The SPFL— the case for revolution, evolution and a case of the Hamilton Whackies !


I previously posted AIM’s reply to my first and …

Comment on The SPFL— the case for revolution, evolution and a case of the Hamilton Whackies ! by john clarke.

I previously posted AIM’s reply to my first and second email’s.
This is the reply I made in my third email of 9th July.
“To: AIM Regulation
Subject: Re: Rangers International Football Club
Aim Regulation

Thank you. I am obliged to you.

Not seeking any response, I may say that the bitter in-fighting of the Directors ( more resignations and appointments than you could shake a fist at) and the withdrawal of both NOMAD/Broker Cenkos AND their supposed replacement Daniel Stewart Plc , together with the apparently lunatic management of the Company, have convinced me that , if there is no actual rule-breaking, there is a less than upfront honesty about how the business is being conducted.

Some even think that an insolvency event may be in view.

Between you and me, not a company I would invest in!

John Clarke ”

Their reply, of course, was just to acknowledge receipt.

More generally, I got back very late from London last night, and spent a while reading myself up-to-date on the blog.

Some very good stuff, that makes me hopeful that a full narrative of how everything connects might be written sooner rather than later.

Interestingly, on my journey back from London I fell into conversation with a chap ( a banker, he said) who appeared not to know too much about the RFC(IL)/ RIFC saga.

I enjoyed enlightening him, carefully separating out what is factually known for sure, from what is speculatively being deduced from the the facts in relation to the many linkages to personnel in the questionable end of the business and legal spectrum.

He was really quite interested at the mention of the Rizvi/ interpol connection, and I could almost see his banking brain getting to grips with the potential implications for directors etc who might conceivably be facilitating the business activities of such a person.

The man I was speaking to is not a Scotsman, has not been many weeks in Scotland, but he knew of the general malaise in the footballing world in respect of the English clubs that have been and are in financial difficulties.

So I don’t think he mentally dismissed me as a crank.

But I really enjoyed proselytising in the name of truth on what would otherwise have been a boring trip!

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The SPFL— the case for revolution, evolution and a case of the Hamilton Whackies !
monsieurbunny says:
July 13, 2013 at 12:45 am
.We most certainly are! At least I am. :grin:’
The Bunny Foundation!( newtz says:
July 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm )
monsieur, surely you’re no that big black rabbit that frightened my weans in Watership Down? 🙂

The SPFL— the case for revolution, evolution and a case of the Hamilton Whackies !
Phil MacGiollaBhain (@Pmacgiollabhain) says:
July 13, 2013 at 12:02 am
‘….His newspaper continues to lose money and no one sees a way out of this spiral…’
And, really, the printed newspaper industry is done for.
Just as the ‘spinning jenny’ did for weavers, and the steam engine did for transport by land and sea, and the Massey-ferguson tractor did for farming , and .. and..and.. the worldwide web has done for ‘news’papers.
By the time a newspaper gets printed, the news is stale.
It is a matter of some astonishment that they really seem not to have copped on to that fact.
Forget the newsprint technology, forget paper, and get right into hi-tech electronic mode.
You got something to say? Design a way of making money by saying it electronically.
You’ll still need people to find the info.
And there will still be a honourable place for the men and women who do that.

The SPFL— the case for revolution, evolution and a case of the Hamilton Whackies !
Here is the text of an email I fired off to our Minister for Justice

Mr Kenny MacAskill, MSP
Minister for Justice,
Scottish Government

Dear Mr MacAskill,

May I ask, please :

a) does Police Scotland currently have a representative on the Interpol UK National Central Bureau?

b) on Independence, will Scotland specifically sign up for membership of Interpol and create its own National Central Bureau?

I ask these questions having read a disturbing piece in ‘The Economist’ about how easy it is for international fraudsters/drug dealers to use football clubs as money-laundering operations.

And, like many people, I have been startled in recent times at how lax the Scottish Footballing authorities appear to have been in applying ‘the fit-and-proper person’ checks on potential owners/directors of football clubs in Scotland.

The last thing I would wish for is for Scotland to become any kind of haven for international fraudsters.

It would seem to be common sense to ensure that we were signed up to share in the pooling of criminal intelligence across the world.

Yours sincerely,

I of course sent it using my own real name and email address.

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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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