Comment on Does Money Indeed Ruin Football? by John Clark.

    StevieBC 11th March 2019 at 22:15

    '..Good to see the Scotland manager has his finger on the pulse WRT his team…'


    And good to see that the unfaithful, 'committed'  manager who so contemptuously walked away from the Scotland job( but got it back) is so oo oo understanding of  McGregor's hissyfit.

    Honest to God!

    How much crap can we take from  our Football Governance body?  

    Leave aside Truth: have they no bloody idea of how to lie in any kind of integrated manner?

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    easyJambo 11th March 2019 at 21:12

    '..The case no. for the H&J action is P997/17'


    Aye, eJ, I should have checked the list! broken heart Just hoping for some interesting development.

    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    paddy malarkey's link at 19.07 this evening to the Strict Liability consultation document and the replies thereto [ what a brilliantly crafted series of intellectual arguments in support of their 'opposed' was provided by club 1872. Not Socrates, not Plato nor yet Aristotle could have matched it] made me turn to a Parliamentary debate about the abolition of corporal punishment in schools 


    I've been reading it on and off this evening. 

    Because I remembered:

    there was a fight at dinner time one day in 1955, on waste ground outside the school. 'Fight, fight, fight' was the cry, and I think every pupil who heard the cry was present to see as bloody a 'schoolboy' fight as ever was seen. 

    It happened that a wee wumman passing by stopped to try to break it up. She was hunted- and someone threw a clod of earth at her, some of which made a mess on her coat; and the fight carried on.

    When we all got back to our classrooms, we, that is, every class,  were asked 'who threw the clod'.

    No one owned up. 

    Result: the whole damned school got the belt.

    Even as a 13 year old I thought that a bit excessive- we had only just been reading about the Roman Army, where they were content just to punish one-in-ten!

    A more mature understanding of that and similar, one-classroom, experiences makes me instinctively opposed to SL. There can be no justification for punishing the 'innocent.' Doing so is essentially an admission of defeat, and a resort to the unprincipled behaviour of the bad guys. 

    We on this blog are strong in our condemnation of our Football Governance body's contempt for truth and justice when it comes to applying basic rules of sporting integrity: we should not , I believe, compromise ourselves by suggesting that there is a 'greater good' that can be served if we ourselves dispense with notions of fairness and truth and justice.


    Does Money Indeed Ruin Football?
    Meantime, the Liquidation process of the Rangers Football Club of my grandfather's era (that is, of 1872 vintage), the football club of the four young men on Glasgow Green, continues on its inevitable ending in 'dissolution'. 

    There is some piece of routine action in Court tomorrow notified as a further  'unstarred' motion 

    "..P115/17 Note: RFC 2012 Plc for Orders under Para 75"  before Lord Doherty.

    No appearance of Counsel required, so there is nothing to be argued about, merely some judicial rubber-stamping of some procedural arrangement.  ( Who knows, though: perhaps Henderson and Jones reached an agreed settlement, with BDO happy to avoid a court battle?)

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    Accountability via Transparency.
    Cluster One 25th May 2019 at 10:13

    '…From Phil’s latest…'


    In the interests of strictest accuracy, I have to make this observation:

    A look at Companies House records shows that: 

    28.07.14  Rangers FC Development Fund Ltd adopted new Articles of Association 

    "Article 2 –Objects of the Company

    2.1     the Company's objects are 

    a) to carry on business to promote a good cause namely the objects and activities of the Youth football programme….. etc etc

    b) any other trade or business which may seem to the company and its directors to be advantageous and to directly or indirectly enhance all or any of the business of the company.

    2.2 Notwithstanding Article 2.1 the Company's objects are unrestricted"

    These Articles appear to allow the (now) Rangers FC Youth Development Company Ltd to do what they like with the money they get via Rangers Pools Ltd! 

    The following might be of some interest.

    31.07.14   Accounts show  Net liabilities   £59,413

                                               Reserves: Deficit  on current a/c £59,413

    Auditor's report says "  ..the company's subsidiary undertaking, Rangers Lotteries Ltd …….has also confirmed to the Company that it will provide such financial support as is required …The company's financial statements therefore continue to be presented on the basis of a going concern.."

    09.07.15  The name of the Company was changed to Rangers Football Club Youth Development Company Ltd.

    31.7.15  Accounts show  Balance Sheet net liabilities  £18,923  

                                                                     Reserves deficit £18,923

    31.07.16  Accounts show: Donations received …………………….       £208,140

                                               Surplus before disbursements ………….      £199,865

                                               Disbursement to The Rangers FC Ltd…..      £161,908

                                               Surplus for financial year          …………    £37,897

    31.07.17  Accounts show   surplus £195,740

                                              disbursement to TRFC Ltd      £180,000

    31.07.18   Accounts show   surplus                                      £321,260

                                               disbursement to TRFC Ltd        £321,260

    It would seem that the money brought in to the Youth Development club goes straight into the common purse and is not in any way ring-fenced  for 'youth development'.

    An 'emotional' appeal to help  'Youth Development' possibly works better than admitting that the club hasn't all the brass it needs to fix the roof and meet all its other commitments.

    Accountability via Transparency.
    I see from this link


    that Derek Mackay was happy in 2017 to declare he had received 'hospitality' of £2400 paid for by Macklin Enterprise Partnerships Ltd [ an equity investment company] at the 'the remarks by Barak H Obama ' event organised by the [Tom] Hunter Foundation [a charity] 

    It's queer that he has  not declared the hospitality provided in France by folk connected with the sports cheat whose reckless hubris was the real cause of the death of Rangers of 1872, folk who are deeply into a huge development project in west Edinburgh.

    That may be down to the fact that lamb, succulent or otherwise, was not on the menu, and so the whole event was forgettable.

    It would not ever be because of fear that any ministerial decision he might make about how our money is spent might be thought of as having been in consequence of his having been royally wined and dined by those who were looking for our money, or planning consent and such like.

    Wash out your filthy minds, ye who read this!

    But it might be useful if Mackay would now register the fact that he had enjoyed ( no matter that lamb was not on the menu) the hospitality of persons associated with SDM.

    Just to reassure folk .

    Accountability via Transparency.
    easyJambo 24th May 2019 at 23:28

    '..From the CoS User Guide



    Good man yourself, eJ.

    I thought it would be something like that, since only one lawyer was named. 

    I had no previous note of Charles getting into the damages claim area, and couldn't rely on memory!


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Some Charles Green business today, it seems.



     Friday 24th May

    A54/19 Mr Charles Alexander Green AG (1) The Chief Constable of Police Scotland and others.

    Jones Whyte Law


    No indication of the nature of the business, but it looks as though it was a routine kind of thing, perhaps not requiring counsel's presence, or submissions, or whatever.

    I must really find out what these various entries in the 'rolls' mean!






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    RMcGeddawn 24th May 2019 at 13:56 

    '…Again this will be described as the cost of  good night out.'


    How many people must have signed that  'x-Way agreement'? 

    The worlds of 'big biz' and politics have nothing to learn from little piddly sports governance bodies when it comes to keeping certain things undisclosed.