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. LUGOSI 10th May 2019 at 09:48

    '….."My response was to inquire, perhaps somewhat abruptly, "So what?"…"

    I'm guessing that there was no "perhaps" about it?

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    And you guess correctly!

    It was so 'So what-ish?" in tone  that it made me jerk my head up to look at the Judge in surprise, and I believe there was a second or two of stunned silence, possibly embarrassment.

    In fairness, I have heard other judges say 'so what?' but that's usually when they interrupt Counsel to say  something like " so if you argue that x knew y, so what? How would it be relevant?"

    Lord Brodie probably meant his 'so what?' in that way, but it came out wrongly. He realised this immediately, I think, and made an indirect apology later on in the proceedings. 

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  2. HirsutePursuit 9th May 2019 at 23:45 

    "..Probably worth saying that, in 2012, there never was a vacancy in the SFL.

    Sevco was admitted to the SFL (and played its first game against Brechin) when Dundee was still in the SFL and Rangers was still a member of the SPL.

    Far from being a vacancy, there was an extra club in the system"

    No 'probably' about it, HP, absolutely worth saying! 

    The perversity of the men in 'football governance' who created and propagated such  a monstrously deceitful farce and dared to insult us all by such an abuse of office has stamped them indelibly for the rest of their lives (and they know it!) as really bad men, without integrity, honour or courage.

    Worse than any participants in the 'saga' who were indicted on criminal charges and had the charges dropped or were found 'not guilty'

     

     

     

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  3. Worth also mentioning that them being placed any lower than League 2 couldn’t happen.  From memory the options defaulted to league 2 if the vote to the championship failed.

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  4. John Clark 11th May 2019 at 00:16
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    HirsutePursuit 9th May 2019 at 23:45

    “..Probably worth saying that, in 2012, there never was a vacancy in the SFL.

    Sevco was admitted to the SFL (and played its first game against Brechin) when Dundee was still in the SFL and Rangers was still a member of the SPL.

    Far from being a vacancy, there was an extra club in the system”

    No ‘probably’ about it, HP, absolutely worth saying!
    ……………………………
    https://twitter.com/ClusterOne2/with_replies?lang=en
    Only2Togo

    @jduffin24
    May 8
    This was on the 22nd.. Conditional membership was granted on the 27th, game was played on the 29th, (should have been the 28th but bbc alba moved it) name change meeting was on the 31st.. So rangers* didn’t play that game.

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  5. Episode 52 of the new reality show;

    "Who wants to be Scotland manager?"

     

    The DR is 'reporting' the latest p!sh from Hampden.

    Strong 'speculation' about McInnes taking over.

    …even though he's allegedly being paid significantly more at Aberdeen – and he still has a year of his contract left.

     

    But perhaps the salient point is hinted at by this sentence towards the end of the article;

     

    "…The SFA are likely to make an approach for their top man within the next fortnight and the indication is that will happen once the domestic season is over…"

     

    Within the next fortnight?!

    But, the Cyprus game is next month.

    The search for McLeish's successor should have been ramped up immediately after the Kazakhstan loss in March, which was 7 (seven) long weeks ago!

     

    As a cynical Bampot I'm guessing the SFA will opt for the cheap option.

    The SFA 'don't want to rush' the appointment, (enlightened), and can't get a new man in place for the Cyprus game.

    So, by default, Malky Mackay – and mibbees with Scott Gemmill assisting – will be interim manager.

     

    And if he actually wins the game, then the SFA will launch a PR offensive via the SMSM copy / pasters that Mackay now 'deserves' the appointment.

     

    I know…

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  6. Ex Ludo 11th May 2019 at 16:38

    '…a previous blog which asked the question “does money ruin football” .'

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    Yes, of course it does, Ex Ludo.

    Especially when fear and /or favouritism and /or F-in  panic, allied with, perhaps, a historical ,cosy but criminal ,tendency to turn blind eyes  to the sliding of money to an unentitled club,  causes a sports governance body to abandon sporting integrity and create and propagate myths;

    and also allows for the  development of  the brilliant concept that the wrong that one has done is not wrong for all the period of time that passes until  the time it is discovered!

    Dear God! that such minds exist as could come up with that concept is beyond belief!

