Courts, offensive law and a club for the downtrodden


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. Taurangabhoy on

    Donegal on one side Skye on the other . Scotland win would do me. Mon wee Gordon Celtic Strachan and captain Skoosh

  2. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Wales won last night ?






    Mon the Celts ..




  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Family split here


    My dad in Dublin supporting Ireland whilst his grandweans are supporting Scotland


    Only one choice for me. If The Republic were playing anyone but Scotland,it would be different.



    But Scotland first every time.



    Though I wish we could both qualify.

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    He probably won’t take them to football next year now. 8))





    You’ll need to take them yourself,bud…

  7. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on




    I don’t drive need to go on legends bus with jamesgang and myself 8))



    He has just sent a text


    Behind the dugouts wearing his Lisbon lions track top and green n white shirt.

  8. the hand of god…



    Scotland for me, although I won’t lose sleep if it goes the other way.



    My daughters boyfriend travelled over with Queen’s Park cafe bus, I take it most if not all will be supporting Ireland on it. HH

  9. the Hand of god: Ireland for me. Meeting some Scottish Tims before match and then off to the Aviva with my two older sons who are home on a visit. Éire go brách.

  10. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Watching the wind that shook the barley was a bad choice of movie before an Ireland Scotland match

  11. Scotland. Getting on my kilt in a couple of pubs to hit the pub in Dublin. Only Scot in there I expect but it will be great craic.



    I lost the kid to Ireland at the last friendly cos we lost. Gutted

  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    tbj says wee oscar knox is in heaven with the angels



    12:44 on 13 June, 2015



    Excellent and well done for the thought


    the hand of god


    Not usually interested in international football at all but really looking forward to this game, MON & WGS are Celtic legends in my eyes but Broony might sway my support

  13. Think it’ll be a 1-1 draw at the Blatterdome tonight.


    Fletcher for Scotland, Long for the Irish.

  14. Scotland for me. Scots born. Scots bred, Scottish until I die. No interest in Ireland at all.

  15. Thanks Sipsini, nearly got tickets yesterday but a few pints with my brothers in law suits me on a lovely sunny day.



    The nipper’s GAA football team won 5-10 to 1-1 today as well. Next week is league decider. Lost the hurling final last week so here’s hoping for a gold medal next week







    Hope you both have a grand time-and I hope you bump into each other!



    Al-Keep telling The Bear to get posting. Though having said that,I’ve read his some of his stuff. Suffice to say,excellent but well-researched,haha!

  17. TBJ says Wee Oscar Knox is in heaven with the angels on

    Scotland for me today despite my dislike for the sfa



    Has there been such a CFC influence recently – wgs .. Mark McGhee .. Broony .. Charlie .. Leigh .. Forrest .. Maloney .. Etc .

  18. Stringer Bell on

    Just turned radio scotland on



    That noxious wee scrote Mhari Black is on a football programme.



    Her most famous football reference is calling me and those like me scum. That gets her a gig on off the ball with 2 presenters I’m paying for, fawning all over her.



    Radio off and away for a shower. Hate this fkin country sometimes.

  19. Monaghan1900 on

    “Ashley scored a[n FFin’] crucial second own goal today


    In a perverse sort of way, I am glad Ashley raised that court action against RIFC today, and won, because, for reasons which I shall expand upon below, this represents a MASSIVE own goal by him.



    Ashley thinks it makes sound business sense to cost the club legal fees with this court action, and sought a gagging order. Ye Gods! What can be so sinister about the commercial contract that he feels it necessary to pull such a stunt?


    The only natural conclusion any fair-minded person would derive from this is that serious corporate fraud had occurred in constructing these contracts, and the signatories from RIFC at the time were acting AGAINST the interests of the majority of shareholders. This should be relatively easy for any competent corporate lawyer to prove in a court of law.


    Once that is achieved, in my opinion, RIFC should be able to get those agreements annulled, and also institute legal proceedings (if the Serious Fraud Office don’t beat them to the draw!) against the RIFC signatories to these contracts.


    Sports Direct, thanks to the actions of Mike Ashley, is now such a toxic brand, that it is ultimately doomed.”




    “[Sevco], Newcastle Utd and parliamentary questioning – he is fast becoming this decades Gerald Ratner.”




    “Ashley has the skin of a Rhino but hopefully this is part of a death by a thousand cuts”




    “it has now become a battle between Ashley,s ego and Dave kings resolve, I know who I’m backing to win in the end”




    “Isnt it about time that King got on the front foot and started taking Ashley/MASH/SD to court rather than constantly seeking to take the heat out of the Ashley relationship and talking about nothing but re-negotiation?


    What is he waiting for? What more does he need?…… unless, the strategy is simply one of giving Ashley enough rope? In any case it is pretty clear that Ashley will not renegotiate or go quietly. He will have to be repeatedly booted in the b**** before he leaves.”




    “The Yanks don’t f*** around look at Fifa being doing corrupt stuff for years thought they were untouchable the FBI take them to task and the walls come crumbling down does Fatso Ashley or any of his companies do any transactions through America?”




    “He’d better watch his back if he f. Ks us about any more.”




    “Fat mike knows the games up. think his plan was to drip feed loans into the club then get [Sevco] on the cheep by calling them in.”




    “It’s looking increasingly like he’s starting to believe his own hype and actually believes he’s invincible.


    It’s a classic case of getting too big for your boots.


    What works in our favour is that he doesn’t appear to realise that he’s possibly met his match and his ego’s taken over and that’s leading to him making irrational decisions.”




    “One of my fears over this is that he has withdrawn from the Newcastle board so he can concentrate on screwing us over.”

  20. What is the Stars on

    Heading into town shortly for a few pints before the match,looking forward to a good encounter and hopefully an Irish win,

  21. Like Scotland but Love Ireland, Donegal blood wins the day.




    Erin go Bragh

  22. The hand of God on

    Thankyou for the replies guys.Was speaking to a Scotland fan who was on my train this morning and was heading over to Dublin for the game I told him that i was a Celtic fan and that i used to go and watch Scotland also but gave up.I informed him that all my Celtic supporting friends all wanted a Scotland win in an attempt to dispel the theory that most Celtic fans would want an Ireland win.I also said that i think that most of the Scotland fans that travel are most likely fans of smaller clubs who enjoy Scotland away trips as their own clubs are unlikely to qualify for European competitions i believe its a similar situation in England.If Scotland don’t win its no big deal for me and i would wish Ireland well.Thanyou for your thoughts.

  23. bournesouprecipe on