour scheme when you fly over Govan next week.But if you get any hassle, shout ‘Donner und Blitzen and ‘Chancer ‘ very loudly indeed”.

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Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 20th August 2022 At 23:54
‘..Is it too much to ask that the pundits I (we) are paying for know the freaking rules????.
What I have often wondered is why ,when refereeing decisions are being hotly debated on TV or radio football programmes , the text of the relevant rules of the game aren’t flashed up on screen or quoted verbatim on the radio, so that the discussion is based not on what people THINK the rule says or on what they think it SHOULD say but on what the rule ACTUALLY says
(I’ m listening to Michael Stewart wittering on just now on Sportsound)

Questions, questions, questions
” There are shades of Mandy Rice-Davies in this explanation – ‘They would say that,
wouldn’t they ?’ ”
So remarks Mr Justice Julian Knowles in the judgment issued today in the case
Ghanem Al-Masarir – Claimant
– and –
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Defendant.”

Boy, that took me back a wheen of years- Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, John Profumo and all that.
I mention it partly from nostalgia for that period of my life, in which Cabinet Ministers who lied to Parliament were not able to brazen it out, but mostly because of the delight I would feel if I were to hear a Judge of the Court of Session say those words in relation to the out-thrust-chin and/or whining , aggrieved assertions by the Ibrox Board and the SMSM that ‘it’s the same club’!

Oh, for a ‘litigation-expenses-worth’ of a Lottery win!

[the case is about whether the Kingdom of Saudi is immune under The State Immunity Act 1978 and cannot be sued in the UK in an action for damages etc brought by a Saudi national granted asylum in the UK some years ago who claims that the Saudi government authorised the hacking his iPhones etc, eavesdropping on him remotely by means of ‘Pegasus’, harassment of him , and the ‘ beating him up’ in London.
If you are interested the link is ]

Questions, questions, questions
Further to my post of 18th August 2022 At 12:22, I had to look up where exactly the New Town Theatre is.
I had a chuckle to myself when I discovered that The Strand’s New Town Theatre (venue 7) is in the Freemasons’ Hall, George St Edinburgh!
Unbidden , a couple of lines from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” sprang to mind:
” I grow old…I grow old
I shall wear my trouser bottoms rolled”
Incidentally, the last Festival Fringe thingy I attended was Spiers ‘chatting’ with Stuart Cosgrove-in 2015, I think.
Cosgrove was flogging his new book “Detroit ’67” at the time. I bought a copy , of course, and he happily scribbled ‘ To John Clark, SFM ‘ seemingly aware of the blog.
I’ve half a mind to go see Thomson. I wonder is he flogging a book?

Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 18th August 2022 At 09:30
‘..I see that Graham Spiers is interviewing Alex Thompson on Friday 26th August.’
As to which ,Wokingcelt, Spiers had his chance in 2012 to speak the truth about the Big Lie created by the football authorities and eagerly supported and propagated by the football hacks of the SMSM and the BBC. And didn’t take his chance.
Alex Thomson began well and bravely enough, but either his courage failed him or he became so disgusted with the Scottish media sports hacks and editors that he despaired of their biased/frightened/ partisan/ lying hearts being willing to tell the plain, simple sports AND business truth: namely, that RIFC plc is not the holding company of RFC of 1872 foundation, but of the football club that was set up by CG’s consortium and newly admitted into Scottish football in 2012, and that it’s a monstrous fiction that TRFC is 150 years old and laden with sporting honours.
It’s with this in mind that I read a piece by Alistair Grant in ‘The Scotsman’ this morning, and laughed hollowly, as you will too, I’m sure when you read this excerpt in which he quotes with approval these words of the First Minister:
” Hurling abuse at journalists is never acceptable. Their job is vital to our democracy and it is to report and scrutinise, not to support any viewpoint”
Apparently, BBC Scotland editor James Cook was the target of abuse at some hustings in Perth on Tuesday evening, being called among other things ‘a liar’.
I know him not.
But he works for BBC Scotland, which propagates , deliberately, an untruth- in a mere matter of Sport!
I don’t know Alistair Grant either: but I have never heard him, or read of him, ripping into any of the Scottish football hacks for failing in their ‘vital to democracy’ job of ‘reporting and scrutinising’

Questions, questions, questions
Big Pink 17th August 2022 At 11:47
‘..The workaround is to click on the “login” menu item at the top of the page.’
Well done, that man! It’s good to be able to post, and thanks for the ‘workaround’

I had wanted to post yesterday[Tuesday, now] because, pursuing my curiosity about how the Board of the SPFL can( apparently] accept that 5 of the member clubs, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee, Dundee United, and Hearts, could without Board authorisation, commission a ‘review’ into the business of the SPFL, I had read in the Scotsman that
” As a follow-up to the [Deloitte] report, an innovation and strategy group of representatives from Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers has now developed a five-year strategic action plan”

All of a sudden, two clubs that were not part of the ‘commissioning’ group are in there , grubbing away!
Is the SPFL Board really and truly operating as a Board of Directors?
What kind of numpty organisation is the SPFL?
Geez, it’s surely bad enough to be defenders and promoters of a lie: to be in addition useless toss-pots that are not in charge as any kind of board of directors should be is quite, quite telling.

Not immediately related to that, was I alone in thinking that the ‘Asset and Undertaking Transfer Agreement’ between the SPL and the SFL occasioned extinction of the SFL?
I learned today that the SFL was never an incorporated company registered with Companies House.

If you look up Scottish Football League on CH, you will see that there is indeed a company of that name; but
incorporated only on 27 June 2012, with share capital of £2.00, 2 shares both owned by the SPFL! with Neil Doncaster as CEO.
Not at all sure why the SPFL should want to own a new SFL?
Anybody explain?

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