    Except , of course, that it is not a matter of 'belief.' It actually happened! There is  a word for it, I believe, that ends in ' .sonism', but makes me want to spit if I write it in full.

     

     

     

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  7. Not going to talk about a game, but TRFC fully deserved their win.

     

    The ref though?

    Like many, I was confused as to why it was a yellow and not a red.  

    It happened only a few yards from the ref – and in his clear, unobstructed line of vision.

     

    And if it was a foul, then why no penalty?

     

    Lots of questions and confusion: just another, typical refereeing display in the top league of Scottish football.

    [And I had previously thought that Clancy was one of the better refs…]

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  8. There’s a short article in today’s Observer by the Cash Editor highlighting the costs for tickets and travel to both UEFA finals. The prices are eye watering and it would appear that ticket tout websites have grabbed quite a few tickets for the games. It would be nice if UEFA could explain how that happened. Meanwhile the price of a return flight to Baku is around £1400. What a beautiful game UEFA are playing. 

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  9. From The Guardian's match report . I wonder if it will be mentioned elsewhere 

     as the Rangers support celebrated; regularly in sectarian fashion, which Scotland’s football authorities give the impression they care little about with constant inaction.

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  10. Derek McInnes admits he was wrong to react to ‘sad Orange b*****d’ chants
    The Aberdeen boss was sent to the stand for gesturing towards the Hoops support as they aimed bigoted taunts towards him.
    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/derek-mcinnes-speaks-out-celtic-14312583
    ……………………
    I wonder if Neil Lennon will get the same coverage from the SMSM. NL did not react to the bigoted taunts aimed towards him but that should not hinder the smsm coverage of it.

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  11. I have no problem accepting today's defeat by Sevco, but what happened to 'Red Card, Red Card Ross' at the Flanagan incident? Suddenly struck dumb?

    What was more worrying to me was the fact that my team (Champions) has failed to scored before the 40th minute in 7 of the last 9 League games. Too much 'tippy tappy' from the back?

    Hurry back Griff!

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  12. I was today idly researching the history of Berwick Rangers [ and  the stunning come-backs for Liverpool and Spurs should surely give them some hope that all is not yet lost in the battle against Cove Rangers ( of which our friend Alan McRae of the SFA was a few years ago a director)].

    I came across this :

    "Since 1482, though, Berwick-upon-Tweed has been an English town. It has changed hands on 14 occasions. But, thanks to the decisive away victory scored by Richard III and his chain-mailed team, it has been England's most northerly town for 517 years now.

    It might have been different, but when the Rangers of Glasgow were humbled by the Rangers of Northumberland in a Scottish Cup first-round tie at Shielfield Park in 1967 the invading Scots chose to wreck the town rather than take it. In 1305 William Wallace's left arm was hung on the old town walls as a warning sign to other Caledonian bravehearts. In 1967 it was both arms of Jock Wallace that kept out the Scots. The future Ibrox manager was Berwick's goalkeeper and manager in their famous 1-0 victory."

    1482 is just beyond my reach, I fear, but 1967 is most definitely imprinted in the memory cells, and not only in connection with the European Cup Final, but with that incredible win by Berwick Rangers. 

    Sadly, there was no headline as clever and powerful and to the point as the 'Sun's'  brilliant " SuperCaleygoballisticceltic areatrocious" 

    Perhaps the then editorial staff of the 'Sun's' Scottish edition were supporters of the now dead club?  'plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose' kind of thing?broken heart

     

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football-a-borderline-case-of-split-loyalties-1124090.html

    (and if you scroll down to paras 9 and 10 there is an interesting little , unrelated to football, historical fact)

     

     

     

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  13. McCoist is now quoted in the DR insisting that TRFC buys "2 or 3 first team players" during the summer.

     

    …from the guy who was pulling down an obscene salary of £750K+

    – to manage an already cash-strapped club in the bottom league

    – and against part-timers.

     

    The guy has zero self-awareness and even less shame, IMO.

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  14. John Clark 12th May 2019 at 23:00

    I was today idly researching the history of Berwick Rangers [ and  the stunning come-backs for Liverpool and Spurs should surely give them some hope that all is not yet lost in the battle against Cove Rangers ( of which our friend Alan McRae of the SFA was a few years ago a director)].

