Accountability via Transparency.

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Where transparency exists accountability inevitably follows.​


This is an extract from a post on SFM from 2015. The subject was Transparency and Slow Glass.

The message then was that football governance has to catch up in realising that football has to become more transparent in its dealing with supporters and so more accountable to them.
That transparency is already here via social media because of the ability to share, but the light of truth is constrained by Slow Glass.
Slow Glass from a short story by Bob Shaw slows down the light passing through it.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_of_Other_Days
In the story and others, you have Slow Glass of different thickness in terms of the time it takes for the light to emerge.
You have Glass a day thick/long to Glass ten years thick/long and more.

Resolution 12, if measured from the Celtic AGM in 2013 when it was tabled and adjourned, has taken 6 years for the light of truth to emerge, although it could have happened sooner had main stream media removed the dust of PR that slows the light, but light is inexorable and it is emerging at an archive of events since 2011 that can be read at

https://www.res12.uk/ 

It is in two parts.

Part One
relates to events in 2011/12 including a very interesting link between UEFA Licence 2011 and the commissioning of Lord Nimmo Smith to investigate use of EBTs with side letters by Rangers FC where non-disclosure benefited Rangers FC in 2011 AND 2012.


Part Two
concentrates SFA activity (or lack of it) from 2014 to date as result of the adjournment of Resolution 12 in November 2013 that provided shareholders with the authority to seek answers.
The archive has been constructed in chronological sequence to help readers understand better the detail and separate what took place in 2011/12 which is in the past, from the SFA handling of shareholders legitimate enquiries from 2014/15 to date, which remains current and is a mirror of SFA performance in respect of the national football team.
Many narratives will emerge as a result of the transparency, some Celtic related, but a system of governance, that is accountable in some way to supporters as stakeholders in the game, can only benefit the supporters of all clubs and they are encouraged to read through the archive.

As Phil Mac Giolla Bhain has written here in respect of Celtic and the SFA


https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2019/04/03/resolution-12-information-on-new-website/


accountability has to be the outcome of transparency to wipe the face and soul of Scottish football clean.

How that is achieved will be up to Scottish football supporters everywhere to take forward via their Associations and Trusts, in collaboration with the clubs they support, but it does seem to me, and I know others with more legal experience, that the SFA would find it difficult to resist a challenge to their refusal to engage with people (in this case minority shareholders of member clubs) who are affected by decisions that they make.

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  1. Going back over yesterday's posts on the blog referring to Club 1872, I was prompted to have a wee look on the Companies House website to see who was who in the control of Club 1872. 

    Club 1872 as at 03.02.19, has a share capital of  ONE ordinary share of £1.00.

    That share is owned by Rangers Family Ltd , company number SC 525938.This is a company incorporated on 04.02.16, and the initial shareholder was Andstrat Nominees Ltd, a director of which is one James Don Blair.

    So, as I understand it, control of the significant volume of shares in RIFC plc owned by Club 1872 is vested in unnamed people : who may or may not be people interested in fan ownership or representation on the Board! 

    Is Club 1872 a vehicle for fan representation on the Board? Or just a vehicle to solicit  'donations' ?which will confer no boardroom status on Club 1872 or its members? 

    Discuss. (or not, as the whim takes you! broken heart)

     

     

     

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  2. Just for interest, the Rolls of Court show for tomorrow

    "LORD BANNATYNE

     

    UNSTARRED MOTION

     

    CA86/19 David Grier v Chief Constable Police Service of Scotland

     

    Ledingham Chalmers LLP "

    An 'unstarred motion ' signifies that the appearance of Counsel is not required. In other words, the judge just deals with the matter without needing to listen to argument or discussion in open court.

    So there will be 'nothing to see here' , so I won't attend. 

    Most of Grier's court business has been in Glasgow, although I have seen him present (and spoken to him in the Court of Session) sitting during some of the Whitehouse and Clark hearings. 

    It may be that he is raising another action that can only be raised in the Court of Session, and tomorrow's business is just to record that fact, or some other administrative requirement.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  3. John Clark 5th June 2019 at 23:56

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    Interesting development given his case against Police Scotland, to date, was heard by a Sheriff Court judge. The distinction  between a case being heard at the Sheriff Court or the Court of session is normally based on the value of the claim, but this may be something different.

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  4. H.P.

    My mistake. I was sure we had seen documents which showed the rights only belonging to Celtic. It was explained then that liquidation had ended joint-ownership. Even more confusing that Celtic should involve themselves given they claim not to use the term. 

