2012 in review

We thought it would be good to show the audience we have had over the last few months, and to say thanks to all those who have helped to make this a thriving community in the short time we have been on the go.

A Happy New year to all from everyone at TSFM.

 

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1,426 Responses to 2012 in review

  1. paulsatim says:

    TW (@tartanwulver) says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 19:57
    1 0 Rate This
    From Austrian paper ‘das Kurier” website
    http://kurier.at/sport/fussball/rapid-happy-end-fuer-jelavic-thriller/2.478.340

    According to my best German (which is not very good, but ably assisted by Google translation) the last line of the article says:

    [Rapid Club President Rudolf] Erdlinger told das Kurier that “”We have heard in the process [of negotiations about getting the remainder of the Jelavic fee] that even the return of the Rangers in the top league is possible in the summer.”
    =====================================

    http://www.philmacgiollabhain.ie/the-red-mist-descends-over-the-blue-danube/#more-3492

  2. torrejohnbhoy says:

    Nice to know that Green still thinks using the army to help preach to the faithful is OK(from the Quarry Bar in Rutherglen,earlier today:

    /large

  3. Senior says:

    Parson St.Bhoy Jan12 12.47

    “Is Chukie getting his legal promptings re sex discrimination from Di Stefano?”
    _____________________________________

    Naw it’s from some guy call Sir Paul Baxendale-Walker, the N is silent.& missing.

  4. pau1mart1n says:

    all the big european club CEO’s will be doing there pronouncements in pubs now.
    uefa, look & learn.
    hope they have pubs in Qatar.

  5. iceman63 says:

    The SFA are totally screwed now as regards being in any way a fit body to operate the rules of sport.

    They have manifestly broken their own rules on numerous occasions and as such have absolutely no credibility nor authority.

    They invented two different membership criteria for “Rangers”: one of “conditional membership” for SEVCO, whilst Rangers still held an SPL membership – utterly ultra vires and unlawful under any circumstances – and then a second category of “associate membership” – no league member has before played or actually or can play at all under such a guise – again unlawful under any circumstance.

    They also transferred a membership to a separate legal entity – again unlawful – and now it seems that despite the broken history, the conditional membership, the associate membership and the illegal transfer of registration – they see fit to declare this club the same entity despite having absolutely no basis at all for this assertion.

    What this reveals, unequivocally and incontestably,is the fundamental truth that Scottish football is not, and never was, a fair body to look after the interests of the game in accordance with the rules and regulations of the association. . Its entire raison d’etre is the support and sustenance of Rangers at all costs to all other interests – and it has been for many many decades. .

    It is not a governing body of the game:it has no interest in nor any knowledge of the rules of the game. It makes up any old nonsense to rescue the deid club and subsequently to deny its death. All involved are corrupt and culpable in the greatest fraud perpetrated in Scottish – and quite possibly – World football.

    Our press, public bodies and wider media remain deafeningly silent on this, and neither inform the population as to what has occurred, nor hold any of the perpetrators to account.

    Nothing less than a full blown boycott of all Scottish football games by all fans until such time as Ogilvie and Regan resign, and an independent judicial enquiry – preferably headed by an English or non – Scottish judge – given Hodge et al’s complicity in all of this – is launched into their actions is now required.

    At present Scottish football is being operated outwith the rules of the game. All clubs participating , in my view, are party to an outrageous fraud and deception.

  6. ohhappydayz says:

    Club/company/history

    http://t.co/toJDEJij

  7. bailemeanach says:

    iceman63 says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 20:52

    That’s a great post iceman, if you don’t mind I will forward it on to a few interested observers

  8. briggsbhoy says:

    thumbs up from me Iceman, what I’m unclear of is whether action taken by those is illegal in terms of the law, if it was then surely there would have been arrests?

