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AULDHEIDSEPTEMBER 23, 2017 at 00:07 If the adverts do not get in …

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AULDHEIDSEPTEMBER 23, 2017 at 00:07 If the adverts do not get in the way this is an excellent read from James Forrest on why an enquiry into 5 separate issues is essential. 
I want to read James piece but the adverts make it impossible to just read the text and keep hijacking me.
I couldn’t finish.

For what its worth Big Pink, Tris I am also now finding the adverts on the SFM site more and more of an intrusion too.

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EASYJAMBOSEPTEMBER 20, 2017 at 01:12 
I’m disappointed that Hearts still haven’t made their position clear regarding a review of the football authorities handling of the Rangers EBT affair, although PMGB indicates that he believes that Ann Budge is against a review.
I don’t know if she is for or against a review.
She is future focussed and has real work to do looking and going forward with the stadium and the club.
I’d say Ann Budge is fully aware that if she does nothing in public that in turn nothing will then “happen” to interfere with what she can reasonably expect.
If she or any chairman comes out one by one and supports a review in public she then almost certainly brings in all the toxicity associated with the Ibrox club.
And she probably thinks some of that will be a financial downside.

The incredible fact is the elephant in the Scottish Football room affecting the politicians, the clubs, the administrators and the media is the potential toxicity of some Rangers fans and indeed the institution it was and has now become.

Its embarrassing, worrying and nobody has a strategy to deal with it.

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A wee bird told me last night that the Stewart Regan camp has used the scare tactic that the cost of arranging and holding the type of independent review that some people want would be disastrous to Scottish Football as it would run into millions and millions of real and un-budgeted pound notes with no obvious covering source.

Its partly true because the costs of everything to do with a real review would be significant and The SFA have already spent a fortune trying to keep the cap on this one and can see a huge legal bill on the horizon.

In actual fact the people who would pay would be us the stakeholders and our clubs because there is no appetite to fund this at Holyrood.

That has scared the likes of Aberdeen, Ross County, Dundee United etc who don’t want to see a reduction in their SFA fundings.

Mr Regan and his clique like the new “financial armageddon by review” threat and hope nobody will ever really find out (officially) what really was done and by whom.

Fans in Scotland are the most important funding source for almost every club but you’d never know it.

Regan, most of our chairmen and our media treat us like proverbial mushrooms.

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Messrs Regan, Doncaster, Petrie, Milne, Ogilvie, Mackenzie, Dickson, English, Jackson, EBT holders et al…..

This will not go away.

Stuff was done.
Too many people know.
And while many fans simply want to watch football there are enough who don’t think there is room enough under the Hampden carpet for this one. 

Coordinated PR campaigns like the last few days and coordinated intimidation of your members will not achieve the Red Adair “Capping of the well” that you seek.

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I heard today that Craig Graham  the Spartans chairman is awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list. 
I’m pleased for Craig and Spartans. 
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.
other clubs are now slowly learning from his vision and Scottish football is better for what he has done  
Yes he could have been and should have been knighted

but to paraphrase our old pal Red Lichtie
Scottish Football needs more Craig Graham’s. 

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
DECEMBER 20, 2017 at 09:04Given all the recent conjecture re PSC and potential new loans, I am still wondering what exactly it is that King is getting out of his involvement in T’Rangers.
Some maybes…

Its a legitimate business with amazing annual revenue generation capacity and a very committed customer base and friends on high.

It was a unique opportunity to talk down a share price to the disadvantage of some mug punters and to get significant control level shareholding quite cheaply. 

With an inside well-coiffeured friend in situ he had access to knowledge most people wouldn’t have access to.

There are various sub companies in the group where personal unseen revenue streams might be forthcoming.

It might even be a good way to repatriate monies from South Africa or maybe elsewhere into the UK or indeed somewhere else.

Chairman of an establishment club is also a nice position to have if you have an ego that needs constant tending and you know that no media outlet will ever look at what is really happening under the bonnet. 

Maybe there is also an opportunity to take advantage of some other directorial shareholders, who may be real Rangers men, but are just not be as incisive with the particulars skills G&SL seems to have built his wealth upon.