    Nothing Celtic do surprises me sadly. You can read their lips all day long, but closer attention should always be paid to the hand under the table.

    Anyone have info on the mechanics of this transfer of rights, and any active part played by Celtic?

     

     

     

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  5. JohnClark@23.31

    The motivation of the unnamed people is open to speculation but raising money via Club 1872 is certainly an unusual way of financing a business. It looks to me at least to be operating like a charity.

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  6. Ex Ludo 6th June 2019 at 09:21

    '…Is this happening today? I thought I should check with the resident clark(sic) of court first.'

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    Nothing so far on the 'recent judgments' pages of the High Court of Chancery, but ,of course, if judgment were only going to be delivered today, live, the printed judgment wouldn't yet be available on the web-site. It's only 11.42 a.m, so, if it is today, the parties' reps and the Judge might still be in Court.

    The first we hear might be on the radio news if some press stringer  files a report; or on the TRFC website if the judgment is favourable, or not as bad as they feared!

     

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  7. The accumulating court cases at Ibrox aside…

     

    Mibbees some hint of Karma might transpire if Gerrard was suddenly to announce: I'm off!

    To a Championship or even a League 1 club?

    Then the smelly stuff will certainly hit the fan at TRFC.

     

    Gerrard brings the name recognition, playing kudos, personal contacts – and the link for potential, further loanees from the current Champions' League holders.

    Who could they then bring in to provide the continuing smokescreen for their behind the scenes shambles?

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  8. Easyjambo@13.21

    A very casual tone adopted in the ET article, mentioning that the club lost the first round as if it was a game. Interestingly no quanta are cited and no intrepid reporter has put a name to the piece. 

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  9. Ex Ludo 6th June 2019 at 09:21
    Is this happening today?
    ……………..
    We will know when it is happening when a big squirrel is released down ibrox way.

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  10. Thinking of the Mike Ashley retail i think if i remember correctly around about this time a bill for unsold stock maybe dropping through the ibrox door.
    Will it be paid?
    Is there any unsold stock left after the mandarin sell out?
    Will the bill be added to the damages?
    Will the ibrox fans be informed of how much the club makes from each shirt sale next season?

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  11. Forgive me , ladies and gentlemen , if I find the following extract from para 4 of the 'Letter from the Independent Directors of Rangers International Football Club  to shareholders' [part 2 of the notice of general meeting called for 19th June]  highly amusing!

    "…The members of the King Concert Party have also each confirmed that, for the purposes of the Code, they have no intentions regarding: 
     the future of the Company’s business; the locations of the Company’s places of business; employer contributions into the Company’s pension scheme(s), the accrual of benefits for existing members, and the admission of new members; the continued employment of its employees and management (and those of its subsidiaries) and trading facilities for RIFC Shares. Consequently none of the above will be impacted as a result of any increase in their percentage interests in RIFC Shares or voting rights as a result of the issuance of RIFC Shares by the Company in connection with the Loan Conversion nor will there be any redeployment of the fixed assets of the Company."

    https://media.rangers.co.uk/uploads/2019/05/Circular-FINAL21561323_1.pdf

    I suppose you might think me a glib (and possibly shameless) liar if I said I have no idea why I find it amusing.

    But somehow I do.

    I hope  the TOP chaps had a good laugh as well?broken heart

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  12. Well played the SRU, for beating the SFA at its own game!

     

    The announcement that Liverpool will play Napoli next month at Murrayfield is an interesting development, and raises a few questions; 

     

    – is this the first time a 'foreign' preseason game has been played in a neutral venue in Scotland?

    (Can't think of a prior example offhand.)

     

    – is this lost revenue to Scottish football, now and possibly to be repeated in the future?

     

    – was Hampden declined as a venue because it is so awful?

     

    – is the SFA even aware / embarrassed that the SRU has swiped this glamour tie away from Scottish football?

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  13. An update of sorts on the Bonnyrigg situation following the East of Scotland FA's AGM last night. They posted the following tweet following the meeting.

    East of Scotland Football League‏ @EastScotlandFA

    If you're wondering about the draw for the Alex Jack Cup, it's been delayed on account of what might reasonably be described as shenanigans – something to do with floodlights, licenses, and potentially illuminating (sorry) news in the not too distant future. Watch this space.