  9. campsiejoe says:

    bailemeanach @ 21:03

    It is a great post, along with Barcabhoy’s and Goosy earlier
    However unless we can get them to a wider audience, they will have little effect
    That is the real challenge

  10. jean7brodie says:

    iceman63 says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 20:52
    Excellent post. If this is all unlawful then can we not hire a lawyer or do something to challenge it as suggested by someone before?

  11. iceman63 says:

    I don’t think any actual laws have been broken. I do think that they have simply ridden roughshod over their own rules of association. I suspect that were any club to challenge the sfa over its actions either through uefa or fifa or the cas or the court of session then they would win any case against them. Only fear of the mob; the press and media prevents any club taking such action. I cannot imagine that the berzz would actually

  12. bailemeanach says:

    jean7brodie

    I’m no expert but I think this applies to the laws of scottish football association, now is there a platform whereby one can contest that said laws have not been applied, or that actions have been taken by the governing bodies that fall outwith the rules and regulations (as spelt out by iceman earlier)?

    Iceman’s post is bang on the money – the whole thing stinks of corruption.

  13. jean7brodie says:

    iceman63 says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 21:47
    Could we not send your post to the editors of the scabby papers, at least, and see if any one of the weasels print them in the letters page or something. I know I sound soft in the head but is it not worth a try?

  14. neepheid says:

    iceman63 says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 20:52

    “They also transferred a membership to a separate legal entity – again unlawful – ”

    I have to disagree on that one point. The transfer of membership was within the rules of the SFA, under Article 14.1, which states:

    “. . .any other application for transfer of membership will be reviewed by the Board, which will have the complete discretion to reject or to grant such application on such terms and conditions as the Board may think fit.”

    I strongly object to the SFA Board exercising their discretion in the way that they did, but there is no doubt that they had that discretion. It is, in my view, important that we get the legal position absolutely correct.

    I agree with the rest of your post, here is a link to an article which reinforces a lot of the points you make-

    http://www.scotzine.com/2012/07/the-legal-aspect-of-rangers-and-the-sfa-membership/

  15. bailemeanach says:

    folks, iceman seems to have poked a metaphorical stick into a hornets nest of corruption. I think it’s a great summary of where we are, and accept neepheids point too. So where do we take it from here?

  16. ordinaryfan says:

    bailemeanach says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 22:22
    3 0 Rate This
    folks, iceman seems to have poked a metaphorical stick into a hornets nest of corruption. I think it’s a great summary of where we are, and accept neepheids point too. So where do we take it from here?

    ………..

    This

  17. goosygoosy says:

    barcabhoy says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 18:55
    There is a herd mentality which refuses to accept blame or responsibility at Rangers. The herd mentality wants to punish anyone with the temerity to bring Rangers to task for breaches or irregularities. This is a club that really does believe that the only rules that should be applied to it are ones it agrees with.
    That’s the unhealthiest of positions. To change to an inclusive position needs reasonable leadership at Rangers. Green is incapable of providing this. In business terms he’s a lightweight with a lousy track record. He is only doing what his abilities allow him to do.
    Malcolm Murray has been a severe disappointment. He has a credibility and a track record which should be setting the pace here. Instead he has become invisible, content to allow the most outrageous statements from Green and McCoist to remain unchallenged or reigned in.
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    barcabhoy
    I sense a certain resonance in your comments
    Can I wind the clock back to 1969 and slightly amend the above
    It is reminiscent of another era where the establishment faced a serious challenge to their supremacy and reacted with what they saw as righteous anger
    i.e.
    There is a herd mentality in the Unionist Party which refuses to accept blame or responsibility at Stormont. The herd mentality wants to punish anyone with the temerity to bring Unionism to task for breaches or irregularities. This is a governing elite that really does believe that the only rules that should be applied to it are ones it agrees with.
    That’s the unhealthiest of positions. To change to an inclusive position needs reasonable leadership at Stormont. Prime Minister Terence O`Neill is incapable of providing this. In business terms he’s a lightweight with a lousy track record. He is only doing what his abilities allow him to do.
    Brian Faulkner has been a severe disappointment. He has a credibility and a track record which should be setting the pace here. Instead he has become invisible, content to allow the most outrageous statements from William Craig and Ian Paisley to remain unchallenged or reigned
    Terence O`Neill was ousted in April 1969 to be replaced by James Chichester Clark
    Following widespread pogroms in July the British Army were invited in on 3 Aug by Chichester Clark to restore law and order

