Towards a More Professional SFA


From today’s “The Scotsman” online at 09.48: “Former Sky Sports presenter …

Comment on Towards a More Professional SFA by John Clark.

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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Towards a More Professional SFA
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!

Towards a More Professional SFA
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.

Towards a More Professional SFA
goosygoosyMarch 29, 2017 at 23:10
‘…..So I wouldn`t be a bit surprised the match is plagued with so many honest mistakes that Celtic make a public complaint afterwards irrespective of the result.’
There have been times recently when a piss poor Celtic have made it unnecessary for match officials to make’ honest mistakes’!
I think we know where the Celtic board are in terms of looking after the interests of any kind of Rangers ahead of sporting integrity. They made that clear by their failure to act over the Res 12 issue.

Recent Comments by John Clark

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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