    The significance of the tweet and the Alex Jack Cup is that it is only open to clubs who are NOT eligible to enter the "big" Scottish Cup, i.e. Licensed clubs plus a couple of invitees. The implication is that the EOSFA is waiting for a further decision from the SFA on Licensing. That will probably involve not only Bonnyrigg, who had qualified for the Scottish Cup anyway by virtue of being EOS Champions, but Dundonald Bluebell and possibly Jeanfield Swifts who have acquired lights in recent weeks.

    That process is gradually moving towards the right conclusion.

    The AGM also marked the demise of Eyemouth United, who have gone into abeyance. Their place in the EOS League has gone to Perth side Kinnoull who have left the Junior ranks as a result. Glenrothes had already announced that they were making the same switch a month ago.

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  14.  
    Well played the SRU, for beating the SFA at its own game!

    The announcement that Liverpool will play Napoli next month at Murrayfield is an interesting development, and raises a few questions; 

     

    – is this the first time a 'foreign' preseason game has been played in a neutral venue in Scotland?

    (Can't think of a prior example offhand.)

     

    – is this lost revenue to Scottish football, now and possibly to be repeated in the future?

     

    – was Hampden declined as a venue because it is so awful?

     

    – is the SFA even aware / embarrassed that the SRU has swiped this glamour tie away from Scottish football?

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    it says more about the SRUs need for cash. 

    Its World Cup year so no autumn test matches and an expensive trip to Japan 

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  15. I checked the sheriff court rolls for next week expecting to see an entry for Orlit Enterprises v TRFC on 12 June, but couldn't find anything. The case was previously scheduled to be heard between 12-14 June according to the Herald.

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17639560.convicted-criminals-200k-claim-over-services-provided-by-rangers-set-for-courtroom-challenge/

    It may be that it has just been delayed for some unknown reason or an out of court settlement has been agreed. I'll keep an eye on the rolls for a while yet.

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  16. easyJambo 7th June 2019 at 11:21

    "..The implication is that the EOSFA is waiting for a further decision from the SFA on Licensing."

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    To see " the SFA" and "Licensing" mentioned in the same phrase has an extraordinary effect on my old brain cells and optical nerves: I immediately see the letters of the word 'corruption' oozing and weaving  snake-like in and among and through the letters!

    Daft, really: I don't think there is an  EOSFA needing the chance to get a few bob to which it would not otherwise be entitledbroken heart

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  17. StevieBC 7th June 2019 at 11:15
    …………
    That could be a sell out if marketed right.
    Even as if dom16 7th June 2019 at 12:35
    says, it says more about the SRUs need for cash. The SFA are not awash with cash either as they keep telling us.Looks like Murrayfield has stole a march on Hampden, I believe that there is a couple of concerts at Murrayfield also this summer but i can’t recall any for Hampden.

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  18. easyJambo 7th June 2019 at 11:21
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    An update of sorts on the Bonnyrigg situation following the East of Scotland FA’s AGM last night. They posted the following tweet following the meeting.

    East of Scotland Football League‏ @EastScotlandFA
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    I was wondering if the fire i’m sure i read at the Bonnyrigg stadium has set them back a bit in their quest?

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  19. Cluster One 7th June 2019 at 19:26

    I was wondering if the fire i’m sure i read at the Bonnyrigg stadium has set them back a bit in their quest?

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    The "fire" I think you are referring to was at Bo'ness' Newtown Park. The building that protrudes into the ground and was badly damaged housed the Kinneil Brass Band and it is the band who has suffered the biggest loss. 

    Bo'ness is in the process of laying a new astroturf pitch. Rolls of the foam based "shockpad" underlay for the new pitch were stacked against the building and it was that that material that was allegedly set alight by some kids.

    Bo'ness put out a statement afterwards indicating that the fire would not unduly affect them, but were more concerned for the band.

    Bonnyrigg’s lights are now up and working. It has been suggested that a licensing audit on the ground was carried out earlier this week, although none of the key parties has confirmed it.

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  20. The “fire” I think you are referring to was at Bo’ness’ Newtown Park.
    …………
    Not Bonnyrigg stadium
    ……………….
    Thanks for clarification. It was a quick glance of the article about the fire and i thought that is all they need.
    So my mistake and Thanks.

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  21. The wife has shown an interest in the women's World Cup in France, and has been asking me questions about the Scottish team.

    Admittedly, I'm ignorant of the team but was fully aware when they qualified, and it's noticeable the amount of media attention they are getting just now – and very deservedly so.

    And I've just read that their first game is on Sunday – against the Auld Enemy!

    We'll have to visit a local hostelry to watch the game, and I'm looking forward to it.

