The Vice Closes


I’ve written to Thistle telling them I’m finished, and won’t …

Comment on The Vice Closes by Eternal Optimist.

I’ve written to Thistle telling them I’m finished, and won’t be back until a truly independent review is agreed / set-up.   I’ve not had a reply (yet), but that’s not important – key thing is they know how strongly I feel about the issue.   Hopefully many others will do likewise, as that’s the only way we’ll get past this ‘it’s a Celtic-Rangers issue’.
It’s been said before, but I urge anyone who hasn’t contacted their club to do so now.

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The Elephant in the Room
I’ve been reading The Secret Race, Tyler Hamilton’s account of his career and, in particular, his days as a team-mate of Lance Armstrong. It’s a no-holds barred account of the doping that went on in the pro peloton and it contributed to Armstrong finally having to admit to the extent of his mis-deeds.
Just before the Contents page there’s a quotation from Zola (Emile, not Gianfranco !!!!) –
“If you shut up the truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”
When we can see the lengths that the MSM here will go to to ignore what’s under their nose in the hope that it all goes away, reading something like that gave me a little boost. I hope it does to you too.
PS it’s a great book – well worth a read.

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
On 24th March 2003, I was able to witness one of the strangest phenomena in Scottish football – the appearance of Partick Thistle in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.  I remember travelling home deflated, not an unusual feeling for a Thistle fan, but thinking we’d done reasonably well against a team of superstars (and Bob Malcolm).
Since then.I’ve discovered that all the starting 11 but Tony Vidmar (I think) were EBT beneficiaries. Therefore, unless their side letters were lodged with the SFA they were improperly registered.
According to the media (yes, I know…) it appears that it’s only Celtic fans who want honours stripped.  If I hear that again I’ll scream !!! So I’ll be writing to my club today for their view on the matter and asking what action they’re planning, and would encourage fans of all other clubs out there to do the same.
The only way to move on is to have proper sanctions applied, an independent review of the SFA/SPFL and the removal of those found to be complicit.
I feel better for that, but before I go for a lie down the team on that day was –
Klos, Amoruso, Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Vidmar, McCann, Ricksen, Caniggia, Nerlinger, Malcolm and Flo.
On the way home we wished we could afford players like some of them. Oh, the irony ….. 

Whose assets are they anyway?
While I’d registered with RTC back in the day (and it seems ages ago), I just lurked on here.
The ‘move on, nothing to see here’ statement changed all that though. This blog is the only place to get any kind of rational view on what’s been happening,  but there’s still the danger it’ll continue to be portrayed as a noisy minority.
By registering I hope I don’t just increase the numbers, but would like to encourage any other lurkers to do likewise. There must be hundreds like me out there, perhaps more.
Going back to the statement, I’d be happy to volunteer to share any SFM comments on the forum of my club (Thistle, if my user name wasn’t a big enough clue).
I’ve got some ideas of how that would look too, but that’s for later – this phone is making my eyes cross. 

Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
I think pricing is a crucial aspect in the current climate. For me and 2 10 year olds to got to Firhill costs £17 – the price of my ticket. To go to Somerset, which we probably do more often, sets me back £31 (1 x 15 + 2 x 8). As far as catering is concerned, I don’t know if the price differential is significant or not but the admission price alone must enough to tempt others along.

I can’t understand why more clubs don’t offer a similar incentive. Personally, I know we’ve been to many more games since it was introduced …….

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