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    I've no great allegiances either way re the play-off. However, I think that it would be good for the guid folk of Aberdeen to have another club in the SPFL. I'm very much pro pyramid, so any change to the make-up of the SPFL is welcome.

    It would also make the possibility of a local "wee Rangers" derby between Berwick (Lowland League) and their neighbours Tweedmouth (East of Scotland League). Their grounds at Shielfield and Old Shielfield are adjacent so they are, to the best of my knowledge the closest pair of grounds in senior football, only the width of a boundary wall apart..

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  15. II will attend the  Whitehouse 'confidential envelope' damages case in the Court of Session tomorrow, but I think I'd be  in the High Court of Chancery for this one:

    ROLLS BUILDING
    HEARING ROOM 3
    Before SIR ROSS CRANSTON sitting as a Judge of the High Court

    Tuesday 14 May 2019
    At 02:00 PM

    CL-2018-000722, CL-2018-000726 & CL-2019-000222 SDI Retail Services Limited v. The Rangers Football Club limited

     

     

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  16. StevieBC 13th May 2019 at 12:31
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    McCoist is now quoted in the DR insisting that TRFC buys “2 or 3 first team players” during the summer.

    …from the guy who was pulling down an obscene salary of £750K+

    – to manage an already cash-strapped club in the bottom league

    – and against part-timers.

    The guy has zero self-awareness and even less shame, IMO.
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    https://mobile.twitter.com/ClusterOne2/status/1127975982634291205?p=v
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    £22million IPO share issue cash is gone
    king’s predicting administration.
    But McCoist insists gers need to.
    Spend.
    Spend.
    Spend.
    Aug 17, 2013
    The more things change the more they stay the same.

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  17. The EFL have confirmed that Bolton will start next season with a 12-point deduction after going into administration.
    ……………
    Interesting to see how the SMSM report this saga.
    Wonder if Bolton will try and sign players while in administration?

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  18. “It has got to the stage where the Trust could not sit back and allow the club to go into liquidation. Decisive action had to be taken and the Trust believes the decision is in the best interests of Bolton Wanderers
    …………………..
    If only Bolton had a company thingy they can lay the blame at going into administration. The Trust could then sit back and allow that thingy to go into liquidation but not the club it will survive as long as it changes it’s name to The Bolton.

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  19. Bolton Wanderers appoint administrators

    https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/17636846.bolton-wanderers-appoint-administrators/

    Bolton have announced the appointment of Paul Appleton and Asher Miller of David Rubin and Partners as the club's joint administrators.

    Wanderers filed their notice of intention to appoint administrators last week after a recent winding-up order was adjourned at an Insolvency and Companies Court hearing in London.

    "The decision was finally made for the appointments which it is hoped will ensure the continued existence of the club, one of the founding members of the Football League," read a club statement on their official website.

    "It has got to the stage where the Trust could not sit back and allow the club to go into liquidation. Decisive action had to be taken and the Trust believes the decision is in the best interests of Bolton Wanderers."

    Aldershot Town were the last EFL side to go into administration in 2013.

    Administration would see Wanderers, currently managed by Phil Parkinson, begin next season in League One with a 12-point penalty.

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  20. Well, that wee trip to Parliament house was hardly worth the effort. Lasted about half an hour.

    Lord Brodie reminded Mr Moynihan QC and Mr McKinlay QC that in his previous decision he had indicated  that he had referred to cases that neither the pursuer nor the defender had cited in their submissions, and that he had said he would give them the opportunity to raise any matters.

    Neither Counsel had anything to raise on that score, except that Mr McKinlay mentioned that in his submission the client receiving advice was the staff of the Crown Office, whereas the Lord Advocate was claiming to be the client.

    And in those circumstances it was wholly reasonable to argue the point.

    But even if in principle Privilege attached, it was still necessary for the pursuer to see the contents of the envelope.

    Lord Brodie asked whether an award of expenses had been made. 

    Mr Moynihan remarked it would have to be contested in Court.

    There was a brief interchange which I could not follow, that seemed to relate to expenses, so I've no idea whether any order was made.

    More interesting, I hear from Whitehouse that 'The Herald' is to run a piece about the case sometime soon-perhaps this Wednesday or next Wednesday.

    The main action Trial/Proof is scheduled for June 17th, I heard.(I thought it was the 18th, but Whitehouse should know, I suppose!)