    Would it not be brilliant if the ladies 'beat England at the WC'?!

    [And how long will it take for a TV commentator to mention '66 during this game?]

    Even if Scotland just qualifies from the group stage it would be great.

    …and then we could all just quietly drop the perennially poor men's national team… crying

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  22. On the 'The old Firm' trademark issue, I have had an enjoyable time hunting for information about trademarks generally, and with particular interest in the “The Old Firm” trademark.

    I give you , as briefly as I can, the fruit of my researches.

    The application for the Trademark to be registered was 'captured' by the European Union Intellectual Property Office on 11.11. 1998.

    It passed through various bureaucratic stages until it was 'registered ' on 25.06.1999.

    On 23.05.2002 it was assigned in full

    From

    “ Celtic plc and The Rangers Football Club plc”

    to

    “Celtic FC Ltd and The Rangers Football Club plc “

     

    On 11.08.08 a renewal reminder notice was sent.

     

    On 07.11. 08 it was noted that the Trademark had expired but had not been removed from the Register.

     

    On 05.09. 2011, the Agent changed, and a new Agent was appointed.

    On 09. 07.2018, a paper 'renewal reminder ' was sent.

    On 02.11.18 the Trademark was renewed.

     

    On 22.11.2018 a 'recordal registration ' was made as follows:

    Type: Full assignment

    Text: Full assignment RC000115952 received on 30.10.2018 has been recorded resulting to the change of ownership from

    “ Celtic FC Limited (id: 218706) , The Rangers Football Club plc (id:613657)”

    to

    “Celtic FC Limited(id:218706) , Sevco Scotland Limited (id;613831)”.

    The effective date of assignment is 14.06.2012.

     

    On 22.11.2018 ( the same day!) we have:

    'Recordal registration:

    Type: change of owner details:

    Text: Change of owner details has been recorded due to recordal RC000116100 received on date 30.10.2018

    owner(s)

    “Celtic FC Limited( id: 218706), Sevco Scotland Limited (id:613831)

    has been updated to

    owners: “ Celtic FC limited (id:218706), The Rangers Football Club Limited (id: 613862) “

    I draw three very  obvious conclusions:

    1. the Celtic finance/commercial folk were very late in adverting to the effect on the Trademark of the liquidation of the joint owner
    2. that the EUIPO people know damned fine that Sevco Scotland/TRFC Ltd are not at all the original club that was one cheek of the Old Firm arse.
    3. that Celtic must have signed that they accepted the Big Lie and that TRFC Ltd is the Rangers that jointly with them first applied to have the "Old Firm" recognised in Europe as a registered Trademark.

    As someone said a long time ago: '’corruptio optimi pessima’'

    Or, loosely translated, there are baddies that are baddies, but there are no baddies worse than the goodies when they become bad!

     

     

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  23. And if any Bampots had thoughts that mibbees the SMSM had learned anything since 2012, and that lamb-munching, sycophantic 'journalism' was in decline…

    today in the DR, from a Gary Ralston, there is this headline;

     

    "Rangers didn't win anything but smiles on fans faces show success of Steven Gerrard"

     

    And the 'article' consists almost exclusively of the quoted ramblings of ex-Rangers player High Burns – who also happens to be employed at Ibrox as a match day host.

    No opinion or critique provided by Ralston.

    Just another straightforward copy/paste instruction from Traynor.

     

    So, there you have it: silverware is not really required as a sign of success in football.

    …which must be reassuring when your deadly enemy has just hoovered up every single domestic trophy for the last 3 years… no

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  24. An unexpected development about Rangers Retail Limited

    RANGERS RETAIL LIMITED (08142409)

    The following information is available from the company's filing history.

    8 Jun 2019  DISS16(SOAS)  Compulsory strike-off action has been suspended 

    The previous document indicated that the company would be struck off, but I wonder if some legal action remains outstanding that could not happen if RRL was dissolved. 

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  25. StevieBC 8th June 2019 at 09:51
    “Rangers didn’t win anything but smiles on fans faces show success of Steven Gerrard”
    ……………….
    Long may that continue.
    It is when the smiles turn to frowns down ibrox way if the success of Steven Gerrard continues.

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  26. easyJambo 8th June 2019 at 10:14
    The previous document indicated that the company would be struck off, but I wonder if some legal action remains outstanding that could not happen if RRL was dissolved.
    ………………….
    Who wanted it dissolved and who has had to backtrack,was getting the company dissolved untoward and now can’t be dissolved because of some legal action. Whoever wanted it dissolved, did they know it could not be done with legal action remaining. Or was getting it dissolved another delaying tactic.

