Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?

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Willmacufree says: Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 13:41 This is just my …

Comment on Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show? by Geordie Bhoy.

willmacufree says:
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 13:41

This is just my tuppence worth regarding questions of confidentiality. The SPL and SFA should have the full contract information of all players currently registered in Scottish football (as required by UEFA). This contract would stipulate basic salary, bonuses, appearance money and other payments as appropriate. Having all this information already, I find it inconceivable that additional football payments (i.e. EBT “loans”) could be withheld from them on the basis of confidentiality. They already have the promise that the details of the contracts on file would not be published by the footballing authorities.

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Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
Oops! The SFA should have all players contracts, the SPL the contracts of all players in the SPL and the SFL the contracts of all players in the SFL.


Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
Regarding Tom English’s tweet, I wonder what he sees when he looks in the mirror. Does he see an impartial journalist, unafraid to tell the truth even when the results are unpleasant? Or does he see someone with compromised principles, who decided long ago to “let sleeping dogs lie” and ensure a comfortable life? Wilfull blindness, methinks. People are judged on their actions, not their words, Mr. English. We can all see from your published output the decisions you made and the omissions.

Seriously, this guy has never mentioned “Follow, Follow” or “Rangers Media” with their outright sectarianism, threats and sheer levels of spite but has a go at RTC (who has to remain anonymous due to the threats against his/her person when relating the facts to the world) and his blog. Not to mention, STFM, which tells the truths that that Mr. English choose to avoid. An omission by which he will be judged.


Why the Beast of Armageddon Failed to Show?
A double blow for me too: the FTTT result and Celtic’s loss last night. I will get over them.

So where are we now? A few more bears will turn into orcs, convinced that there is a plot against them. They cheer a victory for the man who ran their club into their ground. This victory is for fat-cat executives and players earning millions of pounds per year upon which they did not pay their fair share of tax.

I wonder if they will consider this “victory” when they rail against bankers bonuses, when a company moves out of Scotland due to “labour costs” or when local authorities cut jobs because the country does not have enough money (tax to you and me).

As for Rangers (IL), this changes nothing. They went into administration and liquidation because they spent more than they earned for at least the last decade. No buyer was prepared to take on the club after a look at the books … except Craig Whyte. HMRC took RFC into administration due to months of non-payment of tax. A CVA failed because HMRC had more than 75% of the debt and said “No.” Ticketus could have put its debt into the pot but chose not to. The FTTT decision changes none of these facts.

What it does do, however, is to detail the obstruction and double-dealing of the Rangers board. It stipulates, in no uncertain terms, that the EBT payments and associated side letters were to be hidden from the SFA. This information was a requirement of UEFA’s and therefore the SFA’s documentation rquirements for football contracts.

They broke the rules. knowingly and with full intent and should therefore be found guilty and punished appropiately by ths SPL tribunal.


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Unusually (very) high new registrations on the site. Beware a troll offensive

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The problems with the comments may explain this event. It certainly got me to sign up (to this latest incarnation).


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Hello! I am usually a lurker on this site, although I have posted a few times previously. I have been encouraged to sign in as the comments pages are going bananas for those lurkers not signed in. Trying to go back from the latest comments page to the previous comments page leads to an “empty” comments page, with only the top & bottom “Older Comments” links being shown. Clicking on one of these links then takes one back to the comments page of the “Bonkers OC/NC Thread!”

I have tried both Firefox & Opera … both browsers exhibit exactly the same behaviour suggesting that it is the HTML they receive that is the issue.

Edit: This has happened a few times over the last week.


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It is hard work having a discussion on this blog when you only have an hour to spare!

As regards Celtic’s inaction, I try to point out that at times, there seems to be double standards in this blog. We demand transparency and explanations from Stuart Regan & the SFA, from Neil Doncaster & the SPL … when they say nothing, we attack them for ignoring their stakeholders. When Celtic fans demand transparency and explanations from Peter Lawell & CFC, they say nothing, but are lauded by others for having a secret master plan that will ultimately save Scottish football. What is the difference between these situations? Despite many requests, they refuse to engage with their fans.

I am sure that there are other chairmen in Scottish football who would love to see changes in the authorities’ top positions but they will not act without the support of the “big boy.” Celtic have had personnel in executive positions on the SPL & SFA for over twenty years. The rule changes that other posters have ferretted out to ensure Ibrox FC’s survival were put in place with the assent of the Celtic placemen.

If fans had “waited and seen” (as the advice from several posters suggest) last season, Sevco FC would have been playing in the SPL, debt-free and with the same playing squad as though nothing had happened. I cannot see how Celtic FC tried to alter that situation. As it is, many SFL chairmen stood up for integrity. Their reward under the new reconstruction process has been financial penalties (c.f. the interview with Henry McLelland of Annan Athletic).

It is disappointing that I have to go after this post so can only catch up tomorrow. If only the blog was less popular and did not take so long to read through …


The SPFL— the case for revolution, evolution and a case of the Hamilton Whackies !
Reconstruction? Or last year’s plan come to fruition?

Have a look at what has just been agreed by the SPL and SFL and compare it to the plan of action that was leaked to Alex Thomson and published by him on 15th July 2012: http://blogs.channel4.com/alex-thomsons-view/rangers-leaked-email/2305

The clubs have been taking their customers for fools ever since we made our stand last year.


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iceman63 says:
June 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

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June 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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June 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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I am with iceman63. “Judge people by their actions” was advice passed on to me by my father. So far, the only actions that I have seen Celtic FC carry out are:

1) Tell the Scottish Government that they can survive financially without Rangers FC;
2) Express mild surprise at the LNS commission’s verdict when investigating fielding ineligible players;
3) Expressing fulsome praise for Neil Doncaster for his sterling efforts on reconstruction.

Actions I have not witnessed:

1) Stating publicly that the rules should be followed without fear or favour;
2) Expressing disquiet about the lies & duplicity involved when granting Sevco FC a football licence;
3) Questioning the result of the LNS commission;
4) Appealing the result of the LNS commission for the reputational loss of Celtic FC and the financial loss of its shareholders caused by the continued breaching of the rules by Rangers FC;
5) Fielding an alternative candidate for the position of SFA president;
6) Organising meetings to address supporters’ concerns;
7) Showing any transparency in its or its SPL/SFA board member’s decisions;
8) Show any understanding that the broken business modei is irreparable.

Granted, all of these inactions are applicable to the other clubs (with the noted exceptions of Motherwell, St. Mirren and Raith Rovers who have had meetings with the fans). The question of putting European money at risk is a joke: there is no way Sevco can compete with their playing & management staff. I think the Celtic board are concerned that without the hate fest of the “Old Firm” games, fans will drift away from the club. In that, they are right – but fans are leaving in disgust because they believe the board are complicit with what has taken place.

Waiting and seeing has brought Scottish football to its knees. The clubs have made it clear that they do not want contact with the fans (they do not even acknowledge e-mails!) – only our money. The only reason change was effected last year was due to supporters witholding the purchase of season tickets and that will be the extent of our influence this year. Paying up without question will only ensure the corruption. Sevco supporters are constantly accused of wilful blindness … well, the same is true of Celtic supporters. The scales dropped from my eyes this time last year.


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