    The Herald's piece should make interesting reading, because of course the Crown Office admitted at the previous hearing that they 'had no evidential basis' and, as Whitehouse says, the Crown therefore did wrong  when they arrested and detained him: can it be right in such circumstances that the Crown Office is immune?

     

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  21. The Bolton Wanderers administration; the English Football League's statement

    "The EFL will now commence discussions with the Administrators with the aim of achieving a long-term future for the club"

    Surely they have asked to borrow the services of Doncaster and perhaps hire the (unemployed?) Regan to help them with constructing an 'agreement' along the lines of the iniquitous deceitful '5-Way Agreement' that was cobbled up for use when no purchaser of Rangers FC of 1872 could be found, and Charlie had a nice wee deal to buy the assets and found his own new football club? 

    As far as BBC NorthWest is concerned, I suspect that their football journalists and sports editors have more personal integrity than the general run of their counterparts in BBC Scotland.

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  22. As the season draws to a close, the outstanding disciplinary case against Old Rangers may well regain focus. What part has the 5YA played in the curious position that CAS is the first port of call. Have the SFA ceded their own sovereignty and role as guardians of the game and effectively neutered themselves in the war against corruption?
    If so, why? And if they can abdicate their supremacy over member clubs, why so insistent on hiding behind them when fans demand accountability, as with Res12 people?

    If supposition over 5YA is true, SFA have voluntarily divested themselves of any power to deal with one particular member club, whilst reserving the right to deal as autocratically as they like with the rest.

    Guardians of the game indeed.

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  23. I see that UEFA and FIFA are investigating the FAI, Football Ass. of Ireland, on their practices and governance  over the activities of their CEO.Would  that they had a look at the SFA in a similar way.

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  24. Big Pink 15th May 2019 at 00:19

    '….If supposition over 5YA is true, SFA have voluntarily divested themselves of any power to deal with one particular member club, whilst reserving the right to deal as autocratically as they like with the rest.'

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    Well, of course, BP, there is no 'supposition' about at least one aspect of the 5-Way Agreement:

    it definitely included an assurance that the Football Authorities (the SFA and variously the SPL/SFL/SPFL) would happily and forevermore share  a bed with the tart they newly admitted to the whorehouse , and lie to us all about that  tart's origins, and try  to make us believe that  she is really the 140-year respectable, unsullied  and much honoured matron of Scottish football who unfortunately died in 2012.

    The fact that the governance body of  a sport could sink so low as to lie about sporting records and achievements, and to accord a six-year-old club the sporting honours and entitlements that were won by a defunct sports club ,goes beyond farce and stupidity into cynical, deliberate and evil misuse of power( and make no mistake, abuse of power is evil)

    Bad cess, and very bad cess, to those guilty men. They have stripped themselves of any personal honour and claim to integrity. 

    By every right, they should be stripped of any office in sport.

     

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  25. ThomTheThim 15th May 2019 at 10:19

    Indeed TtT. There appears to be a readiness to confront alleged wrongdoing – even at the highest level – and yet the SFA have had a pass thus far.

    I wonder how the 5YA – if it does cede sovereignty to CAS in respect of Old Rangers – sits constitutionally with their FIFA obligations?

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  26. Big Pink 15th May 2019 at 14:36

    '…I wonder how the 5YA – if it does cede sovereignty to CAS in respect of Old Rangers – sits constitutionally with their FIFA obligations?'

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    According to the Statutes, FIFA's objectives are:

    • to improve the game of football constantly and promote it globally;
    • to organise its own international competitions;
    • to draw up regulations and provisions and ensure their enforcement;
    • to control every type of association football;
    • to safeguard the integrity of matches and competitions and prevent abuse.

    It's pretty self-evident that a Sports Governance body that allows  a sports club falsely to claim sporting achievements and honours that it could not possibly have earned in its 6-year lifespan has abused its office, and perverted the whole understanding of integrity in sporting competitions and how sporting merit is to be recognised.

    FIFA should have been down on UEFA, and UEFA on the SFA like a ton of bricks right from the day the 5-Way Agreement was made public.

    And I daresay the SFA's silence on the whole Res 12 investigation ,and its refusal either to tell TRFC Ltd to GTF or actually to refer the matter to CAS simply demonstrates fear and incompetence.

