SFL delivers as SPL Ltd facing insolvency


The Scottish Football League today placed an upper limit on which division Sevco can play in next season – their Third.  We must now wait on the company providing sufficient information to complete their application to the SFL and for membership of the Scottish FA.  Although many Rangers fans want Sevco to join the Third Division, chief exec Charles Green was clearly hoping to start life higher up the food chain.

The overwhelming nature of this verdict indicates the solidarity between clubs and fans, throughout the divisions, on how our sport is governed.  This is a good thing but it leaves one burning question on the table:

Is the Scottish Premier League insolvent?

Last week SPL chief exec Neil Doncaster told SFL clubs that the Premier League would be unable to meet its contractual obligations if they did not vote Sevco into the First Division.  Unless this was a shameless lie designed to bully clubs into giving Doncaster what he wanted, the Scottish Premier League Ltd should seek to appoint an administrator without delay.

You can ignore comments about league reconstruction at some unspecified point in the future, Doncaster told us last year that “those who want 16 teams in the top flight are deluding themselves.”

The Scottish Football League does not need the SPL, or its money, to continue to thrive as a community-based sporting entity.  They will flourish.  What happens to the SPL remains to be seen.

As we have observed once or twice before, M. Platini, where are you?  We need the football world to assist with the survival of the game in one of its historic heartlands.

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  1. philvisreturns on

    vclxi – NewTeam in SFL3. They are just Jambos without the bus fare.



    They wish.



    The Jambos have a rich and proud history of competing in the top flight of Scottish football. They’re the current Scottish Cup winners and have one of the strongest squads in Scotland.



    Sevco 5088, on the other hand, has a bike. (thumbsup)

  2. fanadpatriot on

    Why are Inverness,bring out a statement,about having an emergency meeting,over the weekend.?

  3. The Comfortable Collective on

    So does todays vote mean that it is now 100% certain that sevco will be playing in the SPL next season?



    Monday should be an interesting day.

  4. What is the Stars on 13 July, 2012 at 15:40 said:


    ”Where is old Ernie with his delusional rantings about the Celtic board


    I need a laugh



    Maybe he has taken a leaf out of the boards book and adopted the motto



    Silence is Golden”




    What has happened today is that the SFL clubs have ignored pressure from the SFA and inducements from the SPL and acted in their own interests and in the interests of sporting integrity, which fortunately on this occasion coincide.



    There are those, like yourself, who consider that the Celtic board are so incompetent and impotent that they had no influence over how the SFA and SPL approached this whole matter. I hold the Celtic board in higher regard than do you and those like you. I appear to be in a minority in that regard.

  5. blantyretim



    those few words have brought tears of happiness to my eyes. Off to spread the Good News! Wow! just, wow!

  6. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Many of us on this blog are of an age to have seen Communism, Capitalism and Rangers fail in a brief period in our oh-so short life time. Who would have thunk it!!!

  7. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    EC67- Good fholk of Annan stocking up on barbed wire, Domestos and chastity belts- and that’s only for the sheep.

  8. Jobo Baldie on 13 July, 2012 at 16:18 said:


    ”Good morning friends from a very sunny hot Mexico! First internet access in a week and no news since last Sunday. And as I only have 5 miinutes on this machine I\m hoping to learn some good news……”




    It’s stopped raining!!!



    Other than that, much the same.

  9. thomthethim CQN (genuine) Badge Wearer on

    I’m dying to celebrate, but long memories of institutional skullduggery forces meto keep the top on the raspberry cordial bottle.






    It’s just been announced that the 6th AGM of the Donegal Branch of CQN will be held around the 4th August, at a venue to be decided, depending on room capacity.



    More information as available.



    “We can now move on and prepare for the new season, which starts a fortnight tomorrow.



    “The governing bodies have delayed this and have tried to force responsibility of the issue onto the SFL chairmen.



    “This could’ve been decided a long time ago.”




    It seems Gordon Smith is the only ex SFA official/Sevco supporter calling for a boycott

  11. Mike in Toronto – my dad just got the second round in and my maws up at the bar getting the third; she’s put her round on my dad’s tab:)



    Good to see you posting my friend, i’ve been thinking about you at this difficult time. Keep yer chin up and i hope to see you and the boys soon.





  12. Why are Green and Moisty STILL claiming that they and the the SFL clubs are victims of Regan & Doomcasters “gerrymandering” when they have secretly been in cahoots together. We all know their lying.



    This raises some yet again some serious questions. Are Regan and Doomcaster fully aware that they are the scapegoats for this ongoing plan of deception?



    Why was Wiggy making veiled threats today AFTER the vote?