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  27. Easyjambo wrote

    An unexpected development about Rangers Retail Limited

    RANGERS RETAIL LIMITED (08142409)

    The following information is available from the company's filing history.

    8 Jun 2019  DISS16(SOAS)  Compulsory strike-off action has been suspended 

    The previous document indicated that the company would be struck off, but I wonder if some legal action remains outstanding that could not happen if RRL was dissolved

    Could this be a consequence of last week's as yet unpublished verdict? Perhaps RRL is to be reactivated if the court has ruled in Ashley's favour.

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  28. spikeyheid 8th June 2019 at 10:49

    Could this be a consequence of last week's as yet unpublished verdict? Perhaps RRL is to be reactivated if the court has ruled in Ashley's favour.

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    I would doubt that it would be reactivated for that reason. RRL was an integral part of the previous agreement that was ended amicably (sic) with £3m changing hands. The current dispute is about the new agreement, where TRFC is alleged to have broken the contract re matching rights.

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  29. I don't know whether this is as a result of the court deliberations on Thursday but the megastore at Ibrox was closed yesterday when customers arrived.  It's doors are now reportedly chained and the stock removed.  One fan went there this morning to verify the situation and reported on a TRFC message board:

    "Place is like the Marie Celeste. In total darkness, no staff, no signage, not even a note of explanation on the door apologising to those who have made a wasted journey. Nice of them to communicate so well with those who pay the wages."  

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  30.  BillyBoyce@12.30

    The Megastore webpage is indicating that it is currently open (till 5.30). Quite remiss not to keep it up to date for customers. It could be an indication that things are happening. Any sign of Sheriff Officers yet?

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  31. Speaking of developments, Andrew Dallas is being reported as resigning from the FIFA Elite list of referees. Jumping before being pushed ?

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  32. spikeyheid 8th June 2019 at 10:49

    '….Perhaps RRL is to be reactivated if the court has ruled in Ashley's favour.

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    I gather that non-trading companies ( as RRL is) are struck off routinely after some time of being unactive, so being 'struck off' is not necessarily a punitive action, just a simple recognition of fact.

    The suspension of what (perhaps) would have been a routine 'strike off' and dissolution might just be in recognition that RRL is a party in litigation( and therefore in a sense still 'active') and not any kind of indication as to whether it is the winning or losing party.

    But, of course, even a dissolved company can be restored to the Register if a legal action is raised against it or any of its directors.

     

     

     

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  33. Despite being a conscientious objector after having bought myself out of the Tartan Army many years ago…

    well done Steve Clarke for a debut win.

    Didn't watch it of course, but saw Burke's goal: when has Scotland ever had any luck like that rebound?

     

    And the old adage that the SFA couldn't organise a football match in a stadium continues.

     

    Headline from The Scotsman today;

    " 'Shambles' – Scotland fans slam SFA as hundreds miss Cyprus kick-off due to Hampden queues. "

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  34. According to some reports emanating from Rangers message boards people were turning up at the Rangers Superstore yesterday only to find it closed with no explanation. I guess the only people who think there is no story to go after are Scottish Sports Journalists and/or their Editors. What an utterly laughable situation. 

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  35. Currently watching a documentary on Scotland in Argentina in 1978. Ally McLeod the scapegoat but the organisation around the trip, hotels and training etc absolutely shocking. Same old SFA. 

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  36. Wonder what BS Level42 will come out with tomorrow about the store closure?

    Has someone simply forgotten to pay the 'leccy bill…?  enlightened​​​​​

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  37. Mibbees, just mibbees TRFC could end up lucky?

     

    With a dwindling cash flow, external finance, and the anticipated financial hammering from Ashley…

    If, Ashley does finally sell NUFC he just might use that as an opportunity – as well as leveraging any outstanding payments due from RIFC/TRFC – to take an active interest / stake at Ibrox again?

    Obviously, that would probably be dependant on King getting the boot from Ibrox.

    And, it would probably be dependant on TRFC being run on a break even basis?

    All of which 'should' be good news for the bears…

    indecision

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  38. The store situation is most definitely newsworthy, whether or not it is a herald of bad news for TRFC. Naturally then, the MSM are all over it. 

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  39. There was an item on the News this morning about the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and its investigation into whether ,in the area of sexual harassment in the workplace, the use of 'non-disclosure agreements ' (NDAs) was being abused. 

    That sounds like a good idea that might usefully be further expanded.

