Towards a More Professional SFA


The last I heard or read of the Craig Whyte …

Comment on Towards a More Professional SFA by John Clark.

The last I heard or read of the Craig Whyte case, was that  the earlier hearing had been postponed until 17th March, to be heard in Aberdeen.

I note that the Rolls of Court show

“Glasgow HC Case Session Date Proceedings Case Reference PF Reference Court Name…..
….HMA v Craig WHYTE 18-APR-17 Dedicated Floating Trial SCS/2015-152941 CO14000356 Glasgow H”

The use of the word ‘trial’ ( as opposed to ‘hearing’ might indicate that the Aberdeen hearing did take  place, and that a date of trial  was set for 17th April, in Glasgow.

I hope someone can manage to attend, although I suppose that  reporting restictions will continue to apply!

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From today’s “The Scotsman” online at 09.48:
“Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys believes the decision to have Rangers “sent down” to the fourth tier of Scottish football was “extraordinary”.
The 59-year-old, who currently works as a freelancer for Talksport and Al Jazeera among others, said he “didn’t understand” the decision made by Scottish clubs when Rangers suffered liquidation in 2012. The Talksport host made his comments when speaking with the Daily Record, where he also stated his belief Scottish football fans should “boycott” Sky Sports in order to force the company into paying more for SPFL TV rights. He said: “Scottish football has made some extraordinary decisions domestically which I didn’t understand but which have had a very detrimental effect on the game. And you know what I’m referring to. “All these years on still no one can tell me what Rangers were guilty of when they were sent down to the bottom tier. “The expectation was they would be found guilty but my understanding is they were never convicted of any wrong-doing. But I guess that’s another matter entirely.”
Keys is right up there with the Richard Wilsons and Radar Keefs as wilfully ignorant scribes demeaning themselves and their ‘profession’.

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AllyjamboMarch 30, 2017 at 14:24
‘….I do wonder how Club 1872 wasn’t included as part of the concert party investigations..’
Today, locked in with four increasingly hyper small children kept at home because of the closure of schools/daycare centres on account of the torrential rain battering down over Brisbane and Birkdale following on from Cyclone Debbie nearly 1000 miles north, I spent a couple of hours reading the Takeover Code and rules.

The impression I get is that the whole financial regulatory system is as weak as Scottish Football governance.

To be really cynical, one may as well ask  the CGs /the SFA/and SDMs of the world to police themselves !

Ach, whit am I like? Those bodies have been allowed to do so!

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HomunculusMarch 30, 2017 at 08:57
‘..A sustainable business model with clubs operating within their means is the only way forward, for any club (or business for that matter).’
Or,perhaps , and to put what you say in another way, the way forward is for Scottish Football to be made to have  a regulatory regime that is willing to come down hard on cheating club owners such as SDM proved to be:

and on men in ‘regulatory’ office to be drummed out of office for complicity in protecting cheating and for cobbling up monstrous lies to continue that cheating.

The shake ma hauns of the middle east are as innocent as lambs compared to what we have at home.

There has not to my knowledge been any scenario in British/English  football comparable to  that which we have experienced in the ‘saga’, where the quite monumental and protracted cheating of one knight -of- the- realm majority shareholder of a club, which was known about by people in Football Governance at the very time it was being perpetrated, was  not dealt with.

And there has certainly not been any true parallel to the idiotic nonsense espoused by our Scottish Football establishment, that a liquidated, lost- its- league -and- SFA membership club which  is still in the control of Liquidators, is somehow the same club that is known as TRFC Ltd, founded 2012!

What, I ask again, is the point of paying to watch a ‘sporting competition’ of any kind when the belief is that there is nothing actually sporting about it, when cheats are allowed to ‘win’ for filthy lucre’s sake, and ‘sporting honours’ are dishonoured by being handed to competitors who never won them!

The sheer absurdity of it all!
And bad cess to those who have destroyed our game.

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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 ]

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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?

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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’

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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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