    There does indeed seem to be some kind of sting in play here. #shockhorror

  13. lionroars67:



    I agree mate, Scotland’s football supporters, including those of Kilmarnock, did Scotland prouder than I had EVER hoped for.



    I think the way things have gone is indicative of the way things might be if only authority lost its prejudices and fears and conducted itself in office with courage and fairness for the good of the nation overall. I’m talking about the courts, the banks, commerce, industry, councils and politicians whichever set of overalls the deem to wear.



    And bringing it back to football… the referees. Dallas has gone and Dallas is rising. Football, all football, must make noise for a constant level playing field. We can’t go backwards now.



    That is the way I see it at this time of the morning after a fair few whiskys and a bottle of red.



    carpe diem mate, carpe diem.

  14. P67 – “The Scottish Football League does not need the SPL, or its money, to continue to thrive as a community-based sporting entity.  They will flourish.  What happens to the SPL remains to be seen.”



    Seems that you envisage that the SPL will fail to survive in its current form or in any form at all



    Like it or lump it Celtic FC plc is a stakeholder in the SPL . If the SPL folds do Celtic and other member clubs have to apply for membership of the SFL and if so does it go to a voteas to which division they start off in

  15. philvisreturns on

    Fortunes Favour Mibbes – They had it in for George Burley for some reason even though he was their ally in Extensiongate.



    The lesson here, as Regan and co are about to discover, is don’t try to ingratiate yourself with psychotic narcissists. You won’t get thanked for it. (thumbsup)

  16. Scouse Tims ‏@PackieBonnerCSC


    ITC statement emergency board meeting over the week end

  17. EKBhoy on 13 July, 2012 at 15:22 said:



    ongoing police investigation is no reason for the sfa/ spl to do no investigation of their own with regards the dual contracts etc… it is common place to have criminal investigation and civil investigation running at the same time about the same thing. the nature and reason for the investigation into oldco are completely different and i dont think the police investigation will be prejudiced by the spl/ sfa dual contract investigation.

  18. I am assuming the vote today was a secret ballot, not that matters in the grand scheme of things but I would love to know who it was that wanted them banished to the same planet as referred to winninggemmell that Sally and Charlie live on…the Club that voted them gone should be applauded and given our full support



    Friday the 13th 2012 a momentus day, the day that the SFL grew a set and dislodged the dead club from their perch and have assumed the mantle of being the fabric of Scottish Society/Football.



    It will be interesting to see what strip they play in next season and what they will be called. Irn-Bru who sponsor the Third Division could offer an apt name from their recent advertisement…



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  19. Viewfaethewindae, what now indeed. We could be in for some interesting months ahead.



    mickbhoy1888, I don’t see anyone applying for membership of the SFL. If the SPL goes into insolvency the game needs someone to step forward to plug the gap and do a deal that allows everyone to get what the want, or need, as Mick Jagger may have put it.

  20. Tim Malone Will Tell on




    Aye – but how many of us can remember back far enough to when Rangers last fielded an eligible team ?

  21. kitalba on 13 July, 2012 at 16:02 said:


    Why is everybody taking so much malice out on Ernie?




    Well said Kit, without Celts like Ernie providing an alt view then we’d be like sheep, maybe not but CQN would be a lesser place I’d say.



  22. Chaps, ref F Boyle’s tweet. I am on record in these pages as fearing a violent backlash which will target schools, churches and those wearing green. Be very careful.

  23. @BBCBMcLauchlin: Charles Green told meeting during q”n”a he was informed by SFA that membership of association would be granted only if vote was fro div1.




  24. By day I'm 'Mike in Toronto' but on Sunday 'I'm Neil Lennon' on




    Cheers mate!



    Been a rough few months, but starting to feel better. Keeping busy … doing my scuba diving course ….Lost a bit of weight … getting back in shape (I guess I have to do that now that I’m single again! bugger!)… although, I’m starting my chef’s program in September, so, I suspect I could be putting some of it right back on!



    Funny enough, now that mum and I are both ‘orphans’, she and I have kind of adopted each other, and are sort of becoming pals – sort of like dad and I were. its actually quite nice. She came into TO last night and is going to stay with me for a few weeks. Not sure I’ll manage to convince her to come to the Celtic club, mind you, but I’ll work on it!. Otherwise, I’ll be coming up to the club more often when the new season starts to catch up.

  25. 38degrees here in tunisia at present, well apart from one wee corner of the pool where there is a darkening cloud with hints of a deep depression,

  26. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Worth dustin’ down the immortal words of Jimmy Durante


    ‘Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down. ‘

  27. Tim Malone Will Tell on

    Paul 67 – not sure I like the implication of ‘do a deal’ – or maybe I misinterpret your intent?