    For example,wouldn't it be nice if ,say, one's suspicions about a questionable NDA signed by, say, governance bodies in the area of sport , dodgy businessmen , and Administrators/Liquidators, were to be removed (or confirmed) by open examination of its contents (and how the 'agreement' may have been arrived at) by , say, a Committee of the Scottish Parliament?

     

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  40. On radio this morning I heard a certain Mr McQuarrie speaking on behalf of the BBC justifying the BBC's cowardly readiness to submit to the Government's decision to end the funding of 'free' TV licences.

    I wonder is that the same McQuarrie under whom BBC Radio Scotland seemed to operate a policy of forbidding its sports presenters to discuss the death of Rangers of 1872 and the appalling response to it by Scottish Football Governance? 

    The only other McQuarrie I have heard of is Lachlan of that ilk, the  Governor of New South Wales (Australia, in effect) 1809 -1821. Stout, brave and honourable chap that he was.

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  41. There was an item on the News this morning about the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and its investigation into whether ,in the area of sexual harassment in the workplace, the use of 'non-disclosure agreements ' (NDAs) was being abused. 

    That sounds like a good idea that might usefully be further expanded.

    For example,wouldn't it be nice if ,say, one's suspicions about a questionable NDA signed by, say, governance bodies in the area of sport , dodgy businessmen , and Administrators/Liquidators, were to be removed (or confirmed) by open examination of its contents (and how the 'agreement' may have been arrived at) by , say, a Committee of the Scottish Parliament?

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    NDAs are a legitimate means of protecting a business. For example sales person is head hunted by another business. They can’t just take their contacts book and company processes with them. 

    That they have been used for other purposes is down to m’learned friends seeing an opportunity and thoroughly battering it. 

    A great example of a business who got caught out by this is the SRU. They have history in using NDAs for allegedly less than stellar motives. When they tired to exit a senior leader using their previously tried and tested method and they got badly burned. 

    https://theoffsideline.com/keith-russell-wins-case/

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  42. ohn Clark 11th June 2019 On radio this morning I heard a certain Mr McQuarrie speaking on behalf of the BBC justifying the BBC's cowardly readiness to submit to the Government's decision to end the funding of 'free' TV licences.

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    Slight correction on this latest assault on the poorest in society. It was not the government's decision to do away with the free licence but solely (without further examination of how it came about) the decision of the BBC itself.

    That further examination: Four years ago the government gave the BBC the right to stop the free licences, though it only came into effect two years ago. Of course, the government of the day knew that the BBC would, one day, decide to do away with free licences for the over 75s and so is equally guilty. 

    I pointed out a few days ago that we are farting against the wind trying to get honesty and integrity from our game's governors when the country's government (and many politicians outside of government) are even more despicable. 

    It becomes ever more obvious how fitting it was to describe Rangers FC (and now TRFC) as the establishment club when we look at just how the establishment, itself, operates.

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  43. Stevie BC 11th June

    Mibbees, just mibbees TRFC could end up lucky?

     

    With a dwindling cash flow, external finance, and the anticipated financial hammering from Ashley…

    If, Ashley does finally sell NUFC he just might use that as an opportunity – as well as leveraging any outstanding payments due from RIFC/TRFC – to take an active interest / stake at Ibrox again?

    Obviously, that would probably be dependant on King getting the boot from Ibrox.

    And, it would probably be dependant on TRFC being run on a break even basis?

    All of which 'should' be good news for the bears…

     

    Actually disagree entirely StevieBC.  If Ashley wanted a new retail puppy to play with in his NUFC retirement an austere TRFC is not what he’d choose.  A hubristic competitive TRFC financed by some other fools money is what he’d choose.

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  44. Billy Boyce 8th June 2019 at 12:30

    I don't know whether this is as a result of the court deliberations on Thursday but the megastore at Ibrox was closed yesterday when customers arrived.  It's doors are now reportedly chained and the stock removed.  One fan went there this morning to verify the situation and reported on a TRFC message board:

    "Place is like the Marie Celeste. In total darkness, no staff, no signage, not even a note of explanation on the door apologising to those who have made a wasted journey. Nice of them to communicate so well with those who pay the wages."  

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    Has this ever been confirmed? Is there a story or not?

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  45. bordersdon 11th June 2019 at 11:18

    '…Has this ever been confirmed? Is there a story or not?'

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    I've just phoned the megastore number ( or at least I phoned 0141  427 4444, which is the number I found on their online page) at 1.40 ;no reply after a goodly number of rings. Could be lunch hour, I suppose, or Tuesday half-day?