And finally if there is a sort of nod and wink understanding in certain quarters that when the time is right that SDM and a new consortium will come to the rescue then the shares will be worth having.

Or control of a situation that needs Blair Nimmo or Bryan Jackson called in?

But what do I know anyway?

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John Clark – Have you been tapped up?

Fans for Judicial Review – Counsel Opinion
A few initial thoughts on the counsels view that “There is not a case in law to force the SFA to comply”.

i.e. The SFA has the right not to have a review because there is no precedent.

(I wish Paul McConville was still with us).

Firstly there may be no precedent and yes in law that makes it difficult but surely there must always be a first to make a precedent.

Could this be a first?

Then two thoughts are about following the money because that may also be a route that offers traction.

As someone who paid money to watch the game over the period do I personally and or jointly with other fans who similarly paid have the right to take action either against my club or the SFA?

Are there precedents here?

And on a larger scale if our government have provided funds in any way during the period do we as fans have the right to take action against the government or the government the right to take action against the SFA?

There will almost certainly be precedents here because Government money always comes with built-in controls and conditions attatched.

And looking forward will the Scottish Government ever agree to be seen to provide future funds to an organisation which has highly questionable internal and no external controls?

Who Is Conning Whom?
So the Derek McInnes “Tapping by Media” project failed well after the 11th hour when the media had told us he was already choosing curtains in Glasgow.
The Ibrox club and their fans were convinced by their chairman’s statement last week at the AGM and the media barrage too and last night were in shock and caught napping – hence the stupid press statement and attempt to make it known to us all that they didn’t really want him anyway and were just having a concomitant kick at the McInnes/Docherty tyres.

However that isn’t all that happened yesterday.

There was a wee meeting at Hampden called “The SFA Congress and Convention”.

Its a kind of series of regular very important meetings where everyone who is valued in football gets invited to see what a great job Stewart Regan and the SFA are undertaking on our behalf. 
And let me say that there is no doubt that some of what The Congress seeks to do and does will indeed be for the good but we the fans wouldn’t know it because we were not invited.
This is a paragraph from this weeks SFSA (Scottish Football Supporters Association) newsletter that I received having filled in their recent survey on Scottish Football.

The SFA Convention this ThursdayOn Thursday, member clubs will gather at Hampden for the 2017 Scottish FA convention to share best practice, discuss current trends and participate in workshops geared towards improving the game:  according to their publicity on social media. Sadly the SFA has failed to invite any representative from Scotland’s only national fans organisation, the SFSA. We had anticipated that given the huge amount of unpaid work that we do for fans and clubs and being Scotland’s representatives at the Football Supporters Europe network our presence might have been merited. Despite claiming it has invited the “football family” the SFA have missed yet another opportunity to engage properly with ordinary football supporters. Could it possibly be related to the independent academic research that we organised last month that dared to criticise the governance of the game or maybe the invite was just lost in the post?
The failure to engage with fans is nonsense.

SFSA’s recent research asked some real questions from over 16000 bona fide Scottish fans. This was an incredible response that provided an incredible insight into what we the fans really think.
I know that Supporters Direct Scotland who are funded by the SFA were there as valued guests but SFSA who have people like Henry McLeish (of the report) and Cathy Jamieson (of Bernard son) on their board were not even invited.

Given that economic analysis of revenue generation confirms that in Scotland the real stakeholders and economic generators are us the fans
We are the people (Sic) who pay for season books and buy merchandise and pies and fund the clubs and their wages.
The people who get to see English Internationals on council telly but not our own country’s.
The people whose game seems to only have Betting Company Sponsors.
The people whose administrators cannot organise things like properly numbered balls in their top cup competitions so that there are two Brora Rangers in some draws!

Why were the SFSA not invited as valued members and contributors to your Congress Stewart?

Are the real fans and their views such a threat to your Congress and Convention?

Is there a danger they might ask questions that don’t fit with your pre determined script?

And a wee hint to the SMSM
Isn’t there a story in this?

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