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Courts, offensive law and a club for the downtrodden

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I’m a bit disappointed RIFC were not in a position to advise their shareholders the results of the votes this morning.  Doing so would not have added 10 minutes to proceedings.  My expectation is that the board would win both votes, giving them a resounding platform this weekend to sell tickets for lower league football.  Perhaps there’s more going on than I thought.

You have to wonder what that expensive legal business in London and Edinburgh yesterday was all about?  Many details of Sports Direct’s deal with Newco are public knowledge, and the void of missing details is filled with pretty stark speculation.  It struck me that counsel for Sports Direct noted the chronology of the new board being appointed, the subsequent leaks and that Newco had not denied they were the source of the leak.  All now on record, in court.  Confidentiality is, of course, a condition of the agreement, which could now be argued is in breach.  That would be a source of regret.  For some.

More on Dave King over the weekend.  He can’t help himself.

You have to admire those who work to expose the absurdity of the Offensive Behaviour Act, designed by the SNP government to “equalise” non criminal offenses with criminal offenses.  Unfortunately, the campaigners are wasting their time, the Act is here to stay, anyone in doubt should read the news this morning that 80% of people surveyed support it.  Ask the average person in the street if they support a law against Offensive Behaviour and they’re hardly likely to say ‘no’.  This type of survey is manipulative nonsense.  Police with guns on the streets and politically motivated laws are a by-product of blind populism.  This is an offensive law and I am horrified.

Robert King is one of the Angola 3, who were incarcerated in solitary confinement in the Louisiana town of that name, and who have become causes célèbres for miscarriage of justice campaigners and prison reformers alike.  King spent 30 years in solitary before having his conviction overturned.  If you don’t know about the Angola 3, go find out.

He pitched up on CNN yesterday dressed in distinctive attire (below).

My relationship with Celtic is different to King’s.  I’m a Celtic fan because that’s the way I was brought up, but I’m pretty sure King’s roots don’t reach back to the Emerald Isle.  Chances are, I’d be a Celtic fan whether we were a club with a social mission or not.  For others, for King, the reasons they wear a shirt on TV, buy a season ticket, or simply share in our joy on occasion, are different.

We are the club of the underdog, a beacon for the downtrodden, a place where they will find a welcome.  No one can plan for this, it either survives over the decades or it doesn’t, so it’s worthwhile telling this part of our story now and again, to set ourselves a core target: Remain the most ethical football club in the world.

To deliver on this you and I need to step forward, this is not a job that can be outsourced to the club, it takes all of us.  You can start here by signing up for the Great Scottish Run for the Foundation.  I know at least 30 runners who read this, sign up before I see you in person!

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  1. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Hamiltontim at 0.47, thankfully, Scotland’s history, good and bad, will be taught.

  2. estorilbhoy

     

     

    00:50 on 13 June, 2015

     

    HT,

     

     

    I presume you have misread my post so will forgive your ( teacherous ) lecture.

     

     

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    I thought you were being a nugget. If I read your post wrongly then I apologise.

  3. Canamalar

     

     

    00:46 on 13 June, 2015

     

     

    Me, I prefer going to a European game with hope in my heart than going into battle with hate in my heart, excuse my tree hugging moment but I just think it’s better for me.

     

     

    Pastry

     

    There will never be peace without justice, I actually am beginning to believe justice is within our grasp, Hillsborough, miners strike, lots of people are seeing through the politics. T’interweb is having an adverse affect on the architects design, needs to be realigned, too late :)

     

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    You are right, Mr C – I reckon it is the Father of Lies exposing all the Liars and Cheaters.

  4. Delaneys Dunky on

    Petec

     

     

    He is in loving company. Dingwall is full of West Dunbartonshire Bhoys.

     

    James McIntyre leading them to glory in the clean Highland air.

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    MacJay..

     

     

    Never seen the Game.. But will be Watching Matilda’s Versus Svenska Kvinnor next Week.. 【ツ】

     

     

    Wonder is the Swedes will have Male Physios.. Lol

     

     

    Hope You are Well..

