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One thing I would note from the SKY puff piece …

Comment on Why We Need to Change by zerotolerance1903.

One thing I would note from the SKY puff piece is that King does, indeed, have a very nice hoose. I can see why he’s loath to spend much time in Govan.

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tykebhoy says:
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July 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

The bodyline series is controversial and while some may regard it as cheating it wasn’t. What was employed was a tactic very much within the laws of the game but very much outside the spirit of the game. Even today the spirit of the game of cricket is still important and we saw Josh Buttler “walk” in the recent 2nd test without waiting for the Umpire to give him out. The expression “just not cricket” is used for something that may technically be legal isn’t really moral.

The RFC case is completely different and while some may feel a small portion of it may just about fall into the “just not cricket” category depending on CoS/UTT/FTTT, and maybe even higher,decisions, the point is there were some illegalities (law of the land) and even more irregularities (rules of SFA/SPL) which does put most of it at widescale cheating and way beyond just not being in the spirit of the game/sport.

There is plenty of precedent for honours won by proven cheating being removed with Lance Armstrong and Ben Johnson perhaps being the most notorious. I agree with John that RFC should be added to that list. But note I also don’t want the honours awarded to 2nd place.


You are right, bodyline was not cheating (and strictly speaking it still isn’t) although several rules were changed after that series to nullify the tactic.

In terms of comparisons for RFC cheating I don’t think you need to look at Armstrong and Johnson for stripped titles. How about Juventus, Marseille.

What I find most galling in the whole saga is the pre-Rangers standard for improper registration versus the treatment of Rangers. The standard punishment for improper registration is the result overturned as a 3-0 defeat. UEFA effectively hold the same standard as found out by both Sion and Legia Warsaw in recent years. Regardless of the UTT/FTT decisions it is not even a debate that multiple Rangers players were not correctly registered for nearly a decade prior to their liquidation, yet the SFA’s view appears to be that “it doesn’t really matter” 😯

However, contrast the treatment of Rangers and Spartans. Spartans have been involved in two incidents either side of the Rangers liquidisation.
– 2011 booted out of the Scottish Cup and fined because a signature was missing from one page of a contract. Where was Mr Bryson and his competitive advantage on that one?
– 2015 booted out of the Lowland Cup because they named their goalkeeping coach as a substitute (as a trialist) due to injuries. He didn’t set foot on the pitch yet because trialists were not allowed in this competition they were punished to the fullest extent.

Now in my humble opinion I would expect to give an amateur outfit like Spartans who lean heavily on volunteers a little more leeway than a fully professional outfit that has full-time employees to look after these things. It appears that I am sadly mistaken.

This double standard is not resticted to football and the SFA sadly. Last season my local Rugby club (English regional leagues) was deducted 5 points over a minor admin error and lost the League and sole promotion slot by 2 points. Gloucester, in the premiership, received a minor fine over a bigger error. The pros get a smack on the wrist whilst the amateurs get hammered.

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Top Cat 1874 says:
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July 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm
The best player I ever saw play for my club, Greenock Morton, was undoubtedly Andy Ritchie. Sheer class. In fact, best player I have ever seen ‘in the flesh’ so to speak. Top scorer in the SPL and player of the year in 1978 (or thereabouts) and he still couldn’t get a Scotland cap given his poor relationship with the then Scotland Manager, the late Jock Stein. Scotland’s loss.

Hated that guy …….

… but then again I’m an Aberdeen fan and Morton, with Ritchie, were our bogey team.

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Also regarding McInnes, bear in mind that he turned down an offer from Sunderland this summer.  He would have had a handsome salary and transfer money to spend, but just didn’t fancy it.  As I said, no daft.  

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Surely there wouldn’t be any deal other than
“If someone wants to employ our manager, who has recently signed a new contract then they will have to pay us £1m (or whatever) to break that contract. Then he is free to do what he wants”
Given that Aberdeen were second in the league and in both cups last year, they cannot in a hurry to get rid of him.
Or are they, maybe an Aberdeen fan could enlighten us.
I’m sure it comes as no great surprise that McInnes is immensely popular with the Aberdeen support, and it’s about more than just getting the first team knocked into competitive shape but also other aspects of the Club, top to bottom. Overall the Club is in much better shape after a series of terrible managers and mismanagement at the Club for many years. 

Therefore, it will also come as no surprise that Milne will be hung drawn and quartered if he lets McInnes go without a fight, especially to “them”.  Obviously we can’t do anything if they throw the required level of compensation at it but anything less will be unacceptable. 

That said, McInnes is not daft. He’s onto a good thing at Aberdeen and he surely knows that Sevco is a basket case.  The treatment of Warburton and Caixinha cannot have gone unnoticed.  I’d be surprised if he jumps ship for anything less than a Premiership Club. 

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Oh dear Pedro.  

Você está sendo demitido pela manhã.

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