SPFL Phoney War is over, the real campaigns start now


Yesterday’s SPFL EGM resolution was rejected, as expected.  Those still hurting about relegation, or missing out on promotion, voted in favour.  Some historical allegiances stood firm.  My maternal grandfather took me to my first Celtic game.  He died when I was four, so memories are few, but for some reason I remember him going on about Falkirk and Airdrie.  49 years ago but some allegiances survive through generations and liquidations.

Aberdeen’s new chairman Dave Cormack tried a power play.  In December, his predecessor Stewart Milne, publicly expressed concerns that Celtic’s chief executive, Peter Lawwell, “has too much power in Scottish football”, which translates into ‘more clubs listen to Peter Lawwell than me and I would like to change that.”

The whole world would like to be taken more seriously than Peter Lawwell, but overtly campaigning for this is counter-productive.  Each club in the SPFL has a single vote among 41 others.  Celtic are not represented on the board.  Whatever authority Peter Lawwell has, is earned through respect for his actions – and even then, decisions do not always go his way, no matter what paranoid loons tell you.  Milne never attained the levels he aspired to and Cormack has made an uninspiring start.  If other clubs listen when Peter Lawwell speaks, maybe Stewart Milne should have wondered why?

The vote went against Newco, Hearts, Falkirk, Airdrie, a few like-minded types and those who for various reasons missed out.  Regime change was and remains the objective of some.  Churchill would call this the Phoney War, to determine who has their hands on the levers of power ahead of the really important campaigns ahead.

Forget about “trust issues”, reconstruction and legal action; the spectre of insolvency looms across Scotland.  Every club needs to sell their usual quantity of season tickets, cut costs and find reserves from somewhere – including Celtic.  Those who do, have a chance of getting through this, but the numbers just don’t add up for most.

Many in the industry will lose their jobs this summer, including hundreds of footballers.  What then will we hear from Cormack, Budge, Park, Lawwell?  Those with influence will determine what football looks like in the future and there will be many battles ahead.  Everything is at stake.

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  1. Gene


    If I lived in England, I could show the Award to my friends at the Golf Club.

  2. I just received an e-mail re David Faulds` ` Invincible` re our unbeaten ( domestically ) season.


    I have forgotten. Has that feat ever been done before in Scotland?



    PS The `feat` being undefeated.not my receiving of said e-mail :-))

  3. P67:


    The phoney war was all about stopping 9, they failed miserably. They did not point the finger at the ineptness of the establishment in 2012. What short memories they have.


    Although to be fair and as Jim Spence replied to a tweet I sent him about their short memories “Ah but that was the old club…:)”.


    Keep the Faith!


    Hail Hail!

  4. JOBO BALDIE on 13TH MAY 2020 11:46 AM


    POG – I think my car is currently getting around 4 weeks to the gallon!






    Loved this, Jobo!



    Here’s a thought, when this is all done and provided we’re not all ‘done’, how about we hire out the Kerrydale some Friday night. Some great friends to recall and others to reacquaint ourselves with.



    I might even get to finally meet the ever-elusive Voguepunter, who was always in the Blane Valley just before I arrived or had left!






    HH JG

  5. Neil Doncaster: Are you really that stupid?


    That meeting yesterday and the continued campaign against you and the SPFL board was an attempted coup. Nothing more, nothing less.



    Your olive branch is seen as weakness and the campaign will continue until you bring Sevco to heal.



    Their actions deserve the harshest of punishment. Grow a pair, for the good of the game.

  6. We will continue to influence Scottish football by running a steady ship and being an example of how a club should be run.



    Meanwhile over at Ibrox they’re checking down the sides of the sofa to pay the tea lady.

  7. !!Bada Bing!! on

    The rags have been desperately trying to drag us into the huns squabble, saying that PL said the dossier was ’embarrassing ‘ at the meeting yesterday, they will cling to that to try and make them have a credible argument.


    Rangers could still have caught Celtic, insists ex-Ibrox midfielder Gavin Rae



    WHO NEXT.?????????????????????????????????????????/

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Ave- agree, first move is to hunt Robertson, who I believe broke Company Law with the whistleblower stunt.Secondly,charge them for the allegations made against him,McKenzie and Mc Lennan.

  10. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    ‘Those with influence will determine what football looks like in the future and there will be many battles ahead. Everything is at stake’.



    Daft question, but what is at stake?



    What can a different head of the SPFL do to mitigate the economic fall-out of CV-19?



    How would life change for Celtic if, say, Gardiner were in Doncaster’s role?

  11. JAMESGANG on 13TH MAY 2020 12:41 PM


    Here’s a thought, when this is all done and provided we’re not all ‘done’, how about we hire out the Kerrydale some Friday night. Some great friends to recall and others to reacquaint ourselves with.




    Cue a spotlight in the sky with BRTH’s face projected in the centre of it.