     

     

    001

  6. Estorilbhoy

     

     

    Take the “h” out of your name.

     

     

    Your comments regarding the 10 Brave Men are a disgrace.

     

     

    Now GTF back to FF.

  7. hamiltontim

     

     

    00:55 on 13 June, 2015

     

    estorilbhoy

     

     

    00:50 on 13 June, 2015

     

    HT,

     

     

    I presume you have misread my post so will forgive your ( teacherous ) lecture.

     

     

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    I thought you were being a nugget. If I read your post wrongly then I apologise.

     

     

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    You read it wrong, apology accepted, thanks.

  8. moravcik

     

     

    00:58 on 13 June, 2015

     

    Estorilbhoy

     

     

    Take the “h” out of your name.

     

     

    Your comments regarding the 10 Brave Men are a disgrace.

     

     

    Now GTF back to FF.

     

     

     

    Wil do thanks for your incisive input.

  9. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s, thanks.

     

     

     

    This is probably Clydebank’s worst season since they were formed a a Junior club.

     

     

    They have done brilliantly up to this season. They reached the Junior cup final in 2009 , have won the Euroscot central league cup three times in the last seven seasons and won the Sectional League Cup in 2013.

     

     

    Getting relegated to the second tier of the West junior leagues isn’t a bad thing but hopefully they get back up sooner rather than later.

     

     

    Summa, I think the only members of the Pogues who were Irish were Elvis Costello’s wife, Cait O’Riordan and Terry Woods.

     

     

    Most of the band were from Irish stock.

     

     

    In the HBO series , Treme, set in New Orleans, Spider Stacey of the Pogues is busking with Steve Earle’s character. They are singing come out you black and tans. The footage is on Youtube.

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    HT..

     

     

    I was Only Joking Re; My question..

     

     

    You obviously forgot what it was..

     

     

    That being the Joke..

     

     

    Get a Beer when I’m back Next Year..

     

     

    001

  11. lubo of the lamp on

    Mr Pastry – 00:08

     

     

    Never read that phrase “WAS – ‘We are Saints’ ” ever on this blog but remember a US band from the early 80s called Was(Not Was) – so I’d say we are saints (NOT) a pretty accurate description right enough, specially as the best line in any of their songs was; “Woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks”, which sums up this place after the witching hour at weekends pretty spot-on. :o)

     

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa-Qb_riX6Q

  12. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Summa of Sammi….

     

    00:58 on

     

    13 June, 2015

     

     

    I`m fine,mate.

     

    I`m loving this tournament.

     

    Nigerian defender did an Elbows McCulloch on one of the Aussie players.

     

     

     

    On now U.S.A. V Sweden.

     

     

    Come on the gringos.

  13. Delaneys Dunky

     

     

    00:57 on 13 June, 2015

     

     

    Petec

     

     

    He is in loving company. Dingwall is full of West Dunbartonshire Bhoys.

     

    James McIntyre leading them to glory in the clean Highland air.

     

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    That day, as I told you, going shopping on a Sat Morning reading that Tyre was linked to Celtic back page of the Record, I was over the Moon.

     

     

    I always remember James saying that his Dad went round the bend going on to the Erskine Bridge from the Northside at 75 miles per hour in his XR3i.

     

     

    His Dad went everywhere with him with his Fitba.

     

     

    I hope he is 2nd next Season and I Believe he can be.

  14. Whata pleasant surprise. USA v Sweden in the wimmin’s world cup live on BBC2.

     

     

    So far the USA no.19 and the Swedish no.10 are redefining my interpretation of fantasy football.

     

     

    Shocking observation – they’re playing with someone running the line! Is offside included now?

  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Dixie Deans, Bruce Foxton played bass for Stiff Little Fingers up to about ten years ago.

     

     

    He now plays in a band called from the Jam.

     

     

    Rick Buckler played in a Jam tribute band called the Gift. Bruce then joined him and they changed to From The Jam. The Gift was a better name for them.

     

     

    I last saw them five years ago and Rick Buckler wasn’t on drums, It was ex-Big Country drummer, Mark Brizicki (spelling).