    There has been dirty work done-and I believe they know it. I believe that , helped by the silence of at least one club, they  are crossing their fingers and simply hoping that the issue will go away. 

    Their credibility as any kind of governance body has been blown to hell.

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  27. John Clark 15th May 2019 at 16:06
    FIFA should have been down on UEFA, and UEFA on the SFA like a ton of bricks right from the day the 5-Way Agreement was made public.
    ………………….
    I believe a signed 5 way agreement has never been made public. From what i remember 6 draft 5 way agreements have been written and re-written, but there has been no signed copy by all 5 parties made public.
    May just be the reason FIFA have not been down on UEFA, and UEFA on the SFA like a ton of bricks

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  28. Another day another hearing …….. this time in Glasgow Sheriff Court

    Friday 17 May 2019

    Opposed Motion Hearing

    Sheriff Unallocated

    David Grier v Philip Gormley QPM, Chief Constable, Police Scotland  GLW-A988-17  Fleming & Reid

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    An "Opposed Motion", sounds intriguing. I wonder what it's about?

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  29. I think I heard right on the radio news earlier it looks like the Scotland Job may be down to 

    McInnes, Clarke and Gemmill.

    All could do a job I suppose but it that it?

    For all the talk of Scotland having great coaching courses that the rest of the world admire etc etc etc  we are limited to a choice of 3 people.

     

    Gemmill has no real standing in the managerial game.

    I think McInnes may well stay at Aberdeen

    Clarke has done a good job with Kilmarnock given what he had to work with but for all the praise seen them twice this season come away with 3 points due to late single goal winners at Tynecastle. Well organised in terms of sucking up pressure and hitting on the break but both games ranked pretty ordinary to dire to be honest and a poor Hearts team could have easily won at home as they did down at Killie.

    He may be best of such a limited short list and would be my choice, but  how much of a compliment is that given the lack of options.

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  30. Cluster One 15th May 2019 at 19:06

    '…I believe a signed 5 way agreement has never been made public…..'

    ++++++++++++++++

    Silly me, Cluster One. You're right.

    The signatories all  supposedly took an oath ( sword-point , perhaps, pressed to naked breasts, angry)never to divulge the truth. Or maybe, more prosaically, they just signed a 'Non-disclosure Agreement'!

    Of course, if , when one signs such an agreement , one knows that  any part of it relates to criminality or a criminal offence, one could find oneself in soapy bubble! 

    More importantly, if one signs it in good faith but discovers subsequently that it involved some kind of legal hanky-panky, not only is one free to repudiate the Agreement, but one has a positive duty under Law to do so. 

    'Legal-hanky'  might include, hypothetically, the pretence  that a certain sports competitor , newly entering the competition, was really a world record-breaking crowd puller which had recently died in unfortunate circumstances, in order to trade and cash in on its name.

    [Note: 'legal hanky-panky' is not exactly a term of art . But you know what I mean]

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  31. John Clark 15th May 2019 at 22:01
    [Note: ‘legal hanky-panky’ is not exactly a term of art . But you know what I mean]
    ……………….
    Big smile.
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    wottpi 15th May 2019 at 20:53
    McInnes, Clarke and Gemmill.
    ………………
    A time ago on SFM I said it could be Gemmil as the SFA would follow the ibrox model and appoint an under 16 0r was it 18 coach Gemmil was/is.
    I hope i’m wrong.

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  32. easyJambo 15th May 2019 at 19:45

    '..An "Opposed Motion", sounds intriguing. I wonder what it's about?'

    +++++++++++++

    Having attended to every wish and whim of  Mrs C  on this almost Brisbane-like day ( garden centre, supermarket shopping, some digging and re-planting and such like, lunch al fresco and such like), I felt emboldened enough to suggest that I might travel through to Glasgow on Friday, to find out. 

    I was given the green light, or green thumb.broken heart

    So, I intend to travel through. 

    I have not been to the Sheriff Court building before, although I passed it on a daily basis when I worked south of the Clyde so I know it's just across the river from the High Court where the alleged conspiracy trial took place.

    But of course Grier's business is a civil matter. 

    If he is there in person, I'll try to have a word.