    Sounds like a great idea, with some fundraising thrown in for good measure. 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

  12. kikinthenakas on

    When are the SPFL going to look at the Supreme Court ruling….don’t kid yourselves the huns still have support in the SFA and SPFL. This issue hasn’t been lying in a desk for over a year…surely it’s a far more important issue than the huns resolution. They are all clamouring for accountability and transparency. Let’s have it.



    Kikinthenakas 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀

  13. Paul67



    Hell mend the SPL, and Neil Doncaster.



    In 2012 the very same people now being abused and conspired against, presented a license to a new group of business men that had mysteriously acquired a stadium and training ground, after Lord Hodge liquidated the previous club.



    Eight years of a semi living hell manifests itself in a country that hasn’t been able to accept contrition and a support who think that they were relegated.



    Someone should have told them that their brand new Grievance FC, is the birthchild of Scotland ( Alex Salmond ) the SFA, and SPL.



    They cannot compete on a level playing field the old club were the proof.



    Neil Doncaster and much of Scottish society at large, tore up the rule book to accomadate the new angry monster, you reap what you sow.




  14. RICHIE


    My sincere condolences on the death of Michelle. RIP


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



  15. Bognorbhoy your posting of the Carfin Emeralds story took me back in time to my young days when I actually played along side my young brother for a team of lads from Greencastle against Moville boys in the Bay Field. It was not for a cup, just a kick about, but we beat the Moville lads.



    Bay field, Foyle Hotel, Eamon Gillen all names that brought back memories. I do know that it was always said that professionals played in the cup games, but I do not remember seeing any of them, as I was really too young and I think the last games I would have seen were around 1956. Also the more serious parts of the tournament usually took place after the Greenock Fair when we would have returned home.



    Incidentally, Bay Field would not have been the last thing one would have seen on the way down the Foyle on the way to Glasgow on the Lairds Loch, as Greencastle harbour and Shrove Lighthouse would also have attracted attention, as would people on various hillsides waving towels as a sign of goodbye to family sailing to Scotland.

  16. Pog



    If it’s a BRTH Production, there will some amount of stardust and glitz.



    My ambition is to beat Oldtim to the bar before he buys me, and everyone else, double gins all round. He’s no the quickest (nor am I mind!), but he kinda cheats by never leaving the bar and propping it up with his mischievous grin!



    HH jg

  17. Re the latest Tom English article – the problem is the MSM is stuck up sevco’s backside.



    Sorted that for you Tom

  18. JAMESGANG on 13TH MAY 2020 12:54 PM



    My ambition is to beat Oldtim to the bar before he buys me, and everyone else, double gins all round.




    Aye, good luck with that one.😉😂


    Can you imagine him being released after lockdown? He’d be wanting to pay for the whole function. Reminds me of his birthday when he brought in a group of Marseille fans over for their game v sevco and they couldn’t believe they weren’t paying for their drinks. He’s some man.

  19. McLennan and Doncaster are not actually daft enough to think an olive branch to Ibrox will be accepted.



    They know that the brown brogue brigade cannot accept any arrangement that will end up with Celtic champions.



    It’s just PR. The SPFL actually want to plan what happens next season. Move on.

  20. Just a quick point on next season….



    If it is the case that there will be one or two qualifying games max then I worry for the rest of Scoddish fitba.



    This Celtic team that never gets a rest and runs themselves into the ground will be coming back well-rested and facing a lighter load of games in the 20/21 season



    HERE. WE. GO.

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    A wee tate free advice to Dave Cormack, given he’s relatively new to these parts:



    Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent

  22. This was a conspiracy to change officials at the SPFL and to deny Celtic the title. It failed.



    However, what the episode showed is that rangers can count on 13 clubs to support them even when it is backed up with a useless Dossier. It also showed up the MSM with special mentions of the Radio channels and TV. They were 100% in support of the Ibrox clubs plan.



    in 2012 we were sleeping at the wheel and had missed the significance of Gordon Smith, George Peat, Campbell Ogilvie, Jim Ballantyne, Rod Petrie. We need to be alert all being given jobs in the Governing bodies. We need to stay alert

  23. prestonpans bhoys on

    Ibrox Noise got the crayon out and lose it in their opening gambit. Five Premier clubs voted for it including the two Edinburgh clubs. Not according to anything I’ve seen even BBC say four😵

  24. Afternoon bhoys and ghirls.



    Re problems with ads.



    I initially used ad blockers, but the problem of navigating CQN persisted, so I tried DuckDuckGo.



    Very pleased with the improvement. Still got a small adver window popping up, but could close it by clicking on the “X” in to top right corner. Easily done



    However, the wee “X” has stopped appearing in said advert pop up the last few days. So I am u able to clear the screen on my phone, and have to read around this pop up window constantly.



    Anyone else got the same problem, or is it just me?


    Any suggestions for a remedy would be greatly appreciated.




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