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  46. Ex Ludo 11th June 2019 at 13:31 ..

    '…The mighty falling.'

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    That cheat couldnae fa' far enough for me.

    It's amazing how often superbly talented people have a deep-rooted character defect that causes others to forget the talent and skills and think only of the rottenness of their  hearts.

     

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  47. Allyjambo 11th June 2019 at 10:12

    '..It was not the government's decision to do away with the free licence ..'

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    Yes, of course, but the Government withdrew the funding : possibly as a stage in its plan to end the notion of a licence-fee funded national broadcaster, so that the money-making tv and advertising moguls can increase their  market, and throw a few bob their way. 

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  48. John Clark 11th June 2019 at 09:30

    Allyjambo 11th June 2019 at 10:12

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    For further clarity on the free TV licences for the  over 75s.

    They were introduced in 2000 by the then Labour government.

    In 2015 the Tory government decided that they would phase out their subsidy, which benefited some of the poorest in society, by 2020, leaving the BBC to continue funding it from the licence fees paid by the rest of us thereafter.

    Unsurprisingly, the BBC decided that such a burden (claimed to be equivalent to 20% of all licence receipts) was unsustainable if the range and quality of their output was to be maintained. They will in future only fund licences for those over 75s in receipt of pension credits.

    Yesterday's announcement was a result of a political decision made by the Tories in 2015 to cut spending, although I expect that the same politicians who made that decision will claim that it was nothing to do with the government and it was the "independent" BBC that actually stopped the free licences. 

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  49. EJ and JC.

    Regardless of the nuances of the matter, my point is that the 'establishment' is a dishonourable entity and against such a backdrop there can be little chance of the changes we see as necessary in Scottish football to take place. Lying, cheating, excusing and/or covering up are the norm in our society, and the 'Rangers' saga and Brexit (regardless of the for or against arguments) have opened the eyes of those ready to see the truth for themselves.

    In both cases ('RFC' Saga and Brexit) the Mainstream Media, with precious few exceptions, have taken a side and backed it to the hilt, refusing to call out those lies, cheating etc, because it suits their own positions to do so.

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  50. Celtic rated Scotland best by SFA in licence report – Rangers marked down on 'legal/admin/finance and codes'   By Joel Sked

    https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/celtic/celtic-rated-scotland-best-by-sfa-in-licence-report-rangers-marked-down-on-legal-admin-finance-and-codes-1-4945165

    Celtic were awarded the best rating by the Scottish FA in their licence report.

    The 12 Ladbrokes Premiership sides were graded on their ground, first team, youth and legal/admin/finance & codes.

    The Scottish champions were awarded a platinum grade – the only club in the league to reach such a high standard.

    Three teams, Hibernian, St Mirren and St Johnstone, were given gold awards. The Easter Road side were the only other club to match Celtic's gold standard in each section.

    Rangers were given a silver, despite getting gold in ground, first team and youth. They were one of two clubs, alongside Hamilton, to be granted a silver in the legal/admin/finance & codes indicator.

    Motherwell, Hearts, Aberdeen and Hamilton all fell into the silver category. The former trio were all marked down for their stadium.

    Livingston and Dundee had to settle for bronze. The Dens Park side scored bronze in every sector except first team; the same with Livingston who did not even receive a score for the youth section.

    Livingston, along with Hamilton and St Mirren were refused a Uefa Licence award.

    The next licence review will be in 2020.

     

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  51. Rod Petrie to be sworn in unopposed as Scottish FA president

     https://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibernian/rod-petrie-to-be-sworn-in-unopposed-as-scottish-fa-president-1-4945571

    Rod Petrie will become the 53rd president of the Scottish Football Association when his uncontested accession to the role is confirmed on Wednesday.

    The 63-year-old Hibs chairman will replace outgoing president Alan McRae at their annual general meeting at Hampden.

    Petrie has served on Scottish FA committees since 1998, been a director of the main board since 2007 and became a vice-president in 2011.

    While his route to the presidency has been clearly mapped out for some time, there has been growing disquiet among many within Scottish football over what appears an increasingly anachronistic system of appointing office bearers.

    Peter Lawwell, the Celtic chief executive who resigned from the Scottish FA board three years ago, is among those who have called for restructuring at the top of the organisation.

    But despite speculation over a potential challenge to Petrie for the presidency, no alternative candidate emerged before the 31 March deadline.

