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Comment on Why We Need to Change by John Clark.

I am still trying to get my head around the sheer bloody effrontery of the Football ‘Authorities’ in allowing Dickson to be on any kind of ‘regulatory’ group.

Can I ask the SFM , as representing a substantial body of the rank and file of Scottish football club supporters,to consider getting some letters fired off to the Press and to Doncaster and Regan and every SPFL club expressing our concern?

The man was a recipient of an EBT which may indeed have been perfectly legitimate, but he also knew from his function at RFC about the non-disclosure (of how much was being secretly paid to RFC players) to the very SPFL that has now appointed him to a Regulatory Advisory Group!

When senior UK judges have had to stand down from heading up a Government Commissions because of the perception that they were too near, by blood or previous social connection, with persons connected however remotely with the subject of the Commission, it is farcical and an affront to any notion of sensible governance that a person with such a close connection to the matters for which a club was ‘disciplined’ should be on any ‘football advisory’ body.

Perception is all.

Mr Dickson may be as innocent of any football wrongdoing as a babe in arms.
We are not at all sure that others are.

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ianagain says:
Member: (682 comments)
August 21, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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I had a wee refresher look at the statement from the Liquidators ( your link was quite handy, ianagain).

I cannot deny that a smile passed across my face when I re-read this para:

‘Creditors may be aware that the former Joint Administrators, amongst others, were arrested on 14 November 2014 and charges were subsequently brought against them. The Joint Liquidators continue to monitor the position in case the actions being taken by Police Scotland have any impact on the Liquidation’
The smile was not, I hope, a reflection of joy at the difficulties of others,
but at the low key ‘in case’! 😀

I remove myself from any discussion of any particular case when I ask ( as I think I may have done before, without getting any answer!): hypothetically, what would happen if the administrators of a company ‘in administration’ were to conspire to ensure that any attempt to achieve a CVA to save the company from liquidation would fail, having made a prior ‘exclusivity’ deal with fellow-conspirators to sell to them, dirt cheap, the assets of the company that they then put into Liquidation?
Would such a sale of assets be deemed to be legal?Or totally invalid-leaving those who subsequently bought from the ‘non-owners’ in the position of absolute patsies, out of pocket, with no entitlement to the ownership of the assets?
Such a scenario would surely be impossible?
Surely?
In practice, probably. Because the ramifications would be extensive and raise huge problems.
But what of “the Law?” 🙂


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Danish Pastry says:
Blog Writer: (1362 comments)
August 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm
‘..Not sure I’d install Kodi & add-on apps on your valuable Windows PC.’
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Thanks, DP, its’s a bit clearer.
And I’m with you in the view that our Football leagues should be thinking about actually seizing control of their ‘rights’rather than ‘selling’them off to the TV people for a relative pittance..


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easyJambo says:
Member: (732 comments)
August 21, 2015 at 10:55 am
‘..Robbie Neilson on possible title challenge: if you have a car worth 10k and someone has one worth 200k, who’s going to win race? ‘
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How does horse-racing as a sport/business work?-Handicapping?
Could that be part of the answer to the financial imbalance between our clubs both domestically and in European competitions?


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Questions, questions, questions
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????.
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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
between
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
https://www.judiciary.uk/judgments/al-masarir-v-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia/ ]


Questions, questions, questions
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?


Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 18th August 2022 At 09:30
‘..I see that Graham Spiers is interviewing Alex Thompson on Friday 26th August.’
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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’


Questions, questions, questions
Big Pink 17th August 2022 At 11:47
‘..The workaround is to click on the “login” menu item at the top of the page.’
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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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