THE SHAMBOLIC Football Association this evening announced the Excelsior Stadium as the venue for the Scottish Cup fifth round between East Kilbride FC and Celtic and forgot to mention that the ground is in Airdrie!
Their statement reads:
‘Following discussions with East Kilbride FC, the Scottish FA Board have approved the Excelsior Stadium as the host venue for the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round match between East Kilbride and Celtic on Sunday, 7 February.’
This statement follows an emergency meeting between the Lowland League club and the Scottish Football Association.
The Shambolic Football Association initially dictated that the tie should be played at Hamilton’s New Douglas Park, which has a capacity of 6,000, as it was the closest suitable stadium, but they forgot to ask Hamilton.
However, it was East Kilbride’s seventh choice of venue in an order of preference submitted to the governing body and Accies then announced that they were not willing to alter a schedule of community events planned for that weekend.
The home of League One club Airdrie has a capacity of 10,200.
With Celtic supporters travelling from near and far to see their team play week in and week out, Scottish football has hardly made that an easy task in recent years.
Now the Shambolic Football Association are playing guess the location, after their spectacular own goal in announcing a venue they had not booked.
Airdrieonians went out of business when former Rangers owner David Murray took them to court over an unpaid bill. A new club was formed and after taking another deduct club’s place in the league structure they began playing football as Airdrie United without access to the old club’s history, name or badge.
Rangers themselves went out of business in June 2012 with debts of up to £130m and after a CVA failed the club went into liquidation. The league place belonging to Rangers went to Dundee.
A successor club was formed by founding father Charles Green whose consortium bought the assets of the doomed business from the Administrators and the new club began life with a cup tie at Brechin and then played in the fourth tier of Scottish football. This only happened after football fans rebelled against the Shambolic Football Association whose threats were resisted by the member clubs. Numerous players were allowed to transfer over from the dead Rangers to the new club, which Green called Sevco. Others, including new Norwich striker Steven Naismith decided against moving over to the new club and instead as a free agent signed for Everton.
As a result of new club Rangers’ favorable treatment by the Shambolic Football Association, Airdrie subsequently were able to change their name to match the name of the defunct club, Airdrieonians.
Today on the Scottish Football Monitor site, it was revealed that the SFA, having received ‘legal advice’ regard the new club to be a continuation of the old.
This legal opinion, thought to be carefully extracted from the Lord Nimmo Smith ‘opinion’ which was given many months after Rangers died, has never been tested in a court.
The way for supporters to do this is through a Judicial Review, something that is now being discussed by football supporters across the land.
And on the day adidas withdrew from sponsoring athletics due to the stench of corruption, minds are turning to canvassing the sponsors of the Shambolic Football Association on their own position on the same club lie.
On January 25th last year Celtic supporters crowd funded an advertisement in the Sunday Herald. This advertisement was checked and cleared by the newspapers legal team prior to publication.
Here is the ad for those who missed it: