Question of today, was Doncaster being honest?


All eyes are on whether or not Neil Doncaster will be asked to step down at the Scottish Premier League annual general meeting, which is underway at the moment, after he threatened to renege on the SPL’s legal obligations to the Scottish Football League.

It may seem obvious that he has to go but don’t be so sure that he will.  Nothing that Doncaster has said previously suggests he will easily be shamed into an act of honour, and several Gang of 10 clubs were behind his attempts to railroad the SFL into doing their dirty work.

The smart money is on him ‘doing an Ogilvie’, refusing to go voluntarily and removing the toxicity he adds to the situation from the body he represents.

In many respects it doesn’t really matter if he stays or goes right now.  If he goes the chances of the SPL recruiting a candidate with the required ability is approaching zero, it is perhaps better that he stays to explain himself.

What I’m more interested in is Doncaster’s predicted Armageddon.  In telling Scottish Football League clubs the SPL would be unable to meet the terms of the Settlement Fee they are due, he implied the top league would be insolvent today.

Question is, was he being honest? That’s a rhetorical question, no need to cast doubts of Mr Doncaster’s character.

The ticket office is open today until 16:00.  If you’ve not renewed or bought a season ticket yet, get along now!  Play your part in the fan-led rebirth of Scottish football.

One day you will be asked, ‘Granda, what did you do in the fight against corruption and cheating in Scottish football?’ Make sure you can answer, ‘I stood firm and made sure Celtic flourished’.

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  1. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on 16 July, 2012 at 11:09 said:


    Scotlands 14s won the cup in the youth Olympics in South Korea when they beat Russia 4-1 in the final and my grandson scored one of the goals!! YIPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE <o)))





  2. There is one question I have not seen much analysis of…..can Sevco afford to run a football club from Division 3?



    On average the cost of a Division 3 season ticket is £160 – £180.



    Now somebody may be able to help me out with exact numbers on this next part but I cannot imagine it is cheap to open all 4 stands at a stadium like Ibrox for a matchday. The costs will be significant. Staff, Police, Stewards, electricity, insurance etc, not to mention the ongoing maintenance and cleaning costs.



    Sevco have also inherited some very large contracts. Wallace, Alexander, McCulloch, Goian, Bocanegra etc will all be getting minimum of £10,000 per week each, which will be just over £500,000 per annum EACH.



    Now let’s crunch some numbers. Let us be generous here, let us assume all the bears get right behind Chico. He shifts 30,000 season books. They are the people after all so let us assume he charges above average for the book. Let us say £220. His season book income, which will by far be his main source, would be £6.6m.



    Not a great deal of money at all….



    So he shifts the price point up to let’s say £350. Would you pay £350 for a season ticket for Division 3 football? Not many would. Let us again be generous and say he shifts 16,000 £350 season books. £5.6m.



    Even if he is creative, get’s some sponsorship etc, no matter which way the cookie crumbles Green is looking at no more than an £8m – £9m turnover next year.



    He will have large matchday costs if he does manage to sell a load of books, he likely cannot afford to price them in relative terms to make them attractive but if he doesn’t he will have no money. Classic Catch 22.



    He has investors needing to be paid. Unspecified amounts, to unspecified people willing to break unspecified amounts of legs.



    His wage bill is already at a minimum of £2.5m pa for playing staff.



    It is obvious the numbers do not work and something drastic has to happen for them to work. He will have to sell assets. Any asset, perhaps even ALL assets.



    A lot of people and things lie. Pure numbers never do.



    Division 3 is a very very bad place for them indeed.

  3. voguepunter on 16 July, 2012 at 12:25 said:


    Day off work,missus got me doing chores.


    I tackle the shower room,2 questions.


    1. When did we get the Old English Sheepdog?


    2. Where’s the fekr hiding?

  4. Vmhan



    Congratulations to you and your grandson. U must be very proud.



    Hail Hail

  5. bbc:



    Live pause from Hampden… Podium chaser… tsk! tsk! tsk! Life a get.



    Meanwhile back at Hampden Sally wants to know what is for desert and



    Dundee and Dunfermline are the clubs in the frame, although some SFL clubs have expressed fears that the SPL could find a way to allow Rangers to rejoin the SPL.

  6. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Do we know they are definitely at the meeting?



    Does sevco own the spl share or does that have to be transferred?

  7. If I were to buy a season ticket for an SFL3 club who would be the most deserving? I live in ML8.

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    stevebhoy on 16 July, 2012 at 11:46 said:





    Lol. See you there. At least, I’ll certainly see bada bing… According to you!