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  33. I waited and waited for word and the outcome of King at Court on Tuesday but there doesn't seem to be any mention of it. Was it cancelled or am I mistaken about the date?

     

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  34. Ballyargus 15th May 2019 at 23:08

    '..waited for word and the outcome of King at Court on Tuesday..'

    +++++++++++++

    Like the rest of us, Ballyargus!

    Remember, though, that the Hearing had only been partly heard, and that on Tuesday there (presumably) were still further submissions. So the judge was not likely to pronounce his decision there and then. He would need time to write his 'opinion'. And we know that that can take as long as it takes! 

    But I think the question is not about whether SDIR has won, but about that word 'quantum': how much in damages. 

    And, of course, yer man , the glib and shameless one, is the appellant above all appellants. Whatever the 'quantum', or the decision, yer man will appeal. Anything to avoid having to pay now and upfront.

    It's just the way he is. 

    A way that, in my estimation, is no acceptable way at all.

     

     

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  35. Yes, BBC online is reporting – or has been briefed – about the 'imminent' Scotland manager appointment.

     

    Supposedly it's either Clarke, McInnes or Gemmill.

     

    Which, IMO, is total bollox.

    There is no choice.

     

    Regardless of Clarke's family being in England and potential roles down south – he has called out the SFA incompetents at every opportunity and very publicly. So not a choice.

     

    I saw on TV an Aberdeen director stating categorically that McInnes would like to manage Scotland at some point in the future, but he prefers to focus on club level for now.  So not a choice.

     

    Gemill, I don't believe, has spoken publicly about the national vacancy, but others have talked up his abilities.  He has no real managerial experience which you would expect of a national manager.  But he is already an SFA employee and a cheap option. So Gemmill IS the choice.

     

    And what an underwhelming appointment that would be…

     

    [Unless the SFA is being smart – I know – to manage expectations.  They could unveil someone / anyone else, and supporters might simply sigh with relief because "well, it could have been Gemmill."]

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  36. Thanks for that JC.
    I am quite certain that he will drag it out as long as possible.
    Is the shop St Enoch's Square still open despite the ruling? Also I believe he opened another in Belfast. How does he get away with all these moves, it's as if he's coated in Teflon.

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  37. Ballyargus@23.56 yesterday 

    The Teflon coating only provides a temporary delay to the inevitable. Once the “quantum” is established and an appeal is lodged it still hangs over RIFC like the sword of Damocles, a material uncertainty if you will, making a loss making business even more of a loan risk than before. Of course financial relief is available but the rates will be horrendous. At the very least there will need to be some severe cost cutting which has not been evident since 2012. JJ has hinted at eye watering costs landing on RIFC. That may be the case but as always the spin put on any negative result by the media will be interesting to observe.

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  38. Ballyargus 15th May 2019 at 23:56

    '…St Enoch's Square ..'

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    Ach, man! You've just brought back memories of 'The Square Peg'.

    Happy memories of  a colleague who ( I think ) did not tell her civil service bosses[ a requirement in that era] that she worked part-time in the pub of that name in 1969.

    See this SFM! the wonderful paths it can lead a chap into.!

     

     

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  39. John Clark 16th May 2019 at 00:44

    Ach, man! You've just brought back memories of 'The Square Peg'.

    Happy memories of  a colleague who ( I think ) did not tell her civil service bosses[ a requirement in that era] that she worked part-time in the pub of that name in 1969.

    See this SFM! the wonderful paths it can lead a chap into.!

     

    In my Civil Service experience (as a Provan Bear) such employment would have bestowed shame and infamy. Pubs were most certainly not for working in 🙂 

    Although my guilty secret is that in my (post-Civil Service) student days, I actually worked a few shifts in the Square Peg (seconded from Sloans in times of staff shortages).

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  40. In recent times the SFA has;

    agreed it has no power over a member club,

    failed to find a substantial sponsor for the national team and the Scottish Cup,

    badly bungled the appointment of a manager (this will emerge as catastrophic in coming months),

    shamefully bungled the sacking of the manager,

    ham-fistedly arranged cup semi-finals at times and places with no regard for fan safety or convenience,

    turned the disciplinary system into a Rixian farce,

    created a succession for office bearers that pays no regard to the character or abilities of those succeeding,

    are about to again bungle another managerial appointment.