    Petrie becomes only the third representative from Hibs to hold the highest office of the Scottish game’s governing body in its 146-year history.

    The first was Harry Swan who was SFA president from 1952 to 1956. Regarded as a visionary and a moderniser – not a perception afforded to too many who served either before or after him – Swan was a driving force in overcoming initial resistance within the SFA and Scottish League to the emergence of European club competitions which Hibs were the first to embrace.

    Tommy Younger, the former Hibs, Liverpool and Scotland goalkeeper, was the second Easter Road official to become SFA president. He was appointed in 1983, while a Hibs director, but his tenure was sadly cut short by his untimely death at the age of 53 in January 1984.

    Petrie’s successor as vice-president will be Mike Mulraney, the Alloa Athletic chairman who replaced Lawwell on the Scottish FA board in 2016. Mulraney, 50, will also be elected unopposed.

    The Scottish FA will release their annual report at the agm and are expected to post relatively healthy financial figures once more. Last year, they had a turnover of £38.5 million and a net profit of around £450,000.

    But the impact of their first year without a headline sponsor of the national team, following the end of Vauxhall’s seven-year involvement last season, has still to be addressed. Securing replacement sponsors and new commercial streams of income will be a priority for new president Petrie and chief executive Ian Maxwell.

    One resolution at the agm concerns the process of obtaining membership of the Scottish FA within the pyramid system. There was controversy this year when Bonnyrigg Rose, who switched from the junior ranks last season, had their membership application turned down because they did not have floodlights at their New Dundas Park ground at the time.

     

     

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  52. sannoffymesssoitizz 12th June 2019 at 07:23

     

    The first was Harry Swan who was SFA president from 1952 to 1956. Regarded as a visionary and a moderniser – not a perception afforded to too many who served either before or after him – Swan was a driving force in overcoming initial resistance within the SFA and Scottish League to the emergence of European club competitions which Hibs were the first to embrace.

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    Swan was a major driving force in attempting to close Celtic Park unless Celtic stopped flying the Irish Tricolour.  He also at one time had the Harp removed from Hibs club badge. A visionary and moderniser indeed – absolutely perfect for the best wee country in the world!

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  53. Scotsman have decided to move to a subscription model. Five articles a week or pay £8 a month. Looks to have started 12 June  

    I will give the subscription a miss. But how long have the Scotsman got left? 

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  54. macfurgly 12th June 2019 at 13:43

    Appreciate there are still ongoing works behind the scenes at Tynecastle (main thing now is getting the new changing rooms ready for August) but given the new stand became operational for fans last season, a TV studio was provided instead of being under canvas and there was significant investment in the pitch (which looked as good on the last day of the season as it did on the first) I'm struggling where the silver rating comes from when compared to those in the same category and indeed some of those given gold. 

     

    PS noted at last night's game v Belgium the ends must be further away from the pitch than Hampden.

    As least at Tynie you can see the players (although some you would rather not grace the park in the first place!!  angry   ) 

     

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  55. Remember Martin Bell, he of the white suits on the BBC news? He was on last night and was not best pleased about the change in over 75s licencing charge. His proposal was that the BBC lowered the fees paid to so called stars who in his opinion were grossly overpaid. I don't think many would disagree with him.

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  56. wottpi 12th June 2019 at 14:43

    I'm struggling where the silver rating comes from when compared to those in the same category and indeed some of those given gold. 

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    I think it is impossible for Hearts to achieve a Gold standard for the ground, as the pitch size is too small. The Gold standard is 105m x 68m, Silver a minimum of 100m x 64m, Bronze a minimum of 95m x 60m and Entry at 90m x 56m

    To the best of my knowledge, Tynecastle is 100m x 64m.  It was previously 98m x 68m, but was extended in length, although narrowed, in the wake of Chris Robinson's proposed moved to Murrayfield in 2004. The 100m length was also the minimum required by UEFA for EL games. The pitch was narrowed due to the proximity of the floodlight towers when the pitch was lengthened.

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  57. easyJambo 12th June 2019 at 16:41

    I had wondered if that had something to do with it but had assumed that as the pitch was now UEFA compliant that was all that was required. Thanks for the explanation.

    So if pitch size is an issue we can have a shitty stadium for watching football like Hamdpen (also hard to get to) , last night in Belgium and plastic pitches all getting Gold but a stadium with a 1st class pitch and Tynie  (when it is rocking) having one of the best atmospheres in the country is rated 2nd best!!!!

    Madness, but what else do you expect from the footballing authorities!!

     

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