    If you have not been in the Vogue for a wee while,be warned Voguepunter is going through his Ron Burgandy phase again :}

  9. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on 16 July, 2012 at 11:09 said:



    Good on your Grandson.

  10. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –



    Will Celtic be calling for Doncaster’s head at any point?

  11. Ray Singh-Carr on

    If TFPLG stays at the helm of Sevco, it will be like a new signing……for everyone else in Div 3!



    Can anyone explain the rationale behing the ludicrous suggestion that next season’s prize money will only be around 10% of this season’s?


    Or is it just more wind and lillian gish from the meeja?

  12. Okay,so I come from a generation that was educated whether they liked it or not. As I age,I find myself more and more grateful to the teachers,family & friends who provided me with said education….and it was all free!


    ‘1984’,’Animal Farm’,’Gulliver’s Travels’,and many more,were required reading.


    Surely,Doncaster is aware that we won’t buy his ‘nuspeak’ or his ‘doublethink’,and that Ragers (in whatever form) are not more equal than others. He should broaden his horizons and go on a long,very long,journey : physically,spiritually and emotionally.

  13. bbc:



    Chin Bounce: Item 6 on SPL AGM Agenda: Any Other Incompetent Business #bbcsportsound



    Now, that’s just cruel!

  14. Got a text from an Orc saying AM & CG wont hand over the RFC share to give to dundee or dunfermline as a GIRUY.I replied with this that I seen on RTC earlier.



    OK so let’s say dodoRFC refuse to hand over the SPL share today.


    Easy solution –


    Re-convene the AT tomorrow morning, by the afternoon there won’t be a dodoRFC in Scottish football.


    Space free in the SPL, problem solved.


    Of course it leaves sevco with a slight issue, how can you transfer SFA membership from a non club?

  15. !!Bada Bing!! on 16 July, 2012 at 12:30 said:



    I swear you’re gonna get it ……..haud oan that might ruffle my hair,and I’ll have to see if wee


    Roberta has an iron for my sport’s jacket and


    polo neck.

  16. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! on 16 July, 2012 at 12:30 said:





    Do we know they are definitely at the meeting?




    Craig Paterson on SSN says they are??then again maybe they are not

  17. Not only renewed my ST, but bought one for my 12yo daughter. £50 is great value.


    My wife also decided last week to buy a slab for £150 with our names on it, to be placed around the front of CP somewhere.


    The stadium and surrounding area approaching from the new road next to the Velodrome/Indoor Arena is stunning.


    I know it’s a small thing, but if you can access CP easily, and get away quite quickly, it makes the day out seem a lot better. Getting to use the car park at the Velodrome/ Indoor Arena should benefit greatly. This should also free up parking spaces in the usual side streets.

  18. South Of Tunis on

    pggtips2 [ last thread ]



    Victor Wanyama ?



    Italian transfer rumor mongers have long linked Victor Wanyama with Juve and Udinese .



    The link with Juve was dropped when Juve signed 3 of Udinese’s first choice midfield .[ no need for Wanyama]



    That left Victor going to Udinese but said rumor mongers are now claiming that Udinese will lose out as they cannot compete with the money on offer from Chelsea , Manchester City and Stoke .



    We’ll see–

  19. Hi Paul,



    “If he goes the chances of the SPL recruiting a candidate with the required ability….”



    Yet another change in policy – typical.

  20. RogueLeader on 16 July, 2012 at 12:25 said:




    RL Good point and Ticketus will want they’re share but only after Her maj takes her cut, lifes taxing innit!


    oh and the loyal true blues aren’t buying any ST’s, no surrender of ST monies from thems.



  21. Celtic first


    A think it’s 1 of there lawyers can’t mind his 2nd name was in random thoughts of scots law earlier .



    Have to agree also about wanyama he’s going to be a super star and could/will play for a top European team !

  22. The Token Tim on




    Guess we’ll find out soon enough re Doncaster.


    But he, along with Regan and Ogilvie surely MUST go at some point…..or am in being naive once more??








    SeasonBooksRenewed CSC

  23. Re NextGen Series


    I’ve read somewhere that UEFA want to create their own U19’s competition to run in parallel with the main one due to the interest that has been shown in the NextGen Series by the clubs.




  24. Burghbhoy on 16 July, 2012 at 12:28 said:



    Not me old chap, its jude2005 who has a grandson in the team.



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