     

    On the whole, and relatively speaking, probably quite satisfactory.

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  41. Bolton Wanderers: Kevin Nolan and Kevin Davies on club's 'heartbreaking' plight

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48262389

    Kevin Nolan says he is "heartbroken" by Bolton Wanderers' plight, while fellow former Bolton star Kevin Davies fears more clubs may face administration.

    Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season with a 12-point deduction in League One.

    The club have set up an emergency food bank with donations from local businesses to help staff who have not yet been paid their April salaries.

    The Trotters were the first EFL club to enter administration for six years.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if there were one or two more, with other clubs that have been to court recently," 42-year-old former striker Davies told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    • Relegated Bolton enter administration

    "There's an overriding factor about the way football clubs have been run.

    "The EFL, the PFA [Professional Footballers' Association] and the FA need to look at this a little more closely, because outside the Premier League it can be very difficult for clubs to maintain the sort of sustainability that everyone is trying to achieve."

    Davies scored 73 goals in 351 league appearances for Bolton over a far more successful spell in the club's history between 2003 and 2013.

    'A sorry state of affairs'

    Ex-midfielder Nolan, who made 257 league starts for the club where he started his career as a trainee in the 1990s, hopes Wanderers entering administration can prove to be the start of a positive chapter.

    "All of us who love the club, we're hoping this is now the start of something and [the club] can look forward again," Nolan added.

    "To be putting food banks up is a sorry state of affairs. It's heartbreaking to see. I'm still very close with a lot of people there behind the scenes.

    "There are people who have been there through thick and thin for Bolton who are now having to rely on food banks to make ends meet – it's so sad.

    "I'm hoping this administration can get the club back on an even keel. It's a special club. We had some special times and I hope this is the start of more special things to come."

    For the food bank, businesses have helped provide toiletries and nappies, as well as tinned goods, pasta, rice, freezer meals, frozen vegetables and bread.

    And the Community Trust have also been given assistance from within the wider football community, including an unnamed Championship club believed to be Preston North End.

    Players are still owed wages for March and April, while the club could face further sanctions from the EFL after their final home match of the season against Brentford was ultimately called off when the playing staff went on strike over going unpaid.
     

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  42. BBC2 Daily Politics 15/5/19.  Discussing tax avoidance Treasury Minister Mel Stride said “….we went to court to shut down the Rangers Football Club.”

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  43. Big Pink @ 1026hrs:

     

    Don't forget they've also had the opportunity to bask in the reflected glory of Shelley Kerr's team actually getting to a World Cup. That'll make for a lovely summer "Jolly Boys' Trip" to France for the blazers…

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  44. Jingso.Jimsie

    They will no doubt be looking to take credit for the womens' achievement – even though none is due to them.

    Won't stop the passports being looked out of course …..

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  45. Ballyargus 16th May 2019 at 08:48

    '….JC this might be of  interest.'

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    Yes, indeed, thanks, Ballyargus. 

    The latest image (that of the Christmas Menu) shows 1976- seven years after my last visit to the Square Peg, in 1969.  Them were the days!

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  46. easyJambo 16th May 2019 at 14:15

    '..John Clark 15th May 2019 at 22:47

    You have an email.'

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    Thank you, eJ : I have just replied to you.

     

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  47. Ex Ludo 16th May 2019 at 18:16

    '…And the court cases just keep on coming'

    '..Cluster One 16th May 2019 at 19:23

    '..This could be interesting in what may be said.'

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    Lord, the bottom-feeders come greedily up to the surface again!

    I wonder does any one of the many people who hoped to make some money out of the Liquidation and consequent death of RFC 1872 as a football club ever sit of an evening cursing himself for being stupid enough ever to associate himself with any other of the many people!

    How do guys like that ever trust anyone like themselves?broken heart

    I pencil in June 12 , and forewarn Mrs C not to commit me to any engagements on that day.

    [In which connection, can I say that on reading some material about 'opposed motions' I have concluded that tomorrow's business in Glasgow Sheriff Court is likely to relate to some procedural matter rather than to anything of meaty substance about the case.

    I have therefore decided not to make a rush-hour drive on a Friday morning to get to Glasgow in time for the hearing.

    Oh, for the days when one could go on an overnighter in order to attend a meeting 'early' the next day- and have it paid for!]

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