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Once again, a day of truly off-the-radar, gun-toting snake-oil sales guff from Dave King. The tone of the statement is lumpen – certainly not a product of finessed PR.
Of course the words were not crafted by King himself, but neither are they affirmatory. Given the perceived double whammy attack (Jonathan Brown in court today and SPFL pressure for a re-opening of LNS), the statement is a sales pitch directed at Rangers fans.
Given the choices to either;
a) keep a dignified silence, or
b) see a window where some reality could be injected.,
the Rangers chairman has revealed the weakness of his position, not on any specific matter but on the prevailing general climate.
The trouble is that once again the Ibrox wolf whistle has sounded off in shrill voice.
How much longer are people to face threats based on the results of their own though processes and honestly held beliefs?
How much longer will the authorities stand aside and do nothing?
King statement is nothing more than attempt to silence thought processes – of other clubs, of fans of other clubs, of Jonathan Brown, of any journalist cray enough to go off-message.
This is not Ally McCoist lashing out in frustration a presser – this is carefully considered and targeted corporate threat.
The tide is most certainly turning though – and I reckon this statement is proof of that.
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Were the clubs willing parties to a fraud on Scottish football, or were they victims themselves?
If the former, that does beg the question as to whether there is any point in carrying on.
Yes there is – because the real battle here is between the clubs and their ‘customers’. The clubs can in fact do as they like. They have no emotional attachment to the sport in the way the fans do. Everything is settled by a cost/benefit analysis. This particular one deemed that following the rules correctly was the downside of the argument.
They justify it by dressing the SFA up as some kind of quasi legal guardian of the game, when in fact it is just a trade association – a cartel used as a blunt instrument to con the punters.
The Sevco 5088 Ltd/Sevco Scotland Ltd court cases may throw some light into the dark corners of Hampden’s Star Chamber.
So might we. We are still not done.
The evidence suggest strongly that the clubs are less concerned with the integrity of the game than we are.
The final outcome is dependent on our resolve. That is not in doubt at SFM. The question is;
“Are there enough of us?”
John Clark 13th March 2016 at 1:11 pm
A priceless observation from Chick a few minutes go: ” Robert Burns died in 1796. He was closer in time to Hibs’ last Cup win than we are”.
Don’t know what point precisely he was trying to make, but it left the rest of the Sportsound chaps stunned in amused speechlessness!
I suppose that just demonstrates that Chic is as good at arithmetic as he is at telling the truth.
Give that he was born around 1954 that takes him to within 52 years of Hibs’ last cup win.
Burns is an outlier at 106 years.
Did anyone point out to Chic that it was in fact the League Cup today.
Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep indeed!
Apologies. Haven’t yet had time to respond, due to a current and very raging bout of man flu
However I will try to do so over the weekend.
Turnbull Hutton’s attitude to the new club being given precedence over Spartans et al was that by any reasonable measure, and given their extraordinary fan-base and facilities, TRFC would have been given the spot anyway. In his view, the authorities pragmatically exercised their powers of discretion to short-circuit the entry application process.
In retrospect that became crucial to TRFC in their continuity myth-building, because the gap, even though it existed, was easier to Band-Aid over because of that fast-tracking.
I won’t rush to criticise TH too easily though. He was not too fussed over the minutiae of the OCNC debate, but he was steadfastly against what he saw as corruption in the SFA and SPL and was appalled by the calling to arms of the mob by McCoist and others. And he didn’t just pay lip service to it either. He was a consistent and generous donor to SFM, because he shared our view that in order to call itself a sport, football had to structure itself on the basis of as level a playing field as possible.
Whenever I doubt the merits of our case, I think of Turnbull on the steps of Hampden accusing the SFA of corruption – and the subsequent absence of a visit from the Compliance Officer.
Like all good serial offenders, the SFA avoid battles they can’t win. No engagement with TH, no engagement with the Res12 group, no engagement with the SPL over their expulsion of a 140 year old club.