  18. dedeideoprofundis says:

    Surely some supporters club in conjunction with TSFM, as interested parties, could seek a judicial review of the shenanigans of the SFA. It could be funded from the leftovers of the TSFM appeal, as well as perhaps another divvy up? I’m up for it.

  19. jean7brodie says:

    dedeideoprofundis says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 23:08
    Me too!

  20. troyblain says:

    i have not heard anything from the Scotland supporters clubs. They must have some power. We should have chants at the next Scotland game.

    Ogilvie must go

    Theres only 2 Glasgow Rangers

    Its a mythtery Rangers hithtory.

  21. enoughx2 says:

    Apologies if already posted. To any Sevco fan still claiming “It was the holding company that died – not the club”.

    Lets see what our old chums Duff n Duffer have to say, its a large document but no real need to read anything after the line under “Dear Sir”

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&ved=0CG4QFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rangers.co.uk%2Findex.php%2Fclub%2Fadministrators-information%2Fitem%2Fdownload%2F28_7fc3a3f0da9d1df61b3d05625e9468ef&ei=ChbzUPmQJeGK0AXEjIHQAw&usg=AFQjCNHTVKN2tKKaPbrGO-6N4mxtY2AJ-Q&sig2=D2o2kNjQr0EVGOdDffzkmQ&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.d2k

  22. Brenda says:

    Really sorry to put a dampener on things but haven’t we been here before? Unless FIFA/UEFA get involved over the SFA’s ignorance of their own rules and secret 5 way agreements, allowing a dead club/company to go against every liquidation law, allowing sevco to join the SFL when they didn’t meet the criteria, giving a 3rd division team a grade 1 referee for every game, secret meetings, the deafening silence from Regan, Doncaster, longmuir and ogilvie, the cheating, corruption, chuckies lies and ally’s rabble-rousing goes on and on ……. 😦 SCOTTISH FOOTBALL IS DEAD UNLESS SOMEONE/CLUB/ORGANISATION HAS THE BALLS TO GET RID ASAP.

  23. TSFM says:

    New blog by BRTH up. We also have some stuff from Auldheid regarding the Club Trusts/Associations which will be published as a separate blog for consideration as soon as I have time to get it all in order.

  24. angus1983 says:

    enoughx2 says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 23:26

    Lets see what our old chums Duff n Duffer have to say, its a large document but no real need to read anything after the line under “Dear Sir”
    ——

    As said before … this is just a definition, telling the reader that, within the document, “the Club” and “the Company” are to be understood as meeaning “Rangers Football Club plc”.

  25. allyjambo says:

    angus1983 says:

    Monday, January 14, 2013 at 08:52

    enoughx2 says:
    Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 23:26

    Lets see what our old chums Duff n Duffer have to say, its a large document but no real need to read anything after the line under “Dear Sir”
    ——

    As said before … this is just a definition, telling the reader that, within the document, “the Club” and “the Company” are to be understood as meeaning “Rangers Football Club plc”.
    ______________________________________________

    I understand what you’re saying, Angus, but it is ‘defining’, that in this document, part of the legal process of the administration of Rangers Football Club plc, ‘the club’ and ‘the company’ are one and the same thing. If they’d meant anything else then, surely, they would have left it at defining ‘the company’ as meaning ‘Rangers Football Club plc’ with no reference to ‘the club’ necessary. Can anyone come up with any legal documentation that says, or even suggests it might be the case, that ‘the club’ and ‘the company’ are separate?

  26. Parson St. Bhoy says:

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